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Forum: General Cycling Discussion 06-20-16, 04:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 431
Posted By MichaelW
Condor have a decent reputation. Depending on the...

Condor have a decent reputation. Depending on the age, the framebuilding may have been farmed out to one of several bikeframe workshops that built for several brands. The seatstay arrangement looks...
Forum: Touring 06-14-16, 11:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 707
Posted By MichaelW
When touring in the UK I use a lightweight cable...

When touring in the UK I use a lightweight cable to stop opportunist thieves. I don't carry my heavy shackle lock and I don't leave the bike unattended in the city. I would probably upgrade to a...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 06-14-16, 11:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,201
Posted By MichaelW
Expensive helmets give you more air and less...

Expensive helmets give you more air and less helmet.
Met seems to have the best adjustment system for cheaper helmets.
Forum: Touring 06-12-16, 03:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,064
Posted By MichaelW
I've had a chain damage a bunch of spoke that go...

I've had a chain damage a bunch of spoke that go ping over the next few weeks. I've also had the chain damage a bunch of spokes that didn't fail. The difference was that the failures were 14/15...
Forum: Touring 06-12-16, 03:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,386
Posted By MichaelW
Lots of good advice here. Seeing how any saddle...

Lots of good advice here.
Seeing how any saddle time is good preparation for touring, you should consider using your touring rig for shopping trips. You will also get the feel for handling a fully...
Forum: Touring 05-25-16, 11:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 837
Posted By MichaelW
You really should be looking for a bike for a...

You really should be looking for a bike for a 5'3" tourist.
26" MTB wheels are easier for smaller riders to handle and permit smaller frames with less geometry bodging.
Non sus lightweight MTBs are...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 05-15-16, 04:04 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,322
Posted By MichaelW
$1 off the sticker price is $1 for you and $1 for...

$1 off the sticker price is $1 for you and $1 for the shop.
A free rack is worth $30 to you and $10 to the shop.
Always bargain for free stuff, you will get much better value.
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 05-15-16, 03:57 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 4,482
Posted By MichaelW
Disk brakes are not so advantageous to pro riders...

Disk brakes are not so advantageous to pro riders but are very useful for the rest of us and that should be OK. Anyone commuting all-weather on a road bike should consider disk brakes; they stop the...
Forum: Utility Cycling 05-09-16, 07:16 AM
Replies: 1,027
Views: 122,259
Posted By MichaelW
Yesterday I cleared out some scrap from my back...

Yesterday I cleared out some scrap from my back yard: old doors, fences, un-usable wood scraps etc. I made 2 trips to the city recycling centre with a fully loaded trailer. The best part was at the...
Forum: Utility Cycling 05-09-16, 07:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 915
Posted By MichaelW
I use a recycling container. My Freedom Carry Y...

I use a recycling container. My Freedom Carry Y frame has a flatbed with no raised sides. the surface is covered in a non-slip material, like skateboards. There are 4 holes in the bed for lashing...
Forum: Touring 05-03-16, 09:52 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,174
Posted By MichaelW
My current travel camera is a Canon Powershot...

My current travel camera is a Canon Powershot S200 which replaced a Powershot A620.
My preference is for wideangle over telephoto and some usable manual control.
Modern camera phones are...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 05-03-16, 08:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,133
Posted By MichaelW
You could add some paddles to the revo-shifters...

You could add some paddles to the revo-shifters to give some leverage and to avoid having to apply grip to rotate.
You can glue them on with epoxy or mould them in SUGRU.
Forum: Commuting 04-22-16, 08:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 729
Posted By MichaelW
Ergon GP1 Biokork.

Ergon GP1 Biokork.
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 04-17-16, 05:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,451
Posted By MichaelW
In the long run, rugby will probably injure you...

In the long run, rugby will probably injure you too much. There are no old men still playing rugby and only a few in their 40's. Cycling carries an injury risk but if you are careful you can avoid...
Forum: Touring 04-10-16, 05:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,072
Posted By MichaelW
Uk brand Rohan have been making performance...

Uk brand Rohan have been making performance office/travel clothing for decades. Well made and durable but not cheap.
Forum: Commuting 04-10-16, 05:06 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,332
Posted By MichaelW
All of the cylinder/piston style seatposts work...

All of the cylinder/piston style seatposts work loose after a while and are then junk.
The more expensive pivot and spring ones last, eg Thudbuster, Body Float, Tamer. Wider tyres such as Schwalbe...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 04-10-16, 04:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,051
Posted By MichaelW
I spinout on my 8 speed hub gear, on a downhill....

I spinout on my 8 speed hub gear, on a downhill. It isnt a problem. I would rather have enough low gear range for climbing.
You can shift the range of gears up and down by switching cogs, but you...
Forum: Touring 04-02-16, 03:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 621
Posted By MichaelW
Rear fender lights are vulnerable to damage,...

Rear fender lights are vulnerable to damage, sooner or later you will smack it against a door post or bike rack.
Rear rack bracket is a much better location, out of the way but visible. I lash stuff...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-02-16, 03:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 749
Posted By MichaelW
There are a number of different Tiagra front...

There are a number of different Tiagra front mechs. Some have a tighter radius and some have better chainstay clearance. Pick the model by serial number. My one works with an LX chainset 24/36/46 (...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-02-16, 03:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 329
Posted By MichaelW
24" is much underrated rim size for smaller MTB...

24" is much underrated rim size for smaller MTB riders, but still used by trials riders over stumps and obstacles.
Most of the 24" rims seem to be for hardcore stunt and trials riders but they...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 04-02-16, 03:34 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 16,981
Posted By MichaelW
My knees are averse to the shear motion of...

My knees are averse to the shear motion of twisting, esp in an emergency when I have an adrenaline dump and massive increase in twisting force. I don't race and I've been using loose toeclips since...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 03-31-16, 06:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,294
Posted By MichaelW
"Never, in the field of Bikeforums history, has...

"Never, in the field of Bikeforums history, has so much been owned by so many, to so few."
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 03-30-16, 09:42 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,636
Posted By MichaelW
Med sized riders fret over a mm her and there....

Med sized riders fret over a mm her and there. XXL and XXS riders have to ride machines that are cm or more out of whack for their body size and shape.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 03-30-16, 04:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,540
Posted By MichaelW
You don't have to fit drop bars to a fast,...

You don't have to fit drop bars to a fast, lightweight bike.
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 03-29-16, 08:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,174
Posted By MichaelW
I ram an all-weather commuter in the UK and I...

I ram an all-weather commuter in the UK and I also tour in spring/autumn. I have just returned from a 3 day tour in high winds and heavy showers.
My solution, when I don't want to gear up in lycra,...
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