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by yostumpy
21 Dec 2014, 5:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: setting up 2 bikes the same.
Replies: 13
Views: 2110

setting up 2 bikes the same.

Ok bit of a story. 11 years ago I bought a pearson 631 (Audax ish) bike. lovely bike but could never truly get comfy, more saddles and stems and bars etc....you know. I had a VO layback seat post, and a 110mm 0 deg rise stem. and I got used to it, Then the bottom bracket shell cracked, so I bought a...
by yostumpy
1 Dec 2014, 5:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Slipping forward on saddle
Replies: 16
Views: 2986

Re: Slipping forward on saddle

simple and ONLY answer in my opinion, is to ditch (sell on) the b17, and buy a Spa Nidd. Much thicker leather doesn't have the hammock built in, and the top surface is a satin finish, not a Brooks 'hard candy coating' type of finish. I had 2 B17' s one after the other, both very slippery.made worse ...
by yostumpy
20 Nov 2014, 9:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Straight or Drop Bars
Replies: 38
Views: 2789

Re: Straight or Drop Bars

My 2d worth. Flat bars or drops? They are IMHO like totally different animals, ie dog and cat, but both animals just the same. I can still remember , as a lad, having flat bars, then one day after school, I pestered a lad to let me have a go on his drop bar 'racer' (I was about 11). Whoa! was it dif...
by yostumpy
11 Nov 2014, 6:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainring wear
Replies: 24
Views: 2907

Re: Chainring wear

easy cheap answer, get a pencil and mark the chainrings where the crank arm is. Then undo all bolts and take off rings, then rotate them either one or two bolt holes, and do the bolts up tight. The rings mainly wear, when the crank is under load, on either side, so about 1/2 way round would mean the...
by yostumpy
11 Nov 2014, 6:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What influenced the drive side choice?
Replies: 34
Views: 2794

Re: What influenced the drive side choice?

History[edit] In 1998, archaeologists found a well-preserved track leading to a Roman quarry near Swindon, England. The grooves in the road on the left side (viewed facing down the track away from the quarry) were much deeper than those on the right side. These grooves suggest that the Romans drove ...
by yostumpy
11 Nov 2014, 11:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What influenced the drive side choice?
Replies: 34
Views: 2794

Re: What influenced the drive side choice?

All this discussion about thread direction is a red herring IMHO. The inventors of the bicycle had to make a decision - left or right, and they all went to the right. Why? Because it makes sense to have the chainwheel and drive system away from you when you climb off and on and push the machine alo...
by yostumpy
10 Nov 2014, 7:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: very small chain lube dispenser for touring
Replies: 30
Views: 6438

Re: very small chain lube dispenser for touring

I rekon the chain shouldn't need lubing, unless you get caught in lots of downpours, and its washed off. When out on long wet mtb / rough stuff rides, and the chain gets dry and skweaky, I always stop off at a petrol station, dive into the waste bin, pull out an old 1 ltr oil can, then dribble that ...
by yostumpy
10 Nov 2014, 12:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What influenced the drive side choice?
Replies: 34
Views: 2794

What influenced the drive side choice?

basic historical question, to which I do not know, but would like to know the answer. Why was the RHS chosen for the drive side. Seeing as most things take years to standardise, this seems to have been adopted rather quickly. Is it a) because they invented it on the continent, and a low level rear l...
by yostumpy
9 Nov 2014, 11:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Up to date experience of Mercian /Chas Roberts
Replies: 54
Views: 4483

Re: Up to date experience of Mercian /Chas Roberts

As I've said many time on here Mick,you're a rarety,and if you can see the dents in the leather you're not sat on the cantle plate :) Cantle plates don't dent, but leather does. Brooks.JPG Where are your dents? :wink: You have a big bum, and sit well back! I too have a big bum and I too sit well ba...
by yostumpy
9 Nov 2014, 11:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lights
Replies: 35
Views: 2786

Re: Lights

' goes off to get tea and biscuits for this one. :wink:
by yostumpy
9 Nov 2014, 1:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Up to date experience of Mercian /Chas Roberts
Replies: 54
Views: 4483

Re: Up to date experience of Mercian /Chas Roberts

Ok , getting slightly confused now, with what I thought I knew.. Seat angles say the BJ is 73 degree, what is steeper 72 or 74 and by steeper I mean more vertical. I cant work out which way the numbers go . (Well it is 1.30 am an I have just come back from the worst diner party of my life!) :roll:
by yostumpy
8 Nov 2014, 2:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Who is the least expensive competent frame builder?
Replies: 15
Views: 1674

Re: Who is the least expensive competent frame builder?

That's a really good question and one that I'm sure lots of folks have researched. I've never had a custom frame but have nosed around the web dreaming and come across this guy. http://www.steve-goff-frames.co.uk/bicycles.shtml Gerry Well my previous frame, a Pearson 631, developed a crack in its b...
by yostumpy
8 Nov 2014, 11:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Up to date experience of Mercian /Chas Roberts
Replies: 54
Views: 4483

Re: Up to date experience of Mercian /Chas Roberts

..............BJ only do their standard sizes now, so not made to measure. I'm surprised and somewhat saddened by that. Although as it must be 25 years since I had them build me a frame, I'm hardly keeping them in business. ...."custom" is still mentioned on their website, though? Indeed ...
by yostumpy
7 Nov 2014, 7:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Up to date experience of Mercian /Chas Roberts
Replies: 54
Views: 4483

Re: Up to date experience of Mercian /Chas Roberts

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac41/yostumpy/cycling/blodwyn/100_1203_zps7de91fa5.jpg I'm not sure whether your BJ is made-to-measure or off-the-peg......but if I was having a frame made to measure, I wouldn't want the saddle as far back as it will go in a layback post......or a quill stem &quo...
by yostumpy
7 Nov 2014, 4:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Up to date experience of Mercian /Chas Roberts
Replies: 54
Views: 4483

Re: Up to date experience of Mercian /Chas Roberts

Not forgetting Bob Jackson of course. http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac41/yostumpy/cycling/blodwyn/100_1267_zpsd9f99777.jpg Here'z my 'world tour' frame built up, Frame and paint, and a few minor alterations was £605. and headset was fitted free. Born on 01/01/2014 ( first ride actually the 2nd ...