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by Graham O
15 Oct 2018, 7:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ryanair bike policy
Replies: 43
Views: 13656

Re: Ryanair bike policy

Is there anyone who knows the Ryanair and Easyjet policy for wheels? I want to take 2 extra wheels with me in round wheel bags with air-protector, will they be considered as normal cabin luggage or special sports luggage? From what I found out last year, see above post, if the wheels fit inside a n...
by Graham O
15 Oct 2018, 7:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ryanair bike policy
Replies: 43
Views: 13656

Re: Ryanair bike policy

It just seems a little ridiculous that you have to pay an extra £25 just because the case contains a bike ....... If the bike is disassembled and fits into a box/case which is within normal luggages sizes, then it can go as normal checked in luggage which is cheaper. It only goes as a bike if it is...
by Graham O
1 Oct 2018, 8:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 5042

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

An Update Well it has taken some time to make any progress as work, life and a short touring ride in Portugal got in the way (https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1mr&doc_id=21322&v=4a). I ordered some of the yellow sintered pads from Discobrakes, https://www.discobrakes.com/?s=0&t=0&a...
by Graham O
23 Sep 2018, 12:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handle Bars- US & Europe??
Replies: 32
Views: 1618

Re: Handle Bars- US & Europe??

I built my current bike, a Surly Cross Check, initially with straight bars and they were great for most rides, but after a long 200km+ day, my hands were so battered that I could hardly hold the bars. Changed to drops and not had the same problems. However, I have probably used the dropped position ...
by Graham O
13 Aug 2018, 4:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain
Replies: 70
Views: 3553

Re: ...if it’s ever possible to enjoy cycling in the rain

I find that getting wet is more unpleasant than being wet. As long as I am warm, I'm not bothered. Yesterday I was caught in a thunderstorm and got seriously splashed by a car driving through a puddle, but amazingly, the water was warm. The fun factor of being on a bike soon came back.
by Graham O
7 Aug 2018, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 5042

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

Just been out in the shed for a look at the bike and the cables are the problem. They are standard, non compressionless type and after the pads touch the discs, any extra effort goes into straightening the cables, so that is presumably where all my effort is going. Any recommendations on compression...
by Graham O
7 Aug 2018, 3:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 5042

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

Thanks Brucey, that is what I thought. Making progress.
by Graham O
7 Aug 2018, 2:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 5042

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

Setup instructions? What are they? Only joking. I will have a look this evening and see what is in them. I had to go home this morning and took the opportunity to look at the brakes again. When I apply pressure to the levers, the pads move in until they touch, but there is then about another 5mm of ...
by Graham O
7 Aug 2018, 9:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 5042

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

The brakes have never been spectacular and I've just got used to them in "non demanding situations", i.e. nothing unexpected happening. If the outers are standard, non compressionless, I'll be a bit disappointed with the shop, but that's life. I've always built my own bikes from parts, rat...
by Graham O
7 Aug 2018, 8:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 5042

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

Do you perceive a difference in the effectiveness of the brakes once they engage? From my brief experience with unsuitable outers, the front was poor whilst the rear was completely ineffective (I couldn't even lock it while pushing the bike). I wouldn't expect most outers to have such an extreme ef...
by Graham O
7 Aug 2018, 8:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 5042

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

I mananged to get some time to look at the brakes last night and there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with them. The pads move okay and the whole assembly is pretty clean. Wound the inline adjuster fully in and adjusted the pads with the allen key. The actuating arm is slightly off the end stop, ...
by Graham O
6 Aug 2018, 11:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 5042

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

Thank you for all the information and I'll be in the shed tonight, trying to sort out any adjustments etc. Plus ordering a new set of sintered pads.
by Graham O
6 Aug 2018, 10:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 5042

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

The cable outers are the stock ones the bike came with, so their quality/standard is unknown. I'd be surprised if they were cheap ones as the shop I got it from traded on quality and performance, but that could mean anything.
by Graham O
6 Aug 2018, 9:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 5042

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

What kind of brake levers? What kind of pads? 105 levers, stock pads as installed by qualified bike mechanic. See my EDIT. Is braking any better from the drops? I think we are both trying to keep up with each others edits :) From the drops? Don't know. Certainly didn't try it yesterday. It's not my...
by Graham O
6 Aug 2018, 9:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.
Replies: 63
Views: 5042

Re: TRP Spyre Disc Brakes - Not Impressed.

reohn2 wrote:What kind of brake levers?
What kind of pads?


105 levers, stock pads as installed by qualified bike mechanic.

Previously I've adjusted with the allen key, but when out yesterday I used the inline adjuster. What's the practical difference between them?