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by bainbridge
16 Jan 2016, 5:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dilemma : Change bar-end shifters for STI or . . . .
Replies: 55
Views: 3206

Re: Dilemma : Change bar-end shifters for STI or . . . .

3503 is for triples and 3500 is for doubles (I think) but I'd go for ST-3400, which (they say) will do triples or doubles and cost pennies http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/shimano-sora-st-3400-9-speed-double-triple-road-sti-levers-prod36918/ These levers don't have barrel adjusters on the lever hoods so ...
by bainbridge
16 Jan 2016, 2:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dilemma : Change bar-end shifters for STI or . . . .
Replies: 55
Views: 3206

Re: Dilemma : Change bar-end shifters for STI or . . . .

Using Campag shifters with Shimano you need one speed higher ie 10 speed Campag for 9 speed Shimano and the Hubbub rear derailleur cable attachment pictured below. Campag 10 speed shifters with the Hubbub attachment give a pitch of 4.35mm of cable. 9 speed Shimano STI a pitch of 4.34mm. The .01 mm ...
by bainbridge
16 Jan 2016, 9:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dilemma : Change bar-end shifters for STI or . . . .
Replies: 55
Views: 3206

Re: Dilemma : Change bar-end shifters for STI or . . . .

Thanks everyone for your input. The Sora brifters on Wiggle are now out of stock anyway :-( They seem to sell out very quickly, the stock alert saying they had them was received about 3 days ago and they're gone! I would certainly look at a campag alternative however the ones pete75 linked to are 10...
by bainbridge
14 Jan 2016, 11:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dilemma : Change bar-end shifters for STI or . . . .
Replies: 55
Views: 3206

Dilemma : Change bar-end shifters for STI or . . . .

Hi tourers The change: My Cinelli Hobootleg has bar end shifters (microshift) fitted as standard to a Sora triple 9 speed gear system. From the outset I didn't like em. Having to reach down to change gear is tedious. I stuck with it for a few hundred miles but just don't like em. Wiggle now have in ...
by bainbridge
12 Jan 2016, 10:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rattling front panniers
Replies: 9
Views: 566

Re: Rattling front panniers

Thanks for the replies everyone, much appreciated. So packing out the mounting points is the way to go then. I have a very hard wearing roll of plack tape that a refrigeration engineer gave me, it's the same as normal electrical insulation tape but the material is slightly thicker and the non sticky...
by bainbridge
12 Jan 2016, 9:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rattling front panniers
Replies: 9
Views: 566

Rattling front panniers

Hi tourers Put my new Ortlieb front city rollers on my tubus front rack and they're great apart from a bit of a rattle going on. The way they clamp on is very secure but there is about 1mm of play between the fixings and the rack which makes for rattly riding. Has anyone else encountered this? If so...
by bainbridge
9 Jan 2016, 10:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How much time do you actually ride on the drops?
Replies: 103
Views: 6286

Re: How much time do you actually ride on the drops?

Only when going down hills due to a back condition.
by bainbridge
6 Jan 2016, 10:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GPS
Replies: 79
Views: 4585

Re: GPS

Satellites must exist because I've seen one at the beginning of Independance Day.

The spaceship heading for Earth smashes into one.
by bainbridge
4 Jan 2016, 7:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: am I a really slow cyclist?
Replies: 43
Views: 2800

Re: am I a really slow cyclist?

It's an average so you'll be going up the big hills slower but going down them much faster. Riding an unladen road bike a fit person would normally average over 13mph. Nope. Hills take an age to climb, but are descended in a jiffy. Hills slow you down overall. Take a long steep hill and time your r...
by bainbridge
4 Jan 2016, 7:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: am I a really slow cyclist?
Replies: 43
Views: 2800

Re: am I a really slow cyclist?

It's an average so you'll be going up the big hills slower but going down them much faster. Riding an unladen road bike a fit person would normally average over 13mph. If you're fit enough to run then I'm surprised you don;t average faster than the 13mph minimum. Maybe look at some changes to the bi...
by bainbridge
3 Jan 2016, 11:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Double Wrapped Bar Tape?
Replies: 26
Views: 1495

Re: Double Wrapped Bar Tape?

Be interested to see the responses here because I also prefer a larger diameter handlebar.

With regards to wrapping the bars this is a good guide:

http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-hel ... -drop-bars
by bainbridge
31 Dec 2015, 6:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam sightseeing by bike
Replies: 9
Views: 646

Re: Amsterdam sightseeing by bike

You'll love it, the whole city is geared up for cyclists.

Take on board the great advice that's already been given and you'll have a great time.
by bainbridge
31 Dec 2015, 7:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Portable Chargers/Power Banks: power transfer efficiency
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Re: Portable Chargers/Power Banks: power transfer efficiency

I bought a 2nd generation Anker 13,000 ma powerbank off Amazon for my mini tours in a sale for £15, to be used to charge my galaxy s3 phone which contains a 2,100 ma battery and also to charge whatever battery powers my garmin edge touring. After a day's riding the garmin is usually below 20% and th...
by bainbridge
31 Dec 2015, 7:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is this a particularly hideous colour?
Replies: 24
Views: 1648

Re: Is this a particularly hideous colour?

The colour's fairly innocuous, but the idea of paying £60 for a bit of plastic to put on your head, and calling it a bargain at that, baffles me, I'm afraid. I used to think this and made do with cheapo helmets until a new bike purchase included £100 worth of extras and I decided to get a £70 helme...
by bainbridge
29 Dec 2015, 10:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where can I get a decent jacket?
Replies: 19
Views: 2106

Re: Where can I get a decent jacket?

One jacket to avoid is the mountain warehouse cycling jacket, I took one one tour and while it was waterproof and quite breathable the surface layer wetted out and took forever to dry, it also made it heavy. It's still in Inverness, left in the cycling shop where I brought a replacement.. For day t...