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by Greenbuilder
20 Nov 2019, 6:17pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: Boardman FS Pro mountain bike (medium)
Replies: 0
Views: 72

Boardman FS Pro mountain bike (medium)

2014 FS Pro alloy framed full suspension xc/trail bike. What Mountain Bike 'trail bike of the year'. Original spec apart from upgrade to 1 x 10 gearing with 30t narrow-wide chairing and 11-42 Deore cassette. Sram X9 gears, Avid Trail brakes. Mavic wheels with Maxxis Ardent tyres. Rockshox Revelation...
by Greenbuilder
22 Sep 2019, 6:48pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Nomad/Bafang?
Replies: 36
Views: 1179

Re: Nomad/Bafang?

A Bafang BBSO2 or smaller BBSO1 will be ideal for your bike, or try a Tongsheng TSDZ2 mid drive; these are just as easy to fit, a bit lighter and the bike is a bit easier to pedal with power switched off. If using a downtime battery, you have to use rivnuts to fit the holder onto your frame. I just ...
by Greenbuilder
31 Jul 2019, 6:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Living without owning an internal combustion engine
Replies: 284
Views: 15366

Re: Living without owning an internal combustion engine

I would like to thank the original poster for opening this very interesting and important discussion. I managed without a car throughout the 1990's whilst living in the city (and running a bike shop); I did hire a van occasionally. I now live in rural, hilly Cornwall and still cycle most days, but I...
by Greenbuilder
23 Jul 2019, 7:23pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Bikes that will take a Bafang BBS02?
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: Bikes that will take a Bafang BBS02?

Dave, I think you can fit them to most normal looking hardtails with threaded 68mm bottom brackets. I haven't done one with a pushfit, but I think it might work. As you mention, the only issue can be the chain stay flaring out too close to the bb and fouling the Bafang casing; a careful tap with a h...
by Greenbuilder
4 Jul 2019, 9:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Goatlinks and Expander Sprockets - Good Idea?
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: Goatlinks and Expander Sprockets - Good Idea?

Hi UpWrong, I've fitted Works Components 40t and Superstar 40t expander rings both worked very well. I haven't done any recently as quality 11-42 cassettes have dropped in price, the Deore are good and the better Sunrace one I've had on my mtb for over a year, it's excellent. I agree with Brucey abo...
by Greenbuilder
3 Jul 2019, 8:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Goatlinks and Expander Sprockets - Good Idea?
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: Goatlinks and Expander Sprockets - Good Idea

If it's 1 x 10 then you should be fine without the goat link. Just screw the 'B' screw all the way in. I've done several conversions, using that mech with 40t expanders and with new 11-42 cassettes. I haven't tried it with a double chainset, but I don't see a problem.
by Greenbuilder
11 Apr 2019, 12:03pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E bike conversion
Replies: 28
Views: 1920

Re: E bike conversion

Can I recommend a crank drive motor, such as this Bafang BBSO2 which I've fitted to my 27.5 hardtail. Easy to fit, low centre of gravity and the bike pedals fine with it turned off. I put a big 15ah battery on, which lasts 4-5 hours off road, but a 9ah would be ok and much lighter. I used to ride hu...
by Greenbuilder
27 Mar 2019, 8:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton Electric Conversion Advice please
Replies: 14
Views: 2842

Re: Brompton Electric Conversion Advice please

I've converted a couple of Bromptons to electric for friends. Both using Nano motor kits. The radial spoking works fine, the rims look very strong. The battery on the newer kit was a 4aH Bosch, like that from a large Sds drill. It fits in an adapter in the front bag. Carrying the the folded bike in ...
by Greenbuilder
25 Nov 2018, 5:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathon Vs Marathon Plus tyres.
Replies: 28
Views: 3795

Re: Schwalbe Marathon Vs Marathon Plus tyres.

I fitted Marathon Plus 29er tyres to my wife's ebike...they've been excellent and much better than std Marathons. After getting a flat from blackthorn following the hedge cutter, I put about 50ml 'Stans' fluid in the schraeder tubes; to date, no punctures after daily use on poor Cornish lanes. I've ...
by Greenbuilder
16 Sep 2018, 8:11am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Dartmoor
Replies: 2
Views: 6785

Re: Dartmoor

Hi Phil, I've ridden many of the bridleways on Dartmoor; it's been very good this year due to the lack of rain. Look on the Dartmoor National Park website for info. on campsites, wild camping and mtb routes etc. Along with the OS 1:25000, there is also a very useful on/off road cycle map (Hartley?) ...
by Greenbuilder
28 Jun 2018, 8:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prescription cycling sunglasses with lenses
Replies: 17
Views: 1679

Re: Prescription cycling sunglasses with lenses

I've used Puma ones from Specsavers for the last 4 years; clear, orange and dark lenses. Really good and about £90.
by Greenbuilder
14 Jun 2018, 8:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compact double road
Replies: 33
Views: 1262

Re: Compact double road

Hi Si, If you are really only using the little chainring on your compact double, why not give 1 x 10 a try on the gravel bike. I have done just done it on my trail mtb. Sunrace MX5 11-40 cassette, 32 tooth narrow wide chainring, 104 bcd, bolted to inside of Deore chainset, has good chainline. The na...
by Greenbuilder
1 Jun 2018, 8:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Find a MTB triple chainset in SILVER, 165mm cranks
Replies: 11
Views: 519

Re: Find a MTB triple chainset in SILVER, 165mm cranks

I recommend trying a 'range extender' rear cog, 40 tooth for your cassette. I've done a few of these for people, albeit on 10 speeds. There's no reason it shouldn't work with ( speed and your LX mech. It's a very neat solution, and you don't change your front set up.
by Greenbuilder
7 Mar 2018, 6:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: advice needed - upgrading to my first carbon road bike
Replies: 82
Views: 3948

Re: advice needed - upgrading to my first carbon road bike

Back to HMB's original post about upgrading to a carbon road bike; I did just that a few years ago, from an alloy Giant Defy to a Planet X Pro Carbon with 105 groupset. I love it. It is lighter, but the real gain is more comfort, which is often ignored is these carbon discussions. I also ride a (sec...
by Greenbuilder
10 Feb 2018, 11:13am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Suspension fork suitable for hub motor?
Replies: 6
Views: 1225

Re: Suspension fork suitable for hub motor?

Hi Rotavator the fork was a steel Surly Instigator I think, with disc mounts; unfortunately it sold yesterday on another mtb forum. I have another one, quite similar on an mtb/hybrid hub gear bike currently for sale on this forum, if no one goes for the bike soon I will split it and give you first d...