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by londonbikerider
9 Feb 2019, 12:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road
Replies: 80
Views: 7102

Re: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road

(snip) Brucey, why do you always resort to using insulting language when it comes to people spending money on things you wouldn't? No-one is "naive" for wanting to part with their money, it's simply not necessary and off topic to always throw insults and continually make derogatory commen...
by londonbikerider
8 Feb 2019, 7:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road
Replies: 80
Views: 7102

Re: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road

The good bit, some cross compatibility between road and mtb parts, you can mix match like in the old 9 speed days, hooray. The kit is way too expensive for CTC users, notice no 7 speed wireless option. No AA batteries for battery packs, SRAM appears not to pay attention to CTC preferences. Neat bit...
by londonbikerider
8 Feb 2019, 7:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road
Replies: 80
Views: 7102

Re: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road

I'm not running to buy it, as I'm still riding my triple chainset and 9 speed cassette.
But if someone wants to buy it, I'm not judging them. All I care is that there can still be a decent supply of 9 speed cassettes of good quality.
by londonbikerider
8 Feb 2019, 7:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: HV or HP hand pump
Replies: 8
Views: 1298

Re: HV or HP hand pump

I have a Topeak mini-morph, I use it on narrow road tyres and 2" MTB ones. Being used with the force of the upper body, does not drain you for pumping up the wheel at good pressure.
Also is small enough to fit in a Carradice Barley
by londonbikerider
8 Feb 2019, 3:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Schwalbe Winter Tyres
Replies: 19
Views: 2900

Re: Schwalbe Winter Tyres

I have some Ice Spikers 26" X 2.0" on one of MTBs, they certainly offer a lot more safety when braking, but I still approach corners with care. Either way, ain't riding that fast! The rolling resistance is noticeable, and boy! they're noisy aren't they?? But when everyone is pushing, or ri...
by londonbikerider
3 Dec 2018, 10:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC missing link/tyre lever; good idea....?
Replies: 36
Views: 1937

Re: KMC missing link/tyre lever; good idea....?

:arrow: Yep, that's the thing.
KMC 9 and 10 speed links can be opened relatively easy, the Sram 10 and 11 speed don't.

Try and do it as we had to, yesterday's Cyclo-cross ride with lots of mud and cold hands.

A chain never breaks when the bike is at home.
by londonbikerider
3 Dec 2018, 9:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC missing link/tyre lever; good idea....?
Replies: 36
Views: 1937

Re: KMC missing link/tyre lever; good idea....?

Some years ago CJ posted or printed the advise to remove a quick link by doubling it up on the chainring and giving it a tap. Works every time for me, even on chains that have come to the end of their life without ever being removed. ...and here's the link to that https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewto...
by londonbikerider
2 Dec 2018, 10:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Shop Closing
Replies: 95
Views: 4943

Re: Mercian Shop Closing

Comparing oranges to apples! Custom built in UK to your needs, vs an "off the shelf" built only for the price. You can get a suit for £100 at Primark, or spend a few thousand pounds in Saville row. In the middle there is "off the shelf" from M&S or the local taylor that with...
by londonbikerider
2 Dec 2018, 10:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Shop Closing
Replies: 95
Views: 4943

Re: Mercian Shop Closing

... You can almost buy a complete bike for that from Spa, or a Genesis Equilibrium for not much more..... Comparing oranges to apples! Custom built in UK to your needs, vs an "off the shelf" built only for the price. You can get a suit for £100 at Primark, or spend a few thousand pounds i...
by londonbikerider
2 Dec 2018, 8:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mudguard fixing screw
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: Front mudguard fixing screw

If the bolt head protrudes, can't you just use some self-locking pliers?
Or one of those easy-out reverse taps could do. I would assume the bolt wasn't done that tight.
by londonbikerider
29 Nov 2018, 12:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal pins
Replies: 6
Views: 354

Re: Pedal pins

I am looking for some pins to modify Shimano a530 SPD pedals which are slippery on the non SPD side. I would like to use something other than set screws because i believe these are more aggressive than I need, potentially damaging my work shoes or shins. I thought that I would prefer either the bol...
by londonbikerider
22 Nov 2018, 2:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 3964

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

Some of the nicer Taiwan frames are now painted, decaled then clear powder coated. I have a Black Mountain Monster Cross finished like that, paint looks good and shiny. To my knowledge, powder-coating involves a relatively high temperature and that's why you cannot use it on many types of plastics ...
by londonbikerider
22 Nov 2018, 8:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mix the old concept with new equipment
Replies: 27
Views: 1214

Re: Mix the old concept with new equipment

Mix the old concept with new equipment With the advent of rear derailleurs that can handle up to 12 cogs I was wonder do you have to use 12 cogs? With the use of 9,10,11, and 12 speed cassettes the increase wear on the cogs and chain make them not so dependable for long term use. Therefore, is it p...