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by DougieB
13 Feb 2009, 2:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: front mech cable rub
Replies: 9
Views: 594

ahh, makes sense. I'll whip it out later and measure it. then go an get another one. urghh....

at least it still rides on the outer two rings :-)

thanks for your help.
by DougieB
13 Feb 2009, 1:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: front mech cable rub
Replies: 9
Views: 594

hi, I think maybe the photo is confusing. it doesn't appear twisted, and everything lines up as it should. The bike arrived (secondhand) as a fixed, single chainring. I've taken the sora stuff off another road bike. But, something you said made me think possibly the BB length is wrong? If the whole ...
by DougieB
13 Feb 2009, 12:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: front mech cable rub
Replies: 9
Views: 594

it is about 2mm above the large chainring. maybe just not clear from the photo.

I've just had the first ride on the bike, and shifting down to the lowest chainring the chain just drags. though shifting down one on the rear pulls the chain over at the front.

cheers,
by DougieB
12 Feb 2009, 10:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: front mech cable rub
Replies: 9
Views: 594

front mech cable rub

I have a sora front mech (top pull, I think!), and the way the cable routes means the cable is fouling the lower spring nearest the frame. Hopefully the picture shows what I mean. the picture is taken without the rear wheel, with the bike upside down and looking along the chain stays. the problem is...
by DougieB
11 Feb 2009, 4:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What to do when you hit black ice
Replies: 66
Views: 3734

'counter-steering on ice' sounds like a tv show...
by DougieB
11 Feb 2009, 11:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What to do when you hit black ice
Replies: 66
Views: 3734

allowing for wiki not to be the fount of all knowledge, but this explanation does seem reasonable:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_an ... e_dynamics

learn something new every day.
by DougieB
11 Feb 2009, 10:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What to do when you hit black ice
Replies: 66
Views: 3734

so how come if I roll a hoola-hoop it'll go in a straight line when it has speed, and only fall over/deviate with it slows down?
by DougieB
9 Feb 2009, 8:08pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Thoughts on my initial LEJOG route?
Replies: 3
Views: 630

your route in Edinburgh (from Haymarket along Corstorphine Rd to the A8 ) is one of the main commuter routes into the city. Constant bus activity, and dozy drivers. It tends to get jammed at rush hour too. National Cycle Network Route 1 goes from Haymarket (Roseburn) via Crammond and drops you out a...
by DougieB
9 Feb 2009, 4:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Choosing a commuting bike
Replies: 23
Views: 6155

I bought an Edinburgh Bike Cuillin, mountain bike, last year. First bike I've had in many years. I think it was £200 (maybe in the sale) new. Regularly do a 20 mile commute. I took it to France and did a 600 mile tour. Never had a problem. Well, I've got one problem. I'm now obsessing about bikes ag...
by DougieB
9 Feb 2009, 10:23am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: cold feet!
Replies: 17
Views: 4736

oh, I'm not quite as sophisticated as that. just socks on, carrier bags on, shoes on. I still get cold feet, but at least they don't go numb.
by DougieB
9 Feb 2009, 9:51am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: cold feet!
Replies: 17
Views: 4736

plastic carrier bags. rustle a bit (well the Sainsbury ones do).
by DougieB
5 Feb 2009, 1:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: openrunner.com
Replies: 8
Views: 842

there was a break-in (hack) at the site of the people who make the software that this forum uses (phpBB). Their site has been off-line since. I 'do' computer stuff, so I'll go and have a read and find out if there's a general problem with the software. It may be that they have skimmed the usernames/...
by DougieB
2 Feb 2009, 8:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: a touring bike or a MTB for the silk road.
Replies: 18
Views: 2020

I am doing a similar thing, though a different destination. I tried finding a second-hand steel mountain bike, but couldn't find one my size. You also need to make sure the chain stays are long enough for panniers, and won't feel cramped. Some of the bikes of that era (my old P7 for example) had pre...
by DougieB
2 Feb 2009, 1:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone know a good route from Riploi - Barcelona?
Replies: 5
Views: 375

just thinking... another option (depending on whether you really want to finish your ride by riding) would be to ride the coast road and jump on the train if the traffic gets a bit much. the train ride runs along-side the beach (literally), thanks to Franco's paranoia, and there's a station every fe...
by DougieB
2 Feb 2009, 12:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone know a good route from Riploi - Barcelona?
Replies: 5
Views: 375

yep, for that reason I'd recommend the Tibidabo option. It's the hill behind Barcelona with the Norman Foster tower and the theme park thing. But, because it's on a hill, the suburbs stop there and it's one of the few non-sprawling bits. You'd be able to cycle to the town centre in about 20 minutes ...