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by RonK
23 Dec 2014, 10:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrade STI Shifters From Tigra to 105
Replies: 41
Views: 2180

Re: Upgrade STI Shifters From Tigra to 105

You could simply upgrade to an 8 or 9 speed triple with downtube or bar end levers, and get a wider range of gears, consumables that are both cheaper and longer lasting, and the thing will simply work, year in, year out, whether its clean and lubed or caked in filth. What price fashion? downtube ar...
by RonK
23 Dec 2014, 3:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Building/Buying a Tourer
Replies: 38
Views: 2545

Building a Tourer

The idea that you can save money by building up a bike when paying retail prices for individual components is quite unrealistic. Bike manufacturers are able to bulk buy unpackaged OEM components direct from the factories at significantly lower costs even than bike shops pay for retail packaged compo...
by RonK
22 Dec 2014, 9:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Default tourer?
Replies: 113
Views: 12271

Re: Default tourer?

IMO it looks like a good bike and well specced,but DT/LHT is well worth the £1100(+£400 to load it) asking price in Europe whereas the Vivente isn't the same bargain @ £1820 and considering the supplier is a looonnnggg way of for any warranty claim,things start to look a little one sided from my PO...
by RonK
22 Dec 2014, 12:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Default tourer?
Replies: 113
Views: 12271

Re: Default tourer?

Ah, so some of you have discovered I have a Sabbath Silk Route. Your response presupposes I had a preference for Ti. In fact I had never ridden a Ti bike and I knew nothing about Ti other than what I could read on the internet. And since there are precious few other tourer offerings locally other t...
by RonK
22 Dec 2014, 12:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Default tourer?
Replies: 113
Views: 12271

Re: Default tourer?

RonK According to Vivente's site their WT isn't better specced than the LHT,I'd say their about the same,but it does come 'fully loaded'(quality dynamo lighting,Tubus racks and m/guards) and seems like a nice bike. Their site tells me I can have one shipped to me in the UK for £1820(no shipping cos...
by RonK
22 Dec 2014, 2:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Default tourer?
Replies: 113
Views: 12271

Default tourer?

http://wheelswhisper.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/sabbath-silk-route-project.html As I posted before he prefers Ti. What's new? Ah, so some of you have discovered I have a Sabbath Silk Route. Your response presupposes I had a preference for Ti. In fact I had never ridden a Ti bike and I knew nothing abou...
by RonK
21 Dec 2014, 3:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Default tourer?
Replies: 113
Views: 12271

Re: Default tourer?

So following on from all this speculation,has anyone had an LHT or DT,thought they weren't good bikes and why? Yes, I had an LHT which was replaced after one tour. Apart from the appalling finish which had rust appearing after only a few months, I found it a dull, unresponsive, unrewarding ride - a...
by RonK
8 Dec 2014, 8:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Minimal-spoke madness....
Replies: 98
Views: 6224

Re: Minimal-spoke madness....

If you take a 36H rear wheel as adequate, in reality an 18/9 spoking is pretty much equivalent as the tension becomes equivalent both sides. And you can manage with fewer on the front wheel as it bears less weight. Factor in straight pull spokes and deeper stiffer rims that distribute tension more ...
by RonK
30 Nov 2014, 1:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: USA cycle ride 2015. But where do you recommend I start?
Replies: 8
Views: 1406

USA cycle ride 2015. But where do you recommend I start?

Have you visited the Adventure Cycling Association's web site? You'll find plenty of route suggestions there. Keep in mind that much of the north experiences heavy snowfall in winter. Many international tourists are able to complete the Transcontinental route during the 90 day visa waiver period. Ta...
by RonK
29 Nov 2014, 9:22am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Phil Hughes helmet; cycling?
Replies: 68
Views: 2894

Phil Hughes helmet; cycling?

Did the edge of the helmet 'catch' the ball? Might the ball have deflected and perhaps done less harm if the helmet hadn't been there? Phil Hughes played only one bouncer in his final innings - the one that struck him behind the ear when he turned his back trying to avoid the ball. All the others h...
by RonK
14 Nov 2014, 11:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New duct tape ?????
Replies: 30
Views: 2802

New duct tape ?????

There was a rather (un)interesting article on this I read a long while back and allegedly there is a difference of opinion regarding what the 'duck' referred to, the waterproofing qualities or the duck cotton in the tape. Incidentally duck is the name given to the way the cotton is woven, not anyth...
by RonK
14 Nov 2014, 11:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New duct tape ?????
Replies: 30
Views: 2802

New duct tape ?????

Not this one again... ...no-ones going to win :wink: "duck tape" was used earlier. Perhaps - if you accept Duck brand's self-serving claim. I suspect there is a kernel of truth in the origin of the name, but it lays in the US Army's nomenclature, and has as much to do with ducks as the am...
by RonK
14 Nov 2014, 11:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buying a new bike technique?
Replies: 34
Views: 3415

Buying a new bike technique?

How does she explain the appearance of yet another new pair of shoes in her wardrobe?

Mine says: "Those old things? I've had them for ages."
When I feed that line back to her she knows she has no argument.
by RonK
14 Nov 2014, 10:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New duct tape ?????
Replies: 30
Views: 2802

New duct tape ?????

Might be wonderful but don't they know that it's duck tape (as it's based on cotton duck!)? No its not, its Duct Tape, used for sealing joints in ducts since air conditioning and ventilation ducts were invented years and years and years ago. Yes, I once worked in that industry and it was always cal...
by RonK
7 Nov 2014, 11:17pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: missing the point - headphones vs car bubble
Replies: 37
Views: 4742

Re: missing the point - headphones vs car bubble

Over the years I have relied on my hearing while cycling, so thought listening to music a bad idea. But on a recent tour, on a long boring stretch I tried listening to an audiobook. The experience was the reverse of what I expected; I could still hear vehicles approaching, but their noise drowned ou...