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by gentlegreen
27 May 2020, 12:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?
Replies: 20
Views: 795

Re: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?

Just out of interest why are you going for the surly disk trucker? I am in the position where I want to buy a new touring bicycle for long distance cycling. I've been suggested this before on another thread but I had never heard of this bike brand until I started on this forum. I'm a Santa Cruz kin...
by gentlegreen
27 May 2020, 12:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?
Replies: 20
Views: 795

Re: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?

Blimey I'm so massively torn now. To be honest, having in a panic wasted money on a secondhand mountain bike, I would in a flash grab a Giant ATX 830 frame identical to the one I broke - and then tentatively add a steel fork - certainly as a spare bike - as well as investigating why the geometry sui...
by gentlegreen
25 May 2020, 9:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?
Replies: 20
Views: 795

Re: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?

Have you looked at the Surly website? https://surlybikes.com/bikes/disc_trucker All the sizes, etc on there. A 58 26 inch wheel Disc Trucker has standover of 829.7, which is about a ⅓rd inch short of 33. I ride a couple of 26 LHTs, originally bought as 26 because of international availablity of par...
by gentlegreen
25 May 2020, 9:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?
Replies: 20
Views: 795

Re: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?

reohn2 wrote:What width 26in tyre do you intend using?

Hi, sorry for missing the thread updates.

They're now out of production, but I've been riding on Conti Country Plus 26x1.75 tyres for many years now - they seem to be a decent balanced option ...
by gentlegreen
21 May 2020, 10:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?
Replies: 20
Views: 795

New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?

So my cycling needs are about to shift from commuting to pleasure. For nearly 20 years I was happy enough with a Giant ATX830 aluminium "mountain bike" with a seized suspension fork ( I had always planned to buy a Surly fork for it ...) - I did plenty of 50 mile rides on that and it was ne...
by gentlegreen
25 Apr 2020, 11:00am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Cheap Rockshox suspension fork springs ?
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: Cheap Rockshox suspension fork springs ?

you may not need a new spring; you can bolster the extant one by - adding spacers inside the fork to increase the preload and/or - adding an elastomer to the spring, either at the end ( a bit like a spacer) or within the coil spring. cheers thanks :) I actually have a stash of elastomers from my ol...
by gentlegreen
20 Apr 2020, 4:46pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Cheap Rockshox suspension fork springs ?
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Cheap Rockshox suspension fork springs ?

Hi. I have bought a second-hand mountain bike with a Rockshox Sektor DL fork - the frame is about 10 years old, so I'm guessing the fork probably is too .. Being heavier than the average rider at 220 pounds (I would ideally be 30 pounds lighter) It has approx 50 percent sag, and being new to this I ...
by gentlegreen
19 Apr 2020, 11:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Make 9 x 3 last FOREVER?
Replies: 104
Views: 3458

Re: Make 9 x 3 last FOREVER?

Your gearing looks fine to me. I'd go a bit lower for loaded touring but I think you said up there ^ you don't do that? Even unloaded I would like to go lower - so I'm going to try a 26 small sprocket next time I replace the chain and cassette - though I would need to fit an anti-suck device to pro...
by gentlegreen
19 Apr 2020, 9:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Make 9 x 3 last FOREVER?
Replies: 104
Views: 3458

Re: Make 9 x 3 last FOREVER?

Incidentally, I was getting some grief elsewhere about my crimes against cycling and was pointed to an article suggesting optimal gearing for my purposes would involve scrapping the rear wheel and fitting an 11 speed cassette with a ginormous dinner plate on it - curiously they ended up with almost ...
by gentlegreen
19 Apr 2020, 9:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Make 9 x 3 last FOREVER?
Replies: 104
Views: 3458

Re: Make 9 x 3 last FOREVER?

Good luck to you but that frame looks like it might be a bit small for you with all that seatpost/spacers... However, if it works for you... You could be right - though I always suspected my Giant frame was too large - (23 inch / XL - and I'm only 6 foot 2) and if you place the Giant frame against ...
by gentlegreen
19 Apr 2020, 8:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Make 9 x 3 last FOREVER?
Replies: 104
Views: 3458

Re: Make 9 x 3 last FOREVER?

I've just "downgraded" a bike from 2X9 hollowtech to 3X8 square taper :oops: ------------- My 19 year old Giant ATX MTB frame broke after 35,000 miles of daily commuting and one too many crocheted chain incidents (I swear I service my bike properly !) - the last part of Tigger's bike - apa...
by gentlegreen
18 Apr 2020, 9:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM X5 9 speed alternative shifters ?
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: SRAM X5 9 speed alternative shifters ?

I like the snappiness of SRAM. I find Shimano somewhat "vague". My 2001 bike came with gripshifters and I'm up to X4 triggers now and when I'm inevitably forced to go 3x9, I will be going for X5. I get through rather a lot of them though - both derailleurs and shifters - the front deraille...
by gentlegreen
6 Mar 2020, 5:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Emigration
Replies: 162
Views: 5188

Re: Emigration

al_yrpal wrote: I met one white Brit on Lanzarote who had gone there to escape Muslim racism in a northern city!

Al

cool story bro'
by gentlegreen
4 Mar 2020, 8:50am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: French residency vs. maximising french visits : Rules & Regs
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: Emigration

.. The fly in the ointment is the danger that the UK will end up outside the EU so I'm guessing that I would have to carry on paying for health insurance even after I reach 66 ? Presumably I would still be eligible for my (frozen ?) state pension thereby at least being able to afford healthcare ? T...
by gentlegreen
15 May 2015, 3:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: French residency vs. maximising french visits : Rules & Regs
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: Emigration

Embarassingly I had no idea that was the word for "puppy". :oops: - though I was certainly familiar with the similar word and its usage. :D Yes, there are several embarassing pitfalls in the French language - one which I made when I stayed there as a teenager and several I've since encount...