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Mar
8
comment long distance touring: is high tensile steel silly?
By the fact that you've posed the question in the first place, you're obviously aware that your strategy carries a certain risk. Whatever bike you buy, I would try and ride it as much as possible locally, before your "big" trip, in the hope that any problems will surface in a safe envirnoment
Mar
7
comment How to replace a wheel Spoke
Just as a passing comment, with some more ... specialized ... spokes, you can sometimes have trouble getting hold of single spokes. I had a spoke snap a couple of years ago and most shops were only really interested in selling me a box of 100! I'd recommend that anyone buying custom wheels factor this into the equation.
Mar
7
comment What to look for when buying cyclo-cross or road bike under 600eu/650usd?
As well as touring bikes, the Op might also consider bikes described as Audax bikes. I think if he did go for a pure cyclocross bike, he might want to look at changing tyres, for example, if his use was going to be entirely on-road.
Mar
5
reviewed Approve Face gets extremely red when biking in the cold ~5c, and then going indoors, due to temperature change maybe
Mar
5
reviewed Approve How long is the life cycle of a bicycle?
Mar
5
reviewed Approve Can i fit a 6 speed wheel onto a 5 speed bike?
Mar
4
comment Shifter Options for 105 3x9 upgrade
In terms of being out on the road, I'd probably agree, especially with a triple up front. But in terms of being able to source replacement parts? Shimano are making it harder and harder to stay with their older groupsets.
Mar
4
revised Shifter Options for 105 3x9 upgrade
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Mar
4
answered Shifter Options for 105 3x9 upgrade
Mar
3
comment Size advice needed for Revolution Country Traveller touring bike
I have the same inside leg as you but am 5cm shorter overall. When I look for a bike I'll start at 53/54cm and work from there. If this information helps you, great. If it doesn't, there's a reason...
Mar
1
comment How much assembly is required when an LBS orders a bike?
A good LBS will certainly be adjusting things to make sure everything is "just so", but out of the factory, a bike will come with bb and cranks all set up. So expect to pay both for new parts, and time taken to install them. Just an observation, but I do find it quite surprising when someone buys a brand new bike and then starts swapping parts immediately. Can you not find a "factory" bike more suitable for your needs?
Mar
1
comment Using PTFE spray on rear derailleur springs
I realise that the question is slightly different, but in terms of the answers could this be a possible duplicate of Spray new bike with teflon to repel dirt and moisture?
Feb
28
revised Fixie chain stuck between cog and hub
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Feb
28
comment Fixie chain stuck between cog and hub
Haha, yeah these things have a nasty habit of reminding us! If taking it to a shop is an option, do it. You'll be surprised how easy they'll make it look, it's all about having the right tools.
Feb
28
answered Fixie chain stuck between cog and hub
Feb
28
comment How to increase range of disc brake pistons?
Before you bleed the system, take the pads out again and try pushing the pistons back manually (head of a flat screwdriver, gently, can be effective). Sometimes the pistons get stuck and need pushing back. Could be this will make no difference and you'll need to bleed the system anyway, but if this works, it only takes a couple of minutes.
Feb
28
comment Rear derailleur cable housing length
Side Cutters / Cross Cutters
Feb
27
comment Rear derailleur cable housing length
@ChrisCleeland that may be the case, but different outer cables (spiral or linear) should ideally be cut with different cutters (side or cross) so as to achieve a clean cut
Feb
27
comment What is the deal with the new weird gazelle chain case design?
@jimirings yeah, my hunch also. I also agree that it is a very complex approach when all you're "gaining" is a shaped chainguard.
Feb
27
comment What is the deal with the new weird gazelle chain case design?
oh, and +1 btw, because this seems a reasonable question and did not deserve a downvote