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Tychom

Member since Jul 2011 • Last active Jan 2019
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Stuck in Paris under a pile of bikes.

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    Well I think I want to ride it regularly so that means something I enjoy using, something fairly modern. Possibly 10 speed Record carbon. Some sort of retro neo-retro build, 80s bike, 00s parts.

    On the other hand I've most of a Dura Ace 7400 groupset (and 7402/3) and have been looking for a something to put it on. 7400 would be period correct too. But I know I wouldnt ride it as often if I go with that.

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    Indeed! But with the old logos and it's 'only' a Strada. But it's in pretty good condition and perfect size for me so I'm not too bothered about that. Not like I'm racing them or anything :)

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    Awsome we can do a P650B ride out of Paris to the mountains (Montmorency) !

    Current guise of mine, saddle seatpost and pedals changed. Trying to find time to switch to some chuckier tread tyres for the winter and go tubeless with it, that's this week's task.

    And another new project too..

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    Far too small! It's from over at pignonfixe.com someone just finished building it up

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Hadn't known about that until now but sure enough you start typing lezyne pump valve into Google and the next word prompted is 'remove'.

    This could be a real pain. maybe it's time to see what else is out there on the mini pump market. Mine doesn't ever thread on smoovely anyway so I worry even its mildly cross threaded.

    [edit] hrm mines a topeak racerocket on second look, but similar threaded mounting

    [edit 2] might just loctite those silly things

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    These are under their gravel section, the 45x28 (21mm internal) model with DT Swiss 350 hubs.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    So last night I got the wheels set up on the bike, gave it 10 minutes going around the car park in our building bedding in the discs a little and checking out the tyres. No problems so I went out this morning.

    Made it 300 meters up the road when I hear hissing, 50m more and I pull over completely flat. Turns out I've hit a serious chunk of glass straight off. Good 5mm cut on the outside, long sharp piece has gone straight through. Take it out and aim for the sealent to work, I go to put some pressure into the tyre but the pump doesn't work. Take it off and off comes the valve core, cracked and now attached inside the pump head. WTF.

    So I end up walking back down, manage to detach the valve core at home. Find another one. Pump up the tyre but it's not sealing. Grab the flexible superglue as I'm still waiting on tyre worms to arrive. Still fails to seal. Lots of spinng of tyres but no luck. I end up heading out on another bike.

    I'll check the tyre again tonight, and maybe put in more sealent. I think quite a bit was lost getting them set up, around the valve stem and also sealing another puncture that was found in the tyre yet hadn't affected the previous inner tube (tyre has about 250km on it).

    That previous puncture has me wondering though, assuming it had cut the casing but not the protection strip and that's enough to cause loss of pressure, then what's the point of that strip with tubeless?

    Annoyed with the valve core as I've never broken a valve before in my life so I'm tempted to call it faulty but I certainly can't rule out the possibility I fucked that up somehow.

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    Found this article interesting: https://cyclingtips.com/2018/03/fast-cha­in-lube-that-saves-you-money/

    'Smoove' sounds like a good option, like Squirt but longer lasting.

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    New Farsports wheels for the gravel bike, gone tubeless for the first time, also found some XTR pedals cheap so out with the 520s. I spent quite a bit of time last year on this so I'm thinking of gradually improving it, eventually going hydro I reckon this year and possibly using it as winter bike as well as gravel/Cx.

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