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by peetee
20 Apr 2019, 12:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar/Stem creaking
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Handlebar/Stem creaking

Bars with a separate sleeve on the centre section can creak and sometimes there is little you can do to eradicate it. Cinelli had a bit of a reputation for it. I always looked out for GB bars when I needed another set and I never had a problem with that brand.
by peetee
20 Apr 2019, 12:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kilogram per gear inch or tooth
Replies: 11
Views: 412

Re: Kilogram per gear inch or tooth

As a result of a drastic change in my lifestyle in the last 7 years my weight has risen from 9 1/2 to 12 stones. I have a variety of bikes and the difference between their weights is noticeable. In my glory days I was quite analytical about their performance and knew which was quicker. Now it makes ...
by peetee
18 Apr 2019, 10:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How did this happen?
Replies: 16
Views: 670

Re: How did this happen?

It's miffed cos you only made tea for yourself.
by peetee
18 Apr 2019, 6:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Mamil bikes
Replies: 31
Views: 883

Re: Mamil bikes

A lot of MAMILs have moved to two wheels having previously parked their four wheels in the golf club car park where the boot badge reigns supreme. For them having the right motor was dictated by social convention not personal suitability. I suspect they have made the same choice with their bikes.
by peetee
16 Apr 2019, 2:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Fantastic!
Replies: 12
Views: 296

Re: Fantastic!

Brill.
While the vast majority of kids of her age are staring at screen 24/7 and need epic levels of persuasion to get out the front door due to zero levels of physical motivation she gets out there, tries, tries and tries again.
by peetee
13 Apr 2019, 2:55pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: Classic Road Bike 23.5"
Replies: 2
Views: 438

Classic Road Bike 23.5"

I am moving house and thinning out my bike collection. I have owned this frameset for 2 years and built it up with an unusual set of parts but it rides and works beautifully. The 23 1/2" frame is a bit of a mystery with fancy lugs and seamless tubing - most likely 531. The top of the seatstays ...
by peetee
12 Apr 2019, 2:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How long can you store tyres before they go off?
Replies: 46
Views: 5241

Re: How long can you store tyres before they go off?

I have had Schwalbe and Vittoria tyres deteriorate after a matter of months stored in my cool dark garage.
What I cannot account for is where and for how long they were kept before I bought them.
by peetee
8 Apr 2019, 9:00am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Uphill, downhill, both, neither?
Replies: 21
Views: 805

Re: Uphill, downhill, both, neither?

When I see a hillclimb and I mean a proper hillclimb on the road or track ahead it signifies the reason to be out on the bike, the challenge, why I took up cycling. It sits there on the landscape sticking it's tongue out and waggling it's fingers in its ears saying "come on mate give it yer bes...
by peetee
7 Apr 2019, 5:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Favourite local climbs
Replies: 41
Views: 1336

Re: Favourite local climbs

Bit starved of proper climbs in South Hampshire but the pick of the bunch would be Old Winchester Hill, Beacon Hill (from Exton), West Dean Hill, Stanmore Lane in Winchester and Portsdown Hill from Southwick (the two lanes not the main road). There are also a couple of short steep sprints in Southam...
by peetee
7 Apr 2019, 9:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?
Replies: 20
Views: 920

Re: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?

if all you want to do is fiddle with the gears etc, just hang the bike by the saddle nose; no need for any clamping. cheers Yes, the stand I have is only good for some bikes. Just as often I use a loop of 2" webbing hanging from the rafter. Works very well and is kind to saddles but I will tuc...
by peetee
6 Apr 2019, 10:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Rival
Replies: 4
Views: 483

Re: SRAM Rival

I have now fitted an 11 speed SRAM Rival rear mech to the bike and it works perfectly. Thanks for the input.
by peetee
5 Apr 2019, 10:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 2030

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Don't be too hung up about the need for disc brakes. IME a lot of the cable operated disc brakes have poor performance in comparison to well set-up, quality brand v-brakes or cantilevers - although you are only likely to find them on an older machine these days. Hydraulic disc brakes however are alm...
by peetee
4 Apr 2019, 8:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Identify this mystery accessory. Solved
Replies: 11
Views: 662

Re: Identify this mystery accessory

Did these BB-fit dynamos have a useful lifespan? I can't think of a worse place on a bike for getting wet and muddy!
by peetee
4 Apr 2019, 8:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 2030

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Welcome. First I would like to applaude you for your positive attitude. I don't doubt that you will achieve your goal. It can be done - I saw a colleague do the same, he lost the weight very quickly and loved every minute of it. Plantar fasciitis is something I am familiar with having drastically re...