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01-17-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 418
Posted By jgwilliams

I'm guessing it's a gravel bike. 1 x 12 or 1 x 11...

I'm guessing it's a gravel bike. 1 x 12 or 1 x 11 is pretty common for them. Looks like one of the SRAM group sets ... in as much as you can see anything at all.
01-14-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 713
Posted By jgwilliams

Just bike lights. I read somewhere that whilst...

Just bike lights. I read somewhere that whilst blinking lights draw the attention (of drivers, etc) it's easier to judge distance to a steady light so I tend to either run both or a light which...
01-09-20, 03:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 697
Posted By jgwilliams

I think my favourite is 'Danny day care'. I love...

I think my favourite is 'Danny day care'. I love the fact that he seems such a lovely bloke as well as being an awesome rider.
01-08-20, 03:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 611
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, that was me until recently. Then I used to...

Yes, that was me until recently. Then I used to skip days that were rainy and cold. But I've gradually become pretty much an all weather rider - just as well considering that in the SE of England it...
01-08-20, 03:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 184
Posted By jgwilliams

I think you really need to provide more...

I think you really need to provide more information. I know when I had my Mavic Ksyrium hub serviced that Mavic specify a very light oil but this is likely to be different for other manufacturers....
01-06-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 949
Posted By jgwilliams

Those of us in the UK are fortunate to have a...

Those of us in the UK are fortunate to have a weather app provided by the BBC which is both free and ad free. My understanding is that there are only two providers of the raw data in the UK so...
12-23-19, 04:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By jgwilliams

Well, each to their own, of course. But nowadays...

Well, each to their own, of course. But nowadays there are so many really good, completely self-contained, rechargeable lights that will go for hours between charges that what you are proposing seems...
12-11-19, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 464
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, I think that was one ride. I read elsewhere...

Yes, I think that was one ride. I read elsewhere that it took him nine hours to do (I think I remembered that right. It might have been seven hours).
12-10-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 464
Posted By jgwilliams

At last, a cool use for Strava

A cyclist has taken nine hours to pedal a route in the shape of a reindeer (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-50727330).
12-10-19, 02:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 526
Posted By jgwilliams

Plus one for Lupine. One of the first quality...

Plus one for Lupine. One of the first quality lights I bought was a Lupine Tesla which lasted me for many years. The cost of replacement batteries has put me off still using it, plus the fact that I...
11-12-19, 05:50 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,950
Posted By jgwilliams

I can see the appeal of 1 x 11 and it is becoming...

I can see the appeal of 1 x 11 and it is becoming hugely popular on that type of bike. I seem to remember someone from PlanetX saying that 1 x 11 disc brake bikes are their fastest growing sector.
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11-11-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,649
Posted By jgwilliams

I'm curious about that, actually. I've looked...

I'm curious about that, actually. I've looked through their apps and have rather been left scratching my head. I'd like to know if anyone on this forum found anything that's remotely useful?
11-11-19, 03:45 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,649
Posted By jgwilliams

I bought a Garmin Edge 705 in 2008 which, after...

I bought a Garmin Edge 705 in 2008 which, after some minor teething troubles, served me extremely well for many years. In fact it's still working but in comparison with modern GPS units is quite big...
11-08-19, 06:54 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,341
Posted By jgwilliams

Surely that's just an electric drive such as is...

Surely that's just an electric drive such as is fitted to many e-bikes. Electric motors would need to be geared down to drive cranks.
11-08-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,142
Posted By jgwilliams

So is titanium, for that matter. In fact I...

So is titanium, for that matter. In fact I imagine very few of the metals we use in the real world are actually pure. Even your gold wedding ring is alloyed since pure gold is very soft.
11-08-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,142
Posted By jgwilliams

Some of it still is. Think of really, really big...

Some of it still is. Think of really, really big stuff like bridges. I'm fairly certain that Tower Bridge in London uses water to lift the road section.
11-07-19, 02:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 601
Posted By jgwilliams

My Giro helmet is a MIPS one, which is one of the...

My Giro helmet is a MIPS one, which is one of the reasons I bought it. I can't really see how the harness makes any difference.
11-06-19, 02:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 601
Posted By jgwilliams

I have an oval shaped head and find that my...

I have an oval shaped head and find that my current Giro helmet isn't a great fit - which is a shame as I bought a couple of pad kits so that I could keep it going for a few years. Once upon a time...
11-01-19, 04:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 363
Posted By jgwilliams

It's not clear from your post if you are talking...

It's not clear from your post if you are talking about the actual sensor or simply a magnet for an existing sensor.

If it's the former, it's my understanding that you can use pretty much any ANT+...
10-18-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,288
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, except that I didn't say it broke this year....

Yes, except that I didn't say it broke this year. I can't remember when it was but it was a while back. And I was also more complaining about the fact that newer parts were no longer compatible...
10-18-19, 06:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,288
Posted By jgwilliams

Combination of both. The fact that it was old...

Combination of both. The fact that it was old meant I had trouble sourcing a spare part but the real issue was that Campag had changed the pull ratio of their nine-speed shifters so I couldn't simply...
10-18-19, 12:30 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,748
Posted By jgwilliams

Yeah, you don't even see much Campy stuff over...

Yeah, you don't even see much Campy stuff over here now, and we're much closer to their heartland. What surprises me a little, though, is that you don't see much SRAM either. Since I've never been a...
10-18-19, 12:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,288
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, and you can still get Campag 9-speed...

Yes, and you can still get Campag 9-speed cassettes. What I couldn't get was spare parts to repair my 9-speed brifter and the newer ones were no longer compatible. So for want of a little spring...
10-17-19, 07:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,288
Posted By jgwilliams

I guess it depends how far ahead you're looking....

I guess it depends how far ahead you're looking. I'm speaking from personal experience as someone who tends to keep his stuff going quite a long time. I recently had a 2000 Campag brifter fail....
10-16-19, 01:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,288
Posted By jgwilliams

Personally I don't think I'd be buying 10-speed...

Personally I don't think I'd be buying 10-speed stuff now. Not because there's anything wrong with it but a year or two down the line, when stuff, starts to wear out, it gets hard to find the right...
10-16-19, 01:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,304
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, Sony make some seriously good compact...

Yes, Sony make some seriously good compact cameras. If you want to see independent test a very good site to look at is DPReview. (https://www.dpreview.com/)
10-16-19, 01:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,304
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, I had an S90 for a long time until my wife...

Yes, I had an S90 for a long time until my wife dropped it one too many times. I then bought a second hand S95 on EBay. I think the most recent of that series is the S105. I know the SX series take...
10-15-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,139
Posted By jgwilliams

That actually isn't true. The side plates are...

That actually isn't true. The side plates are thinner but gap between is actually the same - from memory 3/32". That doesn't mean it would work well, of course, as others have commented. I'd...
10-15-19, 02:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 518
Posted By jgwilliams

Very impressive. It's only just up the road from...

Very impressive. It's only just up the road from where I live and I'd never heard of it before.
10-15-19, 01:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,304
Posted By jgwilliams

The Panasonic Lumix is indeed a brilliant little...

The Panasonic Lumix is indeed a brilliant little camera. I have a Canon Powershot S95 which also takes amazing photos, though I don't carry it on my daily commute as a rule. If you want something...
10-08-19, 02:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 717
Posted By jgwilliams

If you don't want to change the rear derailleur...

If you don't want to change the rear derailleur then you need to find the pull ratio and get some shifters that match. The pull ratio is a measurement of how much cable is pulled for a given movement...
09-24-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,700
Posted By jgwilliams

That pretty much echoes my setup. 1200 lumen...

That pretty much echoes my setup. 1200 lumen Exposure Strada RS front light and 2 x Cateye Rapid x2 rear lights, one flashing and one steady.
09-24-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,700
Posted By jgwilliams

Either way it's very attractive. On mine, too,...

Either way it's very attractive. On mine, too, the decals are almost invisible at a few feet away.

I'd quite fancy decals that are black or gray in daylight but fluoresce at night. Don't know if...
09-23-19, 06:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,700
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, that Trek looks to have the same colour...

Yes, that Trek looks to have the same colour scheme as my PlanetX - gloss black decals on a matte black frame. PlanetX call it 'Dark Knight'.
09-23-19, 03:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 606
Posted By jgwilliams

Yes, indeed, just not where I live in Surrey. My...

Yes, indeed, just not where I live in Surrey. My daughter lives in Kinlochewe in the North of Scotland. I can tell you there are some absolutely stunning roads around there with very little traffic....
09-17-19, 06:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 751
Posted By jgwilliams

That's not been my experience. I really like my...

That's not been my experience. I really like my SRAM Force groupset. The 'Yaw' on the front derailleur works really well meaning I can run every ratio without the chain rubbing on the derailleur. I...
08-29-19, 12:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,201
Posted By jgwilliams

Yeah, yeah, everyone's a comedian! I'm talking...

Yeah, yeah, everyone's a comedian! I'm talking full-on, close your eyes, yank on everything and pray type of emergency stop. It's hard to modulate the rear brake under those circumstances. If you've...
08-27-19, 06:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,201
Posted By jgwilliams

As with so many things, it depends! I've been...

As with so many things, it depends! I've been thinking about switching to tubeless recently. But then I realised that punctures aren't really a problem for me. However, riding regularly in London I...
08-27-19, 06:32 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,203
Posted By jgwilliams

My guess is that you're on the cusp where either...

My guess is that you're on the cusp where either would do. I'm 6' myself and my bike is a large, but I reckon a medium would have been just as good - possibly better. Since I have legs that are a...
08-27-19, 06:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Posted By jgwilliams

For myself it's been trial and error. You'll also...

For myself it's been trial and error. You'll also find, just to complicate matters, that some brands are tighter than others - typically those catering for a more professional market. So, for...
07-23-19, 02:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,092
Posted By jgwilliams

Exposure for me all the way. But since that isn't...

Exposure for me all the way. But since that isn't what you asked ... the build quality of Niterider lights is certainly good and solid. As Fred commented, they will interfere with your wireless...
07-23-19, 02:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,099
Posted By jgwilliams

I can't give feedback on that precise product...

I can't give feedback on that precise product since it doesn't seem to be available in the UK. I do have something almost identical (Wind-Blox) and it definitely makes a difference. Don't expect...
07-19-19, 01:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 940
Posted By jgwilliams

I have some Shimano shoes in wide fitting. Again,...

I have some Shimano shoes in wide fitting. Again, designed for clipless, of course, but I assume that any mountain bike shoe would work for you.
07-17-19, 03:30 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,454
Posted By jgwilliams

Obviously I'm not familiar with the junction but...

Obviously I'm not familiar with the junction but one possible explanation for collisions at intersections is 'constant bearing, reducing range'. There's a very interesting article on this centered...
07-05-19, 01:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,090
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: 9,483
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: 615
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: 5,154
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: 5,154
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: 431
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.
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