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by Nigel
1 Aug 2009, 8:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Halfords bike to work scheme.
Replies: 7
Views: 3209

Re: Halfords bike to work scheme.

I've just tried to get going with this cyclescheme buisiness too - my NHS employer uses it but I've ben given two different messages from employer and bike shop. ..... In addition the cycle shop wanted to load the purchase price 5% for buying under the scheme. Is this allowed ? Doesn't it just star...
by Nigel
31 Jul 2009, 3:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 7-speed Megarange cassette replacement
Replies: 25
Views: 2874

Re: 7-speed Megarange cassette replacement

When I last had to replace a 7 speed cassette, I ended up buying from Germany mail order. The Germans still have 13-28 cassettes in 7 speed shimano which avoids the big steps which the mega-range models seem to suffer from.

- Nigel
by Nigel
31 Jul 2009, 3:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 7-speed ugrade - additional questions (have searched!)
Replies: 8
Views: 398

Re: 7-speed ugrade - additional questions (have searched!)

I'd ring Spa for advice rather than ordering off the website. I think they'd make a wheel with 130 spacing axle rather than 135 which will mean far less of a stretch on an old frame (probably spring over). Unless you are quite heavy, or regularly break wheels, I don't think you will need 40 spokes, ...
by Nigel
31 Jul 2009, 3:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle to Work Scheme....
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Re: Cycle to Work Scheme....

I thought the max was £1000 at least thats what it appears we will be offered when our scheme starts up, what about getting a discounted this years model early next year? that way you should get something currently around £700 ish? By the way does anyone recomend a decent entry race bike at around ...
by Nigel
31 Jul 2009, 2:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31283

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

I was a bit surprised at the lowly record of the East Anglian train services in the recent Cycle article. I was also surprised at the high rating of a few companies where I regularly hear stories of being told "you can't travel with that bike". However, I only see some of the East Anglian ...
by Nigel
22 Dec 2007, 4:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: more membership dept grief
Replies: 11
Views: 1336

You could try calling the following (if they've not gone for Christmas yet) Membership Tel: 0870 873 0061 Fax: 0870 873 0065 Email: membership@ctc.org.uk Thanks, but they are the muppets who don't answer their email (apart from the automatic "we got your message and will be in touch within 48 ...
by Nigel
21 Dec 2007, 12:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: more membership dept grief
Replies: 11
Views: 1336

more membership dept grief

I've read the other thread. Simple question, how do I get the membership department to answer an email ? I have an auto-email from 1 week ago saying "we aim to answer in 48 hours". Nothing else (and have checked the spam filter bucket), I guess its been a really good office party ? I belie...
by Nigel
9 Dec 2007, 4:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old dog, new cleats?
Replies: 13
Views: 1490

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDetail.aspx?Cat=cycle&ProdID=5360006646 Is this what you're recommending PW? Not sure what 'Mr Smiths' is? These do look a bit more the business than my current sub £10 pedals. Its my experience that Wellgo clone SPDs are subtly different in cleat design to genuin...
by Nigel
25 May 2007, 9:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campag throws a spanner in the works
Replies: 21
Views: 5455

If anyone in the UK is still hunting down the last of 2006 stocks of 10 speed Ergo shifters, you could try ebay and this item: 170114698040, Centaur shifters including cables for £65 . I bought one of the two sets offered, the other appears to still be for sale. ( I have no connection with seller, o...
by Nigel
12 Apr 2007, 7:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon forks...
Replies: 14
Views: 2999

Benm asked: I am curious about how much of the additional 'comfort' - specifically the vibration - of the carbon forks is attributable to the forks, and how much to the different frame/setup? This I can't answer the difference beyond the description of the two bikes. The seat-pedal-bar positions are...
by Nigel
12 Apr 2007, 6:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Nexus 8 alternative shifters
Replies: 8
Views: 4935

Thanks Robin, that proved to be an inspired suggestion. Jay replied within a couple of hours and said they're working on something to go with SRAM shifters, check website in a few weeks time. Jay said SRAM have uniform cable pull, as do hubs, whereas Ergo and STI have different pull at each end of t...
by Nigel
11 Apr 2007, 7:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon forks...
Replies: 14
Views: 2999

My observations from my two main bikes: 1990 Nigel Dean, 531 frame and forks. "Grab-on" foam bar grips rather than tape. 2006 Roberts compact audax. Carbon Issac touring forks. Tape grips with Maras foam strips underneath. Both running light 28mm wide tyres, if anything the Dean has the mo...
by Nigel
11 Apr 2007, 7:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Nexus 8 alternative shifters
Replies: 8
Views: 4935

Thanks for comments so far, and I knew about the Alfine shifter. The Alfine shifter is for a 22mm bar (standard flat bar size), and a typical drop bar (measuring one in my shed) is more than 23mm. In principle, if there is enough metal, I could take the alloy bar mount from the Alfine shifter and bo...
by Nigel
10 Apr 2007, 11:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Nexus 8 alternative shifters
Replies: 8
Views: 4935

Shimano Nexus 8 alternative shifters

I've a plan to convert a 1980's bike to hub gears. Horizontal drop outs already present, etc.. I'd like to run with drop touring bars rather than flat bars. Question is the gear shifter. One option I've seen with standard Shimano shifters is to put the grip shift on the end of a drop handlebar with ...