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by Roadster
22 Dec 2017, 12:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat post sizing problem
Replies: 33
Views: 3674

Re: Seat post sizing problem

531 was always available in a wide variety of different gauges... The actual metal from which the tubes were drawn may have been, but is that true of tube sets specifically designated as "531C" and "531ST"? Apart from a small number of custom builds, weren't their specifications...
by Roadster
21 Dec 2017, 6:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?
Replies: 36
Views: 1482

Re: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?

Perhaps, but "Road Bike" means "Road Bike"... :)
by Roadster
21 Dec 2017, 5:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?
Replies: 36
Views: 1482

Re: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?

That's not what I understood the OP to mean when he wrote, "I always thought I wanted a road bike, I finally got one to test the concept out, Turns out I don't like road bikes at all since I barely ever drive on tarmac and I don't like at all the position when using the bike". I don't thin...
by Roadster
21 Dec 2017, 3:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Counterintuitive saddle adjustment idea
Replies: 20
Views: 1333

Re: Counterintuitive saddle adjustment idea

I don't know about that but if you keep slipping forward on your saddle, it usually needs to be tilted up at the nose slightly rather than moved back.
by Roadster
21 Dec 2017, 2:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat post sizing problem
Replies: 33
Views: 3674

Re: Seat post sizing problem

I don't know why some people are dismissing the very idea of seatpost diameters other than 27.2: my 1983 Holdsworth Mistral tourer has 531ST tubing throughout and came factory-fitted with a 27.0mm seatpost. However, I have never heard of any size other than 27.0 and 27.2 being used with that tubeset.
by Roadster
21 Dec 2017, 2:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 27 in wheel options
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: 27 in wheel options

Unless your friend's "old bike" is of Collector/Eroica interest, there is sadly not much future in 27" wheels not least because of the ever-dwindling range of choice in decent tyres.
by Roadster
21 Dec 2017, 1:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?
Replies: 36
Views: 1482

Re: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?

I barely ever drive on tarmac and I don't like at all the position when using the bike.. I like the bike itself, it's rather light and nimble, however... the gear changes /brakes/position= sucks so bad :( As you barely ride on Tarmac it's the wrong bike whatever the bars. Sell it and start again, p...
by Roadster
19 Dec 2017, 2:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rack bolts bent - assume the worst?
Replies: 11
Views: 673

Re: Rack bolts bent - assume the worst?

Do the rack stay and the mudguard stay both share the same eyelet on the rear drop out? Is the rack stay mounted on the inside (next to the eyelet) or on the outside (next to the head of the mounting bolt)? If the heavily loaded rack stay is fitted outside of the mudguard stay, it will exert more le...
by Roadster
18 Dec 2017, 5:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Excess price rise(s)?
Replies: 24
Views: 1645

Re: Excess price rise(s)?

Used with a turbo trainer, the puncture resistance of Ultrasports is exemplary.
by Roadster
17 Dec 2017, 5:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: oily rag
Replies: 17
Views: 1677

Re: oily rag

:) You're very welcome, Patrick!
I regard myself as an expert in preventative medicine, and have adopted an holistic approach in my own personal use of the oily rag. Its benefits are not just physical, but mental, emotional and spiritual as well!
by Roadster
17 Dec 2017, 2:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Excess price rise(s)?
Replies: 24
Views: 1645

Re: Excess price rise(s)?

The prices of whatever you buy are all over the place these days. What's constant is that it pays to shop around.
by Roadster
17 Dec 2017, 2:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: oily rag
Replies: 17
Views: 1677

Re: oily rag

rjb wrote:Sorry to be a party pooper...

That's okay, but surely you didn't think we were being serious...?
by Roadster
17 Dec 2017, 2:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?
Replies: 48
Views: 2771

Re: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?

My current steed has an Alfine 8 IGH so grimy transmission components and rapid chain wear are no longer the major issues they used to be when I used derailleurs. I reinvest the money saved on replacement chains by spending more on an all-nickel-plated chain (SRAM PC991) which resists corrosion bett...
by Roadster
17 Dec 2017, 1:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: oily rag
Replies: 17
Views: 1677

Re: oily rag

Now am I the only Luddite left that wipes his frame down with a good old oily rag after being in the rain? and should I rub my knees with the same rag? Do you mean your body frame or your bicycle frame? If the former, you should rub it all over and do the appendages as well while you're at it. You ...
by Roadster
16 Dec 2017, 6:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seatpost, seat pack and seatpost mounted light visibility
Replies: 24
Views: 1459

Re: Seatpost, seat pack and seatpost mounted light visibility

I too use a bottle like that to carry my toolkit etc. It's more easily removed than a saddle pack when leaving the bike unattended.