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by LollyKat
27 Jun 2011, 9:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: UPDATE - Problems upgrading brakes on old road frame
Replies: 9
Views: 1353

Re: Problems upgrading brakes on old road frame

Thanks for the input.... decisions, decisions! My current Shimano cantis work reasonably (with their old-style levers), if kept closely adjusted, but the front one never hangs straight because of the way the cable leaves the hanger. Since the V drop levers pull more cable, do you think they would wo...
by LollyKat
27 Jun 2011, 3:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: UPDATE - Problems upgrading brakes on old road frame
Replies: 9
Views: 1353

UPDATE - Problems upgrading brakes on old road frame

I have a King of Mercia touring bike from about 1987 with drop bars and cantilevers. The brakes have never been very satisfactory because of the low-profile cantis which were all that I could get at the time. Also the frame was advertised as suitable for 27" or 700c wheels, but since changing s...
by LollyKat
27 Jun 2011, 3:00pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Problem - Computer security
Replies: 51
Views: 3652

Re: Problem - Computer security

Try SuperGenPass - you only need to remember one master password, which SGP then transforms into a password derived from the website address. You can get a mobile version for use on different PCs.
by LollyKat
26 Jun 2011, 8:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6840

Re: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

Thanks BigG - I should be able to learn to do this. It is not quite so easy (apart from my advancing years and deteriorating memory :wink: ) because I have a triple on the front. Also they are a road/MTB mixture where the spacing is different to what I am used to -- the chainrings are further to the...
by LollyKat
26 Jun 2011, 3:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compatability of road Sti with Mtb Groupset
Replies: 8
Views: 511

Re: Compatability of road Sti with Mtb Groupset

My Thorn Audax Mk3 came with Tiagra 4503 levers, Deore M590 48/36/26 chainset, 9spd 11-32 cassette, Tiagra 4503 front mech and Deore M591 rear mech. It all works perfectly.
by LollyKat
24 Jun 2011, 4:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trailer to carry the mail
Replies: 15
Views: 743

Re: Trailer to carry the mail

I used to use a Bike Hod for the supermarket shop. It attaches to the seat post and I found it didn't have much effect on handling even with a pretty big load. At least, there was a slight rhythmic pulling when riding up a fairly steep hill but it didn't ever feel unsafe. I used it with a road bike ...
by LollyKat
24 Jun 2011, 11:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sheep
Replies: 28
Views: 1970

Re: Sheep

Brilliant!! :mrgreen:
by LollyKat
23 Jun 2011, 12:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6840

Re: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

UPDATE I decided to try the Raleigh cape at £9.99 from Argos. It's bright yellow though not fluorescent, and the coated nylon material is more robust than I expected. The medium size which I bought weighs 460g, just a little more than the Carradice pro-route (420g) but less than the medium Rotrax (7...
by LollyKat
22 Jun 2011, 10:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6840

Re: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

Thanks - I was afraid that was the answer. I can hear the chain in normal conditions but when it is raining hard and/or there is a lot of traffic it can be difficult to hear. If the chain is really out of line I can feel it through the pedals but of course I don't want to get that far.
by LollyKat
21 Jun 2011, 11:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6840

Re: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

I think I've still got my sou'wester in the cupboard somewhere. You can also use them to bail out your panniers :mrgreen: .
by LollyKat
21 Jun 2011, 11:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tandem wobble
Replies: 21
Views: 1203

Re: Tandem wobble

Maybe it depends too on the tandem design? When I used to pilot a Dawes Horizon Twin with my daughter, I never noticed any wobble when I rode it solo. It was a marathon design, with the diagonal extended through the rear seat tube to the rear drop-out. I used to take her to her various Saturday danc...
by LollyKat
21 Jun 2011, 3:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb - Class leading...but........
Replies: 10
Views: 576

Re: Ortlieb - Class leading...but........

Tesco at the moment are selling a large map case together with a Silva style compass for £5. I think you might need some silicone sealant on the seams of the map case but it looks a good sturdy product at a bargain price - big enough to hold 2 folds of an OS Landranger.
by LollyKat
21 Jun 2011, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6840

Re: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

Many years ago I used to use a cape but now prefer a jacket for clearer indicating on town commutes. Now I'm considering a cape again, but am wondering how do you keep track of what gear you are in if you are using STI levers? It was easy with down tube levers as you could tell by feel, but with a c...
by LollyKat
19 Jun 2011, 4:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what this random protrusion on my frame is?
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: what this random protrusion on my frame is?

Could it be to hitch the chain onto, to stop tangling when you take the back wheel out? I've sometimes wanted something like that on my bike - you used to be able to buy a little bolt-on gizmo but I don't know if you still can.
by LollyKat
19 Jun 2011, 2:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6840

Re: Rain cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

chris667 wrote:I've never tried this, but if you were budget-minded would an army surplus poncho work? Most of them are quite heavy, and most are less than £10.

They don't seem to come in bright colours, though - IMO a must in modern traffic, particularly in the rain.