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by Nigel
24 Jul 2018, 7:52am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous mudguards
Replies: 15
Views: 1486

Re: Dangerous mudguards

There are four bikes in my household with mudguards, all have the safety front fixings. One broke after more than 15 years from plastic becoming brittle. The bikes are packed into the rear of a car fairly regularly - wheels out, tangled together frames, etc., so mudguards do get out of alignment. Bu...
by Nigel
20 Jul 2018, 3:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saving Weight on a Spa Steel Tourer
Replies: 65
Views: 2739

Re: Saving Weight on a Spa Steel Tourer

............ One reason for staying with a leather saddle is the bag loops since I like the saddlebag and another saddle would probably need a bagman or similar. By the way a Nelson Longflap and and an Ortlieb barbag with bracket both weigh about 750 g. Carradice and Ortlieb luggage are fairly heav...
by Nigel
20 Jul 2018, 9:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Budget square taper BB
Replies: 14
Views: 964

Re: Budget square taper BB

Has anyone any experience of these cheap offerings from SJS; https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/bottom-brackets/1105-neco-bottom-bracket-68-mm-shell-with-shimano-splined-steel-cups-english-thread/ I fully understand you normally get what you pay for but sometimes you find a hidden gem! I only ask as I'm e...
by Nigel
11 Jul 2018, 6:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 2x10 chain ring wear
Replies: 4
Views: 401

Re: 2x10 chain ring wear

They look like the ramp teeth, which are there to help the chain climb onto and off that ring when changing gear. Most multiple front chainrings are ike that from the factory.
by Nigel
20 Jun 2018, 12:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacement 42-32-20 crankset
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: Replacement 42-32-20 crankset

If Hamster's offer doesn't work, then Spa Cycles list a 170mm triple for a modest sum.
https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s109p26 ... e-Chainset

I doubt 170-175 will be that noticeable. I have 170 and 175 on different touring bikes, I don't usually detect that.
by Nigel
18 Jun 2018, 1:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: High end step through frames
Replies: 23
Views: 1395

Re: High end step through frames

Not a billion miles from Norfolk are "Lifecycle" in Bildeston, Suffolk. My other half has a Cicle Barco from them, similar to the blue example on their website (link below). Can be built with just about any components. Our example is a different colour, carbon forks and 1.25 headset, 160mm...
by Nigel
8 Jun 2018, 7:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Level Crossing Closure - Network Rail
Replies: 11
Views: 670

Re: Level Crossing Closure - Network Rail

I've tried to keep this short... There is a rolling programme of road repairs in Cambridgeshire ('drought damage repair') and to date the contractors minimise disruption to cycling -can pass most of the time that the road is 'closed'. I provided Network Rail with the names and contact details of th...
by Nigel
21 May 2018, 9:40am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Event helmet cobblers
Replies: 106
Views: 5413

Re: Event helmet cobblers

. . . . . I forced Cycling Events to change their wording Unless you force an organiser to adopt the views of both Cycling UK (ex CTC) and British Cycling, namely that helmets for non-racing events are matters for the individual rider to decide, then very little has been achieved. The few who frequ...
by Nigel
12 May 2018, 10:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 11 speed gear indicator
Replies: 10
Views: 1000

Re: Shimano 11 speed gear indicator

The "make it yourself" side has been thinking some more - think I've got a scheme to make the Dura-Ace window thing if I can't find one at a sensible price. Clear biro casing for the tube bit, two turned ends to seat the gear cable outer (delrin or aluminium, not decided which), and a smal...
by Nigel
11 May 2018, 10:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 11 speed gear indicator
Replies: 10
Views: 1000

Re: Shimano 11 speed gear indicator

a bodge-tastic solution might be to attach a marker of some kind (eg a solderless nipple) to the first exposed section of the gear cable, and have some marks on the frame tube alongside that give a gear indication. Marks would have to be set about 3.75mm apart, I think; these ought to be clearly vi...
by Nigel
11 May 2018, 8:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 11 speed gear indicator
Replies: 10
Views: 1000

Re: Shimano 11 speed gear indicator

Thanks, the inline indicator might be worth seeking out. XT, hmm maybe. That leads into the mess that is Shimano's road vs MTB ranges and front mechanism movements. This bike has a road front mech, and thus has "road" shifters for flat-bars. As for the Di-electronics, I'm not that nerdy, a...
by Nigel
10 May 2018, 6:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 11 speed gear indicator
Replies: 10
Views: 1000

Shimano 11 speed gear indicator

Does anyone know how to produce a handlebar "what gear am I in" indicator for Shimano 11 speed flat-bar shifters ? Its for a bike where looking between your legs at the rear cluster just gives a view of frame tubes (Mixte frame), and rider is used to the little indicator near the shifter f...
by Nigel
3 May 2018, 6:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Need a new Garmin
Replies: 58
Views: 3702

Re: Need a new Garmin

Though the reported gradient figures had seemed reasonable so far, I was brought to doubt them last Thursday when it said that Haywood Pitch (Gorsley) was 1 in 2.9 (35%). I'd have guessed half that. As a user of an older Etrex Vista, with the barometric sensor, then its probably the sensor. I find ...
by Nigel
2 May 2018, 1:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Looking to simplify the map on a Garmin Edge 810
Replies: 4
Views: 365

Re: Looking to simplify the map on a Garmin Edge 810

OpenStreetMap, or possibly some of the maps which "Talky Toaster" compiles for Garmin. His free one will probably do what's needed for road cycling.
by Nigel
26 Apr 2018, 8:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pumps
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Pumps

I've had a Toppeak "MasterBlaster", in a medium length, on my fine-weather bike for over ten years. Gets some use, and it works every time. Also quite light. Stored in the rear triangle, with a peg on frame. And a long HPX on my tourer, but I find the valve to be a bit leaky and troublesom...