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by AlexGold
Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Am i talking bollocks ? wool versus cotton/nylon mix
Replies: 15
Views: 341

Re: Am i talking bollocks ? wool versus cotton/nylon mix

Alpinum wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:43 pm


Perhaps your cotton/nylon socks protect the ankles more?
Could be related to this, that the other socks are compressing the calves and cutting the blood off. As a bigger guy with large calves I've had similar with certain socks, I generally wear shorter socks to avoid this
by AlexGold
Sat Jan 30, 2021 10:24 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Carradice do I want...
Replies: 15
Views: 284

Re: Which Carradice do I want...

Super C, if you ask me. Lighter/same weight as the similar longflap types, quick release buckles and extra storage space for the inevitable 'I'll just pick up some shopping on the way home/carry some extra clothes' moments. Pair with either a bagman QR or the SQR depending on anticipated load and se...
by AlexGold
Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Who Rides the Cheapest Bike?
Replies: 16
Views: 546

Re: Who Rides the Cheapest Bike?

Depending on definition of what you 'paid' for it, I bought my commuter/now fixed bike for £20. I have spent a fair bit on it though, have done: New saddle New seat post New bars New stem New brakes New bottom bracket New headset New pedals New crankset x 3 (bent 2 trying to climb a rather steep roa...
by AlexGold
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Wanted - Road Disc Brake Caliper
Replies: 9
Views: 274

Re: Wanted - Road Disc Brake Caliper

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by AlexGold
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Wanted - Road Disc Brake Caliper
Replies: 9
Views: 274

Re: Wanted - Road Disc Brake Caliper

Sorry, finally checked and the Spyre had been used somewhere along the way. I have 2 x BB7, one with some worn pads and the other with what look like fairly new pads.

Pics to give you an idea, let me know if you're interested.
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by AlexGold
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Wanted - Road Disc Brake Caliper
Replies: 9
Views: 274

Re: Wanted - Road Disc Brake Caliper

I have some BB7 for sure, maybe a Spyre as well. I'll double check RE the Spyre if you're interested
by AlexGold
Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: For those who like clean bits.
Replies: 28
Views: 1891

Re: For those who like clean bits.

Worth bearing in mind that ultrasonic cleaners aren't really designed as 'degreasers'. Basically, they won't shift oily / greasy deposits. Well in that case it's performing admirably then :grin: Tthe key is to clean them regularly so it doesn't build up too much. I'm working on other people's bikes...
by AlexGold
Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: For those who like clean bits.
Replies: 28
Views: 1891

Re: For those who like clean bits.

How good are these meant to be on bike bits? I ask because, inspired by this thread, I bought this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07YBV7XBT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (luckily it was a bit cheaper on Black Friday or some sale) ....and I'm not that impressed! With similar...
by AlexGold
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stans Arch & Crest
Replies: 13
Views: 350

Re: Stans Arch & Crest

That's ironic! I came here to post this after finding similar with a WTB rim (goes out of true/loses spoke tension when a tubeless tyre is fitted) and the conclusion of this thread is 'over tighten Stans rims in order to be able to make them reliably rideable'! https://forums.mtbr.com/wheels-tires/t...
by AlexGold
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Winter gravel
Replies: 30
Views: 1095

Re: Winter gravel

jameso wrote:
Sat Sep 26, 2020 9:24 am
if you want tougher/toughest the Marathon Mondial is a great tread for all-round use - not tubeless but flats are really rare.
The Marathon Almotion can be run tubeless, and is highly rated but I haven't tried it personally (not enough clearance!)
by AlexGold
Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tubeless Repair Kit
Replies: 14
Views: 454

Re: Tubeless Repair Kit

Glad to hear a glowing review of the Oko Hi Fibre, I am currently experimenting with new sealants and just got the Oko and the Barbieri from PX to give them a shot. I've got as far as pouring both on the floor to see consistency/drying time so far and the Oko seems more promising in that test! It wa...
by AlexGold
Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tubeless Repair Kit
Replies: 14
Views: 454

Re: Tubeless Repair Kit

There's a trick that helps both getting it in and out without disaster - twisting the tool. Also when pulling the tool out, hold the edges of the worm with your thumb. FWIW I've got the Genuine Innovations kit (small stabby thing, skinny worms) and the Lifeline one for worse problems (larger stabby ...
by AlexGold
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: GRVL-bar bag... and stuff?
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Re: GRVL-bar bag... and stuff?

Oh, and don't forget to suggest that cheaper grvl-bar-loving bag I needs for my tent to go on bars! I've probably missed something again, but for the above, based on the photo at the top that looks good to me! Just add some voile straps/toe straps and strap it onto the bars. Optional bin bag if you...
by AlexGold
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: I have absolutely no idea what sleeping bag to buy...
Replies: 24
Views: 817

Re: I have absolutely no idea what sleeping bag to buy...

dogthomson wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:26 am
As for pack size the bag needs to fit in the 8L Podsacs handlebar bags that Planet X sell, along with my Alpkit Bivi Bag and sleeping mat.
Does no one else think this is highly unlikely to be possible, or is all my kit just that massively bulky?
by AlexGold
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Nipples!
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Re: Nipples!

I built a wheel using these, started them off using a rotor bolt (with a microscopic amount of blu-tac to hold the nipple in) used the flats on the other end of nipple to do most of the tensioning and truing.
by AlexGold
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Drive train cleaner / degreaser?
Replies: 22
Views: 1159

Re: Drive train cleaner / degreaser?

Pretty much this. I think we are currently using Halfords citrus cleaner. Really dirty chains/cogs just get left in the container overnight to let things soak. I'm careful about this - depending on the cleaner, there is a chance it'll discolour the metal if left for a prolonged period. I've had a c...
by AlexGold
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Drive train cleaner / degreaser?
Replies: 22
Views: 1159

Re: Drive train cleaner / degreaser?

For chain, chain off, Virosol and warm water in a jar, shake, empty, repeat until water looks clearish then scrub with nailbrush to finish. For cassette, removed from hub and in same mix in an old 5L container with the side cut open. Leave for a while then scrub to finish. Chainrings I've sometimes ...
by AlexGold
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD: Cable Hydraulics
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: WTD: Cable Hydraulics

whonickedmename wrote:
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:29 pm
Not quite what you asked for - I have a virtually unused pair of TRP Hylex RS for sale....
They sound good, but I need gears!

Am probably set for a single Hy-Rd, so I think mission accomplished :-bd
by AlexGold
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD: Cable Hydraulics
Replies: 4
Views: 293

WTD: Cable Hydraulics

Hi all, wondering if anyone has any Hy-Rd/Juin Tech type brakes lying around? I really only need one for the front, (post mount), but would be happy with a pair at the right price! Black preferred but anything considered. On a side note, do everyone else's Spyre's self-adjust (outwards) over time? I...
by AlexGold
Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HOW MUCH!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1137

Re: HOW MUCH!!

re the wax, this stuff is what I have currently: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/100-Pure-Paraffin-Wax-Beads-Pellets-for-Candle-Making/301469731841?hash=item4630ff0c01:g:1aoAAOSwcxhbiV0V That's the paraffin wax on it's own, is that enough to lubricate well? Branded bike stuff has teflon/PTFE/molybdenum ...
by AlexGold
Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: HOW MUCH!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1137

Re: HOW MUCH!!

https://cyclingtips.com/2018/03/fast-chain-lube-that-saves-you-money/ - 'Australian Adam Kerin' - same Mr OZ Cycle guy on youtube? Mentions similar numbers for melt wax in among test info for wear rates across different lubes. Not sure what his actual name is, here's the vid - the info has a link t...
by AlexGold
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HOW MUCH!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1137

Re: HOW MUCH!!

I probably spent £20-25 a year on wax lube as it is, that's only 3 or 4 bottles. Most durable wax lube I've used (Fenwicks) can go for 300, maybe 400 miles at a push in the dry but it's thick and a bottle doesn't lube the chain that many times. The least (Muc-Off) generally won't last 100. You coul...
by AlexGold
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SORTED proposed mod to a cheap chinese bike light, advice please
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Re: proposed mod to a cheap chinese bike light, advice please

I was reading the first post and about to reply "that's exactly what I carry as a backup light, and I bought it for no money off ebay"! Good to see you found it. It's not the brightest but really doesn't draw huge amounts of power either (I ran it off a 10,000 mah Anker power pack and it went down l...
by AlexGold
Mon May 11, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cheap dynamo wheelset on wiggle
Replies: 10
Views: 592

Re: Cheap dynamo wheelset on wiggle

They do look good (as long as the decals are removable!)

Even being able to build my own wheels they would be tempting if I wanted similar spec. The dynamo alone is £120+

The only thing is, having had a warranty claim on an SP dynamo, I wonder how complex that process would be with one of these.
by AlexGold
Wed May 06, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Spokes
Replies: 19
Views: 1018

Re: Spokes

They may have the same number of threads[ spokes thread all the way through so this is immaterial] but 14mm spokes are still 2mm closer to the spoke than 12 mm Double checking, you're right re DT Swiss nipples, the 14mm has 1mm more thread than the 12mm and the 16mm has 2mm more. The Sapim nipples ...