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by Dave W
22 Mar 2017, 7:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tapered Top Cap
Replies: 16
Views: 643

Re: Tapered Top Cap

See the top gap closing up.
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by Dave W
22 Mar 2017, 7:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tapered Top Cap
Replies: 16
Views: 643

Re: Tapered Top Cap

They've cut the steerer so its probably about four mm below the top of the clamp. I have the proper expander assembly for a carbon tube. When I torque the headset bolts up the gap in the top of the clamp is squeezing up too tightly really, which indicates to me that the steerer is a little short. No...
by Dave W
22 Mar 2017, 6:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tapered Top Cap
Replies: 16
Views: 643

Re: Tapered Top Cap

Can't change the stem as it's part of a tiller. Yes the black part, don't know what the proper name is for it.
by Dave W
22 Mar 2017, 6:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tapered Top Cap
Replies: 16
Views: 643

Tapered Top Cap

OK I have a brand new set of straight steerer carbon forks with carbon steerer. 1.1/8" aheadset with cartridge bearings. The lbs has kindly cut my steerer for me to match my old forks ...... only they've cut them two to three mm shorter than I'm happy with. Can the cap be changed for a shallowe...
by Dave W
21 Mar 2017, 6:10pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Changing a tube?
Replies: 15
Views: 10265

Changing a tube?

What's your method on a two wheeler recumbent?
I'm in the middle of setting my Metabike up for 700c wheels luckily in the comfort of my garage. So out on the road do you gingerly turn the whole thing upside down?
by Dave W
17 Mar 2017, 3:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake performance
Replies: 199
Views: 9148

Re: Disc brake performance

Shimano 105 hydraulic on my BMC - brilliant 140 rotors, Avid BB5 on wife's Specialized very good but only one adjustable pad, Shimano cable on my Cannondale Hooligan - excellent. Avid BB7 with 203 rotors on the tandem very good but difficult to get the balance between cable pull and pad rubbing the ...
by Dave W
14 Mar 2017, 9:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Those with shortened cranks
Replies: 109
Views: 26543

Re: Those with shortened cranks

:D haven't got a clue. I can tell you where I ache and that's about it. I think riding a recumbent is similar to me to step ups. Possibly because the legs are in a locked position and pumping away like pistons you can't roll the bike.
by Dave W
14 Mar 2017, 12:23pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Those with shortened cranks
Replies: 109
Views: 26543

Re: Those with shortened cranks

The White Elephant answer would be 'because they are different' I was kinda hoping it would be 'because they are different and faster' I live in the wrong area for the latter unfortunately.
by Dave W
14 Mar 2017, 12:16pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Those with shortened cranks
Replies: 109
Views: 26543

Re: Those with shortened cranks

Unusual muscle group for me would appear to be on the front of the thighs (quads I suppose) about two inches above the knees - ache for a couple of days after a good bent ride. DF muscle group seems to be higher up the legs and more to the out sides.
by Dave W
12 Mar 2017, 2:17pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Those with shortened cranks
Replies: 109
Views: 26543

Re: Those with shortened cranks

350 miles now. See what happens after a 1000.

Don't get me wrong, generally I'm enjoying the journey it's all beginning to feel far more natural and I've been up some hills now that in the beginning I didn't think were possible. Looking forwards to dry roads when I can crank over in the turns.
by Dave W
12 Mar 2017, 2:06pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Those with shortened cranks
Replies: 109
Views: 26543

Re: Those with shortened cranks

:D exactly. Hilly ride this morning and this bike is miles off the pace uphill, literally, at least 25% slower. I'm watching the slowest member in the club pulling a quarter of a mile out of me on a long steady climb. You just can't get the same power down, wish I knew why but I can't put my finger ...
by Dave W
11 Mar 2017, 6:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mixing tiagra trigger shifters and Xt cassette
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Re: Mixing tiagra trigger shifters and Xt cassette

Thanks. I have Tiagra double on my recumbent with ten speed rear giving me a 34- 34 for the hills with 26 inch wheels. If I go to 700c wheels I could do with a 36t rear just to try and keep the low gear. Just weighing up the options - probably won't bother tbh.
by Dave W
11 Mar 2017, 5:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mixing tiagra trigger shifters and Xt cassette
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Mixing tiagra trigger shifters and Xt cassette

10 speed triggers with a mountain bike cassette - can it be done? Anyone know.
Deraleur would need changing obviously.
by Dave W
11 Mar 2017, 4:27pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Those with shortened cranks
Replies: 109
Views: 26543

Re: Those with shortened cranks

Another sixty miles this morning, handling remains 'hairy'. Legs are improving so hills are less of a chore. Very comfy, no aches or pains (apart from the legs). If you lived somewhere flat all day rides would be dead easy I think.
Whether handling improves with time remains to be seen.
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