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by GrahamGamblin
13 Feb 2013 10:59
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: cassette gear options
Replies: 18
Views: 4492

Tim, I have 12-27 on one bike and 11-25 the other. To be honest I never use the 27 on local hills, although I did fit a 32 for cycling in the Lake District! Depends what your climbing is like I suppose, if you're a strong climber you may not need 28.
by GrahamGamblin
19 Dec 2012 10:52
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Do I need a turbo?
Replies: 23
Views: 5593

I did get a basic turbo and I do use it, probably not in as structured a way as I could, but it certainly keeps me pedalling when there's ice around in the winter.
I also have a sofa, and I use that as well.
by GrahamGamblin
19 Dec 2012 10:48
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Do I need a turbo?
Replies: 23
Views: 5593

Martin - I've emailed you
by GrahamGamblin
12 Oct 2012 14:32
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: Beacon bottles on tour
Replies: 58
Views: 22074

This refers back to Alan Weaver's pic on the previous page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-19920580
by GrahamGamblin
20 Aug 2012 09:38
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Beacon's Clee and Kidder Killer Audaxes
Replies: 35
Views: 8350

I had a great day on the Clee to Heaven after nearly staying in bed! Thanks to Phil, and everyone at HQ and Rays Farm, and to a great group to ride round with. Definitely back next year.
by GrahamGamblin
17 Aug 2012 10:43
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Beacon's Clee and Kidder Killer Audaxes
Replies: 35
Views: 8350

Thanks Neil, I'll look out for you at the HQ.
by GrahamGamblin
17 Aug 2012 09:34
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Beacon's Clee and Kidder Killer Audaxes
Replies: 35
Views: 8350

I'm planning to ride out to the start for the Clee audax, should be passing the Black Horse at 8:00-ish if anyone is going that way. Any company on the ride itself would be grand as well of course! Let's hope today's rain doesn't leave the lanes in too bad a way.
by GrahamGamblin
19 Jul 2012 14:47
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Triple to Compact
Replies: 25
Views: 5958

I had a triple in the past and never ever used the inner ring. Now I have 50-34 compact and it suits me fine - with 12-25 I have the right spread of gears, low enough to get up any hills round here, high enough for a bit of speed. Changing between rings is a bit of a big jump though and usually need...
by GrahamGamblin
25 Jun 2012 10:50
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Beacon Cotswold Audax 2012
Replies: 40
Views: 8440

Thanks to everyone who helped make this another great Beacon audax - George (and family), kitchen helpers, car park guys, controls. Got very wet and mucky and as a result (like Greg) my front mech seized up and (like Keith) got stuck on my bike as my cleats seized up too! Thanks to Ian for the compa...
by GrahamGamblin
29 May 2012 13:21
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: "Wild" camping in France
Replies: 6
Views: 1965

George - from what I understand it's a legal grey area in France, but generally nobody minds as long as you don't have fires, make a mess, camp on crop fields etc. I have also come across designated wild camping areas, usually a clearing in the woods with no facilities, where you can camp for free.
by GrahamGamblin
30 Apr 2012 10:59
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: LMTT
Replies: 75
Views: 15027

Respect to everyone who turned out yesterday to ride, organise or help out. There aren't many days I feel glad to be stuck at home, but yesterday was one. Well done.
by GrahamGamblin
23 Mar 2012 12:47
Forum: Time Trials
Topic: Club Events for 2012
Replies: 20
Views: 4460

Just thought I'd mention that I cycled up Winwood Heath Road yesterday and it hasn't wintered well - it was tricky to pick a route between potholes and loose gravel. I know it's never been great, but it did seem to me to have deteriorated.
by GrahamGamblin
05 Dec 2011 10:46
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Rear Gear Calibration; ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Replies: 24
Views: 5198

When this happened to me recently (very similar symptoms to Phil's) it turned out to be a worn chain and sprockets. I too spent ages trying to sort out the indexing, and I was looking at the wrong problem.
by GrahamGamblin
21 Nov 2011 12:56
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: RIP to an old friend: The longevity of aluminium frames
Replies: 23
Views: 5302

Aluminium does have a lower tensile strength than steel, however this is compensated for by using larger diameter tubing than steel-framed bikes to attain stiffness and strength. It is also more likely to be stressed by the welding process, so on a cheaper bike the joints may be weaker (more expensi...
by GrahamGamblin
23 Sep 2011 11:21
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: another technical recommendation :)
Replies: 11
Views: 3032

This is a great little rear light, very bright, can be attached to frame or clothing, batteries seem to last for ages: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/smart-lunar-r1-rear-light/
by GrahamGamblin
17 Aug 2011 10:54
Forum: Other Rides & Touring
Topic: mid week rides
Replies: 231
Views: 60591

Nic - just for info, I had to switch my lights on (for visibility to other road users - still enough light to see by) last night at 8:30, if you're back before then you should be ok.
by GrahamGamblin
08 Aug 2011 14:10
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Getting taken up the pass
Replies: 28
Views: 5561

No, I kept the speed low and pulsed the brakes regularly so no long hard braking was required. It was not a thrilling mountain descent but it was safe! But there was a section of poor surface which I didn't trust, which was where I got off and walked.
by GrahamGamblin
08 Aug 2011 13:56
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Getting taken up the pass
Replies: 28
Views: 5561

Well, it all worked and got me up Hard Knott (West to East) and Wrynose (East to West), and various hills in between. Phil was right, the descents were worse than the climbs and I did walk a short section of the downhill from Hard Knott.
by GrahamGamblin
02 Jun 2011 18:39
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Getting taken up the pass
Replies: 28
Views: 5561

Final word on this, at the risk of being boring - found a simple and elegant solution on Sheldon Brown: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/derailer-adjustment.html#alternate Small adjustment to the cable routing increases the pull from the shifter, effectively lining up a ten-speed shifter with a nine spee...
by GrahamGamblin
27 May 2011 12:49
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Getting taken up the pass
Replies: 28
Views: 5561

Thanks for that Phil. Sounds like a challenge, but I will walk if I have to and focus on enjoying the beauty of the area.
Is that a tandem in the bottom of the photo?!? :shock:
by GrahamGamblin
27 May 2011 10:35
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Getting taken up the pass
Replies: 28
Views: 5561

Thanks Steve and Alan for this research on my behalf! Field testing to follow.
by GrahamGamblin
26 May 2011 21:07
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Getting taken up the pass
Replies: 28
Views: 5561

Thanks again everyone. It is all Shimano. I'll experiment with the current shifter, but if it doesn't work, I think I'll take Phil's advice and make the best of the current setup. Swapping cassettes and chain is not much bother/expense, but more faffing around than that is probably not worth it. (Ap...
by GrahamGamblin
26 May 2011 13:35
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Getting taken up the pass
Replies: 28
Views: 5561

Right, stage two - I've purchased a mountain bike cassette, 11-32 9 speed, seems to fit nicely and the rear mech can cope with it (just); but it is taking the place of a 10-speed cassette, and so I have a 10-speed shifter. So... is it possible to adjust cable/stop screws etc so the shifter will work...
by GrahamGamblin
17 May 2011 12:54
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Getting taken up the pass
Replies: 28
Views: 5561

:shock:
Well, if I find myself lying down by the roadside, I can always blame my servo-assisted brakes... not my legs.
by GrahamGamblin
17 May 2011 09:52
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Getting taken up the pass
Replies: 28
Views: 5561

Thanks for the replies. I already have a long cage rear derailleur, so I think I can get away with a 32 sprocket. I'd prefer to go this way if possible because I don't want to spend out on a triple chainset, shifter and front mech when I will hardly ever use them. Just wanted to check whether there ...
by GrahamGamblin
16 May 2011 15:36
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Getting taken up the pass
Replies: 28
Views: 5561

Getting taken up the pass

Hello all. My uncle has invited me up to the Lake District in July to have a ride up some of the big passes including Hard Knott and Wrynose. Pretty fearsome climbs. Given that I can't borrow John Hitchcock's legs for the duration, I suspect that I will need to gear down a bit from my current low of...
by GrahamGamblin
04 Apr 2011 11:19
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Help - bikeroutetoaster issues
Replies: 14
Views: 3528

Claire - I've had this problem once before with BRT and it was resolved by un-checking the "Elevation" box in the bottom right. This obviously means that BRT will not calculate the climbs/descents for you, this may or may not be important to you. But it makes the file much smaller and easier to load...
by GrahamGamblin
31 Jan 2011 19:56
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: How do you lubricate yours?
Replies: 6
Views: 1688

I thought the same as Steve - that the sealed cartridge type didn't need to be lubed, or rather isn't able to be lubed, you just replace it when it wears out.
by GrahamGamblin
31 Jan 2011 18:51
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Do I need a turbo?
Replies: 23
Views: 5593

Thanks again everyone. Ruth - I do have the self-discipline to sit on the turbo despite the tedium, but yes, what I need to do is think about what I want to achieve out of that - you've hit the nail on the head there. Thank you.
by GrahamGamblin
28 Jan 2011 13:52
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Do I need a turbo?
Replies: 23
Views: 5593

Thanks everyone - sounds like I would also need to invest in an i-pod as well! Phil, I would give the spinning classes a go but can't make Thursdays, unfortunately. I expect my fitness will soon bounce back to where it was, but ideally I would like it to move on a bit. I probably need to do somethin...
by GrahamGamblin
28 Jan 2011 10:59
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Do I need a turbo?
Replies: 23
Views: 5593

Do I need a turbo?

Along with many of you, I spent a good while off the bike this winter, what with snow, ice, and a christmas layoff whilst doing the rounds of family visits etc. and lost a noticeable amount of cycle fitness. This happened last year too. Is it worth getting myself a basic turbo trainer to maintain fi...
by GrahamGamblin
01 Nov 2010 19:18
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: dhb winter tops
Replies: 16
Views: 3389

Thanks Neil. I've always been happy with dhb stuff, good quality for what you pay.
by GrahamGamblin
29 Oct 2010 13:58
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: dhb winter tops
Replies: 16
Views: 3389

Neil, small fits me in DHB stuff, I reckon that would be too small for you cos I'm pretty tiny.
Also interested in what you think of that Wisp jacket.
by GrahamGamblin
10 Sep 2010 11:56
Forum: Audaxes & Cyclosportives
Topic: Beacon RCC's 'MONTGOMERY MADNESS' 200km permanent audax
Replies: 83
Views: 27540

At least you didn't get one addressed to "The Kiddie Killer" :shock:
by GrahamGamblin
02 Aug 2010 14:03
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Halfords cheap mountain bikes
Replies: 6
Views: 1912

Agreed Dave, Halfords do stock some good bikes (the Boardman ones get good reviews) but don't seem to employ any staff who know anything about bikes, I've heard numerous tales of Halfords bikes being poorly set up or shoddily put together.
by GrahamGamblin
28 Jul 2010 10:32
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: George has another STD
Replies: 28
Views: 5087

I got a GPS a few weeks ago, and removed the computer to my commuting bike, as the GPS unit (Garmin Edge 705) has all the functions of the computer. It also has a backup wheel magnet and sensor so if you lose a satellite signal (e.g in a tunnel), speed and distance are still recorded. The Cateye wir...
by GrahamGamblin
26 Feb 2010 14:20
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Upgrade of my old machine
Replies: 16
Views: 3389

Darren,
+1 for Focus bikes, I have a Focus Cayo, it's a much better bike than I am a rider...
Some positive reviews of the Variado here: http://www.roadcyclinguk.com/reviews/bi ... 28925.html
by GrahamGamblin
07 Feb 2010 12:17
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 144
Views: 53492

Don't try to look up the language in A Clockwork Orange; it was invented just for the book.
but is based on Russian, e.g Droog (the name of the gang) is Russian for friend.
So all you need to do is learn Russian and you won't need the dictionary :wink:
by GrahamGamblin
05 Feb 2010 10:49
Forum: Cafe Stop
Topic: A great read
Replies: 144
Views: 53492

My two Penn'orth (or two rubles worth, in fact):
Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
Fyodor Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment
Mikhail Bulgakov - The Master and Margarita
by GrahamGamblin
03 Feb 2010 12:47
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: The Highway Code and amber pedal reflectors
Replies: 6
Views: 1951

Prosecution on this is highly unlikely so long as you are making yourself visible with lights, clothing etc. However it could be used against you by an insurance company to claim "contributory negligence" if you were involved in an accident after dark. I've copied this from the CTC website: Shimano ...
by GrahamGamblin
01 Feb 2010 10:43
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Commuting Tyres
Replies: 8
Views: 2293

Bontrager Hard Case on my commuter, no flats so far after eight months.
by GrahamGamblin
14 Jan 2010 13:28
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Why aren't more people using GPS?
Replies: 42
Views: 9022

Thanks Simon.
by GrahamGamblin
13 Jan 2010 11:47
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Why aren't more people using GPS?
Replies: 42
Views: 9022

I'd be interested to hear how you get on, Steve, with things like creating and downloading routes, uploading data from your rides etc. I'm still dithering about getting a gps, one issue being cost, the other being techno-fear, that I won't be able to get it to talk to my computer or something like t...
by GrahamGamblin
02 Dec 2009 11:28
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Overshoes
Replies: 13
Views: 3698

I went for the Pro ones in the end. In the spirit of scientific enquiry I took them out for a ride last night into a stiff chilly breeze and pouring rain, and I am pleased to report that they performed very well. Some water got in, inevitably, running down the legs of my tights, but my feet were sti...
by GrahamGamblin
17 Nov 2009 13:06
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Wrong tool for the job?
Replies: 19
Views: 4107

Eek!
You've obviously got too much power coming out of those legs, Phil.
by GrahamGamblin
12 Nov 2009 14:18
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Overshoes
Replies: 13
Views: 3698

Thanks everyone :D Overshoes!?! When it's 12 - 15 degrees C? I'm inclined to think of woolly socks and mudguards long before reaching for the overshoes. Fair enough, George, but I was thinking more of keeping (some of) the water out after Sunday. In any case, it won't be 12-15 degrees all winter!
by GrahamGamblin
11 Nov 2009 16:31
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Overshoes
Replies: 13
Views: 3698

Hmmm, starting to sound pretty unanimous in favour of Pro, thanks for your replies. I wouldn't expect 100% protection in all conditions, but my current overshoes failed dismally on Sunday. They are budget ones and are wearing out a bit so need replacing anyway.
Thansk again folks.
by GrahamGamblin
11 Nov 2009 12:34
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Overshoes
Replies: 13
Views: 3698

Overshoes

Hi everyone,
After Sunday's club run, it has become apparent to me that I need a better pair of overshoes. Can anyone recommend any? Does anyone have any experience of neoprene ones - I want some waterproof ones, but concerned that neoprene might be a bit hot and sweaty.
Any advice welcome.
Thanks
by GrahamGamblin
16 Oct 2009 10:55
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: Stupid question
Replies: 8
Views: 2144

Hi Chris, I had to do this yesterday - agree with the above, a small sideways wobble in the rim can usually be straightened out using a spoke key to tighten or loosen spokes. Identify where the wobble is, then use small adjustments (quarter of a turn at a time) of the adjacent spokes - if you tighte...
by GrahamGamblin
18 Aug 2009 13:45
Forum: Technical Talk
Topic: New to Beacon - advice on bike buying
Replies: 7
Views: 2074

Steve - you could do worse than have a look through the CTC's pages on types of bikes and riding, link here: http://www.ctc.org.uk/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabID=3331