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by LollyKat
6 Jul 2011, 6:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this tyre safe? Sidewall damage
Replies: 40
Views: 4043

Re: Is this tyre safe? Sidewall damage

You spent about £1,000 on the bike (give or take a bit) and you are wondering about a dodgy tyre? Call Thorns and ask their advice. I would expect them to send you a new tyre for free. However it constantly amazes me how experienced riders are unwilling to spend a few pounds to be safe. It is rathe...
by LollyKat
6 Jul 2011, 4:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this tyre safe? Sidewall damage
Replies: 40
Views: 4043

Re: Is this tyre safe? Sidewall damage

Thanks meic, that's really useful info. I don't think I want to go down as narrow as 25mm, and I am not bothered about getting a folding one except perhaps as a spare. I think the Hardshells might be overkill, also the GP 4 seasons as I don't intend to ride this bike in extreme conditions. My daught...
by LollyKat
6 Jul 2011, 3:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this tyre safe? Sidewall damage
Replies: 40
Views: 4043

Re: Is this tyre safe? Sidewall damage

Thanks again for your posts. mark a. I don't know how accurate the pressure gauge is as it is about 30 years old, but 90psi 'feels right' for riding. old_man I hadn't considered that light-coloured walls might be more vulnerable but looking around the various wheels in the shed I think I'd agree. Ch...
by LollyKat
6 Jul 2011, 11:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this tyre safe? Sidewall damage
Replies: 40
Views: 4043

Re: Is this tyre safe? Sidewall damage

Thanks folks for all the replies. The bike was built up for me by Thorn's and I had to wait several weeks for it, so it wouldn't have been sitting around on flat tyres for ages. Also I don't think they have much of a shop-front so it "shouldn't" have been in the sun. It arrived middle of l...
by LollyKat
5 Jul 2011, 11:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem Brakes and Control of?
Replies: 25
Views: 3040

Re: Tandem Brakes and Control of?

On our 1979 Mercian we have a Mafac cantilever on each wheel plus a Shimano disc on the rear. The pilot (my husband) operates the front canti and rear disc, and I as stoker can operate the rear canti. I have only ever used it under instruction on very long descents on bad road surfaces, to avoid ove...
by LollyKat
5 Jul 2011, 11:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What a BSO
Replies: 10
Views: 613

Re: What a BSO

Reminds me of a boy at school many years ago who fitted a 3-speed block onto a Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub, with a double chainring at the front. 18 gears? - who would ever want that many! :mrgreen:
by LollyKat
5 Jul 2011, 11:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this tyre safe? Sidewall damage
Replies: 40
Views: 4043

Is this tyre safe? Sidewall damage

http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/7538/tyre5098.jpg This is my front wheel with a new 700c x 28mm Pasela Tourguard (wired) that has only done 300 miles. It came fitted to my Thorn Audax Mk3, and I have always kept it up to pressure - about 90psi (on my gauge - recommended max. is 100psi) which giv...
by LollyKat
4 Jul 2011, 8:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First Wheel Building Experience
Replies: 84
Views: 179300

Re: First Wheel Building Experience

...and some spaces between paragraphs!
by LollyKat
1 Jul 2011, 10:36pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Heaviest LEJOG'er?
Replies: 21
Views: 3321

Re: Heaviest LEJOG'er?

Pizza-man was 32 stone when he first decided to do Lejog....and was 27 stone when he finished it. Link.

He's now down to 20 stone and training for Paris-Brest-Paris.

In other words, you have no excuse! :D
by LollyKat
1 Jul 2011, 7:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Italian Road Bike Mirror
Replies: 103
Views: 21178

Re: Italian Road Bike Mirror

My daughter has the Cateye but says it is slightly loose, and needs constant adjustment if the road is a bit bumpy. Maybe she has just been unlucky with it.

I have this Busch & Muller one which I find nice and firm and hasn't given me any probs. Costs a bit more, though.
by LollyKat
29 Jun 2011, 5:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ticking/creaking noise - advice for tourers and commuters
Replies: 12
Views: 1259

Re: Ticking/creaking noise - advice for tourers and commuter

aek wrote:I can easily get rid of the Brooks creaking, but it happens very rarely and i like it.

How? I don't!
by LollyKat
28 Jun 2011, 9:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: UPDATE - Problems upgrading brakes on old road frame
Replies: 9
Views: 1381

Re: Problems upgrading brakes on old road frame

Colin, many thanks for your links and comments. I did search before posting, finding several recommendations like this: Keep your drops, fit V brakes, V brake drop levers, and bar end shifters. Great brakes, and use any F. mech you like, that shift isnt indexed. Simples! but didn't realise that fron...
by LollyKat
28 Jun 2011, 1:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brompton mirrors
Replies: 5
Views: 2004

Re: Brompton mirrors

I have used a Zefal Dooback on my Brompton for years and like Tony find it excellent. Is there any reason you don't want a bar end mirror?
by LollyKat
28 Jun 2011, 1:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What was the first 5-speed derailleur?
Replies: 18
Views: 1986

Re: What was the first 5-speed derailleur?

I've seen a Trivelox which moved the sprockets rather than the chain - kept the chainline straight.