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by Roadster
18 Jan 2018, 12:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Slower with mudguards?
Replies: 57
Views: 2892

Re: Slower with mudguards?

Since I don't like getting a stripe of mud down the middle of my back, I always have mudguards on my bikes. Couldn't care less if it makes me faster or slower. Ditto. Where I live, it either has just been wet, is wet now, or else will soon be wet. There is no fourth condition which might allow not ...
by Roadster
16 Jan 2018, 3:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedals and strapless clips
Replies: 11
Views: 625

Re: Pedals and strapless clips

Those platform pedals are simply not designed for clips, strapless or otherwise. You'd need to change them for ones which are.
by Roadster
16 Jan 2018, 2:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bottom Bracket Gears?
Replies: 33
Views: 6659

Re: Bottom Bracket Gears?

Looking at a single-speed bicycle and wondering where some variable gearing could be put, the hub of its rear wheel seems the least attractive option for several compelling reasons. The rear wheel is already burdened with most of the combined weight of bike and rider and tasked with not only propell...
by Roadster
15 Jan 2018, 5:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thorn resistant tyres?
Replies: 57
Views: 3438

Re: Thorn resistant tyres?

LollyKat wrote:Which model Leatherman?

With meaningful pliers, the Rev is the pared-down economy version:-
http://www.leatherman.co.uk/rev/423.html
Street price is ~£35 or possibly less if you shop around.
by Roadster
15 Jan 2018, 2:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New road bike advice please
Replies: 12
Views: 510

Re: New road bike advice please

do you think my seat is to high, my leg is virtually straight down to the peddle. I agree with others who think so. As a starting point, your leg should be virtually straight with your heel on the pedal, and slightly bent at the knee with your foot positioned normally on the pedal. A sure sign of y...
by Roadster
14 Jan 2018, 1:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What gear range do you use.
Replies: 91
Views: 4496

Re: What gear range do you use.

But the question was what do you use, not what do you have. I'm happy to walk up those hills I can only ride up at walking pace, like to freewheel down a long decent and see a tailwind as an opportunity to take it easy rather than go faster. So, I spend so little time in the gears under 24" or...
by Roadster
14 Jan 2018, 12:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Do racers "feel" different?
Replies: 20
Views: 1654

Re: Do racers "feel" different?

Bonefishblues wrote: I've never really felt one for fear of a black eye... Tour de France teams have several masseurs, their job is to feel riders muscles... I'm at a loss to link these posts to the topic of this thread. Am I being thick? I believe the posts in question are mischievously taking &qu...
by Roadster
10 Jan 2018, 6:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bottom Bracket Gears?
Replies: 33
Views: 6659

Re: Bottom Bracket Gears?

I've never even seen let alone tried a Pinion-geared bike, Tiberius, and ride a steel-framed roadster with Alfine 8 IGH myself. I too like the idea, and my ultimate "dream bike" might well be a titanium framed, steel forked, chain driven and Pinion geared "Uber Roadster"...
by Roadster
10 Jan 2018, 5:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bottom Bracket Gears?
Replies: 33
Views: 6659

Re: Bottom Bracket Gears?

wow 1800 euro for just the drive thats a lot of money: why did you get that rather than a Rohlof? For the complete bike it wasn't much more than a comparable Rohloff machine. It also has a wider range, and the Rohloff couldn't give me both the high & low gears I wanted. As mentioned above, orig...
by Roadster
6 Jan 2018, 1:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tempted by a more expensive bike ( than originally planned )
Replies: 28
Views: 1695

Re: Newbie seeking advice

You didn't go looking for that more expensive carbon jobbie, did you? You hadn't even noticed that bauble until it was brought to your attention, nor had you even thought of buying a bike like that until it was suggested to you. With respect, this is not the best way to choose a bicycle. You should ...
by Roadster
4 Jan 2018, 11:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tempted by a more expensive bike ( than originally planned )
Replies: 28
Views: 1695

Re: Newbie seeking advice

Do not be distracted by sweets displayed at the checkout. Stick to your original plan.
by Roadster
26 Dec 2017, 11:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Great Bike !
Replies: 13
Views: 1345

Re: Great Bike !

tatanab wrote:all my machines come with self cancelling indicators called hand signals - my motorcycle used them too.

Turn signals using blinking lights are called "indicators", but turn signals using semaphore are called "trafficators".
by Roadster
25 Dec 2017, 6:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Technology !
Replies: 14
Views: 801

Re: New Technology !

Bikes of the future will be fully electronic and, in all probability, riderless.
by Roadster
25 Dec 2017, 5:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: oily rag
Replies: 17
Views: 1679

Re: oily rag

I see your problem, mnichols, but those of us who've spent literally years developing our oily rags are understandably loath to part with them. Besides, they only work when one creates them oneself. I suggest starting one of your own with the tattiest old t-shirt you can lay yours hands on, applying...
by Roadster
22 Dec 2017, 12:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?
Replies: 36
Views: 1483

Re: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?

Drop bars/levers are an ergonomic nonsense and an historical accident. I don't think the discovery of drops was accidental: as I understand it, delivery cyclists in the early 1900s deliberately turned their "porteur" handlebars upside down for competition purposes, fully aware that a less...