Search found 39 matches

by Ross K
8 Jan 2016, 8:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A Functional Alternative to the Saddle.
Replies: 99
Views: 4836

Re: A Functional Alternative to the Saddle.

re weight: The racing version of MS weighs 250 grams and this includes the weight of a steel seat stem which is part of the seat.So with alloy components I expect it to be lighter than the lightest saddle.Note there are no saddle rails on MS. I find that exceedingly hard to believe. One of the ligh...
by Ross K
7 Jan 2016, 9:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A Functional Alternative to the Saddle.
Replies: 99
Views: 4836

Re: A Functional Alternative to the Saddle.

re weight: The racing version of MS weighs 250 grams and this includes the weight of a steel seat stem which is part of the seat.So with alloy components I expect it to be lighter than the lightest saddle.Note there are no saddle rails on MS. I find that exceedingly hard to believe. One of the ligh...
by Ross K
24 Dec 2015, 7:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A Functional Alternative to the Saddle.
Replies: 99
Views: 4836

Re: A Functional Alternative to the Saddle.

I'm sorry, I think your idea of replacing a freely moving bearing in the steering with a chunk of rubber is downright dangerous. I agree. This "invention" is a dead duck, I'm afraid. Look on the bright side, though, that's better than a dead cyclist. A rider makes tiny micro-corrections t...
by Ross K
16 Dec 2015, 8:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chinese titanium frame
Replies: 41
Views: 4794

Re: Chinese titanium frame

The company I think I'm going to use is Waltly http://www.waltlytitanium.com/ There's a guy on the BikeRadar forum that has bought several Waltly Ti frames, all made to measure and all delivered promptly and accurately and backed up by excellent service. The photos show a great quality frame and th...
by Ross K
16 Dec 2015, 3:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cone spanner sizes for FH-5700 rear hub?
Replies: 8
Views: 795

Re: Cone spanner sizes for FH-5700 rear hub?

Samuel D wrote:
Hopefully useful for some other Google searcher looking for cone spanners for a Shimano 105 FH-5700 freehub.


Indeed, thank you!
by Ross K
15 Dec 2015, 10:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cold setting
Replies: 13
Views: 1136

Re: cold setting

Just to add another reassuring tale: My from-new 531c frame of 1986 was 120mm but had a 126mm wheel crammed in for many years, without cold setting. It measured 122mm when the wheel was out, and the wheel, when in, sprung it to 126mm. Four years ago I cold set it a la Sheldon to 130mm and used a big...
by Ross K
11 Dec 2015, 1:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carbon Forks that fit 28mm Tyres and mudguards
Replies: 17
Views: 2543

Re: Carbon Forks that fit 28mm Tyres and mudguards

iow wrote:no experience with them, but the kinesis DC07 is also an option..


I've done a few thousand miles on mine and would recommend it. A good compromise of cost, weight and strength. Plenty of space for a 28mm and proper guards, comes with eyelets. It's a straight steerer, not tapered.
by Ross K
9 Dec 2015, 6:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Steve abraham attempt
Replies: 517
Views: 53705

Re: Steve abraham attempt

It makes my blood boil when I hear people stating "I was blinded by the Sun" or other feeble excuse for their poor attention to their driving - and worse still when the courts agree that it's acceptable as an excuse! I don't wish to start an argument but there are occasions when even the ...
by Ross K
2 Dec 2015, 8:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Topeak Road Morph bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 1872

Re: Topeak Road Morph bracket

I secure the same pump using the following clip, which is a Blackburn Air Stick bracket I believe. Very secure, and allows use of the water bottle cage next to it.

Image
by Ross K
29 Nov 2015, 7:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: saddle adjuster or lay back seatpost?
Replies: 37
Views: 3709

Re: saddle adjuster or lay back seatpost?

Will getting a longer stem not achieve the same goal, unless your fore-aft in relation to the BB is critical?
by Ross K
24 Nov 2015, 12:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tektro R737 vs R539?
Replies: 14
Views: 6186

Re: Tektro R737 vs R539?

I use R559 on my single speed (27" frame with 700c wheels hence extra long drop). They seem pretty good to me. Mega improvement on the centre pull calipers they replaced. Easy to adjust also. Yes, my old steel had centre pull Weinmanns which were bloody lethal in the wet - the R559s are night ...
by Ross K
24 Nov 2015, 9:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tektro R737 vs R539?
Replies: 14
Views: 6186

Re: Tektro R737 vs R539?

I've done a few thousand miles on both Tektro R539 and Shimano R650 brakes, on the same bike, the latter replacing the former a couple or three years ago. Tektro have poorer build quality, the stock pads are awful especially in the wet and they chew up the alu rims then make a nice grinding surface ...
by Ross K
23 Nov 2015, 7:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter bike - do you bother?
Replies: 49
Views: 3336

Re: Winter bike - do you bother?

I live in Scotland so I obviously have three winter road bikes. :shock: I don't have time to properly clean bikes regularly so my "use and abuse" bike is my ultra-reliable old 531 workhorse which gets regular chain maintenance and that's about it. It also has very puncture-resistant tyres ...
by Ross K
22 Nov 2015, 10:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Downtube shifters - How? Why?
Replies: 113
Views: 8102

Re: Downtube shifters - How? Why?

I use four road bikes regularly, three with Shimano STI (which is a great system) and one with DT friction shifters (also great - see below!). The latter is on my from-new 1985 531 bike, allocated to mostly night time winter riding, shod with my most puncture proof tyres - I really don't want any un...
by Ross K
7 May 2014, 9:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rubbish chainlines
Replies: 20
Views: 1778

Re: Rubbish chainlines

Compacts are to blame, say I. Do compact chainsets (50/34) encourage cross chaining? Yes, definitely, in my experience. They are the new Emporer's New Clothes, in my view. For many riders, the ratios on a 50-34 set-up (assuming say the common 11-28 or 12-27 cassette) that will be most used will tend...