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by Dave Cox
24 Dec 2011 13:57
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Ceramic Bottom Brackets
Replies: 4
Views: 1179

Ed,
That's what I've always thought, you'd have to be really hard to need ceramic balls!
by Dave Cox
14 Dec 2011 18:57
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: CX result Wessex leage Dicot RAL
Replies: 15
Views: 2003

Well done Ruth, great picture as well. More institutions and facilities could incorporate cycle circuits or tracks especially cyclo-cross. I tried to get a road circuit build into the new QE but although the architect and his son were keen racing cyclists, it was considered but wasn't possible - not...
by Dave Cox
14 Dec 2011 18:50
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Bicicielo
Replies: 14
Views: 2544

Yep its the Steve Jones!
by Dave Cox
21 Nov 2011 17:23
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: RIP to an old friend: The longevity of aluminium frames
Replies: 23
Views: 3110

Good for Lisa - I like the Hewitt bikes pity that the shop is so far away.
by Dave Cox
17 Oct 2011 23:06
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Rear mudguard broke again?
Replies: 15
Views: 1775

I thought that SKS took over Blumels -they were what I had on my school bike never thought they were very strong. Did SKS keep the profile and but use thermoplastic material?
by Dave Cox
17 Oct 2011 17:32
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Rear mudguard broke again?
Replies: 15
Views: 1775

Like Steve's bike my Mercian's sks front and rear guards are fitted with a low profile bolt into a drilling in the bridge and have last over 10years and gone back on the bike after a respray. Some arrangement at the back but not the front with the newer Enigma. In both cases the guards were fitted b...
by Dave Cox
06 Sep 2011 17:54
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Beaconite on PBP
Replies: 17
Views: 2429

Just picked up on this. Glad you are OK Eddie - still a fantastic set of rides even if you didn't get back to Paris this time.
by Dave Cox
22 Aug 2011 23:16
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Beaconite on PBP
Replies: 17
Views: 2429

Blimey go Eddie go!
by Dave Cox
07 Jul 2011 15:41
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Beacon bottles on tour
Replies: 58
Views: 12280

The new one from the 2011 Audax is too narrow for the bottle cage alas.
by Dave Cox
17 Jun 2011 22:07
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Cotswold Audax - rider documentation
Replies: 2
Views: 683

Thanks George I'd missed this. Hoping to use my GPS this time but need the paper back up as well.
by Dave Cox
07 Apr 2011 22:43
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Is Crank length important?
Replies: 8
Views: 1505

I once read a long erudite article in the french magazine Velo on this. Now I cant remember what it said but it was fun at the time. Its supposed to correlate with your stride and there have been arguments in favour of shorter cranks in recent years. MTB riders sometimes prefer longer ones for lever...
by Dave Cox
02 Apr 2011 13:20
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Help - bikeroutetoaster issues
Replies: 14
Views: 2110

See you tomorrow, of course being my run it will be raining again good prep for your ride.
by Dave Cox
02 Apr 2011 10:13
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Help - bikeroutetoaster issues
Replies: 14
Views: 2110

Well done Claire you are already several steps ahead of me! Good luck with the End to End
by Dave Cox
23 Mar 2011 17:04
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: That was lucky
Replies: 8
Views: 2064

I've had brake cables fail or freeze up on Bromptons. Not gears as far as I can recall. I'd like to get into routine replacement but haven't done so unless they get sticky.
by Dave Cox
14 Feb 2011 17:11
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Print a bicycle frame
Replies: 1
Views: 561

Hi Albert, I get the Economist but rarely get to read it all so thanks for tipping me off about this fascinating article. The CAD approach is well established - a podiatrist colleague used a programme with pressure sensors to get foam orthotics made in California. Small parts and prototypes make a l...
by Dave Cox
05 Feb 2011 13:05
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Learning to ride a fixed wheel
Replies: 24
Views: 2798

Nic, good idea as long as its gentle and follows the contours ! Dave
by Dave Cox
04 Feb 2011 17:26
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Learning to ride a fixed wheel
Replies: 24
Views: 2798

Yes but mainly so I can free wheel down !
by Dave Cox
03 Feb 2011 18:50
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Learning to ride a fixed wheel
Replies: 24
Views: 2798

Image

This just might be picture of my fixed wheel bike. If so yes I have since tightened the chain a tad.

Dave
by Dave Cox
30 Jan 2011 18:17
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Anybody got a Jersey made by Owayo?
Replies: 5
Views: 907

Isn't this just a great message board - you just ask and you get an answer
by Dave Cox
30 Jan 2011 17:04
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Is the bicycle now poised for hi-tech re-invention?
Replies: 2
Views: 645

I had CVT on my Mobylette in 1962 ! I'm not sure that these innovations intersting as they are really re-invent the bike but the new electric assist bikes are game changers for some. Belt drives are fairly common at bikes shows if not on the road. I think they work with the new improved multi-geared...
by Dave Cox
29 Jan 2011 18:31
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Brompton gears
Replies: 0
Views: 528

Brompton gears

I've got a well used Brompton L6 with a 2 speed derailleur and 3 speed Sram hub. The derailleur up shift has been playing up this winter and liberal lubrication, half hearted cleaning and whacking the leaver across wasn't working any more. This is a pity because although having all six speeds is not...
by Dave Cox
29 Jan 2011 18:06
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Learning to ride a fixed wheel
Replies: 24
Views: 2798

Hi Andy, I go it from Byercycles in Clifton Beds they advertise in Cycle. Its a steel frame imported from Taiwan and not especially light but Richard Byers built it up to match my Mercian so it fits me well. I might have another go at posting a picture but not so sure about the dismount!!
Dave
by Dave Cox
28 Jan 2011 07:33
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Learning to ride a fixed wheel
Replies: 24
Views: 2798

Learning to ride a fixed wheel

Inspired by reading about Major Taylor and riding a Pinarello hire bike at Newport, I've done the late life crisis thing and bought a fixed. Before Nov the last time I rode fixed was a front drive tricycle over 60 years ago! Getting on fine with a few awkward starts in traffic. But then relaxed and ...
by Dave Cox
23 Jan 2011 06:50
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: GPS? - HELP!!!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 2240

Have a look in for sale! I've been to busy to really get to grips with mine mainly at the interface with the computer. A car like model suits me better. I suspect its a generational thing. When I was in my prime Oscar was churning out my club run lists on a roneo!
by Dave Cox
05 Nov 2010 17:46
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Aldi Specials - 3watt LED Torches
Replies: 6
Views: 1498

Isn't that a dynamo ?
by Dave Cox
28 Oct 2010 20:27
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: dhb winter tops
Replies: 16
Views: 1931

Neil due respect mate but I cant see you in a small jersey unless its made for Americans. I tried a small T shirt in Glastonbury Connecticut and Sue and I could fit in it.
by Dave Cox
13 Oct 2010 20:37
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2251

My stems are all less that 100mm now, looks a really good stable bike that will haul a load. Just get the reach measured from any standard point on the saddle to the mid point of the bars where you want it. Looks to be a great bike enjoy !!
by Dave Cox
13 Oct 2010 13:42
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Frame sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 2251

Hi Neil, Top tube length is critical to my mind. To mitigate neck and shoulder ache, I've gradually moved to smaller (shorter) frames as I've got older and invariably replaced the supplied stem with a shorter one and angled it up. I've not found steering twitchy when doing this (although a Bike Shop...
by Dave Cox
17 Sep 2010 20:47
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Silly saddles hit the big time
Replies: 5
Views: 1040

Just you wait guys there will come a day when this will be just the ticket. Especially when they stop manufacturing Assos shorts and we all have to squeese into these bib things.
by Dave Cox
17 Sep 2010 13:28
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: The Mysteries of Handlebar Tape
Replies: 6
Views: 1156

I dont clean the bars first - works for me with Bontrager. I think its the masochistic riding you do - are you sure you arent biting into the bars???
by Dave Cox
02 Sep 2010 18:54
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 28119

Major (2008) Todd Balf, Three Rivers Press

I picked this up in Barnes and Noble in Glastonbury CT while visting our daughter Juliet and couldn't put it down. In fact it caused my only "cycling injury" of the trip. It's a biography of Major Taylor World Champion in the 1890s during the days when track, sprint and paced cycling swept the US, F...
by Dave Cox
19 Aug 2010 07:28
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 28119

Thanks Steve others have recommended it too. Will be visiting W H Smiths at Heathrow later !
by Dave Cox
17 Aug 2010 21:23
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 28119

Its some time since I read it but I agree with Ruth. The issues of losing a partner at such an age and with children, if he were to write more about them, would clearly be a different book. I've just re-read the last chapter, it may be written from a male perspective but I do think it is self aware ...
by Dave Cox
09 Aug 2010 13:09
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Audax Digest
Replies: 103
Views: 26165

CTC Phil Liggett Challenge 150k Stannington Sheffield

One of CTC's flagship events. Tour of the Peak District National Park. Clear signposting and basic direction sheet. Phil Liggett holding court at the start while he replaced cut tyre! Friendly atmosphere, nice HQ but Oscar's car parking management puts CTC to shame. Takes in climbs at Bradfield, Bol...
by Dave Cox
01 Aug 2010 22:28
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Halfords cheap mountain bikes
Replies: 6
Views: 1160

Halfords cheap mountain bikes

Returning from Seans's pacey ride to Evesham I came across a young couple trying to fix the front wheel on one of their new Reebok MTBs from Halfords. They had had a good ride to City centre on the canal and were in Bounville when one of them noticed that the cam on the front quick release was hangi...
by Dave Cox
28 Jul 2010 22:47
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: New Deaigns in Folding Bicycles
Replies: 1
Views: 477

I've been a folder enthusiasts for 15 years or so. Just completed a short tour on the Brompton. Train Bournville- Manchester for CTC meeting, train Manchester to Skipton, bike Skipton to Grassington to meet friends at Grassington House Hotel, bike to Kilburn and overnight at excellent pub, bike to A...
by Dave Cox
26 Jul 2010 23:09
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Brooks saddles
Replies: 1
Views: 492

Brooks saddles

Recently, the Birmingham Brooks works replaced a broken frame on my neigbour's B17 for £12. They rivetted it on while he waited in reception and in time for our mini-tour in Yorkshire Dales. This B17 was on a second hand Galaxy I bought for commuting in about 1975 and he got it when he bought my "be...
by Dave Cox
26 Jul 2010 22:03
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: George has another STD
Replies: 28
Views: 2601

Obvious point but radio transmitters like at Elmbridge produce this effect. Perhaps a secret GCHQ transmitter has been secreted under Ankerdine.
by Dave Cox
08 May 2010 22:32
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: New Cassette or Not
Replies: 15
Views: 2292

Well done Darren - enjoy !
by Dave Cox
10 Apr 2010 14:02
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Beacon RCC's 'MONTGOMERY MADNESS' 200km permanent audax
Replies: 82
Views: 15439

Steve and others. If anyone fancies a B run attempt in the summer planned out like an assualt on Everest with back up lights then I'd be up for it.
by Dave Cox
10 Apr 2010 13:58
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Cycling Business Today.
Replies: 2
Views: 720

Excellent Albert I usually enjoy this programme which seems to be timed alongside quality time in the bike shed. Will look out for this one.

Dave
by Dave Cox
05 Apr 2010 22:00
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: RAIN JACKETS
Replies: 8
Views: 1317

I mostly wear a Pearl Isumi polyester jacket which works well enough and is bright yellow. I've also got a Gortex packlite jacket which is better but not so much better as to justify the price. Both keep the rain out for a while and keep me wet and warm thereafter. They are not like hiking jackets t...
by Dave Cox
03 Mar 2010 17:34
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Check you rims
Replies: 8
Views: 1274

They weren't the snow tyre wheels Steve! Ruth I think the cantilevers and Clarkes pads make a difference but the fancy Specialised wheels probably aren't that good. Where do you get your winter wheels? Were they ready made or custom build? Anyone else got any advice on what to get next. Cheap wheels...
by Dave Cox
02 Mar 2010 21:45
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Check you rims
Replies: 8
Views: 1274

Check you rims

Just cleaned winter bike. Examined rear rim and noted little black spot -query hole. Small screwdriver investigation created much larger hole. Foil thin. 3000 miles 3rd winter. Clarkes brake pads from Halfords probably a mistake. There were nice roval wheels with stylish large flange hubs ! Last rim...
by Dave Cox
13 Feb 2010 22:12
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Retro Bells
Replies: 1
Views: 534

Retro Bells

I borrowed bikes from hotels to do short rides in India last year. The bikes were utilitarian but they had nice retro industrial quality bells. So I picked one up in the LBS in Delhi's Khan Market . The bell on my work bike finally stuck like a Toyota throttle the other week. I fitted my Indian bell...
by Dave Cox
07 Feb 2010 16:48
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Wiki-Cartography in action
Replies: 10
Views: 1691

I can see that I am going to have to get a Garmin. My very old 139 OS Map is missing some roundabouts near Lavender Hall Fishery !!!
by Dave Cox
04 Feb 2010 21:18
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 141
Views: 28119

Hi Adrian, This provoked quite a debate over dinner - there's so much to recommend although Sue's caveat is if you dont like something put it down dont flog through it. I've finished some pretty hardgoing books on the other hand. Not a yet classic but if you've just read Lolita then "Reading Lolita ...
by Dave Cox
31 Jan 2010 20:08
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Commuting Tyres
Replies: 8
Views: 1354

Marathon Race seem to work well on my winter bike - they are tough and to my mind feel good as well.
by Dave Cox
11 Nov 2009 22:41
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Overshoes
Replies: 13
Views: 2238

I've been really pleased with the BBB ones - very robust and pretty waterproof.
by Dave Cox
25 Jun 2009 22:24
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Saddles
Replies: 19
Views: 3098

I mostly use first generation Specialised Body Geometry saddles and I have an Avator on newer bike. Not completely pain free - but generally good for a day ride. The real test of saddles and shorts is the End to End day after day!