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Big tyres!
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Got any brakes???
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Project #2
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Old bike alert!Project st...
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Specialized Roubaix comp
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Cotswolds
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My lovely Hunt wheels?
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'Freedom’ day.
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Finders keepers ...
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  Big tyres!
Posted by: OETKB-YENTC - 10-03-2021, 01:43 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (3)

As I can't get a Specialized bike with future shock (dodgy back), I thought I'd put some bigger rubber on the carbon (currently 23s). The Ti will only take 25mm so that's out. Wasn't sure if a 28 or 32 would fit the carbon, but spotted the tourer had 28's, so tried the wheel and there was plenty of space. Didn't want to risk 32s though. Wiggle didn't have any cheapish 28s so went for some Pro4 Endurance. They turned up earlier and they don't seem to be much closer to the seat tube than the 23s, so 32 may have fitted.
Not sure what pressure to use though, I had 80-85 on the 23s, the most scientific says 100 on the rear, 65 on the front (I'm 100Kg+), but they are 87 max  Big Grin

Anyway, I've put 80 rear and 75 front and will see how that feels if we get any dry weather. Looking forward to a bit of comfort.

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  Got any brakes???
Posted by: mike the bike - 10-02-2021, 04:18 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (1)

Both my road bikes are Shimano disc and both need some new pads.  I've tried all the usual suspects - Wiggle, CRC, Merlin etc: - and nobody has anything in stock.  Anybody here found a secret supplier they are prepared to share?

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  Project #2
Posted by: 100%JR - 09-08-2021, 10:01 AM - Forum: Gear - Replies (4)

My first road bike bought as an adult back in 2005.

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2005 Focus Variado,alluminium frame carbon fork originally full Shimano 105.
I sold this to a mate about 10 years ago as his wife was looking for something.She never took to road bikes and he used the parts for other stuff over the years.He was going to skip it but asked if I wanted it back last year and it's been in the shed since then.
My plan was to rebuild it with 105 again at some point and use as a Winter bike.I have however acquired a full Tiagra 9-speed groupset and Claris wheels from a mate for £120 Cool Cool 
I'll need to get new cables and bar tape but at less than £150 it will make a very nice little Winter ride  Cool

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  Specialized Roubaix comp
Posted by: OETKB-YENTC - 08-29-2021, 02:37 PM - Forum: Gear - Replies (13)

I enquired at a shop about supply of the Roubaix expert. Still no, although the Roubaix Comp is due in Jan 2022. It looks like it's the same as the Expert but with SRAM Rival AXS (electronic, wireless) but £600 cheaper. Reviews of the SRAM look good, so it would do nicely.

No sign of the 2022 Expert though, be interested to see if that's been upgraded. I'll wait and see before I order.

No carbon wheels though Sad

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  Cotswolds
Posted by: 100%JR - 08-29-2021, 09:25 AM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (1)

Just back from a week in the lovely Cotswolds.We stayed in the quaint little town of Winchcombe in the Gloucestershire side of the area.Very different to our usual more Northern countryside but very 'British' non the less.I managed to squeeze in two rides and couldn't believe just how quiet the little lanes were despite it being August Cool
It's not flat either!The climb from Winchcombe up past Sudeley Castle is a real killer.1.2 miles with a max of around 24% and averaging 8% tough on cold legs Sad then there's the climb from Broadway to Snowshill,1.8 miles,max 19%,average 6% a pint of IPA in Broadway really didn't help me out on this one Big Grin Excellent cycling Cool 

Highly recommend the area if you've never been.We will definitely be back Cool

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  My lovely Hunt wheels?
Posted by: mike the bike - 07-26-2021, 04:14 PM - Forum: Gear - Replies (16)

At just over a year old my Hunt 4-Season Disc wheels have performed very well and certainly look the part on my Ribble CGR.  Several riders have enquired about them and, up to now, I've had only good things to say.
But on Sunday I was washing the bike when I noticed a scratch on the rear rim and tried to rub it away with my finger.  Except it wasn't a scratch, it was a crack emanating from a spoke hole and, to make matters more serious, there was another, smaller one a few spokes along.  

I've sent Hunt pictures and am waiting for their reply.  Throughout the purchase and delivery their customer service was excellent; now we'll see how they cope in hard times.

Keep you posted.

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  'Freedom’ day.
Posted by: 100%JR - 07-19-2021, 12:28 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (3)

So it’s here and not before time!
Call me cynical but I think it’s just a ploy so Bozo&co can blame us for the inevitable ‘lockdown’ come Winter Angry
You can almost guess the headlines already.

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  Patriotism lives .......
Posted by: mike the bike - 07-10-2021, 03:31 PM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (1)

Well, here we are on this Saturday morning and I'm walking the little brown dog to the corner shop.  It seems every other car that passes displays the Cross of St George from its windows and quite a few of the village houses are adorned with larger versions. It does my heart good to know how many people are supporting Cav' in his hunt for the record.

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  Old bike alert!Project started!
Posted by: 100%JR - 07-07-2021, 05:56 PM - Forum: Gear - Replies (15)

Back in 2000 I gave my old 1994/5 Saracen PowerTrax to my father in law.It was a full rigid 21-speed with flat bars,a raw allu frame/fork amd 'knurled' steel bar-ends Cool 
He had a cheap Suntour 80mm travel fork put on it and some riser bars and over the years has replaced cables/tyres etc.It's been sat in his shed unused for about 2 years due to ill health and TBH I thought he'd skipped it when he bought a new MTB about 5 or 6 years ago.
Anyroadup it's now mine again Cool 
I'm going to restore it as best I can,but will probably put a road double crankset on it and make some kind of winter/gravel type bike out of it Cool
Not decided whether to put straight bars or drops on it...that will come when I start Smile Will post pics when I pick it up!

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  Laser eye surgery
Posted by: 100%JR - 06-25-2021, 06:14 AM - Forum: Tea Stop - Replies (7)

I've been considering LES for a few years now but the last time I checked it wasn't possible with my prescription.I decided to see how things have moved on in the last 10 or so years as my prescription has gotten much stronger.I had a consultation and although it is now possible for my prescription due to previous eye operations in the 1970s I wasn't suitable.I am however suitable for Refractive Lens Exchange(RLS) also known as Natural Lens Replacement(NLR) Cool unlike Laser surgery RLS is permanent and eyes never deteriorate as the lens is removed and replaced as opposed to repaired by Laser.

It's not cheap at almost £7.2k but with a 10% employer discount I've got it down to £6471.I'm booked in for the procedure on 30th July and for the first time in my life I will have 20/20 vision Cool 

My prescription is getting stronger every time and I had to start wearing Variofocals 4 years ago so by the time I've done with frames+variofocal lenses+the thinnest/lightest lenses my glasses are anything from £400-600,then there's prescription variofocal/Transition drivewear riding/driving glasses at around £350 all of which still have limitations so the surgery is a no-brainer for me Cool 

£6471 is a fair old chunk of money but we think nothing of spending £15-20k+ on a car and I've personally spent well over £20k on bikes in the last 15 years so on the grand scale of things for something as important as vision it's not really that expensive Blush

So at 07:50 on 30/07/21 I take my specs off for the last time and around 30 mins later I will have what are essentially implanted lenses.I love technology Cool Cool Big Grin

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