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ewanmac

Member since Feb 2009 • Last active May 2017

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  • in Current Projects
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    Now that you've had some time to ride it, how are the light mounts on the mudguards holding up? Not rattling or moving around?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Thanks for the responses. I realise that the spline patterns are different so I should have expressed that more clearly but lots of useful info in there, and it looks like there probably will be a solution. Cheers, all.

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    GF had 2 dangerous close passes from the same bus today which then promptly stopped right in front of her both times. She was a bit shaken up as a colleague of hers was killed by a bus while cycling on the same stretch of road the other week. She recorded the details: reg, company, colour, route, time etc. and phoned the local police and was told that so far as they are concerned it was "just a matter of opinion", my GF "thought it was a dangerous pass, but obviously the driver didn't". I think that they took a record of the call but the officer said that in future it was better to report similar incidents to the offending company rather than to the police.

    I understand that because no incident actually occurred, and because there are no witnesses it would be unrealistic to expect the plod to follow this up in detail, and my GF will report the incident to the bus company, but I'm pretty disappointed by the response of the police. Unfortunately I can't find an equivalent of Roadsafe for Thames Valley Police - does anyone know if one exists?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    10/11 speed compatibility question...

    I have a FFWD disc wheel from c.2010 that I am looking to sell. I have a potential buyer, but he runs 11sp campagnolo on his bike and has asked about compatibility. I have asked FFWD and the disc is built around a 10speed ultegra hub and since it was built before the introduction of 11sp drivetrains, it is apparently not possible to upgrade the freehub body to anything 11speed compatible. My question is whether there is any way around this problem?

    In this article (velonews.com/2013/09/bikes-an­d-tech/drivetrain-compatibility-hidden-i­n-plain-sight_303199), Leonard Zinn suggests that SRAM Shimano and Campag 11sp cassetts are interchangeable and that if I could swap the free hub body to Campagnolo then all my problems would be solved... however obviously Shimano don't make a campag freehub body for <2010 ultegra cassetts...

    However... in this thread on TTF (timetriallingforum.co.uk/inde­x.php?/topic/117812-ultegra-11-speed-cas­sette-to-suit-10-speed-wheels/) some chap is selling Shimano 11sp cassettes that fit 10sp free hubs because he has shaved some of the metal off the back of the cassette.

    If all 11sp cassettes are interchangeable, and if this chap can make 11 sp Shimano cassettes fit on a 10sp Shimano free hub, then does this mean that my buyer can run campy 11sp on my old FFWD disc???

    My main worry would be the derailleur fouling the disc in the easiest gear?

  • in Current Projects
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    Finished... hopefully... for the time being...

  • in Rides & Races
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    You're nearly there... All you need is a hippy-esk post binge and you'll qualify. I'm sure you could happily regale us with 28posts on the relative merits of the 3cm rule ;-)

    Or someone could suggest a lower post count :-)

  • in Rides & Races
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    IME different people prefer different approaches. Some say gear for average cadence across the course, others say gear for the easy bits and others say gear for the hard bits. Personally (in my very limited experience) I find gearing slightly to the hard side of average cadence works best for me, but I guess it's also relatively dependent on the course... most of my fixed TTs have been on the H10/17 variants which doesn't have any major descents/climbs.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Forum records = any club, CTT-legal fixed or SS only, 2017-on.

    There was a consensus that records should be held by active forum members, so perhaps add a minimum post count. I'd tentatively suggest 100 posts as that is hopefully enough to prevent people joining up just to bag the records, and it isn't so high as to exclude genuine regular posters. (everyone posting on the previous page makes this target easily, @cjr being the 'quietest' member with c.400 posts)

    So:

    Forum records = any club, CTT-legal fixed or SS only, 2017-on, >100 posts

    There was discussion of age group records, or is it better to keep everyone together? Do we have enough people to make each age band competitive?

    Finally, someone mentioned that instead of keeping a conventional set of records, and thus their progression, that we could have a rolling list of "Fastest nn Times". Which option do people prefer?

  • in Rides & Races
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    I like the idea of four records being distinct from club records... I think the club is great and it performs a useful role but comparatively few regular posters compete under it's banner. I would encourage the club to set up it's own set of records, but for the wider community I like the idea of forum records.

    If we include historical submissions in a geared category then hippy and skinny will have it pretty much wrapped up!

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Love it.

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