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by SimonCelsa
15 Apr 2019, 7:59pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: LEJOG tattoo?
Replies: 47
Views: 10678

Re: LEJOG tattoo?

What! You mean you never listened to the greatest album ever produced!!??

http://www.feelnumb.com/2009/07/09/led- ... o-symbols/
by SimonCelsa
10 Apr 2019, 5:33pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E bike conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: E bike conversion

As a point of note, the only slight problem I had was trying to fit the front hub motor between the forks. Although they are 100mm OLN the tubular design of the lower fork legs did not facilitate easy fitment, you'd be better off with flatter fork legs near the dropouts to maintain the 100mm OLN cle...
by SimonCelsa
10 Apr 2019, 5:19pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E bike conversion
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: E bike conversion

I've had good service from a 'Woosh' front hub conversion (700C tandem). Fairly sure they could sort you out something in 27.5. More importantly I have found them excellent to deal with & swift in replying to queries. Also possibly try the pedelecs forum which probably has a wider range of exper...
by SimonCelsa
1 Apr 2019, 10:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem Crossover Chain 3/32 vs 1/8 ?
Replies: 33
Views: 2957

Re: Tandem Crossover Chain 3/32 vs 1/8 ?

Ah, but that shed’s just for the little bikes, the big bikes live in the monster shed!!
by SimonCelsa
31 Mar 2019, 6:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem Crossover Chain 3/32 vs 1/8 ?
Replies: 33
Views: 2957

Re: Tandem Crossover Chain 3/32 vs 1/8 ?

Nothing wrong with the older Viking tandems that a little bit of upgrading won't fix.

i'd recommend an electric hub conversion next, just to smooth out the hills!!

You still get a beneficial workout by using 'pedal assist' only mode.

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by SimonCelsa
21 Mar 2019, 7:08pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Local accents - what be yourn?
Replies: 45
Views: 3960

Re: Local accents - what be yourn?

10 years Erith (Kent), 20 years Weymouth (Dorset), 1 year Warsash (Hampshire), 1 year Sunny South Shields (Tyneside), 2 years Philippines, 1 year Hong Kong, 17 years Inverness (Highland). With 35 years on & off in between times at sea on mainly foreign flag tankers. Still sound like a cockney bu...
by SimonCelsa
21 Mar 2019, 6:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 26x1.25 Road Tyre Retailer
Replies: 4
Views: 1639

Re: 26x1.25 Road Tyre Retailer

If you can squeeze a 26 x 1.5 into the space then the Planet X offering are worth a look: https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/TYPANPASWT/panaracer-pasela-pt-wire-tyre As an aside I bought a pair from Planet X (700C x 28) late last year for £14 each. They are perfectly OK upto now despite the lower than us...
by SimonCelsa
13 Mar 2019, 5:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: braze on's ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1803

Re: braze on's ?

I thought them forks came as standard with a plethora of threaded bosses pre-drilled? Couldn't one of them be utilized.
by SimonCelsa
10 Mar 2019, 10:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Will a FC-M371 chainset fit 8-speed ? + mystery item
Replies: 11
Views: 683

Re: Will a FC-M371 chainset fit 8-speed ? + mystery item

I've been running the Deore FC-590 triple chainsets (designated 9 speed) on a couple of 8 speed bikes for several years without any problems (running 8 speed chains). If I were you and had already bought the kit then I would just suck it and see, it's not top of the range gear with micro clearances ...
by SimonCelsa
9 Mar 2019, 4:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Catastrophic spoke failure. While stored..
Replies: 31
Views: 2267

Re: Catastrophic spoke failure. While stored..

ACI spokes, I was about to buy a wheelfull from Cyclebasket.com as they are the cheapest I can find from a UK supplier. Might have to think again!? Although it sounds like a bad batch of spokes for a 26" Dyno wheel so they are probably quite short. Might be lucky with the longer ones for a 700C...
by SimonCelsa
4 Mar 2019, 4:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Confused hybrid buyer.
Replies: 8
Views: 979

Re: Confused hybrid buyer.

If you're not going to be using it for commuting then the Crosstrail will be fine, even with the cheap front suspension. I've had one now for close on 10 years and it's done over 20,000 miles. I converted it to drops and fitted rigid forks about 3 years ago although this was mainly due to using it f...
by SimonCelsa
3 Mar 2019, 10:55am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: More cycling? Less motoring?
Replies: 52
Views: 7768

Re: More cycling? Less motoring?

What might be the best phrase to describe transfer from motor to cycle?


'Evolution' or 'natural selection' are two phrases which spring to mind!
by SimonCelsa
3 Mar 2019, 6:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rigida Chrina - big or small?
Replies: 7
Views: 579

Re: Rigida Chrina - big or small?

Yes, I hear a few tales of how tight they can be so will probably plump for something else. I've had pretty good service from Sputniks but they're a little over the top for lightweight cruising/touring. Might give the Exal LX17 a trial https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m2b0s116p1565/EXAL-LX17
by SimonCelsa
2 Mar 2019, 5:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rigida Chrina - big or small?
Replies: 7
Views: 579

Rigida Chrina - big or small?

I have just ordered another of the Decathlon dynohub wheels (700C this time) & when it arrives I am thinking to rebuild it with some decent stainless spokes & a Chrina rim. Does anyone have any recent experience with the Chrina rim?? I know it is cheap and you get what you pay for, so if I g...
by SimonCelsa
17 Feb 2019, 12:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sealant leaking from tubeless
Replies: 13
Views: 1285

Re: Sealant leaking from tubeless

£320!!!!! Jesus wept.......

That would annoy me but I'm a bit frugal and like the status quo if it ain't too much hassle!! What's a few punctures every now & then. I can't grasp this tubeless malarky.

Hope it resolves itself cheaply, all the best, Simon the dinosaur!!