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by fast but dim
27 Nov 2018, 12:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Vagabond
Replies: 59
Views: 4931

Re: Genesis Vagabond

:D :D :D

I've only turned my back on lycra metaphorically...

Saying that there is something cathartic about riding in Rohan breeches and a bobble hat, on a chunky steel bike with a leather saddle and a brass bell.

You really do build some well thought out machines. My sardar is disc brake ready, but it works well enough as is.
by fast but dim
27 Nov 2018, 11:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Vagabond
Replies: 59
Views: 4931

Re: Genesis Vagabond

reohn2 wrote:
fast but dim wrote:Very, very nice looking bike!

Thought you might like it :wink:


I've taken a big step back from cycling...I'm sick of lycra clad wannabes the wrong side of 40 thinking they're Wiggins!

I'm back on the thorn or the sardar, ive ditched Strava and I try to avoid lycra!

Back to basics cycling is the future. It's about the journey, not the Strava average.
by fast but dim
26 Nov 2018, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Vagabond
Replies: 59
Views: 4931

Re: Genesis Vagabond

Very, very nice looking bike!
by fast but dim
4 Aug 2017, 10:55pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Electric Bike Conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 2458

Re: Electric Bike Conversion

I honestly think e assist bikes are the future. No one in my Cycle club agrees...but they're a bunch of elitist roadie knobs on the whole!

My lbs ( Paul Hewitt, Leyland) has just got some BB drive down tube motors, as used to cheat in pro cycling.

At the right price they'd revolutionise cycling. I could go out with my wife and kid, and we'd all be able to ride together. They'd level the fitness playing field, and make social group rides enjoyable for everyone. No need to buy an ugly, cumbersome e bike either.
by fast but dim
9 Jun 2017, 12:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear-shifting and braking following a stroke
Replies: 17
Views: 965

Re: Gear-shifting and braking following a stroke

I hope you find a decent solution.

All the best for your recovery.
by fast but dim
7 Jun 2017, 10:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: upgrading campagolo veloce
Replies: 23
Views: 1829

Re: upgrading campagolo veloce

:roll:
What's the obsession with weight in leisure cycling?
A kilo either way makes no noticeable difference.

I lost 4kg for a cycling holiday to majorca in April. If I could be bothered I could lose another 3kg.
I carry 800g of stuff I don't need on club rides ( wallet, hrm, keys, watch, big Garmin)

If you're not a 5%bodyfat racer component weight is small change.

Decent tyres, clean drivetrain, well set up bike? Maybe half an hour extra of interval training a week and a bit of yoga instead?
by fast but dim
3 Jun 2017, 9:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide Sunglasses?
Replies: 12
Views: 2533

Re: Wide Sunglasses?

If you want jawbreakers they do some superb copies on aliexpress. $20 Vs £100.

I've had them side by side with original Oakleys... Nothing really different!

I've got some black and red homage jawbreakers you can have for £12 delivered!
by fast but dim
26 Apr 2017, 9:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lubing gear cables in install?
Replies: 34
Views: 1709

Re: Lubing gear cables in install?

Before i went out on my bike today I tried to source some tf2 red grease locally, to no avail.

I had a ride out to a cafe in Southport, Mecycle, that sells a few bike bits... Guess what they had on the shelf!?!

Cables fitted and lubed!
by fast but dim
26 Apr 2017, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "lost" three gears!?!
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: "lost" three gears!?!

Correct diagnosis. The cable was very frayed!

Changed, lubed as instructed and working perfectly. I've done both sides, but the lh cable was perfect.

New cables will be an annual thing from now on!
by fast but dim
26 Apr 2017, 10:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lubing gear cables in install?
Replies: 34
Views: 1709

Re: Lubing gear cables in install?

Superb advice. There is such a depth of knowledge on this forum!

Thanks.
by fast but dim
25 Apr 2017, 3:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lubing gear cables in install?
Replies: 34
Views: 1709

Lubing gear cables in install?

Should I?

They're Clark's stainless.

If so, what with?

Ta!
by fast but dim
25 Apr 2017, 8:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "lost" three gears!?!
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: "lost" three gears!?!

Thanks...You've both confirmed what I thought.

Now...do I lube the gear cable on install? I know some do.
If so, what's the best way?
by fast but dim
24 Apr 2017, 10:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "lost" three gears!?!
Replies: 4
Views: 538

"lost" three gears!?!

I've "lost" 3 gears on my thorn audax.

It's 9sp ultegra, and on the way home from work I noticed the derailleur no longer reaches the three lowest gears on the cassette.

There are still nine clicks, but the first three don't pull any cable. If i pull the cable by hand on the down tube the derailleur shifts.

If I remove the slack and clamp the cable tighter at the rear mech, i can access the lower geared end of the cassette, but lose the three higher sprockets.

I am bewildered. Everything was working fine...A little play in the whole system, but ok.

The shifters are old 9sp, and get lubed with gt45 and spray grease as recommended here.

The cables are visually ok, but at least 3 years old.

I've ordered some eBay Clark's cables (another recommendation from here) as my first solution...

Am i missing something obvious?

Thanks FBD
by fast but dim
18 Apr 2017, 10:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Dawes Sardar: Britain's best ever bike?
Replies: 41
Views: 9808

Re: The Dawes Sardar: Britain's best ever bike?

mercalia wrote:
fast but dim wrote:Interesting thread... If anyone fancies buying one, mines for sale in the classifieds, although just reading this thread is making me have second thoughts!

The sardar is a great bike for bad roads and bad weather.

I've ridden the north face trail in Grizedale on mine when. I bumped into mates MTBing whilst on a tour.

You only realise how good it really is when it's carrying a load. I've ridden most of the passes in the lakes with a light camping load, and even felt comfortable descending harknott.


well in another post you seemed to imply you have other bikes then sell one of them instead to raise cash for the new one?


It's the bike I use least!

I've got a Thorn audax that is perfect for lightweight touring. It's a great all-rounder, and i use it too much to sell.

I make the effort now and again to go places that the thorn won't go, using green lanes in the lakes, just to use the Sardar. Tbh it's only once or twice a year, as none of my mates have bikes that will cope. If the bike sells I can use my hardtail to get off the beaten track if I ever feel the need.

I ride with a road club in the week, so need a decent fast bike to keep up. I get dropped enough as it is...I'd be toast if I turned up on the thorn.

I fancy an Airnimal folder...

Good enough answer?
by fast but dim
18 Apr 2017, 4:51pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Dawes Sardar: Britain's best ever bike?
Replies: 41
Views: 9808

Re: The Dawes Sardar: Britain's best ever bike?

Interesting thread... If anyone fancies buying one, mines for sale in the classifieds, although just reading this thread is making me have second thoughts!

The sardar is a great bike for bad roads and bad weather.

I've ridden the north face trail in Grizedale on mine when. I bumped into mates MTBing whilst on a tour.

You only realise how good it really is when it's carrying a load. I've ridden most of the passes in the lakes with a light camping load, and even felt comfortable descending harknott.