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by Milfred Cubicle
10 Oct 2014, 11:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheelbuilding for beginners
Replies: 45
Views: 3292

Re: Wheelbuilding for beginners

That's great folks, many thanks.
As for the Vaseline, did the spokes loosen over time?
by Milfred Cubicle
9 Oct 2014, 8:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheelbuilding for beginners
Replies: 45
Views: 3292

Wheelbuilding for beginners

About to have a go at building a new wheel. Can anyone direct me to a free SIMPLE guide to wheelbuilding?. So far,Sheldon's site looks the best, but any suggestions would be welcome. Also, I'm looking for suggestions for materials, particularly spoke lubrication. Using brass nipples on stainless spo...
by Milfred Cubicle
15 Sep 2014, 10:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Langthwaite to Booze gradient?
Replies: 8
Views: 893

Re: Langthwaite to Booze gradient?

A few answers for you... As a teenager, my girlfriend's parents used to rent a cottage in Booze, that's how I came to find it. I like climbing steep hills. From my house, over the Stang to Langthwaite, Reeth, Richmond gives me a nice 75 miler, good training hills too. I ride a cyclocross bike, and w...
by Milfred Cubicle
14 Sep 2014, 7:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Langthwaite to Booze gradient?
Replies: 8
Views: 893

Langthwaite to Booze gradient?

Does anybody know what the steepest gradient is on this fabulously tricky climb? The insides of the tight corners must be around 1 in 4, if not more.
by Milfred Cubicle
15 Aug 2014, 9:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best cyclo-cross bikes for £500-600?
Replies: 19
Views: 3913

Re: Best cyclo-cross bikes for £500-600?

To be fair to Halfords, not all of the stores are bad. I bought a Boardman road bike with carbon forks. Never had any reason to remove the forks until after 3 years, to replace the headset. On removal I found a scary gouge in the carbon steerer, presumably from production. My local store could easil...
by Milfred Cubicle
13 Aug 2014, 7:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best cyclo-cross bikes for £500-600?
Replies: 19
Views: 3913

Re: Best cyclo-cross bikes for £500-600?

I've just bought the Boardman comp, and for the money, it's brilliant. Fast enough to take me on road to the nearest forest, but sharp enough to ride when I get there. Will take a rack too for a bit of touring. A word of caution though. Firstly, the brakes are not brilliant, and feel wooden. Made a ...
by Milfred Cubicle
10 Aug 2014, 7:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road bike with mudguards
Replies: 11
Views: 2033

Re: Road bike with mudguards

Oops, just seen your budget again. I don't know if Trek still put eyelets on their frames, but the last one I owned should fit your needs, and should be well in budget. As far as I can remember, a lifetime warranty too.
by Milfred Cubicle
10 Aug 2014, 7:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road bike with mudguards
Replies: 11
Views: 2033

Re: Road bike with mudguards

It's not quite what you're asking, but I've just a purchased a Boardman cx comp, for commuting, day rides and winter riding. With discount, it cost £550. I plan to buy some lighter road wheels and tyres, making it a 'do all' bike. It has single front and dual rear eyelets, masses of tyre clearance, ...
by Milfred Cubicle
10 Aug 2014, 7:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Head torch suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 984

Re: Head torch suggestions

Thanks folks. I have to admit I'm tempted by the cheap ones on tinternet. If I go for it, will post a review on here.
by Milfred Cubicle
8 Aug 2014, 8:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Head torch suggestions
Replies: 10
Views: 984

Head torch suggestions

Looking for a decent supplementary light for riding/camping. Needs to be powerful enough to use as an emergency riding light, not have a huge battery pack, and be pretty durable. Looking at the Alpkit models, but any other suggestions at sub £40?
by Milfred Cubicle
30 Jul 2014, 11:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tandem pilot for visually impaired stoker
Replies: 5
Views: 945

Re: Tandem pilot for visually impaired stoker

Thanks for these links folks, very useful.
by Milfred Cubicle
28 Jul 2014, 8:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tandem pilot for visually impaired stoker
Replies: 5
Views: 945

Tandem pilot for visually impaired stoker

Does anyone know of any organisations (ideally in the North East) that could put me in touch with people who would like to try being a stoker? I'm an experienced rider, with tandems at my disposal, and would like to volunteer my services. Just think it would be a rewarding thing to do.
by Milfred Cubicle
25 Jul 2014, 10:55pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: halfords
Replies: 57
Views: 182096

Halfords-friendly service, shocking build quality.

I recently picked up my new Boardman cyclocross bike from a local store. From a customer service perspective, the store was great. They didn't have my frame size on the shop floor, but had a partially built bike put together to try for size. Even better, they gave me 20% off. Superb. However, this i...
by Milfred Cubicle
25 Jul 2014, 10:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Strava - good or bad?
Replies: 47
Views: 3783

Re: Strava - good or bad?

A lot of my cycling pals use it, but I can't see what all the fuss is about. One of the loys of cycling is a sense of freedom. Another is the relatively low-tech of a bicycle. Both of these principles seem at odds with apps, gps etc. I also learned recently of a horrid sounding system 'digital epo',...
by Milfred Cubicle
25 Jun 2014, 5:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Ultegra tooth limits
Replies: 4
Views: 3022

Shimano Ultegra tooth limits

Does anyone know if a short cage Ultegra rear mech will handle a 12-30 cassette, with a 39-53 chainset? I know Shimano claim 27-28 to be the maximum, but is this using a compact? Besides, Shimano make all sorts of compatability claims, which often turn out to be twaddle! I'd rather hear it from some...