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Chris NewbyFraser

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  1. The answer to my question? On Bikehub (where else!) I found a pair of Shimano 105 (5800 series) which Shimano's web site says is ok for my Tiagra 4700 levers. Put this on my road bike and found the braking is about 25% better and the feel is not 'dead' as I felt with the Merida comp. Now I feel in control of my bike. Well worth the investment
  2. From what I understand in literature, the current 4700 series has a different pull ratio to earlier ranges so its possible it wont work properly. I have to agree with you on the TRP / Tektro. I had mechanical TRP Spyre on a Spez gravel bike and got rid of them pretty damn fast.
  3. Since retiring and moving to the Kzn coast and its steep slopes, I find the rim brakes on my Merida Scultura 300 struggle to stop me at speed. I have the stock standard Merida Comp callipers with Shimano Tiagra 4700 levers. I changed the single piece Merida brake shoes to the Shimano brake shoes (not the cartridge type) but this had little noticeable effect. I am looking at buying some used Tiagra 4700 callipers to replace the Merida's but before I do that I am hoping some Hubbers have some specific experience to share with me. Will the 4700's be a worthwhile upgrade or is it not worth the money. I cannot afford used 105's which have the correct pull ratio to match the 4700 series.
  4. Do the lesser models offer less travel? Methinks 150mm is more than the majority will use and has the negative of extra weight and cost
  5. I remember there used to be a very informal 3 day thrash that ran from the central Berg somewhere to Midmar(?). I recall legends about its laid back camping personality with an 'extremely' chilled character owing to its liberal nightime refuelling policy. What was its title? This made me think that the upper Midland area would be a fine setting for an amateur road rider 2 to 3 day stage tour, but based at a single venue. Roads are not too busy with some routes(like the climbs out of Estcourt, Mooi River, Bergville) offer stiff tests while the rest all are rolling hills and the scenery is attractive. This is well within easy drives from Gauteng and Kzn. I wonder if, with the stage racing craze running in mtb and gravel, there is a possible future for a road event? Any enterprising clubs willing to look at this.
  6. I had a hollow feeling yesterday when watching the finish of Saturdays stage. Roglic turned on a pace which was so remarkeable it reminded me of the Armstrong surges. Can a rider be so much stronger than his fellow racers? I look forward to seeing a race where he is up against the rest of the 'elite of the elite', like Pogacar and hopefully an on-form Bernal.
  7. I see that Paris Nice is on. Maybe dstv just chose to ignore the (probably more expensive) super exciting Classics and got the far less addictive multi-day tours at a good price. Probably hoping this will continue to enslave their current cycling viewers
  8. . True, thats not expensive on its own. But, in order to watch cycling, rallying, global touring cars and sailing, then the totals might add up to more than dstv - bit tough for me as a fixed income retiree, which is why I am hoping to find very affordable sites to access
  9. Are there any lower cost sites where I can look at cycling? When I get my data line it will be expensive to buy the good subscriptions for my cycling and rallying.
  10. On what website were you watching? With dstv seemingly dropping live cycling, I am going to get a Telkom line and package so I can watch cycling and rallying
  11. Even the doyen of SA Cycling, Mighty Mouse, was unaware of this sudden change in cycling coverage.
  12. I was hoping to be able to start watching some quality cycling this weekend but I see that DSTV is not broadcasting any cycling, despite the UAE tour happening now and two huge classics this weekend. Have they dropped cycling? That would be the end of my subscription to them.
  13. Aplogies to readers: I left out a key word in my opening sentence in this post, that being 'change'. "I love change and that......."
  14. Firtsly I must point out that I love and this lavk of needing fixed stability affected all aspects of my life. I followed the normal path of a bike loving kid. From my first tricycle in 1978 to a scooter to 'sports' bicycles on rural gravel and tar roads,to real roadbikes for racing. My first change was in 1984 when I buggered off to the US, bought a full on Specialized touring bike and pedalled around there and Europe for a year. I saw the new fangled mountain bike thing in Boulder Colorado but scoffed; I was a roadie, of course, even if my steed looked like an over-loaded pack mule. But the itch to do something different needed scratching and one fine 1994 day at a bike shop in Edenvale, I saw a Wheeler hardtail and just fell in love with the bike. Bought it, joined what was then the fledgling, laughed at, sport in SA and had lots of fun. Saw that a bike shop was bringing in full suspension tandems and against advice (I was told that mtb tandems are too hard to ride) bought one, a Ventana. An absolute joy, so easy to ride, even with a missus who had no intention of being overly adventurous. So after several wonderful bikes, with the mtb industry ruling, the itch started(I was still married to the same cycling widow so it must been a cycling itch) and I looked longingly at those sleek roadbikes, bought a used beauty and enjoyed it for a while. But Joburgs suicidal traffic kept me in a state of fear and cycling became an emotional challenge, not a joy. Exit the roadbike, hello again to mtb. The itch had NOT been snuffed out. Scratch,scratch, scratch till I bled....resulting in my mtb and roadbike being sold and a stupidly expensive gravel bike coming into the house. I again joined a fledgling discipline and again got laughed at by mtb'rs and roadies (who's laughing now?). The bike supposedly had a good gravel suspension compliance in the headset.(a load of *** as the 20mm blew thru so fast it would hammer the frame). 3 months and the bike was gone, replaced by a stunning hardtail mtb with suspension seat. In the peak of full-suspension fever I went against the market and reverted back to a super rigid Giant carbon hardtail. A complete blast, so much more fun than the porky Camber I rode at that time. Retired to the Kzn lower south coast. Only two little mtb parks to ride and very limited gravel road suitability for old single riders to venture along. Boredom! Scratch, scratch, scratch......mtb gone, hello road bike. Yup, I have left mtb and gone to that 'die'ing in South Africa' discipline, the road. First ride Yowzer!! Who rides gears like this. Where's the granny gear. But what a pleasure. So little effort needed to go places. It feels good. But those gears!. Gonna need a Lotto win so I can get an e-bike. Scratch, scratch, scratch......
  15. Don't have one yet. Am looking at buying a road bike (about 10 years old) but the gearing is too tough for mky old legs. A 32 cog on the back would make it acceptable. But not at the expense of shifting efficiency. Thanks
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