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by lesfirth
Mon Jul 15, 2019 13:14 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Punctures. Some lessons learned.
Replies: 31
Views: 734

Re: Punctures. Some lessons learned.

When I rode as a kid / teenager neither I nor my mates carried a spare tube, just a puncture kit. Spent many a happy 15 minutes at the roadside patching tubes. Being permanently skint probably had something to do with it. Looking back I think we were probably quite fortunate not to end up stranded ...
by lesfirth
Sat Jul 13, 2019 21:15 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Tubeless - sealant escaping from sidewall
Replies: 18
Views: 645

Re: Tubeless - sealant escaping from sidewall

I have lost this post now 4 times. Why is it I have picked up a troll who tries to discredit me at every opportunity. Firstly, whilst you post some really good stuff, you also post wrong information posted as fact sometimes. You discredit yourself when you insist you’re right when obviously you ive...
by lesfirth
Wed Jul 10, 2019 19:56 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Advice required re; dog attack ....
Replies: 42
Views: 1551

Re: Advice required re; dog attack ....

cancelled
by lesfirth
Wed Jul 10, 2019 19:39 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Advice required re; dog attack ....
Replies: 42
Views: 1551

Re: Advice required re; dog attack ....

You do need to follow this up. The “what if it was a small child” argument is a valid one. At the very least steps need to be taken to ensure that dog wears a muzzle in public. I agree with the above. You should follow it up. I hope the antibiotics work. From experience I know that puncture wounds ...
by lesfirth
Fri Jul 05, 2019 20:11 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Campag cassette compatibility
Replies: 4
Views: 393

Re: Campaign cassette compatibility

Either someone is selling you the 12 sp. Record groupset very cheap or it is going to cost you serious money. If it is the former you should have the cash left to buy a 12sp cassette and if it is the latter why do you want to spoil the job with a c0ck up?
by lesfirth
Tue Jul 02, 2019 21:25 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: LAQUER BOTHER
Replies: 8
Views: 383

Re: LAQUER BOTHER

Leave it as it is . All this about rubbing down is quite correct but your carbon bike frame is no place to learn how to do it. To do a presentable job will require considerable expertise.
by lesfirth
Thu Jun 27, 2019 18:10 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: 27+48
Replies: 47
Views: 1241

Re: 27+48

Daniel B wrote:48 + 20 = 68
68 + 7 = 75


Simple
by lesfirth
Thu Jun 27, 2019 06:08 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Cero AR30 wheels. Any users?
Replies: 21
Views: 1026

Re: Cero AR30 wheels. Any users?

I have some ARD23 wheels. I have done a few hundred miles with no problems,I like them. I have little imagination so I don't know if they" roll well" or " spin up quick" but that is just me. I can't tell if my bottom bracket is stiff or whether my tyre side walls are flexible eit...
by lesfirth
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: What have slugs and bad drviers got in common?
Replies: 2
Views: 421

Re: What have slugs and bad drviers got in common?

Apart from Leon Ernest I cant find much on the rest of the Drviers and he isn't driving now.
by lesfirth
Mon Jun 24, 2019 18:33 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Ultra Torque chainset with Power Torque groupset?
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: Ultra Torque chainset with Power Torque groupset?

The best place for a Campag power torque chainset is on Ebay. Never put one on a bike you own.
by lesfirth
Sun Jun 23, 2019 21:09 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Seemingly trivial things that cheer you up
Replies: 3566
Views: 119199

Re: Seemingly trivial things that cheer you up

Hang on, we were talking about Metallica were we? I can clear this up. They are shît. They're like the equivalent of the deep voiced man on film trailers, that's all, the same dramatic put on voice just over pretty undynamic 'music'. Yes, they've sold a lot of records in their time, but it certainl...
by lesfirth
Sun Jun 23, 2019 09:12 am
Forum: Road General
Topic: Would appreciate some post crash advice
Replies: 80
Views: 3586

Re: Would appreciate some post crash advice

Almost 8 months to the day since I picked a fight with a bus and I finally got back out on the road today! Have done a little bit on the turbo over the last couple of weeks, following physio advice, but god it felt good getting back on the roads. Only downer was how little I had in the tank and leg...
by lesfirth
Sun Jun 23, 2019 09:02 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Which cassette to pair with a 53/39 crank?
Replies: 17
Views: 1109

Re: Which cassette to pair with a 53/39 crank?

It is always better to have a lower gear that you do not need than to need a lower gear that you do not have.
by lesfirth
Sat Jun 22, 2019 19:43 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Pedestrian Wins Compensation Despite Not Looking
Replies: 81
Views: 3825

Re: Pedestrian Wins Compensation Despite Not Looking

yellowv2 wrote:I am stating the facts as they are actually are and not simply what has been reported in the press.


I am neutral on this and have no axe to grind but how do you know the facts? Did you witness this incident yourself or are you simply reporting what you have read?
by lesfirth
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Cyclocross
Topic: Have I got the right gearing?
Replies: 5
Views: 391

Re: Have I got the right gearing?

I'm not sure my gear ratios are quite what I want. I have a 42 tooth chainring and 11-42 cassette. What do other people run? I really want a bike that is geared towards climbing and am used to quite a high cadence on my MTB. Should I wait a while and see if I get used to it or should I swap the cha...
by lesfirth
Tue Jun 18, 2019 18:48 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: SPDs on a road bike?
Replies: 31
Views: 1535

Re: SPDs on a road bike?

Shimano M540 for me on all my bikes. They dont cost much,they dont weigh much, they last for ever,you never have to replace the cleats and you can walk in your shoes. Critics say they have a small platform and cause "hot spots". They dont for me. The only down side is that they are not coo...
by lesfirth
Tue Jun 11, 2019 18:30 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: 36/46 poor choice
Replies: 85
Views: 2738

Re: 36/46 poor choice

It simply isn't true that compacts mean you are spinning or grinding. Just use your gears more effectively. For the record, I had a 50/34 for years and never liked it, so unless you have something to contribute... :roll: SB is quite right though. There is nothing inherently problematic about a comp...
by lesfirth
Sun Jun 09, 2019 08:11 am
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Claris good enough for club runs?
Replies: 67
Views: 4145

Re: Claris good enough for club runs?

Also a Claris groupset can be better optimised than a different groupset, it is also about the number of teeth on the cassette and chainrings. You can configure Claris to be faster on the flats and easier up hill than a more expensive groupset with less optimal cassette and chainrings. Higher group...
by lesfirth
Sat Jun 08, 2019 14:48 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Repairing paint chips on carbon brake levers?
Replies: 11
Views: 680

Re: Repairing paint chips on carbon brake levers?

I would use nail varnish. Unless you have some considerable expertise I think any attempt to use body filler will result in a mess.
by lesfirth
Sat Jun 08, 2019 09:31 am
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Claris good enough for club runs?
Replies: 67
Views: 4145

Re: Claris good enough for club runs?

Also a Claris groupset can be better optimised than a different groupset, it is also about the number of teeth on the cassette and chainrings. You can configure Claris to be faster on the flats and easier up hill than a more expensive groupset with less optimal cassette and chainrings. Higher group...

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