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by pickerd1
30 Jul 2015, 12:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pump Adaption
Replies: 11
Views: 973

Re: Pump Adaption

Thanks for all the help. The hose suggested looks good and is cheap enough. The problem I have found with this sort of hose is that the pump end fitting, whilst great for screw in type pumps, does not fit well enough into push / direct fit pumps. This seems to be due to the length of the threaded pa...
by pickerd1
30 Jul 2015, 9:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 4th hand cable puller
Replies: 16
Views: 2194

Re: 4th hand cable puller

I have a non-Park Took 4th hand tool, I think it's draper, and it works fine.
by pickerd1
30 Jul 2015, 9:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pump Adaption
Replies: 11
Views: 973

Pump Adaption

Hi there, I have a couple of Topeak pumps that fit directly onto the inner tube valve (presta). I find that these are difficult to use and often bend / damage the valve on the tube. I also have a Topeak Turbo Morph that has a hose and I find to be very good. Rather than discarding these direct fit p...
by pickerd1
29 Jul 2015, 12:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Front Mech?
Replies: 7
Views: 966

Re: Which Front Mech?

Hi, On my Salsa Vaya I have .... - Rear 10 speed cassette - Tiagra 12-30 (customized sprockets) with 105 med cage RM. I did have a 9 spd MTB long cage mech, RD-M591, but this did not shift quite as well. The advantage of this long cage was that I could easily use all ring / sprocket combinations, wi...
by pickerd1
21 Jul 2015, 1:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Very long 'noodle pipe' under drop bar tape?
Replies: 10
Views: 1231

Re: Very long 'noodle pipe' under drop bar tape?

Great idea assuming you always keep the same levers with the same bars.
This can be done with ordinary cable outers if you use an inline adjuster at the stem end.
by pickerd1
7 Jul 2015, 1:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ring Size!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: Ring Size!!!

Thanks everyone - great info. I like the approach set out by reohn2 and the detailed technical stuff from Brucey. In the end as you all say it's a case of personal preference with a few provisos - mainly chainline in common gears to reduce wear and improve efficiency. Ideally we would use very large...
by pickerd1
7 Jul 2015, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ring Size!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: Ring Size!!!

hamster / pwa - thanks for your replies. Ok, I can sort of see what your saying - a bend round a lower diameter, being sharper, doesn't spread the pressure / force as evenly as round a large diameter. SORT OF? I expect this is offset by the reduction is weight. I can also see that, unless the diamet...
by pickerd1
7 Jul 2015, 9:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ring Size!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: Ring Size!!!

Thanks for your input.

Why would my proposed set-up be 'less efficient'? Is this down to ring and cog size being small for a given ratio?
by pickerd1
7 Jul 2015, 8:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lowering Gearing and compatablilty
Replies: 16
Views: 1811

Re: Lowering Gearing and compatablilty

If it helps my present set-up is ... 24-36-46 rings (on 64 / 104 bcd 4 arm crank) 12-30 10 speed cassette 105 10 speed & triple STI levers Tiagra 4603 front derailleur 105 med cage rear derailleur This works really well I also have used a 9 spd RD M591 rear derailleur - this was also ok and has ...
by pickerd1
7 Jul 2015, 7:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ring Size!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Ring Size!!!

Over time I have tried many different gear combinations for touring, and think that what I have now is pretty good for me. But I'm still not satisfied. I started with a 12-30 10 speed cassette and a 30-39-52 triple chainset. I found that was not using the 52T and was spending most of my time riding ...
by pickerd1
22 Jun 2015, 12:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Renovation
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Re: Mercian Renovation

Thanks Brucey - your points are well made. The tubing is Reynolds 531, and it is about a 23" frame. I am over 90kg (without luggage) - I wasn't really thinking of carrying luggage as I have a Salsa Vaya for that, but wanted something for riding the rougher cycle paths and tracks that I tend to ...
by pickerd1
22 Jun 2015, 12:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Renovation
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Re: Mercian Renovation

Facing the BB had slipped my mind. Is this an expensive job? Will an Hollowtech II fit? I'm thinking threads etc? Interestingly I went for a cartridge square taper BB on previous projects. I might consider this again although I would have to buy a new / 2nd hand crank. I had considered in line cable...
by pickerd1
22 Jun 2015, 12:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking in a Brooks
Replies: 18
Views: 2195

Re: Breaking in a Brooks

I've had a Brooks B17 from nearly new for a few months now. To start with it was quite uncomfortable to the point where I wished I hadn't bought it. I was also slipping all over the place on it. I did tilt it backwards to stop myself slipping forwards, which was a bit strange to begin with but is no...
by pickerd1
22 Jun 2015, 11:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Renovation
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Re: Mercian Renovation

Thanks for your replies. I've pretty much decided that I'd like to modernize this frame as a 2nd touring bike would be nice to have. My thoughts are as follows: - 700c wheels - I have a pair of Mavic A119s - will there be any problems with these? - 3x10 spd STI gearing - probably Tiagra 2nd hand - n...
by pickerd1
16 Jun 2015, 3:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Renovation
Replies: 9
Views: 700

Mercian Renovation

I've recently got my hands on a 1975 Mercian frame and fork. They weren't exactly sure which model when I asked in the shop - never mind. I am considering renovating it. It's Reynolds 531 in decent condition - needs a seat stay repair - £75 at Mercian I believe. It's has all be lugs for racks and mu...