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by rfryer
14 Feb 2021, 5:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vitus Mach3 city/hybrid MUDGUARDS
Replies: 6
Views: 197

Re: Vitus Mach3 city/hybrid MUDGUARDS

I fitted PDW mudguards to my Vitus Energie (https://www.bikemonger.co.uk/pdw-full-metal-fenders-city-45mm-9722-p.asp). Not cheap, but very high quality and they also sell various alternative brackets to ease fitting.
by rfryer
27 Jan 2021, 12:45pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Swytch kit on a Brompton
Replies: 31
Views: 1372

Re: Swytch kit on a Brompton

fivebikes wrote:rfryer wrote:

Aspects I'm less keen on are getting the pedal assist disc running true and close to the sensor, and the fact that there isn't a remote control for the power settings.


The version I have uses the crank arm to support the disc. It seems to hold it in the right place? The remote would be useful but mounting the power pack on the handlebars means it is pretty close if you need to change things. A little Bluetooth controller like the one ARCC use would be nice though.

Hoping to give it a spin this weekend.....taking it slow to make sure the cable runs are good!


I've tried both the universal disk with no crank arm support, and the Brompton specific disc. I found that the Brompton one tends to have the disc slightly angled unless you tweak the fitting very carefully. The universal disc fits truer, but is slightly too wide.

You want to get the sensor fitted as accurately as possible. I had some issues with not getting quite as much top end speed as expected, and it was fixed by fiddling with the PAS sensor.

Hope it all goes well.
by rfryer
26 Jan 2021, 11:10pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Swytch kit on a Brompton
Replies: 31
Views: 1372

Re: Swytch kit on a Brompton

I've got the Swytch Pro kit for Brompton, and I'm generally happy with it. The front wheel just slotted in with no problems.

Aspects I'm less keen on are getting the pedal assist disc running true and close to the sensor, and the fact that there isn't a remote control for the power settings.

But overall, I'm enjoying it.
by rfryer
3 Jan 2021, 5:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Scotland - do you predict that it will be independent administrative political entity within 10 years?
Replies: 496
Views: 9367

Re: Scotland - do you predict that it will be independent administrative political entity within 10 years?

Jdsk wrote:The specific point that interests me being that in the 2014 referendum people in Scotland (SWIDT) had an option to Remain in the UK and the EU. If there's another referendum on independence in the near future that won't be the case.

I think this is a key point. I voted in 2014, and the main reason i voted to stay in the Union was the promise of remaining in the EU. I'm not saying that I'd definitely have voted differently if that hadn't been the case, but it was the key driver for my vote.

Interestingly, as someone who isn't keen on independence, I've not had a problem voting for the SNP. This is because I think they champion the needs of Scotland, and appear to be reasonably competent. The fact that they aim to provide Scotland with an opportunity to vote for independence is neither here nor there; it's not something I particularly want, but I don't have an issue with Scots having the opportunity to choose. It frustrates me when politicians of all persuasions equate SNP support with support for independence,
by rfryer
3 Jan 2021, 8:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer
Replies: 53
Views: 1818

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

belgiangoth wrote:Turbo mindset is very much like gym mindset - and like any indoor gym it needs space and time.

I'd say this is true for non-smart turbo trainers. However, I don't think it is always the case for modern smart trainers. I say this as a regular Zwift user, who in the past has failed to keep up training programs on a dumb trainer, and has let several gym memberships lapse.
by rfryer
1 Jan 2021, 10:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer
Replies: 53
Views: 1818

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

amaferanga wrote:Those claiming its too boring on a turbo trainer should try Zwift.

I agree. I'm sure that there are some who can't get on with it, but I think it should scratch the motivational itch for a lot of cyclists. You can race, do group rides, structured training, collect routes, or just ride around; whatever floats your boat.

I have a bike permanently set up on the trainer, with a dedicated Apple TV to run Zwift. That means that I'll choose to use it to get exercise if outside isn't looking attractive, due to rain or (like this week) the potential for ice. I find it possible to do rides of over 3 hours, which I'd never do on a dumb trainer.
by rfryer
13 Dec 2020, 10:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Worst ride of the year
Replies: 21
Views: 1678

Re: Worst ride of the year

roberts8 wrote:I should start another question but can I convert existing rims to tubeless and I am loathe to dump a good pair of expensive rims.

It's sometimes possible, but not usually Ideal. With tubeless tyres you want them to remain in place on the bead seat if flat, rather than sliding into the rim well. To make this possible, the rims have a level bread seat. To convert to tubeless, as well as sealing all the spoke holes, you'd also need to use tape to build up the bread seat profile accordingly.
by rfryer
13 Dec 2020, 11:03am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Worst ride of the year
Replies: 21
Views: 1678

Re: Worst ride of the year

Just to add a different, smug, perspective, I was surprised to find a couple of large thorns sticking through my tubeless tyre when I replaced it due to tread wear. I'd had no iden they were there, but each might have lead to a similar experience if I'd had tubes.
by rfryer
15 Nov 2020, 3:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: High Performance Cars
Replies: 335
Views: 8186

Re: High Performance Cars

thirdcrank wrote:
simonineaston wrote:... Even my modest car can potentially travel at twice the legal limit and if it weren't for its computer, is quite difficult to keep it below (say) the national limit on a motorway...


How does this bit work? Are you saying it's hard to avoid the urge to to put your foot down or that maintaining a given speed takes too much skill/ concentration?

I can't answer for Simon, but my take on it is that many speed limits coincide with my notion of what is a sensible speed. Such limits are ready to follow, because it's what I would do anyway.

However, on a quiet motorway, in a powerful, well insulated car with good brakes, it would be possible to go well over the speed limit in relative safety. In fact, the sensation of speed would be much less that in a small hatchback at 60mph. It's in such situations that speed limits are less easy to stick to.
by rfryer
13 Nov 2020, 9:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!
Replies: 41
Views: 1590

Re: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!

Certainly SRAM. It might be my eyes, but I can only count 9 sprockets on that photo, though.
by rfryer
13 Nov 2020, 6:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!
Replies: 41
Views: 1590

Re: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!

The included cassette will be compatible with the bike if the rear derailleur on the bike is made by either SRAM or Shimano, and the bike has 11 sprockets on the cassette.

If a different number of sprockets,, then you'll need to buy a different cassette.

If the derailleur is made by Campagnolo, you'll need both a new cassette, and a new freehub (the bit of the trainer that the cassette slides on to).
by rfryer
12 Nov 2020, 8:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!
Replies: 41
Views: 1590

Re: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!

I'd say that you're looking at 30s for wheel on vs 60s for direct drive (once you've had a bit of practice). May double those numbers if you're not trying to break records!

However, that's assuming you use wheel-on with your outdoor wheels. Ideally, you want to be using a trainer tyre, which will mean a wheel swap as well, and end up needing slower than direct drive.

Be aware that direct drive needs a cassette on the trainer. I'm assuming you'd buy one for the purpose; it doesn't need to be high end. If you didn't, then fitting the bike would involve swapping the cassette from the wheel to the trainer, which would add a couple more (oily) minutes and be enough to discourage me! Personally, I keep an old bike on the trainer at all times - saves wear on the good bike and makes me more likely to use the trainer.
by rfryer
11 Nov 2020, 6:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!
Replies: 41
Views: 1590

Re: Help me surprise my hubby with a cycle trainer for Christmas please!

amaferanga wrote:A wheel off trainer will be more accurate when it comes to power and therefore when using software like Zwift will give a better experience. Definitely avoid a cheap non-smart trainer if the intention is to use it with Zwift as these are notoriously inaccurate.

I have an Elite Direto OTS 2 which I bought from Halfords at the start of lockdown. Its been great and I'd thoroughly recommend it. It's <£600 too so one of the cheaper wheel off trainers. Unfortunately, as with most trainers, they seem to be in short supply again.

I'd echo this. My experience is that direct drive is much better than wheel-on, and the Direto is a sound choice.
by rfryer
7 Nov 2020, 5:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Turbo trainer apps advice
Replies: 3
Views: 228

Re: Turbo trainer apps advice

I've tried most of the options, and settled firmly on Zwift. I didn't want to - it's expensive, and I object to the incessant advertising on TV and online - but it is much more immersive than the other options, whether training, racing or just going for a ride.

When it comes down to it, the main requirement is that you don't give up because the whole experience is so tedious, and Zwift ticks that box for me and many of my friends.
by rfryer
26 Oct 2020, 8:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Exercise bike v trainer
Replies: 33
Views: 1438

Re: Exercise bike v trainer

Personally, I'd strongly recommend getting a smart trainer, a dedicated bike, and a Zwift subscription. It might seem a very expensive option (it is) bit it's far better value than a contraption that you use once or twice, then takes up space in the corner while you lose fitness sitting on the sofa!

My experience with a range of trainers, including rollers, is that Zwift is the only option that is actually fun. The others I can do for a few days, but motivation soon dwindles to nothing. With Zwift, the main problem is convincing myself that the weather's good enough for me to venture outside again!