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by maxglide
9 May 2019, 7:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ridgeback vs B-Twin
Replies: 9
Views: 823

Re: Ridgeback vs B-Twin

Among others, I own both a Ridgeback & a B'Twin Rockrider 300 (discontinued), both purchased new in 2014. Both have been reliable. The Rockrider - for the money - is of surprising quality & durability, but no longer available. The Ridgeback, considerably pricier, has also been reliable and t...
by maxglide
9 May 2019, 7:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BB Tool - Which one? BBT-22 or BBT-32
Replies: 5
Views: 234

BB Tool - Which one? BBT-22 or BBT-32

I need a BB tool and the Park Tool looks good. Which of the two are preferable, the BBT-22 or BBT-32?
It appears the larger BBT-22 might be easier to work with (?)
by maxglide
25 Apr 2019, 3:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fleet Services Access (M3)
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Re: Fleet Services Access (M3)

I probably wouldn't try it. Are the neighbouring road crossings that bad? Not particularly, but I like modding my regular routes. Mainly, it would avoid the awful Minley Road and all who sail on her. When cycling through the toy-town Elvetham Heath, with its Dutch cycle paths, Fleet Services is tan...
by maxglide
25 Apr 2019, 11:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fleet Services Access (M3)
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Fleet Services Access (M3)

Approaching the M3 from the north, is it possible to enter Fleet Services from Rotten Green, walk with the bike over the pedestrian bridge, then exfil to Elvetham?
by maxglide
26 Mar 2019, 6:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ratchet/Breaker Bar size & length for bikes
Replies: 7
Views: 1427

Re: Ratchet/Breaker Bar size & length for bikes

There are very few bolts on a bike these days.


There are plenty on mine, since they're mostly 90's MTB's made of iron.

From the comments, surprising a bottom bracket could be so stubborn. It looks like it's going to be a 1/2" breaker, then, about 2ft in length. Ta.
by maxglide
26 Mar 2019, 9:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ratchet/Breaker Bar size & length for bikes
Replies: 7
Views: 1427

Ratchet/Breaker Bar size & length for bikes

My tool box needs a Ratchet/BB update. I'm deciding between going 3/8" or 1/2" (already have 3 sockets in 3/8", 13,14,15, and a long and short ratchet.) Is 1/2" overkill for a bike and more suited to car work? And what shaft length is good (in either size) - wouldn't too long ris...
by maxglide
22 Mar 2019, 6:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike security - what do you use? Locks?
Replies: 37
Views: 3876

Re: Bike security - what do you use? Locks?

I use, Keep In Sight Constantly. Seems to work.
by maxglide
22 Mar 2019, 6:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket Clunk - sorted
Replies: 1
Views: 589

Bottom Bracket Clunk - sorted

I've had this occur on two different bikes: At each rotation at the 12 o'clock position, the right crank makes a loud clunk. The immediate thought is a dodgy BB, although in the first instance, it happened on a new bike. After a few rides, it disappeared never to return. Fast forward a couple of yea...
by maxglide
14 Mar 2019, 8:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Long Range Weight Gain?
Replies: 5
Views: 2148

Long Range Weight Gain?

I watched the Mark Beaumont film 'The man who cycled the world', the other day. I noticed at the end of the ride in Paris (29K km) he looked considerably heavier and less lean than the first half of the ride. I've noticed this in other riders on long tours. I thought perhaps on a long tour, the ride...
by maxglide
25 Feb 2019, 4:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Overtaking roadies?
Replies: 84
Views: 8703

Re: Overtaking roadies?

I find it odd that the modern term "roady" is used in such a derisory manner on this forum. This has been used several time in the last few weeks but there is no comparable comment about any other type of machine or rider. How about 'Loady' for tourist/bikepacker. I consider myself a Load...
by maxglide
24 Feb 2019, 5:47pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: 2019 Ridgeback Expedition
Replies: 4
Views: 5622

Re: 2019 Ridgeback Expedition

I know this wasn't your question, but I did that four years ago: found a nice Raleigh c. early 90's MTB on ebay, for fifty quid. Has a decent Reynolds 501 and rides fine. I always thought to upgrade it to touring spec, but they tell me the spend would be equivalent to a new mid range bike. I'm not ...
by maxglide
24 Feb 2019, 1:46pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: 2019 Ridgeback Expedition
Replies: 4
Views: 5622

2019 Ridgeback Expedition

What's up with the new 2019 Ridgeback Expedition? On their website at the Expedition page, the sizing menu doesn't work and at the bottom they tell you, 'coming soon'. It's almost March and they're still deciding whether to market it?
by maxglide
24 Feb 2019, 1:41pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Marathon vs Marathon Greenguard
Replies: 5
Views: 5595

Re: Marathon vs Marathon Greenguard

Here,

https://www.cyclingabout.com/touring-ty ... e-testing/

the Marathon Supreme has one of the lowest rolling resistance figures. Interesting read.
by maxglide
21 Feb 2019, 9:45am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Surly Troll
Replies: 21
Views: 10609

Re: Surly Troll

I wouldn't shell out £1k for a beaten up demo bike, instead of buying say, a perfectly good brand-new Ridgeback Expedition for the same money.
by maxglide
18 Feb 2019, 3:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Swapping Freewheel for Freehub?
Replies: 4
Views: 783

Re: Swapping Freewheel for Freehub?

@ zenitb The width between the dropouts was the first thing that occurred to me, but I didn't mention it in the post. I did assume it was a standard, but an old one by now as mentioned by Brucey. I know it's a screw-on freewheel, I was using 'cassette' as a convenience to refer to the stack of spro...