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by Ross K
9 Apr 2014, 7:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Steel bikes are heavy
Replies: 39
Views: 2842

Re: Steel bikes are heavy

My regularly used winter bike no 2 is my from-new 1980's 531c frame, coldset to 130 with modern handbuilt wheels, SRAM 8sp cassette and original friction shifters. It has SKS chromoplastic mudguards and 25c Gator Hardshells. It weighs 11kg which I think is pretty light for what it is. I do regular t...
by Ross K
23 Feb 2014, 1:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting to STI
Replies: 16
Views: 10516

Re: Converting to STI

I've got two road bikes with 10 speed STI and one restored 531c bike with friction shifters. Like you I was tempted to upgrade the old steel to STIs but settled for spreading the rear from 126 to 130 and getting a new wheel built with a shimano 8/9/10 freehub. I now use a SRAM 8 speed cassette and o...
by Ross K
15 Feb 2014, 10:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 105 vs ultegra chainset weight
Replies: 19
Views: 7404

Re: 105 vs ultegra chainset weight

Hackfall wrote:There is no weight figures that i can find for the 105 including cups, any ideas?


Here's a link to Bikerumor who weighed and photographed all components in the 5700 groupset:
http://www.bikerumor.com/2010/11/10/201 ... nd-photod/
by Ross K
9 Dec 2013, 8:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rigid forks for MTB
Replies: 18
Views: 2488

Re: Rigid forks for MTB

If you want rigid, lightweight and corrected for 80mm travel, look at these: http://www.carboncycles.cc/?p=789& I've had the 100mm version for a couple of years on my winter commuter and it's great - some flex gives a comfy ride (I'm a roadie so with either ice tyres or 26"x28c Gators it fe...
by Ross K
26 Nov 2013, 3:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe studded tyres
Replies: 27
Views: 1931

Re: Schwalbe studded tyres

By the way you do generally lose studs in the first few miles (take care not to do static turns of the front wheel, skid stops etc) but a quick phonecall to Schwalbe UK and the friendly chaps there will post a handful out in an envelope. If I recall, I may have requested them via their online enquir...
by Ross K
26 Nov 2013, 2:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe studded tyres
Replies: 27
Views: 1931

Re: Schwalbe studded tyres

I've used Schwalbe Marathon Winters for two winters now, on a rigid-fork MTB, mostly for a 12 each way mile all-rural commute in Scotland. They are simply outstanding. Run at 70psi for bare tarmac/frost/black ice and lower (40+) where you expect sheet ice (refrozen field run off etc) and hard packed...
by Ross K
26 Oct 2013, 6:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing Weimann 610 centre pulls
Replies: 13
Views: 4256

Re: Replacing Weimann 610 centre pulls

... I too got Tektro R559 (extra deep drop) and like the above chap I found that in hindsight maybe I could have got away with Tektro R539 as the pads are quite a way up the slots. However, I'm glad I got the 559s! I use Tektro R539s on my (modern) winter bike and they are very poor even with good ...
by Ross K
25 Oct 2013, 8:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1988/89 rebuild - wheels and cassette help
Replies: 13
Views: 3507

Re: 1988/89 rebuild - wheels and cassette help

No problem to spring a 130mm hub into a 126mm steel frame. I agree. My new winter bike was actually 122mm (previously 120 but had a 126 wheel jammed in for a couple of decades!) but I cold-set it as per Sheldon Brown (Google it), no problem at all. As the above chap says, in your case you can just ...
by Ross K
25 Oct 2013, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing Weimann 610 centre pulls
Replies: 13
Views: 4256

Re: Replacing Weimann 610 centre pulls

My old 531 frame is in service as winter bike n+1 and originally had 27" and later 700c. The Weinmann centre pulls were just awful, even with Koolstop salmons in place. I too got Tektro R559 (extra deep drop) and like the above chap I found that in hindsight maybe I could have got away with Tek...