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by maxglide
26 Mar 2019, 6:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ratchet/Breaker Bar size & length for bikes
Replies: 7
Views: 1366

Re: Ratchet/Breaker Bar size & length for bikes

There are very few bolts on a bike these days.


There are plenty on mine, since they're mostly 90's MTB's made of iron.

From the comments, surprising a bottom bracket could be so stubborn. It looks like it's going to be a 1/2" breaker, then, about 2ft in length. Ta.
by maxglide
26 Mar 2019, 9:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ratchet/Breaker Bar size & length for bikes
Replies: 7
Views: 1366

Ratchet/Breaker Bar size & length for bikes

My tool box needs a Ratchet/BB update. I'm deciding between going 3/8" or 1/2" (already have 3 sockets in 3/8", 13,14,15, and a long and short ratchet.) Is 1/2" overkill for a bike and more suited to car work? And what shaft length is good (in either size) - wouldn't too long ris...
by maxglide
22 Mar 2019, 6:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike security - what do you use? Locks?
Replies: 37
Views: 3695

Re: Bike security - what do you use? Locks?

I use, Keep In Sight Constantly. Seems to work.
by maxglide
22 Mar 2019, 6:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket Clunk - sorted
Replies: 1
Views: 562

Bottom Bracket Clunk - sorted

I've had this occur on two different bikes: At each rotation at the 12 o'clock position, the right crank makes a loud clunk. The immediate thought is a dodgy BB, although in the first instance, it happened on a new bike. After a few rides, it disappeared never to return. Fast forward a couple of yea...
by maxglide
14 Mar 2019, 8:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long Range Weight Gain?
Replies: 5
Views: 2079

Long Range Weight Gain?

I watched the Mark Beaumont film 'The man who cycled the world', the other day. I noticed at the end of the ride in Paris (29K km) he looked considerably heavier and less lean than the first half of the ride. I've noticed this in other riders on long tours. I thought perhaps on a long tour, the ride...
by maxglide
25 Feb 2019, 4:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Overtaking roadies?
Replies: 84
Views: 8430

Re: Overtaking roadies?

I find it odd that the modern term "roady" is used in such a derisory manner on this forum. This has been used several time in the last few weeks but there is no comparable comment about any other type of machine or rider. How about 'Loady' for tourist/bikepacker. I consider myself a Load...
by maxglide
24 Feb 2019, 5:47pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: 2019 Ridgeback Expedition
Replies: 4
Views: 2870

Re: 2019 Ridgeback Expedition

I know this wasn't your question, but I did that four years ago: found a nice Raleigh c. early 90's MTB on ebay, for fifty quid. Has a decent Reynolds 501 and rides fine. I always thought to upgrade it to touring spec, but they tell me the spend would be equivalent to a new mid range bike. I'm not ...
by maxglide
24 Feb 2019, 1:46pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: 2019 Ridgeback Expedition
Replies: 4
Views: 2870

2019 Ridgeback Expedition

What's up with the new 2019 Ridgeback Expedition? On their website at the Expedition page, the sizing menu doesn't work and at the bottom they tell you, 'coming soon'. It's almost March and they're still deciding whether to market it?
by maxglide
24 Feb 2019, 1:41pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Marathon vs Marathon Greenguard
Replies: 5
Views: 3089

Re: Marathon vs Marathon Greenguard

Here,

https://www.cyclingabout.com/touring-ty ... e-testing/

the Marathon Supreme has one of the lowest rolling resistance figures. Interesting read.
by maxglide
21 Feb 2019, 9:45am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Surly Troll
Replies: 17
Views: 6487

Re: Surly Troll

I wouldn't shell out £1k for a beaten up demo bike, instead of buying say, a perfectly good brand-new Ridgeback Expedition for the same money.
by maxglide
18 Feb 2019, 3:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Swapping Freewheel for Freehub?
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: Swapping Freewheel for Freehub?

@ zenitb The width between the dropouts was the first thing that occurred to me, but I didn't mention it in the post. I did assume it was a standard, but an old one by now as mentioned by Brucey. I know it's a screw-on freewheel, I was using 'cassette' as a convenience to refer to the stack of spro...
by maxglide
17 Feb 2019, 2:08pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Surly Troll
Replies: 17
Views: 6487

Re: Surly Troll

a bike quite literally the weight of a tank


Yes, 63,000kg for a bicycle is on the portly side.

It is certainly much better than the frames and bikes the OP compares it to.


Much better? How so? The bikes I mentioned are among the best touring bikes available in the UK.
by maxglide
17 Feb 2019, 1:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Swapping Freewheel for Freehub?
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Swapping Freewheel for Freehub?

Looking at changing the Shimano Tourney 26" 7-speed freewheel on my MTB for a freehub. The bike may be called out for a week long putter around Wales, and I don't fancy the hub shearing off, bombing down the Beacons. Experts say this usually occurs on budget freewheels, which the Tourney certai...
by maxglide
29 Jan 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Using washing up liquid to clean your chain and gears
Replies: 31
Views: 1818

Re: Using washing up liquid to clean your chain and gears

I'm just about to, the frame though. Well diluted Fairy Liquid: Refreshes the parts other liquids cannot reach. After the frame wash, kerosene liberally sprayed on chain, sprockets, mech. This washes oil & grease away. Wait 1 hour to evaporate, then generous squirts of WD-40 on same. Never had a...
by maxglide
28 Jan 2019, 5:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cats
Replies: 19
Views: 7142

Cats

It appears cats aren't intimidated by a bike. Most cats I pass, even at speed, utterly ignore me. A few stay calm but keep a wary eye out. Almost none flee in panic. The couple of times I've come close to striking something, were cats charging across the road.