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07-05-19, 01:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,312
Posted By jgwilliams

I'm sure many of you are aware of this, but just...

I'm sure many of you are aware of this, but just in case:

Cycle Facility of the Month (http://www.warringtoncyclecampaign.co.uk/facility-of-the-month)

Sadly they seem to have stopped updating...
07-04-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,898
Posted By jgwilliams

Really no. Even on hills there are more important...

Really no. Even on hills there are more important factors that weight alone. And as Wilfred said, 10.9kg isn't that heavy.
07-04-19, 02:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 463
Posted By jgwilliams

Is a hybrid frame that different? I always...

Is a hybrid frame that different? I always assumed that the bikes were pretty much the same, it was the parts that made it a hybrid rather than a road bike. Have a look at PlanetX, I'd have thought...
07-03-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,445
Posted By jgwilliams

You're quite right about 'spelled' - I knew...

You're quite right about 'spelled' - I knew something wasn't right as I wrote it - but it's definitely 'tyres', not 'tires'. That way we can't have any lame jokes about bikes being two tired to stand...
07-03-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,445
Posted By jgwilliams

This is true, but not to the same extent. If a...

This is true, but not to the same extent. If a man were to go out in public in England wearing pants and suspenders he'd be likely arrested. And describing something as a 'fanny pack' would be...
07-03-19, 02:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By jgwilliams

That's a fascinating mix of components. I had...

That's a fascinating mix of components. I had heard that the spacing on 11-speed Shimano and Campy cassettes were the same but it's good to have it confirmed.
07-03-19, 02:03 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,445
Posted By jgwilliams

I had to look up what a charley horse was. I...

I had to look up what a charley horse was. I guess it's what we would just call a cramp. As they say, two nations divided by a common language.
06-27-19, 06:10 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,332
Posted By jgwilliams

Since I live near the top of the Surrey Hills I...

Since I live near the top of the Surrey Hills I don't have any flat routes. This year so far I've done 2,100 miles and 90,000 feet of climbing. Probably not a lot by some standards but since my...
06-25-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 728
Posted By jgwilliams

Do you know that or is it a guess? It seems...

Do you know that or is it a guess? It seems unlikely to me, otherwise why use linear pull brakes. I'd always assumed that it was because they are generally found on the sort of bike that needs better...
06-22-19, 02:28 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,495
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes you're absolutely right. I had my thinking...

Yes you're absolutely right. I had my thinking backwards - the full stroke is twice the difference less or 20mm.

The other thing I was thinking about is that you may end up wanting to lower your...
06-21-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 5,876
Posted By jgwilliams

The actual colour scheme is called 'Dark Knight',...

The actual colour scheme is called 'Dark Knight', which is gloss black decals on a matte black frame. It's not what I would have chosen but it was a clearance offer and now I've got it I rather like...
06-21-19, 02:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 803
Posted By jgwilliams

I've found Mavic Open Pro rims to be pretty...

I've found Mavic Open Pro rims to be pretty bullet-proof. I used to be that sort of weight and they never gave me any trouble at all.
06-21-19, 02:01 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,495
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, you certainly could just replace the crank...

Yes, you certainly could just replace the crank arms. You obviously have the information you need: 110bcd and square taper. Don't forget that when you fit shorter cranks you'll need to raise the...
06-20-19, 01:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 490
Posted By jgwilliams

My only thought would be that if it's riveted...

My only thought would be that if it's riveted then it may be non-standard in terms of sizing. Chainrings use two or three different bolt circle diameters (BCD) so you have to get one with the correct...
06-20-19, 01:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 730
Posted By jgwilliams

I've found acetone works well without damaging my...

I've found acetone works well without damaging my frame. Actually I've been quite impressed with how tough the finish is on my matte black PlanetX bike. You can get finishing products for matte...
06-20-19, 01:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,827
Posted By jgwilliams

Wow! I used to have a Shimano 600 rear derailleur...

Wow! I used to have a Shimano 600 rear derailleur - didn't realise it was one of the better ones. I also had a Shimano Titlist front derailleur which replace the Simplex one I had before that.
06-14-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,851
Posted By jgwilliams

I can't answer that - all I can say is that it...

I can't answer that - all I can say is that it seems to work well for me and allows me to continue riding through the issue. There may well be better products out there - if you find something please...
06-14-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,851
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, I was going to say that Amazon had it. I'm...

Yes, I was going to say that Amazon had it. I'm pretty certain that these...
06-14-19, 03:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,851
Posted By jgwilliams

As someone who has often suffered with saddle...

As someone who has often suffered with saddle sores here's my two cents worth.

First of all, once you're back on your bike make sure you regularly use prophylactic treatment to prevent...
06-13-19, 05:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 496
Posted By jgwilliams

I'd be very surprised if they didn't. They are...

I'd be very surprised if they didn't. They are designed to fit pretty much anything.
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 02:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,447
Posted By jgwilliams

So now you've got three completely different...

So now you've got three completely different suggestions in half a dozen posts. Just think how many different options you'll have once you get up to a hundred responses. It just goes to prove that if...
06-04-19, 02:35 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 24,559
Posted By jgwilliams

My guess would be it isn't the actual lubricant...

My guess would be it isn't the actual lubricant portion which is harmful but a solvent carrier which is mixed in with it.
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 04:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,844
Posted By jgwilliams

It's all about compromise. Personally I wouldn't...

It's all about compromise. Personally I wouldn't fit the Marathon Plus on my commuter bike unless I really needed that level of puncture resistance - which I don't. My commute is on regular tarmac -...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 03:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,447
Posted By jgwilliams

Your budget is a bit on the low side even for a...

Your budget is a bit on the low side even for a bike that you regard as temporary. If you can push it up to nearer 500 then you'll get some much better bikes that might actually last you a long...
05-30-19, 02:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,584
Posted By jgwilliams

I'm curious why you'd do that after having such a...

I'm curious why you'd do that after having such a bad experience?

Having said that, I've recently bought a bike with Force 22 groupset and I'm very happy with it. Changes are smooth and precise,...
05-28-19, 10:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,063
Posted By jgwilliams

I think part of the reason prices are lower in...

I think part of the reason prices are lower in Europe is Shimano making allowances for the fact that our sales tax here is generally very high. Typically VAT is 20% here. I believe you pay much less...
05-21-19, 02:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 948
Posted By jgwilliams

That's just the funniest thing I've seen for ages...

That's just the funniest thing I've seen for ages - and the cutest.
05-20-19, 06:25 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 21,736
Posted By jgwilliams

I was surprised by how light modern steel bikes...

I was surprised by how light modern steel bikes can be. This Holdsworth Strada 953 (https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBHOSTRR8000/holdsworth-strada-953-shimano-ultegra-r8000-road-bike) weighs in at ...
05-14-19, 01:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 376
Posted By jgwilliams

I'm with speedevil - go to Open Street Maps. I...

I'm with speedevil - go to Open Street Maps. I used them extensively on my Edge 705 which came with only the most basic of maps. Haven't had to on my 520+ yet but I'd certainly look into it if I...
05-13-19, 02:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,062
Posted By jgwilliams

I feel I should just point out that, while the...

I feel I should just point out that, while the Sturmey Archer name has been around since 1902, the original Nottingham company fell victim to asset strippers a few years ago. The Sun Race company of...
05-09-19, 01:46 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,455
Posted By jgwilliams

You could check out PlanetX. They still do a...

You could check out PlanetX. They still do a number of steel and titanium frames, such as the Holdsworth Elan...
05-08-19, 02:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,287
Posted By jgwilliams

If the Polar is only using GPS then you wouldn't...

If the Polar is only using GPS then you wouldn't see any interference anyway. My Garmin was never bothered by the NiteRider. The Garmin also links to HRM and speed/cadence sensors which also...
05-02-19, 01:25 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,591
Posted By jgwilliams

I've just bought a new road bike at the end of...

I've just bought a new road bike at the end of last year. The one previous to that I bought in 1993, and the one previous to that in 1974. I can't see myself getting rid of those older bikes but...
05-01-19, 01:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,287
Posted By jgwilliams

I had the same with a NiteRider 750 lumen light....

I had the same with a NiteRider 750 lumen light. In fact I complained to NiteRider about it and their response was that it was because they were driving the LED so hard. I can tell you this is tosh...
05-01-19, 01:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 426
Posted By jgwilliams

I'd say crank length is entirely a matter of...

I'd say crank length is entirely a matter of preference and makes little, if any, difference to your effectiveness as a cyclist. Using shorter cranks tends to encourage a higher cadence which negates...
04-26-19, 01:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,661
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, I do miss the 'organic' look of the old...

Yes, I do miss the 'organic' look of the old Campag crank sets. Most of the modern ones are pretty hideous and Shimano cranks are frankly horrendous, in my view. Another reason why I went with SRAM...
04-18-19, 01:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,321
Posted By jgwilliams

Happy to report that the Fabric Line Shallow...

Happy to report that the Fabric Line Shallow saddle is very comfortable. I went for the Elite (Cro-Mo rails) which makes it very reasonably priced.
04-17-19, 06:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,321
Posted By jgwilliams

I've just bought a Fabric Line Elite as I'd heard...

I've just bought a Fabric Line Elite as I'd heard good things about them. I do tend to suffer from numbness, hence the Line rather than Scoop. Just been and fitted it in my lunch break so I'll see...
04-09-19, 03:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 963
Posted By jgwilliams

I think Strava takes into account the fact that...

I think Strava takes into account the fact that you'd be burning calories even if you were doing nothing and subtracts that from the total. I've noticed a similar discrepancy between Strava and...
04-03-19, 04:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,075
Posted By jgwilliams

CliffordK has covered all the main points. Just...

CliffordK has covered all the main points. Just to add my 2p worth, although I have a Garmin and therefore don't use these apps on a phone, I do automagically download the data to both Strava and...
03-21-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 945
Posted By jgwilliams

That was the sort of thing I had in mind. Now...

That was the sort of thing I had in mind. Now that we're coming out of winter and I can expect less grime to be thrown all over the oily bits I reckon it's worth treating it all with a little TLC....
03-21-19, 04:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 945
Posted By jgwilliams

Those reusable links are sufficiently expensive...

Those reusable links are sufficiently expensive in the UK that they really aren't worth it - nearly half the price of a replacement chain. I've bought a couple of sets of missing links so I can...
03-21-19, 04:11 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,089
Posted By jgwilliams

As Indiana Jones famously said 'It's not the...

As Indiana Jones famously said 'It's not the years, honey. It's the mileage.'
03-20-19, 05:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 945
Posted By jgwilliams

Re-using quick links

Hi. Having had 9-speed for years I've been used to re-using the chain quick-links. I see that for 11-speed they aren't supposed to be re-usable. I'm sure there must be plenty of people out there who...
03-18-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 616
Posted By jgwilliams

It would help if you said what you actually want...

It would help if you said what you actually want from it. Do you want to record your rides? In that case you need something like a Garmin Edge or Wahoo Elemnt. Or are you simply interested in...
03-13-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,150
Posted By jgwilliams

Here's one that's totally unique as it was made...

Here's one that's totally unique as it was made for me by my nephew. He normally does much bigger stuff (https://dadeymetalart.co.uk) but I was very taken with it. It was a 60th birthday present.
...
03-11-19, 10:32 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,439
Posted By jgwilliams

One problem with that is that in the UK...

One problem with that is that in the UK suspenders are something quite different - what you would call a garter belt. The things you call suspenders we call braces. Bib shorts may not be the best...
03-11-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,264
Posted By jgwilliams

Even the price of MIPS is coming down. I bought a...

Even the price of MIPS is coming down. I bought a Giro helmet with MIPS last year for 40.

One of the things I like with some more expensive helmets is that you buy replacement pads. I generally...
03-11-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,261
Posted By jgwilliams

Hmm, I'd have to dispute that. Personally I found...

Hmm, I'd have to dispute that. Personally I found it's something I had to approach gradually. For a test ride I was loaned a very upright HPV recumbent (can't remember what it was called, HPV no...
03-11-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,261
Posted By jgwilliams

In the UK the Advertising Standards Authority...

In the UK the Advertising Standards Authority wouldn't let that pass unless you could back it up with reasonable proof. However, add the word 'Probably' to the front and you'd be fine. Hence the...
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