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  • Psychotext 30 Nov 2012 15:33:04 52,778 posts
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    I only ever really feel cold for the first 10 minutes whilst my body is gearing up... and if I'm stupid enough to stop for any significant period.

    That changes really, really fast if my feet get wet though. I tend to feel like crap in no time at all when that happens.
  • Trafford 30 Nov 2012 16:07:39 5,270 posts
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    Clouds and silver linings..
    My soon to be ex wife has offered to buy me out of the mortgage with a lump sum.

    Gimme that bike porn!
  • Psychotext 30 Nov 2012 16:17:31 52,778 posts
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    Might you... I don't know... want to put the money towards somewhere to live or something? Otherwise:



    You don't even need to pedal it and it'll do wheelies automatically. :D
  • Trafford 30 Nov 2012 16:31:38 5,270 posts
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    An Audi? GTFO

    It's expensive to buy around my way. I'll rent for the next couple of years until both kids are in secondary school.

    I'm not going to go crazy. Salsa Fargo 2 and some minimalist racks.
    Sell my current MTB to offset the costs.
    A new bike will beat the doldrums better than anything.
    Think I'll buy the boys a nice BMX each also.
  • Psychotext 30 Nov 2012 16:51:51 52,778 posts
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    How sickeningly practical. :D
  • Deleted user 1 December 2012 07:47:12
    Psychotext wrote:
    Any decent trails? Where do you ride?
    Well, the best one I've found that's local and ridable to it is Moors Valley (which is under Dorset County Council authority). They have spent a fair few thousand quid doing a trail through the trees and forest they have at their family/recreation park. It's nice, 4km roughly, but it isn't much of a challenge. Other than that I have the New Forest on my doorstep, but it is very restrictive for cycling. You have to keep to designated route, mostly the crappy fire roads which are typically very boggy and wet, or risk a 1000 fine. I've been wanting to find some new places to ride for a while, but I try to mix my route up to keep it fresh.

    Wales must be great for all kinds of cycling!
  • Deleted user 1 December 2012 09:21:01
    Ok, I've got another techinal question guys, sorry.

    Going up the hill half an hour ago, feeling good in this cold beautiful morning, and my legs start spinning like mad. I thought the chain had come off but in fact the rear cogset is spinning independently of the rear wheel. Please don't tell me this mean another new wheel, as I only bought it what feels like 5 min's ago!
  • elstoof 1 Dec 2012 09:39:43 6,139 posts
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    That's a strange one. It's spinning completely independently of the wheel, like freewheeling in reverse? Must be the hub that's broken, the pawls aren't engaging for some reason. You won't need a complete wheel, just a new hub and rebuild with the spokes and rim you have.
  • elstoof 1 Dec 2012 10:11:26 6,139 posts
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    Oh yeah, the finished build.

    https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A3532ODWJfDlY2

    Campy Chorus 11, Zonda wheelset, Selle Italia SLR saddle, Keo Blades and bar, stem, tape and mast topper all Ritchey WCS.
  • Deleted user 1 December 2012 10:18:53
    Yeah, I took the wheel off and am holding it with one hand, and I can spin the cog set in either direction with the other. Obviously something is broke, which makes me angry as it is literally a new wheel. I paid the local bike shop to fit it about two months ago. Shall be giving them a visit to see if there was any warranty, if they're half decent they should fix it for free I'd of thought.
  • elstoof 1 Dec 2012 10:30:20 6,139 posts
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    Absolutely take it back, if they don't repair/replace then never go back again. It should be covered on a manufacturers warranty at the very least though.
  • Deleted user 1 December 2012 10:31:05
    Oooo nice bike!
  • elstoof 1 Dec 2012 10:38:18 6,139 posts
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    Cheers ;)
  • Trafford 1 Dec 2012 10:38:25 5,270 posts
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    It's a gorgeous frame, is that your Sunday best bike then?
  • elstoof 1 Dec 2012 10:44:32 6,139 posts
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    I get it out whenever the weathers right, been my commuter this week. Along with Sunday best duties.

    Edited by elstoof at 10:45:22 01-12-2012
  • Deleted user 1 December 2012 11:31:50
    I like the rear wheel, with 3 spokes in a group, that looks really good. Nice in black too. What is that behind though? Is it painted onto a wall? Or you have an old shoe collection? ;)
  • elstoof 1 Dec 2012 11:49:45 6,139 posts
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    It's taken at work, I make shoes. That's the last rack behind, some of our customers lasts filed away.
  • Psychotext 1 Dec 2012 13:37:50 52,778 posts
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    Ooh. Make me some fancy shoes! Do you deal with poor people at all? :D


    Apostle wrote:
    Wales must be great for all kinds of cycling!
    Yeah, I'm very lucky in that respect. I have a huge amount of trails within a short distance.

    Looking around where you said, you do seem to be in a bit of a deadzone, at least for official trails. Might be worth banging your postcode / selecting mountainbiking on http://www.gpsies.com/trackList.do and http://ridewithgps.com/routes/exploratory_search# and having a bit of an adventure. :)

    Edited by Psychotext at 13:45:24 01-12-2012
  • elstoof 1 Dec 2012 14:04:19 6,139 posts
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    We deal with anyone. We're not exclusive, just expensive ;)
  • pistol 1 Dec 2012 17:46:44 13,019 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    I only ever really feel cold for the first 10 minutes whilst my body is gearing up... and if I'm stupid enough to stop for any significant period.

    That changes really, really fast if my feet get wet though. I tend to feel like crap in no time at all when that happens.
    I'm the same as you and for training rides in winter it's a good idea not to wear too many layers where you're hot straight away. You'll get even hotter as you get into the ride and that's counter productive. Best thing is to wear stuff that has you feeling a little cold for first 10-20 mins. Once you've warmed up you'll be at the right temperature.
  • MikeP 1 Dec 2012 20:57:38 1,676 posts
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    Apostle wrote:
    Yeah, I took the wheel off and am holding it with one hand, and I can spin the cog set in either direction with the other. Obviously something is broke, which makes me angry as it is literally a new wheel. I paid the local bike shop to fit it about two months ago. Shall be giving them a visit to see if there was any warranty, if they're half decent they should fix it for free I'd of thought.
    If the cogs spin in either direction but there's no wobble it sounds like the pawls in the freewheel aren't engaging. That can be due to problems with the way they are lubricated, but they could have actually failed. That's very very rare, as they are a very simple mechanism.

    Almost certainly a warranty job.
  • Deleted user 1 December 2012 22:01:57
    Thanks for the advice Mike. I just took the tyre and inner tube out and have swapped them onto and old wheel I have with cogs, they are a bit rusty, well a few of them, hoping some oil will sort them out and it's just surface rust. On inspection of the dodgy wheel and cogs, they now don't move freely both ways, which is old, but do engage the wheel, but will not run freely in the other direction (when your not pedalling I suppose). Sorry for the non-technical waffle, it's hard to explain. Definitely something wrong with it, as the old wheel+cogs spin easily by hand and make that nice clicking noise. I was getting some weird things happen with my chain which maybe I should have investigated more. It was going back up the reverse side of the front cogs when not pedalling and snarling them up obviously, and also becoming slack, not seeming to move through the rear derailleur smoothly. So something has been a miss for a few rides, but I didn't think it that serious.

    Oh well, hopefully this old wheel will keep me riding for a while.
  • Psychotext 1 Dec 2012 23:01:42 52,778 posts
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    The rear wheel on the bike I just bought does something similar (If I spin the wheel, the cranks turn a bit, and vice versa). I'll have the shop have a look when I take it in for a service.
  • MikeP 1 Dec 2012 23:07:25 1,676 posts
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    The pawls inside the freehub/freewheel are like spring loaded teeth that run over a sawtooth pattern. They're meant to spring out and lock when you want to pedal.

    They're normally meant to be lubricated with light oil, as the springs are pretty delicate. If it's very cold and they've been greased by mistake, rather than oiled, the grease can thicken to the extent that they don't spring out and engage. So, if they slip in the cold, but engage when warm indoors that might be the problem.

    The springs can break, but that's normally terminal, as you can imagine. If your local shop is decent they should see you right, especially as the wheel's pretty new.

    Here's a video, in case you're interested:

    Check out this video http://dirt.mpora.com/news/work-freehub-body.html
  • mal 1 Dec 2012 23:43:09 21,957 posts
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    Mmm, sounds like the freewheel's gone, if you've got screw-on gears. If you've got cassette gears (which I'd guess you have on a bike like that), IIRC the freewheel functionality is part of the hub on the wheel, so it's new (replacement) wheel time.

    Edit: Having the chain getting snarled up is usually cos your derallieurs are out of whack with your gears, so the chain doesn't travel cleanly from the selected gear to the tensioning wheels. If it suddenly goes and you've not been playing with your gear setup, either the gear cable's slipped or something seriously funky is happening to the axle geometry. I'd hazard a guess it may have been the latter.

    Edited by mal at 23:48:01 01-12-2012

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Trafford 2 Dec 2012 01:09:18 5,270 posts
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    Interesting frames
  • Psychotext 2 Dec 2012 02:00:28 52,778 posts
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    Freaky beasts.
  • Psychotext 2 Dec 2012 02:11:32 52,778 posts
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    Unrelated, I realised tonight that every single ZipVit product I've tried was horrible. I suspect that no-one who works there actually has tastebuds.
  • Trafford 2 Dec 2012 02:29:37 5,270 posts
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    Gels really are shit. Gimme trail mix and caffeine every time.
    Tea rooms also.
  • Deleted user 2 December 2012 07:13:38
    Gah! Just woke up and realised I need to put the disc brake rotor on the old wheel or get some old v-brakes set up. Crap. Was looking forward to riding today.

    Damn, my fears were correct, the old wheel has no fitting for a disc brake. Balls. Would of been too straight forward!

    Edited by Apostle at 07:23:26 02-12-2012
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