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by Des49
11 Dec 2020, 8:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front dynamo light
Replies: 51
Views: 1710

Re: Suggest a dynamo front light please

What a lovely commuting route you have! Nice distance too. Sounds very similar to the route a relative has in Germany, he had a bad hit with a deer a couple of years ago, but that seemed unavoidable, not due to poor lighting, the deer just leapt out in front of him. Luckily he escaped with bruising ...
by Des49
1 Nov 2020, 4:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Power meters
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: Power meters

Thanks Des49 and Elcani. The assioma pedals are the ones I’m considering, have heard good things about them elsewhere. Not that keen on having to take them off to charge, but if that means a more reliable power meter then so be it. May also mean some new bike shoes as I currently wear MTB ones, but...
by Des49
1 Nov 2020, 9:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Power meters
Replies: 6
Views: 382

Re: Power meters

Most power meters will be able to talk to a bike computer like a Garmin, Wahoo etc., or to a phone app. Which power meter is a bit of a minefield. These gadgets are not cheap and reliability is an issue with many, especially with long term usage. Most affordable are single sided left cranks from Sta...
by Des49
3 Oct 2020, 9:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Internal cabling grommet lost inside bike
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: Internal cabling grommet lost inside bike

Another possible way to retrieve such items can be to use a vacuum with a stocking fitted over the end of the hose.

Generally you just need a lot of patience and preserverence, I recently had such an experience getting a spoke nipple out from inside a rim.
by Des49
25 Aug 2020, 8:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Who has had a frame made ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1973

Re: Who has had a frame made ?

Had 3 frames made for myself, all by Roberts. What did you choose ? 1987 a SPX racing frame. 1990 a SLX training frame as previous but with rack and mudguard eyes. 1992? MTB White Spider frame for racing, rigid forks. did you get what you wanted ? Yes, only thing was the SLX frame did not come (as r...
by Des49
25 Aug 2020, 7:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this crankset free enough?
Replies: 12
Views: 600

Re: Is this crankset free enough?

Looks fine to me and in line with what I have experienced. I fitted a couple of bikes with more expensive Hope stainless steel bearing bottom brackets and these were the same as the Shimano versions. Fit the pedals and the cranks will spin a bit longer. It is really difficult to tell if a BB is stif...
by Des49
28 Jul 2020, 9:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...about lead times for custom builds?
Replies: 23
Views: 1041

Re: ...about lead times for custom builds?

Blimey, how things have changed! When I bought my Roberts in October 2006 it was 4 weeks from ordering to riding away on it! Wow! How did that happen? My experience over 5 Roberts frames between myself and my wife have been many, many months wait, like plan for next season. These are from 1986 to s...
by Des49
26 Jul 2020, 3:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 50s lightweight frame - 27.0mm seat post?
Replies: 23
Views: 994

Re: 50s lightweight frame - 27.0mm seat post?

deliquium wrote:I have a 1948 Accles & Pollock Kromo SAQ tubed Percy Stallard "Montlhéry" frame which takes a 27.2mm seat post. The lightest and most comfortable (springy) frame I've ever had the pleasure of riding :D


Beautiful bike, thanks for sharing.
by Des49
26 Jul 2020, 2:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advice on triple chain set
Replies: 15
Views: 966

Re: Advice on triple chain set

In my experience a 10" spanner is rarely long enough for the task. As Brucey points out clamping the tool to the cup is very important, otherwise something will slip under force and frame damage could occur. Below are my BB removal tools, note the bolt to secure the removal tool to the cup and ...
by Des49
25 Jul 2020, 10:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: road frame & forks with eyelets and clearance for mud guards
Replies: 15
Views: 699

Re: road frame & forks with eyelets and clearance for mud guards

I too struggled to fit proper mudguards to a Specialized Allez, the main issue was under the fork crown and the brakes closing up on the guard. With all my usual tricks like cutting holes or forming the guard with heat still left things a little too close. However when I fitted a new Shimano 105 gro...
by Des49
24 Jul 2020, 10:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 50s lightweight frame - 27.0mm seat post?
Replies: 23
Views: 994

Re: 50s lightweight frame - 27.0mm seat post?

Yes, I found that surprising too: 2325g v 1966g is a difference. I've ridden an Italian SLX frame and loved it but never tried SPX - unlikely for a 52/53cm frame size. Your old frame is impressively light weight. Just weighed some frames, not to the exact gramme as my scales are for heavier weights...
by Des49
24 Jul 2020, 9:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 50s lightweight frame - 27.0mm seat post?
Replies: 23
Views: 994

Re: 50s lightweight frame - 27.0mm seat post?

This guide to Columbus tubing (albeit from 1988-89) was useful learning for me: it shows butting and weights across their tubesets: http://equusbicycle.com/bike/columbus/columbuschart.htm That's interesting thanks. Does my SPX racing frame really carry such a weight penalty over SLX? I have frames ...
by Des49
23 Jul 2020, 6:17pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Saddle (prostate) advice - not sure what to do.
Replies: 18
Views: 1008

Re: Saddle (prostate) advice - not sure what to do.

It may be worth having a chat with Debbie at http://www.dillglove.co.uk, they are the UK agents for SMP saddles which have a very extensive range (too big to understand really!) They do a test scheme so you can try before you buy, well worth it in my opinion. They have helped 2 people I know with de...
by Des49
20 Jul 2020, 11:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe is open - who's going?
Replies: 55
Views: 2684

Re: Europe is open - who's going?

I was hoping to pop over to Brittany at some point this summer, but they seem to be experiencing a surge:- https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-cases-soar-in-frances-brittany-region-as-summer-holidays-begin-12030616 Where I am we are clear of cases, so it does seem an unnecessary risk to go anywhe...
by Des49
19 Jul 2020, 1:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo allan keys?
Replies: 24
Views: 840

Re: Campagnolo allan keys?

I think the self-extracting crank bolts on classic C-Record chainsets were a 7mm allen key too. Although I'd have to check. Yes, we have a C Record and Chorus chainsets that need a 7mm key. I purchased a set of Teng allen keys that have a 7mm. Don't even mention the 3 1/2 mm key needed for Campag D...