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by Roadster
5 Feb 2018, 1:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: pannier rack with the largest payload?
Replies: 32
Views: 1536

Re: pannier rack with the largest payload?

Frankly, I'd be more inclined to believe Tubus's ratings than Axiom's.
Even so, a 40 kg payload is approximately 88 lbs which is over three-quarters of a hundredweight...
I'd be more interested in reducing that load than in finding a rack strong enough to bear an even greater one.
by Roadster
4 Feb 2018, 3:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The timeless appeal of 7-speed gearing
Replies: 184
Views: 11282

Re: The timeless appeal of 7-speed gearing

Indeed, Peetee, but consumers must also take their fair share of the blame. As with the volume control on the Spinal Tap amplifier, why have one that only goes up to 10 when you can have one that goes up to 11?
by Roadster
4 Feb 2018, 2:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The timeless appeal of 7-speed gearing
Replies: 184
Views: 11282

Re: The timeless appeal of 7-speed gearing

Even a 3x14 system would still be far too coarse and inaccurate for me, I'm afraid. When I ride down to the pub or up to the shops, I need to micro-manage my cadence to an accuracy of +/- one rpm, so something like 5x15 over a range of 25" to 100" (i.e. one gear per inch) would be the abso...
by Roadster
1 Feb 2018, 4:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to secure a Rohloff?
Replies: 34
Views: 2543

Re: How to secure a Rohloff?

I think MJR is referring to using a cable in conjunction with a D-lock, Ivor, not to relying on a cable alone.
This can be useful in some situations as he says, but D-locks are already heavy and a meaningful cable is unwelcome extra weight and bulk to carry around.
by Roadster
1 Feb 2018, 2:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to secure a Rohloff?
Replies: 34
Views: 2543

Re: How to secure a Rohloff?

I use a quite hefty cable ... My experience of hearing at least weekly customer accounts of bike theft means I would never leave a bike locked with a cable, however 'hefty'. I have heard a hundred first hand accounts of bike theft and not yet heard of one where a D-lock was broken. I too have no id...
by Roadster
30 Jan 2018, 3:38pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: No ride vs No helmet
Replies: 29
Views: 1617

Re: No ride vs No helmet

I usually wear both but if forced to choose, I'd far rather have gloves and no helmet than the other way round.
by Roadster
30 Jan 2018, 2:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommended Cables
Replies: 43
Views: 2359

Re: Recommended Cables

Jagwire's Road Pro brake cables tick all the boxes:- http://jagwire.com/products/diy-cable-kits/2017road-pro-brake-kit Their less expensive Universal Sport brake cables have unreinforced coiled housings, which are plenty good enough for my roadster but perhaps not for a fast Road bike ridden hard.....
by Roadster
26 Jan 2018, 1:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help with handlebars!
Replies: 15
Views: 1229

Re: Help with handlebars!

What's wrong with riding on the drops? Nothing, but neither is it mandatory, and nor are drops compulsory, and nor are they the only fruit. For riders who like to sit up and look around rather than go as fast/far as possible, they're not necessarily the right choice either. What's wrong with not ri...
by Roadster
24 Jan 2018, 5:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks mud flap?
Replies: 28
Views: 1463

Re: Brooks mud flap?

If you want something pre-made, SKS's own Slurry mudflap is cheap and good enough... I had in fact already ordered a couple of these this morning from SJS before I read your post, but it is good to read your recommendation. Sorry, Thornyone, I didn't mean to imply that I recommended these. Actually...
by Roadster
24 Jan 2018, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks mud flap?
Replies: 28
Views: 1463

Re: Brooks mud flap?

If you want something pre-made, SKS's own Slurry mudflap is cheap and good enough, without the added weight and expense of a leather one. At the price, it hardly seems worth the time and trouble of making one's own.
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/mudguards/s ... y-mudflap/
by Roadster
24 Jan 2018, 1:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: fitting mudguards
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: fitting mudguards

I would like to fit some mudguards to my pashley clubman urban but ive got no chainstay bridge just a bolt on the underside either side Those bolts on the underside of the chainstays are for fixing a separate mounting bracket, which then acts as a bridge to which the rear mudguard is attached. You'...
by Roadster
19 Jan 2018, 11:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Notes on a Nuvinci
Replies: 26
Views: 2650

Re: Notes on a Nuvinci

Yes of course, but there must be very many buyers of utility bikes for whom the relative efficiency of different IGHs is not just of lesser importance, but is of no consideration at all. I wonder how many of them turn to the salesman and ask, "Under exactly the same conditions, which of these b...
by Roadster
19 Jan 2018, 7:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Notes on a Nuvinci
Replies: 26
Views: 2650

Re: Notes on a Nuvinci

I'm not sure whether all such weak and feeble riders even realize that some IGHs are less efficient than others, let alone whether it matters to them or not. I mean, if most of them did actually know that, hardly any of them would have bought a NuVinci hub in the first place and the company would ha...
by Roadster
19 Jan 2018, 5:28pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: How good is cycling?
Replies: 42
Views: 4074

Re: How good is cycling?

No offence intended to people living in East Anglia, NUKe, I assure you. Actually, your point has already been made by Drossall on the 27th September, so no need to labour it unnecessarily nearly four months later.
by Roadster
19 Jan 2018, 12:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedals and strapless clips
Replies: 11
Views: 635

Re: Pedals and strapless clips

I think they're suitable mainly for descending, not accelerating or ascending where being able to pull up on the pedals would be an advantage. Chunky-soled boots are worn for grip on the studs in wet conditions, and there's also a need for being able to put one's feet down quickly and often, for whi...