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by mark a.
29 Oct 2008, 4:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: "Inverted" hub gear
Replies: 13
Views: 1469

"Inverted" hub gear

A fairly whimsical question for the technical gurus. Would it, in theory, be possible to put a hub gear in the (enlarged) bottom bracket so that the cranks drive the centre of the hub, which then produces a geared output on the front ring? Since one of the complaints of hub gears (e.g. Rohloff on a ...
by mark a.
29 Oct 2008, 4:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cornering confidence
Replies: 21
Views: 1616

Cornering confidence

What tips do people have in improving cornering confidence? My commute now includes a couple of fast turns downhill. For now, I've been braking fairly hard, then going round the corner rather slowly. However, I'm sure I can take the corners much faster while still being safe. The thing is I've no id...
by mark a.
29 Oct 2008, 4:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Softening the ride
Replies: 22
Views: 1727

Softening the ride

What's the easiest way to soften a harsh ride? I have a Carrera Nexus 8 for my commute. It's an all-aluminium mountain bike style frame. The roads on my new commute are much worse than in London - lots of ruts, potholes, rough surfaces and oodles of detritus and glass. It's therefore a very rough ri...
by mark a.
29 Oct 2008, 3:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cross Country trains + bikes
Replies: 16
Views: 1331

My morning commute now includes a Cross Country train. It worked great for a while but there are now loads more cyclists using the service, but still only room for 4. So usually it's a faff trying to get the bike off as there are bikes all over the place getting in the way. The worst is when someone...
by mark a.
24 Aug 2008, 7:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken Nexus 8
Replies: 17
Views: 2193

I didn't get a precise idea - the mechanics didn't really seem to know themselves - but the most likely answer seems to be that the cones (or whatever the equivalent is on a hub gear) loosened and a bearing or two fell out. Something like that anyway. The real answer is that Halfords will just bin t...
by mark a.
24 Aug 2008, 6:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken Nexus 8
Replies: 17
Views: 2193

I'm resurrecting this thread with an update... After going round the houses with Halfords refusing to have a look at the hub and Cycle Surgery also not having a clue, Evans had a good go. They managed to fix the broken gears, but unfortunately the whole hub was completely sticky and inefficient - it...
by mark a.
31 Jul 2008, 12:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken Nexus 8
Replies: 17
Views: 2193

Thanks for that CJ. That's useful information and could be ammo depending on what Halfords say.
by mark a.
29 Jul 2008, 10:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken Nexus 8
Replies: 17
Views: 2193

Yes, in 4th. I've decided to play Russian Roulette and have handed the bike over to Halfords. Talking to someone in person was much better than on the phone - at least they can admit ignorance and accept that they'll need to ask someone who knows better. Anyway, he seemed keen and talked about repla...
by mark a.
29 Jul 2008, 4:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken Nexus 8
Replies: 17
Views: 2193

I forgot to say that the gears changer adjustment seems fine - the 2 yellow marks line up perfectly. Thanks for reminding me, MartinC. I'd rather not have to do anything myself - I can just about fiddle with derailleurs but I don't have the skills or inclination to open up the hub. I can try to see ...
by mark a.
29 Jul 2008, 3:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken Nexus 8
Replies: 17
Views: 2193

Broken Nexus 8

I have an 18-month old Carrera Subway 8 (the Halfords one) with the Shimano Nexus 8 hub gears. They've been great but the other day they've essentially given up on anything above 4th gear - it grinds horribly. It's out of guarantee with Halfords so I'd rather they didn't go anywhere near it. I tried...
by mark a.
2 Jun 2008, 2:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should Sat Navs have screens?
Replies: 62
Views: 4471

Some reasons why I would be opposed to any ban of sat-nav screens or locks to prevent inputs while driving: - If I have a passenger they can look at the screen for me and tell me anything important - They can add in any destinations, waypoints, traffic-news checks using the remote control - Any voic...
by mark a.
4 Apr 2008, 4:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what don't you like about cycling?
Replies: 57
Views: 5532

Re: what don't you like about cycling?

For me the only thing that comes to mind is wearing a rucksack (to carry laptop to work - too valuable to put on bike) whilst cycling and you end up with a sweaty back. I too found that annoying but then switched to a courier bag. It really made all the difference so sweaty backs (well, bag-induced...
by mark a.
3 Apr 2008, 7:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Testing bike types
Replies: 16
Views: 1634

I like the idea of an intermediate tri-cross bike or similar. Then it would give me a good midpoint between full-blown racer and full-blown tourer. Then somewhere down the line I can specialise into whichever area I enjoy the most. I'd still have to get a MTB as well, though! I'd be travelling on lo...
by mark a.
3 Apr 2008, 7:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Gears
Replies: 18
Views: 2801

If it helps I have the Halfords Carrera bike with the Shimano Nexus 8, with hub brakes both front and back. I used it for my "fit and forget" commute from the station to work and for that it worked great. The brakes are a bit mushy (not much chance for locking the rear or tumbling over the...
by mark a.
2 Apr 2008, 11:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Testing bike types
Replies: 16
Views: 1634

I'd love to be able to own 5 bikes, but I don't have the funds or shed space!

So, if I can only have one, what would be the best way of finding out the "best buy" for me? Obviously this will be with the view that I'll be buying more bikes in the future...!