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    I've done London Critical Mass a few times.

    It's always fun watching the black cab drivers getting lectured by the police for being tosspots.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    I've done London Critical Mass a few times.

    It's always fun watching the black cab drivers getting lectured by the police for being tosspots.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wes' Organ View Post
    I didn't say that, I said they are massive wankers.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    Thatís why I go on the country lanes.
    Honestly, every incident I have had has been within a mile of my house in town. Once out of town itís fine.
    The old bill is gonna save you. https://www.theguardian.com/environm...se-to-cyclists

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefkasman View Post
    The old bill is gonna save you. https://www.theguardian.com/environm...se-to-cyclists

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    Sounds great, you get to clip the arse of coppers on bikes with your door mirrors.


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    Did the 25 mile today up to Clowne. At one point I could see the high rise flats at Jordanthorpe, Sheffield in the far distance and wondered if I’d pushed it too much. Got back fine despite a bastard headwind.

    Pleased with myself, eight months ago I wouldn’t have dreamt of having a go at that distance.


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    Someone’s just offered me a 1990 Raleigh Equipe for £20. 18/23 steel so not the most desirable but looks tidy, wheels run true and I’ve already got a spare new 6 speed block and chain lying around to upgrade.

    #midlifecrisis


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    I called in the bike shop today for some bits. The guy is a Cube and Giant dealer among other brands. I got chatting to him and asked if I saw a certain type of Cube bike I fancied could he get it for me. Of course he says, 2 days, which in Greek time means a week but still, tempting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefkasman View Post
    I called in the bike shop today for some bits. The guy is a Cube and Giant dealer among other brands. I got chatting to him and asked if I saw a certain type of Cube bike I fancied could he get it for me. Of course he says, 2 days, which in Greek time means a week but still, tempting.

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    Most Cubes are built to order I think (mine certainly was) and it took a week to come (bearing in mind, Bavaria is just next door...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    Most Cubes are built to order I think (mine certainly was) and it took a week to come (bearing in mind, Bavaria is just next door...)
    I'll change his 2 days to a month then.
    GMT. Greek maybe time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefkasman View Post
    I called in the bike shop today for some bits. The guy is a Cube and Giant dealer among other brands. I got chatting to him and asked if I saw a certain type of Cube bike I fancied could he get it for me. Of course he says, 2 days, which in Greek time means a week but still, tempting.

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    Do it!

    Are Cube carbon frame?

    Something Keith touched upon the other week, I took the Trek out on Saturday, it’s lightweight ally with carbon forks and seatpost to allegedly take roadbuzz out of the ride. It was a rough ride, nowhere near as comfortable as my steel bikes.
    Our roads are that bad.
    It’s a superb bike on decent tarmac but there isn’t much of it about.

    I imagine if you go for a CX bike it will cope with Greek terrain no matter what it is made of?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    Do it!

    Are Cube carbon frame?

    Something Keith touched upon the other week, I took the Trek out on Saturday, itís lightweight ally with carbon forks and seatpost to allegedly take roadbuzz out of the ride. It was a rough ride, nowhere near as comfortable as my steel bikes.
    Our roads are that bad.
    Itís a superb bike on decent tarmac but there isnít much of it about.

    I imagine if you go for a CX bike it will cope with Greek terrain no matter what it is made of?
    The higher end Cubes are carbon, but they have a range going from aluminium upwards.

    My Cx bike is a very comfy ride, the more relaxed geometry helps there too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    Do it!

    Are Cube carbon frame?

    Something Keith touched upon the other week, I took the Trek out on Saturday, it’s lightweight ally with carbon forks and seatpost to allegedly take roadbuzz out of the ride. It was a rough ride, nowhere near as comfortable as my steel bikes.
    Our roads are that bad.
    It’s a superb bike on decent tarmac but there isn’t much of it about.

    I imagine if you go for a CX bike it will cope with Greek terrain no matter what it is made of?
    Unless you are riding the Tour de France there is abolutely no need to have a carbon frame, it's performance gain in relation to price is miniscule and it's by far and away the shittiest material to build with.

    My advice would be to get an aluminium framed bike, possibly with a carbon fork, it vastly reduces the road buzz, then use the money you save over buying a carbon frame to spend on components that will customise the bike to your preferences, rather than the specification set by the manufacturer.

    Also factor in what style of riding you will be doing. Do you need drophandlebars, or would flat bars be better 75% of the time. Don't get caught up in the cycling bullshit. It's a bicycle, it's primary function is to move you from A to B, how quick is down to how strong your legs are and how much you are willing to suffer, but you'll still arrive at the same point in due course.

    Having just had a quick browse through the Cube website these would be my recommendations to consider.

    https://www.cube.eu/en/2020/bikes/ro...niridium-2020/

    https://www.cube.eu/en/2020/bikes/to...umngreen-2020/

    It's the first time I've ever looked at Cube's website, they don't half seem to sell a lot of over engineered shite, but those models above are very much the pick of the crop unless you want to go full on head down, arse up, lycra clad wanker. It's not a very good look in reality.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    Do it!

    Are Cube carbon frame?

    Something Keith touched upon the other week, I took the Trek out on Saturday, itís lightweight ally with carbon forks and seatpost to allegedly take roadbuzz out of the ride. It was a rough ride, nowhere near as comfortable as my steel bikes.
    Our roads are that bad.
    Itís a superb bike on decent tarmac but there isnít much of it about.

    I imagine if you go for a CX bike it will cope with Greek terrain no matter what it is made of?
    I was looking at this. With carbon forks. Not really into the drop handlebar lycra thing.
    https://www.cube.eu/en/2020/bikes/ro...umngreen-2020/


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    It'll all have to wait anyway till I know whether the dog needs his op or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefkasman View Post
    It'll all have to wait anyway till I know whether the dog needs his op or not.

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    Priorities.

    Dog over bike every time.

    Good man.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    Unless you are riding the Tour de France there is abolutely no need to have a carbon frame, it's performance gain in relation to price is miniscule and it's by far and away the shittiest material to build with.

    My advice would be to get an aluminium framed bike, possibly with a carbon fork, it vastly reduces the road buzz, then use the money you save over buying a carbon frame to spend on components that will customise the bike to your preferences, rather than the specification set by the manufacturer.

    Also factor in what style of riding you will be doing. Do you need drophandlebars, or would flat bars be better 75% of the time. Don't get caught up in the cycling bullshit. It's a bicycle, it's primary function is to move you from A to B, how quick is down to how strong your legs are and how much you are willing to suffer, but you'll still arrive at the same point in due course.

    Having just had a quick browse through the Cube website these would be my recommendations to consider.

    https://www.cube.eu/en/2020/bikes/ro...niridium-2020/

    https://www.cube.eu/en/2020/bikes/to...umngreen-2020/

    It's the first time I've ever looked at Cube's website, they don't half seem to sell a lot of over engineered shite, but those models above are very much the pick of the crop unless you want to go full on head down, arse up, lycra clad wanker. It's not a very good look in reality.
    That’s what my Trek is Keith, ally with carbon forks/seatpost, my post probably didn’t make sense. I remember you saying last week some people are riding steel because our road surfaces are so poor, that was my point.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    That’s what my Trek is Keith, ally with carbon forks/seatpost, my post probably didn’t make sense. I remember you saying last week some people are riding steel because our road surfaces are so poor, that was my point.
    Indeed, steel and titanium have nore inherent flex built into them than aluminium or carbon frames, but a steel frame is at least half the price of a titanium one.


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    I like my carbon because itís a more forgiving ride, and I am not getting any younger.

    Iíll give you the Lycra however as I probably canít carry that off anymore (apart from my old-school Team Europcar Jersey).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefkasman View Post
    I was looking at this. With carbon forks. Not really into the drop handlebar lycra thing.
    https://www.cube.eu/en/2020/bikes/ro...umngreen-2020/
    Thatís a great price for the spec; Shimano 105 is pretty much bomb proof.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    I like my carbon because it’s a more forgiving ride, and I am not getting any younger.

    I’ll give you the Lycra however as I probably can’t carry that off anymore (apart from my old-school Team Europcar Jersey).
    Get one of these..




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    Tried a different route today, around the arse end of Shirebrook, Warsop Vale and back through Stony Houghton, Pleasley etc. Twenty one miles, seemed a bit of slog as well, I can’t say as it will go down as a regular route.
    Had a glance at the old Drum pub in Shirebrook, it’s a birthday card shop now, the town centre looked dead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    Tried a different route today, around the arse end of Shirebrook, Warsop Vale and back through Stony Houghton, Pleasley etc. Twenty one miles, seemed a bit of slog as well, I canít say as it will go down as a regular route.
    Had a glance at the old Drum pub in Shirebrook, itís a birthday card shop now, the town centre looked dead.
    You never go up past church warsop and modern vale? Theres some nice bits round there, you just have to stay away from the yokels.

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    Had a few evenings in the shed.

    Had a chain adjuster bolt shear off in the swing arm, started drilling but it wasn't budging, last option was to go full thread size, as the drill bit cleared the hole it pushed the end of the bolt over and snapped my drill bit, managed to tap out the broken bits and re-tap the hole.


    Painted the rear brake bracket, put new seals in the caliper and reassembled it all with silicone grease for the new rubber boots and new pads

    From this

    To this


    New copper washers on the banjo, all torqued up, bled and it all works a treat stops when brake peddke pressed and releases again. It was so binded up when it got to mine it was easier to lift the back end than trying to roll it into the shed.

    Got to love an exploded diagram

    Also, as my brothers a bellend and just started taking it to bits I've had to chase wires and reconnect all the connectors in the right blocks, couldn't find the right front indicator wire so had to chase even more, turns out it was hiding in a rubber boot it wasn't supposed to be in. Everything bar the indicators, fuel tank and coolant hoses is attached now, still waiting on a new thermostat.
    oh and I fitted a new cam chain tensioner as the old one fell to bits in my hand.


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    Splendid effort, that.


 

 

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