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by Marcus Aurelius
22 Feb 2020, 6:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Braking in corners
Replies: 64
Views: 1903

Re: Braking in corners

Learning to drive (Boo Hiss!) I was told: 'for any corner, anywhere in the world, SLOW IN and FAST OUT'. So brake before the corner then power out. I've found that doing this is actually faster in car or on a pedal cycle. How can you "power out" of a downhill hairpin on a downhill road wh...
by Marcus Aurelius
22 Feb 2020, 3:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Does angle of stem matter?
Replies: 95
Views: 2537

Re: Does angle of stem matter?

Greystoke wrote:As I've got older I've been able to simply raise the stem to suit my preferred riding style....simple

That’s the crux of it, the older we get, the less flex our bodies will allow. It’s nice to be able to mix and match so easily with modern set ups.
by Marcus Aurelius
22 Feb 2020, 3:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Does angle of stem matter?
Replies: 95
Views: 2537

Re: Does angle of stem matter?

Greystoke wrote:Why did someone think quill stems were a bad idea?

Length and angle variations aren’t so easily sorted / mixed and matched.
by Marcus Aurelius
22 Feb 2020, 3:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Susp. Forks for commuting.....
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Re: Susp. Forks for commuting.....

I recently acquired a bike with front suspension (Suntour NEX). Not a fork for downhill MTB-ing but decent for commuting and the like. After using it for a few weeks, I have grown rather fond it. No more bone shaking vibration or teeth jaring pot holes. I don't mind the small weight penalty either ...
by Marcus Aurelius
22 Feb 2020, 3:25pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Transgender woman wins cycling championship
Replies: 162
Views: 29018

Re: Transgender woman wins cycling championship

Let’s not mix someone like Caster Semenya up with trans women though. Caster is a biological ‘oddity’ absolutely not her fault, and there’s nothing she can do about it. Playing with the cards you’re dealt, is absolutely fine ( in my book ) and boo hoo, to anyone who can’t handle it, loading the deck...
by Marcus Aurelius
22 Feb 2020, 2:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Re-inflating tyres post flight
Replies: 36
Views: 1204

Re: Re-inflating tyres post flight

I’d go for the Lezyne mini track pump thing. The one I have has a reversible valve fitting, so can do Schrader ( the ones you have ) and Presta valves. It’s easy to get well over 100 psi with one of those.
by Marcus Aurelius
22 Feb 2020, 8:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Does angle of stem matter?
Replies: 95
Views: 2537

Re: Does angle of stem matter?

You can get a bit more height by using a positive angled stem. You could even flip a slightly negative angled stem over, to get a bit more height. If you do decide to cut your steerer down a bit, measure twice, cut once. If you have a Carbon steerer, be very careful with it, if you have to clamp it ...
by Marcus Aurelius
21 Feb 2020, 10:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: differences in chainring BCD.
Replies: 48
Views: 1122

Re: differences in chainring BCD.

i always wonder why those numbers though. It’s almost certainly tradition, given we are talking cycling here, and a lot of things that are done with cycling really don’t hold up to reasoned scrutiny. You’ll probably find that the original bikes used in ( now ) famous races, used chainrings machined...
by Marcus Aurelius
21 Feb 2020, 10:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: differences in chainring BCD.
Replies: 48
Views: 1122

Re: differences in chainring BCD.

for winter fixed / 1/8th chain / good chain line. However in your case there is another element to consider; I strongly suspect you are very intolerant of chain slack in your setups and that means that your chainsets need to be spot on, not eccentric in any way. You can get lucky at any price point...
by Marcus Aurelius
21 Feb 2020, 9:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: British Cycling Member no discounts on Brompton
Replies: 10
Views: 611

Re: British Cycling Member no discounts on Brompton

Brompton are seen as a ‘boutique brand’ there are rarely ever any bargains to be had. Keep your eyes peeled about September / October time, and there’s a small possibility that you may get some at discounted / sale prices, but don’t hold your breath. In ‘Brompton spec speak’ you’ll be looking for an...
by Marcus Aurelius
21 Feb 2020, 8:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: differences in chainring BCD.
Replies: 48
Views: 1122

Re: differences in chainring BCD.

I’d have thought that having a larger BCD would also mean there’s less chance of a failure due to fatigue creep of one hole to an adjacent hole as well, as long as the holes were the same size. But it’s mostly practical considerations ( like ability to change rings over an in situ crank. as mentione...
by Marcus Aurelius
21 Feb 2020, 12:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Braking in corners
Replies: 64
Views: 1903

Re: Braking in corners

brynpoeth wrote:Reminds me, I do dislike cycling downhill, much prefer going up :wink:

Yep, I hate descending, especially if it’s twisty. However, descending well is a really good way of making time, if that’s your bag.
by Marcus Aurelius
21 Feb 2020, 12:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Braking in corners
Replies: 64
Views: 1903

Re: Braking in corners

Using all of the road makes it less likely you'll get hit by a truck. It is, genuinely, a great idea. You'll need to be clearer then. If you use 'all of the road', presumably that means using the 'entire width of the road', including the opposite carriageway? The 'opposite carriageway' that might h...
by Marcus Aurelius
20 Feb 2020, 7:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Braking in corners
Replies: 64
Views: 1903

Re: Braking in corners

Hi, Use all of the road. ....and get hit by a truck coming the other way. Great idea. I see ban coming soon :roll: But I digress....back on subject. I commonly use as much of the road I need as long as you are not inconveniencing other users, and are safe about it to all road users. So I don't ride...