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by andrewk
28 Aug 2016, 12:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Colnago bling
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: Colnago bling

Looks like an Arab special much like the diamond encrusted Swiss watches that used to be produced for Middle Eastern customers.
by andrewk
27 Aug 2016, 11:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hybrid bike advice
Replies: 4
Views: 416

Re: Hybrid bike advice

Of the three I would choose the Boardman, best brakes (hydraulic discs) of all three and apparently a bike with a good reputation.The spec seems sensible and IMO good value, overall a nice bike. The Merida has mechanical discs which I'm not keen on because they require frequent adjustment whereas hy...
by andrewk
27 Aug 2016, 11:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Disc v Rim brakes
Replies: 134
Views: 6462

Re: Disc v Rim brakes

Andrewk....are they perhaps like these? https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8162/7262928344_f5a14cc8f9.jpg Thats a May 2012 photo.....we have learned a bit since then These will be a straight bolt-on fix for your braking woes...... https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3929/15234665408_2b03aab82d.jpg Thats an Oc...
by andrewk
26 Aug 2016, 1:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Disc v Rim brakes
Replies: 134
Views: 6462

Re: Disc v Rim brakes

Amplifier is a better description than accelerator. It increases the cable pulled at the brake versus the brake lever. Cable from the brake lever wraps on a small diameter pulley - cable to brake leaves from a larger diameter. http://problemsolversbike.com/products/travel_agents/ Available from St ...
by andrewk
26 Aug 2016, 1:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road Bike -v- Hybrid
Replies: 31
Views: 2204

Re: Road Bike -v- Hybrid

Personally I prefer flats for touring and commuting. I like bar ends to give extra positions and for out of the saddle use, but find the ergonomics of braking much better on flat bars. Contrary to a view expressed above I think a lot of folk who have bought 'road' bikes recently would have actually...
by andrewk
26 Aug 2016, 1:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Disc v Rim brakes
Replies: 134
Views: 6462

Re: Disc v Rim brakes

As in the quote - are you really that wedded to STIs? Or for that matter drop bars? It's a shame to have such a bike out of use because you're unhappy with the brakes. I'd choose brakes I was happy with and the other components to go with them rather than the other way round. Yes it is a shame, to ...
by andrewk
26 Aug 2016, 12:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Disc v Rim brakes
Replies: 134
Views: 6462

Re: Disc v Rim brakes

You could also fit cable accelerators(Travel Agents) and full sized V brakes,which will work well with your STI's,though won't eliminate the clearance issues when removing the wheel unless suitable brake block/pads can be found to allow the arms to open wider. What are cable accelerators, how do th...
by andrewk
26 Aug 2016, 10:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Disc v Rim brakes
Replies: 134
Views: 6462

Re: Disc v Rim brakes

Brucey,
The Tiagra STIs are 9 speed triples and the mini vees are of indeterminate manufacture having 8cm arms, the bike being Summer 2012 vintage. Hope this helps.
Andrew
by andrewk
26 Aug 2016, 9:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road Bike -v- Hybrid
Replies: 31
Views: 2204

Re: Road Bike -v- Hybrid

The utility cyclist wrote:andrewk
Could you please change your quotes as you've aligned me with something I haven't said. That quote starting "I can't comment on trail riding..." that is what forum member 'Flinders' has said and was in response to my earlier comment.
thanks


Done, sorry, my mistake.
by andrewk
26 Aug 2016, 9:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Disc v Rim brakes
Replies: 134
Views: 6462

Re: Disc v Rim brakes

But I think the light tourer is a fashion victim, and dead as a dodo. STI levers are a fashion imperative, which rules out full-size Vee brakes which are the most sensible brakes for a tourer. You can just bung on a bigger tyre for roughstuff, and get a raised bottom bracket. And all the fashionist...
by andrewk
26 Aug 2016, 1:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Road Bike -v- Hybrid
Replies: 31
Views: 2204

Re: Road Bike -v- Hybrid

I can't comment on trail riding, I only ride on roads, but I don't think I could cope with flat bars, they look so odd and seem to put riders in such a strange (to me) position, and drop bar riders I know say that flat ones take a bit of getting used to and they wouldn't use them on the road, only ...
by andrewk
7 Aug 2016, 1:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: N+1 strikes again - Carrera Subway 1
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

Re: N+1 strikes again - Carrera Subway 1

Thank you for the helpful hints and instructions, will give it a shot. Will be good to get the brakes sorted as its a nice bike and incredible vfm.
by andrewk
6 Aug 2016, 10:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Commuter Build - PX Kaffenback 2
Replies: 25
Views: 2143

Re: Commuter Build - PX Kaffenback 2

Regarding cheap puncture proof durable tyres which are also comfortable even if a bit heavy, I can recommend Vittoria Randonneurs. (Not to be confused with Randonneur Pros which are a higher spec and more expensive tyre). I have bought wire bead Randonneurs for between £7.50 and £15 over the past fe...
by andrewk
5 Aug 2016, 7:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: N+1 strikes again - Carrera Subway 1
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

Re: N+1 strikes again - Carrera Subway 1

Tektro Novela Black mechanical disk brakes.
by andrewk
5 Aug 2016, 6:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: N+1 strikes again - Carrera Subway 1
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

N+1 strikes again - Carrera Subway 1

Well I really do NOT need yet another bicycle but couldn't resist a Carrera Subway 1 for £184 in Halfords sale. I was attracted by the combination of fat tyres, rigid frame and wide range gears. Am currently part way through fitting it out, new pedals, rack and bar ends added, mudguards, ergo lock o...