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The Cycling Chat Thread

Discussion in 'transport' started by ChrisFilter, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Also, a question for weepiper or any other mechanically minded velocipedist - is there a trick to getting the spring tension on v-brakes adjusted properly/evenly? I spent bloody ages trying to get the front one of the frog above right this morning. It’s knda there but still uneven enough to annoy me when I see it working :D
     
  2. Dogsauce

    Dogsauce Lord of the Dance Settee

    Monsall trail on the old railway line from Bakewell is ace if you fancy something easy and scenic, going through the tunnels is fun. Derbyshire has quite a few decent old railway paths.
     
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  3. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    It's just practice really. Make double sure the wheel is in straight, if you've just changed the tyres. If it's not quite lined up in the dropouts it's harder to balance the brake.
     
  4. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    The spring rates of V brake springs can vary considerably. When you adjust the screw you are changing preload not rate so if you have a mismatched pair of springs they will never balance. You can tweak the spring rate by judicious bending but proceed with caution as even a small deformation can cause a significant change in rate.

    Also make sure the posts and bushes are clean and lubricated. A shitty post on one side will cause balance problems.
     
  5. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Wheel is definitely straight. Will keep fiddling/swearing at it.
     
  6. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    What DD said too then. Take the brake boss bolts out, take the brake arms off the bosses, clean the boss with a rag and maybe give it a wee rub down with some sandpaper, grease it and refit the brake arms. Make sure the spring ends are both sitting in the middle one of the three holes. Adjust the screws again.
     
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  7. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    That's the first one on our list :) 16 miles ish there and back which will be about right for her. Can't yet decide if I'm just going to hire a bike there or risk riding my road bike on it...
     
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  8. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Just found a pair of Schwalbe cyclocross tyres for sale online that will fit my bike (30mm wide) for less than the cost of a days bike hire on the Monsal trail. I’ve got an old pair of flat pedals somewhere that I can put on instead of my SPD-SL’s as well. One road bike turned into a gravel trail explorer. Sorted :cool:
     
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  9. a_chap

    a_chap A closed mouth gathers no feet

  10. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Something strange has happened to my tyres and pedals... :hmm: :D

    IMG_0560.jpg IMG_0561.jpg
     
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  11. freethinker

    freethinker Mindful

    Today I saw a Dr. Bike set up locally. As you all probably know they claim to give your bike a free maintenance check and offer advice. A quick google search shows that they DO charge for repairs so I was wondering...are they honest, i.e. not likely to fabricate/exaggerate something that needs repairing for the sake of cashing in?
     
  12. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

  13. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Errrrr, no?
     
  14. High Voltage

    High Voltage Bring on t'dancing girls & put t'champagne on ice

    Now I'm no cyclist but even I can spot the changes to your bike - I also predict a major bike cleaning session in the not too distant future
     
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  15. BigTom

    BigTom Well-Known Member

    Dr bike should just be a check over the bike and adjustments made (eg: tyre pressure, aligning brakes, indexing gears) but no parts replaced.

    The company I work for isn't a bike shop and doesn't offer repairs so when we do Dr bikes we send people on to bike shops for repairs, there's no question of suggesting unnecessary work for profit.

    If the person or company doing the Dr bike offers you repairs, they are no more or less likely than a bike shop person or company to be inventing unnecessary work so really it's just the same question of trust as a paid bike service isn't it?
     
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  16. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    I think my alcohol intake last night might have been responsible for this rather than your frame.
     
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  17. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    :D :cool:
     
  18. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Thanks, I think I've found my next bike:
    Specialized Diverge E5 2018 Adventure Road Bike | ROAD BIKES | Evans Cycles
     
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  19. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

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  20. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    :( That's the top end of my budget
     
  21. DownwardDog

    DownwardDog Riding a Brompton with a power meter.

    How are those Tektro Mira brakes? I've never seen a set in the wild and have always assumed they are crap.
     
  22. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

  23. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    No, they seem pretty good really. Obviously I've only seen brand new ones so can't comment what they're like when they're worn in but they set up pretty reliably and they have a good lever feel compared to a lot of other cable op discs.
     
  24. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

  25. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    While the suspension thing is nice I wouldn’t view it as essential. If you can get something that can take big (35mm wise or more) tyres then the lower pressures you’ll be able to run at will massively increase the comfort levels anyway. If you go tubeless you can go lower still, with the bonus of basically forgetting about punctures.

    Are you set on drops or would flat bars be an option?
     
  26. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Would prefer not to have drops as I never use them - I don't feel safe or comfortable when crouched over my bike and I get sore hand from having to reach for my brakes
     
  27. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Flat bars opens up a load more options then... Will be back after tea/kids bedtime :D
     
  28. weepiper

    weepiper Jock under the bed

    I have a new (to me) toy. My first drop bar bike since I borrowed one to do my cycling proficiency test on 30 years ago.

    IMG_20180218_125533587.jpg
     
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  29. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Something like this maybe?

    Specialized Sirrus Sport Disc 2018 Flat Bar Road Bike Green £724.99

    Aluminium frame/carbon fork, Sora gears, hydraulic disc brakes, comes with 32mm wide tyres but frame has clearance for wider if you wanted...
     
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  30. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    There is a version of that with the future shock suspension thingy, but it’s somewhere around 1750 quid...
     

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