Hallett's Howlers

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fausto99
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Re: Hallett's Howlers

Postby fausto99 » 11 Aug 2020, 9:07pm

Bmblbzzz wrote:Good to see a CJ review in the latest edition of Cycle.

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StephenW
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Re: Hallett's Howlers

Postby StephenW » 7 Sep 2020, 2:42pm

I've twice been a subscriber to cycle, once when CJ was technical officer and once when R Hallet was. I found CJ's articles more insightful because they were based on an understanding of the fundamental principles at work, whereas I don't think Hallet has that level of understanding. I feel he is more liable to be swept along by current trends.

I think the perspective of starting from the underlying maths and physics is very useful indeed, especially for cutting through marketing mumbo-jumbo. I can think of two potential pitfalls of this approach though:

1. Rejecting experiences which don't match with the model. (e.g. "this must be faster than this because the maths says so...")
2. Downplaying the importance of the subjective. Most of us ride bikes for fun, not to win races. It's fine to be subjective, as long as you are honest about what you are saying. E.g. "I liked this because it felt zoomy." Rather than, "The improved torsional stiffness of the frame increased my acceleration".

I don't think CJ fell into these pitfalls, I am just thinking in general terms here.

brumster
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Re: Hallett's Howlers

Postby brumster » 7 Sep 2020, 8:38pm

Slightly OT, and only a small point, but I am often disappointed with the Editor Dan Joyce when he reviews bikes, as he often makes references and comparisons to his own bikes which he ( obviously? ) prefers or implies are better than the bike being tested.

9494arnold
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Re: Hallett's Howlers

Postby 9494arnold » 7 Sep 2020, 9:04pm

Back to the wheel discussion, Campag used to make a hub that was large flange one side and small flange the other to help minimise the differential spoke tension . (Lots of back wheels have slightly longer spokes on the non drive side to help the dishing dilemma)
I am an amateur wheelbuilder myself ,but mostly fronts and Trike rears that don't have to be dished.

Brucey
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Re: Hallett's Howlers

Postby Brucey » 7 Sep 2020, 11:27pm

9494arnold wrote:Back to the wheel discussion, Campag used to make a hub that was large flange one side and small flange the other to help minimise the differential spoke tension ….



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thing is, it doesn't actually do much useful, not unless you start building with many fewer crosses on the driveside or something

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Bonefishblues
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Re: Hallett's Howlers

Postby Bonefishblues » 7 Sep 2020, 11:37pm

I had a dalliance with Maxicar Hi-Lo hubs in the 80s. Similar principle.