Numpty IM Bike Thread

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26/10/2012 at 22:45

Rachel - get some shims for the brake levers - the shop should be able to advise - they are only bits of plastic so shouldn't cost much.   My 10 year old twins both use Shimano shifters OK and however small your hands are I'll bet they are not smaller than theirs.   If that doesn't work then some bars may bring the levers closer than others - I'm not sure if bars meant for small people would also bring the levers closer or just reduce the reach though.    

Pretty sure Shimano do actually make some shifters for small hands but shimano shifters are very expensive so unless money is no object go for the shims.    

ps - the shims are proper shimano made things not just some bodge job.


edit - like these

Edited: 26/10/2012 at 22:47
IronCat5    pirate
11/11/2012 at 16:20

Rear shifting was lumpy the other week, so I put the bike in the garage and hoped the elves would fix it. Turned out they didn't.

32 mi round trip today with horrendous gear changes, to run XC. Have just been to fettle the bike and the rear cable took a lot of tightening, then broke.

Lucky it happened at home, unlucky it happened in the shifter. I think I managed to fish out all the offending strands of steel.

Iron Muffin    pirate
13/12/2012 at 11:20

Any advice please for winter tyres for my road bike?

I ahve some lush schwalbe ones on at the minute and think I need to get something more suitable.





Mr StOat    pirate
13/12/2012 at 11:34
Continental GP 4 season
13/12/2012 at 11:56

or Conti Gatorskins

the GP 4's are more of a winter racing tyre (and hence pricier); the Gatorskins are more of an all round training tyre.  both will do a good job

Schwalbe Durano gets some good reviews


IronCat5    pirate
13/12/2012 at 20:55
Durano plus for the winter here.
OrangeCannon kona-6    pirate
13/12/2012 at 23:52
+2 for conti gatorskins
I use them all year now and only flip them to michelin race pro 3s or something as suggested by FB on my tri bike in race week.
Edited: 13/12/2012 at 23:53
14/12/2012 at 08:24

Has anyone had any experience with the pumps that are CO2 inflators and pumps in one device? Are these any good or am I better off getting a separate pump and CO2 unit?


Iron Muffin    pirate
14/12/2012 at 09:49

Can I get colour matching stipes on the Duranos?

14/12/2012 at 10:55

to match what? eyes?  hair colour??  

and - no stripes - but they do come in cream, brown or green as well as black

Iron Muffin    pirate
17/12/2012 at 16:46

To match my bike and make it go faster

Thanks for the advice. I have held off on a purchase just in case they arrive in my crimbo stocking. It would not surprise me if Mr Muffin (slower) buys me some that he really wants for himself.

18/12/2012 at 12:37

I've been looking at the Felt DA4 bike as a Christmas treat for me ...   However, while I was in the bike shop there was a Felt DA1 bike reduced to half price, the owner of the bike shop had used it for Ironman UK and then that was it. The size is ok but the issue was with the electric gears, I have heard mixed reports about these.  Please can you advise? 



18/12/2012 at 13:19

electronic gear sets are becoming more commonplace as their reliability improves and current ones from Shimano and Campag - and soon to be SRAM - are fine.  they're used extensively by pro riders and teams.

obviously you need to make sure you keep the battery pack charged - no point finding that 50miles from home and you don't have any gears - but other than that, they're fine.

all gearing systems will have problems from time to time - it's knowing what to do when it does happen that's perhaps the key.  

18/12/2012 at 13:22

Thanks FB, I appreciate your advice - less biased and more open than I'll get at any shop.

18/12/2012 at 13:29

we managed for a very long time with manual gears and no doubt many will continue to shun electronic.  but they have come on enormously in recent years and those who have switched will tell you that they're much easier to use and are more precise with each change.  but you still need to look after them to get the best performance.

I'm lusting after a Campag Super Record EPS set but frankly can't justify the expense - yet!

the entry price is coming down all the time - in about 10 years, most new bikes will be equipped with them I reckon.

18/12/2012 at 13:33

Thanks again FB - I'll certainly look after them, it's knowing how to which is the hard part for me.

The deal is really good, but you're right, I couldn't justify the full £6000 for the bike new.

cougie    pirate
18/12/2012 at 15:31

The owner has taken a hell of a hit to use a bike on just one race. 

I'm not convinced by electronic shifting for most of us.  I've never snapped a cable in 30 years of cycling - and my shifters haven't let me down.  OK so its a microsecond faster than manual shifting and the autotrim function is nice - but is it a thousand pounds nice ?  Better things to do with the money.  And I've heard of a few sets dying or shorting out on a ride - if that happens just once in the sets life then its worse than its mechanical equivalent. 

18/12/2012 at 15:42

Fair point cougie - the last thing I want is for the gears to go, especially in Lanza

The person selling the bike has more money than sense - she's decided Ironman isn't for her!!

I think I'll stick to the DA4 - less money and potentially safer.

Thanks to all for the advice

18/12/2012 at 16:06

I'd still go with the electronic shifters if the deal is good despite what my esteemed friend Cougs says.

and if you don't like them, you'd probably get a very good deal selling them on and putting manual shifters on.  I suspect they're Dura-Ace Di2s so at the top end of the market and on a top end frame that will still be there.  think the long game and potential returns on the investment!

18/12/2012 at 16:18

I'm going to have to think about this - the bottom line isn't really the finance, it's more that I'm not technically minded and don't want any major issues in events.  Charging up a battery is fine but if it involves more than this, I may be struggling.

Thanks again.

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