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by Jamesh
24 Jan 2020, 8:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Off the Shelf or Self Build
Replies: 33
Views: 1063

Re: Off the Shelf or Self Build

I agree - was the only way of getting a new bike!!

Frames don't count as bikes.

Go for it.

Let us know how you get on.

Cheers James
by Jamesh
24 Jan 2020, 7:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Off the Shelf or Self Build
Replies: 33
Views: 1063

Re: Off the Shelf or Self Build

Hi Have just built a focus izalco. Frame £250 Tiagra sti £75 Carbon seat post £15 FSA chainset focus branded £30 Most other stuff I already had. Depends if you like a brand new 2k bike? I sleep better at might knowing it's cost me £250 for the frame! It depends if your a builder or a rider! I doubt ...
by Jamesh
23 Jan 2020, 4:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...why so many bikes are such boring drab colours these days?
Replies: 80
Views: 2072

Re: ...why so many bikes are such boring drab colours these days?

Grey paint is closest to grey primer so the paint can be thinner.... Likewise black is closest to carbon so paint can be lighter. What carbon race bikes do the rest of the bike world follows!! My Cannondale paint is painted white in thickness that can only be described like white radiator paint. I d...
by Jamesh
23 Jan 2020, 7:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Road Bike for Hill Climbs
Replies: 33
Views: 993

Re: Road Bike for Hill Climbs

Supersix hi mod?

Cervelo R2?

Ridley helium?

I'm guessing the budget will dictate the range of frames.

Cheers James
by Jamesh
22 Jan 2020, 8:15am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Novice London to Brighton 2020,please help!
Replies: 11
Views: 400

Re: Novice London to Brighton 2020,please help!

What tyres are you on.
Being a race bike it night have 23mm tyres. Going up to 25mm or even 28mm if they will fit will increase comfort and road holding.

I have used wiggle tyres (no connection) and they are puncture resistant and wear well.

Cheers James
by Jamesh
21 Jan 2020, 4:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 400km in 24hrs.
Replies: 16
Views: 805

Re: 400km in 24hrs.

Thanks that's great help. Think I might kip a few hours to take the edge off the night, leave shepshed at day break. Cheers James Your plan sounds good. I'd suggest planning somewhere for lunch on the second day. If you're starting early with 150 miles to go I'd look for somewhere at around 80 to 9...
by Jamesh
21 Jan 2020, 8:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 7667

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

To my mind gravel bikes are CX bikes with disc brakes. The name change came about at about the same time as discs. They differ from touring bikes in that they are usually short wheel base bikes which is great for unladened riding but not so good for touring. A gravel bike with two sets of wheels is ...
by Jamesh
21 Jan 2020, 8:04am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Novice London to Brighton 2020,please help!
Replies: 11
Views: 400

Re: Novice London to Brighton 2020,please help!

Nice bike btw. I have a cateye velo 9 computer and cannot fault it. You might want a cordless one though. I have my phone in back pocket to protect it and save battery life. I sure you'll be fine with your fitness. Try and spun rather than pushing bug gears as it saves your muscles and knees. Cheers...
by Jamesh
20 Jan 2020, 8:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: 400km in 24hrs.
Replies: 16
Views: 805

Re: 400km in 24hrs.

Thanks that's great help.

Think I might kip a few hours to take the edge off the night, leave shepshed at day break.

Cheers James
by Jamesh
19 Jan 2020, 10:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 400km in 24hrs.
Replies: 16
Views: 805

400km in 24hrs.

Has anyone done 400k in 24hrs? How was it? What did they do for sleep? When did you start? How did you fuel? I fancy riding from Bradford w York's to doset to visit my parents. If I left at about 6pm that would give me most of the next day in daylight. Also I have the option if a few hours kip in sh...
by Jamesh
18 Jan 2020, 5:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spokes on Maddux 3.0 Disc
Replies: 13
Views: 935

Re: Spokes on Maddux 3.0 Disc

It does slightly supprise me that s brand like Cannondale still make use of such naff wheels.

Most over brands have managed to supply externally made or own brand wheels that a half decent except Cannondale!

Cheers James
by Jamesh
17 Jan 2020, 5:04pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Tenting/Camping LEJOG
Replies: 56
Views: 3260

Re: Tenting/Camping LEJOG

If you want to camp it's probably sensible to cycle into Wales where there will be more campsites than closer to the industrial Midlands!

Also if you take canal paths there are often odds and sods of canal side where you could camp and no one is going to question what your doing.

Cheers James
by Jamesh
16 Jan 2020, 9:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Single chainset MTB
Replies: 7
Views: 540

Re: Single chainset MTB

I trend to simply use the middle ring on my winter bike.

It gets me up the most of the hills in the dales.

You can easily turn the out chain ring into a chain guard.

Cheers James
by Jamesh
16 Jan 2020, 6:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Race" or "Endurance" bike ?
Replies: 19
Views: 915

Re: "Race" or "Endurance" bike ?

why not build one yourself? I have just completed the build of a Canondale supersix evo black inc frame, kysirium r sys wheels, Slk light modular crankset (46/30), 11-32 cassette and SRAM red/force/rival components. Weighs in at 6.8kgs with pedals and is set to get me up Le Ventoux. I am 78. All pa...
by Jamesh
14 Jan 2020, 9:12pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Getting home from John O'Groats
Replies: 49
Views: 2325

Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

I used the coach and then train. Simply because the coach starts early on Sunday in Thurso and goes to Inverness whereas the train leaves Inverness and arrives Thurso later. I had a small roll of gaffa tape which I used to tape the wheels to the frame so as to offer more protection and a "bag f...