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M_V

Member since Aug 2008 • Last active Jul 2017

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  • in Cycle Touring
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    Much like skinny jeans and tracksuits, those Topeak abominations are not a fashion trend I'll be following.

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    Upgrade to vees on the 1x1. Those trials wheels are too wide for the brakes to sit nicely though do swapped the rear for a mavic 721 on a Commencal hub that was a bargain from UKCycleCentre and I've got a snowflake laced front wheel on its way (I hope, maybe I've been scammed...).

    Also put the Thomson on this bike as I now have one of the 27.2 KS droppers from German eBay on the Hummus. I think the Thomson is on its way out though, the cartridge is failing again and it's started locking up if I try and drop it too quickly. What an immense waste of money.

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  • in Cycle Touring
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    I see talk of a Topeak Tri bag up there ^, do you mean this thing,

    Time was, proper cyclists wouldn't be seen dead with one of them. They were reserved for the Halfords type that bought a £200 and attached another £100 worth of lights, bells, locks and bags to it.

    What has happened to you all?

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Have you always used the same lockring?

    This has been asked a few times, it might be the million dollar question.

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    I reckon if your chainwhip technique is correct then riding the bike won't be making the cog any tighter. Reason I say this is that I can fit a cog with a chainwhip and no lockring for a 100kg+ sprinter with 2k+ watts in their legs and they can skip skid and trackstand on that without it coming loose.

    I know there's a difference between that and whip skidding down the hipster spice route but when track standing they are pretty much riding backwards up a gradient.

    They can also do standing starts and sprint efforts ie put all of that 2k+ watts into the drivetrain and nothing strips and the cog comes off easily with a chainwhip.

    Given that you've had repeated failures I'd have said the fault lay with either your technique or your equipment (cog, lockring, tools). You say you've had 'an actual mechanic' fit your stuff and its happened though so that maybe removes your technique from the equation but, fitting a cog and lockring isn't something that I'd ever entrust to anyone else and I know/work with some pretty good mechs.

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    Yeah, fit the cog with a chain whip. You'll get it much tighter.

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    The sprocket is always on right. I rode it around for a while to make sure it's right,

    This is not how you fit a cog. Jus' sayin'.

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