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07-08-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 573
Posted By Mikefule

I've ridden a wide range of tyres over the last...

I've ridden a wide range of tyres over the last 50 years including a period of several years of regular 100+ mile days with the club, commuting, camp touring, tandem touring, a brief period with a...
07-08-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 573
Posted By Mikefule

I swear by Continental Gatorskins. Smooth, quiet...

I swear by Continental Gatorskins. Smooth, quiet and good puncture resistance, and they steer nicely. I have 5 of them.

I first had a 700x x 28 on my unicycle and liked them so much I invested...
07-07-20, 11:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 753
Posted By Mikefule

I think it's an interesting idea. I'd draw a...

I think it's an interesting idea. I'd draw a comparison with unicycling. We usually don't have changeable gears on unicycles, so our nearest equivalent is changing the length of the cranks: shorter...
07-03-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By Mikefule

I now have Gatorskins on both of my bikes and on...

I now have Gatorskins on both of my bikes and on my 700c unicycle. They ride smoothly and quietly and have good puncture resistance. There may be lighter and faster tyres around, but I swear by...
07-03-20, 06:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 820
Posted By Mikefule

I always use a track pump at home, so it's easy...

I always use a track pump at home, so it's easy to get up to high pressures. When I'm replacing a tyre or tube, II go around the rim squeezing the two sides of the tyre together to get it central. ...
06-22-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 710
Posted By Mikefule

A little bit of toe overlap is easily ridden...

A little bit of toe overlap is easily ridden around. At high speed, you steer with only small movements of the bars. At low speed, you turn the bars further but can time it with the pedal stroke.
...
06-11-20, 12:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 717
Posted By Mikefule

It may be an urban legend, but many years ago I...

It may be an urban legend, but many years ago I heard of an "iron curtain country" where the authorities were so tired of contractors fiddling the figures when calculating requirements for concrete...
06-10-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 717
Posted By Mikefule

It's simple if you look at it methodically. ...

It's simple if you look at it methodically.

Back in the time of the penny farthing, the cranks were connected directly to the hub. The wheel went round exactly one for every revolution of the...
06-03-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 527
Posted By Mikefule

Just to add, there is nothing wrong with...

Just to add, there is nothing wrong with prioritising aesthetics over performance as long as you know that that is what you are doing.

Deep rims look cool. However, aerodynamic matter most at...
06-02-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 527
Posted By Mikefule

If I were to upgrade a bike, in order I'd go for...

If I were to upgrade a bike, in order I'd go for tyres, pedals, seat, before I looked at the wheels etc.
05-21-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 844
Posted By Mikefule

Always have a front brake. The front brake does...

Always have a front brake. The front brake does most of the work. When you brake hard, your weight is thrown onto the front wheel (more grip) and off the back wheel (less grip). On a good surface,...
05-20-20, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 844
Posted By Mikefule

It's a very good idea. Some people will tell...

It's a very good idea.

Some people will tell you hub gears are "heavy". They forget how heavy a derailleur mech and a rear block are.

Some people will refer to the friction losses in the...
05-17-20, 11:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,190
Posted By Mikefule

By tradition, gears are measured in "inches". ...

By tradition, gears are measured in "inches". For example, a "60 inch gear" is equivalent to a 60 inch diameter wheel being driven directly through the hub with no chain or gear mechanism — like an...
05-16-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,515
Posted By Mikefule

I say "spud". I remember those early...

I say "spud".

I remember those early "mountain bikes": "oversize" steel scaffolding tubes, wide heavy rims, heavy tyres with crude tread, slightly lower gears than a road bike, and wide straight...
05-14-20, 01:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By Mikefule

The diameter and the circumference are directly...

The diameter and the circumference are directly proportional. That is, if you add exactly 10% to the diameter, you add exactly 10% to the circumference. (Circumference is diameter X a constant. ...
05-11-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,515
Posted By Mikefule

Underbiking? For UK readers of a certain...

Underbiking?

For UK readers of a certain age: "Underbike, overbike, cycling free..."

Assuming underbiking means doing as much as possible with the least "artificial" assistance from the...
05-11-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,515
Posted By Mikefule

That is a very businesslike looking bike. It...

That is a very businesslike looking bike. It looks a lot of fun to ride.:)

I have a Pearson Touché which is a fixed road bike with narrow clearances. I put decent 25mm tyres on and grippy pedals,...
05-08-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 15,945
Posted By Mikefule

Duct tape would add rotating mass without...

Duct tape would add rotating mass without offering much puncture resistance.

There are proprietary products alleged to be designed to add a puncture proof layer. I haven't tried one of these...
05-08-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 760
Posted By Mikefule

For fixed, you need forward and backward movement...

For fixed, you need forward and backward movement of at least centimetre/half an inch or so. For single speed (not fixed) you can fit a little jockey wheel chain tensioner. Personally, I wouldn't...
05-08-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By Mikefule

Freewheels are surprisingly simple and crude...

Freewheels are surprisingly simple and crude mechanisms considering what they have to do. A period of disuse or abuse, some dirt or corrosion, or just a lack of lubrication, and the pawls can fail...
05-06-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 606
Posted By Mikefule

Back in the day, before fixed became a trendy...

Back in the day, before fixed became a trendy fad, club riders often had a freewheel on one side and fixed on the other. They might swap once on a ride, from fixed (on the way out/up) to free (on...
05-02-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By Mikefule

First, on the matching tyre and tube part of the...

First, on the matching tyre and tube part of the question: Tubes will stretch. Seriously, it is common to use a 29" tube on a 36" unicycle wheel to save rotating weight. I've done it myself.
...
05-02-20, 06:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 803
Posted By Mikefule

Yes, I'd buy a saddle from a firm that has been...

Yes, I'd buy a saddle from a firm that has been making them for 138 years and think, "Yep, I can probably do a better job." I'd spend a big wedge of money on one and immediately attack it with a...
05-01-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,361
Posted By Mikefule

There is no limit to how many tools you can...

There is no limit to how many tools you can acquire over a lifetime in cycling and other activities. With a few exceptions which are absolutely bike specific (like a chain tool) they all have...
05-01-20, 01:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 335
Posted By Mikefule

Others will no doubt disagree. However, I have...

Others will no doubt disagree. However, I have been tinkering with derailleur, hub-geared, single speed, and fixed bikes most of my life, and have used a chain tool since the mid 1980s. I have...
04-30-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,361
Posted By Mikefule

Short term less expensive because at the end of...

Short term less expensive because at the end of it, you have the result, but have gained no knowledge, and no tools, so next time you'll have to pay as well.

The right tools are an investment. ...
04-30-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,361
Posted By Mikefule

Yes: do. Some people ride without brakes,...

Yes: do.

Some people ride without brakes, relying on skidding. Not having brakes is illegal in some jurisdictions. It will be a factor in any liability decision following an accident. Brakes...
04-29-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,361
Posted By Mikefule

Remember the sprocket/freewheel is clockwise to...

Remember the sprocket/freewheel is clockwise to tighten, the lock ring is the opposite.
04-24-20, 12:08 AM
Replies: 1,474
Views: 132,883
Posted By Mikefule

Thanks. I may try that. HW3 is a very...

Thanks. I may try that.

HW3 is a very versatile musician and worth listening to. I prefer him to Junior (his dad) but I love the simplicity and joyfulness of the original Hank — somehow joyful...
04-23-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 611
Posted By Mikefule

5% incline is not steep, although it can become a...

5% incline is not steep, although it can become a slog if it is a long hill.

There are 3 things that may be making it hard for you:
1) Too high a gear ratio, If it is this then you need either...
04-23-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 611
Posted By Mikefule

Cranks sets have interchangeable rings. These...

Cranks sets have interchangeable rings. These are usually held on by either 4 or 5 bolts. Those bolts can be imagined as being on a circle that is centred on the bottom bracket spindle. BCD is the...
04-22-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,190
Posted By Mikefule

Off road is fun for many reasons. The two...

Off road is fun for many reasons. The two obvious ones are:

1) See what you can achieve on this particular cycle. Full suspension, fat tyres, multi gears, you need to find drops and rocks etc;...
04-21-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,190
Posted By Mikefule

Definitely what we need is more categories and...

Definitely what we need is more categories and sub categories, cliques, niches, sects, tribes, and subcultures. The world is far too harmonious as it is.

I bought my fixed because I wanted to try...
04-18-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,102
Posted By Mikefule

"Buy it or build it?" If you have to ask, then...

"Buy it or build it?" If you have to ask, then just buy it.

My personal preference has generally been buy, ride, learn, modify.

I once built a complete bike from parts, exactly as I thought I...
04-18-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 431
Posted By Mikefule

Once the (sprocket) cog is on tightly enough, it...

Once the (sprocket) cog is on tightly enough, it will not slip under acceleration. If you insist on skidding then make sure that you have a lock ring that is firmly in place otherwise the back...
04-03-20, 12:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,566
Posted By Mikefule

Small: slightly less weight. Slightly less...

Small: slightly less weight. Slightly less frontal area for wind resistance. Slightly less chance of clonking the chain ring if you ride across badly broken ground. Slightly more wear, slightly...
04-02-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,081
Posted By Mikefule

I just did a quick Google and looked at a couple...

I just did a quick Google and looked at a couple of videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQZ1M-GKrIQ
The track shown here, I would ride briskly on my fixed with drops and road tyres. Indeed, I'd...
04-01-20, 11:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,081
Posted By Mikefule

I ride my fixed off road on drops. The limits...

I ride my fixed off road on drops. The limits are torque and traction. The bars are not a problem.
03-22-20, 02:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 988
Posted By Mikefule

I know Sheffield. I doubt there's one gear that...

I know Sheffield. I doubt there's one gear that can get you comfortably up those hills and which you can spin down the same hills.

However, the answer t your question is easy for you to find:...
03-12-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 873
Posted By Mikefule

Yes, I did the "gas station" thing once. Didn't...

Yes, I did the "gas station" thing once. Didn't half make me jump. A cheap simple bike will survive a lot of abuse and poor maintenance. A well maintained bike should last for thousands of miles...
03-12-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 873
Posted By Mikefule

Cycle equipment is old tech dressed up by the...

Cycle equipment is old tech dressed up by the marketing people as more sophisticated than it really is. In my youth, I rode long distances (regular 100 mile days), carried camping gear, rode "road...
02-28-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Posted By Mikefule

Just to clarify, because this is important: ...

Just to clarify, because this is important:

You should be able to stand astride the top tube with your feet comfortably on the floor. Not necessarily completely flat footed, and perhaps with the...
02-24-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,045
Posted By Mikefule

This is single speed rather than fixed? You need...

This is single speed rather than fixed? You need a freewheel removal tool for the right sort of freewheel. Take the axle nut off, put the tool in place, put the axle nut back on loosely but tight...
02-16-20, 01:53 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,514
Posted By Mikefule

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Does this count? :) Fixed rather than SS....
02-12-20, 12:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 620
Posted By Mikefule

I see no reason why that wouldn't work.

I see no reason why that wouldn't work.
02-07-20, 02:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By Mikefule

So the problem is the rim is smaller than...

So the problem is the rim is smaller than standard, and you need a tyre that would be tight on a normal rim, so that it isn't too loose on this one? Is that right?

I recently put Continental...
01-15-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,357
Posted By Mikefule

I would guess that it doesn't really mean skid in...

I would guess that it doesn't really mean skid in a riding situation. That would be silly, and laws are never sill... oh, wait.

In the UK, a fixed wheel counts as "1 brake" so legally you can...
01-12-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 785
Posted By Mikefule

One of the advantages of ordinary hex nuts is the...

One of the advantages of ordinary hex nuts is the reduced risk of opportunistic/nuisance theft. Not all potential thieves carry a spanner/wrench.

One of the disadvantages of wing nuts is that,...
01-10-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,972
Posted By Mikefule

It wasn't an English lesson, but I was trying to...

It wasn't an English lesson, but I was trying to draw a distinction in a short post.

For comparison, there is a group of people who seem to treat having brakes on a fixie as taboo: a breach of...
01-05-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,972
Posted By Mikefule

Vertical dropouts aren't "taboo". A taboo is...

Vertical dropouts aren't "taboo". A taboo is something that is forbidden or unacceptable for no rational reason other than social convention. Vertical dropouts are less versatile than horizontal...
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