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by mig
19 Jul 2018, 1:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: most valuable/missed tool loan
Replies: 23
Views: 746

Re: most valuable/missed tool loan

1998 and i'd been skittled off my bike on the way home from work then narrowly missed by a bus as i slid across the road. i picked up some skin damage etc but also my beloved eddie mcgrath 531 frame was twisted and bent. binned it. during recuperation i decided to go the whole hog and get measured u...
by mig
18 Jul 2018, 9:49pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Do the British not like winning?
Replies: 11
Views: 400

Re: Do the British not like winning?

Something mentioned in the Froome thread made me wonder about the nature of people's attitude to success in individual nations. Do some countries very behind their best athletes and crave success but others prefer the plucky underdog to get their chance. A bit of context. A poster put forward the i...
by mig
18 Jul 2018, 1:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the humble tyre lever
Replies: 51
Views: 1333

Re: the humble tyre lever

and an ex tool.
by mig
18 Jul 2018, 1:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: most valuable/missed tool loan
Replies: 23
Views: 746

most valuable/missed tool loan

okay so i'm fairly annoyed that my park spoke tension meter that was lent out a few years ago is now somewhere else than cossetted in my tool box. recent weeks have seen the addition of missing tyre levers (but i'm crowdfunding replacements so no one cry okay?) so i may be about seventy notes down. ...
by mig
18 Jul 2018, 12:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the humble tyre lever
Replies: 51
Views: 1333

Re: the humble tyre lever

I carry a VAR lever and a steel one, a bit belt and braces and I've never used the steel one. I've once struggled after breaking a plastic one, in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere in the rain... To the OP - nothing humble about good levers, you haven't said what the missing ones wer...
by mig
18 Jul 2018, 12:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the humble tyre lever
Replies: 51
Views: 1333

Re: the humble tyre lever

peetee wrote:I use a set of Schwalbe levers almost every day and they last about 9 months.


get some better tyres! :wink:
by mig
17 Jul 2018, 3:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the humble tyre lever
Replies: 51
Views: 1333

the humble tyre lever

seems that a friend has 'borrowed' my old set out of the shed. thanks mate.

what are recommendations for the usual sized lever? not those black rubbery ones nor anything huge/overkill. just a good, stiff, regular set of tyre levers.

ta.
by mig
16 Jul 2018, 10:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Now where's the logic in this? Chain thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 604

Re: Now where's the logic in this? Chain thoughts

10 spd chain drops correctly onto 6 spd sprockets? i though that the chain was too narrow?

you learn something every day
by mig
11 Jul 2018, 2:15pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Do the British not like winning?
Replies: 11
Views: 400

Re: Do the British not like winning?

the blokes who did the hatton gardens robbery a few years ago worked hard in planning and executing that but i can't really condone what they did.

i don't mind froome and all he entails but i can't help being reminded of zola budd.
by mig
11 Jul 2018, 1:11pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Do the British not like winning?
Replies: 11
Views: 400

Re: Do the British not like winning?

the french with raymond poulidor? watching sport is about the competition. enhanced by the fact in this case as we, as cyclists, appreciate the work/skill/talent involved in doing what they do. someone new in that competitive environment adds to the spectacle as someone cheating dulls it for many. o...
by mig
5 Jul 2018, 1:23pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Goodbye then .. Chris Froome
Replies: 215
Views: 17761

Re: Goodbye then .. Chris Froome

He's simply not good enough. Why give him a try when it's evident he's not a GT team leader. You'd probably not get the team behind that idea neither. IMHO it seems that you are completely jaded about GT racing. I can understand that but taking it out on a team that has not been found guilty of any...
by mig
5 Jul 2018, 11:38am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Goodbye then .. Chris Froome
Replies: 215
Views: 17761

Re: Goodbye then .. Chris Froome

he is i agree but give him a proper go before he is too old. not sure that there are many more in the race to beat him. i know that they won't but it would be a good thing.
by mig
5 Jul 2018, 11:19am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Goodbye then .. Chris Froome
Replies: 215
Views: 17761

Re: Goodbye then .. Chris Froome

i'd like to see sky appoint geraint thomas as sole team leader for the GC this time and have froome ride for him. as for froome's guilt, innocence or otherwise i'm mostly beyond caring now about the whole sky team thing. team doctor this and jiffy bag the other. 35 years ago i avidly followed anythi...
by mig
26 Jun 2018, 9:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gearing query for hill climbing
Replies: 17
Views: 743

Re: Gearing query for hill climbing

hot yesterday and i think most likely that the wind was blowing in an unusual direction.

were you dehydrated? are the cranks longer on the new bike?
by mig
25 Jun 2018, 9:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: small kid's bike
Replies: 0
Views: 70

small kid's bike

i'm helping to get a little local girl to get confident on her bike on the quiet evening roads. alas the (new) bike she has is too small. http://www.argos.co.uk/product/2445539 on the second ride i raised her saddle maybe 5mm or so and she instantly found pedalling that much easier - especially uphi...