Search found 2596 matches

by robgul
29 Apr 2019, 7:27am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Ribble or Orbea Gain
Replies: 2
Views: 476

Re: Ribble or Orbea Gain

Having looked at both ranges in some detail (I have a Gain D40) the basic items appear to be pretty much the same - certainly the motor & control system, probably the frames (alloy & carbon) too. There are variations on the groupsets and finishing kit which obviously affect price but my over...
by robgul
28 Apr 2019, 3:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tax breaks for electric bikes?
Replies: 70
Views: 2558

Re: Tax breaks for electric bikes?

The EU has since last year slapped something like a 36% tarrif on electric bikes from China. Anticompetitive or what? I think you'll find that the levy on Chinese made ebikes started in January 2019 as an anti-dumping measure ..... on the upside it's surprising how many ebikes are made elsewhere in...
by robgul
28 Apr 2019, 7:51am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Best Value Folding Ebike
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: Best Value Folding Ebike

I've sent a PM with some details

Rob
by robgul
28 Apr 2019, 7:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tax breaks for electric bikes?
Replies: 70
Views: 2558

Re: Tax breaks for electric bikes?

Sort of YES - the Cycle to work schemes offer a tax break through salary sacrifice (if your employer is on a scheme) - for most that's limited to a £1,000 purchase (not enough for a decent ebike) but can be topped up in cash. There is another C2W scheme that is unlimited in value called Green Commut...
by robgul
25 Apr 2019, 8:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes 531 fork blade help
Replies: 21
Views: 934

Re: Dawes 531 fork blade help

To measure the correct chain length, wrap the new chain around the largest chainring at the front and the largest sprocket at the back and there is no need to thread it through the rear derailer at this stage. Then pull the chain tight and see how much you need, adding a link if necessary to make s...
by robgul
25 Apr 2019, 7:31am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: OBREA GAIN D40 (e-bike)
Replies: 90
Views: 8107

Re: OBREA GAIN D40 (e-bike)

As an aside - I've just heard that the Orbea extra battery unit (which has some fancy recharging features from what I understand of the spec) is imminent - just waiting for UK certification apparently. BUT the RRP is ~£510.00 ... which is in the range predicted when it was first announced a while a...
by robgul
25 Apr 2019, 7:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recycled bike bits; new uses....
Replies: 14
Views: 827

Re: Recycled bike bits; new uses....

I've never seen so many tributes to Picasso's 'Bulls head' in the same place before https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/ea/Pablo_Picasso%2C_1942%2C_Tête_de_taureau_%28Bull%27s_Head%29%2C_Musée_Picasso%2C_Paris.jpg cheers I have one of those as work in progress - just waiting to find the rig...
by robgul
24 Apr 2019, 7:49am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: OBREA GAIN D40 (e-bike)
Replies: 90
Views: 8107

Re: OBREA GAIN D40 (e-bike)

As an aside - I've just heard that the Orbea extra battery unit (which has some fancy recharging features from what I understand of the spec) is imminent - just waiting for UK certification apparently. BUT the RRP is ~£510.00 ... which is in the range predicted when it was first announced a while ag...
by robgul
20 Apr 2019, 7:31pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: OBREA GAIN D40 (e-bike)
Replies: 90
Views: 8107

Re: OBREA GAIN D40 (e-bike)

On the Orbea you do not get any drag when freewheeling or riding over 15mph, however there is about one seconds worth of drag when you shift from say full power to middle power as the motor readjusts itself, I guess this is where the tittle-tattle comes from and we all know how bad the internet is ...
by robgul
20 Apr 2019, 5:02pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New member - recommendation on GPS Nav
Replies: 7
Views: 413

Re: New member - recommendation on GPS Nav

I think this may be a case of RTFM - although the manual (online) isn't brilliant. The settings (little spanner icon) should deal with most of your comments. That said, I had an Edge Touring but have subsequently graduated to an Edge 1000 which is a bit more sophisticated. Nothing wrong with the Tou...
by robgul
20 Apr 2019, 4:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Track pump spare parts
Replies: 9
Views: 481

Re: Track pump spare parts

That's a head. What about connectors? That's the one - you just undo the threaded compression collar, push the pump's hose through it onto the male spigot of the head and tighten the compression collar. [The pump hose may need a little bit of careful shaving to get it through the screw collar] Havi...
by robgul
19 Apr 2019, 8:27pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: OBREA GAIN D40 (e-bike)
Replies: 90
Views: 8107

Re: OBREA GAIN D40 (e-bike)

Can the batteries be replaced easily? I will buy one of these later in the year if so. Owners may correct me but .... when me and t'ladywife were looking at electric bikes for her, we examined an Orbea and a similar Ribble. Although the batteries can be got out, it seemed to involve quite a lot of ...
by robgul
19 Apr 2019, 8:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trekking handlebars advice pls.
Replies: 18
Views: 763

Re: Trekking handlebars advice pls.

If yopu're tempted by butterfly bars I suggest very strongly that you try before you buy - despite the various hand positions I found them to be the work of Satan.

Rob
by robgul
19 Apr 2019, 8:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Track pump spare parts
Replies: 9
Views: 481

Re: Track pump spare parts

Decathlon, if there's one near you, sell a dual-valve repalcement head for IIRC about £7 - with a bit of fettling I've fitted 2 or 3 to my track pumps when the originals have failed (that includes a PArk Tool pump) .... did I say I have 7 track pumps, no idea why - they seem to breed! The replacemen...
by robgul
19 Apr 2019, 8:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rusted chain
Replies: 10
Views: 469

Re: Rusted chain

There are couple of very rusty links that are probably seized and has potential to damage the rear mech or jockey wheels - looks like it's a 10speed and a reasonable KMC chain isn't much money in the scheme of things. Just keep it lubricated (and mend the shed roof!!

Rob