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by Marcus Aurelius
19 Oct 2019, 10:39am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 711
Views: 13912

Re: Extinction Rebellion

I was observing their protests in London yesterday. In my opinion, it’s a very well scripted, choreographed affair. Essentially, it looks like a collection of actors, who are being bankrolled, by hands unseen. There’s no spontaneity, and there’s a particular element https://i.imgur.com/uksCpMR.jpg I...
by Marcus Aurelius
18 Oct 2019, 12:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Weird knocking noise
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: Weird knocking noise

It sounds like a bit of slack between the splines on the crank and the crank arm. Normal wear and tear I think. Put a big gob of grease on the splines, and torque the crank arm properly, see if that sorts it:
by Marcus Aurelius
18 Oct 2019, 11:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette question
Replies: 28
Views: 1085

Re: Cassette question

…. Most people ( who aren’t just trying to be internet contrary Marys ) will get some degree of slip, if they don’t change cassettes and chains in unison. It’s not always a dead cert, but usually it’s fairly well expected. I think there are enough people happily changing chain only, early enough th...
by Marcus Aurelius
16 Oct 2019, 12:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette question
Replies: 28
Views: 1085

Re: Cassette question

It all depends how worn the old chain was, how dimensionally correct the new chain is, and what the sprockets are like. In the worst case the cassette has been pedalled on in mostly just a few sprockets by a 'masher'; this causes much worse wear on the bad sprockets whereas a 'spinner' who uses all...
by Marcus Aurelius
15 Oct 2019, 4:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette question
Replies: 28
Views: 1085

Re: Cassette question

I also use an ultrasonic cleaner at every clean before I apply any more lubricant. A bit OTT I suppose but the geartrain and changes are so much smoother and more pleasant to use. I'm a happy bunny :lol: . The ultrasonic baths are great things to have, they save a lot of chain / cassette wear, and ...
by Marcus Aurelius
15 Oct 2019, 4:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette question
Replies: 28
Views: 1085

Re: Cassette question

531colin wrote:
Marcus Aurelius wrote:………. There is a saying ‘you can’t teach an old cog, new links’ which is very true, you’ll nearly always get some slipping, initially, when you don’t change cassettes and chains together, as the new pairing re mesh.......


Wrong.




It isn’t “wrong” I’m not arguing about it again.
by Marcus Aurelius
8 Oct 2019, 10:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette question
Replies: 28
Views: 1085

Re: Cassette question

If I really want it running perfectly, I change chain and cassette, and chain rings, and jockey wheels at the same time. However, that’s expensive, and not strictly necessary. But I will ( nearly ) always change the cassette and chain at the same time, unless a chain replacement is necessitated by a...
by Marcus Aurelius
30 Sep 2019, 5:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bells on bikes
Replies: 126
Views: 5232

Re: Bells on bikes

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I have this. It’s very very loud, and very very effective.
by Marcus Aurelius
23 Sep 2019, 8:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: rip off local cycle shop?
Replies: 62
Views: 2520

Re: rip off local cycle shop?

I do not understand the high status applied to the LBS by some into cycling. ‘Cycling’ can be excruciatingly ‘tribal’ at times. There is often a fair bit of ‘sheeple thinking / acting’ associated with it. There seems to be a ‘core’ of cliched stuff, which is taken as Gospel, and doesn’t always / ev...
by Marcus Aurelius
20 Sep 2019, 12:40am
Forum: On the road
Topic: And another off.
Replies: 74
Views: 2642

Re: And another off.

That was a truly shocking bit of driving. Google ‘ninja rocks’. Whenever I’m riding with a single pannier, I put it on the near side, for exactly this reason. There’s no way the driver should be close enough for it to matter, but with brainless idiots, like the driver in this example, around, it’s a...
by Marcus Aurelius
1 Aug 2019, 5:41am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling and bone health
Replies: 33
Views: 1396

Re: Cycling and bone health

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-48839658 This article tells the story of a 28 year old female pro cyclist (Dani Rowe) who moved over to running and developed stress fractures because her bones, while of normal density, were not used to repeated impact. This is a new one on me. The message seems...
by Marcus Aurelius
30 Jul 2019, 7:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What size bike do I need?
Replies: 16
Views: 2759

Re: What size bike do I need?

You’re not far off of my height and leg length.I reckon A 54 or 56 cm frame would be a good starting point, the 54 would probably give you a ‘twitchier’ ride, in comparison to the more relaxed 56. ‘Giant’ bikes would be a size M, as would something from Decathlon. Then you could get a bike fit done ...
by Marcus Aurelius
29 Jul 2019, 8:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: My advice to those taking up or resuming road cycling
Replies: 25
Views: 3751

Re: My advice to those taking up or resuming road cycling

Why does this specify "Road Riding"? Surely the information (if valid) applies to all sorts of riding. In my view none of that advice is "needed". My advice would be "just get out there and ride on anything you have. You will adapt your position and equipment as you gain ex...
by Marcus Aurelius
28 Jul 2019, 9:13pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!
Replies: 295
Views: 16462

Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when Bernal gets torn a new one for deliberately ignoring a direct order, as soon as the dust settles. That said, it did make for the best watching in a long long time.
by Marcus Aurelius
27 Jul 2019, 10:32pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!
Replies: 295
Views: 16462

Re: 2019 Tour de France: Spoilers!

A top GC is still a top TT and climber, that’s never going to change. The differentiator is going to be seconds, given a class field, with no ‘monsters’.