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by AlexGold
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stans Arch & Crest
Replies: 13
Views: 289

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: 913

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: 380

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: 380

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: 307

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: 569

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: 271

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: 927

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: 927

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: 224

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: 224

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: 882

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: 882

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: 882

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: 263

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: 472

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: 779

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 ...
by AlexGold
Wed May 06, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Spokes
Replies: 19
Views: 779

Re: Spokes

It might depend on the calculator, but I'd not even think about using 260 if the calculator I use ( https://www.wheelpro.co.uk/spokecalc/ ) said 261.1 . I'd do 260/262 if you're buying spokes that sell in even numbers, 261/263 in odd. You'd get away with all 261 or 262 Longer nipples aren't a soluti...
by AlexGold
Sat May 02, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Any wheel builder out there with experience of WTB kom rims
Replies: 23
Views: 793

Re: Any wheel builder out there with experience of WTB kom rims

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by AlexGold
Sat May 02, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Any wheel builder out there with experience of WTB kom rims
Replies: 23
Views: 793

Re: Any wheel builder out there with experience of WTB kom rims

This is from Musson's book:
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by AlexGold
Sat May 02, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Any wheel builder out there with experience of WTB kom rims
Replies: 23
Views: 793

Re: Any wheel builder out there with experience of WTB kom rims

In one of the wheel building books he cut a rim into 6 pieces, taped it together to hold it in the right place then built it back into a rideable wheel in order to prove the joint wasn't what kept the rim together. I'll see if I can find the bit (and indeed which book it was in)
by AlexGold
Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Changing pads whilst out
Replies: 28
Views: 1535

Re: Changing pads whilst out

No, you can't exert enough force with the short handles, and it wouldn't be a clean cut anyway. It wouldn't need to be if the cable was fitted and you were just getting rid of excess. Glad to know that even the expensive ones can't achieve it either though! Maybe I'll pre cut the spare I carry and ...
by AlexGold
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Changing pads whilst out
Replies: 28
Views: 1535

Re: Changing pads whilst out

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gift-Multi-Function-Pocket-Folding-Pliers-Keychain-Mini-Screwdriver-Portable-UK/362939002459?hash=item5480d9ae5b:g:tR8AAOSwpfpePyM0 Is the cutter on those actually capable of cutting a gear cable? I bought similar from Wilkos for abour a fiver, and they aren't...although ...
by AlexGold
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: DIY wheel building
Replies: 34
Views: 1577

Re: DIY wheel building

Chrisps wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 3:23 pm
What wheel building stands do people use?
Musson's book has a complete guide to building one out of wood, with printable templates. It's been pretty much perfect for me. Pictured in secondary use, as an easy way to fit rim tape....
by AlexGold
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage
Replies: 24
Views: 1594

Re: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage

You're probably not, it's tougher when the bag is very full. I generally attach it open, holding the dowel. Make sure you fully pull the springs back, grab the dowel and shove it in, then let go of the springs and listen for it to click both sides.....then make sure it's actually in both sides rathe...