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by meanredspider
Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Di2 installation time?
Replies: 20
Views: 884

Re: Di2 installation time?

If you can do mech installs and you can plug your Sky box into your TV, you can do Di2. It’s infinitely simpler than mech installs. Remember, you can plug it all together on the kitchen table and check it works before you put it on the bike if you aren’t sure. The only other tip is to ensure you use...
by meanredspider
Fri May 10, 2019 17:51 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Disc or Rim brake for a new bike ?
Replies: 127
Views: 4560

Re: Disc or Rim brake for a new bike ?

Matthewfalle wrote:
yet again you are wrong and Rick's post is excellently well presented with all valid and true points.

if you also look through various threads on here you'll find that a lot of very experienced ridets also agree completely with Rick

#Rickisright

#don'tbelievethehype


#SameShitDifferentDay
by meanredspider
Wed Feb 13, 2019 19:07 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Di2 or disc brakes?
Replies: 84
Views: 2304

Re: Di2 or disc brakes?

ugo.santalucia wrote: they are both vanity purchases,


Coming from the man who wants to do LEJoG on a folding bicycle to claim a record that no-one else might have attempted, this is priceless :lol: :lol: :lol:
by meanredspider
Sat Feb 09, 2019 19:37 pm
Forum: Tour & Expedition
Topic: Anyone been to Holland ?
Replies: 9
Views: 512

Re: Anyone been to Holland ?

I can thoroughly recommend cycling down the coast from Amsterdam south. These guys kapteintweewielers.nl were my LBS (I lived a minute from them) and they rented bikes but know very little about what bikes. If you fly into Schipol, it’s a 7 minute train ride to Amsterdam Sud station and a short cab ...
by meanredspider
Sat Feb 09, 2019 08:23 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Locking up bike in the rain...
Replies: 13
Views: 1211

Re: Locking up bike in the rain...

Brompton and keep it under your desk. Go for a test ride and you'll be impressed. I drop in to see if there are any new (original topics) but this made me laugh out loud :D I know I’m the arch-Brompton-hater, so I’m not posting to repeat that. The idea though of commuting 24 miles RT on any folder ...
by meanredspider
Tue Dec 18, 2018 15:45 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: The "water up your sleeves" thread
Replies: 20
Views: 1429

Re: The "water up your sleeves" thread

Treat the end of you baselayer sleeves with a ring of Vaseline - water won’t wick where water can’t go :wink:

And, if anyone asks, you can pretend that you’re a vet
by meanredspider
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Electric Shavers..........
Replies: 43
Views: 2058

Re: Electric Shavers..........

I used to be Quality Director for Philips Personal Care (a few of you might still have epilators from my raffle) and I’d recommend a mid-range Philips shaver. Basically the same cutting tech as the more expensive machines but without the bells and whistles. And, for those of you who insist on a wet ...
by meanredspider
Fri Nov 16, 2018 04:35 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Wide tyres - I just don't get it
Replies: 105
Views: 4083

Re: Wide tyres - I just don't get it

The difference in drag by using a narrow tyre is quite measureable. Here is just one set of data from hambini's blog. What it clearly show is the difference in drag between a narrow and wide tyre is not just down to the width of the tyre but also the width difference between the tyre and rim. the d...
by meanredspider
Fri Nov 16, 2018 04:31 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Wide tyres - I just don't get it
Replies: 105
Views: 4083

Re: Wide tyres - I just don't get it

Svetty wrote:
thecycleclinic wrote:mean spirit rider


Brilliant! :D :D


It’s very old zzzzzz It’s just that Malcolm likes to play the man rather than the ball. It’s why I don’t bother coming on here other than to remind myself why I don’t and see the same old tripe re-cycled.
by meanredspider
Wed Nov 14, 2018 01:11 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Wide tyres - I just don't get it
Replies: 105
Views: 4083

Re: Wide tyres - I just don't get it

The difference in drag by using a narrow tyre is quite measureable. Here is just one set of data from hambini's blog. What it clearly show is the difference in drag between a narrow and wide tyre is not just down to the width of the tyre but also the width difference between the tyre and rim. the d...
by meanredspider
Tue Nov 13, 2018 07:41 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Wide tyres - I just don't get it
Replies: 105
Views: 4083

Re: Wide tyres - I just don't get it

The reduced frontal bluff area difference is minuscule as many (most) frames are a broader section than the tyre so the width difference only influences that figure below the BB level - a few square mm.. Hmm, I'm looking at my bike right now and it seems that between a third and a half of the wheel...
by meanredspider
Tue Nov 13, 2018 00:20 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Wide tyres - I just don't get it
Replies: 105
Views: 4083

Re: Wide tyres - I just don't get it

The aero advantage of narrower tyres comes from where? Holmesian deduction, my dear Watson. What: because they are narrow?? Partly due to the reduced surface area but mostly because the airflow across the tyre:rim interface is smoother. Not really an issue for shallow rims but relevant when using d...
by meanredspider
Mon Nov 12, 2018 14:24 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Wide tyres - I just don't get it
Replies: 105
Views: 4083

Re: Wide tyres - I just don't get it

First Aspect wrote:
meanredspider wrote:The aero advantage of narrower tyres comes from where?

Holmesian deduction, my dear Watson.


What: because they are narrow??
by meanredspider
Mon Nov 12, 2018 14:05 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Wide tyres - I just don't get it
Replies: 105
Views: 4083

Re: Wide tyres - I just don't get it

The aero advantage of narrower tyres comes from where?
by meanredspider
Sun Nov 04, 2018 14:21 pm
Forum: Sportives/Audaxes/Training rides
Topic: Etape Loch Ness 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: Etape Loch Ness 2019

Can't see why you wouldn't do it at weekends as seems nice enough route. The A82 (the road to the north of the loch) is not a nice road when it's open to traffic. It's the 'scenic' route for tourists and coaches. None of the folk I know up there use it unless it's really necessary. Too right - 13 y...
by meanredspider
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: OT: supercar rental
Replies: 10
Views: 1229

Re: OT: supercar rental

Slowbike wrote:
ugo.santalucia wrote:FFS

Fantastic Fun Sam ?


Fantastically Forking Sour :wink:
by meanredspider
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Zipping up a Brompton M3L
Replies: 54
Views: 2128

Re: Zipping up a Brompton M3L

I looked at the extended seat post but, with it, the “bike” wouldn’t have fitted between Dutch train seats. Added to which, my CofG would have been even further back.
by meanredspider
Thu Oct 11, 2018 05:35 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Squealing Ultegra disc brakes
Replies: 62
Views: 1855

Re: Squealing Ultegra disc brakes

It isn't a lubricant Well, it is. Even the manufacturers refer to its lubricating qualities. A common definition of a lubricant is something that reduces friction and Copaslip definitely does that and is intended to do that. I can't think of a single application for a 'proper' lubricating grease wh...
by meanredspider
Wed Oct 10, 2018 17:11 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Squealing Ultegra disc brakes
Replies: 62
Views: 1855

Re: Squealing Ultegra disc brakes

It isn't a lubricant Well, it is. Even the manufacturers refer to its lubricating qualities. A common definition of a lubricant is something that reduces friction and Copaslip definitely does that and is intended to do that. Never tried it on bike disc brakes though as I don’t know if the squeal is...
by meanredspider
Thu Oct 04, 2018 05:30 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Spiked tyres for ice
Replies: 28
Views: 1199

Re: Spiked tyres for ice

Makes the world of difference as to where you live. When I was a Highland commuter, I could be on ice tyres nearly every day from late November to April. Part of the problem up there is not so much the extremes of cold or the amount of snow but that the temp during the day never gets very high so th...

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