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by flat tyre
29 May 2020, 10:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pedals hit front wheel
Replies: 16
Views: 992

Re: Pedals hit front wheel

It's quite common for the toe of the shoe to touch the front wheel and isn't necessarily a problem provided that your bike fit is correct and the bike has been assembled correctly. I have this on some of my bikes, particularly as I prefer to have my cleats fairly well back. Unless something is very ...
by flat tyre
23 May 2020, 11:43am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike sales
Replies: 37
Views: 1567

Re: Bike sales

Five minute wonder in my view, once the traffic and weather returns to normal all these would be cyclists will be back in their cars.
by flat tyre
20 May 2020, 10:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Healthy food/snacks suggestions
Replies: 66
Views: 2160

Re: Healthy food/snacks suggestions

Peanut butter sandwiches, preferably made with homemade sourdough.
by flat tyre
11 May 2020, 5:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can a modern day bike have longevity or do changes in standards make them obsolete or hard to maintain in the long run?
Replies: 63
Views: 2546

Re: Can a modern day bike have longevity or do changes in standards make them obsolete or hard to maintain in the long r

I've got rim brakes on my bikes and I'm generally quite happy with this. At the moment they are easy to maintain and consumable spares are easy to obtain. One thing that does concern me though is the availability of replacement rims. I'm doing a fairly high mileage so usually need a new set of rims ...
by flat tyre
9 May 2020, 9:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mudguards
Replies: 59
Views: 2140

Re: Mudguards

It seems to be very difficult to buy a new bike with mudguards now. We get a lot of new riders in our club who have just purchased a snazzy looking thing from the cycle shop. After a few outings they realise that if you want to ride all day in this country the roads are more often wet than dry so th...
by flat tyre
8 May 2020, 10:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Injury whilst mounting my bike
Replies: 14
Views: 526

Re: Injury whilst mounting my bike

Don't you hold the handlebars steady with one hand and cock your leg over the saddle?
by flat tyre
5 May 2020, 9:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Corona ride mishaps
Replies: 62
Views: 3166

Re: Corona ride mishaps

I clipped a small piece of wood lying in the road and found myself flat on my back on the road with severely damaged and unrideable bike. The piece of wood had somehow caught in the spokes and went round and jammed behind the front forks. I had to phone Mrs FT and persuade her to make a non-essentia...
by flat tyre
3 May 2020, 8:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lockdown cycling kit assessment - need a revamp
Replies: 21
Views: 922

Re: Lockdown cycling kit assessment - need a revamp

I don't bother with those mini pumps, waste of time and space on the bike, I either take a frame fit pump (zefal) or 3x CO2 bulbs plus injector, but not both, usually CO2 bulbs for summer bike as I'm less likely to get a puncture. I've had 3 occurrences in 55 years of cycling that have left me stran...
by flat tyre
29 Apr 2020, 8:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 11 speed cassette, spacer ring - is it required
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Shimano 11 speed cassette, spacer ring - is it required

Thanks for this. The 11-34 cassette is indeed CS HG-11, so now I understand why the bike shop had fitted a spacer. The 11-32 cassette is marked on the retaining ring supplied with it as CS-R8000, so presumably this one is ok without the spacer?
by flat tyre
29 Apr 2020, 8:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 11 speed cassette, spacer ring - is it required
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Shimano 11 speed cassette, spacer ring - is it required

One is 11 34, the other is 11 32, both R8000, 11spd. The 11 34 was fitted with a spacer by the bike shop. Thanks
by flat tyre
28 Apr 2020, 7:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 11 speed cassette, spacer ring - is it required
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Shimano 11 speed cassette, spacer ring - is it required

I've got a couple of wheelsets with a hope RS4 hubs. I had assumed that if fitting the 11 speed cassette then the spacer ring at the inboard end of the freewheel is not necessary. However I recently had reason to dismantle one of my bikes, which had been assembled by a reputable independent bike sho...
by flat tyre
19 Apr 2020, 8:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Enquiry for cyclists and drivers
Replies: 46
Views: 1442

Re: Enquiry for cyclists and drivers

I never wave a motorist past me when I'm cycling. It should be their decision to overtake based on their judgement. If I've got a vehicle behind me and in my view it isn't safe for them to overtake then I'll take a strong primary position, moving in closer to the kerb when it's safer for them to ove...
by flat tyre
14 Apr 2020, 2:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What endurance road bike would you buy?
Replies: 33
Views: 1442

Re: What endurance road bike would you buy?

You can get a nice custom made steel frame bike that you can ride for miles in any weather for this sort of price.
by flat tyre
1 Apr 2020, 2:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Embarrassing confessions
Replies: 58
Views: 3058

Re: Embarrassing confessions

I think the person responsible for the cover of this month's Cycling UK magazine may perhaps have a red face. Superb timing!