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by jd843
Tue May 14, 2019 21:37 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Chain slipping on cassette after new derailleur and cassette
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Chain slipping on cassette after new derailleur and cassette

Hi, I recently had a new rear derailleur, cassette and chain fitted at my LBS. On the first few rides, my drivetrain felt perfect, no gear switching problems at all. However, on Sunday I noticed that some of my gears felt like they didn’t “sit right”, like the chain wasn’t running smoothly over the ...
by jd843
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Womens cycling forum
Topic: What gears do you have on your bike?
Replies: 12
Views: 2097

What gears do you have on your bike?

Just curious to see what gears people are using on their road bikes. I currently have a compact chainset and 11-28, but am about to switch to 11-34 as I struggle on the steeper hills!
by jd843
Sun Apr 14, 2019 05:55 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Too many options - not sure what to do
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Re: Too many options - not sure what to do

Thanks for the replies. As I mentioned in my OP, if I’m not gettin a new bike/group set, I’d quite like to put a bigger cassette on my carbon bike - 32 instead of 28. Thing is I’ve got the Ultegra 6800 SS rear derailleur, and a compact chain set, so based on capacity I should, in theory, get a GS de...
by jd843
Fri Apr 12, 2019 20:55 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Too many options - not sure what to do
Replies: 4
Views: 439

Too many options - not sure what to do

Hi So I currently have two road bikes: one with an aluminium frame and 8-speed shimano Claris, and one carbon with 11-speed Ultegra. My thoughts are that I don’t need/want two bikes, and I’m leaning towards having one aluminium bike so that I also have the option of using it on the turbo. However, I...
by jd843
Sun Jan 06, 2019 08:12 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Ultegra reach adjustment
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Re: Ultegra reach adjustment

is it thhis bit? https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/brake-levers/shimano-tiagra-bl4700-adjusting-block-screw-left-y8mh98020/ That's the part, but as newer levers aren't designed for it, I don't think that particular shim would work for the OP. I just used it as an example for what might work. This image s...
by jd843
Fri Jan 04, 2019 23:04 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Ultegra reach adjustment
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Re: Ultegra reach adjustment



I don’t know what that is, but that’s for tiagra. Ultegra just has a screw that pushes the lever.
by jd843
Fri Jan 04, 2019 22:33 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Ultegra reach adjustment
Replies: 6
Views: 414

Ultegra reach adjustment

Hi I managed to round off the head of the plastic ( :roll: ) reach adjustment screw on my left brake lever. In the process of getting it out, the thread became completely stripped, so I’m left with a gaping hole through where the screw was and unable to put in a new one. Anyone know a genius alterna...
by jd843
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Longer chain for new cassette?
Replies: 6
Views: 455

Re: Longer chain for new cassette?

I wouldn't be bothered agonizing over the length of your existing chain. If you're buying a new cassette it's always good practice to change your chain at the same time. Even partly worn chains can cause issues on a new cassette. My go-to online calculator for chain length is in the link below http...
by jd843
Sun Mar 05, 2017 08:56 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Longer chain for new cassette?
Replies: 6
Views: 455

Re: Longer chain for new cassette?

Personally I would just buy a new chain. Presumably you have the spare links available. You've got two options really. If you're already using a speed link you could used a second one to daisy chain the new links in. Alternatively you need two shimano pins you add the extra links. This would effect...
by jd843
Sun Mar 05, 2017 07:24 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Longer chain for new cassette?
Replies: 6
Views: 455

Longer chain for new cassette?

Hi, My easiest gear at the moment is 34-28, but I'm considering swapping my 11-28 cassette for an 11-32 instead (I live in the Lake District and some of the hills just kill me, eg the 14% gradient outside my front door). After some googling, I'm pretty sure my derailleur can handle it (it's a medium...
by jd843
Thu Sep 08, 2016 14:34 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Bike fit question
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: Bike fit question

Imposter wrote:Step away from the protractor and just ride your bike. If you can't detect a difference without meaasuring it, then it doesn't matter anyway.


Should have said in OP: I got upper back pain with my old longer stem, and now I get lower back pain. That's why I'm trying to pinpoint issues with my fit.
by jd843
Thu Sep 08, 2016 13:12 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Bike fit question
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Bike fit question

Hi, I've read in many bike fit articles that the angle between your torso and upper arm should be about 90° when your hands are on the hoods, and also that you should have a slight bend in your arms. I recently got a shorter stem to create the slight bend in my arms, but looking at my position now, ...
by jd843
Sat Aug 13, 2016 17:39 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Spare chain link
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Re: Spare chain link

sungod wrote:the 11-speed wippermann connex ones are re-usable, easy to remove by hand for cleaning


Thanks, maybe I will get those next time — I've already ordered the KMC ones.
by jd843
Sat Aug 13, 2016 15:49 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Spare chain link
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Re: Spare chain link

I use these KMC 11-speed links on Campag chain. They fit easily without pliers and are permanent. To fit, you assemble by hand (it will not be fully in position) and as soon as you push down on right crank, the link clicks into place. Ah great, I'll just go for those then. I did think it was strang...
by jd843
Sat Aug 13, 2016 15:36 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Spare chain link
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Spare chain link

Hi, I am looking to buy a spare chain link in case my chain snaps on a ride. I have an 11-speed ultegra chain, and I've seen this one that's compatible: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/kmc-11-speed-chain-links/ But a few reviews say you need a set of KMC pliers to fit it, which I wouldn't want to buy or car...
by jd843
Tue Aug 09, 2016 18:55 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Stripped grip adjustment screw
Replies: 1
Views: 352

Stripped grip adjustment screw

Hi, I was adjusting the reach on my ultegra brake levers the other day, and I managed to strip one of the grip adjustment screws by using a rubbish screwdriver. They're nylon screws, so they're incredibly soft. I've got the levers where I want them now (i.e. as close as possible) so I'm not sure if ...
by jd843
Sat Jul 30, 2016 18:02 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Planet X Experiences - Buying a new bike!
Replies: 71
Views: 4562

Re: Planet X Experiences - Buying a new bike!

I'm not keen on them. When I ordered my bike, I picked a Selcof stem to go on it. I'm guessing this was out of stock when they were building it, because it came with one of their own brand (cheaper) stems. It was the same length but the angle was different on it (6° instead of 10°), so it wasn't lik...
by jd843
Wed Jul 13, 2016 21:42 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Snapped chain on a month-old bike
Replies: 23
Views: 2160

Re: Snapped chain on a month-old bike

mudsucker wrote:What were you doing when it snapped?

Changing gear under high load?


Nope, I was just pedalling! I'd changed gear maybe a minute or two before it happened, and I was halfway up a hill when it actually broke. Think I was lucky not to fall off to be honest...
by jd843
Wed Jul 13, 2016 21:29 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Spacers above stem
Replies: 7
Views: 4011

Spacers above stem

Hi I bought a Deda Zero1 stem and was reading the manual on how to install it when I came across something that confused me. It says to not use spacers above the stem, because this means the lower stem bolt will exert pressure on part of the steerer that isn't supported by the fork bung. It also say...
by jd843
Mon Jul 11, 2016 18:43 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Snapped chain on a month-old bike
Replies: 23
Views: 2160

Re: Snapped chain on a month-old bike

What make of chain was it? Did you fit it yourself? If it was Shimano the pin may not have been properly installed. Edit, just reread and see it was a brand new bike. Get it back to the store you purchased it from. A shimano chain, and nope, the shop fitted it. I'll be giving them a ring in the mor...

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