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by busb
12 Aug 2018, 5:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 17076

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

... It seems possible that road bikes might largely (obviously not entirely) skip the cable-disc stage and hydros will end up becoming the standard on all bikes. Maybe; we'll have to wait and see how it pans out. My observations of the last couple of years in many shops was that most budget to mid-...
by busb
12 Aug 2018, 3:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 17076

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

A browse around a LBS in Reading this afternoon would suggest the answer to the original question is: they haven’t! Well, not on road bikes anyway. As for MTBs, we didn’t see any with cable actuated discs. I’d estimate that over 75% of the drop-bar bikes had rim brakes with a couple having V brakes ...
by busb
3 Aug 2018, 6:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 17076

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

Why are they popular - marketing and fear of callipers ? And of course discs are very very ugly ! An opinion masquerading as a fact? My opinion is the opposite - clean lines on the seat stays & fork crown with discs coupled with the ability to fit wider tyres. I’m sure some folk stuck with rod ...
by busb
30 Jul 2018, 8:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 17076

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

I've had a couple of conversations with other cyclists regarding the differences between rim & disc brakes where they have stated that they could easily lock up their rim brakes. My reply was that that the ability to lock up brakes is a poor measure of their effectiveness. The point that many do...
by busb
22 Jul 2018, 3:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 17076

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

….As an aside, I've been surprised just how many disc-brakes bikes have been used in the TdF this year on the flatter stages but not by Sky as has been pointed out. some folk are surprised the other way, i.e. they predicted that 'everyone in the peloton would use discs as soon as they were allowed ...
by busb
22 Jul 2018, 11:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 494
Views: 17076

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

An idea whose time has come (in marketing speak)? Having ridden bikes for over 50 years, poor braking was at the top of my list of potential improvements. Poor shifting then lighting followed. I bought a Claud Butler racing bike for £54 back in 1973 that had centre-pull brakes - these were an increm...
by busb
18 May 2018, 7:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How did we delude ourselves about 23mm?
Replies: 145
Views: 6928

Re: How did we delude ourselves about 23mm?

re ride quality, this varies hugely with forks stiffness and this varies with build quality, fork material and brake type. Discs + fairly expensive carbon can be tolerable but a similarly engineered bike with rim brakes might well be comfier. Disc brakes and aluminium is liable to be pretty nasty, ...
by busb
18 May 2018, 5:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How did we delude ourselves about 23mm?
Replies: 145
Views: 6928

Re: How did we delude ourselves about 23mm?

which model defy do you have? cheers 2017 Defy Pro 1 with original tyres. Stock apart from Giant's CF bars, some Ti bolts & 28-11 cassette. The bars do take out some of the road buzz. I was on holiday in Frome for a long weekend 2 weeks ago where I visited a LBS that sold Giants. The Defy they ...
by busb
18 May 2018, 5:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How did we delude ourselves about 23mm?
Replies: 145
Views: 6928

Re: How did we delude ourselves about 23mm?

My Defy has 25c tubeless & my Flight 3 has 30c tubeless. The Defy is noticeably more comfortable than the Ali-framed Flight. The Defy's pressures are higher. I suspect the difference is down to frame design - my Defy is the most comfortable bike I've owned. I personally wouldn't run 23c tyres ag...
by busb
16 Apr 2018, 7:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Getting used to Clipless Pedals
Replies: 54
Views: 2624

Re: Getting used to Clipless Pedals

I had a pair of the original Shimano SPDs & shoes. The pedals weighed more than the rest of the bike! I set them & several new pairs since to fairly minimal release torque. As long as I can heft the bike into the air without disengaging - that's fine for me. I did fall over at a T junction ...
by busb
16 Apr 2018, 7:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maplins bankrupt sale
Replies: 18
Views: 2897

Re: Maplins bankrupt sale

I get told off for buying off amazon. I personally feel it's up to governments to effectively tax companies! I did visit my very local-to-where-I-work branch of Maplins & bought a motion sensor & LED lamp for my Philips Hue system - only 20% off though! They will be missed!
by busb
16 Apr 2018, 6:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Getting used to Clipless Pedals
Replies: 54
Views: 2624

Re: Getting used to Clipless Pedals

I had a pair of the original Shimano SPDs & shoes. The pedals weighed more than the rest of the bike! I set them & several new pairs since to fairly minimal release torque. As long as I can heft the bike into the air without disengaging - that's fine for me. I did fall over at a T junction w...
by busb
16 Apr 2018, 6:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Giant Defy Advanced Pro Problems
Replies: 19
Views: 4281

Re: Giant Defy Advanced Pro Problems

I've been casting admiring glances at Defys on e-bay and wonder whether I should submit, so this posts reappearance is interesting. I'm the big heavy guy that gives bikes a hard time so maybe I should think again. I ride older steel machines and I don't think I have any real problems with them. I'm...
by busb
6 Apr 2018, 3:48pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: A question for those running tubeless
Replies: 8
Views: 10606

Re: A question for those running tubeless

I've ridden my hybrid all through winter without a single issue but I generally got very few punctures with new tubed tyres anyway so time will tell as the tyres wear. So far, the effort & expense of going tubeless has been worth it but the initial fitting was not fun.
by busb
6 Apr 2018, 2:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why toe-in brake pads?
Replies: 10
Views: 2325

Why toe-in brake pads?

Although I no longer have bikes with rim brakes, I have memories of setting toe-in on the pads. If I didn't - the pads would squeal like a pig. The thing is that they would wear parallel to the rims anyhow leaving plenty of pad thickness on their rear so end up wedge-shaped. Has anyone not toed-in t...