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by sreten
27 Sep 2014, 12:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: value bike for fitness mad teen boy
Replies: 7
Views: 1448

Re: value bike for fitness mad teen boy

Hi, When your young any bike will do, (I dimly recall), but it helps if it fits, which is true for me nowadays, what is still true the bike has no real effect on how fit you can get, only your competitive speed. FWIW this is what I think is the best value all round do everything bike : http://www.de...
by sreten
27 Sep 2014, 12:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Comfortable saddles
Replies: 38
Views: 4145

Re: Comfortable saddles

Hi, FWIW decent fit is more important than the cost of the saddle, Brooks isn't always the answer. FWIW Specialized BFG programs should have meant your saddles were chosen to fit on purchase, i.e. you should have never been sold bikes with saddles that are in reality too narrow, if you were never fi...
by sreten
25 Sep 2014, 11:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anybody recommend a year round commuting bike?
Replies: 113
Views: 8877

Re: Can anybody recommend a year round commuting bike?

Hi, As an experiment put your front in the middle ring and just leave it there. Give it at least a month, even though you will be initially slower commuting. Just pretend your big ring doesn't exist and see how you get on.You will have to spin a lot more to go fast, and then start to spin the lower ...
by sreten
25 Sep 2014, 10:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bargain Tourer....
Replies: 22
Views: 2006

Re: Bargain Tourer....

Hi, Tourer or commuter, I've recommended it in several threads as a bargain. No part of it is bottom budget level, but with all the accessories its £200 ! Nice grips, pedals, saddle, aluminium frame, brakes, chainset, derailleurs and shifters, sealed BB, FB Aheadset(adjustable), before you add the l...
by sreten
25 Sep 2014, 12:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anybody recommend a year round commuting bike?
Replies: 113
Views: 8877

Re: Can anybody recommend a year round commuting bike?

Hi All, I also feel that most of the gears are completely wasted on my commuting route. It's a 7 or 8 year old Trek 7.1 FX and it's a 21 speed derailleur with one oversized cog on the rear cassette. On the front chainring I'm very rarely not using the largest chainring and only use the smallest 3 c...
by sreten
23 Sep 2014, 11:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stronge frame road bike
Replies: 10
Views: 785

Re: Stronge frame road bike

FWIW all aluminium road bike frames are very strong and stiff, to make up for the lack of fatigue resistance. So I assume over time say 3 years, it might be smart to get new one. Hi, Apparently all aluminium frames are doomed to eventual failure, like aluminium aircraft, but the for the latter mini...
by sreten
22 Sep 2014, 11:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anybody recommend a year round commuting bike?
Replies: 113
Views: 8877

Re: Can anybody recommend a year round commuting bike?

Hi sreten, Anyway snapping out of dream world and back to reality I'll be trying to track down as many of the bike recommendations as possible and thanks again today to sreten as that's certainly a bargain recommendation. Also looking at the reviews on the Decathalon website from people who have bo...
by sreten
22 Sep 2014, 10:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stronge frame road bike
Replies: 10
Views: 785

Re: Stronge frame road bike

Hi, The bike you already have is probably what you need. The mechanic is probably right, don't try upgrading it. FWIW all aluminium road bike frames are very strong and stiff, to make up for the lack of fatigue resistance. What makes you think your bike isn't a regular road bike ? Looks like a road ...
by sreten
22 Sep 2014, 1:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which Tube size for 700 x 28 tyres?
Replies: 11
Views: 7322

Re: Which Tube size for 700 x 28 tyres?

Hi,

Well most road tubes are 23mm to 28mm by default, what more can I say ?

rgds, sreten.
by sreten
22 Sep 2014, 12:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Will I benefit from 25/28c tyres
Replies: 49
Views: 7712

Re: Will I benefit from 25/28c tyres

Tim, I am a scientist. So, if you want to believe something you've read somewhere and chose to consider it fact, go right ahead. In science how things work is that you come up with a theory, you then test it. Once you have tested it you then share your findings, and others check that your results a...
by sreten
22 Sep 2014, 12:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dual Pivot brakes
Replies: 58
Views: 3692

Re: Dual Pivot brakes

. Perhaps the spelling and grammatical error in the final line of your last previous post was a mistake - we all make 'em. Hi, Yes, its grammatical error I'm very prone to make, I do it quite a lot. FWIW I often spell theoretically, theorectically, one of those things, but I correct it when reading...
by sreten
21 Sep 2014, 12:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dual Pivot brakes
Replies: 58
Views: 3692

Re: Dual Pivot brakes

Hi, I'm not remotely suggesting I didn't misinterprate Colin's post, because I certainly did, but I've no axe to grind. rgds, sreten. " Their shortcoming? - I'm still of the belief that they put more pressure on one side than the other.......... " Very droll .... (but like most ignorance s...
by sreten
21 Sep 2014, 12:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dual Pivot brakes
Replies: 58
Views: 3692

Re: Dual Pivot brakes

Sreten....I imagine English is not your first language? Hi, It is my first language, and I'm good at it, and your batting on a very sticky wicket. Any intended humour in your post I missed, given the previous posts. YMMV, but I think in context your post is nothing like you imagine / intended. What...
by sreten
20 Sep 2014, 11:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres & timing chain for tandem - advice wanted
Replies: 15
Views: 2008

Re: Tyres & timing chain for tandem - advice wanted

Hi,

You could stick with 47mm, add a new front, put the old front on the back,
rinse and repeat. Alternatively go for the BA's in 55mm, not the 50mm.

rgds, sreten.
by sreten
20 Sep 2014, 4:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anybody recommend a year round commuting bike?
Replies: 113
Views: 8877

Re: Can anybody recommend a year round commuting bike?

Hi, Basic bike maintenance is trivial, oiling the chain, and a bike can be fully serviced in one day a year, if you know what to look for. Stuff can be done every year, two years, 3 years etc. YMMV but decathalon do great commuting bikes. http://www.decathlon.co.uk/hoprider-500-city-hybrid-bike-id_8...