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by maxglide
30 Mar 2015, 3:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring bike choice for people with long legs
Replies: 70
Views: 10458

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

and the bars are still 2 inches below the saddle,


Only 2 inches?

Mine are nearly 8 inches below - "Why is that guy riding his hybrid like a road bike.."
by maxglide
30 Mar 2015, 3:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer
Replies: 21
Views: 12288

Re: Would this bike be a suitable entry level tourer

I was perusing Decathalon with the same idea. I considered the Hoprider 520 but they didn't have one in the shop. Looked at the Riverside 500 which was comfortable, but disliked the front suspension, therefore probably ditto for the Hoprider 520. Better for touring might be the Hoprider 300 and Hopr...
by maxglide
29 Mar 2015, 7:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring bike choice for people with long legs
Replies: 70
Views: 10458

Re: Touring bike choice for people with long legs

I'm only 177cm high and my standover is 88cm too. I don't see myself as having 'exceptionally long legs' at all. Always though I look quite proportionate.

If it's any help, I've a Ridgeback Tour in a 58cm frame which does me nicely (my LBS owner was of the opinion it was a tad large, but I like it.)
by maxglide
29 Mar 2015, 10:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Orbit Bikes?
Replies: 8
Views: 1751

Re: Orbit Bikes?

I sent them a question via their website a couple of weeks back, which got a reply that the email address was no longer in use ... that's as far as it went.


Maybe they've done a Roberts - without informing their potential customers.
by maxglide
28 Mar 2015, 5:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Orbit Bikes?
Replies: 8
Views: 1751

Orbit Bikes?

Their blurb says, Handbuilt in Sheffield, England. The postcode on Google street view shows no evidence of a bike shop, only a joke shop. Their Harrier Expedition though, has the 'look'. At £1,195 it looks like a good buy. Anyone have any experience with Orbit?
by maxglide
26 Mar 2015, 5:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shim engineering?
Replies: 4
Views: 874

Shim engineering?

Why are metal stem shim adapters split? Wouldn't a continuous tube shim fit correctly onto the steerer tube?
by maxglide
26 Mar 2015, 4:21am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS or maps
Replies: 35
Views: 7030

Re: GPS or maps

And I love getting away from all the electronic stuff that dominates our lives.


+1
by maxglide
25 Mar 2015, 9:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Views about 2 second hand bikes
Replies: 13
Views: 1888

Re: Views about 2 second hand bikes

The Hardrock looks like a nice potential tourer.

26" wheels too, yummy.
by maxglide
24 Mar 2015, 12:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC missing link faffery
Replies: 17
Views: 1812

Re: KMC missing link faffery

Don't be so obstinate and tight - just buy the removal tool.


I'm not tight!

I'm - - resourceful.

Anyway, finally prised the little darling apart with my new best friend:
by maxglide
24 Mar 2015, 3:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC missing link faffery
Replies: 17
Views: 1812

Re: KMC missing link faffery

Use the CJ method with the link on the chainring: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=83800&p=752877


- the 3 kinds of pliers press, the chainring V-hammer move.
by maxglide
23 Mar 2015, 6:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC missing link faffery
Replies: 17
Views: 1812

KMC missing link faffery

I spent a good part of an afternoon and an evening trying to remove an allegedly tool free KMC 'missing link'. A bit of research reveals these are often notoriously obstinate. Mine is a 7 speed chain version. I tried almost everything: The press-in-the-middle opposite-plate shift trick. The coat han...
by maxglide
23 Mar 2015, 5:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain clean in kerosene
Replies: 29
Views: 2921

Re: Chain clean in kerosene

@Psamathe

Got the technique from the CTC's ex Technical Expert (CJ) http://www.ctc.org.uk/file/member/201107050_0.pdf -


Cheers for that.
by maxglide
23 Mar 2015, 5:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain clean in kerosene
Replies: 29
Views: 2921

Re: Chain clean in kerosene

I wonder about cleaning the chain in situ with paraffin, petrol, etc. Will it get into the pivots on the mechs and might it damage plastic parts like the jockey wheels? Not to mention your paintwork? Kerosene/paraffin doesn't have the same effect on plastics as petrol. At least in my experience so ...
by maxglide
22 Mar 2015, 12:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: custom made frame vs off the peg
Replies: 45
Views: 13867

Re: custom made frame vs off the peg

If you will rely on the builder to decide most of the above stuff, you will actually end up with his design** not yours.....a major difference between that and an "off the peg" frame is that you can test ride an off the peg and see if you like the way it rides.....with a "custom"...