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by grufty
7 Dec 2019, 1:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Off road tyres for a tourer
Replies: 9
Views: 339

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: 190

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: 26
Views: 873

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: 140
Views: 18092

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: 663

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: 503

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: 1709

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: 13
Views: 1756

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: 1548

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: 1548

Re: Adjustable Stems - recommendations?

NVO spacerless stem? It's only height adjustable though.
by grufty
3 Mar 2019, 5:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Folding Touring Bikes? Airnimal?
Replies: 13
Views: 1642

Re: Folding Touring Bikes? Airnimal?

I would recommend Bromptons. We have taken these on our boat for over 20 years, they fit in one cockpit locker. Although we haven't done multi day tours from the boat, we have toured on them in the UK and Ireland . We use a rucksack strapped onto the front carrier frame arranged in such a way that i...
by grufty
16 Feb 2019, 5:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Should I convert to a Rohloff hub - costs vs benefits ?
Replies: 68
Views: 11555

Re: Should I convert to a Rohloff hub - costs vs benefits ?

I have a Disc Trucker with Alfine 8 hub and hub dynamo which i like a lot, and considerably cheaper than Rohloff! Ok , so you don't get the range of gears, but adequate for my local hills. Fitted with the Alfine tensioner, saves some of the hassle of adjusting disc calipers when removing the wheel. ...
by grufty
1 Oct 2018, 5:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike workshop near Arnside
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: Bike workshop near Arnside

Saw a mobile bike mechanic van recently, bikeranger.co.uk
by grufty
29 Sep 2018, 3:07pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Knee replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 1591

Re: Knee replacement

Mrs Grufty had a TKR seven weeks ago tomorrow. She was on the turbo within a week, on the Brompton within two weeks and on her cumbersome bike within 3-4 weeks. She's also walking without poles for the first time in nearly ten years, and it's hilly where we are! Like the OP she was cycling lots even...
by grufty
16 Sep 2018, 8:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight ladies bike
Replies: 19
Views: 1311

Re: Lightweight ladies bike

Brompton? Over rougher terrain/trails, wheels size isn;t ideal, even less so for someone who is relatively inexperienced, bigger wheelsize offers more stability/control I agree in principle with the bigger wheelsize/stability thing and yes the Brompton can be twitchy until you get used to it. Offse...