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by SimonCelsa
26 Oct 2019, 9:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I've lost the handle
Replies: 45
Views: 1759

Re: I've lost the handle

I'd try a piece of say 18mm diameter dowel. File and work one end into a smooth bulb. Cut a suitable length and chamfer to make an ergonomic grip. Drill a line of holes in the other end to roughly interference push fit over the exposed bare lever. Araldite or similar epoxy into position. Varnish or ...
by SimonCelsa
26 Oct 2019, 5:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixie: Why? Why not?
Replies: 107
Views: 6892

Re: Fixie: Why?

I have never quite seen the point; cycling slowly in congested areas, getting the pedals back in position when stopped at the lights, hopping up kerbs, tight cornering at speed.....just a few of the things made difficult without a freewheel. My overriding impression was that it all seemed a little o...
by SimonCelsa
23 Oct 2019, 9:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: B,twin Rockrider 540
Replies: 5
Views: 454

Re: B,twin Rockrider 540

A couple of mine can be removed with a 7/16" imperial allen key which I think is a tad over 11mm. It is quite hard to find 11mm allen keys so perhaps it actually is an imperial size.
by SimonCelsa
23 Oct 2019, 8:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Summer traffic by Loch Ness
Replies: 11
Views: 649

Re: Summer traffic by Loch Ness

I did the Etape route with my 15 yr old daughter in April this year. Similarly, I didn't want to expose her to too much traffic so we set off at 0500 on the Sunday morning and were at Fort Augustus before 0800. Very little traffic encountered, just a few logging lorries overtook us around 0630 ish. ...
by SimonCelsa
3 Oct 2019, 8:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Computers
Replies: 9
Views: 438

Re: Computers

Halfords cheapie, not much more than a tenner in 2009. Coming up to 24,000 miles. Enter your wheel circumference in millimetres and it is extremely accurate and reliable. Still functioning well, have changed the cable ties once when swapping handlebars so the mounting is durable also. You don't have...
by SimonCelsa
3 Oct 2019, 5:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre
Replies: 11
Views: 960

Re: Cycle From Amsterdam Port to City Centre

cycle.travel suggests around 19 miles, pan flat.

Never done the route myself but it looks relatively straightforward.

https://cycle.travel/map/journey/128458
by SimonCelsa
1 Oct 2019, 8:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain, cassette, chainring- what would you do?
Replies: 21
Views: 887

Re: Chain, cassette, chainring- what would you do?

On a high mileage commuter used in all weathers I would probably ride the transmission into the ground through this upcoming winter and change it all in the Spring (try to minimize use of the big and small chainrings whenever possible to avoid trashing them). On a best bike then I would probably for...
by SimonCelsa
22 Sep 2019, 6:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Updating my 2011 Scott Sportster 40
Replies: 10
Views: 469

Re: Updating my 2011 Scott Sportster 40

I think you'll be unpleasantly surprised by the price of suitable rigid forks. I purchased the surly ogre (I think) option, new from Charlie the bikemonger a few years ago for around £70. They have doubled in price since then! You might be lucky on eBay although suitable sus corrected forks are pret...
by SimonCelsa
21 Sep 2019, 7:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Bib Tights
Replies: 45
Views: 1530

Re: New Bib Tights

4. What is the actual difference in bib tights men vs women?


I would imagine you get a bit more space for your meat and 2 veg in the mens version.......and you haven't noticed :wink:
by SimonCelsa
19 Sep 2019, 9:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Updating my 2011 Scott Sportster 40
Replies: 10
Views: 469

Re: Updating my 2011 Scott Sportster 40

So at present you have one of these: https://www.evanscycles.com/scott-sportster-40-2011-hybrid-bike-EV137982 I think I've posted something along these lines before but I was in a similar situation with a Specialized Crosstrail 2009. Bike was generally fine but I just fancied changing a few things a...
by SimonCelsa
31 Aug 2019, 8:57pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Taylor Wheels (Germany)
Replies: 17
Views: 14054

Re: Taylor Wheels (Germany)

Don't forget Decathlon are quite reasonable on wheels, for example you could get yourself a front dynohub wheel & rear cassette 8/9/10 speed wheel for the princely total of £75: https://www.decathlon.co.uk/26-mountain-bike-wheel-disk-rim-brake-rear-id_8335778.html https://www.decathlon.co.uk/26-...
by SimonCelsa
18 Aug 2019, 6:11am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 617
Views: 348119

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

I didn't get the chance to tell him that they could go the same way as the SON wheel I was going to order, and the £2000 Elan bike I wanted to enquire about.


So you both ended up losing out!! Very unproductive, a few deep breaths normally helps, we all have off-days.
by SimonCelsa
16 Aug 2019, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fork fitting fun
Replies: 5
Views: 476

Re: Fork fitting fun

I did a similar thing a few years ago. Swapped some cheap suspension forks with some Surly Ogre ones. Not all the scantlings were 100% correct but it works OK. I have to say the old suspension forks were quite a bit more comfortable, and, although the Surly ones are lighter I don't seem to go much f...
by SimonCelsa
15 Aug 2019, 5:55am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?
Replies: 83
Views: 4162

Re: E-bike riders get nore exercise than regular cyclist's

42 miles / 2 hours a day


I assume that must be deregulated in some way!!
by SimonCelsa
11 Aug 2019, 7:54pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: A9 cycle path closure
Replies: 5
Views: 1127

Re: A9 cycle path closure

If you're on reasonably heavy duty bikes with minimum luggage the Gaick Pass is an option:

http://dave.davebanks.com/route_8.htm

I did it a number of years ago on a hybrid with 35mm tyres and only had to push for a couple of miles!

What do you think?