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by gxaustin
29 Jun 2019, 5:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New to road bikes - need advice
Replies: 12
Views: 717

Re: New to road bikes - need advice

If you do Facebook try Facebook market place. You can then go and have a look. You might find a nearly new Boardman. I see a photo of an old bike with down tube shifters earlier in the thread. I would definitely steer clear of antediluvian gear like that (dons tin hat) because modern brake/shifters ...
by gxaustin
24 May 2019, 6:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hybrid recommendation
Replies: 14
Views: 642

Re: Hybrid recommendation

If you ride a typical hybrid bike ~2000 miles (which could be your annual mileage) then it will need - new brake pads (which BTW will likely have worn out without you noticing if you have hydraulic brakes, leading to a common scenario in which you need new discs as well) - new tyres (most bikes com...
by gxaustin
17 May 2019, 8:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front derailleur position query
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: Front derailleur position query

I have a similar problem - my front mech would strike the chain stay, if I could get it lower. There's a gap of about 5mm. I'm careful to set up the limit screws carefully but after about 9,000 miles I've never dropped the chain outwards. You could maybe get your mech a bit lower, if you are concern...
by gxaustin
17 May 2019, 8:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ridgeback vs B-Twin
Replies: 9
Views: 847

Re: Ridgeback vs B-Twin

When my lad was younger he wanted a new bike and fancied suspension. I suggested he lift the bikes with and without suspension forks to shoulder level. He went for the rigid version :lol:
by gxaustin
17 May 2019, 8:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best first bike under £1000
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: Best first bike under £1000

If you're doing it on the cycle to work scheme that implies you're going to use it for commuting


I'm not so sure. Lots of people use the cycle to work scheme to get a nice bike at a discount - like my son and his mates
by gxaustin
17 May 2019, 5:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPD Touring Shoes
Replies: 16
Views: 1021

Re: SPD Touring Shoes

I've been using Shimano RT82 for the last 3 years. They have two velcro and one ratchet fastener. I am a nine (43) but find 91/2 (44) fits best. They are. good for walking to the cafe or around a garden, say but don't look chunky. They are well ventilated Seems these were discontinued a few months a...
by gxaustin
16 May 2019, 9:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... Of some good shorts?
Replies: 7
Views: 686

Re: ... Of some good shorts?

I have Assos, Rapha and Lusso (3 pairs of Pro Gel). I have an old pair from DHB but they are better suited to shorter rides. I bought the Assos and Rapha at knock down prices - but still dearer than the Lusso. Personally I think the Lusso Pro Gel are at least as good as the others. I've used them al...
by gxaustin
26 Apr 2019, 11:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes 531 fork blade help
Replies: 21
Views: 944

Re: Dawes 531 fork blade help

Dr Bike is a great idea - my local (Dudley) group are very good. My go to is You Tube, There are vids covering almost everything you can think of.
by gxaustin
26 Apr 2019, 9:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...who buys this stuff?
Replies: 53
Views: 2554

Re: ...who buys this stuff?

I have a cycling colleague who just got 2 invoices - the real one and the 'acceptable' one. Playing with fire?
by gxaustin
26 Apr 2019, 8:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Custom Bike Build - Educate Me Please
Replies: 27
Views: 1136

Re: Custom Bike Build - Educate Me Please

If you're a hands -on type you could try a bike building course. My nearest was at Coalport - in the cradle of the industrial Revolution in Ironbridge gorge. I was fitted, frame designed and then I built it with 1:1 supervision in Reynolds 853 (+Columbus chain stays). I went for skinny tubes and old...
by gxaustin
14 Apr 2019, 11:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting cable disc brake to hydraulic
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: Converting cable disc brake to hydraulic

if so, there's a clue in the name that they work with 'road' brake levers not MTB ones. They also cost a lot more; by contrast you can buy a set of pre-bled MTB hydros for about £30. Wow thats cheap. I used to use road calipers on a flat bar - with suitable levers. The TRP cable hydros are pretty e...
by gxaustin
13 Apr 2019, 11:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting cable disc brake to hydraulic
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: Converting cable disc brake to hydraulic

I have TRP cable hydraulic. They seem to work well to me. All you need is new calipers.
by gxaustin
13 Apr 2019, 11:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pedal axle bearings in cranks
Replies: 11
Views: 588

Re: Pedal axle bearings in cranks

I think I have some somewhere if anybody is interested
by gxaustin
8 Apr 2019, 11:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Could you do better than this on a Chopper?
Replies: 32
Views: 2642

Re: Could you do better than this on a Chopper?

But (perhaps like other childhood memories) it has a special place in a lot of people's minds.


I'm sure you are correct in that.
I'm offended principally because something so gimmicky is so often praised as iconic, ahead of more elegant and efficient cycles.
by gxaustin
7 Apr 2019, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?
Replies: 20
Views: 1050

Re: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?

This afternoon I dug out an accident damaged Tifosi alloy frame. I clamped it in my Park Tools stand and tightened the steel clamp, using both hands, as hard as I could. I clamped the top tube and the down tube. The latter is ovalised so I clamped it on the weakest axis. Result: no discernible damag...