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Forum: Commuting
03-30-13, 09:20 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

got the bike out after winter and the same deal...

got the bike out after winter and the same deal with the brakes. Couldnīt even lock up the wheels on a wet and greasy road!. Even though i still have some more brake pads for them I canīt be bothered...
03-16-13, 05:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,333
Posted By royalflash

Just wanted to show off my new haibike

and here it is my new baby 304782304783:love:

haibike eq xduro

Just added a mudguard, lights and a Schmidt SON deluxe hub dynamo. It has nokian extreme 296s on at the moment as winter is not...
Forum: Commuting
03-16-13, 05:08 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

and another thing I noticed is that the frame...

and another thing I noticed is that the frame under the BB has a hole in probably so excess lubricant can drain out (not that it looks like they use any at the factory).

So probably is a good idea...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-13, 07:17 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

The bb is a wedge type and shown here: The bb has...

The bb is a wedge type and shown here: The bb has two wedges that are pulled into each side of the bb by a long screw.
...
Forum: Commuting
03-10-13, 03:00 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

i bought it mail order from the UK so not so easy...

i bought it mail order from the UK so not so easy to take it back- in any case the 2 year warranty is about up now.
Forum: Commuting
03-09-13, 09:07 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

as i thought the eccentric bottom bracket would...

as i thought the eccentric bottom bracket would be a pain- The new chain was loose so I had no choice but to try and adjust the eccentric bb.

I unscrewed the wedge screw and bought a pin spanner....
Forum: Commuting
04-29-12, 04:49 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

i donīt check it regularly particularly when the...

i donīt check it regularly particularly when the bike is new. Normally donīt have a problem. I donīt ride my bikes so hard nowadays. But normally i use 26 inch wheels so will have to start checking...
Forum: Commuting
04-28-12, 11:34 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

after about a year of riding on it have...

after about a year of riding on it have experienced the first problem- broken spoke on the rear. Although I weigh about 100kg it would seem that a spoke breakage after only a year is not very...
Forum: Commuting
03-15-12, 03:21 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

Thanks- as I have been using the bike for just...

Thanks- as I have been using the bike for just more than a year it is time to update.

I just did the yearly service- the chain was basically still not worn out after a year which is quite...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-11, 08:20 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

the head shock is really good and quite efficient...

the head shock is really good and quite efficient in terms of weight/benefit I would say- I am normally a bit sceptical of the need for suspension on commuting bikes but since I sometimes jump off...
Forum: Commuting
07-21-11, 08:14 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

It is not so hard- just have to unscrew the...

It is not so hard- just have to unscrew the knurled screw holding the cable connector on and then slide it off. Then undo the axle as normal. It is bit fiddly to get back on when you are outside in...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-11, 01:17 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

6 months later and the bad boy has been used...

6 months later and the bad boy has been used every work day for commuting 22km round trip and so far no issues. No adjustments or anything needed yet. :)

Great bike
Forum: Commuting
03-05-11, 05:39 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

I donīt know how they arrive from Cannondale but...

I donīt know how they arrive from Cannondale but to be fair the bike was bought mail order so you canīt expect it to be fully assembled.
Forum: Commuting
03-05-11, 07:46 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

I have been using the bike a bit more as the...

I have been using the bike a bit more as the weather has been improving- my initial impressions have been confirmed so far - nice fast smooth ride-you really have the feeling of riding a luxury bike-...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-11, 05:48 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

Here is the latest stage of the the mods (I have...

Here is the latest stage of the the mods (I have mentioned some before):

I have added a Schmidt SON hubdynamo on the front
Pitlocks on the front and back wheels
Busch and Muller Lumotec IQ fly...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-11, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,637
Posted By royalflash

i was thinking of getting the SON delux with the...

i was thinking of getting the SON delux with the Edelux headlight as the Edelux is the only one with the German official approval with this hub and it looks like a nice light.
Forum: Commuting
01-23-11, 06:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,637
Posted By royalflash

Pitlock - worth it or not?

I just got a new bike with a Rohloff on the back and will put a Schmidt SON on the front. Since there is quite a bit of cash tied up in this bike my natural instinct towards security is saying get...
01-23-11, 05:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,607
Posted By royalflash

I would say the most important thing is to get...

I would say the most important thing is to get the widest knobbliest tyre that will fit in the frame- I have Freddies Revenz (2.3) for when it snows- then the skill you need is minimal- as long as...
Forum: Commuting
01-21-11, 08:44 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

thanks for the link but the disc brakes are...

thanks for the link but the disc brakes are hydraulic - apart from the caliper position adjustment (which seems Ok at the moment) there is not much you can adjust
Forum: Commuting
01-20-11, 02:43 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

One other think I liked was the headshok gadget...

One other think I liked was the headshok gadget in the fork :thumb:- normally I am not a big fan of suspension in commuting bikes as it is usually not needed and just adds a load of weight but when...
Forum: Commuting
01-19-11, 10:56 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

i bought it from a bike shop in the UK online and...

i bought it from a bike shop in the UK online and had it delivered to Germany. Hence the need for some self-assembly. But it is no big deal. I like to work on my bikes myself. The disk brakes are...
Forum: Commuting
01-19-11, 09:31 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

I rode the bike for the first time properly today...

I rode the bike for the first time properly today (not far though yet-just commuted to work). A nice ride and it felt quite fast. The bike feels quite long compared to riding a 26 inch wheel bike (if...
Forum: Commuting
01-18-11, 01:28 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

I canīt report my experience with it yet but the...

I canīt report my experience with it yet but the front fork looks quite tough and I am sure would not be out of place on a real mountain bike. I think the wheels (maybe even the skewers- I have bent...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-11, 01:44 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

thanks yes I am liking the direction things are...

thanks yes I am liking the direction things are going now. I would not be averse the the idea of getting a set of fenders but it can just be a hassle getting some that fit right. Has anyone fitted...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-11, 04:27 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

and the last two ...

and the last two

http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/7944/img8514.jpg (http://img513.imageshack.us/i/img8514.jpg/)
a Rohloff hub hides underneath the tape- not a very good disguise for the clever...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-11, 04:27 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

more pics

I really appreciate all the helpful replies and nice comments and I have done some more work on bike assembly and taken some more pics so you can see the mounting points for fenders at the front and...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-11, 03:32 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

A Schmidt hub on the front would be the ideal...

A Schmidt hub on the front would be the ideal solution. I have Schmidt hub dynamos on the other (two) commuting bikes and it wouldnīt be to difficult to do as the front hub just looks like a normal...
Forum: Commuting
01-16-11, 03:25 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

The bike shop did the initial assembly but I just...

The bike shop did the initial assembly but I just had to finish off putting the forks the right way round, attaching the handlebar, putting the wheels on and inserting the seat post. Well one out of...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-11, 03:43 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

bobdell thanks for the tip I also found...

bobdell

thanks for the tip

I also found this which describes another possibility maybe?

http://hobbes.ucsd.edu/tandem/Maintenance.faq
Forum: Commuting
01-15-11, 02:52 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

I am looking into the fenders at the moment. It...

I am looking into the fenders at the moment. It seems like the frame is not really bristling with mounting points (there is only one mounting point on the back) so I got a clip on mudguard for the...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-11, 01:53 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

thanks will do and thanks for not calling me an...

thanks will do and thanks for not calling me an idiot cuz thatīs what I feel about now.
Forum: Commuting
01-15-11, 01:45 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

:eek: wow how did I miss that - there is indeed...

:eek: wow how did I miss that - there is indeed something wrong with the fork mounting -was that incredible incompetence on my part or on the part of the bike shop who did the main assembly I am...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-11, 12:37 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

and here are the rest of the pictures ...

and here are the rest of the pictures

http://img573.imageshack.us/img573/7272/newbike12.th.jpg (http://img573.imageshack.us/i/newbike12.jpg/)...
Forum: Commuting
01-15-11, 12:37 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,424
Posted By royalflash

Cannondale Bad Boy Rohloff 2010 for commuting - review

Background

The Scott sub 10 that I reviewed in a previous thread is getting a bit old and creaky (but is still serviceable). So it was time to get a new commuting bike. I have been thinking of...
01-14-11, 03:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 947
Posted By royalflash

thatīs interesting as I had not heard that there...

thatīs interesting as I had not heard that there might be any difference between the studs used with different Nokian tyres but it is true that the studs on an Extreme 296 do seem to last longer that...
01-07-11, 04:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 947
Posted By royalflash

I am just basing it my own experience. I have...

I am just basing it my own experience. I have gone through quite a few Nokianīs commuting here (on streets and bike paths) through the Bavarian snow and ice and I can assure you that the spikes are...
01-06-11, 03:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 947
Posted By royalflash

I wouldnīt go that far -if you use them regularly...

I wouldnīt go that far -if you use them regularly on a mix of surfaces snow, ice and road then the studs will always wear out long before the rubber -but they do last quite a long time- maybe if you...
01-05-11, 02:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 947
Posted By royalflash

you want carbide ones as steel is too soft and...

you want carbide ones as steel is too soft and will wear out too quickly- the new Schwalbe tyres and Nokian use carbide studs
01-05-11, 02:28 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 44,525
Posted By royalflash

I was referring to the brake pad retaining bolt-...

I was referring to the brake pad retaining bolt- this doesnīt exert any clamping force at least on my avid elixirs- it just goes through the hole in the brake pads and stops them exiting the brake-...
01-04-11, 05:27 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 44,525
Posted By royalflash

if you have disc brakes and particularly avid...

if you have disc brakes and particularly avid elixir crs take out the brake pad retaining bolts occasionally and lightly smear with grease to stop them seizing in the caliper. Alternatively (as I had...
01-04-11, 03:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 549
Posted By royalflash

I find that the extra width helps a lot with...

I find that the extra width helps a lot with stability. You will never float on uncompacted snow whatever width of tire you have on a mountain bike. But the Freddieīs turns a trip which is a bit...
01-03-11, 04:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 549
Posted By royalflash

the ice spiker pro is indeed a great tire. I...

the ice spiker pro is indeed a great tire. I didnīt know that you could get this in 2.35 width. It looks like I will have to switch to this tyre but I get the impression that this tyre is also not...
01-03-11, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 549
Posted By royalflash

Freddieīs Revenz

Nokian are no longer making the Freddieīs Revenz tyre. A dealer told me that the mold has broken????. A shame as it was the best winter tyre when the snow really hit the fan. I just picked up some...
02-27-10, 01:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,839
Posted By royalflash

Rear Hub: Shimano FH-M585 you can see the...

Rear Hub: Shimano FH-M585

you can see the bike in this thread (when it was a lot newer)
...
Forum: Commuting
02-27-10, 01:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,719
Posted By royalflash

well this thread started with first impressions...

well this thread started with first impressions but has gone beyond that. You only get this depth of review on bike forums.

I have had the bike for 6 years now and used it for commuting most days...
02-26-10, 03:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,839
Posted By royalflash

in this case the wobble was quite bad- in fact...

in this case the wobble was quite bad- in fact when I was cycling home I really thought the wheel was in danger of coming off. I got off at one point and checked that I hadnīt lost a spoke and was...
02-26-10, 01:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,839
Posted By royalflash

thanks for the help guys- I can wobble the...

thanks for the help guys- I can wobble the freehub body when the wheel is not mounted on the bike (without the axle; edit I mean skewer)- so I am thinking that it is probably just worn out. It has...
02-26-10, 09:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,839
Posted By royalflash

wobbling freehub body

here the thing- I was cycling home last week and noticed that the rear wheel wasnīt feeling particularly smooth. When I was coasting for example the chain would be twitching. I took the rear wheel...
02-21-10, 02:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By royalflash

if anyone has any info at all, e.g. total wheel...

if anyone has any info at all, e.g. total wheel weights, or observations about the merits of the snowcats vs trial rims it would very be welcome.
02-21-10, 02:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By royalflash

thanks I saw that but it is not that clear to me...

thanks I saw that but it is not that clear to me as there are two versions of the snowcat rims:

it says 700 grams but is that for the normal version or the SL version?- the SL is supposed to save...
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