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by Mud-Plugger
8 Oct 2018, 8:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which bike to buy? Need advice fast
Replies: 16
Views: 763

Re: Which bike to buy? Need advice fast

I agree with the advice about bikes above. I would rather spend the money on a decent secondhand bike, than either of those linked. But if you *have* to buy one of those two bikes, and only one of those two bikes, take the one without suspension. If new is important, are you anywhere near a Decathl...
by Mud-Plugger
7 Oct 2018, 9:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton Lights
Replies: 11
Views: 434

Re: Brompton Lights

I use one of these mini flashlight holders for the Brompton front light. Add a flashing/steady mini-LED torch. Upside is the torch is really bright in steady mode for dark paths, flashes for town riding. https://www.amazon.co.uk/360%C2%A1%C3%A3-Bicycle-Cycle-Flashlight-Holder/dp/B00HHQI28C/ref=sr_1_...
by Mud-Plugger
12 Aug 2018, 2:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sram Derailleur compatibility.
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: Sram Derailleur compatibility.

It used to be an SRAM Rival 11 speed long cage on the Montpellier.

This one?

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/sram ... prod136599
by Mud-Plugger
12 Aug 2018, 2:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Possible sizing issue on proposed purchase
Replies: 6
Views: 372

Re: Sizing

Try before you buy. The current trend for 29-er hybrids (700c wheels with 29" diameter at the fat tyres) raises the stand-over height unless there's a lot of slope in the top tube. With 42mm tyres on mine there's still 2" clearance at the top of the front forks. Mines a 19" - medium -...
by Mud-Plugger
10 Aug 2018, 1:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Getting Higher Gearing
Replies: 36
Views: 945

Re: Getting Higher Gearing

Those RaceFace Aeffect cranksets use a standard B/B tool to get the chainring off. Generally the trend is to go smaller rather than larger. The largest RFace size is 36T which is probably already on the bike. A 36T on the front is typical top gear for many of the 8 speed hybrids, mine included. Next...
by Mud-Plugger
9 Aug 2018, 10:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 409

Re: Bike Recommendation

Usually, but not always: flat bars and fatter tyres for towpaths. AKA 'Hybrid': (28" wheels and 8 gears) or older mountain bike style (26" wheels, 21+ gears). Also you don't need to pay a lot. Commuter bikes take a hammering, get stolen. Starting point is about £250 for alloy framed hybrid...
by Mud-Plugger
4 Aug 2018, 12:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Bath Cleaner And Chain Cleaning
Replies: 33
Views: 1206

Re: Chain Bath Cleaner And Chain Cleaning

"Mick F wrote: Invest in a removable quick link for the chain. Take the chain off and drop it into a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Tupperware sort of tub is good. Pour in a degreaser. Gunk, white spirit or whatever. Then shake..." This. I used an old water bottle off the bike and white sp...
by Mud-Plugger
1 Aug 2018, 7:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Scott Speedster
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Re: Scott Speedster

Looking at the Scott web-site pic, there does not appear to be any frame lugs for same.

There are P-clip add-ons for mudguards, and a variety of clip-ons.

https://road.cc/content/buyers-guide/21 ... race-bikes
by Mud-Plugger
27 Jul 2018, 4:40pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bruges To Amsterdam Newbie
Replies: 8
Views: 400

Re: Bruges To Amsterdam Newbie

Sounds great. A hybrid will be ideal. (Spare tubes?) Toilet paper. " I can just buy like baguettes or cheese" I usually carry protein: hard boiled eggs, little processed cheeses, blocks of Jarlsberg/Edam, crackers, apples. The route isn't entirely un-inhabited by shopkeepers though. Space ...
by Mud-Plugger
26 Jul 2018, 4:35pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: What is stopping women from cycling?
Replies: 138
Views: 13670

Re: What is stopping women from cycling?

"Still, he is getting so worked up he is likely to have a heart attack from self-induced stress which will get him off the road." He's clearly looking for confrontation in the way he deals with pedestrians. There are clips where he's clearly cut up by cars, but he's riding on the limit of...
by Mud-Plugger
26 Jul 2018, 4:32pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: womens clothes
Replies: 26
Views: 4236

Re: womens clothes

Decathlon have a huge range of low-priced useful sports clothes which are good on a bike. Golfing shorts, hiking/walking lightweight jackets, and tennis/polo/sailing tops.

They also do some nice MTB/BMX/Skateboard shoes which are great if you don't need clips for casual riding.
by Mud-Plugger
25 Jul 2018, 7:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's a good external battery GPS unit.
Replies: 37
Views: 878

Re: What's a good external battery GPS unit.

The current Etrex units are quite good, and you buy a handlebar clip for a bike. The basic Etrex 10 logs trip points, can accept routes and waypoints and be used with route planning software like Garmin BaseCamp to load routes and waypoints. BaseCamp will also back up stored routes and waypoints. Th...
by Mud-Plugger
23 Jul 2018, 9:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Keep unused 18-year-old road bike or sell?
Replies: 26
Views: 1257

Re: Keep unused 18-year-old road bike or sell?

"BTW anyone know if this trek will be all modern cartridge bearings? "

A lot of them had OctaLink V1 b/b's.
by Mud-Plugger
23 Jul 2018, 9:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Scratched Aluminium Frame
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: Scratched Aluminium Frame

If you look at scratched alloy car wheels, the corrosion tends to creep along under the clear coat and eventually form 'white worms'. It takes a while though. I use clear nail polish or clear car touch-up paint on scratched alloy frames. A cocktail stick makes a better 'brush' than an er, brush. You...
by Mud-Plugger
23 Jul 2018, 8:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Keep unused 18-year-old road bike or sell?
Replies: 26
Views: 1257

Re: Keep unused 18-year-old road bike or sell?

There are a lot of people riding Seventies/Eighties bikes around and enjoying them. 18 years is still 'young.' Anything 'rubber' may have started to degrade, so new tyres, tubes and brake pads at the least. New cables as mentioned, is a good idea, especially if there is any corrosion. You won't be a...