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by zenitb
4 Aug 2019, 12:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: He's crashed!
Replies: 10
Views: 1321

Re: He's crashed!

If the front wheel is still true the there can't have been that much force on the forks..:-)
by zenitb
2 Aug 2019, 12:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions
Replies: 133
Views: 8633

Re: Abandoned holiday - RyanAir terms and conditions

Sounds hard, but the T&C are clear, and were not observed. I'm curious why you think they didn't observe the T&C given the bike was packaged in a "protective bike bag". The bag may be thin, but nowhere does it stipulate how much protection is required. To the OP, I'm sorry this ha...
by zenitb
2 Aug 2019, 12:25am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: The Downs Link
Replies: 16
Views: 2312

Re: The Downs Link

Sweep wrote:Improvements on the way it seems.

https://www.sustrans.org.uk/our-blog/ne ... k-surface/?

Great news Sweep !!! Thanks for posting ...
by zenitb
31 Jul 2019, 10:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: When did 130mm replace 126mm?
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

Aheadset invented 1990

The Wikipedia page on headsets references the original Dia Compe / Cane Creek patent for the threadless headset which was applied for in 1990 and granted in 1992 https://patents.google.com/patent/US5095770A/en So yes ..threadless headsets on mountain bikes appeared at roughly the same time as mainst...
by zenitb
31 Jul 2019, 2:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: When did 130mm replace 126mm?
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

Re: When did 130mm replace 126mm?

If you check out this 1992 Shimano catalogue you can see Dura Ace and Ultegra groupsets DID have 130mm spacing hub options in 1992 (and I guess quite possibly some time earlier than that, at least for Dura Ace). The 105 groupset however only lists 126mm wide hubs for 1992 - adding evidence to the th...
by zenitb
31 Jul 2019, 1:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: When did 130mm replace 126mm?
Replies: 10
Views: 1326

Re: When did 130mm replace 126mm?

"When did 130mm replace 126mm?" For mid-range buyers it was when the Shimano 105 "1055" groupset (with 7-speed 126mm wide hubs) was replaced with the Shimano 105 "1056" groupset (with 8-speed 130mm wide hubs - and the then new STI brifters). Velobase seems to put this a...
by zenitb
20 Jul 2019, 1:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??
Replies: 57
Views: 6678

Re: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??

Are there any websites were you can print out good quality maps? first go to https://www.opencyclemap.org/ If you have a Windows PC scroll around and zoom in an out until you have the view of the map you want. Press Ctrl-Prntscreen to take a soft copy ("cut") of the screen. Then go into M...
by zenitb
20 Jul 2019, 1:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Do I really need a Garmin GPS ??
Replies: 57
Views: 6678

OruxMaps

Orux Maps is my recommendation for cycle touring (and walking, and backpacking). Its now £3.19 in the Google Play Store but its worth far more than that to me. it only runs on Android Phones though so if you have an iPhone you are out of luck. My daughter uses Maprika instead .. this runs on iPhone ...
by zenitb
13 Jul 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Charging whilst cycling touring??
Replies: 57
Views: 3037

Another real touring experience ...

My Busch und Muller Luxos USB/Headlight directly charged my Samsung Galaxy S5 by about 25% per hour at moderate (10-12mph) speeds. I had the phone turned on but in aeroplane mode (so power sapping GSM phone radio turned off) but I had GPS enabled and was running a navigation app (Orux maps - superb ...
by zenitb
9 Jul 2019, 12:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?
Replies: 33
Views: 1286

Re: Hanging bike by front wheel on trains?

One thing to watch out for is impact/twisting from other bikes. Here is my Cannondale en route to Plymouth in a new "Azuma" train..there is supposed to be space for another bike!! I was really relieved no one showed up with one though..it was hard enough wrestling my bike into place..there...
by zenitb
8 Jul 2019, 12:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Entry level air fork suspension suggestions
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: Entry level air fork suspension suggestions

Entry level air fork suspension suggestions Hi All, Can anyone suggest an entry level air fork to replace this one on my hybrid bike? Suntour NRX D HLO. 63mm. Hydraulic Speed Lockout / Preload https://www.srsuntour-cycling.com/products/fork/NRX-D-5895.html I won't be doing anything extreme with it....
by zenitb
7 Jul 2019, 2:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 8 - sealing & servicing
Replies: 13
Views: 1720

Re: Shimano Alfine 8 - sealing & servicing

I would like to report back with my experience, which might be useful for others. In my last post, I mentioned that the leak rate went down. Unfortunately, after some time the hub started leaking a lot again. My impression was that it would happen on hotter summer days when I rode fast due to tailw...
by zenitb
4 Jul 2019, 4:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.
Replies: 46
Views: 1687

Re: Use on tandem ?

Useful thread. I have been cycling solo bikes on the road for almost 50 years now (!!!!??? :-0) and so far have survived with the "listen, look back, signal, final look, wave of thanks" technique. You may not quite have meant this but I want to say that I profoundly disagree with the idea...
by zenitb
3 Jul 2019, 9:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.
Replies: 46
Views: 1687

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

I also swear by a mirror - I've used B&M ones for years. However I still look over my shoulder in addition before manouvering, not because I can see any better but because it warns the driver behind me that I may be changing my line. How do you know what a driver concludes from your look behind...
by zenitb
3 Jul 2019, 8:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.
Replies: 46
Views: 1687

Use on tandem ?

Useful thread. I have been cycling solo bikes on the road for almost 50 years now (!!!!??? :-0) and so far have survived with the "listen, look back, signal, final look, wave of thanks" technique. However now I have a tandem the whole rig is much more sensitive to body lean/steering inputs...