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by mick skinner
31 Jul 2014, 5:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's the point of exterior bb bearings?
Replies: 197
Views: 7260

Re: What's the point of exterior bb bearings?

The improved stiffness is worth it. I think for what ever sort of riding you're doing improved quality is always worth it. Better stiffness lightness etc makes riding more efficient, quicker and ultimately more fun. I can't believe I got drawn into this discussion, I only logged on to get some advic...
by mick skinner
31 Jul 2014, 5:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's the point of exterior bb bearings?
Replies: 197
Views: 7260

Re: What's the point of exterior bb bearings?

I've currently got Shimano Ultegra 6700 Bottom Bracket bearing cups fitted to my mountain bike, they were something like thirteen pound from my LBS. I use this bike a lot and in really harsh cold, wet and muddy conditions and the BB is still running soundly after about three years of service. I admi...
by mick skinner
31 Jul 2014, 4:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Titanium frame repairs are they worth it?
Replies: 26
Views: 5592

Re: Titanium frame repairs are they worth it?

Hi K1566, Which alloy is your cracked frame, is it 6Al-4V or 3AL 2.5V. I had a Ti frame which was 6Al-4V and it developed a crack in the head tube, I've got a 3AL 2.5V Ti frame now and I'm hoping it'll be the last road bike I ever buy. The research I did showed that the 6AL-4V is stiffer but more br...
by mick skinner
31 Jul 2014, 3:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's the point of exterior bb bearings?
Replies: 197
Views: 7260

Re: What's the point of exterior bb bearings?

From my experience with just one BB, it's so that they get more weather and have to be replaced more often. I've just replaced a tiagra one this morning I think the second quote explains it all; if you're going to use cheap and cheerful kit you've got to expect a higher failure rate, and you are go...
by mick skinner
31 Jul 2014, 3:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice from frame builders about tall bike construction.
Replies: 4
Views: 711

Advice from frame builders about tall bike construction.

Hi there, I've got an old mountain bike frame and an On-one Pompino frame that I want to convert into a tall bike. I plan to have to mountain bike as the bottom and the Pomp on the top. My plan is to have the front end of the two frames attached by a very long head tube. Then, having cut the rear tr...
by mick skinner
4 Dec 2013, 6:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aldi - did anyone buy the kit last week?
Replies: 16
Views: 5255

Re: Aldi - did anyone buy the kit last week?

I'm there first thing in the morning then! I love the middle isle at Aldi,
by mick skinner
1 Dec 2013, 5:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length, distence feet have travelled
Replies: 9
Views: 2882

Re: Crank length, distence feet have travelled

Please do come too NATURAL ANKLING, track racing is AWESOME! DUDE! You're right about having varied crank lengths, my road bike is 172.5mm and in a few months I'm going to replace the 170mm cranks on my fixed bike with 165mm cranks, so that the change from 175mm to 165mm is in two incrimmentle stage...
by mick skinner
1 Dec 2013, 5:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Front ‘Dazzling’ light discussion – University project.
Replies: 76
Views: 10551

Re: Front ‘Dazzling’ light discussion – University project.

Which is fine until you crash because you hit a pothole with only one hand on the bars and your attention on the oncoming car. I don't bother covering the light for :roll: cars; I do for other cyclists, pedestrians, walkers and runners etc. I've also accumulated enough experience and skills to cont...
by mick skinner
1 Dec 2013, 12:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Front ‘Dazzling’ light discussion – University project.
Replies: 76
Views: 10551

Re: Front ‘Dazzling’ light discussion – University project.

I've got a 750 lumens front light which I use on third capacity most of the time and I just use my hand to partially cover it when I see somebody up ahead that I want to avoid dazzling.
by mick skinner
1 Dec 2013, 12:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aldi - did anyone buy the kit last week?
Replies: 16
Views: 5255

Re: Aldi - did anyone buy the kit last week?

Ilkeston Aldi doesn't seem to stock merino wool kit any more, is this the same in other Aldis?
by mick skinner
1 Dec 2013, 12:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Front light for a very specific purpose
Replies: 26
Views: 4404

Re: Front light for a very specific purpose

Seems like you just need a modern, ultra powerful, front lamp. Something upwards of 250 lumens of brightness would do it. I use an Exposure 3 bulb front lamp which gives out something like 750 lumens on full power. Most the time I use it on a third of its capacity and put it on full power only for a...
by mick skinner
1 Dec 2013, 8:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length, distence feet have travelled
Replies: 9
Views: 2882

Re: Crank length, distence feet have travelled

The point of me sitting down to work it out was the hypothesis that I'll be more comfortable to slightly longer distance on the fixed bike with the shorter cranks. The ability to do slightly longer distances wasn't the reason I changed the cranks though, I'm trying to get myself in shape to start tr...
by mick skinner
1 Dec 2013, 12:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length, distence feet have travelled
Replies: 9
Views: 2882

Crank length, distence feet have travelled

Hi, I've just spent five minutes sussing out how much less distance my feet will travel over ten kilometres now I've replaced the old 175mm cranks with 170mm cranks on my fixed bike. It's something like eighty metres by the way, unless there's someone even sadder with less mates than me out there to...
by mick skinner
17 Sep 2013, 10:21am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Fixed gear mountain bike
Replies: 15
Views: 85134

Re: Fixed gear mountain bike

you can use frames spaced to 130 or 135 by using a disc hub, reversing it and getting a sprocket that bolts onto the disc mount Smashing idea Si, I think that way I could buy the On-one I mentioned in the OP and just transfere all but the gear components over from my geared mountainbike. The only n...
by mick skinner
16 Sep 2013, 9:24am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Fixed gear mountain bike
Replies: 15
Views: 85134

Re: Fixed gear mountain bike

I was stumped by the mountain bike stipulation. But if you're talking about bridlepaths and nothing too much more technical than that, I'd get a Pompino or similar and stick the biggest CX tyres on that fit (35mm?). That's a great bridleway machine. I want a fixed gear mountain bike because the fre...