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by fossala
2 May 2019, 11:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed gear chain wear
Replies: 53
Views: 1965

Re: Fixed gear chain wear

I do love your Jackson BTW, we rode together for the first leg of that windy Mad March earlier in the year and it looked very elegant, but I would say that as it’s almost the same colour as my SS Mercian (which I wasn’t riding that day) so clearly you have good taste ;-) I managed to complete that ...
by fossala
2 May 2019, 11:02am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Can you help me find my dream bike?
Replies: 69
Views: 1943

Re: Can you help me find my dream bike?

How much are you willing to spend?
by fossala
2 May 2019, 10:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed gear chain wear
Replies: 53
Views: 1965

Re: Fixed gear chain wear

My approach with SS and fixed is to never actually measure the chain, just adjust for wear and lube it, and run it until it will run no more, then (with SS anyway) turn the chainring round and do it again with a new chain and sprocket. ~6000-8000 miles is normal, I had one setup go to nearly 10,000...
by fossala
2 May 2019, 10:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed gear chain wear
Replies: 53
Views: 1965

Re: Fixed gear chain wear

It may or may not be relevant but the one and only time I bought a Wipperman I found it rusted in no time and I went back to my default SRAM in disgust. I have a theory, with no proof so it is just a theory, that one of the hazards chains face is thorough removal of oil / grease with a solvent, fol...
by fossala
2 May 2019, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed gear chain wear
Replies: 53
Views: 1965

Re: Fixed gear chain wear

dura ace fixed chain rings are 1/8th no? is it a track one? i did the exact same sort of thing many years ago. fitted a wippermann chain expecting some sort of endurance outcome with the thing but it melted within a month / 400 miles of mixed weather. have never bought another. over many years ridi...
by fossala
2 May 2019, 10:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed gear chain wear
Replies: 53
Views: 1965

Re: Fixed gear chain wear

Most of my chain "cleaning" is done with an oily cloth and re-lubing with finish line green afterwards. When I clean with a de-greaser it is scrubbed until I can't see any dirt and when I spray with gt-85/wd40 hardly any blackness comes from the insides. I then wipe down and relube, again ...
by fossala
2 May 2019, 9:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed gear chain wear
Replies: 53
Views: 1965

Fixed gear chain wear

I built up my Bob Jackson Vigorelli just before Christmas and it's now done 1,800miles (2,000 by the weekend). It has mudguards and goes out in the rain but only on planned rides. Most commuting and all wet commuting is done on my Specialized fixed tricross. The bike is maintained meticulously with ...
by fossala
1 May 2019, 6:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best budget tyres for lejog.
Replies: 13
Views: 595

Re: Best budget tyres for lejog.

If I was about to ride 1.000ish miles I wouldn't be looking a cutting a few quid on tyres. I've never found any tyres to be prone to punctures, but I do live in the countryside and don't often visit cities. With the above two points and absolutely ignoring everything you said I'll advise the GP 5000...
by fossala
20 Apr 2019, 11:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?
Replies: 33
Views: 1627

Re: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?

I've owned both and really rate the 531 era model. The 708 is heavy and not very stiff, maybe mine was brazed poorly but no obvious signs of this (I checked).

Saying this, I've toured on both and both where fine.
by fossala
16 Apr 2019, 5:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 2020 Audax LeJog
Replies: 53
Views: 13347

Re: 2020 Audax LeJog

I live in Cornwall and a 10 day LEJOGLE was on the cards for next year to keep me fit until LEL. I do one was as a calendar and the other as a DIY or Perm. So many choices, so little time off work...
by fossala
16 Apr 2019, 4:56pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 2020 Audax LeJog
Replies: 53
Views: 13347

Re: 2020 Audax LeJog

I wonder if the night controls would be open early enough for a 4 day LEJOG. Been on my to do list since I did my 7 day one a handful of years back.
by fossala
8 Apr 2019, 4:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specific Fixed gear chainring will I notice the difference?
Replies: 18
Views: 690

Re: Specific Fixed gear chainring will I notice the difference?

Wolftooth make 110bcd, 5 hole, single speed rings. Teeth are taller and have wide and narrow teeth to fit the chain better. The style chain ring is common on 1x setups. https://www.wolftoothcomponents.com/collections/chainrings/products/110-bcd-cyclocross-chainrings?variant=26108474949 Bit expensiv...
by fossala
8 Apr 2019, 12:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specific Fixed gear chainring will I notice the difference?
Replies: 18
Views: 690

Re: Specific Fixed gear chainring will I notice the difference?

I have two fixed wheel bikes built to two very different budgets. Bike #1 has Dura-ace track components throughout. Stiff, strong and very round. There is no discernable difference in chain tension at any point in the cycle. Cost me a fortune £245 cranks, £71.49 chainring, £80 bottom bracket and a ...
by fossala
8 Apr 2019, 12:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specific Fixed gear chainring will I notice the difference?
Replies: 18
Views: 690

Re: Specific Fixed gear chainring will I notice the difference?

I have two fixed wheel bikes built to two very different budgets. Bike #1 has Dura-ace track components throughout. Stiff, strong and very round. There is no discernable difference in chain tension at any point in the cycle. Cost me a fortune £245 cranks, £71.49 chainring, £80 bottom bracket and a £...
by fossala
3 Apr 2019, 4:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring around Cornwall
Replies: 22
Views: 1667

Re: Touring around Cornwall

If you want to ride on the Lizard and do some ferries then try King Harry Ferry. You can ride from St Just In Roseland (not to be confused with St Just near Land's End) past Falmouth, Helford Passage, Gweek and out to the Lizard. Supposedly the ferry is £1 for bikes but I don't remember the last ti...