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by nomm
12 Jun 2021, 1:06pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Saddle bag, unused £6 including postage
Replies: 0
Views: 221

Saddle bag, unused £6 including postage

Unbranded, unused (I just found this in a cupboard) est. 2-2.5L saddle bag

This seems good quality, zips and velcro, weather resistant, stiff plastic opening to retain shape

Pics -

£6 including postage
by nomm
12 Jun 2021, 12:46pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: Raleigh Siren 21 speed, step-through hybrid 16 inch frame
Replies: 0
Views: 92

Raleigh Siren 21 speed, step-through hybrid 16 inch frame

Well aware this is probs not the place for it, but seeing the being sold around this price mark on Gumtree, this isn't a bad bike for the money.

https://www.gumtree.com/p/bicycles/rale ... 1405372869

Good condition for age. 21 gears, features dynamo wheel and dynamo front light, schwalbe marathon tyres, rear mud guard, recently fitted with new chain, and gear cable replacement. Everything works and bike has been recently serviced. £135ONO

Collection only Bristol area
by nomm
12 Jun 2021, 12:39pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: ORTLIEB Ultimate Six Classic RED bar bag
Replies: 0
Views: 163

ORTLIEB Ultimate Six Classic RED bar bag

Used for several tours but in very good condition, includes strap, lockable mount and key

Some staining on inside pockets from use

Some wear to mounting cable

Pics - https://photos.app.goo.gl/wxmnzMKosoCzsqCCA

£50 +£4 postage - small parcel, signed for 2nd class

Or Collection only Bristol area
by nomm
7 Jun 2021, 6:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Muck off Dry Lube- not fit for purpose useless
Replies: 20
Views: 1155

Re: Muck off Dry Lube- not fit for purpose useless

MarcusT wrote: 7 Jun 2021, 5:29am I restored an old bike. Thorough chain cleaning and used Muc Off Dry. Rode it once for a test ride and left it in the garage for 6 months. The chain had actually seized up
Never again
Again I am surprised. Ive just checked over my sister's bikes in the garage. Last used for long outdoor distances late autumn last year and she has since been away with work these past 6 months. Gave them a quick service including muc off chain lube before crimbo, No rust, no seizing.
by nomm
7 Jun 2021, 6:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Muck off Dry Lube- not fit for purpose useless
Replies: 20
Views: 1155

Re: Muck off Dry Lube- not fit for purpose useless

gxaustin wrote: 7 Jun 2021, 1:01am
I am one for removing chains every 2-3 months for a deep clean though, but then again I've always done that with other brands
As a matter of interest how many miles does that equate to? I re wax my chains every 500 -600 miles
On a good month the commuter (shopping/child carrying) approx 5-15 miles daily, at least 5/7, in all conditions and also locked outside a few times. So maybe 300-500 every 3 months

The audax 500-1000 during summer every 3 months
by nomm
6 Jun 2021, 1:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New set up ideas...
Replies: 7
Views: 443

New set up ideas...

With the last year limiting options for campsites and B&B, I am experimenting with 5-10KG set up for the Audax bike. Ideally with just the Super-C (23ish L) bar bag (3.5) and top tube (1.5) - so not the usual panniers and bags.

Max 2-3 nights for long distance jaunts of Approx. 100+ miles a day

I have trawled through the 'how light can you go' but wanted to get a bit more specific with ideas -

3 season down sleeping bag - smallest pack size as possible - open to an investment here as my bag is long overdue replacement
Alp Kit Elan Bivvy + 3x3 M tarp - replacing a 2-3 person tent
Lightweight stove kit - replacing portable stove type set up
Warm but small sleeping mat

Thoughts?
by nomm
6 Jun 2021, 12:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike designs which should be binned
Replies: 151
Views: 5148

Re: Bike designs which should be binned

cycle tramp wrote: 27 May 2021, 5:36pm
nomm wrote: 27 May 2021, 12:33pm Carbon - except maybe forks

Press fit BB

Internal cable routing

Semi integrated head sets

Hidden eyelet mounts for mudguards

Tubeless

Gravel bikes
I'm suffering some covid19 vaccine side effects at the moment, so its probably the meds talking. While I have none of the above on my bike, I don't think i would seek to banish any of the above from existence....
..I think its quite a wonderful thing that every generation gets to redesign the bicycle, or parts thereof. By doing so the bicycle stays relevant and exciting to those discovering it for that generation -(even if for persons like myself, the problems that prompted such developments have already been solved in other ways, or just that we've learned to live with them).
Its one of the known side effects of the Pfizer jab - trying to justify push fit BB
by nomm
6 Jun 2021, 12:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which of these bikes is best for long-distance touring?
Replies: 81
Views: 2720

Re: Which of these bikes is best for long-distance touring?

RevDonkBonkers wrote: 3 Jun 2021, 9:22am
andrew_s wrote: 3 Jun 2021, 12:20am For a round the UK coastline trip, which could be over 7,000 km, you want a reliable workhorse, not a fun bike (shop 2).

The Trek 520, the Tour de Fer, and the Condor Heritage (if built up suitably) will all be suitable.
Thank you for your hugely comprehensive reply, I really appreciate the time you have taken to write this, it has been very helpful. I am pretty certain now I am going to travel up to Spa and get a bike sorted there. Is a bit of a journey for me, but with the amount of positive feedback they have received here it seems like the most sensible thing to do.

Thanks to everyone else who has commented as well.
Spa, Thorn or Oxford Bicycle works if I was in your position

I do most of my lugging on one of these with disks and touring bars https://www.bristolbicycles.co.uk/produ ... ory/bikes/ - bargain work horse!

And most of my light touring on a Thorn Audax 853
by nomm
5 Jun 2021, 8:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Muck off Dry Lube- not fit for purpose useless
Replies: 20
Views: 1155

Re: Muck off Dry Lube- not fit for purpose useless

Again, completely different views from the negative. I've used many brands over the years and only started buying muckoff due to an Aldi special buy. Since then I've not used anything else

value for money, it's hard to beat and performance I've never had an issue. Never had any rust on any of the chains it's on. Use for both road riding/touring/MTB and commuting - lasts like any other brand I have used in a range of conditions for different disciplines. The dry will only last a few down pours.

I am one for removing chains every 2-3 months for a deep clean though, but then again I've always done that with other brands
by nomm
5 Jun 2021, 7:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which of these bikes is best for long-distance touring?
Replies: 81
Views: 2720

Re: Which of these bikes is best for long-distance touring?

thirdcrank wrote: 2 Jun 2021, 11:27am I'm pretty sure I wrote on your original thread about the value of doing as much riding as you can on any old bike just to ensure you really like cycling day after day. There's a real risk otherwise of an expensive mistake if you prioritise buying the "right" bike. Not so much that you might buy the wrong bike for you, which is always a possibility but discovering too late that long-distance cycle touring is not for you.
Oh man this is so true. How many beautiful bespoke and high spec second hand bikes I see on eBay/gumtree £2000+ used for a single tour or less. Turns out after trying it, people realise it's not for them after an expensive mistake.

My cycling habits started on a £50 gumtree hybrid to get to work and back. After a decade plus of road riding and touring (mountain biking before that) I've worked my way up the quality ladder knowing what I want, what works for me and my type of riding
by nomm
4 Jun 2021, 8:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 170mm & 172.5mm cranks on Audaxy bikes
Replies: 23
Views: 1025

Re: 170mm & 172.5mm cranks on Audaxy bikes

Blondie wrote: 4 Jun 2021, 3:24pm Wow, a shorter crank made you that much faster. Who would have thought?
I can't quite tell if you are being sarcastic, but I've compared the numbers from rides. My current set up is also heavier by 1+KG. and due to lock down I've done less riding.

Having said that I did use rollers for the first time during the Jan-March winter - but only for 30-45 min stints 1-3 times a week, maybe 3/4 weeks a month avg. But then again I was commuting less, not playing football etc

I would say it just feels less fatiguing going a bit faster, over distance - or its all in my head...or legs
by nomm
3 Jun 2021, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 170mm & 172.5mm cranks on Audaxy bikes
Replies: 23
Views: 1025

Re: 170mm & 172.5mm cranks on Audaxy bikes

Blondie wrote: 1 Jun 2021, 7:20pm
nomm wrote: 29 May 2021, 7:11pm
keyboardmonkey wrote: 29 May 2021, 7:33am I recently picked up a bike from a forum member. My attention was distracted by the series number (5603 rather than 5703 I had hoped for) to the extent that I failed to notice that the cranks on the bike I’ve just bought are 172.5mm rather than my usual 170mm. Similar questions have been asked before, typically about, say, swapping between road bike and MTB, but these bikes are very similar (the main difference being the far superior frame material of my latest acquisition).

I’m still playing about with saddle height/angle and stem length and can’t seem to find a set up I’m quite happy with. I’ll persevere, but I’m wondering if I’ll just get used to the longer cranks as I use the newer bike more often - or maybe it’s not the crank length but just a fit issue. Anyone with a similar experience? I’m 5’8” with approx 29.5” inseam.
Interestingly I am 172.5cm (5,8) with a 79cm (31ish) inseem - I have a 165cm crank arm, it's made a massive difference to my AVG speed over audax distances. I only trialled it after a bike fit explained 170mm was borderline the right size.
How much difference to your average speed?
3-5mph on 60-100+km rides, I would say I am at my avg/lower end of fitness atm
by nomm
29 May 2021, 7:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 170mm & 172.5mm cranks on Audaxy bikes
Replies: 23
Views: 1025

Re: 170mm & 172.5mm cranks on Audaxy bikes

keyboardmonkey wrote: 29 May 2021, 7:33am I recently picked up a bike from a forum member. My attention was distracted by the series number (5603 rather than 5703 I had hoped for) to the extent that I failed to notice that the cranks on the bike I’ve just bought are 172.5mm rather than my usual 170mm. Similar questions have been asked before, typically about, say, swapping between road bike and MTB, but these bikes are very similar (the main difference being the far superior frame material of my latest acquisition).

I’m still playing about with saddle height/angle and stem length and can’t seem to find a set up I’m quite happy with. I’ll persevere, but I’m wondering if I’ll just get used to the longer cranks as I use the newer bike more often - or maybe it’s not the crank length but just a fit issue. Anyone with a similar experience? I’m 5’8” with approx 29.5” inseam.
Interestingly I am 172.5cm (5,8) with a 79cm (31ish) inseem - I have a 165cm crank arm, it's made a massive difference to my AVG speed over audax distances. I only trialled it after a bike fit explained 170mm was borderline the right size.
by nomm
29 May 2021, 7:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A good bar bag that won't interfere with my Edelux
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: A good bar bag that won't interfere with my Edelux

TrevA wrote: 25 May 2021, 9:05pm My Topeak bar bag sits quite high on the bars and the bottom of the bag sits just below the headset, so might be suitable. That’s if they still make it - mine is 10 years old.
I have a mate with this exact one... Might tap him up for a trial
by nomm
27 May 2021, 5:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cannondale super 6 bottom bracket... Which one?
Replies: 5
Views: 448

Re: Cannondale super 6 bottom bracket... Which one?

zenitb wrote: 27 May 2021, 4:29pm nomm I think you are going to have to take the crank off and show a pic of the bottom bracket, maybe against a measuring ruler, for us to have any chance on this ..?
I hear you, but I don't know this system or own the tools. The LBS will be replacing the BB.

to ensure a quicker turn around for my friend and them, they have requested to know the part to order in

Thus I am faced with knowing the bike make and model, and the crank type etc but still can't work out from online research which BB I need