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  1. Andy in Germany

    Brompton Advice

    It looks likely that I'll have a new job from May/June this year, which is about 10 miles/15k away from here. It's a flat and generally traffic free 15k so I'm likely to cycle commute, but I would like an option for when I have to take the train on rainy or snowy days when I need to look...
  2. B

    Advice on cycling tools/ equipment required for basic workshop maintenance / repair

    Good morning all , does anyone have advice on what tools/equipment the average cyclist would need for bike maintenance and minor repairs. I’m enthusiastic but have no engineering background!
  3. Mardlinboy

    Specialized crank arm advice please

    Hi My daughter has a 27.5 Specialized Rockhopper Looks like the left hand crank arm was cross threaded and now needs replacing ... what would be a good replacement... I have googled Stout crankset but it just isn't clear what is the best replacement... Amazon have loads of cranks but again not...
  4. johnnyb47

    I've started running (any tips or advice most welcome)

    Hi, With the dark cold nights rolling on, cycling this time of the year is hard going. I get quite cold for the first few miles before eventually warming up, and as I'm OCD with keeping my bike clean I'm forever cleaning it down. Also cycling at night on unlit roads makes me feel somewhat...
  5. Johnsco

    Advice needed re quick link

    I'm considering buying quicklinks to use with my 1/2 inch x 3/32 inch derailleur chain on my Carlton. I've never used them before and have just re-rivited chains as required. I seem to remember from my younger days (like the 1960s) that someone told me that you couldn't use quicklinks with DR...
  6. RamoRuon

    Non-shin-shredding pedal advice, please

    Hi all :hello:, Spent a couple of hours Googling without success. Lots of 'close but no cigar' results. Thought I'd throw it out to the community before I give up entirely since, knowing my luck, someone's probably familiar with my conundrum and I wouldn't even have asked :rolleyes: ...
  7. S

    Chainset Advice

    Hello everyone, has anyone used the cheaper Chinese branded chainsets on their road bikes, wondering what they are like in terms of quality and longevity. Many thanks
  8. Leslie

    Brookes Saddles and Saddles in general....

    Hi All, I have a been riding on a cheap canvas saddle (no brand) and have experience that is has started to wear out my trousers (typical cotton chinos). I have done a bit of research that leather saddles (ie Brookes) are more 'friendlier' to just ordinary trousers...have you had similar...
  9. nickAKA

    Headset expander/compressor not compressing headset

    The wife's new bike (Wilier) came with an expander plug for the steerer tube and I'm struggling to get any sort of 'load' onto the headset bearings - I can't see an obvious way for it to compress, I assumed it must pull down the top cap after it had expanded and you then nipped it up but I can...
  10. CharlieB

    Advice on Tubeless Tyres, please

    I've just purchased a pair of wheels as an upgrade. They've arrived this morning, with tubeless tyres attached. They weren't described on the website (Wiggle) as coming with tyres, but thank you anyway. The problem is I'm completely new to tubeless tyres and the tech. behind them. There's a...
  11. Juliansou

    Advice on conversion kits please

    Hi all, I'm hoping to pick the brains of those far more experienced than me! I’m looking to convert my Elephant bike (refurbished Royal Mail bike) to an ebike - photo attached. It’s a pretty robust steel frame made by Pashley, weighing in at at hefty 23kg! The main issue I can see is that it’s...
  12. postman

    Advice needed

    I am fed up of ads coming on the computer on everything i look at.Mainly the newspapers. So i am asking about free ad blockers that you lot use,if you do.Can you mention a few.Are they safe and easy to download.Because i am not sure what i am doing.
  13. suzeworld

    Bike stand advice.

    Hi. After 30 years of ignoring our own bike maintenance beyond oil and tires (paying good men to do jobs for us) we are embracing the idea of some DIY mechanic-ing. She didn’t really find that garden chair to be the right gadget for propping up the bike. SO We’re after advice on a good stand...
  14. D

    XC bike advice

    Hi folks, looking for some advice on a potential XC purchase. I'm looking for something under a grand that can do a few woodland tracks, gravel roads, byways etc but not be too bloody heavy to ride on road to get to various trails near me. Was having a look around and saw this from planet x...
  15. T

    2020 Felt FR 30 advice

    Hello have any one owned this bike before and have experience with FELT. the price is very appealing compare to cannondale or Trek but maybe for a reason. https://www.bicyclesmcw.com/en/product/2020-felt-fr-30 Also I have couple of options like the CAAD 13, Treck SL5 and Treck ALR5 that are...
  16. simon the viking

    Any advice on bone conducting headphones?

    Okay lets get this straight... I'm not looking to start a headphone debate. If I buy any they will be mainly for running, if I feel they do let me hear road noise then I MIGHT use them when cycling. My main question really is... Are they any good? I was thinking of aftershokz Trekz Titanium -...
  17. RobinS

    Classic Brake Block advice

    A month or two back after advice on here regarding the Sturmey Archer 3 speed I got an old 1970s ish (maybe older) Peugeot bicycle operational for one of our lodgers. She has been using it a reasonable amount, and after a few more tweaks it is going fine, however she reports that the brakes...
  18. wheresthetorch

    Toeclip advice.

    I've found that when I ride my Mercier with clips and straps, the toeclips feel too short, as though I'm pedalling with my toes rather than the ball of my foot. I considered a load of washers as spacers to move the clips forward a bit, but is there a more elegant solution? Picture of the...
  19. Toshiba Boy

    E-Bike advice gratefully received.....

    Hi, a good friend of mine and my wife, an 81 year old widower, who saw active service with the Paras in Aden in the 1960's, participated in triathlons in his late 50's, and hung his road/tri wheels up some years ago, has asked me about e-bikes. He has now stopped driving, mainly due to eyesight...
  20. smokeysmoo

    Plant advice needed please........

    Me and Mrs Smoo have never possessed so much as one green finger between us. However, a major reason we moved to this house from a terraced house 15 years ago was because SWMBO wanted a garden, but after buying at the top of the market she very quickly realised she hates gardening :wacko...
  21. S

    Tyres - advice.

    I'm going to be using my Dawes Fox to commute to work these fine summer weeks, but I need to replace the tyres. The route is a twelve miler part urban, mostly rural with the obvious danger of the usual detrius on roads / cyclepaths. My regular bike; a GT Outpost is shod with Marathon Plus, as I...
  22. johnnyb47

    Have you ever regretted trying to give helpful advice

    Hi. Have are wished you never had given out advice to someone, only to see it all go wrong for them. With plenty of time on our hands at the moment and many nosey curtain twitchings going on I've noticed my neighbour has been hard at work sprucing his car up. Its been spit and polished for many...
  23. S

    selling advice

    Hi got a Jan janssen steel lugged road bike which needs work nothing major see pics I was thinking about selling would 80 pounds be too much any advice thanks
  24. Paul Walters

    52/38/28 Tiagra Triple - Advice Please

    My wife and I have an Orbit Velocity Tandem fitted with 3x10 Tiagra with 52/38/28 chainrings. I managed to drop the chain off the small chain ring yesterday resulting in some deep scuffing on the driveside chainstay, which I'm hoping is mostly in the paintwork, and the result of inexperience...
  25. S

    Lock Advice - I have a selection !

    After some views - if using two locks do people use a D lock and a chain, or potentially two D locks ? If two D locks is it worth taking 2 makes or both the same make ? The D locks I have are not light, but then neither is a chain and lock. I take the lock/s in a pannier when out so don't...
  26. kj92

    Which GPS / Phone Apps / Fitness Watches do you recommend?

    Currently I have a Polar Ignite watch, hooked up to the Polar app, which talks to the Strava App relatively well for fitness stuff... but I'm not done yet! I want a GPS-type device for the Brompton for when we're cycling about. This is what's needed in my set up - can you help!? - Watch -...
  27. HumpTdumpty

    Women’s gel seat cover for spin bike help

    Hi All hope your managing to stay healthy safe and well - whilst H based my partner has started to use my ex demo spin bike - you guessed it not used to cycling yet and finds the seat pictured uncomfortable I’m so proud of her for working out with me in these challenging times and don’t want her...
  28. Ashimoto

    Advice needed.

    Just got back into riding around 3 month ago after a very long lay off. Bought a mountain bike which is great but ive decided to replace the front suspension forks for rigid ones. I ride mainly on the road with the odd foray down the cut bank and cycle tracks. Hills are hard work with the front...
  29. Mike_P

    Ebike advice Giant Entour E+1 disc hybrid

    Spotted the 2019 version of these reduced and thinking of ordering one as my TSDZ2 ebiked hybrid seems to have terminal issues and rather than spending more £ and time trying to sought it out a proper ebike looks attractive. This seems to be the best deal on the Giant...
  30. Salad Dodger

    Metal detecting advice, please

    I live near the seaside, and would like to do a little metal detecting on the beach. Can anyone recommend a reasonably cheap detector? It doesn't have to be "state of the art", just something for a bit of fun after the day visitors have gone home. Thank you
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