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by faustus
Fri Jun 05, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Today’s (unusual) aircraft
Replies: 39
Views: 778

Re: Today’s (unusual) aircraft

All those abandoned airfields sounds really interesting, there's something about the tangible historical feel of the places. My folks live near Tarrant Rushton airfield in Dorset, and it's good to cycle through and along the old taxiways. The old (and large) war era hangers are just used for farm ma...
by faustus
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Routes
Topic: Trans Cambrian Way?
Replies: 46
Views: 5743

Re: Trans Cambrian Way?

Stonking effort! I like it that he did day 1 51km in 2hrs 48mins :lol: He's a talented rider though, and saw that he had a lauf fork so that probably made it a bit better feeling than a rigid gravel bike
by faustus
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Frame repair opinions
Replies: 10
Views: 240

Re: Frame repair opinions

Not quite sure how to tell, but the US ones are more custom I think. Maybe it just has a 'handmade in the USA' sticker?! Merlin ones were mass produced in taiwan under license - but I loved how mine rode, it's pure nostalgia wanting to fix it and ride it again! Thanks for the other tips, i did wonde...
by faustus
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Frame repair opinions
Replies: 10
Views: 240

Re: Frame repair opinions

Easily repairable, but as you say, maybe not worth spending money getting it done professionally. The options are: - replace the chain stay - probably a professional job unless you're quite adept with a brazing torch or welder - bend the chain stay back so it's straight and live with the dent (coul...
by faustus
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Frame repair opinions
Replies: 10
Views: 240

Re: Frame repair opinions

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:32 pm
If it's a US Rock Lobster I'd consider having a new stay fitted. If it's Merlin, I'd not bother because it won't be a cheap repair.
Merlin one! :grin:
by faustus
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Frame repair opinions
Replies: 10
Views: 240

Frame repair opinions

Sorry for the poor quality photos, they are 8 years old...I'm wondering if this is repairable with some rolling out or other fix? Would a frame repair place do it? It's not worth the cost to replace the chainstay. The frame is a 2004 rock lobster 853, but the rear triangle is fairly standard cro-mo....
by faustus
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Drop Bar MTB Conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: Drop Bar MTB Conversion

I've used some On-One OG bars upside down, and they felt pretty good. Possibly going to try it again soon, and they're a decent width and price at the moment...
by faustus
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Drop Bar MTB Conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: Drop Bar MTB Conversion

That Ibis looks great! :-bd Gives me an idea for my old rock lobster frame... ZeroDarkBivi - sounds like you've got a bit of a mash of bits that it might not be that cheap to resolve into what you want. See if you can get some compatible calipers 2nd hand maybe? You should be able to get a SRAM mech...
by faustus
Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Today’s (unusual) aircraft
Replies: 39
Views: 778

Re: Today’s (unusual) aircraft

Victor Vulcan and Valiant

Not as much of interest around me, though lots of Apache helicopters from Middle Wallop, and Chinooks from Odiham...
by faustus
Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Are all braze on clamp adapters equal??
Replies: 15
Views: 296

Re: Are all braze on clamp adapters equal??

I'm no front mech jedi by any means, but looks like the high limit screw needs reining in...don't think it should sit that far out once big ring is selected. It should nudge it on and settle back a touch, no? Is the mech a bit high too, can't tell from photo though...?
by faustus
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stupid ideas you can't shake.
Replies: 51
Views: 1156

Re: Stupid ideas you can't shake.

I had a stupid idea while out riding this evening, so I thought I’d share it here and possibly bring it closer to happening. :-bd I was looking up through the branches of a sturdy oak and I thought ... wouldn’t it be great to spend the night sleeping up there. Right up in the high branches. So, has...
by faustus
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Ruska2020
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Ruska2020

Finnish is a tough language to get your head round, but I think over 60% speak English as a second language well enough to have a conversation, and younger people especially will likely speak it better than you. That's way more than you'd experience in France or other European countries...but as you...
by faustus
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: I wouldn't usually - a petition.
Replies: 22
Views: 575

Re: I wouldn't usually - a petition.

Done too, awful things. Cause of recent fire in Wareham forest. They are either littered or cause fires...
by faustus
Thu May 28, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Brake only levers for drop bars
Replies: 4
Views: 131

Re: Brake only levers for drop bars

I think the TRP RRLs are nice too, often thought of building a bike based on them! But i dislike cable discs so i won't. Other options are Tektro RL520, £20. Assuming the BB7 is the road version. There's a good selection here: https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/brake-levers-drop/ Best ones I used were Cane...
by faustus
Thu May 28, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tubeless Q.
Replies: 19
Views: 286

Re: Tubeless Q.

Think it'll only feel faster if it's a tan wall barrow tyre. That's what all the #barrow@nkers have...
by faustus
Thu May 28, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Help please (before I get the big file out!)
Replies: 38
Views: 561

Re: Help please (before I get the big file out!)

Had a very similar thing recently and it was an incorrect end cap on the disc side. Luckily I had a spare that did the job perfectly but it was obviously a different cap. If it's not the fork , and the other wheel fits, then maybe it has the wrong end caps on both sides? Maybe it fitted another fork...
by faustus
Wed May 27, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel porn
Replies: 83
Views: 2851

Re: Gravel porn

The latter in particular looks like the unwanted lovechild of a bike and a lawn strimmer. Yup, or this... https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FFlymo-GardenVac-2700-4-Collection%2Fdp%2FB074H7YHNL&psig=AOvVaw1R3eI-9RpqPxi367RxxAy3&ust=1590679382108000&source=images&cd=...
by faustus
Wed May 27, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8250
Views: 865362

Re: The post man's been ...

couple of days ago, my order from Wildcat arrived (very swiftly), with a Dr Jon G-Funk bundle. Have to say it's a tidy set-up, and the discount code from the other thread was spot on! :-bd
by faustus
Wed May 27, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Ruska2020
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Ruska2020

Not heard of that before, looks a great route and a nice time of year for it. Pretty challenging timings though for mortals!

I'd fancy a route that goes up the east side with a bit less time pressure, but either way it'd feel like a big ride in a big country.
by faustus
Thu May 21, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Looking ahead - what are you looking forward to?
Replies: 84
Views: 1287

Re: Looking ahead - what are you looking forward to?

For cycling, mainly a chance for a longer overnighter at some point would be nice. I fancy a decent hipster cup of coffee in a cafe too. Main thing is being able to see my family again, and for them to meet my 4 week old son. Video calls don't cut it really... and they don't change nappies for you e...
by faustus
Sat May 09, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel Gearing....again
Replies: 67
Views: 1417

Re: Gravel Gearing....again

Won't work with tiagra shifters if that's what you have. Shimano mtb and road isn't interchangeable. 10spd tiagra is the same cable pull as 11spd Road derailleurs, but 10 and 11 spd mtb are not compatible with road stuff unless you get a cable pull converter like a wolf tooth tanpan or a shiftmate...
by faustus
Sat May 09, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel Gearing....again
Replies: 67
Views: 1417

Re: Gravel Gearing....again

Other option is to get a 10 speed grx rear mech which will work with tiagra 4700. It's rated to 36t but I got it working easily with an slx 40t cassette. The wolf tooth goatlink would work if you wanted it as its shadow+ and all simple to set up. 10spd grx rear mech is a lot cheaper than 11spd, has ...
by faustus
Thu Apr 23, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: I (still) might want a 29er frame.
Replies: 25
Views: 875

Re: I (still) might want a 29er frame.

Almost certainly of no use, but i'll put it out there anyway...I have a Sanderson Town Crier 29 i'm looking to move on, but it's 21 inch/XL so perhaps too big? It's QR and a nicely built frame though..
by faustus
Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pro cyclists bikepacking
Replies: 27
Views: 897

Re: Pro cyclists bikepacking

It's also easy to forget that pro racing isn't just about riding bikes, it's about advertising. On a day in The Tour when it's guaranteed to be a sprint finish there will still be a few riders we've never heard of who have no chance of wining the stage who go up the road in the breakaway all day on...
by faustus
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Alpkit Elan
Replies: 59
Views: 2231

Re: Alpkit Elan

I've got a TN Jupiter, i actually quite like it :-bd Same here! Had mine for ages, but I don't get to bivvy huge amounts, so happy to defer to the experienced whitebeards among us for bivvy experience! :grin: It can be a bit of a faff to get in occasionally, but I feel pretty snug once inside it, a...