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by David Cox
2 Jan 2013, 9:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nonsense geometry
Replies: 31
Views: 1826

Re: How big a stack with carbon forks

Thanks Colin, the bike is a seemingly simple machine but my education continues! It looks like the original question is answered you can have a high rise stem without affecting the steering!! I understand your point and although I'm not at all good riding with no hands I can feel the difference betw...
by David Cox
1 Jan 2013, 10:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nonsense geometry
Replies: 31
Views: 1826

Re: How big a stack with carbon forks

Hi Colin, me neither but my Tricross is an earlier model with different looking forks! We had a chat about threepenny bit steering at the York Show. I've checked and its not the headset. Bianchi just oversteered mostly made it unwise to be on the inside of a two abreast peleton on a left turn or out...
by David Cox
31 Dec 2012, 6:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aztec v-brake inserts
Replies: 11
Views: 1537

Re: Aztec v-brake inserts

Glad other people have had these problems - well only in the sense that it's not only me and my hamfistedness. Some fit and some dont and its very frustrating if you've noticed the pad wear late at night and the pads you have left over wont slide in. Even more frustrating if when you've found some p...
by David Cox
31 Dec 2012, 6:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How big a stack with carbon forks
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: How big a stack with carbon forks

RE tall stems. I've used a short stem angled upwards twice. Once on a Bianchi "pro" and more recently on a Specialized Tri-cross. I've done this to ease shoulder and neck ache but in each case it seemed to spoil the handling of the bike. Steering became less linear. It may be to do with th...
by David Cox
25 Oct 2012, 9:26am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14427

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

I always get mine to the side and it is discourteous to do otherwise on a crowded platform but I wouldn't think this would generate complaints at the noise level to change policy.
by David Cox
24 Oct 2012, 8:09am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14427

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

I'm trying Twitter first. We all have to travel across London!
by David Cox
23 Oct 2012, 11:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes
Replies: 56
Views: 14427

Re: london stations' policy to carry folded bikes

I would not be able to do this but I don't think I travel on these trains. Do they have trolleys? I could always bring the Bike Hod of course! Dont they realise that Brompton seems to be the only British owned vehicle manufacturing company left in London and probably the whole south east? This is wh...
by David Cox
17 Oct 2012, 11:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialized Secteur Sport - Sora Components
Replies: 12
Views: 4842

Re: Specialized Secteur Sport - Sora Components

Thanks Spark always useful to know about bikes like this especially when new riders come out and want to try a road bike but not splash out. Some Decathalon offers can be hard to track down but this looks to be readily available.
by David Cox
16 Oct 2012, 9:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialized Secteur Sport - Sora Components
Replies: 12
Views: 4842

Re: Specialized Secteur Sport - Sora Components

I've just been visiting family in New England and riding around on a Specialized Secteur Sport triple with 9 speed Sora. My generous son in law bought it for me to ride. I thought it was a fabulous bike and very good value for money (I found this thread when checking UK prices on my return). I reall...
by David Cox
21 Sep 2012, 5:41pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Andrew Mitchell MP
Replies: 396
Views: 93664

Andrew Mitchell MP

The controversy about this MP's language and attitude to the police which looks to be appalling and doesn't help cyclists' reputation. Is there a policy issue linked to his behaviour while cycling away from No 10? Should he be dismounting a push through the pedestrian gate (always authority's prefer...
by David Cox
21 Sep 2012, 5:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear Cable fatigue failures in STIs/Ergos
Replies: 24
Views: 2146

Re: Gear Cable fatigue failures in STIs/Ergos

I had rear derailleur STI cable go at nipple end after 4 years on "best" bike. I now know it was going a bit the week before probably frayed because indexing wasn't quite right. Campag Ergo cables lasted until respray 10+years. I really ought to get into a maintenance/replacement schedule.
by David Cox
4 Sep 2012, 10:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A Couple Of Rear LED Questions
Replies: 30
Views: 2140

Re: A Couple Of Rear LED Questions

I had a Smart rear light that I was using for emergency back up. At top of Col de Madelaine caugh in fog and rain so on it went. Failed long before I was off the mountain. Then it came back on in the Valley and I couldn't turn it off. Water had got in the rather feeble little switch. Not having mudg...
by David Cox
31 Aug 2012, 4:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat post pack
Replies: 10
Views: 1904

Re: Seat post pack

I am coming round to Pete75's view and its back to the future where I started. It's just that a saddle bag does look a bit like an air brake for a bike where a rack bag looks more streamlined. I had the same dilemma and stop using a cantilevered bag, attractive though it was, when I switched to carb...
by David Cox
30 Aug 2012, 6:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: arm warmers - which ones?
Replies: 14
Views: 1420

Re: arm warmers - which ones?

I'm very pleased with some Gore ones (they aren't goretex) they are warm and stay up. Third season of using them and they are wearing well with new club short sleeve jerseys and more versatile than my previous habit of long sleeve jerseys with sleeves getting pulled up as the ride progressed.
by David Cox
30 Jun 2012, 7:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dolan Road Bikes
Replies: 8
Views: 5423

Re: Dolan Road Bikes

I dont know these models but a friend has a Dolan carbon road bike which he is pleased with. I'd regard them as a very respected manufacturer of racing (including track) frames. Sore a restored steel one in a classy retro shop in Vienna. Fred Williams stocks them locally (Wolverhampton) and builds b...