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Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 11:00am
A cacophony of creaks and rattles is always present wherever there are groups of bicycles.

I suspect this has always been the case, but modern bicycles are more prone to making noise and, because they’re carbon with a large internal air space, amplifying any noise manyfold compared to skinny steel frames.

New bottom bracket standards are a common culprit, but there are many sources of trouble. Look at photos 1–8 in the gallery of the Trek Madone here. How could these contraptions not make noise after a couple of years of use?

Like you, Neilo, I can’t tolerate errant noise from my bicycle and fix it immediately if it arises.

Tiberius: it would have been a different bicycle for you, with your mechanical sympathy. But your mate may have barely noticed your improvements.

It comes down to mechanical understanding. If you know that a noise is not just a noise but the sound of components destroying themselves for want of maintenance, it changes your perception of that noise.

Groundeffect Bodybag. Any thoughts and where to buy

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 10:55am
I normally use a cardboard bike box for flying. However I am thinking of a trip that may require a few flights and possibly some (packing required) rail travel. Rather than source a box for each leg, I am thinking of a lightweight folding bike bag that I can carry with me.

The Groundeffect Bodybag seems to fit my requirements. The Groundeffect Tardis also looks good, but requires more disassembly.

Two questions:

Can I buy one in the UK, or do I need to order from NZ?

Any views on the Bodybag?

I ride a mid sized 26" Surly LHT.

Thanks in advance

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 10:45am
What about when you have a quick spin on someone else's bike ???.....

My mate recently bought a second hand electric assisted bike, I was desperate to have a go on it. I had a quick look at it, it all looked there or thereabouts, and off I set. Within 50 yard I had sussed that the tyres were under inflated, the mech or twist shifter needed adjustment, the headset needed a nip and the brakes needed SERIOUS attention.

I told my mate what I thought. He said that there was nothing wrong with it and that I was an over picky so and so....

Maybe I am, but one hour in my garage and that thing would have been a different bike....

Re: A positive thread

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 10:32am
Si wrote:Yesterday...
gave a load of happy people free bikes,
taught a few people to ride,
and the sun was shining.

...what more could you want? Oh yeah, got paid for it too


Can I have your job???

Booboo the purple hippo strapped into her basket, Erin and I went for a ride to Queens Park on Wednesday. Got there by 4pm and locked up the bikes to wander into the café to get ice creams for her and I. It was closing
The nice lady inside having seen me rushing to lock the bikes had mercy on us and let us in. Erin's face was a picture as the chocolate cone with chocolate sauce and chocolate sprinkles on top of the chocolate ice cream was handed over to her. Lots of it ended up on Erin's face too
Then a ride to the play area and another ride through the trees and then home. All in gorgeous sunshine.

Sod's law has dictated that one of the mudguard stay bolts snapped last night and of course everywhere is closed today. Sheesh.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 10:29am
Vantage wrote:You'll care if one crashes his/her bike into you because they couldn't adjust the brakes.
Bikes are simple machines and the very basics of maintenance should be known to it's user. They are to a very large extent, user serviceable. Unlike modern cars.

In half a century of cycling it ain't happened to me yet, so you'll forgive me if I don't work up a shiver over it.

Conversely, a lot of riders on immaculately maintained machines worth many thousands often ride like prats quite comfortably without the benefit of knackered bikes to help them.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 10:28am
Hi,
ANTONISH wrote:MikeF wrote:ANTONISH wrote:I'm always bemused by this inability to fix a puncture. How would he get on if he punctured while on a ride?
I learned to fix punctures as a child soon after the second world war. Virtually everybody cycled - few had cars. It was an everyday skill.
Perhaps it should be taught in schoolIs it taught in Bikeability??

Dunno Mick F but I think it ought to be.

I am sure "Mick F" can fix flats
But will have to find the chain first

MikeF vs Mick F

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 10:23am
Hi,
And they don't do that very well
The elderly occupant of other car were OK but the police driver banged his head, maybe he should wear his seatbelt
http://www.torquayheraldexpress.co.uk/U ... story.html
"The driver and passenger of the Citroen have minor injuries and are currently being treated at the scene. One Police Officer has a minor head injury and has been taken to Torbay district hospital for further treatment."

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 10:18am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:Who cares, it's their bikes. I doubt their cars are maintained any better.

You'll care if one crashes his/her bike into you because they couldn't adjust the brakes.
Bikes are simple machines and the very basics of maintenance should be known to it's user. They are to a very large extent, user serviceable. Unlike modern cars.

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 10:17am
It's only practical to pull over when you can do so safely. From what I could see the cyclist was in a middle lane so not practical to stop. If there's no safe space then the best action is to continue until there is. In addition police are not meant to pull you over until they can see there is a safe place for you to stop.

And it's clear that despite what the officer said he pulled him over just because he was riding on the road, nothing more.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 10:08am
Who cares, it's their bikes. I doubt their cars are maintained any better.

Re: Trailer Loading

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 9:25am
As earlier advice, put the heaviest stuff at the bottom and as close to the centreline as possible - definitely not all to one side - for very obvious reasons. Put it as far back as possible to reduce the weight on the hitch point. And live with it - there's nothing else to try apart from paying attention to the total load weight.
I currently have both types of trailer and I do find the Yak to be harder work. I'm often conscious of having extra weight to balance, particularly when dis/mounting or pushing. Not so aware when riding, but obviously the bike frame is still seeing these loads.
The yak is obviously better when width might be an issue, and although I haven't tried it I would expect it to be better on really rough ground.
I was surprised to read about your front wheel tending to lift. Yaks mount directly on the axle so shouldn't have this effect,
Unless you mean that it tended to lift if the bike was leant over a bit while pushing... I seem to remember something of the sort happening - the whole rig started to pivot around the rear wheel contact point and the handlebars with the result that the front came off the ground, but sideways. Does that sound about right?

Re: 20th March 2016 ride to Beacon Fell

Cycling UK Forum - MTB - 24 April 2016 - 8:44am
Simeon wrote:Old petrol Station on Church Lane in White chapel by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest photos of the 20th March 2016 ride to Beacon Fell at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-2016/20th.html

I love this one.
That could actually make a great picture for the house.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 8:24am
It's the modern way, innit?
A while back I was in one of my LBS's when a burly young chap in his twenties wandered in with what looked like a fairly up market mtb wheel in his hand. It transpired that he wanted the puncture fixed, in time for the weekend...
The shop in question has what seems to be a profitable side line in bike cleaning...
Many bicycles aren't the trusty " get you to work and out with your mates at the weekend" steeds of former days. They are more like pampered pets, bought for lotsacash and spending most of their time away from home being chauffeured to choice venues at the other end of the country.

Pack extra patches and start collecting brownie points?

Re: Appropriate words of advice ?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 8:16am
Funny old world! How easy to misunderstand someone's intentions. Had an incident years ago with a local copper, in my hang gliding days. Rushing off to go flying, with said kit on the roof rack, said copper in front of me flicked his lights on, put his hand up, and pulled into the lay-by we were just passing. So, like a good boy I pulled in, only to be shouted at that, as I was one of those mad bar stewards, and, was obviously desperate to go flying, he was just letting me past, as he wasn't in a hurry!!!!! Oh how the world has changed

Re: A ride in the Rockies

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 8:14am
Do make sure you have the latest addenda to your ACA maps. The info in them is very useful but does get out of date: I ended up doing an extra 20 miles to a campsite one day because a B & B on the ACA map had closed. For grizzly reasons wild camping is not advised.

Re: A ride in the Rockies

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 7:51am
That sounds (and looks!) ace. I've got the ACA maps for the Great Parks North route: will start day-dreaming over them again... Thanks!

Re: Bike friendly hotel Tours

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 7:38am
There are several cheap & cheerful right by the drop off point. Prebooked access is with your credit card.

http://www.martin07.demonweb.co.uk/EBE_ ... _Tours.PDF

Re: Is this Justice for killing some one?

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 7:34am
eileithyia wrote:In which case i would not have moved off and waited for the lorry to do whatever he was doing once the lights changed...... especially as a witness said there was insufficient room for a bike and a lorry to be side by side at the lights.... no point being in the right and dead..... sometimes you have to concede your road space to survive... or I'd have been dead several times over by now.

The trouble is, if he had done the same thing to a car in the left hand lane and killed someone, the legal result would have been different.

Re: Poor maintenance

Cycling UK Forum - On the road - 24 April 2016 - 7:31am
I wonder how much is due to all the zero maintenance kit we now possess. I remember a BBC programme that picked a newbie cyclist to train for an Etape. He broke a chain at one point and complained "I have a big complex car that only goes to the garage once a year - yet I have to service this (racing) bike every two weeks!"

I also had a 20-ish year old stop outside my garage as I was 'maintaining' a bike yesterday and ask I'd look at his bike as something had broken. He brought his bike round and basically it had been trashed purely from zero maintenance. The un-oiled chain had snarled the derailleur and broken the gear hanger and the derailleur arm, and the front brake was non functional simply because the cable had dropped out of the lever. No attempt at maintenance had even been contemplated.

Fortuantely I had an old MTB going spare which I swapped for his wreck - I wonder how long the replacement will last

Re: Bike friendly hotel Tours

Cycling UK Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2016 - 7:23am
If you don't get a specific recommendation then try a site like booking.com.

I often use them when touring. You can sort on price, then look at each one for location on a map. You also get a reasonable description and photos so you can usually suss out if it will be bike possible.

Once you book you can then contact and confirm bike friendliness. You can usually cancel for no charge if you need to.
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