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by Gummikuh
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Front mudguard for a Stooge MK2
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Front mudguard for a Stooge MK2

The mudhugger mudguards are quite soft and should be able to be manipulated to fit. I use one on my longitude with a 2.8 tyre and that works OK, although I hit it with a warm air gun to make it a bit easier to shape. I cant see it not fitting, just not being wide enough and debris might get past the...
by Gummikuh
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ergon saddles experiences?
Replies: 4
Views: 279

Re: Ergon saddles experiences?

Hi, I use an Ergon SM Pro and I am yet to be convinced. I recently did 4 days and roughly 380Km on it day after day and was still a bit sore, but I had just changed from a Brooks cambium which almost killed me after 1 day, so maybe I need to just toughen up or get used to it, of all the saddles I've...
by Gummikuh
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: WRT
Replies: 103
Views: 3853

Re: WRT

This year was different for me, I decided to ride back from Bear Bones towers all the way to Cranfield(Bedfordshire) 320Km. I arrived home for 14:00 Monday, so quite happy with that. I was flagging this morning until a roadie screamed past wearing a Phil Corley shirt (local MK bike store for fashion...
by Gummikuh
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cycling glasses... getting old
Replies: 28
Views: 839

Re: Cycling glasses... getting old

I use the Tifosi readers.

https://www.tifosioptics.com/product/ve ... 0-fototec/

Work really well, only come in dark or clear though.
by Gummikuh
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Brake Bleeding. Is it as easy as sounds?
Replies: 25
Views: 720

Re: Brake Bleeding. Is it as easy as sounds?

Just double check your hose is firmly on the bleed nipple, its really easy for it to come off, spraying oil/DOT all over everywhere.

Done that a few times.

Once in the front room! I had the mother of clean up jobs before the boss got home.
by Gummikuh
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dangerous dogs
Replies: 25
Views: 978

Dangerous dogs

I had a farm dog chase me a few days ago and I have never really been bothered by dogs before, but this one was belligerent and really a bit scary, throwing himself at my calves and doing his utmost to make a point. I wanted to get off and give it the biggest kick, but I was worried that I would may...
by Gummikuh
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bar tape recommendations
Replies: 15
Views: 524

Re: Bar tape recommendations

I have a vagabond with digest bars, and I just double wrap using bar tape from decathlon as it is cheap and because you will hit the bars on a post, tree or doorframe the first time you ride them, they do stick out! Be careful setting them up as they can swing around and whack the top tube if you do...
by Gummikuh
Thu May 28, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Help please (before I get the big file out!)
Replies: 40
Views: 1312

Re: Help please (before I get the big file out!)

I still say put a washer on the disc side of the axle. You may need to dish the rim a little if it bothers you, but a quarter turn on each nipple on that side should do it. You can always make a washer fit, by drilling out the centre to the diameter of the axle. Just don't do it whilst holding it wi...
by Gummikuh
Thu May 28, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Help please (before I get the big file out!)
Replies: 40
Views: 1312

Re: Help please (before I get the big file out!)

Could you not simply add a washer between hub and fork?

I had a similar issue with my Genesis longitude and I thought about filing down the adaptor before realising I could add a washer, biggest issue I had was finding a washer to fit as it is an odd size hole.
by Gummikuh
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: DIY wheel building
Replies: 34
Views: 1619

Re: DIY wheel building

It is true that building wheels can be more expensive, but it does allow you the freedom to build things like dynamo hubs etc. But bear in mind is that there can be a lot of 26" wheels out there with good hubs on for not much money. For my last wheel build I used an XT rear hub from an old wheel and...
by Gummikuh
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: DIY wheel building
Replies: 34
Views: 1619

Re: DIY wheel building

I would say download the book from https://www.wheelpro.co.uk/

Take your time and yes its possible and rewarding.
by Gummikuh
Sat Apr 18, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tubeless tyres, when do you change?
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Tubeless tyres, when do you change?

I currently run Schwalbe Rocket Rons on my Longitude and have been very happy with them. However, they are now two years old but do have loads of tread left. The problem is they don't seem to hold air anymore and go down after a couple of weeks, I put this down to the sheer number of punctures they ...
by Gummikuh
Sat Apr 11, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 - your worst bits.
Replies: 15
Views: 820

Re: BB200 - your worst bits.

I suppose riding 2018 and the river crossings. I was using SPD's and slipped whilst trying to negotiate one of what can only be described as a torrent and having to swim for the bank. My waterproof clothing is also waterproof from the inside! Luckily somebody managed to grab my bike. I would have tu...
by Gummikuh
Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Genesis Longitude???
Replies: 17
Views: 1096

Re: Genesis Longitude???

Hi. 27.5+ feels draggy on roads and hard surfaces, very difficult to get the pressure right for mixed terrain. I have a vagabond 29er and it feels like it rolls better/faster, might just be me, might be the bike. I have Jones bars on my longitude and it is again a marmite set-up, lots of hand positi...
by Gummikuh
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Genesis Longitude???
Replies: 17
Views: 1096

Re: Genesis Longitude???

I have one.

I think it is perfect for the sort of stuff we do, still not convinced about 27.5+ though.

It's not the fastest, but it is very forgiving.

I suppose the question is what do you intend to use it for?
by Gummikuh
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: I did not sleep well that night.
Replies: 21
Views: 1653

Re: I did not sleep well that night.

Well seeing as it was my anecdote that started this thread off, maybe I should tell the story. It was a few years ago, one summer, and I thought I had this bicycle touring sorted, so embarked on an overnighter straight from work just to see how things went, free without a care. I left Thetford stati...
by Gummikuh
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone bother with a lock when out?
Replies: 15
Views: 1026

Re: Anyone bother with a lock when out?

Really depends on where I am I suppose. I use a Hiplock Z lock. which won't stop a determined thief, but is handy when you need to nip into a toilet/shop or something and it feels a bit dodgy. It doesn't weigh much and I usually slide it down the frame bag loops. I would say choosing the right spot ...
by Gummikuh
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: HireSquire
Replies: 18
Views: 1107

Re: HireSquire

I for one can't really see this working. I carry very little and just what I need, and I look after it (ex forces) as I may come to really rely on it one day, is this something that others will copy? or will it be like you hire a car with 4 bald tyres? I think the repair and mend is a much better wa...
by Gummikuh
Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone tried putoline chain wax ?
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: Anyone tried putoline chain wax ?

Hi. I use Putoline and it seems to last for a few days of the sort of riding we do, that said if it is truly biblical then not a lot will stay on, the worst is thick mud falling off the rear tyre onto the chain, sucking all the lubricant off. I bought a super cheap deep fat fryer from LIdl and it is...
by Gummikuh
Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Waterproof shorts / 3/4 / trousers recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 1021

Re: Waterproof shorts / 3/4 / trousers recommendations

I have a pair of these.

Very impressed wore them on the one but last BB200 and they sort of worked short of a wetsuit.

They are reduced as well

https://www.freewheel.co.uk/madison-dte ... s-varcl035
by Gummikuh
Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do you own an unsuitable bike?
Replies: 82
Views: 3895

Re: Do you own an unsuitable bike?

I have probably a few candidates, I have a Pashley speed 5 which my wife bought me as a birthday present, it is beautiful to look at but plain miserable to ride. But it would have appeal, hub gears and brakes, upright riding position, Brooks saddle and multi hand positions. I have a few BMX's which ...
by Gummikuh
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: map subscriptions
Replies: 25
Views: 1827

Re: map subscriptions

Bit naughty this one, but I have gone to my local library and "read" maps, but I have "noticed" the code is still often on them.
by Gummikuh
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Good winter (baggy) cycling pants: any thoughts
Replies: 21
Views: 1503

Re: Good winter (baggy) cycling pants: any thoughts

I have a few pairs of Madison shorts and trousers and have been really impressed.

What about these?

https://www.freewheel.co.uk/madison-zen ... armcl19w04
by Gummikuh
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Where you at ?
Replies: 60
Views: 3725

Re: Where you at ?

Cranfield.

Between Bedford and Milton Keynes.
by Gummikuh
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Genesis Vagabond - any good?
Replies: 18
Views: 1446

Re: Genesis Vagabond - any good?

I have one, in fact rode to work on it this morning. I built mine from a frameset though. I think it is pretty ace, it seems a little heavy, but rolls along quite nicely. I struggled to get stem height right to begin with and I was up and down all over the place. I think not having eyelets on the fo...