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by Samuel D
20 Jun 2020, 6:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 87
Views: 3628

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

Thanks for the build list, amediasatex. Interesting that you didn’t use bladed spokes even on your fastest wheels. Any particular reason? You might be interested in some new drag testing of hub dynamos, covered here. The Shutter Precision models didn’t test as well as I had expected. I think I’ll sp...
by Samuel D
20 Jun 2020, 6:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?
Replies: 11
Views: 334

Re: Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?

I've got one bike with 5800 11sp groupset and another with R8000 11sp. I have to say that the R8000 is a huge improvement over the 5800 particularly as far as the front derailleur set up and operation is concerned. Really? I’ve found the opposite. It takes two minutes to nail an FD-5800 or similar....
by Samuel D
20 Jun 2020, 5:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke Tension Meters
Replies: 54
Views: 1525

Re: Spoke Tension Meters

A tension meter is mainly for getting them all the same tension Why do you say that? I haven’t found even the best of them to be much use for that; not when listening to the tone of plucked spokes shows smaller differences with greater reliability and more convenience to boot. But to get the tensio...
by Samuel D
19 Jun 2020, 12:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "These headsets last forever"?
Replies: 84
Views: 2503

Re: "These headsets last forever"?

Hope are very nice, do have great colours, and have custom bearings... What does custom bearings mean and why would you want them? Cane Creek, in its former guise as Dia-Compe USA, pretty much invented the threadless system as we know it (they called it AheadSet). So you could legitimately say that...
by Samuel D
19 Jun 2020, 12:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 87
Views: 3628

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

Not to hand but I can type one out later if you're curious I am curious and might not be the only one. Doesn’t have to be hugely detailed to be useful. For example, I’ve never heard of the fast front tyre, and the stem on the audax build is unusual. And continuing the chainset talk, they're both go...
by Samuel D
19 Jun 2020, 10:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 87
Views: 3628

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

Love them both, amediasatex. Interesting choices throughout! They’re unquestionably built by a connoisseur. But I’d like to know the build details, especially of the faster one that is harder to decipher at a glance. Have you got a part list anywhere? If those are SunXCD cranks, what do you think of...
by Samuel D
15 Jun 2020, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cotter pins: Why? Why not?
Replies: 47
Views: 1499

Re: Cotter pins: Why? Why not?

What causes these to come loose? I recall riding bikes with floppy cranks in my childhood. They were maintained by farmers who solved most problems with a hammer, so they may have been abused, but how can you mess up the installation of cotter pins?
by Samuel D
15 Jun 2020, 1:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 87
Views: 3628

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

mcshroom wrote:I can only think of one set of hydro brakes that don't come integrated with the shifters- TRP Hylex RS
https://road.cc/content/review/262312-t ... -rs-brakes

That’s a good start. Even available in this colour.
by Samuel D
15 Jun 2020, 1:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultegra front gears problem
Replies: 13
Views: 429

Re: Ultegra front gears problem

Marcus Aurelius wrote:No, just no.

Odd insistence. What’s up? Page 21.

Brucey wrote:it varies with the brand of chainset and the vintage of it.

I meant for the FC-6800, the topic of the thread.
by Samuel D
15 Jun 2020, 1:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 87
Views: 3628

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

Do you have any photos of it in winter rig with the mudguards on? None that are worth sharing. I’ll try to take some this winter. Relatedly - if you wanted to build decent-quality 3x8 or 3x9 touring transmission with DT/bar-end shifters (no worrying about STIs makes brake selection easier), could y...
by Samuel D
15 Jun 2020, 12:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultegra front gears problem
Replies: 13
Views: 429

Re: Ultegra front gears problem

The markings will be on the side facing out. It is possible that the small ring is on back to front, I doubt it, but it’s not unheard of. It’s the other way around: the markings of the inner ring must face inward, toward the bicycle. Additionally the ridge on the inner diameter of the small chainri...
by Samuel D
15 Jun 2020, 12:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 87
Views: 3628

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

Not saying downtubes are bad, each to their own, but i like trimmable shifters. Fair enough. The way I see it, friction shifting gives me infinite trim. But it does need a little more care to trim, perhaps. I don't know then, but I don't really recognise any of these problems with my STIs (simple C...
by Samuel D
14 Jun 2020, 2:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 87
Views: 3628

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

A couple of months back I was asked to sort out front shifting on 11s Shimano to say that it was complex and fiddly was an understatement - I had to download the instruction manual (it's all changed!). Tell me about it! Here is someone’s attempt at describing how the new-style Shimano front deraill...
by Samuel D
14 Jun 2020, 11:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 87
Views: 3628

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

With indexed shifting, changing gear takes less than a second wherever you put the shifter. Meanwhile, you’re pedalling in a gear that is at worst one out, if it’s out at all – often we’re guessing, safe in the knowledge that being slightly wrong has a negligible cost. You have to be two or three ge...
by Samuel D
13 Jun 2020, 1:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …
Replies: 87
Views: 3628

Re: I’m famous! Or at least my Spa Audax is …

But "the UK indie shop Spa Cycles" What's an indie shop ?? An independent shop. Not a chain store. Okay, it helps that shortening independent to indie shoos the reader’s imagination in a nice direction. I confess I didn’t give the word the thought that would merit this scrutiny. Neverthle...