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by aljohn
22 Jan 2017, 7:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: using a triple shifter for double chainset
Replies: 5
Views: 2121

using a triple shifter for double chainset

I've been looking to buy (cheaply) a pair of ultegra 10 speed x 2 shifters. I've just spotted a triple pair of 10 speed shifters and I thought....... I know I can use the triple to operate with the compact chainset, but it seems so easy..... I bet I can cock it up. So, can anyone point out any flaws...
by aljohn
13 Dec 2016, 9:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Better brake lever designs?
Replies: 32
Views: 2937

Re: Better brake lever designs?

Oh dear! I wish I hadn't read these posts now. I've 2 bikes with campag ergo levers and have never had a problem (yet?) with braking from the hoods. In fact, I prefer that to using the brakes from the drops, but that is 'cos I fitted the levers to use mainly from the hoods... With my new build the b...
by aljohn
27 Nov 2016, 10:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: No flat tyres...ever?
Replies: 20
Views: 2083

Re: No flat tyres...ever?

I recently had a puncture that was right up against the valve. I cut a hole in a patch and repaired it (I was bored in the garage at the time). I hung it up and it stayed inflated for three weeks, so it could possibly have survived a ride home if I had been on a ride. I threw it away as it wasn't wo...
by aljohn
13 Nov 2016, 1:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano rear derailleur differences
Replies: 4
Views: 1121

Re: shimano rear derailleur differences

Wow! Thanks for the info. I learn from my mistakes, usually after assuming I know what I m buying - always a mistake :x . So now I know what I'm looking for and I won't make a mistake ever, ever again........ thanks a lot to you both.
by aljohn
12 Nov 2016, 10:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano rear derailleur differences
Replies: 4
Views: 1121

shimano rear derailleur differences

Looking on Ebay for Ultegra short cage 10 speed rear mechs, I see 6600, , 6800. All look the same, what are the differences? Are they just cosmetic, or a marketing ploy to extract more money, or are there significant improvements incorporated in them? I want one for my (limited budget) bike build so...
by aljohn
29 Oct 2016, 10:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: will a 10 speed chain fit an 8 speed chainset?
Replies: 3
Views: 680

Re: will a 10 speed chain fit an 8 speed chainset?

Thanks for the replies. I was heartened by the first one, but then read the second.... I hadn't thought of the technical ramps, etc., that bugger things up. Luckily, since I posted I've bought a 10 speed chainset on Ebay. When it arrives I'll be fitting a 10 speed chain.
by aljohn
25 Oct 2016, 10:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: will a 10 speed chain fit an 8 speed chainset?
Replies: 3
Views: 680

will a 10 speed chain fit an 8 speed chainset?

Will a 10 speed chain fit and 8 speed Shimano RS200 chainset?
by aljohn
25 Oct 2016, 10:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebars won't steer front wheel - still salvageable?
Replies: 21
Views: 2345

Re: Handlebars won't steer front wheel - still salvageable?

Back in the 50's and 60's I had several bikes with both types of quill stems and never had a problem with them. However, in 2007 at a flea market,rastro, in Spain I bought an Italian Somec.it was a little tatty and I took it home and rebuilt it. The stem had the circular , internal wedge. This worke...
by aljohn
25 Oct 2016, 9:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: bb30 in old frame
Replies: 8
Views: 1401

bb30 in old frame

I have a Shimano square taper bottom bracket in a Dolan alu frame , about 15 years old. Does a bb30, or any other system, fit the older, standard , bottom bracket thread ? I ask because I've seen a lot of FSA chainsets with bb30 or hollow tech bb"s...and crucially, they are pretty cheap. I full...
by aljohn
18 Aug 2016, 8:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear range of Shimano 105
Replies: 5
Views: 709

Gear range of Shimano 105

I decided that the simplest, cheapest, most available decent gears will be Shimano 105, 10 speed on my bike build . With a compact 50/34 chainset, what sprocket range do the long and short rear derailleurs take? I think the 11 to 28 cassette will probably suit, but I'm curious what choices I can have.
by aljohn
18 Aug 2016, 8:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is there a stem like this?
Replies: 1
Views: 374

Is there a stem like this?

My bike build has a 1" steerer, and I want a compact bar. These all seem to be 31.8mm. Are stems available to fit these, or are shims OK for the steerer?
by aljohn
31 Jul 2016, 8:17pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Victoria Pendleton: corrosive culture forced me out of cycling
Replies: 33
Views: 18184

Re: Victoria Pendleton: corrosive culture forced me out of cycling

All the british women cyclists are damned attractive, I love them all, especially VP. And I don't suppose I'd have got on with Sutton - I'm too lazy...
by aljohn
31 Jul 2016, 8:02pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: why not carry a spare tub?
Replies: 10
Views: 10159

Re: why not carry a spare tub?

I take your point but I think it would still be a helluva lot less time than several minutes. I'm still living in the past, I know....
by aljohn
30 Jul 2016, 11:36pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: why not carry a spare tub?
Replies: 10
Views: 10159

why not carry a spare tub?

After seeing Cadel Evans wait for 10 minutes for a wheel/bike 'cos of a puncture, then Richie Porte wait for a couple of minutes for the same reason, I'm wondering why they don't carry a spare tub. The delay cost Cadel any chance of a Tour win, and it didn't help Richie either. I think some racers s...
by aljohn
21 Mar 2016, 11:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon seatpost slippage
Replies: 62
Views: 3258

Re: Carbon seatpost slippage

If you want to replace the wooden pole of the carradice bag, do as I did. When an aprentice electrician I replaced it with a length of (steel ! ) electrical conduit.
This was ideal to carry spare spokes when on a tour. It could always be removed to make a handy anti mugging device..