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Forum: Commuting
09-20-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

I've not posted for a while but I've kept up the...

I've not posted for a while but I've kept up the commuting on my three-day week all through a glorious summer in the UK and I think I need to go back to the winter to remember the last time I used...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-22, 05:00 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

It's very hot in the UK at the moment and all...

It's very hot in the UK at the moment and all four nations of the UK recorded their highest ever temperatures with the first ever 40°C temperature officially being recorded In England. Thankfully,...
Forum: Touring
06-20-22, 01:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,678
Posted By Welshboy

My Lands End to John O'Groats was supported so my...

My Lands End to John O'Groats was supported so my only proper 'everything carried on the bike' tour was from Port Talbot (South Wales) to Middlesbrough (North East of England) - 320 miles in three...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-22, 02:04 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

Good weather in the UK so the fenders came off my...

Good weather in the UK so the fenders came off my CAADX. Not related to commuting but I'm fortunate to work outdoors in an area right next to a natural meadow that's absolutely teeming with life and...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-22, 01:32 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

Back to work after a week's holiday in the...

Back to work after a week's holiday in the Yorkshire Dales and I managed all three days without rain during my commutes despite some pretty dodgy weather in the UK at the moment. My contract has been...
Forum: Commuting
05-26-22, 04:01 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

Another three-day week with just the one commute...

Another three-day week with just the one commute in the rain on the way in to work yesterday. I'll take 1 in 6... but not in Russian roulette! It's unlikely that my contract will be extended after...
05-22-22, 03:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,214
Posted By Welshboy

It is lovely and loud! Columbus Max is my...

It is lovely and loud! Columbus Max is my all-time favourite tubeset. I had two custom made for me back in the day (late 90's) and both had lugged BB shells.
05-19-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 504
Posted By Welshboy

If it's getting on for about 16°C then short...

If it's getting on for about 16°C then short sleeves for me. But bib shorts all year around :)
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 10,391
Views: 3,151,802
Posted By Welshboy

Lovely. I take it that it's a BB30 frame?

Lovely. I take it that it's a BB30 frame?
Forum: Commuting
05-18-22, 01:50 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

It's been a relatively dry Spring in the UK and...

It's been a relatively dry Spring in the UK and I've not used the car for many weeks now especially on a very short commute like mine (just 3 miles each way). This week however, I had a right old...
Forum: Introductions
05-03-22, 01:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 301
Posted By Welshboy

Always nice to welcome a fellow Brit. I'll be...

Always nice to welcome a fellow Brit. I'll be reasonably close to you at the end of the month as we're on holiday in the Dales.
Forum: Commuting
04-28-22, 01:54 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

Yes, I'm so happy with my 2012 CAADX and the...

Yes, I'm so happy with my 2012 CAADX and the gorgeous super smooth welds but I did get the infamous 'Cannondale Creak' after I re-built it from the frame up. A club mate recommended the FSA BB30...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-22, 01:53 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

It's only Wednesday but my working week is over...

It's only Wednesday but my working week is over as I'm back on my contracted three-day week (31.5 hours). Lovely Spring weather and I took my CAADX for a spin around a 'common land' field next to my...
04-19-22, 01:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 791
Posted By Welshboy

Back in the late 90's, I stacked big time in...

Back in the late 90's, I stacked big time in Mallorca whilst descending on hairpin bends and my (then new) road bike* flew through the trees until it hit one leaving a tidy dent in the top tube. Back...
Forum: Commuting
04-14-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

With us now firmly into Spring I've retired my...

With us now firmly into Spring I've retired my boat anchor of a commuter bike with full fenders and stuck Zefal Swan/Croozer Road Fenders on my 2012 CAADX. They were nice and cheap and are easily...
04-14-22, 02:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,733
Posted By Welshboy

I'm loving the racing this Spring and especially...

I'm loving the racing this Spring and especially these one-day races. Ineos played a blinder today and, although I wanted a Brit to win, Magnus Sheffield looked super strong and has a great future.
04-12-22, 01:27 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,742
Posted By Welshboy

One from just last week. Changing a crankset from...

One from just last week. Changing a crankset from 46/36 to 50/34 (Shimano Hollowtech) and the new drive side crank just met a bit of resistance when pushing it through so I reached for the rubber...
04-05-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 949
Posted By Welshboy

For me, the strongest man actually did win the...

For me, the strongest man actually did win the race. You have to broaden out the definition of strongest to include MvdP's strength, knowledge of the parcours and tactical nous.
04-02-22, 12:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,543
Posted By Welshboy

I've bought loads of frames and/or complete bikes...

I've bought loads of frames and/or complete bikes over the years and there is only one frame that was a slightly poor fit as it was just a bit too small being a 21" and my perfect size (on...
04-02-22, 08:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 488
Posted By Welshboy

I quite like that colour scheme but it's an old...

I quite like that colour scheme but it's an old Claris groupset and the fork isn't carbon (try a magnet on it to see if it's steel or aluminium). My first thoughts are $250 with buyers wanting to pay...
04-02-22, 04:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 488
Posted By Welshboy

I had a 2012 Defy 2 purchased in mint condition...

I had a 2012 Defy 2 purchased in mint condition off eBay and it was an absolute cracker. I've passed it down to a friend's grandson so it's still out there somewhere. It depends on the year but I...
04-01-22, 05:02 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 73,664
Posted By Welshboy

I bought my wife a nice 16-speed hybrid bike and...

I bought my wife a nice 16-speed hybrid bike and rode it home. About 8 years later I rode it back to the same bike shop to trade it in. In those two short rides I probably did more miles than she...
03-30-22, 10:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By Welshboy

Thanks mate - much appreciated. Just makes me...

Thanks mate - much appreciated. Just makes me curious why there is an end cap on the Tektro calipers.
03-30-22, 10:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 233
Posted By Welshboy

Shimano Brake Calipers - End cap on cable?

I've swapped out the factory fitted Tektro brakes for Shimano on a couple of bikes now and have noticed on each that on the Tektro brake calipers the outer brake cable has a metal end cap where it...
03-28-22, 04:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,213
Posted By Welshboy

It sure was a great finale.

It sure was a great finale.
03-26-22, 03:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 270
Posted By Welshboy

I've always used the advice from the Park Tool...

I've always used the advice from the Park Tool video - essentially big ring and biggest sprocket (bypassing the RD) and add two rivets.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 8,198
Posted By Welshboy

Back up to 7 today by nabbing a 2018 Giant...

Back up to 7 today by nabbing a 2018 Giant Contend 2 in almost as new condition for £250 ($329) - looking at the wheel rims I really don't think it's been used although I did need to replace the rear...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

I'm back to a three-day week now (Mon, Tues, Wed)...

I'm back to a three-day week now (Mon, Tues, Wed) and it was nice to have three dry days and good Spring weather. As my commute has dropped from 8.5 miles each way to a measly 3 miles each way I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-13-22, 11:50 PM
Replies: 10,391
Views: 3,151,802
Posted By Welshboy

I've just fitted 35C Schwalbe CX Comp tyres in...

I've just fitted 35C Schwalbe CX Comp tyres in there on the same rims. There's loads of space left but I'm hoping the 35C's will be a good compromise for my commute.
...
Forum: Commuting
03-12-22, 12:54 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

No car days this week on a four-day week and I...

No car days this week on a four-day week and I just had the one soaking on the way home made worse by having parked up my wet weather bike. I'm loving my re-built 2012 CAADX (purchased second-hand...
03-11-22, 04:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 701
Posted By Welshboy

Absolutely fine for me on a desktop.

Absolutely fine for me on a desktop.
03-10-22, 01:19 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 29,368
Posted By Welshboy

Great stage win in Paris-Nice today and his first...

Great stage win in Paris-Nice today and his first win in a World Tour event. Clearly, the first of many!
Forum: Road Cycling
03-09-22, 02:35 PM
Replies: 10,391
Views: 3,151,802
Posted By Welshboy

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51928609951_21...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51928609951_210d0d854d_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2n7KGze)

My 2012 CAADX 6.

I've had this for about 16 months now but as soon as I bought it I stripped it...
03-05-22, 04:04 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,902
Posted By Welshboy

I like stripping down bikes and building bikes...

I like stripping down bikes and building bikes from frames and components I've bought or have in the spares box but I must admit to the odd moment of stupidity. I've cut down a steerer tube in...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-22, 11:57 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

First week at my 'new' work location (I was last...

First week at my 'new' work location (I was last there 53 weeks ago) and I'm not enjoying the pitifully short 3-mile each way ride after having a year of doing 12-miles each way and then 8.5-miles...
Forum: Commuting
02-25-22, 11:21 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

^ That's a fair old temperature range!

^ That's a fair old temperature range!
02-25-22, 11:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,677
Posted By Welshboy

Just installed a Shimano BB-UN300 this afternoon...

Just installed a Shimano BB-UN300 this afternoon onto a bike I'm building up and I'm very impressed with it although the left hand cup was a bit hard to fit. With a crankset on it spins like crazy...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-22, 02:29 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,561
Posted By Welshboy

I'm not sure what size tyre (width) you ride on...

I'm not sure what size tyre (width) you ride on but I've done 2,160km on Schwalbe Marathon Plus Reflex (one puncture) and 900km on Gatorskins (no punctures) - both in 25mm width as I can't go wider...
02-24-22, 04:27 AM
Replies: 7,738
Views: 865,902
Posted By Welshboy

Shimano 105 (5800) shifters, FD and RD - to...

Shimano 105 (5800) shifters, FD and RD - to upgrade my 2013 Giant TCR SL2 to 11-speed.
Forum: Commuting
02-22-22, 10:33 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

My working week started on Sunday with a 'car...

My working week started on Sunday with a 'car day' as the wet and windy weather was still battering the UK with some localised flooding. On Monday 'Storm Franklin' came to town but we only had the...
02-22-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 21,536
Posted By Welshboy

5'8" and 21.5", 54cm and Medium all work for...

5'8" and 21.5", 54cm and Medium all work for me!
02-21-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By Welshboy

For my CAADX I bought this; ...

For my CAADX I bought this;

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/255004698958
02-21-22, 10:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By Welshboy

No it's not compatible with BB30. It's very...

No it's not compatible with BB30.

It's very much like a Shimano external BB but with a 19mm axle. I use one on my commuter bike (which originally came with a square taper BB).
Forum: Commuting
02-17-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

I took the car on the wettest of my four days in...

I took the car on the wettest of my four days in work this week but I did ride in on the two days of Storm Dudley managing to dodge the squally showers. I do feel a bit guilty when I take the car but...
Forum: Commuting
02-10-22, 02:35 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

Overall, not a bad week with just a bit of...

Overall, not a bad week with just a bit of drizzle on one ride in to work forcing me to use my winter bike with fenders on that day. This is the bike I crashed on black ice a few weeks back damaging...
Forum: Commuting
02-03-22, 11:38 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

Five days in work this week (Sun-Thurs) and for...

Five days in work this week (Sun-Thurs) and for the first four I was able to use my road bike as it's been unusually dry in South Wales recently. My commute times have plummeted due to a combination...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-22, 02:57 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

My four-day week ended today with me using the...

My four-day week ended today with me using the car as I needed to take a large plastic storage box into work to help me stash clothing away. The three days I did ride were dry and mild and I was able...
01-22-22, 09:31 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,152
Posted By Welshboy

Lovely project. Hope it goes OK.

Lovely project. Hope it goes OK.
Forum: Commuting
01-22-22, 08:59 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

A five-day week for me finished today but,...

A five-day week for me finished today but, annoyingly, I had to use the car twice as my commuter with fenders broke. I would have got absolutely soaked without fenders on one of the days and, after...
Forum: Commuting
01-12-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 7,872
Posted By Welshboy

It's only Wednesday but my working week (this...

It's only Wednesday but my working week (this week was Sun-Wed) is over and I've got a four-day weekend to rest and get a few jobs done around the house and I might even take a look at getting a bike...
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