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by lesfirth
Fri Oct 18, 2019 18:43 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Campagnolo Wheels with Shimano Groupset – Legit or Fashion Faux Pas?
Replies: 27
Views: 522

Re: Campagnolo Wheels with Shimano Groupset – Legit or Fashion Faux Pas?

Campag wheels can go on any bike and compliment any other components. However a bike with a Campag groupset should never have any bit of Shimano stuff anywhere near it. This is the kind of polarizing no grey area comment I was looking for haha! Anyways sounds like there's a (rare for this site?) co...
by lesfirth
Thu Oct 17, 2019 16:02 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Campagnolo Wheels with Shimano Groupset – Legit or Fashion Faux Pas?
Replies: 27
Views: 522

Re: Campagnolo Wheels with Shimano Groupset – Legit or Fashion Faux Pas?

Campag wheels can go on any bike and compliment any other components. However a bike with a Campag groupset should never have any bit of Shimano stuff anywhere near it.
by lesfirth
Mon Oct 14, 2019 18:38 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: oh dear, what a shame.
Replies: 108
Views: 1874

Re: oh dear, what a shame.

how anyone can gain any sort of pleasure out of this whole situation is beyond me. Considering what he did quite easily. That is part of the whole situation in what i was saying. is him being murdered in any way going to make what he did any less bad? no will killing him make any children safer? YE...
by lesfirth
Mon Oct 14, 2019 18:31 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: oh dear, what a shame.
Replies: 108
Views: 1874

Re: oh dear, what a shame.

Shirley Basso wrote:The problem with the death penalty is that
a) it's far more costly than actually putting someone in prison (to the tune of over $1m per inmate)
'


I think that statement needs some backing i.e. source, explanation before I can accept it.
by lesfirth
Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Shoe sizing
Replies: 4
Views: 195

Re: Shoe sizing

Shimano tend to size small from my experience, 43 just about fits me for a summer shoe with thin socks, but I'd go 44 for a winter shoe for thick sock clearance and a bit of air to help with insulation. Agreed. My normal shoes are 8 GB/42. Shimano bike shoes 43 with thin socks ,44 if I want a bit o...
by lesfirth
Fri Oct 11, 2019 22:44 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Tyres
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: Tyres

I rode on them in early 60s. I do not remember what size they came in . I think they would compare to a 23mm clincher. We pumped them up as hard as you could get them with a long hand pump. No idea what pressure ,I didn't have a gauge. It might have been the steel frame that smoothed out the ride bu...
by lesfirth
Wed Oct 09, 2019 18:07 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: 3x11: Road bike for struggling climbers
Replies: 37
Views: 2690

Re: 3x11: Road bike for struggling climbers

lettingthedaysgoby wrote:This seems like an awful lot of effort for very little gain.


Exactly.
by lesfirth
Mon Oct 07, 2019 08:17 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Disc Brake Rub When Out Of The Saddle
Replies: 31
Views: 1115

Re: Disc Brake Rub When Out Of The Saddle

Your caliper does not screw directly into your frame. There is a flat bit of metal in between . That is the spacer. Unscrew the caliper from the spacer and and the spacer from the frame. Turn the spacer thru 180 degrees and reassemble. Job done. This moves the caliper down to suit a 140 disc. The on...
by lesfirth
Thu Oct 03, 2019 19:14 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Do you think this new Ritchey carbon stem is genuine....?
Replies: 9
Views: 468

Re: Do you think this new Ritchey carbon stem is genuine....?

If it is genuine I am not surprised that there are a load for sale . They weigh 140 gms why would anyone want one at any price. You can buy a Deda stem that weighs that much for about £12 !
by lesfirth
Mon Sep 30, 2019 18:32 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: What bar tape/saddle color on a white frame
Replies: 21
Views: 625

Re: What bar tape/saddle color on a white frame

MF is right you know. Black.
by lesfirth
Wed Sep 25, 2019 19:24 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy
Replies: 85
Views: 2975

Re: The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy

The biggest mistake was not calling it High Capacity 2. Correct. If you could close a rail track for about 3 years, improving existing tracks could be considered but you simply can not. Another problem with HS2 is where the electric to power it is going to come from. You can't just plug it into a 1...
by lesfirth
Wed Sep 25, 2019 17:32 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy
Replies: 85
Views: 2975

Re: The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy

The cost of HS2 could be significantly lowered i believe if they dropped the line speed by about 10mph! My son, who has been working on HS2 planning ( Birmingham to Crewe bit) for the last 2 years, tells me that "some" cost saving could be made by changing the proposed track from a concre...
by lesfirth
Tue Sep 24, 2019 09:40 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Shimano Hydraulic brakes which bike shop to believe
Replies: 11
Views: 681

Re: Shimano Hydraulic brakes which bike shop to believe

My opinion is that what Evans are saying is unlikely to be correct. Your LBS should have no reason to do anything with the brake fluid. However if LBS saturday morning lad has messed up fitting pads and managed to lose fluid and contaminate the pads, it is remotely possible that Evans are closer to ...
by lesfirth
Mon Sep 23, 2019 08:03 am
Forum: Training, Fitness and Health
Topic: Short ‘rubbage’!
Replies: 31
Views: 1246

Re: Short ‘rubbage’!

Unless I'm completely misunderstanding the OP, I've had this but it's not from rubbing, it's heat rash/prickly heat where because you are in a hunched over position you get a fold of the skin (where your pubes are) which then gets hot, sweaty and eventually irritated. I did trim my pubes one year b...
by lesfirth
Sat Sep 21, 2019 08:19 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Hydraulic disc brake questions
Replies: 8
Views: 458

Re: Hydraulic disc brake questions

If your brakes are working OK do nothing.
by lesfirth
Wed Sep 18, 2019 20:29 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy
Replies: 85
Views: 2975

Re: The Pros and Cons of Nuclear Energy

Look at https://gridwatch.co.uk/ now. ( 9.15 pm 18/09/2019) Demand for electricity is 35 gigawatts. All our wind turbines and solar panels are producing 0.915 gw i.e. less than 3%. To reduce carbon dioxide emission nuclear generation is essential. The alternative is to sit in the dark with your over...
by lesfirth
Tue Sep 17, 2019 18:35 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: modern bike maintenance
Replies: 40
Views: 2486

Re: modern bike maintenance

Is it the same creak every time? If it was thru axles / BB / saddle rails, they'd all make subtly different noises at different times. Saddle rails for instance wouldn't creak if you were pedalling out of the saddle. I still think the BB is the likely culprit given your original description of the ...
by lesfirth
Mon Sep 16, 2019 16:02 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Aero bar/stem/combos
Replies: 14
Views: 759

Re: Aero bar/stem/combos

I'm interested in these too, but purely for aesthetic reasons. Does anyone have any recommendations or warnings about Chinese offerings from eBay such as these Canyon copies ? I bought a set of cheap E bay 200 g carbon bars. My thoughts were that if I try to break them and cant they are strong enou...
by lesfirth
Thu Sep 12, 2019 19:24 pm
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Scared on descents
Replies: 64
Views: 3263

Re: Scared on descents

Thanks for the advice (and sympathy!) everyone. The one thing that I still feel unsure about is just how to initiate the turn into a corner (descent or not). So, on approach to a corner (let's say a sharp-ish corner), you're taking the widest line possible on approach, braking the appropriate amoun...
by lesfirth
Thu Sep 12, 2019 18:41 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: shimano warranty
Replies: 24
Views: 1272

Re: shimano warranty

If I have got this right, You bought a bike from shop No 1 . The bike was not right so you took it back to them, was it twice? You do your cause no favours when you say "A couple of times" is a bit vague but they have had 3 occasions to put the bike in the condition it should have been whe...

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