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by half cog
12 Mar 2021, 4:10pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: hydraulic tandem rack
Replies: 13
Views: 450

Re: hydraulic tandem rack

As said its a gas strut as against hydraulic but it would appear no one has one going spare anyway.Might end up looking at the trailer option. Kinder for the car. Whilst I am not looking for something for nothing cant say I fancy paying best part of £400 for a new one for the roof. They do come up for sale now and then on e bay but nothing at moment. Anyone use a trailer and if so any good?I presume you would start from a basic trailer and modify from there?At the moment we are using a pendle but manually lifting the bike on is getting to be a bit much for the other half and it needs two of you. Would like to get it sorted before the lock down ends and we have the chance to roam further afield
by half cog
25 Feb 2021, 5:00pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: hydraulic tandem rack
Replies: 13
Views: 450

hydraulic tandem rack

Hi
Appreciate its a long shot but does anyone have one they no longer have a use for
Regards
Peter
by half cog
25 Apr 2020, 9:36pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 680
Views: 358715

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

I am fairly local to spa so go in quite often.It seems the more you go in the better they get.Recently I have had exceptional service and they have gone out of their way to help.Not allways been the case in the past.Like everywhere else thay have staff shortages due to this damned virus. My daughter and son in law are both local posties and they are short staffed at the moment.Add to that the amount of on line sales that are going on due to isolation and it is no surprise that post can take longer than usual.Take it from me they are doing the best they can under trying circumstances.To be honest with nearly a thousand people a day dying is it really the end of the world if your stuff is a couple of days late.
by half cog
13 Apr 2020, 4:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: white mudguards
Replies: 6
Views: 527

Re: white mudguards

spa cycles had a box of them without fittings dirt cheap. You would have to ring them to check fit
Regards
Peter
by half cog
9 Apr 2015, 4:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rigida Sputnik or Mavic A319
Replies: 17
Views: 15509

Re: Rigida Sputnik or Mavic A319

They stopped using the wear indicator a couple of years ago on 319 rims. When the rim had worn out a hole appeared in the braking surface.You really need to keep a check with verniers now.One caution.I am just about to change mine due to spoke hole cracking on the drive side. First set I have had that have done this( This is on a road tandem ) . We are a light team( 21 stone all up) and the bike is only used for day rides so no heavy weight to carry. We tend to wear them out in around a year and a half but from now on its check the spoke hole area as well.I came across the thread because I was thinking of sputnicks but it sounds as if they have their own set of problems so its back to the mavics.There are no cracks on the front wheel.I am putting it down to North Yorkshires potholes.There are so many now that you sometimes have to cross the road to avoid them and every now and then you end up in one and it is usually the back wheel that drops in
Regards
Peter
by half cog
4 Jan 2015, 9:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Raleigh pro track bike colour
Replies: 2
Views: 796

Raleigh pro track bike colour

Hi.
Have aquired a raleigh pro track frame from 1975. The bike came to me as a poyner in a pearl and rust finish.As has been said poyners bought most of their frames in so when you get one you need to turn detective to sort out what you have bought.To be honest it was a lot of fun doing it .It has a carlton cycles CC vented bottom bracket and the prefix and numbers put it at Worksop in may 1975. The final clincher was the head badge holes found under the poyner decal. Two at the bottom and one at the top as in raleigh heron badges.I want to re paint this in the sky blue used at the time. Does anyone have a paint code or any indication as to what shade it is.I can only find one photo and that is on the front of a catalogue of the period on the web. Also this frame has been sprayed in a very tough enamel. May even be a two pack. Jenolite wont touch it. I could get it shot blasted but the chrome head lugs are still fine so far as I can see having been under paint for the last forty years and I dont want to damage the chrome.So anyone know of an industrial quality paint stripper? I am told that the over the counter stuff has now been weakened to conform with new regulations.Fine but not a lot of good when it wont work. Any info much appreciated
Regards and happy new year
Peter
by half cog
7 Jul 2012, 8:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Montane Photon. Good or Bad ? Now sorted thank you.
Replies: 0
Views: 2041

Montane Photon. Good or Bad ? Now sorted thank you.

Hi
due to the wonderful summer and my old jacket getting a bit leaky I have been looking for a new one. Quite fancy the Montane Photon due to the waterproof and breathability claims.Thing is I cant seem to find any decent reviews and there is even a rumour that it has been discontinued. Any of you good folk out there got one and if so is it a good bit of kit or am I better looking elsewhere. Many thanks for your consideration

Regards
Peter
by half cog
26 Jun 2012, 11:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rigida Sputnik or Mavic A319
Replies: 17
Views: 15509

Re: Rigida Sputnik or Mavic A319

I have Mavic A 319 on our tandem and I was told there is a wear indicator built in.However looking at re building the rear wheel to go from seven to nine speed I thought I would renew the rim whilst I was at it. having looked at various sites selling the new 319 rims I cannot see one with any mention of a wear indicator.I dont think they now have them but as there has always been some question as to how reliable the indicators are I have now come down in favour of using a vernier once or twice a year
Regards
Peter
by half cog
7 Jul 2009, 10:04pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Chain cleaning - Sand
Replies: 15
Views: 4308

Re: Chain cleaning - Sand

Hi.
We bike in the dales and its all gritstone around here. Pick up a chain bath. You need the type with the three wheel brushes . the chain goes over the first then down in to the solvent to go under the second then its brought back up again by the third. Finally there are plastic fins that flick the excess off. Stick the bike in all the middle gears and hang the bath over the chain just in front of the rear mech then back peddle ( by hand ). Do it two or three times untill you can side flex the chain by hand without any gritty sounds. Job done. Run it through a rag to dry and re lube. SJS sell them . I think that mines a barberry or something similar but you can get them from any decent mountain bike shop. I use parafin in mine. Cheap and it washes out the grit Do make sure you cover the back rim up with something though. Its never harmed the tyres on my Kona but the bit of washed of lube can causes the brakes to howl a bit untill its gone
by half cog
14 May 2009, 9:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Not Fun... :-( Trying to be positive about my trip out today
Replies: 46
Views: 4209

Re: Not Fun... :-( Trying to be positive about my trip out today

Re pigmans comments.
I fully agree that you both need to be of a similar mind when you buy a tandem. My wife was on the point of packing up riding and this was a last attempt to keep it as a joint hobby/sport. We are both well past our sell by date now so I dont think image was a problem as it is to some. My grown up daughter only tried it once and then only as long as we did not go anywhere that she might be recognised .It was the best idea I have had in a long long time though. The off road tandem is fantastic fun but I would not reccomend it untill you have mastered a road tandem first. Far too many things happening all at the same time and you need to be aware what is happening with the back of the bike as well as your bit at the front. For us it worked allthough we had to make it or face the fact that we were going to be doing different things with our spare time.They reckon about twenty hours to master one properly but I reckon three or four two hour rides should do it.you do need to persevere though but its great when it all comes together.To try before you buy you may have to look at hiring one first. After all you need to learn to ride one before you can try to buy. At the end of the day its down to mindset. Both of you need to want to do this and you need to want to make it happen.If you are a couple that argues a lot then leave it well alone.Its not going to be fun.You need a lot of trust when you are on the back of a tandem at forty plus down a steep winding hill with no brakes or steering. Likewise you need a strong sense of responsability when you have someones wellbeing dependant on your ability to handle it.Its very much a case of both in it together or not at all.
by half cog
14 May 2009, 1:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Not Fun... :-( Trying to be positive about my trip out today
Replies: 46
Views: 4209

Re: Not Fun... :-( Trying to be positive about my trip out today

If you do go the tandem way ( and I can highly reccomend it ) for goodness sake be prepared to give some time to get used to it .It will take a few interesting rides before it all comes together. There are those who give up and sell their tandems after a couple of rides. Its like selling your car because you are not ready for the test after the first couple of lessons. Sheldon Brown has a page on getting on and off without ending up in chaos. Honking can be done but it takes a good team to do it without the wobbles. Use clipless pedals . To start with there will be times when the stoker stops and you dont or the other way round and they help prevent the feet coming off. Also you need to do a running commentry to the stoker to begin with as they cannot see whats in front so they dont know when you are about to brake e.t.c. In time you will gell as a perfect team.I never need to say anything to my stoker now unless I am stopping for any reason. There is a sort of sixth sense develops in that she seems to know when I am about to brake e.t.c. We bought an off road tandem last year and fitted it out with front suspension and thats even better. Forget some of the tandem myths.You will know if your stoker stops . The stoker probably sees more of the countryside than you will because they dont have to bother about picking the right line e.t.c. No they dont spend all day just looking at your back allthough you do make a good wind brake when its time to ride into the wind . We love it. The solos rarely get an airing now.Put tandems in to e bay and you may be pleasently surprised at how cheaply you can get a quality modern road or off road machine for.There are a lot of solo bikes a great deal dearer and remember you only buy one of these not two.
by half cog
6 May 2009, 5:52pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Old school mtbs
Replies: 20
Views: 3533

Re: Old school mtbs

Keep a look out for a Kona explosive with the mixed tange tubeset. They did one with tange ultra strong/ultralight and profile as a kind of designer select build. They have the ultrastrong down tube with corrugated ribs running its length. Mine must be fifteen years old now and there is no way I will ever part with it. Its a sub 4Lb frame and its hard to describe just how good it really is. I have never been able to out ride it. The harder you go the more it responds. Have one of those( rare ) really good days and you would think it was alive. Superb. If you find one with the mountain shock sticker on the top tube it should have a suspension geometry compensated head tube and be fitted with a longer than usuall project two fork. Allows you to fit a medium travel fork later if you so wish without compromising the steering angle.I still think though that the most important thing when looking at any of them is to sort out the fit. Whilst you are not buying custom built you can still get a lot of the way there by looking at your own body build and trying to buy something that is as near to the ideal as possible.Different makers with the older bikes all had their own idea of geometry and sizing so it should be possible to get something very close to the ideal. Lots of room in the cockpit to allow you to move around the bike and as much standover height as you can get.After all its not a full susser. You are going to have to get out of the saddle and ride the thing.Well worth getting involved in. Enjoy.
by half cog
6 May 2009, 12:29am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Not Fun... :-( Trying to be positive about my trip out today
Replies: 46
Views: 4209

Re: Not Fun... :-( Trying to be positive about my trip out today

I know its been said before on this topic but buy a tandem. We had the same problem the other way round. Good lady wife has never been a strong rider and allthough I am well passed my sell by date it was getting a bit of a bind having to wait at the top and bottom of the hills. Also if I wanted to blast for a bit I kept having to stop and wait.She was on the point of packing in and I was on the point of letting her when I thought we would give it a last try on a tandem. We bought a lightweight road machine and its the one bike I would never part with. She is now happy to set off distances she would not have dared try on a solo because she knows I will only go as far as I can get her home if she has had enough. I get a first class work out at the front. We arrive everywhere together and the whole thing is a load of fun. Its amazing the reaction of other people to a tandem. You get waves from people ( even car drivers ) and there is an air of friendliness that you never get on a solo. In case you think that tandems are all steady away with a touch of Daisy Daisy we reckon on averaging ten miles in half an hour once we have got it rolling and thats not thrashing it. There was a report I once read about a triathlon in New Zealand when one of the riders suddenly found a tandem pulled along side him with a less than young couple on board. A cheery hello and they carried on their way. They are quick and sometimes downright scary but beware they are also addictive. You also need to give it time to get used to as the first time you get on one it can be a bit chaotic. See if you can borrow one and give it a try. Brilliant
by half cog
4 May 2009, 4:38pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Swapping front tyres on mtb
Replies: 2
Views: 571

Re: Swapping front tyres on mtb

NOOOOOOOOOO !!! Dont go there!!!. A front end wash out can cost a fortune in trips to the Hospital and time off work not to mention painkillers. I know times are hard but please just buy another tyre.Even a cheap steel bead knobbly will do the job. Better still if its a front specific type. Yes the ones on the rear are important for drive but the ones on the front are there to keep the front wheel going where you want it to. first greasy corner at any decent speed and down you go . Simply not worth it. Dont know if they will do or not but I see someone has some for sale on the notice board. Could be worth a look
by half cog
18 Apr 2009, 12:10am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: £500 Hardtails
Replies: 8
Views: 1717

Re: £500 Hardtails

Look for what fits you. O.K. that might sound silly but it isnt. I have a long body and short legs so I ride Kona with the lower and longer top tube. It allows me room to stretch and keeps the top tube away from the delicate bits. Rocky mountain are similar but slightly shorter.Some of the other makes tend to be too short in the length if I go to a size with the right amount of top clearance. You may be built the opposite way in which case a Kona would be like being stretched on a rack There are very few badly built frames now unless you get in to the real cheap catalogue fodder and the price you pay depends to a degree on the tube set involved. Try not to be swayed so much by whats written on the down tube as to what the tape measure says . Asking the question you have rightly asked is a bit like asking what shoes people ware. Its going to come back to what fits you and not what fits them. Once past the frame it is mostly shimano country and you gets what you pay for.Try not to fall for the makers who put a really choice bit of kit on an otherwise mundane set up in the hope that you wont notice the rest of it . Also try and get a ride on the chosen machine before you buy ( The shop is not going to be too willing but you may know someone who has one who will help)