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by Ray
23 Jun 2010, 9:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultegra compact chainset - smaller chainring option?
Replies: 14
Views: 3190

Re: Ultegra compact chainset - smaller chainring option?

Thank you all for your helpful comments. I'll bear in mind the potential problems with using far smaller rings, and will look carefully at the Middleburn option - I wasn't aware of the Duo chainsets, which look very interesting. The particular problem in changing to a different chainset seems to be ...
by Ray
21 Jun 2010, 5:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultegra compact chainset - smaller chainring option?
Replies: 14
Views: 3190

Ultegra compact chainset - smaller chainring option?

I have a bike with Shimano Ultegra 6700 compact chainset (34-50) and matching STI levers and front changer. I don't like the 16t difference between chainrings, which necessitates at least a double change, and would also prefer some smaller gears for very long or steep climbs. I see my options, in or...
by Ray
24 May 2010, 1:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dunkirk - Dover on Norfolk Line
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Re: Dunkirk - Dover on Norfolk Line

I'd support all previous positive comments, having travelled both by car and bike on separate occasions. Good quality, uncrowded ships, and far less hassle or delay at the French end. Intend to use Norfolk Line again.
by Ray
26 Apr 2010, 1:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Accommodation in the Vercors
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Accommodation in the Vercors

Am spending a week or so col-hunting with a friend in the Vercors at end August/beginning September. Can anyone recommend a 2/3 star hotel or similar as a fairly central base? http://www.lejorjane.com/ in the Gorges de la Bourne, looks like a possibility. Does anyone know it, or can suggest alternat...
by Ray
19 Apr 2010, 9:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Smaller outer ring on compact chainset?
Replies: 7
Views: 570

Re: Smaller outer ring on compact chainset?

Thank you both for your help. I measured the bolt centres and it is indeed 110BCD. Both Spa and SJS do TA 9/10 speed rings in 44/45 teeth, which look as if they should work. Having successfully run a triple mtb-type chainset in the past with a double road front changer, I would expect there to be mo...
by Ray
19 Apr 2010, 4:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Smaller outer ring on compact chainset?
Replies: 7
Views: 570

Re: Smaller outer ring on compact chainset?

Seems to be a fair bit of info here: http://www.ctc.org.uk/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabID=4068 MY guess is that a 48 be fine with a "non-compact" front mech - but at <48 a "compact specific" mech would be better. I assume can get 10 speed rings in the size(s) you seek - or if not tha...
by Ray
19 Apr 2010, 11:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Smaller outer ring on compact chainset?
Replies: 7
Views: 570

Smaller outer ring on compact chainset?

I have Shimano Ultegra 6700 compact (34/50 - 10 speed) which runs and changes beautifully, but I find the step between rings too large, necessitating at least a double change when going between chainrings. As the 50 also provides higher gears than I ever need (age taking its toll), I wonder about ch...
by Ray
2 Apr 2010, 2:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Splitting powerlink, lubricating rear mech, dirty hands, etc
Replies: 60
Views: 3664

Re: Splitting powerlink, lubricating rear mech, dirty hands, etc

if you buy a KMC Missing Link, splitting is easy as many times as you want. For info - Last week I bought a pack of 2 'own brand' 10-spd quick links from Decathlon for £2.95. On examination they are identical to the 'Missing Links' supplied with KMC 10-spd chains, right down to the KMC 10s imprint....
by Ray
20 Dec 2007, 9:16am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: FFCT holidays - is CTC insurance valid?
Replies: 1
Views: 645

FFCT holidays - is CTC insurance valid?

I'm proposing to try and book one of the 'séjours' listed on the FFCT site for next year. However, it appears to be a condition of booking that participants should be FFCT members - presumably mainly for insurance reasons. Does anyone know whether there is some sort of reciprocal arrangement between...
by Ray
26 Sep 2007, 7:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bikes on London Underground
Replies: 5
Views: 1802

Thanks to those who replied. My ride on the underground with bike went without a hitch, although I did feel a bit uncomfortable standing in the space between doors while people got on and off. There is nowhere to stash a bike easily. Interestingly, the day before I travelled I walked down to Loughto...
by Ray
6 Sep 2007, 7:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bikes on London Underground
Replies: 5
Views: 1802

Thanks, that's reassuring.
by Ray
5 Sep 2007, 10:43am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bikes on London Underground
Replies: 5
Views: 1802

Bikes on London Underground

According to the Transport for London website, bikes (non-folding) may be taken on the District Line out of rush hours. In a couple of weeks time I intend to take my bike between West Ham and Victoria (Monday - around 11 a.m.), and would like re-assurance that I will not be turned off by some little...
by Ray
13 Aug 2007, 8:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trackpump
Replies: 7
Views: 1599

As a cheap makeshift you could go along to Lidl next Monday and buy a floor track pump for £2.99. Might turn out to be better than you think.
See -
http://preview.tinyurl.com/2phevd

Ray