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by flat tyre
16 Aug 2020, 7:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10242

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

I was reviewing gravel bikes to see how they compare to my dawes 1-Down, thinking other King Alfreds Way soon to open. What I found not a single steel framed bike, most were carbon fibre and alloy. That surprised me with all the knocks that the bike would have to take this was the list I was lookin...
by flat tyre
12 Aug 2020, 12:07pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Headache after rides
Replies: 47
Views: 1596

Re: Headache after rides

I have suffered from headaches the day after a long ride (e.g. 70 miles plus), sometimes it feels like a hangover. What appears to work for me is the obvious one - hydration, little and often rather than quaffing bucket loads every time I feel thirsty, The other factor is that for another medical re...
by flat tyre
4 Aug 2020, 10:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake bike build
Replies: 15
Views: 595

Re: Disc brake bike build

A big more info on the frame. It hasn't built yet so I'm in correspondence with the builder to finalise the spec at the moment.
by flat tyre
4 Aug 2020, 5:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake bike build
Replies: 15
Views: 595

Re: Disc brake bike build

Thanks for comments and advice.
by flat tyre
3 Aug 2020, 6:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake bike build
Replies: 15
Views: 595

Disc brake bike build

My latest project, I've decided to venture into the dark side and build a road (gravel?) bike with hydraulic disc brakes. I've built several bikes with rim brakes so I've got a reasonable experience of bike building, but this is the first disc brake. I've gone ahead and ordered the frame and now loo...
by flat tyre
1 Aug 2020, 9:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First road bike dilemmas
Replies: 23
Views: 831

Re: First road bike dilemmas

You might save yourself a lot of money in the long run by paying for a professional bike fit and get advice about what adjustments to make to your bike.
by flat tyre
30 Jul 2020, 8:10pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Protein sources
Replies: 14
Views: 558

Re: Protein sources

More important, I think, though I'm not an expert, is to find out how much protein you actually need per day. In my case it works out to less than 50g per day, the equivalent say of one chicken beast if taken in one meal. As already stated in previous posts there are other sources which will be cons...
by flat tyre
19 Jul 2020, 9:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Strada Wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: Strada Wheels

I've had 3 sets of wheels built by Strada. They're very good wheels and have stayed true despite a far amount punishment (although I haven't hit a cat yet!). If you speak to the owner, Darren, he'll help you work out what is the best set of components for your requirements and budget. I've been very...
by flat tyre
15 Jul 2020, 9:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: pumps, a list of the good uns based on your findings.
Replies: 148
Views: 4568

Re: pumps, a list of the good uns based on your findings.

Over many years of cycling I've found very few that can be carried on the bike and are of any use. If I need to carry a pump I have a frame fit Zefal, which works well, mini pumps are all useless, so If I can't carry the frame fit pump I take CO2 cartridges which do the job nicely.
by flat tyre
29 Jun 2020, 9:59am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Antisocial cyclists
Replies: 309
Views: 8001

Re: Antisocial cyclists

I haven't seen one of these threads for a while!
by flat tyre
21 Jun 2020, 11:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?
Replies: 11
Views: 372

Re: Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?

I've got one bike with 5800 11sp groupset and another with R8000 11sp. I have to say that the R8000 is a huge improvement over the 5800 particularly as far as the front derailleur set up and operation is concerned. Really? I’ve found the opposite. It takes two minutes to nail an FD-5800 or similar....
by flat tyre
20 Jun 2020, 6:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?
Replies: 11
Views: 372

Re: Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?

Thanks for replies. I think maybe I might just spare myself the bother and stick with the 5800 FD on the 5800 groupset bike! I tend to agree that the R8000 looks a bit like a watchmenders nightmare, it does however in my experience seem to give more flexibility with chainring/cassette ring extreme c...
by flat tyre
20 Jun 2020, 4:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?
Replies: 11
Views: 372

Shimano R8000 FD compatible with 5800?

I've got one bike with 5800 11sp groupset and another with R8000 11sp. I have to say that the R8000 is a huge improvement over the 5800 particularly as far as the front derailleur set up and operation is concerned. The 5800 is a bit of a pig to set up and no matter how hard I try there isn't much fl...
by flat tyre
16 Jun 2020, 8:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Just one of those days
Replies: 26
Views: 1024

Re: Just one of those days

The first incident could have been avoided by you taking a strong primary position to block the overtake until past the oncoming cyclists, at which point you can move in to let the following vehicle overtake.
by flat tyre
31 May 2020, 8:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Attaching 1-2kg of Extra Weight to a Racing Bike
Replies: 32
Views: 1014

Re: Attaching 1-2kg of Extra Weight to a Racing Bike

As one of the effects of the lockdown due to no cafes being open and cycling alone I decided to carry more "stuff" with me. I have fitted a carradice saddle bag and mounting bracket on my lightweight summer road bike. The naked bike weighs about 8.2 kg and the saddlebag plus bracket weighs...