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by BigdummySteve
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ghetto hanger alignment
Replies: 0
Views: 20

Ghetto hanger alignment

Today I managed to bend my alternator dropout in a fairly serious manner. I was left with very few working gears and the very scary possibly of killing an expensive rear mech, while fiddling with the gears in an attempt to get some working gears a bloke on a touring bike stopped to offer help. Sadly...
by BigdummySteve
Thu Dec 03, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Base layer wisdom
Replies: 10
Views: 124

Re: Base layer wisdom

I have a few of the Planet X long sleeve base layers, they seem just as good as my fancy pants one which cost 4 times as much and possibly stink less. One of the key things is they need to fit tight. Merino I feel is over rated, I have a few from Aldi cheap and cheerful to a lovely Icebreaker hoodie...
by BigdummySteve
Sat Nov 28, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Overnight stays still banned?
Replies: 56
Views: 1193

Re: Overnight stays still banned?

RIP wrote:
Sat Nov 28, 2020 12:04 pm
Hmm. About to be in T2 despite being in an area with one of lowest infection/population ratios. No overnight stays 'unless for work'?
Work you say? I’ve been thinking of employing a freelance tarp tester, the pay is not great....1/2 of best. :-bd
by BigdummySteve
Sat Nov 28, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 1303
Views: 130546

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

Shewie wrote:
Fri Nov 27, 2020 10:40 pm
I've had half an eye on secondhand Arkose's on ebay recently, this one popped up earlier in the week, is it just me or ...

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Forks are on backwards.
by BigdummySteve
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ryan Van Duzer the great divide
Replies: 3
Views: 133

Re: Ryan Van Duzer the great divide

Post some links for the lazy :-bd
by BigdummySteve
Tue Nov 24, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: is a plus bike designed from the tyres up ?
Replies: 47
Views: 723

Re: is a plus bike designed from the tyres up ?

I think the ECR is a great bike, it’s 80mm BB drop and long chain stays combined with the gyroscope effect of the big old wagon wheels make it super stable. At speed I found it needed some proper body English, much like riding some motorbikes. That’s not such a bad thing, it makes it easy work loade...
by BigdummySteve
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: is a plus bike designed from the tyres up ?
Replies: 47
Views: 723

Re: is a plus bike designed from the tyres up ?

Hang on Tony - Colin (as I was) is comparing 29" to B+ but from what I can see, there'll likely be more of a difference between 29" and 29+ as generally, the diameters are noticeably different. I had an ECR for a while, it’s got a low bottom bracket, very much designed as a 29+ With ‘normal’ 29” ty...
by BigdummySteve
Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 1303
Views: 130546

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

She’s beautiful :-bd
by BigdummySteve
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you listening to now?
Replies: 352
Views: 12592

Re: What are you listening to now?

Verena wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:45 am
https://youtu.be/be7O4m9rOZE
That’s brilliant! If you like that have a listen to Gogol Bordello
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RzmGZiRNwTA

Bonkers live act, my Son was born 9 months after a GB gig :grin: :-bd
by BigdummySteve
Thu Nov 19, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 718
Views: 67869

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

Impressive that HOTT. Favourite square? Favourite square? While there have been many one particularly sticks in my mind, close to Banbury I stopped on a track and got the brew kit out, sitting in the sun enjoying my brew, surrounded by buttercups and serenaded by skylarks all my worries just evapor...
by BigdummySteve
Sun Nov 15, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is a single map enough?
Replies: 58
Views: 1034

Re: Is a single map enough?

Years ago I saw a site where you could specify an area of 1:25 or 1:50 and they'd print it on a shower curtain for you. Wasn't too expensive either... Always tried to look for it (years later) and possibly should've bought it when I had the chance. Having a custom wallpaper printed in OS. Now there...
by BigdummySteve
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 726
Views: 55605

Re: What you done t' your bike today

After several severely muddy and wet (up to BB!) rides some maintenance was needed. Crank pulled, bearing seals popped out , flushed and re-greased. Mallet 11 pedals striped and re-greased. Chain removed and cleaned. Jockey wheels removed, bearings popped and re-greased. Rear hub bearings popped and...
by BigdummySteve
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Vagabond / Fargo advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 260

Re: Vagabond / Fargo advice please

Hmm, doesn’t look so extreme in the flesh. Think the bars aren’t quite straight but I take your point Steve. At the moment I’m just playing around with what I’ve got to hand to get a feel for it. Normally I’d measure up against another bike I know fits me well, but This seems to involve a lot more ...
by BigdummySteve
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Vagabond / Fargo advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 260

Re: Vagabond / Fargo advice please

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:11 pm
I'd consider going higher - some people would disagree and I respect their right to be wrong :wink:
:lol: :-bd
by BigdummySteve
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Vagabond / Fargo advice please
Replies: 17
Views: 260

Re: Vagabond / Fargo advice please

My first thought was Bloody hell the reach is Huge! My my Fargo is set up with the drops as the primary position, that is the hook of the drop section is at seat height, I’m running a tall stack and a 50mm 30deg stem with very wide (55cm/70cm drops) luckily I started with an uncut steerer. Ultimatel...
by BigdummySteve
Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cycling glasses... getting old
Replies: 32
Views: 1159

Re: Cycling glasses... getting old

Problem with laser treatment is that it’s a one off correction of a (in most cases) dynamic change in visual acuity. It will stop working at some point and you will need glasses again. I'd pay that price for 10 years without them Dave, that's what swayed me albeit I paid £1200 in total. Optimax in ...
by BigdummySteve
Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cheap dropbar 1x12
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Cheap dropbar 1x12

As a timely counterpoint to the no expense thread I’ve just noticed a cheaper way to get SRAM Eagle running on drops, it’s a kit to convert your shifter from 11 to 12 speed :-bd

https://bikepacking.com/news/ratio-12-s ... grade-kit/

Substantially cheaper than a AXS mullet setup!
by BigdummySteve
Sat Oct 31, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ever built a no expense spared bike?
Replies: 52
Views: 1030

Re: Ever built a no expense spared bike?

I think there’s different reasons for what you buy, the first is the purely practical. Does it perform the job required in an acceptable fashion, deore stuff is the perfect example, almost all of it works far better than it’s price point. Then there are components like my onyx hub, it’s very expensi...
by BigdummySteve
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 832
Views: 48527

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

I’m out, 46 months in a row, it’s not the weather, I did a 40mile ride in pissing rain earlier in the week. I just can’t motivate myself to Bivvy out in another storm in an uninspiring location.

Looking forward to the bonfire night Bivvy however :-bd
by BigdummySteve
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ever built a no expense spared bike?
Replies: 52
Views: 1030

Re: Ever built a no expense spared bike?

My Fargo is pretty much there now, it started life as a 27.5+ 2017 model Wheels- front is a WTB 29” carbon rim on a SON dynamo hub, I’d previously run an SP and suffered the usual failure. The son has been faultlessly powering my sinewave beacon light/usb charger for 3 years. The front fork is a Fox...
by BigdummySteve
Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 9027
Views: 1013515

Re: The post man's been ...

I’ve missed this thread, having hit critical mass with Bivvy kit and bike there really was nothing I needed or wanted...... But on longer rides there was a nagging feeling of being slightly too long in the stem department. Now normally it would be a simple case of just finding a shorter stem, howeve...
by BigdummySteve
Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Your favourite moments?
Replies: 54
Views: 850

Re: Your favourite moments?

Please stop :shock:
by BigdummySteve
Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Your favourite moments?
Replies: 54
Views: 850

Re: Your favourite moments?

That moment after a really long climb when gravity becomes your friend again and you freewheel at 40mph, I’ve recently fitted a silent onyx hub and flying along with only the wind noise is really special, never fails to bring a smile to my face. Standing at the top of a mountain looking back. The ti...
by BigdummySteve
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ever wish you were strong enough to ride single speed ?
Replies: 56
Views: 932

Re: ever wish you were strong enough to ride single speed ?

No why? Beyond knob waving I really can’t see why you’d want to put yourself at that disadvantage. If you want a bulletproof drivetrain there’s always rohloff. I’ve a well calibrated idea of the sustainable effort which I can put out over a long period,, I change to a lower gear to avoid blowing up ...
by BigdummySteve
Thu Oct 29, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bike stand recommendation
Replies: 34
Views: 482

Re: Bike stand recommendation

If you have a 15mm front axel you can knock up a cheap stand by using 15mm pipe clips from a plumbing shop. I’ve used a couple attached to a plank to keep my bike upright in the van. If you don’t fancy diy you can get 15mm (other axels available) mounts for truck beds etc cheap on eBay. https://www....