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by rocklobstercat
Mon Mar 04, 2024 12:24 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which chain lube?
Replies: 13
Views: 610

Re: Which chain lube?

I've used many chain lubes over the years. My favourite is Squirt as it keeps my chain the cleanest out of all the lubes I've tried. After a ride I clean my bike thoroughly and wipe the chain with a rag and that's all I need to do. I top up the lube if I've been in atrocious conditions but otherwise...
by rocklobstercat
Wed Nov 08, 2023 12:32 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bikepacking The North York Moors
Replies: 3
Views: 2710

Re: Bikepacking The North York Moors

https://www.komoot.com/tour/1369164743

https://www.komoot.com/tour/1254263453

There you go Phil, I couldn't work out how to add a GPX file.
by rocklobstercat
Tue Nov 07, 2023 12:08 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bikepacking The North York Moors
Replies: 3
Views: 2710

Bikepacking The North York Moors

https://youtu.be/Cyc9liOWqj4?si=IOr2e8eOT-q4_4cZ

My latest video, thought I would share.
by rocklobstercat
Thu Aug 10, 2023 5:12 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bikepacking Northumberland
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Bikepacking Northumberland

https://youtu.be/JkMgmYQHqbc

One of my recent trips, thought I would share.
by rocklobstercat
Mon Sep 27, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: GRRR. Cracked rim again
Replies: 14
Views: 1623

Re: GRRR. Cracked rim again

I've had 4 Stans Arches over 2 years. All of them cracked around the spoke holes drive side on rear wheel. I first thought it may be the mechanics fault but I was wrong. There is definitely a problem with this rim and a friend of mine had the same issue. I bought a DT Swiss XR331 instead which is a ...
by rocklobstercat
Mon Jun 07, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Undercarriage Multi-Day Hygiene
Replies: 43
Views: 3329

Re: Undercarriage Multi-Day Hygiene

Baby wipes, then talc, then put on clean merino long johns. Also a bit of Sudocrem before going to sleep helps if you're a bit sore.
by rocklobstercat
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Am I right in thinking that ....
Replies: 75
Views: 6738

Re: Am I right in thinking that ....

I don't recall the lockdown rules covering bivvying :grin:
by rocklobstercat
Thu Feb 11, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BOA vs Northwave SLW2
Replies: 5
Views: 761

Re: BOA vs Northwave SLW2

I've got the Northwave system. I've snapped/cut two of them, probably on rocks? I had one fail on the HT550 but as the shoe also has a velco strap above the laces it was able to ride on without issue. I've had the shoes since 2017 and it took a lot of mileage to break them. I've now replaced the No...
by rocklobstercat
Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BOA vs Northwave SLW2
Replies: 5
Views: 761

BOA vs Northwave SLW2

I've been looking at getting some new shoes and have noticed some come with the BOA lace system. I have also been looking at Northwave shoes which have their own lace system called SLW2. What I've read is that BOA uses a steel lace whereas the Northwave use some sort of braid instead. What are peopl...
by rocklobstercat
Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do you like giant cassettes?
Replies: 54
Views: 4230

Re: Do you like giant cassettes?

I'm still using 3x10 and don't plan to change it any time soon. Works flawlessly (if maintained properly) and gives me all the gears I need. ๐Ÿ˜
by rocklobstercat
Wed Feb 03, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Crank Bros Candy vs Eggbeater
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Crank Bros Candy vs Eggbeater

I've been using eggbeaters for a few years now and really like them. I've recently bought some Shimano MW7 shoes and have noticed the soles aren't as stiff as my other shoes. I can feel a difference in less power transfer through the eggbeater pedals. I've been looking at the Candy 1's and see they ...
by rocklobstercat
Thu Nov 12, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Similar to Exposure, but not... is there such a thing?
Replies: 89
Views: 9046

Re: Similar to Exposure, but not... is there such a thing?

I find the mount on the Ravemen rock solid and doesn't move at all.
by rocklobstercat
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Similar to Exposure, but not... is there such a thing?
Replies: 89
Views: 9046

Re: Similar to Exposure, but not... is there such a thing?

I've had a Torchy light for about 8 years and it's been brilliant. However the wire started to fray and I couldn't work out how to fix it. I read all the reviews and bike light forums and eventually decided on the Ravemen PR1600. The build quality is superb and I like not having an external battery ...
by rocklobstercat
Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Helmet Lights
Replies: 26
Views: 2779

Re: Helmet Lights

See things, to use in conjunction with bar mounted lights.
by rocklobstercat
Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Helmet Lights
Replies: 26
Views: 2779

Helmet Lights

Any recommendations on helmet lights? Not too heavy or ridiculously expensive?
by rocklobstercat
Thu Oct 01, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stans Arch & Crest
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Stans Arch & Crest

I had a reply from Garett at Stans. He reckons even reputable wheel builders are over tightening the spokes on Arch rims and said he has seen this a lot. He recommends a maximum of 105 kgf which is 20 less than what's listed on their website.
by rocklobstercat
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stans Arch & Crest
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Stans Arch & Crest

I know what you mean but all the mechanics I've used have good reputations in wheel building and have been recommended. I've read on other forums that it is a common problem with Crests and Arches. I've emailed Stans HQ to see if they can offer any advice. If all else fails I'll try another make of ...
by rocklobstercat
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stans Arch & Crest
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Re: Stans Arch & Crest

Don't think so. I've had them built by different mechanics and initially thought that. The spoke tensions have been under and at the recommended torque but it doesn't seem to make a difference.
by rocklobstercat
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stans Arch & Crest
Replies: 13
Views: 1464

Stans Arch & Crest

I've had two Crests develop cracks around the spoke holes and two Arches that have had the same problem. All in the space of 2 years which have bee replaced under warranty. I'm well under the recommended rider weight so not sure what's causing this. Anyone else had the same problem with these rims?
by rocklobstercat
Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Alpkit Kraku and gas canister issues
Replies: 9
Views: 1457

Re: Alpkit Kraku and gas canister issues

It'll be a compatibility issue with the type of gas canister you're using. I have a Kraku and only use it with Coleman canisters and it works perfectly.
by rocklobstercat
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pillows
Replies: 58
Views: 6837

Re: Pillows

I have tried loads of different pillows over the years and have never found any that are comfortable until I bought a Thermarest Compressible. This feels like a proper pillow and I sleep really well using it. The only downside is that it is over 200g and doesn't pack down as small as an inflatable o...
by rocklobstercat
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What do you think about when you are riding?
Replies: 33
Views: 4140

Re: What do you think about when you are riding?

Mine drifts and sort of floats a bit like when you're dropping off to sleep apart from I'm awake. Mostly it's positive thoughts and sometimes I come up with good ideas without concentrating.
by rocklobstercat
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What GPS unit to get?
Replies: 32
Views: 4407

Re: What GPS unit to get?

I've used a Dakota 20 for years and it's been great on preloaded GPX files although it's very slow with a low res screen. Upgraded to a Garmin Edge 830 recently and love it. Also depends on how much you want to spend.
by rocklobstercat
Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 1 X
Replies: 23
Views: 2699

Re: 1 X

Is having a front derailleur to change chain rings not a better idea than doing it by hand? I thought that's what it was invented for. I'm interested in trying 1 x, no doubt I'll think it's great and not go back ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
by rocklobstercat
Sat Jun 13, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 1 X
Replies: 23
Views: 2699

Re: 1 X

I understand the simplicity but seems like technology is going backwards. Less gears, less choice and less combinations. One thing I can't work out is if you're powering up a hill out of the saddle in a mid gear and want to get down to a small gear quickly once you're at the top you can do so quickl...