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Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

19 April 2015 - 8:32pm
I've seen that too, quite a lot- and really have no idea...It seems to take anti-social dicking about to new levels

Re: Fat bike and camp up Tal-y-fan

19 April 2015 - 3:44pm
Thanks I liked the skull bit as well could not resist a camera set up there lol...Yeah I know but thought I would put them in just in case lol. The bike is a On-one Fat bike and the music is electric pow wow drum by a tribe called red
Glad u enjoyed it

Re: Fat bike and camp up Tal-y-fan

19 April 2015 - 8:48am
Great fun! Lovely shots - like the 'pass by skull' best You can lose the captions, though... not needed.

Re: Fat bike and camp up Tal-y-fan

19 April 2015 - 8:05am
Great! Looks like you had a good time. What's the bike and the music? Brilliant photography btw...b

Fat bike and camp up Tal-y-fan

18 April 2015 - 9:04pm
so decided to get the bike packed and head up for a solo night out on the mountains...cold and very windy but a great little adventure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM3B84s7t_Y

Re: Surly Big Dummy Handle Bar Width

12 April 2015 - 7:39pm
Cheers Rick. I did 6 miles today with about 20kg on the back and it all seemed tickedy boo. I'm going to leave it for now having taken off 20mm from each side and if I think it needs more off, I'll start with 5mm each time....b

Re: Surly Big Dummy Handle Bar Width

12 April 2015 - 6:52pm
Both my mountain bike bars and the straight bars on my Circe Helios (which in load carrier mode not dissimilar to the BD - it appears to be a similar overall length) got chopped down to about 53cm end to end, mainly because that was a short as I could get them by moving everything towards the middle as far as it would go.

I've never found myself thinking "I wish I had wider bars" but have on occasion been glad they weren't any wider. Before chopping the bars on the Helios (the MTB - a 1986 Muddy Fox but not the origianl bars - had the bars chopped long enough ago that I can't remember if I had problems) they wouldn't fit through A barriers in the Greater Manchester area (although they did just fit through ones around Chester - they must have different installation specs). On the Helios I wouldn't want the bars much narrower as I prefer the front bars to be wider, even if just by a small amount, than the stoker bars (when in tandem mode - which is for me the most frequent configuration) so I don't have to worry about getting stuck halfway through a narrow openings as we do use it on traffic free routes (which often have barriers of one sort or another) regularly.

Rick.

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

12 April 2015 - 11:39am
Heltor Chasca wrote:That is a staggeringly beauty of a bike. You should be proud.......b

In a kind of rugged and windswept way,in a certain light I s'pose it could be described as beautiful.
Though I'd describe it as more 'honest workmanlike' myself
But thanks anyway

PS,If it strums yer strings here's some more photos:-
https://picasaweb.google.com/1046928466 ... directlink

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

12 April 2015 - 11:33am
That is a staggeringly beauty of a bike. You should be proud.......b

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

11 April 2015 - 11:51pm
Heltor Chasca wrote:..... I have just got to know about those mudguards. What have you cobbled together there with all those stays? Do you get any crud catching near the BB?....b

The m/guards are 65mm Blumels (from Spa £20 per pair),I bought two pair and used the two rears,one on the rear and one on the front.The rear fitted to the front has the 'L' bracket and one of the stay brackets from a spare front guard,pop riveted onto the (rear)longer front.The stays to front of the fork again are made from the spare ones and fixed to the mid fork lowrider brazeons.The rear has a deflector fitted and the front has a mudflap made from truck inner tube,that's within 30mm of the road surface.
With the m/guards and flaps fitted the bike and rider remain remarkably clean even in some very mucky winter conditions and the BB remains totally clean.
Here's the latest photo with some slight changes:-

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

11 April 2015 - 7:46pm
reohn2 wrote:Bicycler wrote:It really doesn't take as long as you think to get wide mtb tyres up to the correct (low) pressure. It is a pain in the backside with a tiny mini pump but a decent pump should make light work of it.

BTW, the gauge version of the Mountain Morph is called the Turbo Morph (who thinks these names up?). I have that one.

There's a problem carrying a big frame fit pump on the bike,It doesn't fit anywhere ATM I'm carrying a small one in the rackpack but wondered if there was something better.I have a Mini Morph which is next to useless with big tyres


New bike R2?
Meet the Tractor :-


Yes...apart from still drooling over the bike and budgeting for a new pump (my 15 year old track pump has busticated seals) I have just got to know about those mudguards. What have you cobbled together there with all those stays? Do you get any crud catching near the BB?....b

Re: Surly Big Dummy Handle Bar Width

11 April 2015 - 7:22pm
Doh! I knew this would happen. I just can't keep still and need a project especially if the Sun's out.

I've sawn off 20mm each side and my initial 'feeling' is that it is more comfortable and it 'looks' more like MY bike. The extraordinary thing is that the saddle now feels like it is in a different position. I find bike/body geometry fascinating.

At least I can fiddle with the saddle but there is no way I can cut the handlebars longer now [emoji88]

Surly Big Dummy Handle Bar Width

11 April 2015 - 3:09pm
Although the Big Dummy isn't strictly a mountain bike I thought this would be the best place to ask. The geometry of the SBD is essentially a MB up front and the handle bars are Salsa Salt flat 700mm. I've fitted Ergo Biokorks with bar ends.

The whole set up just seems VERY wide to me. I know you need the extra stability from such wide bars, but 'as the crow flies' from one bar end to the other it is over 64cm. (Maybe the 70cm is the measurement along the curve of the bar)

I find getting the bike in and out of doors fiddly and there are 2 gates I use where I need to walk the bike through.

There are little calibrated, painted marks under the grips which I assume are suggested guides to where you can cut the ends off. I guess where this convoluted thread is going is: Should I start nibbling away at the bars until I find the width I like? Or should I just leave the set up alone and go with the maximum width considering my loads on this bike will border on the absurd?

Help...b

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

10 April 2015 - 7:23pm
reohn2 wrote:Bicycler wrote:It really doesn't take as long as you think to get wide mtb tyres up to the correct (low) pressure. It is a pain in the backside with a tiny mini pump but a decent pump should make light work of it.

BTW, the gauge version of the Mountain Morph is called the Turbo Morph (who thinks these names up?). I have that one.

There's a problem carrying a big frame fit pump on the bike,It doesn't fit anywhere ATM I'm carrying a small one in the rackpack but wondered if there was something better.I have a Mini Morph which is next to useless with big tyres


New bike R2?
Meet the Tractor :-


I'm loving Mr Tractor. That's just my type of thing!...b

5th April 2015 ride to Sulber Gate

10 April 2015 - 4:52pm
Shadows on Pennine Bridleway Bridge over River Ribble by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 5th April 2015 ride to Sulber Gate at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/april-2015/5th.html

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

10 April 2015 - 2:18pm
Vantage wrote:Not this by any chance is it?
http://m.evanscycles.com/products/bontr ... p-ec055417

I bought one a few months ago after my Topeak mini started leaking air from the tyres faster than it went in.
At the time it was £23 ish I think and so far I'm very impressed. Got my girlfriends 26x1.75 tyres up to 50psi easily and a club members 700x23 up to 110psi with a smidgen of effort after his mini morph fell to bits, literally. My favorite bit of this pump is the copied from Topeak but superior foot stand. Bontragers effort is an alloy box section which with the steel pin hinging it, slides back into the pumps end for extra reinforcement. I've not got the pump to hand to show this right now, but is a great deal stronger than I experienced with the mini morph.
The hose is nice and long too and the valve thumb lock easy to use.
Utter utter brilliant pump

Yep, that's the one - I haven't needed to use it yet but impressed with the design and feel of it, it's good to gear you've found it works well.

John

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