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by Threevok
27 Oct 2016, 9:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: External bottom bracket tools (Hollowtech II)
Replies: 15
Views: 1955

Re: External bottom bracket tools (Hollowtech II)

Agree with the posts about over tightening. I have used the tool I mentioned - to remove over-tightened ones from bikes with no problems. One was so bad, that it stripped the threads on the way out - despite my best efforts to save them. These should only ever be tightened by hand at a low torque - ...
by Threevok
26 Oct 2016, 1:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: External bottom bracket tools (Hollowtech II)
Replies: 15
Views: 1955

Re: External bottom bracket tools (Hollowtech II)

This

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/cycl ... -prod42809

Unlike others I have tried - does not mark the BB and is comfortable to use
by Threevok
26 Oct 2016, 9:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter tyres
Replies: 60
Views: 8151

Re: Winter tyres

If budget is an issue - then a fully studded tyre would probably be of no use, as you will get very little use out of them - even in the British weather. I commute every day, whatever the weather and (when necessary) use the rather expensive Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro Evo I've had the same set for seve...
by Threevok
25 Oct 2016, 11:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tyres - moving from MTB to slick
Replies: 36
Views: 3963

Re: Tyres - moving from MTB to slick

I've run city jets in the past and they are OK - not as good as the Panaracer RibMo I had before that - but not as expensive either. As a side note - i've been running Halo Twin Rain II on my single speed and i have found them to be quiet and faster rolling than any slick I have tried. They are chea...
by Threevok
14 Oct 2016, 1:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Winter bikes
Replies: 40
Views: 3046

Re: Winter bikes

:lol:

I always plump for the cycle route in such cases.

Hard at the beginning, but I usually find on the return trip (or next day) other people have widened the path I carved
by Threevok
13 Oct 2016, 3:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed forks for hybrid/trekking bike.
Replies: 30
Views: 2439

Re: Fixed forks for hybrid/trekking bike.

AJWalker wrote:They look a little odd but have served me well and are nice quality.


They don't look odd at all to me. quite nice acutally
by Threevok
13 Oct 2016, 11:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed forks for hybrid/trekking bike.
Replies: 30
Views: 2439

Re: Fixed forks for hybrid/trekking bike.

As a side-note - have you considered changing the entire bike ?

By the time you faff around with all that, it probably would be better (and cost effective) to buy a second hand rigid - or a hard-tail with suspension forks that have a decent lock-out
by Threevok
12 Oct 2016, 3:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Winter bikes
Replies: 40
Views: 3046

Re: Winter bikes

There is no way that I would be happy riding a single speed in the huge variety of conditions I can get on my commute. To be honest, riding a single speed in the winter ice/snow(here) isn't much different from riding XC on the trails and fire roads in the great Welsh summertime. I just stick an 18t...
by Threevok
12 Oct 2016, 3:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Winter bikes
Replies: 40
Views: 3046

Re: Winter bikes

mig wrote:downhills during a winter commute in norway must call for thicker shorts and sleeves on your string vest i would have thought :?: :wink:


Definitely thicker shorts I would think :lol:
by Threevok
12 Oct 2016, 1:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Winter bikes
Replies: 40
Views: 3046

Re: Winter bikes

One of the great things about bikes is that compared to cars they are both relatively cheap to buy and especially maintain. You can therefore have a few different bikes that are dedicated to a certain type of riding rather than a Mondeo diesel estate of a bike that does most things reasonably well....
by Threevok
12 Oct 2016, 1:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: route recording, cycle apps, garmin etc
Replies: 13
Views: 1435

Re: route recording, cycle apps, garmin etc

I use Strava on the IPhone - but mainly as a means of tracking wear and tear on certain parts of the bike(s)

I do sometimes use it as a "sat nav" - on long journeys, that I have planned out in advance.
by Threevok
12 Oct 2016, 11:40am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Winter bikes
Replies: 40
Views: 3046

Re: Winter bikes

With almost 1000 feet climbing in the 10 miles to work, and the going back down again in the afternoon, I don't want a single speed as my winter bike. IGH, maybe, if I could get the right configuration. Wow, that is an impressive commute :shock: I'm still toying with the correct configuration for m...
by Threevok
12 Oct 2016, 11:26am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Winter bikes
Replies: 40
Views: 3046

Re: Winter bikes

och come off it..!! :wink: whilst i like hooning around in summer evenings on lightweight kit as much as the next rider there is something about winter miles that attracts me. i can't quite put my finger on what it is though. that said - here's hoping for a relatively dry and mild one!! :lol: I tho...
by Threevok
12 Oct 2016, 11:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed forks for hybrid/trekking bike.
Replies: 30
Views: 2439

Re: Fixed forks for hybrid/trekking bike.

If cost is an issue - I would be looking steel or alloy "curved" type" ones (providing you get the correct size and steerer type, width and length) I've been researching rigid forks for my single speed MTB - and all the straight ones I have found - are usually carbon, and seem to cost...
by Threevok
11 Oct 2016, 7:46pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: 32 Spokes for Off Road Touring?
Replies: 6
Views: 11160

Re: 32 Spokes for Off Road Touring?

317 rims are pretty tough - I run one on my spare rear wheel with a 32 hole Deore hub - and it's never let me down (unlike my Cross-ones)

I weigh 90+ kilos