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by SimonCelsa
3 Oct 2019, 8:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Computers
Replies: 9
Views: 415

Re: Computers

Halfords cheapie, not much more than a tenner in 2009. Coming up to 24,000 miles. Enter your wheel circumference in millimetres and it is extremely accurate and reliable. Still functioning well, have changed the cable ties once when swapping handlebars so the mounting is durable also. You don't have...
by SimonCelsa
3 Oct 2019, 5:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

cycle.travel suggests around 19 miles, pan flat.

Never done the route myself but it looks relatively straightforward.

https://cycle.travel/map/journey/128458
by SimonCelsa
1 Oct 2019, 8:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain, cassette, chainring- what would you do?
Replies: 21
Views: 843

Re: Chain, cassette, chainring- what would you do?

On a high mileage commuter used in all weathers I would probably ride the transmission into the ground through this upcoming winter and change it all in the Spring (try to minimize use of the big and small chainrings whenever possible to avoid trashing them). On a best bike then I would probably for...
by SimonCelsa
22 Sep 2019, 6:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Updating my 2011 Scott Sportster 40
Replies: 10
Views: 436

Re: Updating my 2011 Scott Sportster 40

I think you'll be unpleasantly surprised by the price of suitable rigid forks. I purchased the surly ogre (I think) option, new from Charlie the bikemonger a few years ago for around £70. They have doubled in price since then! You might be lucky on eBay although suitable sus corrected forks are pret...
by SimonCelsa
21 Sep 2019, 7:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Bib Tights
Replies: 45
Views: 1382

Re: New Bib Tights

4. What is the actual difference in bib tights men vs women?


I would imagine you get a bit more space for your meat and 2 veg in the mens version.......and you haven't noticed :wink:
by SimonCelsa
19 Sep 2019, 9:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Updating my 2011 Scott Sportster 40
Replies: 10
Views: 436

Re: Updating my 2011 Scott Sportster 40

So at present you have one of these: https://www.evanscycles.com/scott-sportster-40-2011-hybrid-bike-EV137982 I think I've posted something along these lines before but I was in a similar situation with a Specialized Crosstrail 2009. Bike was generally fine but I just fancied changing a few things a...
by SimonCelsa
31 Aug 2019, 8:57pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Taylor Wheels (Germany)
Replies: 16
Views: 13414

Re: Taylor Wheels (Germany)

Don't forget Decathlon are quite reasonable on wheels, for example you could get yourself a front dynohub wheel & rear cassette 8/9/10 speed wheel for the princely total of £75: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/26-mountain-bike-wheel-disk-rim-brake-rear-id_8335778.html https://www.decathlon.co.uk/26-...
by SimonCelsa
18 Aug 2019, 6:11am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 604
Views: 343900

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

I didn't get the chance to tell him that they could go the same way as the SON wheel I was going to order, and the £2000 Elan bike I wanted to enquire about.


So you both ended up losing out!! Very unproductive, a few deep breaths normally helps, we all have off-days.
by SimonCelsa
16 Aug 2019, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fork fitting fun
Replies: 5
Views: 462

Re: Fork fitting fun

I did a similar thing a few years ago. Swapped some cheap suspension forks with some Surly Ogre ones. Not all the scantlings were 100% correct but it works OK. I have to say the old suspension forks were quite a bit more comfortable, and, although the Surly ones are lighter I don't seem to go much f...
by SimonCelsa
15 Aug 2019, 5:55am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?
Replies: 81
Views: 3074

Re: E-bike riders get nore exercise than regular cyclist's

42 miles / 2 hours a day


I assume that must be deregulated in some way!!
by SimonCelsa
11 Aug 2019, 7:54pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A9 cycle path closure
Replies: 5
Views: 881

Re: A9 cycle path closure

If you're on reasonably heavy duty bikes with minimum luggage the Gaick Pass is an option:

http://dave.davebanks.com/route_8.htm

I did it a number of years ago on a hybrid with 35mm tyres and only had to push for a couple of miles!

What do you think?
by SimonCelsa
11 Aug 2019, 11:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suitable replacement fork for tandem
Replies: 3
Views: 319

Re: Suitable replacement fork for tandem

The extant forks are basically OK, although their tubular structure with the dropouts emerging from the middle of the tube impinges on the 100mm OLN clearance. The Kona forks are 'flatter' on the inside blades and maintain a full 100mm OLN over a longer length. To obtain clearance for the hub motor ...
by SimonCelsa
11 Aug 2019, 10:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suitable replacement fork for tandem
Replies: 3
Views: 319

Suitable replacement fork for tandem

I am on the lookout for suitable replacement forks for a tandem, 700C with rim brakes and front hub motor. Max all up weight around 180kgs (includes 20kg luggage over rear wheel, nothing up front). Any views on whether a Kona P2 fork (as fitted to Kona Dew) would be suitable, like this for example: ...
by SimonCelsa
9 Aug 2019, 5:48am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Possible Nerve Damage, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Replies: 23
Views: 982

Re: Possible Nerve Damage, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

I think you just have to understand that you are getting older and learn to slow down a bit!!

You can't be invincible your whole life.

Take up a more passive hobby like smoking a pipe, watching telly, wearing slippers......
by SimonCelsa
6 Aug 2019, 6:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: plumby's JOGLE
Replies: 47
Views: 4410

Re: plumby's JOGLE

Yes, don't give up right away, see how it is tomorrow. I had a very similar problem a couple of years ago when cycling down to Weymouth from Inverness. On the second day just before the Forth road bridge I had an excruciating pain in my left knee and I had to pedal basically with one leg only until ...