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  • MikeP 1 May 2014 14:00:17 1,771 posts
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    Thusly:

    Cross-check frame & fork: £305
    Shimano Sora groupset (9x2): £200
    Brakes: £25
    Headset: £35
    Wheels (Fulcrum 7): £135
    Tyres, tubes: £50
    Bar, seat post, stem: £80
    SPD Pedals: £25
    Bar tape: £10
    Saddle: £50
    Mudguards: £30

    £945
  • Armoured_Bear 1 May 2014 14:12:30 10,292 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    Thusly:

    Cross-check frame & fork: £305
    Shimano Sora groupset (9x2): £200
    Brakes: £25
    Headset: £35
    Wheels (Fulcrum 7): £135
    Tyres, tubes: £50
    Bar, seat post, stem: £80
    SPD Pedals: £25
    Bar tape: £10
    Saddle: £50
    Mudguards: £30

    £945
    Cheers, as I already have a decent mountain bike wouldn't I be best just with a city bike?
    I'll never want to put knobby tyres on it, I have a mountain bike for that.
    What am I missing?

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  • MikeP 1 May 2014 15:18:38 1,771 posts
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    If you're just riding around town, then a town bike is a great idea.

    But if you ever want to go further, or faster, then you'll want something more road-like. But pure road bikes are like race horses, their utility is a bit limited. You can't put a rack on them, they only take very skinny tyres etc.
  • OptimusPube 1 May 2014 19:36:07 2,909 posts
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    If it's just for city commuting then a hybrid is ideal like you originally posted, slightly bigger more comfortable tyres than a road bike for all those pot holes but quicker and more practical than an MTB, just be made aware that slick tyres are a no go on grassy muddy surfaces as I'm sure you know if you encounter any off roady bits on your commute.

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  • elstoof 1 May 2014 20:09:02 6,631 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    For a fixie? Tight jeans and an ironic t-shirt.
  • boo 1 May 2014 20:36:03 11,706 posts
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    At least he's facing away from the camera. I don't need to see his meat and two veg, no matter how ironic they may be.

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  • Psychotext 3 May 2014 22:43:31 53,849 posts
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    Don't normally post dirt jump stuff, but holy shit the skills on show in this vid are incredible: https://vimeo.com/88946747

    Oh, and I'm a member of this club, though not a famous one: http://vimeo.com/89125093

    Tired of my bike fucking up I threw it into a stream. Sadly I don't have a backup team so I ended up wading in to fish it out.

    Edited by Psychotext at 23:19:54 03-05-2014
  • skiplevels 4 May 2014 15:41:02 337 posts
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    really tempted by a rychtarski custom frame. 699 for a hand made frame (& forks) in columbus max is a great deal, right?
  • MikeP 4 May 2014 17:21:26 1,771 posts
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    That is very good value.
  • Bremenacht 4 May 2014 17:32:01 17,613 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Tired of my bike fucking up I threw it into a stream.
    !! :'- D
  • boo 4 May 2014 21:32:08 11,706 posts
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    Chaps,

    Opinions on chain cleaning machines, and degreaser in general. When I bought the bike I came away with some Finishline Citrus degreaser aerosol, plus some drylube, and the mechanic in the shop suggested that two toothbrushes taped together makes a cost-effective chain cleaning tool.

    I'm leaning towards dropping £20 odd quid on a Park chain cleaning machine, but I'd need a liquid degreaser rather than an aerosol.

    Are the machines worth having, or are they a 'use it once, then it languishes at the back of the garage, never to be used again' sort of thing?
    If they're worth having, any recommendations on a liquid degreaser?

    Cheers!

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  • andytheadequate 4 May 2014 21:36:06 8,081 posts
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    The chain cleaning tool I bought was shit. I use some muc off chain cleaning spray and a chain cleaning brush, probably about £10 in total and seems to work a treat.
  • elstoof 4 May 2014 21:44:55 6,631 posts
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    Never brushed a chain before personally; just oil it, run it through a clean rag until no more filth comes off and apply some fresh oil to finish.

    I wouldn't use anything solvent based on a chain, it's hard to get lubricant back into the places solvents reach.
  • OptimusPube 5 May 2014 11:07:44 2,909 posts
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    I got stuck behind a commuter on my journey home, he was an oldish fellah and his rear tyre was nearly flat, as I passed him I jokingly said you'd go a little faster if you had some air in that tyre, he shrugged and said he didn't have one, I said pull over and I'll use my pump, pulled over, unclipped my pump and filled his tyres up for him, he certainly did go a lot faster, he thanked me on his way.

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  • OptimusPube 5 May 2014 19:45:53 2,909 posts
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    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
    Albert said E=MC²

  • MikeP 5 May 2014 20:40:07 1,771 posts
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    @OptimusPube nicely done. May your good deed bring you plenty of cycling Karma.
  • UncleLou Moderator 5 May 2014 21:12:40 35,427 posts
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    @MikeP I agree. I bought a Cyclocross bike last year, and it's the the best bike I've ever owned. Looks and feels almost like a roadbike, but you can take a turn into the forest whenever you feel like it. :)



    Edit: replied to the last list on the previous site, not MikeP's post directly above...

    Edited by UncleLou at 21:14:32 05-05-2014
  • Carlo 5 May 2014 22:11:44 17,948 posts
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    Zero falls on my test run so far. Haha who am I kidding!

    Went with a Shimano M530 Trail Wide & a pair of these to click into them.

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  • Psychotext 5 May 2014 23:00:55 53,849 posts
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    Very nice.
  • Bremenacht 5 May 2014 23:51:38 17,613 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Never brushed a chain before personally; just oil it, run it through a clean rag until no more filth comes off and apply some fresh oil to finish.

    I wouldn't use anything solvent based on a chain, it's hard to get lubricant back into the places solvents reach.
    Yeah, this is best. Old towels, tea-towels etc. - keep them and use them for chain cleaning. I've read it in quite a few places - oil and towel to clean, followed by fresh oil, will keep a chain good for a long time.

    Only necessary to do something more if the chain is in a really bad state.
  • Bremenacht 5 May 2014 23:52:38 17,613 posts
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    Or, chuck it in a stream for a bit and fish it out again when you feel bad. As good as new!
  • OptimusPube 6 May 2014 00:10:16 2,909 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:
    Or, chuck it in a stream for a bit and fish it out again when you feel bad. As good as new!
    I've heard this, might chuck mine in the Humber next time I'm going over it.

    You better watch out.
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  • Psychotext 6 May 2014 00:29:25 53,849 posts
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    I actually have pretty bad experiences with chains. If I don't absolutely dry the shit out of them after washing they pretty much always rust on me, it's annoying as fuck.

    I can't just wash the bike and put it away I usually have to dry everything off and ideally lube the chain again.
  • Bremenacht 6 May 2014 00:59:33 17,613 posts
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    I never wash the chain. Or the geary bits. I just poke out the mud and do the oil, rag, oil thing. Mind you, I rarely wash the rest of the bike either.

    "The mud stays on the blade. One day you'll understand"

  • mal 6 May 2014 02:32:36 22,339 posts
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    Only time I've had my chain rust is when I was going cross country and got caught in the mother of all rain storms including going above some low cloud, had no oil with me and had to leave the bike out overnight (albeit under some cover). Took the bike out the next morning and the chain was bright orange, though it cleaned up quickly enough once I started riding it.

    If I wash my chain, I usually give it a squirt of GT85 afterwards to penetrate and drive out the water. Then just continue to top it up with oil from then on as normal.

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  • OptimusPube 6 May 2014 07:03:31 2,909 posts
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    A quick squirt of GT85 or other water displacer sprayed all over my bike including frame after a wash for me, I find it repels dirt better as it can't stick as well.

    You better watch out.
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  • MikeP 6 May 2014 08:25:10 1,771 posts
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    You want to be careful with GT85 and WD40, as the solvent base they use can strip oil and grease out of stuff; it dissolves them.

    Particularly important for chains I find. One chain lube worth trying is Squirt - it's wax-based, but works way way better than other wax products.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/tools/cycling-tools/product/review-bikinventions-squirt-lube-32098/

    It's actually pretty good in wet conditions too, despite what the review says.
  • elstoof 6 May 2014 08:33:25 6,631 posts
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    I've always found WD40 and the like to leave a sticky glue-like residue which attracts more dust and dirt - definitely not something I want on my chain.

    I've been trying Purple Extreme chain lube recently, which I'll probably buy again once I've finished the bottle off so I guess that's an endorsement sorts.
  • Psychotext 6 May 2014 10:40:47 53,849 posts
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    Yeah, the chain is the one place you don't want to put GT85 / WD40 anywhere near. I like GT85 as a bike polish though.
  • PES_Fanboy 6 May 2014 10:47:55 13,641 posts
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    Spray degreaser, old rags running the chain through until clean and dry, then dry lube.

    Shifting feels amazing after a proper chain service.
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