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01-13-15, 11:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,345
Posted By Monster Pete

Buy an old mountain bike. Repair anything...

Buy an old mountain bike.

Repair anything that needs it

Fit decent tyres, mudguards and lights.

Carry on riding. I can't think of anything more boring and unproductive than cycling indoors...
05-13-14, 07:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,226
Posted By Monster Pete

The spacing between gears is set inside the hub...

The spacing between gears is set inside the hub and can't be easily changed, however you can change the ratio between the chainring and sprocket to move the whole range up or down. As an example, I...
05-13-14, 06:55 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,951
Posted By Monster Pete

I'm not sure that I would- I'd be forever telling...

I'm not sure that I would- I'd be forever telling people to use what they've already got rather than buy this shiny new thing! :P
05-13-14, 06:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,951
Posted By Monster Pete

The solution, then, is to learn to use the front...

The solution, then, is to learn to use the front brake effectively. Find an empty car park or other open space and practice modulating the brake. In the quickest possible stop, the rear wheel is just...
05-13-14, 02:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,294
Posted By Monster Pete

Bar ends will certainly help- just about anything...

Bar ends will certainly help- just about anything is better than the hand position you get with flat bars- but I'd change the entire bar to something more suitable. I have one bike with drop bars set...
05-13-14, 02:02 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 462,456
Posted By Monster Pete

Please make cycling helmets a legal requirement -...

Please make cycling helmets a legal requirement - e-petitions (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/48526)

UK government for once responds with science...
05-29-13, 02:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,062
Posted By Monster Pete

Round here you can just get an extra rear plate...

Round here you can just get an extra rear plate made up for any vehicle you own, to put on the back of trailers or indeed to fit to a bike rack. Is that not the case where you are or are you...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-13, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Posted By Monster Pete

I can only echo what others have said about...

I can only echo what others have said about buying, servicing and street-converting a used rigid mountain bike. Fit fat slick tyres (they make a huge difference) proper fenders and some decent front...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-13, 12:29 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,259
Posted By Monster Pete

I ride a 3-speed as my primary bike...

I ride a 3-speed as my primary bike (Sturmey-Archer AG). I converted my existing bike from a derailleur setup. It already had horizontal dropouts so chain tensioning isn't a problem, and I was able...
05-20-13, 12:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,141
Posted By Monster Pete

It's actually built that way so that you can use...

It's actually built that way so that you can use a single planetary gearset to get three gears. 1st and 3rd just swap the drive and driven parts of the gear. The 5-speeds are the same, using stepped...
05-04-13, 11:09 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 462,456
Posted By Monster Pete

That's basically my view. There's always a risk...

That's basically my view. There's always a risk associated with doing anything, and it's a case of weighing up the level of protection vs perceived risk. My view is that, though a helmet will do...
04-03-13, 03:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,749
Posted By Monster Pete

I'd suggest looking at second hand mountain...

I'd suggest looking at second hand mountain bikes. An older bike with a rigid fork is basically bomb-proof and can be had for next to nothing. Usually all that's necessary is a good service and slick...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-13, 02:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 611
Posted By Monster Pete

Eventually you'll wear the tread off the current...

Eventually you'll wear the tread off the current tyres and have a perfect road tyre! :P

You're limited to the 26 but not the 2.1. I use some cheap-and-nasty 26x1.9 slicks that nonetheless work...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-13, 02:47 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,967
Posted By Monster Pete

Just about anything is better than a straight...

Just about anything is better than a straight pipe bar. I have a set of north roads on one bike, and drops set fairly high on the other. IMO that makes the drop position a lot more usable compared to...
03-13-13, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 462,456
Posted By Monster Pete

I'll bite- I will wear a helmet if I'm on an...

I'll bite- I will wear a helmet if I'm on an organised ride and the rules require that I do so. I may voice my opinion at the time, but I'll follow the rules. In any case, racing can be an entirely...
03-09-13, 05:20 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,141
Posted By Monster Pete

3-speed bikes tend to be geared fairly high, so...

3-speed bikes tend to be geared fairly high, so if you buy one rather than convert an existing bike, it's worth fitting a larger sprocket and/or smaller chainring, making 3rd gear your level-ground...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-13, 02:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Monster Pete

I don't deny I'm out of practice- I used to ride...

I don't deny I'm out of practice- I used to ride every day to and from university in hilly Guildford which kept me in shape. When I did the London to Brighton night ride last year I managed to keep...
03-08-13, 11:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,299
Posted By Monster Pete

Reminded me of this :D ...

Reminded me of this :D
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/b12b7ac0fb/i-m-not-your-buddy-friend
Forum: Commuting
03-08-13, 11:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Monster Pete

Well, I survived the journey. Journey time was...

Well, I survived the journey. Journey time was about 45 minutes (or at least it would have been on the way there if I hadn't taken a wrong turn). The route is nice and hilly which held me up a bit,...
03-08-13, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 462,456
Posted By Monster Pete

Personally, no- at least not when riding on the...

Personally, no- at least not when riding on the road in good conditions. I will wear one when riding off road or in ice and snow, however.

My advice to anyone considering what safety gear to wear,...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-13, 03:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By Monster Pete

Back to biking (temporarily)

So, the car is broken once again. Looks like I'm cycling 10 miles to work tomorrow on the old 3-speed. Google reckons it should take me about an hour or so. Will be interesting to see how out of...
03-03-13, 10:58 AM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 462,456
Posted By Monster Pete

He's trolling as usual. Just ignore him :)

He's trolling as usual. Just ignore him :)
Forum: Commuting
02-28-13, 06:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,236
Posted By Monster Pete

I see what you mean here. I use a Sturmey-Archer...

I see what you mean here. I use a Sturmey-Archer AW (actually an AG model with the built-in generator) and sometimes would like a gear between 2nd and 3rd. It's not usually a problem once you're used...
02-25-13, 10:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,194
Posted By Monster Pete

This. You have an incompressible fluid inside a...

This. You have an incompressible fluid inside a tube of a fixed size. Movement/force at the lever will pretty much directly translate into that of the brake pad. Certainly more direct than a...
02-24-13, 03:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,012
Posted By Monster Pete

I agree about the rear brake. There's only so...

I agree about the rear brake. There's only so much force you can apply before you lock the wheel. Any extra force that the brakes could apply is then useless.

I would go with a caliper brake at...
02-24-13, 10:53 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,017
Posted By Monster Pete

There's probably an optimum speed somewhere in...

There's probably an optimum speed somewhere in terms of distance covered versus energy used, giving you the maximum range for a given effort. Cycle far enough and you'll feel worn out, whatever the...
02-24-13, 10:47 AM
Replies: 907
Views: 397,986
Posted By Monster Pete

301146Here's my orange donkey in 'pickup truck'...

301146Here's my orange donkey in 'pickup truck' mode. The box is a former Schweppes lemonade crate that I think goes well with the style of bike. It's mounted to the rack with two bolts and pieces of...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-13, 11:12 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,512
Posted By Monster Pete

I've ridden through countless deep puddles that...

I've ridden through countless deep puddles that resulted in a torrent of water pouring out of my fenders. Without them I would have been very wet. Not counting the time I took a puddle in a turn,...
02-23-13, 08:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,299
Posted By Monster Pete

I've never encountered a derailleur yet that...

I've never encountered a derailleur yet that can't be set up to function correctly- even the very basic old SIS ones. Seems to me all you get for the more expensive ranges in practical terms is a few...
02-19-13, 01:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 562
Posted By Monster Pete

Agreed. It's best to start out working on cheap...

Agreed. It's best to start out working on cheap bikes. Even if you totally ruin it, you haven't lost much. Take it apart, paint it, put it back together and generally figure out how things work.
02-18-13, 02:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 562
Posted By Monster Pete

I repainted my frankenbike with rattle can...

I repainted my frankenbike with rattle can orange. I had success removing the old paint with a a scraper, combined with a plumbing blowtorch for the stubborn or awkward bits. I brush painted the...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-13, 11:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,082
Posted By Monster Pete

On a slightly more morbid note, I'll add...

On a slightly more morbid note, I'll add information as to whether you're an organ donor. (You should be)
02-14-13, 11:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 910
Posted By Monster Pete

*lose Old mountain bikes without...

*lose


Old mountain bikes without suspension usually make practical bikes for transportation with a few alterations, and are far better than any 'starter' bike which will just go wrong and put...
02-14-13, 11:29 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,372
Posted By Monster Pete

I don't think any helmet is going to...

I don't think any helmet is going to realistically affect TBI. As pointed out, even motorcycle helmets use styrofoam inside them. Skateboarding helmets seem fairly common, and to me would seem like a...
02-13-13, 12:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,664
Posted By Monster Pete

I use one of the old type vernier calipers....

I use one of the old type vernier calipers. Cheaper and just as accurate. Mine has dual markings in imperial and metric.
02-10-13, 04:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 504
Posted By Monster Pete

I have drops on one of my bikes, but raised up...

I have drops on one of my bikes, but raised up considerably higher than is 'normal'. (I'm most definately not a roadie!) ;) This means you get the upright position from the top of the bar, plus the...
02-10-13, 11:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 504
Posted By Monster Pete

IMO, going from drop handlebars to dead straight...

IMO, going from drop handlebars to dead straight bars is a backwards step- you're basically limiting yourself to the top portion of a drop bar. Consider just raising the current bars to a more useful...
02-10-13, 04:28 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,241
Posted By Monster Pete

Even if a kickstand were to accidentally deploy,...

Even if a kickstand were to accidentally deploy, the design is such that it would be flicked back up as soon as it contacted the ground. With mine, mounted behind the BB, simply turning the cranks...
Forum: Foo
02-06-13, 02:31 PM
Replies: 9,937
Views: 2,002,394
Posted By Monster Pete

This, I like. Not too sure about that front...

This, I like.

Not too sure about that front tyre though...
02-06-13, 02:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,859
Posted By Monster Pete

3 leading/3 trailing looks good and can be laced...

3 leading/3 trailing looks good and can be laced using the same spokes as regular 3 cross. You just have to be careful when you're lacing it up to get the interlacing right between spokes, and to get...
02-05-13, 04:09 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,322
Posted By Monster Pete

If you're not overweight, losing weight is not a...

If you're not overweight, losing weight is not a good idea. You should eat a balanced diet, and enough to keep your weight roughly the same. Sounds like protein would be something to watch for- by...
02-05-13, 02:18 PM
Replies: 8,742
Views: 462,456
Posted By Monster Pete

Totally irrelevant to bicycle helmets. Bicycle...

Totally irrelevant to bicycle helmets. Bicycle helmets are not intended to save someone's life or prevent serious injury.
02-03-13, 06:19 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,241
Posted By Monster Pete

You can, of course, lay a bike on the ground and...

You can, of course, lay a bike on the ground and it won't fall. But if you plan to carry anything on the bike, it's much easier to load a bike when it's upright and away from the wall, and far easier...
02-02-13, 03:52 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,241
Posted By Monster Pete

Because apparently if you use anything that makes...

Because apparently if you use anything that makes using a bike more comfortable or practical, or use a bike for transporting yourself and your stuff rather than for racing around on a sunday morning,...
01-27-13, 03:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 966
Posted By Monster Pete

If you just want a more comfortable ride with...

If you just want a more comfortable ride with several hand positions, I'd start by just raising the current drop bars. The trend is to sell bikes with the handlebars cranked right down, racer-style....
Forum: Commuting
01-25-13, 11:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 935
Posted By Monster Pete

*your ;) I carry whatever I need to carry....

*your ;)

I carry whatever I need to carry. My bike weighs a ton so I don't really notice a few extra kgs. Usually carry a small tool kit and mini pump with me, as well as my lock.
01-21-13, 03:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 519
Posted By Monster Pete

Don't forget Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland...

Don't forget Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland ;)

Thankfully, one thing we don't seem to get over here is the utterly stupid practice of riding against traffic. Most people who don't know how...
01-21-13, 12:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 519
Posted By Monster Pete

I've cycled on all manner of roads here, and...

I've cycled on all manner of roads here, and never felt that it was unsafe. What is unsafe is painting a white line along the edge of a residential street and calling it a cycle lane, when the road...
01-19-13, 09:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 15,498
Posted By Monster Pete

With a double chainring, you only have two basic...

With a double chainring, you only have two basic front derailleur positions. Since to shift a double you pretty much just pull it until it stops, there's no real necessity to have an adjuster....
01-18-13, 11:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,027
Posted By Monster Pete

IGH is the answer if you don't want to eventually...

IGH is the answer if you don't want to eventually end up with a SS. If you don't like them for year-round use then consider getting a winter beater with a 3-speed.
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