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by Threevok
11 Nov 2016, 4:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Well, that was a first!!
Replies: 38
Views: 8769

Re: Well, that was a first!!

Hell !!! and I thought I had problems with suicide squirrels and the odd owl :lol:

Glad you and the bike are OK though
by Threevok
11 Nov 2016, 1:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Group Cyclist And Dog Walkers
Replies: 45
Views: 5725

Re: Group Cyclist And Dog Walkers

Long leads across the path, and similarly moronic owners calling their dogs to them across the path are my bugbears. Add to that people who bring more dogs than they can safely handle - one guy I regularly encounter has seven. Also, people who feel the need to bring dogs (that they know hate cyclis...
by Threevok
11 Nov 2016, 1:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which one has better components?
Replies: 36
Views: 3375

Re: Which one has better components?

Boy #1 has the Decathlon bike, or one very like it, and finds the suspension works fine. I'm not quite sure where the belief that a fork "worth having" costs more than that bike comes from, but it reminds me a little of being told by some musicians that there are no playable guitars below...
by Threevok
11 Nov 2016, 11:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mudguard and suspension forks
Replies: 9
Views: 2536

Re: Front mudguard and suspension forks

I have Topeak Defenders fitted front and rear to all our mtb's. Front fits into the steerer tube and rear is seat post mounted. Both are quick release. Have used them for years, good price too. Flushed down the thunderbox : my D6603 using Tapatalk +1 for the Defenders - best MTB mudgers I have ever...
by Threevok
11 Nov 2016, 11:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which one has better components?
Replies: 36
Views: 3375

Re: Which one has better components?

Being heavy isn't really a problem with a suspension fork, as long it is coil sprung. Rider weight only becomes a problem with air-sprung forks - and the cheaper you go, the more likely problems occur As for Halfords bikes- both the Boardman and Voodoo range are good, although not as good value as t...
by Threevok
10 Nov 2016, 4:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which one has better components?
Replies: 36
Views: 3375

Re: Which one has better components?

Being an Avalanche rider (although I built mine myself) - I would go for the GT 8)
by Threevok
9 Nov 2016, 2:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Group Cyclist And Dog Walkers
Replies: 45
Views: 5725

Re: Group Cyclist And Dog Walkers

Don't get me started on dog walkers

It's coming to the point - where I am considering taking my chances on the main road - for my daily commute. :evil:
by Threevok
8 Nov 2016, 8:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1 X 11 speed
Replies: 39
Views: 3046

Re: 1 X 11 speed

Agree with what others have said about 1x11

although the BB mounted Front Mech may be the answer too

Alternatively - you could go single-speed ???
by Threevok
8 Nov 2016, 7:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Choosing a bike
Replies: 18
Views: 2361

Re: Choosing a bike

If your intention is to buy a BSO (bicycle-shaped object) and ride it once, then leave it to rust in the shed, then any of those will suffice. However, If you are seriously considering a hard-tail or rigid for that budget, then second-hand it is. PS : Stay the hell away from Halfords. You need to sp...
by Threevok
2 Nov 2016, 12:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre pressures 'feel' different - why?
Replies: 11
Views: 1025

Re: Tyre pressures 'feel' different - why?

Wear a blindfold and get a friend to hold each wheel, while you pinch test one at a time If you can guess which is which (without picking them up) then you have a point If you can't guess, then at least you have a friend who is either (a) as silly as you are or (b) willing to humour you for the sake...
by Threevok
2 Nov 2016, 12:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: External bottom bracket tools (Hollowtech II)
Replies: 15
Views: 1955

Re: External bottom bracket tools (Hollowtech II)

There SHOULD NOT be large torques involved installing or removing these BBs If you (or anyone else) has installed the BBs in such a way, that requires two handles and/or a lot of torque, then you've installed them incorrectly. They should be installed hand-tight one side at a time (usually drive sid...
by Threevok
1 Nov 2016, 1:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ouch
Replies: 19
Views: 4049

Re: Ouch

I've had this happen quite a few times and no amount of signalling, strobe lighting, or high viz has made a difference. The worst ones I find are the ones where the driver in the right hand lane stops when they see you, but the driver in the left hand lane does not; either because they don't see you...
by Threevok
29 Oct 2016, 11:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Eccentric bb
Replies: 13
Views: 1587

Re: Eccentric bb

belgiangoth wrote:
Threevok wrote:Why not just run a chain tensioner in place of your rear mech ?

Won't work for fixed


What's wrong with single speed ? Why does it have to be fixed ?

At least with a single speed and tensioner, ratios are easily changed, to suit conditions.
by Threevok
28 Oct 2016, 3:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter tyres
Replies: 60
Views: 8151

Re: Winter tyres

I was thinking of this last night. My old Nokians really do need to be retired (no pun intended) so as I was musing about this I suddenly thought that winter tyres are the ideal ones to run tubeless. The last thing I want is to stand in the ice and snow fixing a snakebite caused by lowering the pre...
by Threevok
28 Oct 2016, 10:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Eccentric bb
Replies: 13
Views: 1587

Re: Eccentric bb

Why not just run a chain tensioner in place of your rear mech ?