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by Bicycler
6 Jan 2014, 4:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gender specific cycle clothing colours
Replies: 61
Views: 15196

Re: Gender specific cycle clothing colours

I love a good bit of colour but it's personal choice. It's sad that it's deemed a necessary to look like a highlighter pen in order to be safe
by Bicycler
6 Jan 2014, 3:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Number of gears and OLN (mountain bikes)
Replies: 12
Views: 4352

Number of gears and OLN (mountain bikes)

Hi, I've been looking at Sheldon Brown (http://sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html) and he suggests that 6 speeds were 126mm at the rear but 7 speed mountain bikes could be either 130mm or 135mm. Was this a gradual evolution ie. 135mm from the mid 90s, 130mm before? Or was it a case of different man...
by Bicycler
6 Jan 2014, 3:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mountain touring-Past times
Replies: 30
Views: 4334

Re: Mountain touring-Past times

When did the safety bicycle become popular?
by Bicycler
6 Jan 2014, 3:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Strengthening Panniers
Replies: 14
Views: 7231

Re: Strengthening Panniers

I guess the Vaude's are probably waterproof but with my old canvas ones a good, thick waterproof liner performed two functions; keeping dry and protecting the pannier. The panniers lasted a lot longer like that.
by Bicycler
5 Jan 2014, 2:01pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: How limiting is a rigid bike?
Replies: 56
Views: 98010

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

Thanks. I'll bear that kind of clearance in mind as i'd probably want some mudguards, I don't think I could live with the Crudcatcher type on the DT and Seatpost. Luckily, I see quite a few older mountain bikes had eyelets for guards.
by Bicycler
4 Jan 2014, 11:56am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: How limiting is a rigid bike?
Replies: 56
Views: 98010

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

Thanks for the replies, it seems I should be able to do all I want to do. Though some posts here have inspired me to see what can be done with wider knobblies on my hybrid first.

Incidentally Reohn 2, was tyre clearance not an issue off road with those bikes/tyres and mudguards?
by Bicycler
3 Jan 2014, 5:34pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: How limiting is a rigid bike?
Replies: 56
Views: 98010

How limiting is a rigid bike?

I've been wanting to expand my cycling a bit lately to include more off road riding. I have no intention of racing or going to a trail centre or anything like that, just exploring tracks and bridleways. I think I've heard it classed as rough stuff cycling. I don't currently own a mountain bike and d...
by Bicycler
3 Jan 2014, 1:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aheadset vs threaded headset
Replies: 75
Views: 10402

Re: Aheadset vs threaded headset

IME the majority of A-Head bearing failures are related to excess preload being applied. Is this 'operator error'? Well yes, it is. But then again what genius decided that the top cap should have a bolt/key that allows about 15ftlbs (over 20Nm) to be easily applied by anyone with an allen key (genu...
by Bicycler
4 Dec 2013, 9:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Corrosion in Aluminium Frames
Replies: 25
Views: 6052

Re: Corrosion in Aluminium Frames

I always just used the same grease for everything that needed greasing on my bike. So is the consensus to use special anti-seize grease for seatposts, threads etc. ?
by Bicycler
4 Dec 2013, 3:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Corrosion in Aluminium Frames
Replies: 25
Views: 6052

Corrosion in Aluminium Frames

Is it a real problem? What can be done to prevent it? I read in another thread "Is it a generational thing?" about corrosion being a problem with aluminium bike frames. In my ignorance I had always harboured the notion that aluminium oxidized on its surface but did not corrode through like...