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by grufty
21 May 2020, 5:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?
Replies: 16
Views: 601

Re: New bike choice - Surly disk trucker ? - 26 inch wheels - frame size ?

Height 5' 9", inseam 31" Disc Trucker (26 " wheel) 52cm could possibly manage 54, but standover height becomes a little scary! Troll small, could probably manage medium, but again happy with standover height. I cycle a lot on tracks and lanes, the Troll is definitely easier on the arm...
by grufty
22 Mar 2020, 4:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Anyone found the roads less busy and/or motorists driving better?
Replies: 258
Views: 11825

Re: Some groups did not read the memo!

Judging by this: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0877mb2 it's time all cyclists got off the road. Last place you want to be right now is in hospital, and even less so in an ICU. No, it's time all non essential motorists got off the road. Remove the perpetrators not their victims. At the least, i...
by grufty
31 Jan 2020, 9:09pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Total Knee Replacement - 10 months later
Replies: 31
Views: 1792

Re: Total Knee Replacement - 10 months later

Sorry to hear about your knee problems. Mrs Grufty had a total knee replacement 18 months ago and fortunately is now able to cycle. She did all the physio, but also found shorter cranks useful, she now uses 160s.We were also considering a pendulum crank if she couldn't obtain the full flexion. Perha...
by grufty
13 Dec 2019, 6:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Where to attach tail/rear light on an L type Brompton ?
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: Where to attach tail/rear light on an L type Brompton ?

Not sure there's clearance above the reflector for a light when folded. I had a light behind the saddle attached via bent flat bar, this was pre-pentaclip and I couldn't have used the saddle loops. I've found over the decades that the official Brompton solutions are often the easiest and possibly ch...
by grufty
13 Dec 2019, 2:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Where to attach tail/rear light on an L type Brompton ?
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: Where to attach tail/rear light on an L type Brompton ?

I thought Brompton did a rear led light with reflector that fits the standard bracket, or does it have to be the Cateye?
by grufty
7 Dec 2019, 1:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Off road tyres for a tourer
Replies: 9
Views: 475

Re: Off road tyres for a tourer

+1 for Land Cruisers
by grufty
7 Dec 2019, 1:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrading old Brompton brakes
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: Upgrading old Brompton brakes

Do the current Brompton brakes have a different bolt diameter (8 rather than 6mm), in which case drilling may be required? I successfully use dual pivots with the old levers.
by grufty
1 Dec 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick unclog of mudguards?
Replies: 63
Views: 2309

Re: Quick unclog of mudguards?

An old toothbrush works well if you have the clearance.
by grufty
30 Nov 2019, 3:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER
Replies: 146
Views: 19708

Re: CYCLISTS ARE OWN BIGGEST DANGER

Had an interesting encounter on a narrow bridge with a very young driver this morning. I was told in no uncertain terms that cyclists aren't allowed on the road when there are cars around! Followed an occasion earlier this week when I was cycling along a quiet road, there was a young man just in fro...
by grufty
7 Oct 2019, 10:57am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Safety wear for cyclists
Replies: 6
Views: 776

Safety wear for cyclists

Mrs Grufty saw an ad on Facebook this morning for an item that "helps thousands of British cyclists avoid getting hit by a car".
Now where have I previously seen a uniform with arrows?
by grufty
25 Sep 2019, 3:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Steel frameset for Alfine disc hub?
Replies: 14
Views: 585

Re: Steel frameset for Alfine disc hub?

Disc Trucker, ok you'll need a tensioner, but the Shimano one works well, less hassle adjusting rear discs than horizontal dropouts.
by grufty
16 Jul 2019, 8:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best folding bike for me?
Replies: 24
Views: 1940

Re: Best folding bike for me?

We use Bromptons a lot off road, sometimes you have to take them for a walk uphill, and they're easy-ish to carry unfolded like a yoke. Ours are nearly 30 years old, still the original SA rear hub, been through a few rims mind you!
by grufty
23 Mar 2019, 2:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 8 - sealing & servicing
Replies: 21
Views: 2329

Re: Shimano Alfine 8 - sealing & servicing

We've been using Alfine 8s for 10 years now, so I can relate to your issue. Once the initial horror on opening the hub passed, I found that dunking the internals in automatic transmission fluid and applying liberal amounts of (waterproof)grease to the bearings, especially the drive side, works well ...
by grufty
3 Mar 2019, 9:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Adjustable Stems - recommendations?
Replies: 36
Views: 1684

Re: Adjustable Stems - recommendations?

grufty wrote:NGO spacerless stem? It's only height adjustable though.

Sorry, my mistake, should be NVO . nvocomponents.com
by grufty
3 Mar 2019, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Adjustable Stems - recommendations?
Replies: 36
Views: 1684

Re: Adjustable Stems - recommendations?

NVO spacerless stem? It's only height adjustable though.