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steelest

Member since Dec 2016 • Last active Apr 2019
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  • in Track Cycling and Velodromes
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    I do an M check as well, but I used to do it at home the day before I go to the track. Instead I should start doing it once I reach the track.
    How do you know the GB squad rides on clinchers? I would like to know more, like what's their exact setup (what tyre/tube).

  • in Track Cycling and Velodromes
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    a face full of splinters.

    That's a horrible story, I hope you're ok now.

    It's reassuring to hear that changing setup won't help, because I just got those wheels and I really enjoy how they ride. Plus, I wanted something a bit more versatile for road crits (only training for now), outdoor track (HH) and indoor (LVV). So I am glad that you're giving me the confidence to stick to clinchers.

    For sure, every time I ride from now on I will inspect that the tube sits properly inside the tyre. And for sure I will switch to butyl tubes. One reason that surprised me of those latex tubes is that they deflate very quickly (almost completely over night), so you find yourself inflating them often, which increases the risk of pinching the tube.

  • in Track Cycling and Velodromes
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    I didn't manage to stay upright, but I managed to slow down, so I only went down when I hit the corner, and I slid down the wood. Wood burns on my arm, nothing else, fortunately.

    I am using brand new wheels with carbon rims built by a professional. What I blame it to is the latex tube I was using. I inspected rim and rim tape and they look perfect. It wasn't a splinter, neither I think it was the rim tape, most likely it was the latex tube being slightly pinched between the rim and the tyre bead. For now, I am going to switch to butyl tubes, I don't care about those 5 extra watts anymore, I care more for safety. But I am also no longer confident about clinchers on the track in general. I have never used tubulars, but as far as I know, they can't blow up so quickly.

  • in Track Cycling and Velodromes
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    I just had a bad experience with clinchers. I am using Vittoria Pista G+ and the tube literally blew up at LVV, pretty scary experience. I am no longer sure I want to use clinchers anymore.

    For those who use clinchers, what tubes do you use on the track?

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Resuscitating this thread after 8 years...
    I have a fresh Phil Wood hub, but I can't find anyone that sells a new Phil Wood 16t or 15t sprocket in London, so I have two options: DA or EAI (I have both on 16t already). Which of the two do you guys recommend on a Phil Wood hub?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Thanks @sterobe, price-wise looks good! Are you happy with the quality?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Hello! I want to print some t-shirts (around 50--100) with a bike-related custom design that I created myself. Do you have any recommendations on trustworthy and good quality print shops in London? (Possibly South-East/East London). Recommendations of online shops are also welcome, if you had good experience with them.
    I want to keep the cost for each tshirt at around 10£.
    Thanks!

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    New clearance after stuffing those bosses into the crank (@ekudduke's comment).
    Much better, right?

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