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  • Trafford 26 Jul 2013 15:38:39 5,892 posts
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    Yeah, I've done it but know I'm not remotely fit enough to attempt at the moment.
    It also runs very close to Lee Quarry so would make a good place for a weekend visit.
  • elstoof 27 Jul 2013 13:40:51 7,819 posts
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    Wheels laced, 32h 3x front and back ('cause it don't fuck about), logos readable from the drive side, hub logo visible through valve.. Wait, I'm one hole out on the front...

    I wish I wasn't so OCD.

    Where's the spoke key...
  • FWB 27 Jul 2013 18:31:21 44,858 posts
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    Any suggestions for a lock? Already got an Abus, but a tad too big to fit on my frame (tis very big), so want something very secure, but portable, still with a decent enough reach.
  • elstoof 27 Jul 2013 18:43:27 7,819 posts
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    You're looking for the holy grail there, a secure yet portable lock... You're after a D lock though? New York Fahgetaboudit was the one to have as far as I remember, mini D shape so less chance of jamming a jack in there and popping it open.

    Any lock should be looked at as a delaying mechanism anyway, if they want the bike they'll get it given enough time.
    Ultimate safety though is to have 2 or 3 locks of different types at the same time, most theiving scum only carry the tools for one type at a time.
  • FWB 27 Jul 2013 18:50:18 44,858 posts
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    What is the reach of the Fahgetaboudit? Have looked at it but it seems very small to lock it to anything.
  • elstoof 27 Jul 2013 18:55:56 7,819 posts
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    That's the point of that lock, minimises free space. The standard Kryptonite lock, orange rather than yellow coloured, is bigger and possibly made of the same material - need to confirm that. It's a Gold secure rated lock though. I've got one of these, did the job the one time I used it.
  • andytheadequate 27 Jul 2013 19:10:16 8,283 posts
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    I've tried to replace my disc brake pads but made a bollocks of it. Now I have a bike without brakes until I take it to a shop. Worst thing is, they weren't even that worn, and I plan on selling it anyway.

    Genius
  • Gurgy 27 Jul 2013 20:26:28 2,617 posts
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    Do the EG experts think that securing 3 bikes (whilst on family day out) using one New York Fahgetaboudit Mini D and say 2 of the 7ft Kryptoflex cables would be good enough.

    I.e. D lock one bike to post etc and then weave cables through its wheels and through the other two bikes frames and wheels.
  • elstoof 27 Jul 2013 20:32:45 7,819 posts
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    Break the D lock and chuck all three in the back of a van, cut the cables at lesiure back at nest - 3 for the price of one.

    Get all cables round the post too
  • Gurgy 27 Jul 2013 20:40:17 2,617 posts
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    "Get all cables round the post too"

    Point taken. Would you feel comfortable once this had been done ?

    Thought of taking 3 D locks isn't nice (neither is all 3 of us walking home though).
    I know nothing's guaranteed but just after the "they'll move on to something easier" effect.

    Edit - just for daytime and short term use.

    Edited by ReGuRgIt8oR at 20:44:42 27-07-2013
  • elstoof 27 Jul 2013 20:45:26 7,819 posts
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    Depends a lot on the value if the bike. I wouldn't be comfortable locking any of my bikes up outdoors for any length of time, and I'm fortunate enough that I never have to. If you're locking up 3 Look 695s like that I'd say you were crazy but 3 beaten up old winter hacks should be safe enough if you catch my drift.
  • elstoof 27 Jul 2013 20:46:55 7,819 posts
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    I'd probably take a D Lock each if you have them, if only because if one of you has to carry an anchor, then that's not fair ;-)
  • Gurgy 27 Jul 2013 20:55:11 2,617 posts
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    Total value of the three is about 1500

    Don't own any D locks at the moment so they would all be a new outlay.

    Chances of taking 3 D locks is near nil. I would have to carry them all. Son wouldn't cope carrying one and wife wouldn't see the point. She would continue to use her Poundland combination lock and say " they'll be ok".

    I'm the only one who worries about the security of anything.

    Edited by ReGuRgIt8oR at 20:56:13 27-07-2013
  • FWB 27 Jul 2013 21:00:44 44,858 posts
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    Anyone got one of these...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kryptonite-Evolution-Standard-EZMount-Bracket/dp/B000LPG3D2/ref=sr_1_7?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1374949041&sr=1-7&keywords=Evolution+lock
  • Zackv4861 27 Jul 2013 21:09:16 1,102 posts
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    Now the weathers nicer i've started cycling to and from work part way everyday. About 7 miles a day. The gears on my bike are aweful though just doesn't want to change gear on the big flywheel.
  • FWB 27 Jul 2013 21:12:41 44,858 posts
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    Realign/clean the derailer.
  • Psychotext 27 Jul 2013 21:39:26 54,522 posts
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    FWB wrote:
    Anyone got one of these...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kryptonite-Evolution-Standard-EZMount-Bracket/dp/B000LPG3D2/ref=sr_1_7?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1374949041&sr=1-7&keywords=Evolution+lock
    Yeah, pretty good lock. Mount didn't fit my bike though.
  • FWB 27 Jul 2013 21:45:56 44,858 posts
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    Lock was too big or the mount?
  • mcmothercruncher 27 Jul 2013 23:34:01 7,288 posts
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    I literally never lock my bikes up, I get on them outside the house, go for a ride and then back into the house they go. Definitely limits how much I can cycle though, of course.
  • Psychotext 27 Jul 2013 23:58:46 54,522 posts
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    Lock was too big for the triangle. I guess you could mount it somewhere else though.
  • MikeP 29 Jul 2013 12:43:43 1,966 posts
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    My crazy plan of going 4 days a week at work and spending the fifth day building bikes is actually happening.

    First day in the workshop is this Friday. Blimey. I've got an initial agreement with the guys to build two frames then we'll see how it's going. At one day a week that'll take a while, but I'm in no rush.

    PSN ID: Mikenetic

  • elstoof 29 Jul 2013 12:56:59 7,819 posts
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    You lucky sod, sounds like you've got some good times ahead.

    How was Dunwich?
  • Bremenacht 29 Jul 2013 14:44:06 18,793 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    FWB wrote:
    Anyone got one of these...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kryptonite-Evolution-Standard-EZMount-Bracket/dp/B000LPG3D2/ref=sr_1_7?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1374949041&sr=1-7&keywords=Evolution+lock
    Yeah, pretty good lock. Mount didn't fit my bike though.
    I've read somewhere that Kryptonite locks can be opened using the same key. i.e. 1 key does many locks. No idea if true, but it put me off.

    I've been meaning to look into getting a little motion alarm - something that makes a din when moved. Anyone use one for a bike? Thought it could be handy when cabling multiple bikes together for shortish times.
  • elstoof 29 Jul 2013 15:20:17 7,819 posts
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    I thought pretty much all locks had a limited number of actual key shapes, just enough to make highly improbable someone could try a key randomly from another lock and for it to be the right one.
  • mal 29 Jul 2013 15:26:03 22,727 posts
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    There's also the biro top trick with certain Kyrptonite locks as I understand it.

    Personally I've got a krypto mini-D, which I'm not sure is safe against biros or not, but it's not my only lock. When I bought it I hoped it was big enough to secure my front wheel to my frame, but it's not quite. It's quite handy for securing my back wheel though, so if I'm using something else to secure the front wheel to the frame and an immovable object, it can be handy.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • MikeP 29 Jul 2013 16:37:03 1,966 posts
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    The Biro trick was only useful against the very old cylindrical keys, which they no longer use, I think.

    @elstoof Dunwich was good, but very very busy. They reckoned over 2,000 people did the ride, and IMO the cafe and pub at the end know they have a monopoly on catering and are starting to gouge the participants for cash.

    I don't think I'll do it again. I reckon a better plan might be to go camping in that there countryside and do a circular ride in the middle of the night instead.

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  • elstoof 29 Jul 2013 18:05:46 7,819 posts
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    That's a fair amount to have on an unorganised ride like that, getting to be a bit of a victim of its own success I suppose. Still, next year will probably have thunderstorms and only about 30 people will turn up to battle through the sideways hail and whatnot :D
  • THFourteen 29 Jul 2013 23:09:23 33,938 posts
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    Wooo cycle to work voucher has finally been posted.

    In the interim, I've changed my mind again and am now leaning towards a specialized hardrock MTB.

    I think it would be more fun to ride than a hybrid recreationally and tbh I wonder whether ill actually ever work up the courage to actually ride into central London on a working day.
  • Deleted user 30 July 2013 09:48:14
    Hardrocks are great, I have an old one in the loft. Bomb-proof frames, very fun ride
  • elstoof 30 Jul 2013 10:06:59 7,819 posts
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    And the loft is where this one might end up too ;)
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