2020 cycling thread

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Hoyahamma

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Couple of questions,out on the bike yesterday somebody passed me ( young &$#@+&).The wheels on the bike looked huge,around 1 metre,but standard tyres 25 30 mm ish,not big fat tyres.Anybody seen them or got any experience of them,I ride around on 700c wheels tyres .

When I was a lad Sturmey Archer 3 speed twist grip gears were all the rage.Before the 10 speed racing bikes came in,2 levers on the frame below the handlebars,gears always broke down.

Anyhoo I think those Sturmey Archer hubs are up to around 7 or 8 speed now. Bumped into a guy and he said one of his mates had the 7 or 8 speed hub with a 10 speed cassette attached to the hub.Great idea I thought,universal gearing.Anybody heard of them

Lastly being old and retired and living in a sunny climate in Australia I'm out on the bike every day doing between 50 to 80 klms.I tend to need a new chain and cassette every 4 - 6 months.The guy at the bike shop says chains etc should last around 5,000 klms.I keep forgetting to oil the chain so it does run dry.When I remember it's the old 3 in 1 oil goes on it

Anybody got any ideas ,comments.

Thanks guys
 

Hitchin Exile

Midfield
aye will continue to ride outside till told otherwise.

Zwift and the likes will boom as you say.

Mallorca at Easter certainly off, we have decided if the situation sorts itself out that we will do October and almost certainly Cap Negret ( Allure bike hire have an offer...week at CN half board, bike hire, airport transfer and access to all bike storage facilities for 439 Euros đź‘Ť )

Holidays not the most important thing at the minute obviously
I was supposed to be flying out there on Friday! :(

Hardest, most structured training I've ever done for a racing season and then this happens!! :rolleyes::rolleyes:
In the grand scheme of things, entirely inconsequential, but a bit irritating nevertheless!
 

Al

Midfield
I was supposed to be flying out there on Friday! :(

Hardest, most structured training I've ever done for a racing season and then this happens!! :rolleyes::rolleyes:
In the grand scheme of things, entirely inconsequential, but a bit irritating nevertheless!
I was supposed to be skiing in France next week! First world problem I know, but man, I was really looking forward to it
 

Al

Midfield
Couple of questions,out on the bike yesterday somebody passed me ( young &$#@+&).The wheels on the bike looked huge,around 1 metre,but standard tyres 25 30 mm ish,not big fat tyres.Anybody seen them or got any experience of them,I ride around on 700c wheels tyres .

When I was a lad Sturmey Archer 3 speed twist grip gears were all the rage.Before the 10 speed racing bikes came in,2 levers on the frame below the handlebars,gears always broke down.

Anyhoo I think those Sturmey Archer hubs are up to around 7 or 8 speed now. Bumped into a guy and he said one of his mates had the 7 or 8 speed hub with a 10 speed cassette attached to the hub.Great idea I thought,universal gearing.Anybody heard of them

Lastly being old and retired and living in a sunny climate in Australia I'm out on the bike every day doing between 50 to 80 klms.I tend to need a new chain and cassette every 4 - 6 months.The guy at the bike shop says chains etc should last around 5,000 klms.I keep forgetting to oil the chain so it does run dry.When I remember it's the old 3 in 1 oil goes on it

Anybody got any ideas ,comments.

Thanks guys
I think Sturmey Archer, Shimano and Rohloff all do 8speed hub gears. I have need experience of any of them personally but Rohloff have a good reputation for use on rugged expedition - type touring bikes because of supposed zero maintenance & no external delicate bits to get damaged. Expensive like though but.
Not sure what the point would be of combining hub gear with a rear derailleur- it sounds expensive and unnecessary. Modern wide range rear cassettes &
mechs can give you all the range you would need anyway, and adding a derailleur would negate the claimed reliability/ruggedness benefit, Shirley?
 

D.A

Striker
Since all my running events are going to be cancelled, I'm not arsed about running any more. Going to do more cycling.
 

Hoyahamma

Goalkeeper
I think Sturmey Archer, Shimano and Rohloff all do 8speed hub gears. I have need experience of any of them personally but Rohloff have a good reputation for use on rugged expedition - type touring bikes because of supposed zero maintenance & no external delicate bits to get damaged. Expensive like though but.
Not sure what the point would be of combining hub gear with a rear derailleur- it sounds expensive and unnecessary. Modern wide range rear cassettes &
mechs can give you all the range you would need anyway, and adding a derailleur would negate the claimed reliability/ruggedness benefit, Shirley?
Thanks mate,I can see your points and they are all very valid. I just thought it was a good idea,now you' ve pointed it out I think I went for a bit of overkill there.
I just use the bike to keep fit,sometimes it is annoying when I need one lower gear and one or two higher gears perhaps for 10 minutes a week

Just an old bloke plodding along at 20 -- 30 klms an hour 90% of the time.

Any idea about those big wheels,the young bloke went past fairly quickly so I had no hope of catching him.Looking back the wheels were maybe 31 to 33 inch ,they looked massive,like he had the two front wheels of a Penny farthing with a frame stuck on. Never seen anything like that before.I wonder where he got tubes and tyres.

Cheers
 
Thanks mate,I can see your points and they are all very valid. I just thought it was a good idea,now you' ve pointed it out I think I went for a bit of overkill there.
I just use the bike to keep fit,sometimes it is annoying when I need one lower gear and one or two higher gears perhaps for 10 minutes a week

Just an old bloke plodding along at 20 -- 30 klms an hour 90% of the time.

Any idea about those big wheels,the young bloke went past fairly quickly so I had no hope of catching him.Looking back the wheels were maybe 31 to 33 inch ,they looked massive,like he had the two front wheels of a Penny farthing with a frame stuck on. Never seen anything like that before.I wonder where he got tubes and tyres.

Cheers
My lad had a hybrid with 29" wheels 'til it got pinched in Hull
I borrowed it a couple of times and it did seem to roll a lot easier than mine with 700C wheels
That may be what you saw (?)
 

Kevj

Striker
Unless there is complete lockdown, I can’t see any need to stop. In fact, it’s my intention to use the daily commute time to get out more. The timing in that respect is perfect as the sun up/ sun down times currently coincide with the commute.
 

Hoyahamma

Goalkeeper
My lad had a hybrid with 29" wheels 'til it got pinched in Hull
I borrowed it a couple of times and it did seem to roll a lot easier than mine with 700C wheels
That may be what you saw (?)

Cheers mate.I saw one of those bikes with the 29 inch wheels around five years ago. At the time I thought they looked huge.I don't think I've seen one since.

Perhaps I was taken by surprise again and the wheels were the 29 era .

As an aside the bike I saw years ago was being ridden by a girl,dressed in a pink tutu,and pink leggings .She had to stop to cross the road,otherwise I would never have caught her .Got talking and she said her and mates at work were doing a charity ride for the Glen Mcgrath charity for breast cancer.They all had to wear pink so she was getting a bit of practice in wearing her gear.

Strange day that one,a girl in a pink tutu riding a giant bike,wish I had a photo.
 

Fletch

Striker
Unless there is complete lockdown, I can’t see any need to stop. In fact, it’s my intention to use the daily commute time to get out more. The timing in that respect is perfect as the sun up/ sun down times currently coincide with the commute.
i may have to do similar mate, the metro is grim now
 

duff_man

Striker
Unless there is complete lockdown, I can’t see any need to stop. In fact, it’s my intention to use the daily commute time to get out more. The timing in that respect is perfect as the sun up/ sun down times currently coincide with the commute.
Getting out on the bike for a bit might be the one thing that stops a hell of a lot of people suffering massive mental ill health during all of this. If we go to lock down it will be interesting to see if there is anything specific for key workers commuting by bike
 

monkeytassle

Striker
Getting out on the bike for a bit might be the one thing that stops a hell of a lot of people suffering massive mental ill health during all of this. If we go to lock down it will be interesting to see if there is anything specific for key workers commuting by bike
I've not had anything. Only thing I've been asked is if I need a car park space.
 

monkeytassle

Striker
Tonight will either be a very stark final warning about social distancing or new measures brought in.

The tube this morning was absolutely ridiculous
I was supposed to be in but given the kids I've said no. They can bring that up with hr if they need to. I know who'll back down first
 

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