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10-04-19, 06:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,472
Posted By Mikefule

I normally inflate the tyre to somewhere near...

I normally inflate the tyre to somewhere near working pressure, deflate it, then check everything is well bedded before reinflating it.
09-28-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,233
Posted By Mikefule

Not an argument that will ever be won. I would...

Not an argument that will ever be won. I would never ride on the road without brakes, and I stopped skidding when I started paying for my own tyres. However, those who prefer to ride brakeless will...
09-28-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,963
Posted By Mikefule

I have watched and enjoyed many of Zach's videos....

I have watched and enjoyed many of Zach's videos. I don't always agree with him, but he presents his material with enthusiasm and good humour.
09-27-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,548
Posted By Mikefule

Agreed bwilli88. A cheap and basic bike that is...

Agreed bwilli88. A cheap and basic bike that is being ridden and enjoyed is 100 times better than a more expensive and sophisticated one sitting in a shop being dreamed about or saved up for.

I'd...
09-26-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 13,215
Posted By Mikefule

I dislike this general idea (in many activities,...

I dislike this general idea (in many activities, not just cycling) that mediocre kit is ideal for beginners, and the corollary that more experienced people "need" better kit.

Truth is, really poor...
09-23-19, 11:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,548
Posted By Mikefule

Pretty much any bike is capable of commuting and...

Pretty much any bike is capable of commuting and light trails. I sometimes ride some pretty difficult woodland trails with ups and downs, tight turns, tree roots and muddy patches on a fixed with 23...
09-23-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 292
Posted By Mikefule

Threaded, whether it's fixed or freewheel. And...

Threaded, whether it's fixed or freewheel. And if it's fixed, a lock ring, which has the opposite thread.
09-22-19, 11:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 566
Posted By Mikefule

I include dirt road, farm tracks, bridle paths or...

I include dirt road, farm tracks, bridle paths or footpaths on almost every leisure ride on my fixed. It has 700c x 25mm tyres and at the moment I'm running 49 x 20.
09-20-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 564
Posted By Mikefule

It's a matter of personal taste and priorities. ...

It's a matter of personal taste and priorities. I don't set up my bike with the intention of it looking good or impressing anyone else, although I would not want it to look "obviously wrong". My...
09-19-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 4,617
Views: 470,548
Posted By Mikefule

Today I bought a cheap (40) Bike Hut work stand...

Today I bought a cheap (40) Bike Hut work stand from Halfords. I had expected to have to pay 2 - 3 times as much for something like a Park Tools one, and had been putting off the purchase for that...
09-13-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By Mikefule

Long pull and short pull are about leverage. You...

Long pull and short pull are about leverage. You can only move the lever so far with your fingers before it contacts the bar. The question is how far does the other part of the lever pull the...
09-06-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,310
Posted By Mikefule

As a man in my mid-late 50s... I'd say you've...

As a man in my mid-late 50s... I'd say you've sort of answered your own question: you don't want to go too fast, and you do want to have brakes. Therefore, being slightly too low geared is a safer...
09-05-19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,337
Posted By Mikefule

Absolutely. Skidding is a loss of friction and a...

Absolutely. Skidding is a loss of friction and a loss of some degree of control. Tyres have one job, brakes have another. You can stop a fixed bike without brakes, and steer it without handlebars,...
09-04-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,104
Posted By Mikefule

The saddle cannot be over height. There is a...

The saddle cannot be over height. There is a maximum height of saddle relative to the pedal at the bottom of its travel: that maximum is the length of your leg, with a very slight bend in it. If...
09-03-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 1,450
Views: 117,006
Posted By Mikefule

I liked that video. Blue grass is at one end of...

I liked that video. Blue grass is at one end of my taste in music, but not my main thing. This chap plays in a nice relaxed style and "just sings the bloody song" which a lot of performers could...
09-01-19, 11:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,233
Posted By Mikefule

First, check that your existing chain is clean...

First, check that your existing chain is clean and well lubricated, and that the chainring and sprocket are also clean. They can pick up road dust and grime which mixes with the lubricant and...
08-30-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,537
Posted By Mikefule

I've never needed a vice to remove a freewheel. ...

I've never needed a vice to remove a freewheel. Put the freewheel remover in place with the "teeth" engaged, put the wheel nut on the end of the axle to stop the freewheel remover slipping out of...
08-29-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,119
Posted By Mikefule

It may be best to choose the bars you want, then...

It may be best to choose the bars you want, then choose a new stem to suit, rather than limiting your choice of bars to those that fit your stem. Bars are crucial to comfort and control on any bike....
08-26-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 343
Views: 52,241
Posted By Mikefule

Nice bike. I had a Viscount back in the late...

Nice bike. I had a Viscount back in the late 1970s/early 1980s.

A Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub is a great thing if set up correctly. The middle gear is direct drive so no additional friction...
08-26-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 31,712
Posted By Mikefule

I was about to reply "WD40" then I saw that (a)...

I was about to reply "WD40" then I saw that (a) several people already had, and (b) 14 years down the line, the OP has either removed the sticky residue or learned to live with it.
08-21-19, 11:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,116
Posted By Mikefule

Here's a link to 3/32 freewheels:...

Here's a link to 3/32 freewheels:...
08-18-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,537
Posted By Mikefule

OK, the rolling resistance could be lack of...

OK, the rolling resistance could be lack of grease, or another problem with the bearings, and that's worth investigating.

It is also marginally possible that it is simply that the cones are too...
08-18-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,537
Posted By Mikefule

Some wheels have sealed bearing units that can...

Some wheels have sealed bearing units that can replaced as a single unit. Some wheels have loose bearings. These can be cleaned and greased or replaced. It is not a job that most cyclists do often...
08-18-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,537
Posted By Mikefule

Cone wrenches are for the cones. The cones are...

Cone wrenches are for the cones. The cones are to do with the bearings which allow the hub to spin on the axle. Cone wrenches are just flat spanners which are thin enough not to interfere with each...
08-18-19, 01:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,472
Posted By Mikefule

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08-15-19, 10:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,205
Posted By Mikefule

Thanks. Finger joints still tender, but other...

Thanks. Finger joints still tender, but other than that I'm OK. I was back out on the bike yesterday, riding a mixture of roads, footpaths and bridleways. Ended up having to carry the bike for some...
08-15-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4,882
Views: 583,634
Posted By Mikefule

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This is the point at which my Excellent Adventure became a Bogus Journey. The...
08-15-19, 04:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,205
Posted By Mikefule

Hilarious "unplanned dismount"

I was out on the fixed on Tuesday evening after work, riding around the various tracks and paths at the Holme Pierrepont National Watersports Centre, and the nearby nature reserves. I used to ride...
08-13-19, 11:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,472
Posted By Mikefule

I ride fixed rather than singlespeed. Chain...

I ride fixed rather than singlespeed. Chain tension is less critical on singlespeed. As hardboiled718 said, as long as the chain can't jump off, it's ok on a single speed. For comparison, think...
08-10-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,578
Posted By Mikefule

Whether we say "rebellious" or choose a different...

Whether we say "rebellious" or choose a different word like quirky, eccentric, individualistic, non-conformist, fringe, or a dozen other words, the point is that some people deliberately try to be...
08-09-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,578
Posted By Mikefule

Indeed. The fun one is when a minority of...

Indeed. The fun one is when a minority of individualists and rebels come up with something minimalist that flies in the face of the marketing and within about 3 days, the marketing people have...
08-09-19, 04:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,578
Posted By Mikefule

Deep rims may be more aerodynamic, or they may...

Deep rims may be more aerodynamic, or they may simply be styled to look more aerodynamic. The faster you go, the more important aerodynamics becomes.

It can be harder to get tyres onto or off...
08-08-19, 06:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,489
Posted By Mikefule

Oops. I only joined the forum last year and I...

Oops. I only joined the forum last year and I commented too. I apologise unreservedly.
08-07-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,162
Posted By Mikefule

Drops for the versatility, although I very seldom...

Drops for the versatility, although I very seldom ride down on the hooks. I ride on the bends, on the tops, or on the hoods depending on things like how steep the hill is.

At one time I had a...
08-07-19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,489
Posted By Mikefule

It was definitely a bad idea, an accident waiting...

It was definitely a bad idea, an accident waiting to happen, and a smaller tyre is the way to go.

I don't know if a 25mm Gatorskin will fit your particular bike, but I do know they are very nice...
08-04-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,406
Posted By Mikefule

49 x 18, 700c x 25mm, 165mm cranks. The gearing...

49 x 18, 700c x 25mm, 165mm cranks. The gearing is in the mid 70s, like my fashion sense.
08-03-19, 03:13 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,406
Posted By Mikefule

Well, after the incident with the mud (see photos...

Well, after the incident with the mud (see photos a few posts above in this thread) I took the knobblies back off. I fitted some 25mm Continental Gatorskins. (I had put 28mm Gatorskins on my geared...
08-03-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,329
Posted By Mikefule

Call it what you like. Point is, that putting...

Call it what you like. Point is, that putting the front end slightly in will reduce brake judder and squeal.

There are many words and terms that have conflicting or even opposite meanings in...
08-02-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 1,450
Views: 117,006
Posted By Mikefule

This is one of those country songs which has been...

This is one of those country songs which has been recorded by many many artists. It was written in 1952, and originally recorded as a bluegrass number by Flatt and Scruggs. I've had the Glen Glenn...
08-02-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,329
Posted By Mikefule

Toe out. The wheel catches the "heel"and puts a...

Toe out. The wheel catches the "heel"and puts a slight twist on the calliper that brings the pad parallel to the rim. Because of the direction that the rim is passing through the brakes, it is easy...
08-01-19, 05:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,329
Posted By Mikefule

Most squeal is caused by brakes. You need to...

Most squeal is caused by brakes.

You need to set up the brake blocks so that they have just a little bit of "toe out". That is the opposite way round to what you might think at first glance, so...
07-21-19, 01:39 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,798
Posted By Mikefule

That bike has run into something that wasn't...

That bike has run into something that wasn't moving.
07-20-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,406
Posted By Mikefule

This forum is a wonderful place. Half the posts...

This forum is a wonderful place. Half the posts about perfect chain line, chain tension, and choosing exactly the right ratio; the other half extolling the maintenance simplicity... lol

I've...
07-20-19, 01:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,406
Posted By Mikefule

Not sure if this counts. We just called it "going...

Not sure if this counts. We just called it "going for a bike ride" when I were a lad. Even when I bought my Giant Anyroad, I had never heard the term, "gravel bike".

The Anyroad is...
07-19-19, 12:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,552
Posted By Mikefule

If you're new, it will be tempting to overthink...

If you're new, it will be tempting to overthink your choice. Asking people who have already made a choice is likely to result in too much information, some of which will be biased in favour of the...
07-10-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,108
Posted By Mikefule

The bicycle used to be a cheap and simple thing. ...

The bicycle used to be a cheap and simple thing. The fixed or single speed bike is one of the simplest and most efficient vehicles: a machine with the minimum number of parts, all of which use well...
06-23-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,508
Posted By Mikefule

It depends on so many variables: the bike frame,...

It depends on so many variables: the bike frame, wheels and tyres, the rider's age, weight, fitness and technique, the steepness of the hills, the smoothness of the road surface... Everyone can tell...
06-18-19, 03:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,698
Posted By Mikefule

60 t divided by 22 t = 2.72 2.72 x 26 inch...

60 t divided by 22 t = 2.72
2.72 x 26 inch wheel diameter = 71 inches. Approx.

That means that the distance you travel per single revolution of the cranks is the same as the distance you would...
06-17-19, 10:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,698
Posted By Mikefule

Gear inches is just one of several ways of...

Gear inches is just one of several ways of expressing how far the bike travels for one turn of the cranks. It is useful because it takes into account the diameter of the wheel.

The calculation is...
06-16-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,692
Posted By Mikefule

Cross country just means off the road, sometimes...

Cross country just means off the road, sometimes on paths, sometimes on open ground where there is no path. It does not mean riding across a country.

That said, there are plenty of people who...
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