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by tb
4 Nov 2010, 7:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Looking for puncture resistant tyres for road bike
Replies: 8
Views: 1132

Re: Looking for puncture resistant tyres for road bike

Gatorskins are very good but if you are looking for something more in common with touring / commuting then I would recommend Specialized Armadilo's. I've had several sets of these ( 700 x 28 ) and they've proved very hard wearing and dependable. available from Action bikes ( Fudges ) and now nearly ...
by tb
4 Nov 2010, 7:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compact chainsets compatability question
Replies: 2
Views: 339

Compact chainsets compatability question

has anyone experience / is it possible to use a ' modern ' compact chainset with eight speed chain and cassette ? Good quality compact ( 50 / 34 ) chainsets are available for use with 9 / 10 speed transmissions which run with narrower chains. I currently use both Shimano & Campag 8 speed ( on se...
by tb
21 Apr 2010, 8:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: It's My Human Right's ( don't you know )
Replies: 2
Views: 336

It's My Human Right's ( don't you know )

recently the radio reported that people who were 'downloading' material that was above and beyond the current legal parameters, i.e music & video filesharing, could potentially, in a legal case have thier ISP connection severed :shock: a spokesman for one of the major companies who provide broad...
by tb
5 Nov 2009, 12:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike to work scheme, but has to be from Halfords
Replies: 22
Views: 1659

Re: Bike to work scheme, but has to be from Halfords

no it does'nt have to be done through Halfords. A colleague at work has bought a bike from Condor in London and they were happy for him to buy it using the 'bike to work scheme' I think as long as the retailer is in agreement then you can buy a bike from anyone. Halfords have just managed to get thi...
by tb
23 Oct 2009, 10:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: slightly lower gears required - question
Replies: 2
Views: 219

slightly lower gears required - question

I'm sure this has been covered before, but I'll ask anyway :!: On the road bike that I plan to take to the French Alps next year I'm using Shimano 105 8 speed (the current chainset is a 53 / 39 ). Last year the cassette I used was a 13 - 26 and it was hard work ( I'm nearly 50 years young ) My quest...
by tb
23 Oct 2009, 10:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'
Replies: 14
Views: 1145

Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

I'm not convinced that these bike hire schemes have any real merit in London or anywhere else. I prefer to cycle to and from work in west London so I have my own bicycle. Lots of people don't want to ride a bicycle or go anywhere near one and no amount of green propoganda will convince them to do so...
by tb
18 Sep 2009, 11:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Bottle Dynamo
Replies: 7
Views: 715

Re: New Bottle Dynamo

The efficiency of dynamos is becoming less important with the use of LED dynamo lights. If you can get hold of a cheaper led light then it will be brighter with no need to change or carry bulbs and there is little chance of the dynamo slipping. And of course you're less likely to detect drag even w...
by tb
4 Sep 2009, 11:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lights
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Re: Lights

hello sirmy, I see plenty of people on bikes in London riding about with 'gay' abandon in the dark without lights (muppets ) & I think to myself that if a car hits you then you can't really blame the driver. Sometimes you can see cyclists on very well lit roads and they are obvious even without ...
by tb
4 Sep 2009, 10:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Octalink chainset question
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Shimano Octalink chainset question

In my spares box I've got a brand new Shimano 105 Octalink / Hollowtech chainset.

Question, is it suitable for use with Shimano 8 speed chain & cassette ? The chainring teeth look thinner than older chainsets.

thank you,

Tony
by tb
27 Aug 2009, 5:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 23's and bottle dynamo
Replies: 20
Views: 1643

Re: 23's and bottle dynamo

Some years ago, I was in your position, and bought a BB dynamo. Before anyone gets on their high horse, mine was a Subitez. The bad press BB dynamos had about the reliability, the poor bearings and the fact that they slip, was definitely NOT the case with the Subitez. The SANYO one was the culprit ...
by tb
22 Aug 2009, 10:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I'm off to Berlin ! ( 18yrs + XXX )
Replies: 4
Views: 414

I'm off to Berlin ! ( 18yrs + XXX )

Anyone else see an article in recent media about a particular establishment ' La Maison d' Envie ' in Berlin where ' ladies of the night ' gather. They are currently offering a 5 euro discount to 'customers' who arrive at the estabishment by bicycle or pulic transport. Apparently this will ' promote...
by tb
23 Jul 2009, 12:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: knocked off last night, what to do next ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1158

Re: knocked off last night, what to do next ?

Of course you are not obliged to join the 'claim culture' Accidents happen, that's life. If we all continue to make claims against insurance companies for minor scrapes and scratches then we have to accept that the high cost of insurance will continue to escalate and we end up with a system that has...
by tb
8 Jun 2009, 10:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: snapped frames.
Replies: 37
Views: 2617

Re: snapped frames.

Dawes, steel, 8 raleigh kids & shopper 2 Raleigh, steel, 3 viscount steel 1 DD steel 1 thorn steel 1 mercian steel 1 orange 1 Caloi, Alu, 2 Pro flex, Alu, 1 Airnimal, Alu, 3 townsend steel 1 Peugeot Alu 1 Peugeot steel 1 Vitus alu 1 Holdsworth 531 Steel 1 (seat tube at bottom bracket) Viscount ...
by tb
8 Jun 2009, 12:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo lights
Replies: 8
Views: 1060

Re: Dynamo lights

I'm a big fan of dynamo lighting and have been using them for years. Don't be put off by stories of 'too much drag' ( I think it's a reference to men in womens clothing? ) Recommend the Shimano Ultegra dynamo available from Spa Cycles of Harrogate for less than £60. I use a dynamo for the front ligh...
by tb
7 Jun 2009, 11:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: snapped frames.
Replies: 37
Views: 2617

Re: snapped frames.

I broke a Vitus 979 bonded alloy frame many years ago and I was ten miles or more from home and more recently I broke a 'cheap' Peugeot steel frame on the way to work, very inconvenient !