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by zenitb
19 Aug 2018, 8:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Rear Wheel with Asymmetric rims
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: Touring Rear Wheel with Asymmetric rims

So I am guessing that, for touring purposes, there is no real difference between the two and I might as well get the cheaper FH-M525 ... especially given its available in the more aesthetically pleasing silver finish !!! ???? Bearing-wise the 525 is 'good enough' but they need to be kept perfectly ...
by zenitb
19 Aug 2018, 12:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Surly LHT and Nitto Albatross bars - alternative to bar-end shift levers
Replies: 11
Views: 869

Consider v-brake length leverage ?

I am not clear from your post what length your current v-brake arms are. - Mini v-brake arms used on road bikes are 80mm - 85mm long - Normal v-brake arms for mountain bikes are 103mm long - Shimano T670 V-brake arms for mountain bikes with mudguards are 107mm long Basically normal flat bar v-brake ...
by zenitb
18 Aug 2018, 11:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Solar panel for touring
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

An interesting link on the web...

Ok I appreciate all I have done is use Google but this looked like an interesting comparison https://www.cycletourer.co.uk/cycletouring/electrogadgets.shtml I already have a dynamo wheel on my touring bike, (errmm actually I have 4 dynamo wheels!!) and have bought an expensive B+M Luxos front light ...
by zenitb
18 Aug 2018, 9:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Rear Wheel with Asymmetric rims
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: Touring Rear Wheel with Asymmetric rims

[Apologies I am coming late to this post..having only recently signed up to the forum] Very interesting thread. I have been interested in building a touring/tandem wheel on these large flange hubs myself. I have the 32 hole version (FH-M525 a.k.a "Deore") on my old Marin full sus MTB and t...
by zenitb
18 Aug 2018, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compressionless brake housings for cable discs.
Replies: 135
Views: 3560

Gear cable failure when used as brake cable..

I have tried to pull the key bits out of the article above [An illustration of the difference between the wire layers in brake and gear cable outers - and what can happen when a gear cable outer is used for braking. Picture: Jake Voelcker via Flickr] https://www.aquabluesport.com/pub/media/wysiwyg/B...
by zenitb
18 Aug 2018, 9:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compressionless brake housings for cable discs.
Replies: 135
Views: 3560

Illustration of gear cable failure when used as brake cable

It is so long ago since I witnessed this failure I cannot provide any evidence of my own.. I am even struggling to remember which of my MTB friends ended up in this situation. So I was forced to google around. The URL below shows the dangers in using gear cables for your brakes....scroll down a few ...
by zenitb
15 Aug 2018, 2:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compressionless brake housings for cable discs.
Replies: 135
Views: 3560

Re: Compressionless brake housings for cable discs.

Been my practice since the early 90's and never had a failure yet your conditions of use may not represent those of others and besides which it is specifically forbidden by cable manufacturers. A russion roulette player could say 'its never done me any harm', too.... :wink: cheers I agree with Bruc...
by zenitb
15 Aug 2018, 2:35am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: compulsary bells back on the agenda!
Replies: 83
Views: 4740

Re: compulsary bells back on the agenda!

I use my brake levers by flicking them, that make a click, click, etc to warn people but I don't know anyone else that does this. Well yes I used to do that, and it can be quite effective. Given I am regularly cycling to work now though I have invested in a v.loud dutch bell. Definitely helps stopp...
by zenitb
13 Aug 2018, 1:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alivio Shadow and Panniers
Replies: 4
Views: 330

I may have the same issue...

Back from holiday now...Reading your analysis tentman I probably have a similar issue. I got away with it on my recent camping trip because I used the TOP bar of the Tubus rack (I run dynamo wires down one of the lower bars so avoid using them for panniers). Even so the Carradice Super C just avoids...
by zenitb
9 Aug 2018, 9:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear compatibility
Replies: 5
Views: 300

How many gears ?

How many gears does your existing 105 drivetrain have ? The M610 is a 10 speed Dyna-Sys rear mech with a "deraillier ratio" of 1.2 rather than the more typical Shimano value of 1.7 used by 105 7,8,9 and 10 speed setups. See this link, fourth table http://blog.artscyclery.com/science-behind...
by zenitb
9 Aug 2018, 8:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alivio Shadow and Panniers
Replies: 4
Views: 330

SEEMS ok on my Cannondale..will check..

Interesting...I have been running a Deore Shadow (9 speed) mech for a while with my old Cannondale M700 MTB/commuter/tourer and have not yet noticed any interference issues with my Tubus rack and ancient Carradice 45l panniers. I have just been cycle camping with it fully loaded. I am now on holiday...
by zenitb
8 Aug 2018, 11:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Strong dynamo hub wheel.
Replies: 11
Views: 3434

ML21 works for me...so far anyway

(late post ..but hey!!) I got my 26" ML21 rim from Spa and have built a REAR wheel for my tandem with it. No tyre compatibility issues with mine though since I can hand fit my Schwalbe Land Cruiser and Marathon Extreme tyres to it without using tyre levers. Build issues include me not noticing ...
by zenitb
8 Aug 2018, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrade to rear mech on 1992 Raleigh Dynatech
Replies: 17
Views: 519

Only buy 7,8 or 9 speed mech....

Bear in mind that Shimano changed the "deraillieur ratio" of their rear mountain bike mechs when they went to 10 speed. 7,8 and 9 speed mechs all had the same ratio though (1.7) so you can use a 9 speed Shimano mech to replace your old Shimano M550 (LX) 7 speed mech. You can still buy 7 sp...