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by mig
6 Aug 2020, 2:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best VFM single-speed chain?
Replies: 15
Views: 347

Re: Best VFM single-speed chain?

KMC B1 are good for the money but get noisy after a while as brucey observes above. S1 are often cheaper and are okay too. standard SRAM PC-1 chain used to be cheap and reasonable quality but they seem to have increased in price lots over recent years. exchange rate issues doubtless. always seems to...
by mig
5 Aug 2020, 2:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'anniversary' wheels
Replies: 3
Views: 234

'anniversary' wheels

having just passed a 'milestone' birthday (21 :wink: ) recently i have the idea to mark this by having a set of wheels built that i will use most days april-september. apologies upfront if this is too 'jetset' a celebration :D . for a geared bike using DT levers so i'm not overly fussy about the num...
by mig
27 Jul 2020, 1:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: looking for UK cycle saddle refurbisher ?
Replies: 16
Views: 564

Re: looking for UK cycle saddle refurbisher ?

Valbrona wrote:Jesus … this post is so CTC.

There's plenty of these saddles on eBay.


:lol:
by mig
24 Jul 2020, 2:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Maybe steel isn't so real.....
Replies: 153
Views: 5927

Re: Maybe steel isn't so real.....

I've been trying to find the optimum flex in a steel frame through expensive trial and error, i.e. buying steel frames from different builders. I had a close clearance 24" frameset from Caygill in Columbus Thron, which was stiff but felt 'dead'. Then a custom-built 24" audax frameset from...
by mig
22 Jul 2020, 1:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much better would a CDF be than my current bike
Replies: 30
Views: 999

Re: How much better would a CDF be than my current bike

a bit of hype? :D if that bike fits you well and you're in a good position whilst riding it then i'd stick with that and maintain it as best as you can. i assume that you're using it for 'everyday' riding rather than setting any records with it. ride it, ride it and ride it some more. when it gets t...
by mig
19 Jul 2020, 11:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: ceramic rims
Replies: 10
Views: 762

Re: ceramic rims

they're mavic T217 36H rims. seems to have never been laced. just wondering what to do with them and therefore which blocks (if any) i'd need to get on that bike. they do look very similar to their CD finish but, from what i read, the surface should last longer. i'm intrigued as to why they'd be wo...
by mig
19 Jul 2020, 11:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drum braked rear hub for fixed gear
Replies: 11
Views: 397

Re: Drum braked rear hub for fixed gear

I brake with my legs only, fixed and free not sure i follow that. leg braking with a freewheel? i trim a bit of speed off with by resisting with my legs but actually coming to a stop using leg braking isn't easy. okay if the rider is only at a low speed in a tiny gear then it's possible but coming ...
by mig
30 Jun 2020, 11:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialized Allez: which new group set ?
Replies: 14
Views: 466

Re: Specialized Allez: which new group set ?

I have got a specialized allez, but looking for a new group set but have no idea what would fit. Does anyone have any advice what would work? OK are you sitting down? Good, prepare for an unexpected answer: I would not bother to change groupset parts on that bike. Why? Because it doesn't fit you. T...
by mig
30 Jun 2020, 10:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Frame Restoration
Replies: 29
Views: 950

Re: Mercian Frame Restoration

i have a frame by C&G from 1997 in motorola colours of the era. really well done and scarcely marked despite many a mile.

however i would take a mercian back to them and have them do it mainly to keep it 'right' (but also as mrs mig lives not too far from there.)
by mig
28 Jun 2020, 3:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A Medley Of Mavics; Module <E>, Module <E2>
Replies: 13
Views: 475

Re: A Medley Of Mavics; Module <E>, Module <E2>

do tyres tend to be a tight fit on these rims?
by mig
18 Jun 2020, 6:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame flexing more than before?
Replies: 20
Views: 720

Re: Frame flexing more than before?

I am still riding my 1989 Nigel Dean Tour Ace, although it is only the frame set and brakes that are actually original. I ride it regularly and do a reasonable weekly mileage as well as going on heavily laden camping tours at least once a year. I hasten to add that I am quite a heavy bloke myself. ...
by mig
17 Jun 2020, 3:34pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: artificial sweeteners; are they poison?
Replies: 65
Views: 1356

Re: artificial sweeteners; are they poison?

For many years I have -on shorter, steadier rides, say up to about two and a half hours- drunk relatively little whilst on the bike, preferring to rehydrate properly when I've got home. This certainly isn't what I'd do when racing of course, or even riding hard come to it, but that is a whole diffe...
by mig
16 Jun 2020, 10:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 20c Clinchers and other musings
Replies: 18
Views: 492

Re: 20c Clinchers and other musings

won't mid '80s tyres be a tad brittle?
by mig
13 Jun 2020, 11:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 87
Views: 3457

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

i like the bike. it might be my eyes but do the seat stays look 'curly' in the top photograph in the link to anyone else? i know that they're not but the position of the spokes deceives my eye a little. i have bikes with ergos but i don't find them hugely superior to DT levers. perhaps i just don't ...
by mig
9 Jun 2020, 2:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter bike?
Replies: 16
Views: 570

Re: Winter bike?

I think it depends what you use it for in winter. I ride mine to commute, so twice a day all weathers. The idea suggested of thoroughly cleaning rims and blocks every ride is a non starter for such usage. You just have to accept that the drive train wears faster. I keep it well lubed, and replace c...