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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:13 
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Before.

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And my GT Speed Series.

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Currently WIP.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 17:22 
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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 13:40 
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Well I finished my GT. Same frame they rode during the 2012 limpics.

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And have had it out several times since. Absolutely love it. Beautiful bike to ride. I can now manage about 6 miles standing, compared to this time last year where I couldn't even stand for more than about two minutes without my back giving out. Not lost much weight, but suspect it's muscle taking its place. Still a fat bugger, but a much fitter one.

One thing that niggled me was the £30 wheel set on the £1200 bike. So as a Christmas present to myself I got these. Shadow front and Proper Bike Co rear cassette.

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Both sealed. Should help my fat ass to roll with the 110 PSI tyres. Also realised I didn't have a 80s freestyle bike so I built this Hutch.

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Not quite finished yet but getting there.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 20:56 
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£1200 for a bmx. Wow.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 15:42 
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£1200 for a bmx. Wow.


If the GT were built to the olympic spec you would be looking at 3k or more. In 2016 they came out with a carbon version. Exactly the same as mine only CF (mine is hydroformed alu using high pressure water). Mine should have carbon forks and they are £600 or more.

A decent set of wheels like I bought cost a king's ransom too. The rims are around £70 each. Rear hub is £180, front hub is about £80. Then you have spoke and build fees etc. You are lucky to get change from £400 for a decent set of wheels these days.

It's serious business man. Same as any other cycle sport I guess :)

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 14:32 
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Okay bike people, I want to fix my bike.

It was left outside in the weather for 3 years, it looks okay but surely needs something doing to it to make it road worthy.

What should I be doing?

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 14:34 
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Okay bike people, I want to fix my bike.

It was left outside in the weather for 3 years, it looks okay but surely needs something doing to it to make it road worthy.

What should I be doing?


Give it a wipe down.with a gt85 soaked rag. Oil chain and cables. Brig a London type ypu probably have a Brooks sprung leather saddle, so treat the leather up a bit.

Then buy a new one, as you now have a winter bike so you need a best bike.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 14:52 
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The inner tubes may have perished, so I’d change those. Your chain will be shagged, so I’d clean and lube it properly if you think it’s salvageable. Hose down the crank with gt85 or wd40 while rotating backward. If there’s corrosion on the chain, but it isn’t seized too badly, you can get some fine wire wool and some 3 in 1 oil, soak the wire wool, gently clasp the chain with it and rotate the crank backwards gently to clean the chain. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need a new chain. Check the brakes; lube the levers on the handlebars and carefully lube the calipers if they’re standard v-brakes. If they’re hydraulic discs they will probably be seized, which is a bugger of a job unless you have the right tools. Check the rims for corrosion if you have v-brakes. Test the brakes somewhere safe before venturing out on the road. Lube the hubs. Obviously if you’re using a propellant based lube, stay clear of the brakes and the rims if v-brakes, or the discs if hydraulic/cable discs.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 17:08 
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This is where I am at on my rider.

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The seat post is just a stand in. I sold off one of my PCs (just the insides) and decided to go a bit mental. Glad I did, it looks beautiful. This is the post I am waiting on.

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It's literally just a seat delete. I daren't sit on that carbon blade tbh. It will make me get my legs fitter :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 19:38 
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Bobbyaro wrote:
Okay bike people, I want to fix my bike.

It was left outside in the weather for 3 years, it looks okay but surely needs something doing to it to make it road worthy.

What should I be doing?

Take it to your independent local bike shop and support small business. Then enjoy peace of mind that it's been checked and repaired by a professional

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 23:04 
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Buy a new one from Halfords.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 0:04 
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Thanks folks.

I got a quote from my independent bike shop, but £55 plus parts seems a bit steep.

What lube should I use, something special or who 3 in 1 do?

Will I need to do anything with the brake or gear cables?

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 0:21 
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Buy a new one from Halfords.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 0:22 
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Buy a new one from Halfords.

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Grim... loves corporations, I'm afraid.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:15 
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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:46 
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Bobbyaro wrote:
Thanks folks.

I got a quote from my independent bike shop, but £55 plus parts seems a bit steep.

What lube should I use, something special or who 3 in 1 do?

Either GT85 from a bike shop, or WD40 will do for start. You’ll only want 3 in 1 for the chain. Technically, a really lightweight oil, which you can find by searching for sewing machine oil, would work on all other components including fork bushes and cables.

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Will I need to do anything with the brake or gear cables?

Using the straw nozzle on the spray lube, squirt down the cable sheath while operating the gears/brakes. Repeat until moving freely. You may need to replace them, but it’s not a difficult job.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:48 
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Thanking you.

I am going to try and fix at the weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:40 
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Also, there should be gaiters on the ends of the cable sheaths, which you can pride out to get the lube in. There will be several places on the bike where the cable is exposed in its run, particularly on the rear derailleur — lube all exposed cable and try and get into the sheath/housing.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:48 
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I have a bike query - I bought a new Brompton about 7 months ago. It probably does about 16-20 miles per week, the rest of the time it lives in the shed.

It's already getting pretty rusty - the chain, some of the nuts and fittings.

It's never got terribly dirty but I gave it a wash a few months ago with warm water and washing up liquid.

Should a bike get that rusty that quickly? It doesn't feel like it should.


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:09 
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Findus Fop wrote:
I have a bike query - I bought a new Brompton about 7 months ago. It probably does about 16-20 miles per week, the rest of the time it lives in the shed.

It's already getting pretty rusty - the chain, some of the nuts and fittings.

It's never got terribly dirty but I gave it a wash a few months ago with warm water and washing up liquid.

Should a bike get that rusty that quickly? It doesn't feel like it should.

Most of the screws, nuts and bolts will be steel, along with the chain. They shouldn’t be going rusty this soon, which means they’re penny pinching on those bits — it’s not uncommon on bikes <£1500. Bit of wire wool and some lithium grease will sort them out and some lube for the chain. Every time you wash it, hose it down with WD40. The “WD” stands for water dispersal.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:17 
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DBSnappa wrote:
Findus Fop wrote:
I have a bike query - I bought a new Brompton about 7 months ago. It probably does about 16-20 miles per week, the rest of the time it lives in the shed.

It's already getting pretty rusty - the chain, some of the nuts and fittings.

It's never got terribly dirty but I gave it a wash a few months ago with warm water and washing up liquid.

Should a bike get that rusty that quickly? It doesn't feel like it should.

Most of the screws, nuts and bolts will be steel, along with the chain. They shouldn’t be going rusty this soon, which means they’re penny pinching on those bits — it’s not uncommon on bikes <£1500. Bit of wire wool and some lithium grease will sort them out and some lube for the chain. Every time you wash it, hose it down with WD40. The “WD” stands for water dispersal.


Thank you very much, this is superb.


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 20:25 
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My latest project. I will be able to ride, whilst sitting down. Will be very odd.

I took one sit on it though and did not like the way I was pretty much staring down at the ground so I have ordered some taller bars. Oh and removed the quite frankly lethal fixed gear and swapped it for a freewheel.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:18 

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JC - That GT looks fucking awesome mate; how is the ride on that?

I need to get back into cycling, I've not seriously cycled in nearly a year when I was cycling to and from work (I used to be a machine it was ridiculous 10k each way to work and a 10k run as well).

From memory, the gears of my bike are being a dick; slipping on the third gear going either up or down.

I found a shop that offers servicing literally around the corner, was going to give it a shot.

I'm one of those knobheads that wear lycra by the way (or I was)


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:25 
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I have absolutely no idea lol. Not ridden it yet. I sold my PK Ripper 20" about two weeks back now. It had a rider weight limit on when I got it (a sticker) and I was well over it. Considering what it cost I decided not to ride it for a while and try and get my weight down before.

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The problem is after I started riding my Cro Mo BMX I realised I was falling for it all again in a big way. So I built a carbon/alu/ti race bike.

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Which is amazing. 18.5lbs :O Just one problem, you can't sit on it (carbon seat with carbon rails.. Hurts your bum lol) so I have been burst/sprint riding on it standing up. Plus I caught a reflection of myself in a shiny car and realised what a bell you look sitting down on a 20". It's fine standing up, given it was designed for tall riders but yeah...

So I sold the PK Ripper above as I had never ridden it. Was poking around on Ebay and found the orange one. It's 2009 DC Shoes Fixie PK. I was inspired by one of the guys on the BMX forum I go on after he had put 700c carbon wheels on a 26" BMX

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That is sorta what I am aiming for. A cruiser I can sit on that can still go fast when I want it to :)

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:29 

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Get yourself some padded bibs and you'll be grand for sitting (But you'll end up being a lycra wanker like me).

Love the wheels on that last one look awesome.

I don't even remember the last time I road a BMX, a number of years ago for definite.


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:34 
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She is race ready now. 11/32 gears on the back. She shifts up hills.

Can carry 4 water bottles. Which is great for the long rides.


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
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That is a pretty sick ride; although I only count 3 places for water wheres the fourth?


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
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