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by iandusud
21 Jan 2019, 1:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing BB30 bottom bracket
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Re: Replacing BB30 bottom bracket

IME holding the tool in place as shown here (scroll down) can save a lot of grief if the metal / plastic rings are tight. (If the crank spindle is solid then a crank retaining bolt will usually work with a few washers.) HTH You're quite right and it's worth trying to source a removal tool that is q...
by iandusud
20 Jan 2019, 2:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing BB30 bottom bracket
Replies: 10
Views: 597

Re: Replacing BB30 bottom bracket

That's not a BB30, it's a cartridge BB. You will need the tool to remove it and fit the new one. Not at all expensive such as this one for a fiver. https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/cyclus-bottom-bracket-tool-isis-drive/rp-prod172561 Note the thread on the r/h side is a left hand thread - that is ...
by iandusud
20 Jan 2019, 8:46am
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Saddles (Probably Again)
Replies: 22
Views: 11687

Re: Saddles (Probably Again)

Thank you all for your helpful insights. I'll try her on my B17 Imperial first to see how she finds it and then go from there. I'll report back.

Ian
by iandusud
19 Jan 2019, 9:14am
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Saddles (Probably Again)
Replies: 22
Views: 11687

Re: Saddles (Probably Again)

I gave up on my Brooks saddle for the same reason. I now have a Selle Italia Diva. The whole saddle is longer so the cut out extends further forward taking pressure off the soft tissue that was previously being nipped and bashed on the rock solid nose of the Brooks. Thanks for the input. I've read ...
by iandusud
18 Jan 2019, 2:13pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Saddles (Probably Again)
Replies: 22
Views: 11687

Re: Saddles (Probably Again)

Not wishing to hijack the thread but would appreciate input from you ladies. My wife and I got a tandem last year and we love it. I decided to fit it with Brooks B17 Imperial saddles (the one with the cut outs - hers is a S ladies version). I love mine but my wife is struggling with pressure from th...
by iandusud
13 Jan 2019, 9:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much for a decent bike?
Replies: 114
Views: 3948

Re: How much for a decent bike?

It's still an interesting question though. People do seem to have strange ideas about what they should pay for a bike - £200 seems a lot to some people*, they are almost resentful at having to pay anything at all. This was very much the case when I was selling bikes in the 80s. There was a certain ...
by iandusud
13 Jan 2019, 10:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A good average speed to aim for??
Replies: 31
Views: 1444

Re: A good average speed to aim for??

I’ve moved to a Road Bikefrom a mountain bike that I mainly used on tarmac. My best average speed over ~60 kilometers on my mountain bike was 25.2 kilometers/ hour My second ride on my road bike was 28.2 kilometers/ hour and I felt like I was going like the clappers........ in the real world how is...
by iandusud
11 Jan 2019, 8:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why road bikes lack easy gears
Replies: 50
Views: 2603

Re: why road bikes lack easy gears

A very fair comment. I consider myself to be reasonably fit 59 year old cyclist. I'm out most weekends on 40-60 mile ride at an average speed of around 15mph depending on how hilly the route is. But even when I was a lot fitter, lighter and faster in my 20s I could only use a 52/13 downhill. So many...
by iandusud
10 Jan 2019, 1:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why road bikes lack easy gears
Replies: 50
Views: 2603

Re: why road bikes lack easy gears

If cycling was meant to be easy we'd all be on Ebikes. The logical conclusion to that statement is that cycling is supposed to be hard. I wouldn't argue with the idea the cycle racing is supposed to be hard but for other cycling activities I would argue that cycling is above all to be enjoyed. One ...
by iandusud
10 Jan 2019, 10:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The timeless appeal of 7-speed gearing
Replies: 180
Views: 10680

Re: The timeless appeal of 7-speed gearing

Here's my experience. I have two modern road bikes, one for winter with 12-32 10 speed cassette and my summer bike with an 11 speed 11-32 cassette. There is no advantage of the 11 speed over the 10 speed because I don't need an 11t sprocket. I also regularly use my Moulton which has a 7 speed freewh...
by iandusud
9 Jan 2019, 4:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?
Replies: 75
Views: 3451

Re: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?

Bar end lever or downtube levers mounted in Kelly Take Offs are much more convenient than downtube levers IME. May be convenient, but not aesthetically beautiful. Also they suffer from "washing line syndrome". It's a no thank you, from me. Not sure what you mean by washing line syndrome b...
by iandusud
9 Jan 2019, 8:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?
Replies: 75
Views: 3451

Re: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?

I know this isn't answering the original question but I use indexed bar-end shifters on one of my road bikes (the other three having combined brake/gear levers) and I love them. It doesn't matter whether I'm riding on the tops, the hoods or the drops I my hand just falls naturally to the shifter, wh...
by iandusud
9 Jan 2019, 8:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Royal Park cycling - charged with offence
Replies: 62
Views: 2809

Re: Royal Park cycling - charged with offence

I regularly use cycle path that is shared with pedestrians and as such I moderate my speed and always give way to pedestrians. Ian If you are not quite in a minority of one, you are most certainly in the minority. It's unfortunate that the black looks you are getting from pedestrians are probably d...
by iandusud
9 Jan 2019, 8:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much for a decent bike?
Replies: 114
Views: 3948

Re: How much for a decent bike?

The whole of the world economy is based on the perceived necessity of year on year growth. If it falls below a certain percentage for a certain number of quarters we are deemed to be in recession. This means that we are constantly being persuaded to update our possessions in every area, or travel t...
by iandusud
8 Jan 2019, 11:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Royal Park cycling - charged with offence
Replies: 62
Views: 2809

Re: Royal Park cycling - charged with offence

I'm very sorry to hear of your predicament. Unless you were cycling in such a way as to endanger anyone else surely a word in your ear to point out your error and a warning not to do it again would have been sufficient and more constructive. Time for another rant I'm afraid. Unfortunately cyclists i...