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by maxglide
22 Mar 2015, 12:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain clean in kerosene
Replies: 29
Views: 2921

Chain clean in kerosene

I tried to remove my quick-link chain but couldn't. The idea was to bath the chain in kerosene. Instead, I gave it a good clean with a paintbrush frequently soaked in kero. The cassette too. All the gunk is washed out and it's pretty clean. Then gave the chain a run through a clean rag. Since kero i...
by maxglide
22 Mar 2015, 11:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Chainstays too short?
Replies: 30
Views: 4214

Re: Chainstays too short?

Slow Loris wrote:Having said that, I still couldn't resist getting a Thorn :mrgreen: .


So, how was it for you?
by maxglide
21 Mar 2015, 5:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Chainstays too short?
Replies: 30
Views: 4214

Re: Chainstays too short?

Useful input/suggestions. It may be doable, yet. That pic of the Koga with all the fancy suspended luggage just shouts $$$. Criminal magnet.
by maxglide
18 Mar 2015, 2:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Chainstays too short?
Replies: 30
Views: 4214

Re: Chainstays too short?

What kind of touring?


I'm thinking of UK to Turkey, which is majorly hilly. This bike might not be the answer.
by maxglide
16 Mar 2015, 8:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Chainstays too short?
Replies: 30
Views: 4214

Re: Chainstays too short?

Thanks all for the suggestions. I have a Pletscher rack which is lightweight, strong, and in steel. Excellent quality fittings too, I recommend them. I'll attempt to move it aft to improve heel clearance. Here's the bike if you're interested: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rockrider-300-mountain-bike-id...
by maxglide
15 Mar 2015, 12:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Chainstays too short?
Replies: 30
Views: 4214

Re: Chainstays too short?

nirakaro wrote:I think you need to tell us what answer you're really hoping for.


Was it that obvious - OK, I'm trying to talk myself into a LHT with 26" wheels.

The chainstay problem is probably an excuse to justify forking over, what, £1k ?
by maxglide
15 Mar 2015, 12:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Chainstays too short?
Replies: 30
Views: 4214

Chainstays too short?

I was thinking of kitting out on my cheap Decathalon hybrid into a homebrew tourer when - horror - I measured the rear chainstays to find they are only 42cm. And I'm an 11.5 shoe. A quick simulation on a stand showed I'd probably boot the panniers off, on the first rotation of the crank. So, I suppo...
by maxglide
12 Jun 2013, 9:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?
Replies: 22
Views: 5084

Re: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?

WEBSITE, WEBSITE, WEBSITE........ :roll: :roll: :roll: TEST RIDE, TEST RIDE, TEST RIDE......... :D :D :D Fully agree with this advice! Makes sense, but in many instances a test ride is out of the question. I saw a bike online the other day - the shop was in S Wales, 150 odd miles away. This happens...
by maxglide
12 Jun 2013, 9:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?
Replies: 22
Views: 5084

Re: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?

I would recommend that you return to Decathlon and try out one of these for size I had a look. Nice bike but even in my size, quite petite. Modern compact road bikes are like that, apparently. Not sure it fits the bill as the Triban is a bit specialised and it probably wouldn't like the occassional...
by maxglide
11 Jun 2013, 10:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?
Replies: 22
Views: 5084

Re: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?

That seems very wise. You might find it useful to list the qualities which you want from your new bicycle, for example; I'm looking for a good bike that can do a combination of, comfort, decent speed, and (big maybe) future touring. Off-road, commuting, shopping, and trekking, aren't on the cards. ...
by maxglide
11 Jun 2013, 7:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?
Replies: 22
Views: 5084

Re: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?

If you think changing the stem on the BTwin I dropped the Btwin since it's discontinued (my local must be trying to get rid of them) and there are some bad reviews I found. Better budget bikes out there. I'm confused! We started off looking at cheap runarounds for £120 and are now considering 3 tim...
by maxglide
10 Jun 2013, 3:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?
Replies: 22
Views: 5084

Re: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?

For that sort of money you might be better off with the Network 5 from Decathlon. . Just had a look, nice bike but, it looks a bit "Amsterdam canals". I'll take your word that it's good spec for the money. What about the two I linked? They look more nimble, better allrounders, and maybe b...
by maxglide
10 Jun 2013, 6:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?
Replies: 22
Views: 5084

Re: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?

I'm having a look at this instead of the Riverside,
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/mon ... e-ec042775

and this,
http://www.bikes2udirect.com/B5247.html

They both look better spec than the Btwin.
by maxglide
8 Jun 2013, 7:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?
Replies: 22
Views: 5084

Re: Btwin bars can't be adjusted?

I did think of replacing the stem but I'm advised it's a bit of a faff.
by maxglide
8 Jun 2013, 7:05pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Something to cover the bike.
Replies: 31
Views: 2159

Re: Something to cover the bike.

You could cut smallo branches from the trees. And also smear it with mud.

Alternatively,
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