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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:13 
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And my GT Speed Series.

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Currently WIP.

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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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£1200 for a bmx. Wow.

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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
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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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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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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
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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
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Buy a new one from Halfords.

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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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Buy a new one from Halfords.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
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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
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Thanking you.

I am going to try and fix at the weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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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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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That is a pretty sick ride; although I only count 3 places for water wheres the fourth?


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Aaaah; it was sideways on.

Longest ride I did was about 70 miles in about 5 hours on this dreadful trail; all my friends were on mountain bikes and there was me with my cyclocross bike and spd pedals. There were some bits that we were next to this VERY green pond and I unclipped to make sure I could jump to freedom.

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Did you just take that or happen to have it on your phone?

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Hahaha!

When I did my cycle; the shorts on my right leg had folded up slightly and I didn't realise until we'd got to the destination so my tan lines were lopsided for weeks.


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Took it this morning, after my shower

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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.

Get a camelbak

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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.

You can get MTB shorts that are padded with panel pockets if you don’t want to wear a bib.

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I do carry a back pack. I have two bottles and a motorcycle lock. If I am just going somewhere close I put the lock around my neck haha. I've just bought some 700c 35c tubes. I don't fancy getting miles away, then getting a puncture lol. I would imagine that would suck a bit.

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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.

Get a camelbak



Why?

In a race, you swap empty bottles for full ones

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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.

You can get MTB shorts that are padded with panel pockets if you don’t want to wear a bib.


On the mtb I wear bib shorts with shorts over them.

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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.

Get a camelbak



Why?

In a race, you swap empty bottles for full ones
it’s only a suggestion! You can get 3-4l reservoirs and you can carry spares for fixing your bike on the way. Mind you, I do MTB’ing not road racing

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DBSnappa wrote:
KovacsC wrote:
DBSnappa wrote:
KovacsC wrote:
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.

Get a camelbak



Why?

In a race, you swap empty bottles for full ones
it’s only a suggestion! You can get 3-4l reservoirs and you can carry spares for fixing your bike on the way. Mind you, I do MTB’ing not road racing



The saddle bag has my spares..

C02 pump x2 cansiters
2 tubes
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3 x tyre levers.

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One of my regular rides. It's roughly 3 miles out, stop for a coffee, ride back. I start out in Aldwick and head through Bognor Regis into Felpham. Past the pier and all that. It's pretty flat here (thank god) and that path goes for about 9 miles (hence the bigger bike). The only problem is when you turn around you have the wind in your face, so the 3 miles back is a real workout.

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I have to use shims as the bike has a very strange size stem. So I added a dob of glue to hold them in place so I can mount it without needing four hands.

Still need the front brake (not arrived yet) but have everything else. Hopefully it is what I missed over the weekend so should come in the morning :)

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In the weather like this, there is nothing I'd like to do more than go for a nice cycle have a cheeky beer then cycle home.

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In the weather like this, there is nothing I'd like to do more than go for a nice cycle have a cheeky beer then cycle home.

Someone send me large amounts of cash so I can quit my job.


I am so lucky tbh. One cycle path goes about 2/3 mile one way to a lovely little oasis on boards that sells coffee etc. Then the other direction goes for 9 miles or so. However, they are currently building a 10 mile path that goes all the way to Littlehampton. IDK if I would make it there and back right now, but I can always hop a train home. Local station is only a mile up the road.

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You are using the 'Ted' forum. Bill doesn't really exist any more. Bogus!
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RIP, Owen.

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