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by Zanda
15 Sep 2016, 10:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Getting into Cycling / loosing weight
Replies: 56
Views: 2970

Re: Getting into Cycling / loosing weight

Welcome to the forum Gami0r! I am tryimg to get into cycling to lose weight, and I also love it in genral. Cycling to lose weight is a great idea because cycling is a low impact exercise and so it's easy on the joints. But firstly what I want to ask is what type of bicycle should I get? A mountain b...
by Zanda
15 Sep 2016, 9:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are expensive gear cables really all that?
Replies: 29
Views: 3377

Re: Are expensive gear cables really all that?

My girlfriend ordered some Teflon coated gear cable. Made by Jagwire. It's silky smooth to the touch and I feel sure it will sort out the shifting issues on her MTB, where the issue has been friction between the cable and the final section of housing. The section nearest the rear derailleur was gett...
by Zanda
7 Sep 2016, 10:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Expanding foam in a carbon frame?
Replies: 31
Views: 1831

Re: Expanding foam in a carbon frame?

As a dampener, you could try a lump of blu tac, or a long strip of inner tube rubber wrapped in multiple layers around a frame tube and taped in place. Whichever you choose, you'd need to experiment to find the most resonant spot, but I reckon good places to start would be halfway along the down tub...
by Zanda
7 Sep 2016, 10:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Expanding foam in a carbon frame?
Replies: 31
Views: 1831

Re: Expanding foam in a carbon frame?

That's an interesting problem. It might prove difficult to get foam into every tube, especially if the holes connecting them are small. I wonder whether certain parts of the frame ring more than others and you could focus your efforts on those. I also wonder if the vibration damping *has* to be adde...
by Zanda
1 Sep 2016, 5:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Relative beginner - advice on new hybrid
Replies: 5
Views: 534

Re: Relative beginner - advice on new hybrid

I don't think suspension will be necessary for road riding or occasional gravel track riding. I think you'd do well to look for a bike with 26" wheels, 36 spokes per wheel, double wall rims, and a tyre width of between 35mm and 50mm. A good quality vintage mountain bike with rigid frame would f...
by Zanda
25 Aug 2016, 8:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help me find a bike for long distance commute please
Replies: 25
Views: 1389

Re: Help me find a bike for long distance commute please

My regular bike journey is similar to yours, Bikenoob. I've chosen a touring bike . It came with mudguards and a pannier rack . I use panniers when I have a bag full of stuff to carry, and a rack pack when I'm just carrying the essentials for the journey. In the past I've used a vintage road bike co...
by Zanda
21 Aug 2016, 8:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sand down/de-rust or service?
Replies: 10
Views: 722

Re: Sand down/de-rust or service?

Nice bike. I've used Kurust on steel frames and it holds up well, though the surface can end up a bit lumpy and the kurust itself doesn't go particularly hard if it goes on thick (so it's a bit like Hammerite Direct To Rust paint in that regard). It's very easy to use though, as it dries quickly and...
by Zanda
20 Aug 2016, 9:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ridgeway Panorama World (Guidance needed!)
Replies: 5
Views: 580

Re: Ridgeway Panorama World (Guidance needed!)

If it's a common size a bike will fetch more on resale, simple because there are more people of that height willing to stump up the cash. So be sure to state (a) the seat tube length bottom bracket to top of seat tube and (b) the top tube length. But a more significant factor in price is whether or ...
by Zanda
18 Aug 2016, 11:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Snapped headset leading to injury
Replies: 26
Views: 2109

Re: Snapped headset leading to injury

Chris Juden, then Senior Technical Officer at CTC, was consulted on such a failure during 2011. IIRC, it was reported in Cycleclips, CTC's enewsletter. I don't have a copy of the email, but those longstanding members who never delete emails may have one. It was a similar break. An aluminium steerer ...
by Zanda
18 Aug 2016, 5:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are old bikes better?
Replies: 30
Views: 2876

Re: Are old bikes better?

Thanks for your feedback. It's useful to hear how my stuff is received. Yeah, I guess the 'reviews' section is meant to be light-hearted yet judgemental (though I aim to explain the context for those judgements). Incidentally, my intended use for pieces of bike kit is invariably cycling to work, a j...
by Zanda
17 Aug 2016, 5:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are old bikes better?
Replies: 30
Views: 2876

Re: Are old bikes better?

For a while I considered old bike frames to be more comfortable and their components to be more hard-wearing than modern ones. And yet I also appreciated the 'mod cons' offered by the bike industry, especially the improvements in braking and gear shifting. I figured there was a 'sweet spot' in bike ...
by Zanda
15 Aug 2016, 5:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bars or 'bars
Replies: 19
Views: 1193

Re: bars or 'bars

I think it is 'handlebar' and 'fork' (singular), because there is just one of each, although many people prefer to use the plural. However, that topic has a thread of its own:

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by Zanda
9 Aug 2016, 1:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: the best gearing for a non cyclist with a 3 speed in Brighton?...
Replies: 16
Views: 981

Re: the best gearing for a non cyclist with a 3 speed in Brighton?...

Not sure why new cyclists prefer low cadence, though I'm prepared to accept CJ's anecdata that it is indeed the case, but I can have a guess. I assume high cadence needs a higher level of co-ordination and a bike that's set up just right, with regard to saddle height and perhaps crank length. Co-ord...
by Zanda
5 Aug 2016, 11:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: the best gearing for a non cyclist with a 3 speed in Brighton?...
Replies: 16
Views: 981

Re: the best gearing for a non cyclist with a 3 speed in Brighton?...

The standard 46t chainring with 18t sprocket was high gearing, and did not give anything approaching a granny gear for climbing. IIRC Raleigh's standard advice for gearing the SA AW hub was a chainring to sprocket size ratio no lower than 2:1 or you'll damage the hub. 2:1 would mean: no smaller than...