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by maxglide
17 Feb 2019, 2:08pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Surly Troll
Replies: 21
Views: 10148

Re: Surly Troll

a bike quite literally the weight of a tank


Yes, 63,000kg for a bicycle is on the portly side.

It is certainly much better than the frames and bikes the OP compares it to.


Much better? How so? The bikes I mentioned are among the best touring bikes available in the UK.
by maxglide
17 Feb 2019, 1:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Swapping Freewheel for Freehub?
Replies: 4
Views: 783

Swapping Freewheel for Freehub?

Looking at changing the Shimano Tourney 26" 7-speed freewheel on my MTB for a freehub. The bike may be called out for a week long putter around Wales, and I don't fancy the hub shearing off, bombing down the Beacons. Experts say this usually occurs on budget freewheels, which the Tourney certai...
by maxglide
29 Jan 2019, 9:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Using washing up liquid to clean your chain and gears
Replies: 31
Views: 2044

Re: Using washing up liquid to clean your chain and gears

I'm just about to, the frame though. Well diluted Fairy Liquid: Refreshes the parts other liquids cannot reach. After the frame wash, kerosene liberally sprayed on chain, sprockets, mech. This washes oil & grease away. Wait 1 hour to evaporate, then generous squirts of WD-40 on same. Never had a...
by maxglide
28 Jan 2019, 5:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cats
Replies: 19
Views: 7291

Cats

It appears cats aren't intimidated by a bike. Most cats I pass, even at speed, utterly ignore me. A few stay calm but keep a wary eye out. Almost none flee in panic. The couple of times I've come close to striking something, were cats charging across the road.
by maxglide
28 Jan 2019, 7:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What better than doing the coast to coast?
Replies: 26
Views: 4855

Re: What better than doing the coast to coast?

A shakedown ride or 2 will tell you a lot of what you need to do. Pick a place 60 miles away, cycle there, stay overnight and cycle back on the bike and carrying the gear you plan to use. That's about the best advice I've heard Re ab initio tourers (me, for starters.) and a trip or two should tell ...
by maxglide
27 Jan 2019, 3:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Nasty section B3013
Replies: 7
Views: 2442

Re: Nasty section B3013

Is the detour long and inconvenient? Not a bit, it's only 0.3 miles more, and a pleasanter ride. After Crowthorne, W on Longdown Rd, then meander SW to Blackbushe Airport > St Stephen's Green > A323. The 400m on the A323 are ok as there's a decent hard shoulder. Then W on Pale Lane. I used to go do...
by maxglide
26 Jan 2019, 12:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Nasty section B3013
Replies: 7
Views: 2442

Nasty section B3013

Anyone had the displeasure? -- 5 miles SW of Bracknell, heading south on the B3013, from the Minley Rd roundabout (below A30) to 300m south of the M3. It's all of 2 miles with the nasty bit only 1.5 miles, but, it's a narrow, winding, fast B road, with no overtaking opportunities, and providing rage...
by maxglide
25 Jan 2019, 11:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Decathlon Chainstay/Seatstay Pressing?
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Decathlon Chainstay/Seatstay Pressing?

After owning a Decathlon B'twin MTB for 4 years, I just noticed both the driveside seatstay & chainstay are pressed around the last 2 inches before meeting at the rear dropout i.e. the tubular cross sections have been slightly flattened. The frame is basic drainpipe steel, no fancy Reynolds here...
by maxglide
24 Jan 2019, 1:59pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Going off road on a road bike?
Replies: 27
Views: 11524

Re: Going off road on a road bike?

New road bikes are often fitted with 28c tyres rather than 23c or 25c as in previous seasons and I think this will give you a nice contrast to your MTB while being somewhat more forgiving than 23c/25c would be. I dislike taking my tourer unintentionally 'off road' on 32c tyres. I feel it's cruel &a...
by maxglide
24 Jan 2019, 1:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Along the Thames - upstream from Richmond
Replies: 6
Views: 2574

Re: Along the Thames - upstream from Richmond

You've probably done it by now, but I'll report anyway - see if you concur. I did this about 3 years ago, from west of Richmond Park to Walton-on-Thames. I was on a tourer with 32mm tyres and, I was cussing most of the way. Uneven, rocky/stoney, bloody awful I thought, although the Hampton Palace ar...
by maxglide
22 Jan 2019, 12:01pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Surly Troll
Replies: 21
Views: 10148

Surly Troll

I've been looking at steel, non sus, 26" wheelers (old school MTB) for my preferred bike type. The Surly Troll came to my attention. It ticks most of the boxes and has positive reviews. So, it's a good bike. Doesn't look bad either. Then surprise, when I saw the retail price in the UK: 2,000 qu...
by maxglide
22 Jan 2019, 11:45am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Owens Cycles Petersfield
Replies: 1
Views: 6484

Re: Owens Cycles Petersfield

Owens Cycles Four Marks: Helpful, friendly, good service.
by maxglide
4 Sep 2018, 5:10pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Ridewithgps No More
Replies: 28
Views: 4508

Ridewithgps No More

Ridewithgps is the latest website I use (once used..) fallen victim to the Net disease of, If it 'aint broke, it soon will be. They had, for a few years, a functional useful site, but then they decided to 'improve' it. Every time you view one of your routes it now defaults to the new 'improved' view...
by maxglide
22 Mar 2018, 5:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's your most neglected bike? (that still works)
Replies: 30
Views: 2800

Re: What's your most neglected bike? (that still works)

I don't neglect my bikes & they all work. Even my 50 quid ebay Raleigh (wonderful steed) receives love & care. And, it loves me back. Bikes are like dogs.
by maxglide
21 Mar 2018, 5:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Thanet Coast Route?
Replies: 4
Views: 724

Re: Thanet Coast Route?

Yes, the Canterbury route veers SW at Reculver. I think it's going to be that way - 8 miles of seaside is enough. As for accomodation, it'll probably be 'alternative camping'.