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by groberts
18 Oct 2018, 5:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: hollowtech II to square taper
Replies: 5
Views: 255

Re: hollowtech II to square taper

Can't see why this is so difficult but you will need a square taper - have a word with Spa as suggested. Also need to consider what type of kit you're going to get at the same time. I got one from Electric Bike Conversions (front hub) which at first came with a sensor on the chainwheel side and caus...
by groberts
4 Oct 2018, 11:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone Holder
Replies: 7
Views: 395

Re: Smartphone Holder

Many thanks, that's very helpful. :)
by groberts
4 Oct 2018, 5:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Smartphone Holder
Replies: 7
Views: 395

Smartphone Holder

I'm a big fan of paper maps, tried a Garmin bike computer and couldn't get on with it but for some while been using the wonderful (and free Maps.Me app) which works offline via GPS and provides excellent real time mapping and routes for cars, bikes and walkers alike. Can anybody please recommend a g...
by groberts
4 Oct 2018, 2:05pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Knee replacement
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: Knee replacement

I had my left knee replaced in 2015 and the following links outline my story so far. From my experience + and talking to others, it is clear that the outcome varies from person to person + age and prior fitness is also an important factor. As far as I am aware + in my case, although post operative s...
by groberts
24 Sep 2018, 8:54am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Back peddling brake
Replies: 9
Views: 340

Re: Back peddling brake

I hope (?) they were badly set-up because otherwise, as previously said, I found them to be dangerous. After using a 'normal' freewheeling bike for years - like most people - it is, I would think, common practice sometimes just to adjust the crank position from time-to-time when not actually pedalli...
by groberts
23 Sep 2018, 5:22pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Back peddling brake
Replies: 9
Views: 340

Back peddling brake

I've just returned from a very successful ride through the Italian Tyrol using a hired e-bike. The trip was great but for a number of reasons the hire bike was awful, one aspect in particular. The assistance was crank driven and when back peddling - less than 5 degrees - actuated a braking mechanism...
by groberts
5 Sep 2018, 10:51am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 481
Views: 82015

Re: A positive thread

A pleasant ride yesterday through Surrey countryside close to Rusper on a circular route not taken for a while, in this case in reverse. Doing this you see familiar things from a whole new perspective and even after 20-years things hadn't noticed before = strange but interesting. For old time sake I...
by groberts
30 Aug 2018, 8:48am
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 481
Views: 82015

Re: A positive thread

First, thanks to the OP for starting this interesting,enjoyable and sometimes uplifting thread - on which note it doesn't get much better than the BBC report today regarding the police working with youths on bikes in inner London. Congratulations are in order: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-4...
by groberts
29 Aug 2018, 8:20am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Giant Ease-E +2 eBike
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: Giant Ease-E +2 eBike

Thanks for the feedback, which is helpful.
by groberts
27 Aug 2018, 10:48am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Giant Ease-E +2 eBike
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Giant Ease-E +2 eBike

I already have a converted electric bike but am posting here to ask if anybody has any experience or comments on this Giant bike which my step mother is considering buying? Apart from obvious mechanical and build issues, what would be the likely range of the battery? https://www.giant-bicycles.com/g...
by groberts
20 Aug 2018, 12:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: North Norfolk Coastline
Replies: 36
Views: 980

Re: North Norfolk Coastline

My wife and I rode Ipswich to Kings Lynn in June 2014. It was a great ride and can highly recommend the area - particularly liked Wells-Next-The-Sea. Here's a link to my blog on the tour: https://roundthebendpart1.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/east-anglia-june-2014/ Would be interested to hear some feedb...
by groberts
9 Aug 2018, 8:25am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBike Conversions - Go on, show us yours!
Replies: 24
Views: 1364

Re: eBike Conversions - Go on, show us yours!

Thanks for the response so far. The point (if possible) is to create an ongoing thread which shows 'how to' and the result of other peoples eBike conversion experiences and issues from which others can learn. I personally found such good and reliable information difficult to come by, so keep them co...
by groberts
30 Jul 2018, 7:14pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: eBike Conversions - Go on, show us yours!
Replies: 24
Views: 1364

eBike Conversions - Go on, show us yours!

After a knee replacement and the deterioration of my other knee was keeping me off the road, I converted my Trek MTB 830 to electric assistance one year ago and I'm pleased to say it has literally put me back on the road. https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=117417 After more than 50...
by groberts
10 Jul 2018, 8:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel Recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Re: Wheel Recommendation

Fair enough + thanks.
by groberts
9 Jul 2018, 7:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel Recommendation
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Re: Wheel Recommendation

Thanks. I have had wheels from SPA before, which were good but just wondered about off-the-shelf this time. Also meant to say 36 spoke, rim width 25mm & for a x7 speed cassette. if the hub is in good shape, I'd suggest getting a sputnik rim built onto it. Job done. You will find it difficult to...