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Death_at_Altitude

Member since Aug 2014 • Last active Nov 2019
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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    This chap on Twitter has an interesting question - anyone know how they can get round this one? Forks can’t be wider than 105mm and rear stays can’t exceed 135mm (so can only be slightly wider than the front or rear hub).

    Rear stays could be 135mm, but the fork arms are definitely wider than the hub. 90mm front hub, maybe?

    https://twitter.com/velocentric/status/1­189874824895700992?s=21

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Massive thread dredge here but since this is the first Google result for this and there's not really a clear answer on the thread, thought I'd post my experience for the benefit of future kierin grip installers.

    NJS kierin grips are designed for 25.6mm clamp bars, which are narrower than usual. Putting them on those, you may be able to get them on with WD40 (RE WD40 and hairspray: they both do exactly the same thing except WD40 dries quicker - usually done in an hour or two, hairspray can take a day or so).

    If you're putting them on 31.8mm clamp bars (I was putting them on a set of Deda Velocitas) they are an absolute git and WD40 is not enough. I did the first with it (as that's what I've been using for 15 years) and it took me over an hour, most of the skin off my hand and all the swear words I know. The second I soaked in hot soapy water. Boom. Done in 30s.

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    Called someone out the other day (very politely). Second ever time calling someone out in person but they really were being a bit dim. Rare example of rural cycling dickotry though.

    Descending into Marlow at c60kph, got overtaken by a group of three doing c70kph with no warning and with less than a bar’s width room. Fucking morons.

    Tucked in behind them and asked them to shout a warning and give more room next time when we reached the town. They were good about it and apologised tbf.

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    Not the early years, but the Grand Prix de Peckham was one hell of a night. Culminated in drinking tinnies on Camberwell Green at 4am.

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    Maybe look for some second hand frames? That way you can get people to mark it as a gift and it won't get stung for import duty.

    Holdsworth looks decent for the money and the geo's good.

    You're about the same height as me. I run a 57 with a 140mm stem. The really good sprinters find that long stems flex, but unless you're putting out 1800w you probably wouldn't notice it. Handling-wise, I prefer having a long stem on the track. Much more stable and it's not like you're cornering!

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    New Ribble track bike is awesome: proper track geo, in your budget and they do cycle to work schemes.

    https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/ribble-el­iminator-al/

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    I’m 6’2” and a 61cm frame would be absolutely massive on me. Bear in mind along with the TT size, the headtube will increase - likely to be about 5cm more.

    Only way to mimic a 56cm with 100mm stem would be to run a 50mm -30 degree stem. It’d look hideous and handle terribly.

    That’s the thing about bargains - if it’s the wrong size it’s just a bargain for someone else!

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    Another very good argument against legalised doping is that it will then become prevalent in junior ranks. Pushy parents are bad enough with equipment and coaches - there are already ones putting their kids on power meters, don’t let them loose on doping regimes that could fuck their kids up for life as well.

    All it would take is for one moron to put their 12 year-old on a course of HGH, testosterone and EPO, and it’d be naive to think that wouldn’t happen if you normalise it amongst the pros, of which they aspire for their child to be one.

  • in Wanted Adverts
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    Thanks for the offer of the bars, but I'm looking at Nitto 123s as I need as deep as possible (this bike is very much in the "square peg, round hole" school of bike fit).

    What's the clamp size? If it's 25.4mm, I'll have it.

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