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11-24-22, 03:10 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 3,060
Posted By jgwilliams

No, I've certainly never reviewed Marathon...

No, I've certainly never reviewed Marathon studded tyres. I did fit Marathons to my recumbent bike at one time and probably was riding about 16 miles to work at the time, but that was a very long...
11-23-22, 04:06 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 3,060
Posted By jgwilliams

Just keep riding, just keep riding. I hate...

Just keep riding, just keep riding.

I hate indoor trainers, so I tend to be out in most weathers. Although it can be pretty windy and sometimes quite cold where I live (southern UK, relatively...
11-15-22, 03:35 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,100
Posted By jgwilliams

Lol! Yes, the thought had occurred. On the other...

Lol! Yes, the thought had occurred. On the other hand, everyone tells me that titanium is for life!
11-10-22, 11:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 172
Posted By jgwilliams

Sorry, I have a tendency to only read the...

Sorry, I have a tendency to only read the highlights! Would it not make sense, then, to put on a 180mm rotor? Though, as you say, adding spacers ought to do the trick.
11-10-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 172
Posted By jgwilliams

Searching around I found quite a number, such as...

Searching around I found quite a number, such as these from Wiggle (https://www.wiggle.co.uk/lifeline-disc-brake-adaptor-is-to-post) or this one from Amazon (UK)...
11-10-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,100
Posted By jgwilliams

Lol! But it depends on the commute. Steel is fine...

Lol! But it depends on the commute. Steel is fine - I commuted on a steel bike for years - but for my 18 mile commute with a 600 ft climb going home there's no way I'd manage it regularly on a SA 3...
11-10-22, 10:16 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,100
Posted By jgwilliams

Well, I did say I wasn't sure of my reasoning. I...

Well, I did say I wasn't sure of my reasoning. I also didn't mention above that the crash that broke my carbon frame would almost certainly have damaged an aluminium or steel frame as well, almost...
11-10-22, 04:16 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,100
Posted By jgwilliams

My answer is ... it depends. I chose carbon when...

My answer is ... it depends. I chose carbon when I went for a new road bike, but decided to stick with aluminium for my new mountain bike. If you were to ask for my reasoning I'd have to say I'm not...
10-31-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 633
Posted By jgwilliams

Check the path of the chain through the rear...

Check the path of the chain through the rear derailleur. My Force medium cage der had a metal tab across the width of the cage (sorry, can't explain it better. My old Deore 9 speed der was the same)....
10-18-22, 03:03 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,896
Posted By jgwilliams

Some tyres seem to be more susceptible to that...

Some tyres seem to be more susceptible to that kind of damage than others. I used to ride Conti 4 Season tyres as they are excellent all-rounders. However, after wrecking two, one practically new,...
10-13-22, 09:27 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,400
Posted By jgwilliams

I've got a couple of Altura jerseys which are...

I've got a couple of Altura jerseys which are rather short, but these are both road specific. I don't know why it should be but it seems that my mountain biking jerseys are longer than road biking...
10-06-22, 02:37 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,231
Posted By jgwilliams

Great pictures and some amazing country side....

Great pictures and some amazing country side. Here's one of my air-conditioned cockpits. I guess this is what Pharrell Williams meant in 'Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof'.

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09-20-22, 02:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 335
Posted By jgwilliams

Thanks. I'd assumed that wasn't possible but I'll...

Thanks. I'd assumed that wasn't possible but I'll have a search.
09-16-22, 02:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 335
Posted By jgwilliams

Thanks, that's a start. I was hoping for a bit...

Thanks, that's a start. I was hoping for a bit more.
09-15-22, 03:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 335
Posted By jgwilliams

Camera Software

I've been using a Garmin VirbX camera for a few years now. It does the job and has served me pretty well, but the built in stabilization is very much put in the shade by modern cameras like GoPro. In...
09-15-22, 02:50 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 5,339
Posted By jgwilliams

As others have said, it depends. When there's a...

As others have said, it depends. When there's a good lane I use it. Some of them are a joke.

I once had someone tell me that I shouldn't be riding in the road as there was a cycle lane, which is...
09-09-22, 10:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 393
Posted By jgwilliams

If you look on VisionTechUSA.com you should find...

If you look on VisionTechUSA.com you should find a freehub maintenance guide for those wheels. To completely disassemble the hub it looks like you need a special tool, though. For my money, those...
09-08-22, 01:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 362
Posted By jgwilliams

Goodness, I didn't know those were called cotter...

Goodness, I didn't know those were called cotter pins as well. My first bike had cotter pins in the cranks like these...
09-07-22, 06:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 393
Posted By jgwilliams

That's the sort of slow leak you wouldn't expect...

That's the sort of slow leak you wouldn't expect to get with tubeless tyres as the sealant should seal it. When you replace the tube, don't forget to check for something poking through the tyre...
08-23-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 365
Posted By jgwilliams

I thought that was the case. Presumably, the...

I thought that was the case. Presumably, the reason is that it will help to expel any air bubbles that might be in the line.
08-23-22, 02:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 365
Posted By jgwilliams

Although I've not had to do it on mine yet, I was...

Although I've not had to do it on mine yet, I was under the impression that with Shimano you're supposed to inject new oil at the bottom.Since DOT is corrosive I presume the instructions require more...
08-23-22, 02:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 158
Posted By jgwilliams

I felt the same way when I got my new bike with...

I felt the same way when I got my new bike with XT 4-pot brakes. However, now I've ridden it around for a few weeks and got used to it I'm perfectly happy with it. They certainly are very good brakes.
08-22-22, 02:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 494
Posted By jgwilliams

I had Magura Louise brakes on a bike I had many...

I had Magura Louise brakes on a bike I had many years ago and had exactly the problem you describe, where one piston travel was longer than the other. I found instructions on Magura's site on how to...
08-15-22, 02:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 468
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, I can do that. As I mentioned in the...

Yes, I can do that. As I mentioned in the original post, though, we have quite a lot of tree cover here and I find the speed a bit erratic when using just GPS. This is more noticeable when mountain...
08-12-22, 10:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 468
Posted By jgwilliams

Take a look at this Ride with GPS link...

Take a look at this Ride with GPS link (https://ridewithgps.com/trips/99392899). If you look at the distance trace you can see I apparently climbed a vertical hill. The time trace smooths it out but...
08-12-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 468
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, I probably will in due course. They're a bit...

Yes, I probably will in due course. They're a bit expensive and I can't afford to just go out and buy them on a whim. I got the Topeak one at a bargain price and it's been quite good up to now. I...
08-12-22, 09:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 468
Posted By jgwilliams

Oh dear! I wish I could go back and start again....

Oh dear! I wish I could go back and start again. It all made perfect sense in my head when I wrote it. :foo:

No. After the last round of trouble I did put a magnetless cadence sensor on the bike,...
08-12-22, 06:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 468
Posted By jgwilliams

Ok, my apologies. Yes, the Topeak sensor has done...

Ok, my apologies. Yes, the Topeak sensor has done exactly the same - twice now.
08-12-22, 05:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 468
Posted By jgwilliams

Sorry. It's a bit hard to explain and I never was...

Sorry. It's a bit hard to explain and I never was very good at narrative - that's why I don't have a customer facing job.

No, GSC-10 doesn't have BT, but the Topeak Duoband does. I haven't been...
08-12-22, 04:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,110
Posted By jgwilliams

I've not found any non-bib ones. If it's any help...

I've not found any non-bib ones. If it's any help to anyone, I've found Endura FS260-Pro gear exceptionally comfortable. My wife has some Gore Wear ones that she likes very much.
08-12-22, 01:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 468
Posted By jgwilliams

No, in this case it seems you can't. The unit is...

No, in this case it seems you can't. The unit is still sending cadence data and the diagnostics confirm that it's picking up the wheel magnet pulses, so clearly there's a failure of communication...
08-12-22, 01:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 468
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, mine will do the same if the speed sensor is...

Yes, mine will do the same if the speed sensor is missing before I start the ride. In my case I start the ride and all is fine, then after a bit the speed on the Garmin suddenly drops to zero. It's...
08-11-22, 10:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 468
Posted By jgwilliams

Issues with combined speed/cadence sensors, Garmin GPS

I'm wondering if anyone else has had issue with combined speed/cadence sensors on Garmin GPS units? When I bought an Edge 520 Plus I kept my Garmin GSC-10 that came with the old Edge 705, and for a...
08-11-22, 01:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 471
Posted By jgwilliams

You can get heart rate and cadence (though not...

You can get heart rate and cadence (though not power, I think) from a non GPS unit such as the Cateye. In my opinion, though, a GPS unit such as the Garmin, Wahoo, etc gives you so much more that...
08-10-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,865
Posted By jgwilliams

I used to be at school at Cranleigh so I used to...

I used to be at school at Cranleigh so I used to do Barhatch Lane quite often. I tend not to go out that far these days but there are plenty of other roads in the area that make Zig Zag Road seem...
08-10-22, 01:51 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,865
Posted By jgwilliams

Depends what bike I'm riding. On my road bike the...

Depends what bike I'm riding. On my road bike the steepest I generally tackle is probably 10%. On the mountain bike 22% is not uncommon. The steepest I climb I can tackle and be pretty certain I...
08-09-22, 02:35 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,554
Posted By jgwilliams

When I got my new mountain bike I was rather...

When I got my new mountain bike I was rather surprised to find that the brakes are 4 piston. Have to say that they're very good brakes, but I do wonder whether those extra pistons are really...
07-22-22, 02:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,857
Posted By jgwilliams

I have an old bike with 26.4 mm seat tube. Trying...

I have an old bike with 26.4 mm seat tube. Trying to find a decent seat post for it was a nightmare. I eventually found one from U.S.E.; the seat post itself was, I think (this was many years ago...
07-21-22, 01:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 254
Posted By jgwilliams

I replaced Shimano with Nukeproof organic pads....

I replaced Shimano with Nukeproof organic pads. No complaints at all.
07-20-22, 03:07 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,555
Posted By jgwilliams

Well, each to their own, I guess. I know chains...

Well, each to their own, I guess. I know chains are relatively cheap but they're probably the component that takes the most abuse, especially if you're riding in inclement weather. I feel it's worth...
07-11-22, 02:45 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,907
Posted By jgwilliams

That's an interesting question. When I changed...

That's an interesting question. When I changed from a 20 year old steel bike to a new carbon fibre bike, I noticed a lot of improvements in a number of areas but I can't really say I was any faster....
06-30-22, 08:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,443
Posted By jgwilliams

Warp resistant rotors sound great. Now all we...

Warp resistant rotors sound great. Now all we need is a warp capable bike.
06-30-22, 02:24 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,240
Posted By jgwilliams

I don't have it myself, but if I had the money...

I don't have it myself, but if I had the money I'd probably go for it. One of the advantages I can see is that you don't have to think about which chainring you're in, and it can be programmed to...
06-14-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 223
Posted By jgwilliams

Now I come to think about it, Shimano and SRAM...

Now I come to think about it, Shimano and SRAM cassettes have always been interchangeable, so if you get a shifter suitable for your X-4 derailleur then I would think it's pretty certain to work. For...
06-14-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 223
Posted By jgwilliams

Just because it's an eight speed derailleur it...

Just because it's an eight speed derailleur it doesn't mean that any eight speed derailleur will do. SRAM and Shimano use different pull ratios - that is the amount of cable they pull on each click -...
06-13-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,331
Posted By jgwilliams

Good to see Osprey getting a few mentions here; I...

Good to see Osprey getting a few mentions here; I think they are superb bags. I commute with an Osprey Synchro 20. This is a cycling specific bag with a frame which holds the pack away from your back...
05-24-22, 02:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 465
Posted By jgwilliams

I had something similar on my Fulcrum wheel,...

I had something similar on my Fulcrum wheel, which was because the freehub bearings were toast. It was also making similar noises to those you are describing.
05-06-22, 02:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,174
Posted By jgwilliams

Do you have another phone available to try the...

Do you have another phone available to try the app on? On the whole I've found Android apps pretty well behaved, but I know of at least one app that works perfectly for my wife but misbehaves on my...
05-06-22, 02:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,581
Posted By jgwilliams

I bought a road bike from PlanetX in 2018 which...

I bought a road bike from PlanetX in 2018 which worked out pretty well. The fit felt a bit odd at first but I found I quickly became used to it. The thing is, my next newest road bike was something...
04-21-22, 02:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,771
Posted By jgwilliams

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