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05-02-21, 05:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 332
Posted By Mikefule

Typically on a 3 speed internally geared hub, the...

Typically on a 3 speed internally geared hub, the middle gear is direct drive.

This may not always be the case, but it is the most economical solution as the lower gear and higher gear use the...
04-30-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,371
Posted By Mikefule

A new poster made the effort to search to see if...

A new poster made the effort to search to see if there was already a thread about the subject before adding to it that he has a similar issue. Seems like good forum etiquette, rather than...
04-30-21, 12:22 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,528
Posted By Mikefule

Here's another argument in favour of brakes. I...

Here's another argument in favour of brakes. I was out on a ride this afternoon when I spotted a wild hare on the edge of a field right next to the road: a splendid specimen , almost the size of a...
04-29-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 291
Posted By Mikefule

I saw a GCN video the other day recommending...

I saw a GCN video the other day recommending punctuating low intensity rides with short bursts of a few seconds of intense effort, and particularly low torque/high revs. That's riding fixed on...
04-27-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 19,377
Posted By Mikefule

Not mine, but I thought it somehow fitted in this...

Not mine, but I thought it somehow fitted in this thread.

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04-25-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 308
Posted By Mikefule

Do a quick Google for the price of replacement...

Do a quick Google for the price of replacement belts.
04-25-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 308
Posted By Mikefule

Probably to reduce the risk of spammers,...

Probably to reduce the risk of spammers, advertising, etc.
04-24-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 19,377
Posted By Mikefule

[QUOTE=SJX426;22027541]Picked this up a few years...

[QUOTE=SJX426;22027541]Picked this up a few years ago as a frame set with headset, brakes, crankset and stuck seat post for $50. The stash burped up the stem, handlbar, tape, brake leavers, post, and...
04-24-21, 01:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 420
Posted By Mikefule

...The only bike you need is the Ace of Spades

...The only bike you need is the Ace of Spades
04-22-21, 04:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 805
Posted By Mikefule

Each to his own taste, but if I had that classic...

Each to his own taste, but if I had that classic looking (1980s?) frame, I'd keep it as it is, put a decent saddle and pedals on it and some traditional-looking wheels. That frame is crying out for...
04-19-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 481
Posted By Mikefule

How many miles will depend on variables like your...

How many miles will depend on variables like your weight, tyre pressure, type of surfaces you ride on, how you've maintained them, the quality of the bearings, and so on.

I've just had the front...
04-18-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 20,577
Posted By Mikefule

Just over 17 miles around local lanes and...

Just over 17 miles around local lanes and villages, including 4 short sections of off road. Barely any wind, bright sunshine: the first time this year I've worn shorts and short sleeves on a ride.
...
04-16-21, 11:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 958
Posted By Mikefule

Fair point. I have never personally experienced...

Fair point. I have never personally experienced that. However, I admit to delaying the purchase of a new sprocket because I got bewildered by the competing claims for circularity or otherwise.
04-16-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 958
Posted By Mikefule

Well, I'm not much of an equipment geek, which is...

Well, I'm not much of an equipment geek, which is one of the reasons I appreciate the simplicity of the fixed gear, but I've heard of Campagnolo...

My first thought was, "I wonder if Campagnolo do...
04-16-21, 12:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 618
Posted By Mikefule

That sounds well planned. You don't want to go...

That sounds well planned. You don't want to go much lower than 56. 65 is a good general ratio. I'm running 63 inches on my fixed at the moment. It works well on unmade tracks and rough ground and...
04-15-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 618
Posted By Mikefule

Sounds like it will be a great adventure and...

Sounds like it will be a great adventure and worth a write up here when you've finished.

Gear down with all that rough ground and extra weight. If your ratio is too low, the worst that can...
04-14-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 618
Posted By Mikefule

I haven't. However, back in the day, it was a...

I haven't. However, back in the day, it was a regular thing for club riders or "road men". Fixed was just another way of riding. They was 'ard in them days.

A chap fairly recently went round...
04-14-21, 01:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By Mikefule

Post edited out to avoid misleading the OP as...

Post edited out to avoid misleading the OP as TejanoTrackie has pointed out I was wrong in this specific instance.
04-13-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,321
Posted By Mikefule

I'm 58, but a long-time cyclist. I ride 42 x 18...

I'm 58, but a long-time cyclist. I ride 42 x 18 which is a substantially lower gear the 44 x 16. I might consider 42 x 17. I think you will find 44 x 16 a bit tall.

Looks like a nice bike,...
04-13-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By Mikefule

Absolutely, the chain must be as wide as your...

Absolutely, the chain must be as wide as your thickest cog. Many single speed drive trains are 1/8" in which case you need a 1/8" chain.

Some single speeds have narrower chain rings and rear...
04-12-21, 11:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By Mikefule

It's a system that worked for me to get the worst...

It's a system that worked for me to get the worst of the liquid off quickly. The only difference was that this time I had opened the split link and forgot it was not secure.

I'm not old enough to...
04-12-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By Mikefule

All sorted. A pack of snap links in 10 speed...

All sorted. A pack of snap links in 10 speed size (for my gravel bike) and, while I was at it, a pack of 9 speed links for my wife's bike. Ordered yesterday, arrived today, fitted within minutes.
...
04-11-21, 07:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By Mikefule

Stupid mistake! :(

Oh dear.

For years, I have used a chain tool to take the chain off. Just pop the rivet most of the way through, clean and lube the chain and then pop the rivet back through, and ease it. Job...
04-11-21, 05:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By Mikefule

First of all, I am deeply shocked by anything...

First of all, I am deeply shocked by anything being called "vintage" that was made when I was already a quarter of a century old. How can this be? :eek:

I'd settle for "classic". :)

Funny...
04-10-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By Mikefule

Not what you think. ;) It's a natural waxy...

Not what you think. ;) It's a natural waxy substance derived from Sperm whales. It burned with a clean flame in lamps, and was also used as a lubricant and no, not for that.
04-10-21, 05:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By Mikefule

Suggested cycling kit list 1897

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A revolver is no considered necessary...
04-09-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 306
Posted By Mikefule

Modified chain whip, money saved

I have had a chain whip suitable for my 10 speed freewheel for a couple of years. I think I bought it for a specific job and I've barely used it. With hindsight, I should have bout a 1/8" whip...
04-08-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 583
Posted By Mikefule

I agree. Belt drives are increasingly common...

I agree.

Belt drives are increasingly common on motorbikes, with several manufacturers using them on very powerful machines. I had an 800cc bike with a belt drive that never needed adjustment or...
04-07-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,377
Posted By Mikefule

I see your point, but the flip (flop) side is if...

I see your point, but the flip (flop) side is if you have a flip flop hub with fixed and free, it's easy to use the free all the time and just have the fixed cog there for show. Riding fixed takes a...
04-07-21, 01:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,491
Posted By Mikefule

Watch some GCN videos, buy some tools, and get to...

Watch some GCN videos, buy some tools, and get to know your bike. There are very few routine jobs on a bike that are beyond the capabilities of a home mechanic. It can be very rewarding. Yu may...
04-05-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,868
Posted By Mikefule

I just fitted a new 1/8 chain which came with a...

I just fitted a new 1/8 chain which came with a very simple to sue quick link. Not a type I've used before. It went on very easily.

In the past, I have mainly but not always used the chain tool...
04-05-21, 01:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,377
Posted By Mikefule

It sounds like we're on the same page, although...

It sounds like we're on the same page, although in my day the Grifter was the precursor to the BMX. I remember not only the 5 speed "racer" (drop bars on half a ton of gas pipe frame with chromed...
04-04-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,377
Posted By Mikefule

Choose a bike that is the right size, and...

Choose a bike that is the right size, and reasonable quality, and has the shape of bars (flats, drops, bullhorns?) that you like. That's all.

Ride it. Work out what you like and what you don't...
04-04-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,839
Posted By Mikefule

I ride on roads for leisure and pleasure, as well...

I ride on roads for leisure and pleasure, as well as doing a short commute which includes urban roads as well as river bank and canal towpath. I also ride bridlepaths, canal banks, footpaths and...
04-03-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,499
Posted By Mikefule

I've just dropped my gearing by about 5% and my...

I've just dropped my gearing by about 5% and my average ride speeds are marginally higher, with no demonstrable loss of top speed. Big gears are less versatile and more tiring over a varied ride,...
04-02-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,805
Posted By Mikefule

Noted that the OP registered in the same month as...

Noted that the OP registered in the same month as they made their first post on this thread, and their only other post (in over 3 years) was also on this thread. Then Dontgetcetma registered a name...
03-27-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 4,814
Views: 596,616
Posted By Mikefule

Just bought and fitted a pair of Meet Lock pinned...

Just bought and fitted a pair of Meet Lock pinned platform pedals for my gravel bike. I bought some for the fixed a few months ago and have been very pleased with them. Light, smart, and very...
03-26-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,528
Posted By Mikefule

I just had a few days off work, rode over 200...

I just had a few days off work, rode over 200 miles in a wide range of conditions and never touched the brakes. Then this week, commuting only 2–3 miles each way, I've needed them twice because of...
03-24-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 472
Views: 92,881
Posted By Mikefule

I don't think it's horse****. I've just had a...

I don't think it's horse****. I've just had a few days off work and did a variety of rides on my fixed road bike, on and off road, up and down hills, sometimes spinning as fast as my legs would go,...
03-13-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 4,814
Views: 596,616
Posted By Mikefule

I don't spend much on the bike. When I do, it's...

I don't spend much on the bike. When I do, it's fine tuning, usually to deal with something that has been making rides less enjoyable than they should be.

For example, last year after a series of...
03-12-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 19,377
Posted By Mikefule

Not pretty, but used. Taken after a quick blast...

Not pretty, but used. Taken after a quick blast around my local 10 mile loop of country lanes, including a short section of unmade road in each direction. I cleaned it only last week.

Pearson...
03-10-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 312
Views: 44,730
Posted By Mikefule

Ooh, crikey! I don't think I've had as many as...

Ooh, crikey! I don't think I've had as many as you lot, despite virtually living on my bike as a kid, and spending most of my adult life riding regularly.

I can remember:

1) A single-speed...
03-10-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 513
Posted By Mikefule

All sorted. Thanks to those who...

All sorted. Thanks to those who replied.:):thumb:

The old chainring bolts were good few years old and the threads were a bit graunchy even after I cleaned them. They may also have been a tiny...
03-09-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 513
Posted By Mikefule

Chainring bolt tool?

Just received a new 42t chain ring. Dropping the ratio slightly from 49/20 to 42/18.

I have a Park Tool chainring spanner to hold the slotted nut at the back. I've only had to use it a couple...
03-07-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 484
Posted By Mikefule

Undo the lock ring using a C spanner. It is a...

Undo the lock ring using a C spanner. It is a left hand thread.

Then unscrew the cog, which is a normal right hand thread.

You should use a chain whip to remove the cog, but you can get away...
03-07-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,538
Posted By Mikefule

1 tooth change makes a bigger difference if it is...

1 tooth change makes a bigger difference if it is on the smaller of two cogs — which is usually the sprocket rather than the chainring.

Once you've decided on the ratio you wish to achieve, there...
03-07-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,749
Posted By Mikefule

On longer rides, I take a spare tube, small pump,...

On longer rides, I take a spare tube, small pump, tyre levers and a dumbbell spanner (aka bone spanner) which is the shortest spanner I have that fits my wheel nuts. On shorter rides, I often risk...
03-03-21, 12:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,088
Posted By Mikefule

Headwinds are the enemy of the cyclist. They may...

Headwinds are the enemy of the cyclist. They may be more of an issue on flat unsheltered roads.

If you can only have one bike, and are using it for practical as well as leisure riding, then the...
02-27-21, 01:33 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,386
Posted By Mikefule

Sorry, I probably assumed that went without...

Sorry, I probably assumed that went without saying. Most of my riding over the last 10 years has been on the fixed gear or the unicycles (which are also fixed). I've ridden my fixed bike every day...
02-26-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,386
Posted By Mikefule

That's only one opinion among many. I've ridden...

That's only one opinion among many. I've ridden thousands of miles on and off road on road and gravel bikes, tandems, occasionally mountain bikes, and unicycles, commuting, touring, camping, club...
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