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  1. thanks for the feedback. The soft roll-ring looks...

    thanks for the feedback. The soft roll-ring looks problematic for bike use because it looks like it could be easily knocked out of place, although the idea of using a (rigid) ghost ring is appealing.
  2. State of the art (heh) in chain tensioners for single speed conversions?

    About 7 years ago, I converted my old steel Stumpjumper to a singlespeed. At the time, all the chain tensioners available used a single jockey wheel to tension the chain. I tried a generic one, which...
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    MrEss delivers! ;) Thanks, that looks pretty...

    MrEss delivers! ;)

    Thanks, that looks pretty decent. My cloth tape is exactly that color too. I'll give it a shot.
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    For some reason this shellac seems really...

    For some reason this shellac seems really resistant to alcohol. I've tried cleaning some drips with 95% ethanol and it really does not dissolve. I don't think wiping it off would be feasible.


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    I actually don't have any more of that brown...

    I actually don't have any more of that brown shellac (embarrassing admission: it wasn't actually brown shellac - it was old, clear Bullseye shellac in a can that had started to rust, causing the...
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    Cloth tape over cork?

    Sorry for the trivial question, but does anyone have experience wrapping cloth tape over cork? I was considering doing this (and then shellacing the cotton), but was wondering how ridiculous it might...
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    Is there some Canada Europe connection I...

    Is there some Canada <--> Europe connection I don't know about?
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    You can definitely do it. I built my first wheel...

    You can definitely do it. I built my first wheel (an 8 speed rear) with just Sheldon's instructions, a cheap Minoura truing stand, a Park Tool wrench, and some patience. I attached little tape flags...
  9. Or you can easily trim the excess with a dremel...

    Or you can easily trim the excess with a dremel or hacksaw.
  10. How do you manage to bottom out your BB on...

    How do you manage to bottom out your BB on something?
  11. Thanks for the further replies guys. So it...

    Thanks for the further replies guys.

    So it looks like SRAM X9 is the equivalent MTB group to SRAM Rival. I guess a medium cage X9 rear would be about right (like this), along with a 12-36...
  12. Thanks for the responses. I hadn't realized that...

    Thanks for the responses. I hadn't realized that SRAM didn't even make a triple road shifter - that's kind of a bummer, although not my first choice anyhow. Somehow I don't think she'll like the idea...
  13. Advice needed: cross bike gearing changes for touring use

    My wife has a cyclocross bike she uses for weekend rides and light touring. It came with fairly standard 'cross gearing of 36/46 in the front and a 10 speed 11-26 cassette in the rear. With 28mm...
  14. Just wanted to post an update, as I just (!)...

    Just wanted to post an update, as I just (!) solved the shifting issue, nearly a year later, without needing to replace parts. Basically, I'd tried all the adjustment tips given here, but nothing...
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    Just an update - we finally did it (a stealth...

    Just an update - we finally did it (a stealth camping S24O), although on a trip from Oxford to Bath, rather than within Oxfordshire. Previously we'd done a trip using a commercial camp site, which...
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    One of mine just fell off yesterday. It actually...

    One of mine just fell off yesterday. It actually looks fine without, but you lose a couple mm's of leverage I guess.

    Maybe I'll try wrapping it in twine and shellacing it :P
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    I hate that stuff. It does separate into day-glo...

    I hate that stuff. It does separate into day-glo green oil and goo, and stains paint to boot.

    The ends of the head-tube, top of the seat-tube, and area around the BB on my frame are all stained...
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    S24O suggestions in Oxfordshire?

    Recently moved to Oxford from the US, and was thinking of doing an S24O (aka. short overnight bike camping trip) this weekend. Any suggestions within about 40 miles of Oxford (closer is fine!)? Rode...
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    Yeah, I think the fundamental problem with those...

    Yeah, I think the fundamental problem with those is that they'll still rub, and with a bit of dirt/water/grime on them, you effectively get a nice grinding paste going that will damage the paint...
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    Thanks - yes, Wychwood brewery is nearby,...

    Thanks - yes, Wychwood brewery is nearby, although a few miles south of the famous forest. And there is no shortage of amusing (to my Canadian ears, anyhow) village names around here.



    Bike is...
  21. You don't need anything special - standard modern...

    You don't need anything special - standard modern cables and housing should be fine. Since your shifting system is indexed, it probably already uses compressionless shifter housing, same as used...
  22. This is completely true, but I can't help but...

    This is completely true, but I can't help but have a sneaking suspicion that they are considered acceptable by a lot of people (maybe subconsciously) simply because they have a 'racing' pedigree...
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    Still getting to know the riding since moving...

    Still getting to know the riding since moving here, but the English countryside is beautiful. Rode north from Oxford up to Chipping Norton (could there be a more English sounding town name?) and a...
  24. Thread: Every Day Pics

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    What was supposed to be a short detour through a...

    What was supposed to be a short detour through a pretty looking wood turned into a mudfest:

    http://uk.bobobox.net/fora/wychwood-mud.jpg
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    Depends entirely on how much you trust the...

    Depends entirely on how much you trust the mechanic. If they're truly experienced and careful, it's probably fine. If the mechanic is a gorilla, then you might have a problem.
    In my entirely...
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