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by LinusR
18 Jan 2020, 7:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spokes on Maddux 3.0 Disc
Replies: 13
Views: 889

Re: Spokes on Maddux 3.0 Disc

It does slightly supprise me that s brand like Cannondale still make use of such naff wheels. Most over brands have managed to supply externally made or own brand wheels that a half decent except Cannondale! Cheers James I can confirm the hubs are pretty naff as well. They don't have proper cups an...
by LinusR
18 Jan 2020, 7:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spokes on Maddux 3.0 Disc
Replies: 13
Views: 889

Re: Spokes on Maddux 3.0 Disc

Hi Linus. I presume you found some 15g plain gauge spokes for your Maddux wheels. I have searched high and low without success although it seems they are manufactured by several spoke making companies including Sapim and Wheelsmith. Can I ask where you managed to source yours? Many thanks. I actual...
by LinusR
17 Jan 2020, 11:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Hotels at motorway services: removal of access to non-motorway traffic?
Replies: 14
Views: 836

Re: Hotels at motorway services: removal of access to non-motorway traffic?

Whilst researching backup hotel locations* for a camping trip last year, I discovered one at Charnock Richard Services but the service area was announcing that the access road from Mill lane was to close later: is this a nation wide policy to exclude non-motorway travellers from motorway service ho...
by LinusR
1 Dec 2019, 7:18pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Survey about improving cycling in the Ridgeway area
Replies: 1
Views: 338

Survey about improving cycling in the Ridgeway area

There is a survey about rights of way access to the Ridgeway. There are 14 questions to gather information about what sorts of improvements could encourage people to enjoy more cycling and horse riding in the Ridgeway area and about people's current use of the Trail. Views from landowners are also i...
by LinusR
24 Nov 2019, 5:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in Surrey 2020 with a roadbike
Replies: 7
Views: 414

Re: Touring in Surrey 2020 with a roadbike

I'm planning to fly from Oslo to Gatwick and bring withe me my roadbike to do some preseason cycling, approx one week and 100kms a day. Think it would be nice to tour around in the spring but need some advice. When is the best time to go ? Any tips of nice local hotels/motels, cafes, pubs, routes w...
by LinusR
12 Nov 2019, 2:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to identify hydraulic brakes with auto adjust for brake pad wear?
Replies: 7
Views: 391

Re: How to identify hydraulic brakes with auto adjust for brake pad wear?

Brucey wrote:a surprising number of people forget to check the pad wear until the brakes just stop working


That's the majority of cyclists... Regular contributors to this forum excepted of course. :D
by LinusR
8 Nov 2019, 1:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle space on trains
Replies: 47
Views: 2192

Re: Cycle space on trains

I thought the government wanted to promote green travel and more exercise There are. It's just that they are not bothering to legislate to regulate the rail industry to enable it. They are just promoting it as a good idea. The odd train company has got better (although I can only think of one at th...
by LinusR
7 Nov 2019, 9:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Boardman wanted in the Netherlands
Replies: 9
Views: 683

Re: Boardman wanted in the Netherlands

My advice: buy a cycle in The Netherlands. I seem to remember it is not short of bike shops and online sellers. I'm sure Boardman bikes are decent enough (and I have a mountain bike from Halfords) but if you live in a country that is the best place to cycle in the world I'm sure you would do better ...
by LinusR
30 Oct 2019, 1:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Going Italian - B/B repair?
Replies: 17
Views: 723

Re: Going Italian - B/B repair?

Brucey wrote:FWIW as an engineering approach having two RH threads in the BB shell is a bit crap really.


It is. The Italian threaded bottom bracket on my steel Pinarello once came unscrewed as I was happily cycling along.
by LinusR
28 Oct 2019, 10:05pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Beware of this toxic plant - giant hogweed in Surrey
Replies: 7
Views: 3271

Re: Beware of this toxic plant - giant hogweed in Surrey

Recent news story about invasive species, including giant hogweed, here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50173577 It is really important to report sightings.
by LinusR
28 Oct 2019, 10:03pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Beware of this toxic plant - giant hogweed in Surrey
Replies: 7
Views: 3271

Re: Beware of this toxic plant - giant hogweed in Surrey

Giant hogweed also a problem in southern Scotland. Saw huge lumps of it along the national cycle route when we were holidaying there last summer. If you see it, please report it to get it removed. In England the first contact should be the local council where you can report it online. In Scotland r...
by LinusR
28 Oct 2019, 8:55am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: North Downs Way
Replies: 32
Views: 13012

Re: North Downs Way

Thanks for that gaz. It's a more direct route than the one I had planned, I may well give it a go next time I'm down that way. There was a guy coming off that section on a road bike (with 28mm or bigger tyres) when I passed the junction. The road looked pretty mucky but there had been a lot of rain...
by LinusR
27 Oct 2019, 8:01am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Halfords launch ‘the cheapest e-road bike in Europe’
Replies: 9
Views: 759

Re: Halfords launch ‘the cheapest e-road bike in Europe’

Better than any electric car. Government should be providing grants for these not electric cars. For someone doing a hilly commute to work this seems like a good investment. The weight is fairly normal for an e-bike.
by LinusR
25 Oct 2019, 4:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 2013 - 2016 Cannondale CAADX SAFETY RECALL NOTICE
Replies: 13
Views: 2718

Re: 2013 - 2016 Cannondale CAADX SAFETY RECALL NOTICE

Will also watch this threads with interest. My new fork was fitted this week and I have my bike back - that was a three month wait from the notice of the recall. But the replacement fork is very nice. A different shape and a full carbon steerer, which has more clearance so I could fit a much bigger...
by LinusR
22 Oct 2019, 8:37pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: I'm suffering on hills
Replies: 11
Views: 776

Re: I'm suffering on hills

If you are struggling to keep up with your friends on a hill your pedalling is unlikely to be smooth. It is because your struggling to keep up that the your pedalling goes to pieces. Not the other way around. So don't worry about it. I am 6 foot 1 and only a bit lighter than you (but 35 years older!...