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by Samuel D
18 Mar 2015, 10:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathon Plus v Land Cruisers
Replies: 12
Views: 10348

Re: Schwalbe Marathon Plus v Land Cruisers

I haven’t used it, but since no-one has responded I thought I’d mention that the Land Cruiser has Schwalbe’s ‘K-Guard’ puncture-protection layer, which is the company’s most basic protection. By contrast, the Marathon Plus has ‘SmartGuard’, Schwalbe’s highest level of puncture protection. The SmartG...
by Samuel D
17 Mar 2015, 11:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Silca Super Pista pump discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 3068

Re: Silca Super Pista pump discussion

I think that’s the #30.0 chuck, Brucey. The Super Pista in stock at SJS Cycles seems to come with the #24.0 chuck ( this one ). Am I correct in thinking that would be just as good (or bad!) as the #30.0 for Presta-only use? I have a foot pump for the car that has worked fine for Schrader bicycle tub...
by Samuel D
17 Mar 2015, 10:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Silca Super Pista pump discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 3068

Re: Silca Super Pista pump discussion

It’s no good to me because they charge £30 to ship a pump to France, but Capital Cycles (has anyone heard of them?) seem to have the Pista (but not the Super Pista) in stock. Green and orange at £38, red and yellow at £40. Intriguingly, they say the base is aluminium . The photo shows a chuck I have...
by Samuel D
16 Mar 2015, 5:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Silca Super Pista pump discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 3068

Re: Silca Super Pista pump discussion

Thanks for that, mig. I’m also looking at the Rennkompressor. Certainly there is less doubt about the status of that company (SKS). But the Rennkompressor doesn’t have those glorious leather washers, cartoonish pressure gauge (which I like!), or the Silca chuck (though the latter divides opinion). T...
by Samuel D
16 Mar 2015, 3:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Silca Super Pista pump discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 3068

Re: Silca Super Pista pump discussion

By the way, I asked SJS Cycles and they quickly replied that their stock is the new type with a 30 mm barrel. I suppose that wouldn’t rust, which could only be a good thing. Am wary of the plastic base, though – and any other cost-cutting changes there might have been in 2008. Good luck with the bit...
by Samuel D
16 Mar 2015, 10:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Silca Super Pista pump discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 3068

Silca Super Pista pump discussion

Hello, all. St John Street Cycles seems to be the only shop in the UK and possibly Europe that still stocks the classic Silca Super Pista track/floor pump. Forty quid in black, red, or white. It seems these pumps are no longer being made. The Silca company or at least the name was recently bought by...
by Samuel D
12 Mar 2015, 12:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: H Plus Son Archetype rims.....or.....?
Replies: 13
Views: 2693

Re: H Plus Son Archetype rims.....or.....?

You'll find the countrys top builders, like Wheelsmith recommending the Excellence over almost any other aluminum rim. They know what they're talking about, building 2500-3000 pairs of bespoke wheels every year!! “Bespoke” would seem to have a limited meaning here if everyone gets the Ambrosio Exce...
by Samuel D
10 Mar 2015, 10:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe One tyre: as good as it sounds?
Replies: 22
Views: 2168

Re: Schwalbe One tyre: as good as it sounds?

There are lots of customer reviews raving about them on Wiggle . Indeed, and that’s more reassuring than dozens of complaints. But 100 % of Wiggle reviewers “would recommend” the Vittoria Zaffiro , a very heavy tyre I know to be pretty awful to ride on! Granted, they may be recommending it for what...
by Samuel D
9 Mar 2015, 3:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe One tyre: as good as it sounds?
Replies: 22
Views: 2168

Re: Schwalbe One tyre: as good as it sounds?

What do you recommend instead, reohn2? Vorpal: I like the sound of that Grand Prix 4-Season, with a compound optimised for colder temperatures. But with spring springing, now’s maybe not the best time to buy them. And the puncture protection seems a bit excessive for my requirements. Also very price...
by Samuel D
9 Mar 2015, 1:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe One tyre: as good as it sounds?
Replies: 22
Views: 2168

Re: Schwalbe One tyre: as good as it sounds?

Thanks: interesting site (and links to Wim Schermer's blog covering smaller wheel sizes). Thanks. I’ve heard of Wim Schermer’s innovative pendulum testing before. But this is a pretty fascinating article about the Ultremo ZX, as far as I can tell from Google’s translation of the original double Dut...
by Samuel D
9 Mar 2015, 12:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe One tyre: as good as it sounds?
Replies: 22
Views: 2168

Re: Schwalbe One tyre: as good as it sounds?

http://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/road-bike-reviews Something to have a look at. It’s interesting that the Vittoria Open Corsa CX was tested with and without a latex tube. The latex tube saved 2.3 watts at 60 PSI and 1.3 watts at 120 PSI. Similarly, a latex tube in the Continental Grand Prix ...
by Samuel D
9 Mar 2015, 7:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe One tyre: as good as it sounds?
Replies: 22
Views: 2168

Re: Schwalbe One tyre: as good as it sounds?

Yes, so I see on Abraham’s website. But I suppose he still trusts the tubeless tyres to be best for the job (or close enough not to jeopardise his record attempt). It struck me as interesting, because the rest of his equipment is pretty traditional. Anyway, although Schwalbe has tubeless, tubular, a...
by Samuel D
9 Mar 2015, 12:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe One tyre: as good as it sounds?
Replies: 22
Views: 2168

Schwalbe One tyre: as good as it sounds?

I read somewhere that Steven Abraham is using Schwalbe One tubeless tyres for his attempt to break Tommy Godwin’s yearly mileage record. Interesting choice. Is this to save time fixing punctures? But I’m more interested in the standard folding clincher with a tube inside. What do you think of this t...