Does anyone use any sort of bike stand for converting a bike as an exercise bike in the winter months??
Fighting the strong urge to buy a fixie at the moment. I live in a very hilly area, which means it should be totally unsuitable. But there is something appealing about it.
I don't want a fashionista one with flat bars etc.The Specialized Langster or revolution track bike have caught my eye.
Nail varnish?Any suggestions for covering a chip in the side of the top tube of an ally frame (thanks Halfords )? Went to pick it up yesterday after the front mech was replaced to find that they'd added a second chip on the opposite side to the one they put in last time...
To my surprise they're trying to source a replacement bike but apparently this year's Subway is now discontinued. If I can find a way of neatly hiding it I may just settle for compensation instead.
Oh, & it looks like the mech hasn't been adjusted at all.
It's more about forcing you to keep working - uphill, downhill and on flat.What is the point in a ss or fixie bike? Is it just to force you to work harder going up hills or am I missing something? I don't really see the point in them when you could just choose not to change gear on a normal road bike.
I was thinking more of a tape to completely hide it rather than try to touch it up. They've actually gouged a chunk out & scratched either side, so even painted to match the frame would still be visible. But I suspect tape would look a bit crap & well.Nail varnish?
Hub gears have always interested me. There's some clever technology where they can auto change and maintain cadance.
Single speed? Lighter, lower maintenance. You can knock pounds off the weight of a fully geared bike. For flattish commuting they make a lot of sense, especially in the winter. I know a guy who rides SS for mountain biking in Wales. But then, he is an MTB skills instructer spending every day ridingWhat is the point in a ss or fixie bike? Is it just to force you to work harder going up hills or am I missing something? I don't really see the point in them when you could just choose not to change gear on a normal road bike.
Going to the first session of my 6 session bike maintenance course tomorrow night. I just hope that when I've finished the course I'll be able to carry out a routine service and basic repairs.
I have all the tools and a maintenance stand but my DIY skills are limited. Really looking forward to learning all about it now.SanPedro said:
Same here, although i have only gotten into it since i have gotten back into mountain biking. Having built two bikes up now i feel quite competent in having a go at most mechanical issues. When i was purely road biking i just used to have the LBS do any maintenance or repairs (except for punctures) as i wasn't that interested in it tbh.
I'm in the same boat, have had a play with a few bits after You Tube research and they've kind of worked but would love to get a few lessons so I have more confidence in what I'm doing rather than feeling it's a bit of a botch job which took about 10 times longer than a "pro" would do.I'd rely on YouTube if my DIY skills were adequate but they are unfortunately pretty dire. I'm hoping having a tutor in front of me showing me what to do helps me learn better than watching a video.
Just thought id post that i went for the Michelin Mountain Dry 2 and im well chuffed with them.What is the 2.2 measurement ? Also what are Michelin tyres like ?
there seems to be some good discounts at chain reaction
michelin mtb | Buy Now at ChainReactionCycles.com
The ones i think look decent for my needs are these
Michelin Mountain Dry 2 Reinforced Tyre | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com
the only thing is it says 26 x 2.3, would these fit my rims?
Been repairing and maintaining my bikes for years and have enjoyed it and enjoy it even more now that I've bought a decent bike stand.
That's pretty high for trail use (IMO). They'll roll fast on hardpack and roads but may get a bit sketchy on rocks n roots n stuff. Being chunky 2.3s you can probably run at 35psi to give you more grip... especially where it's needed on the front. Risk of pinchflat punctures is less with big volume tyresJust thought id post that i went for the Michelin Mountain Dry 2 and im well chuffed with them.
Really fast rolling and grip great on the roads, Haven't had much time on trails but done a bit on the canal and they seem great. Got them at 42psi and they Seem to dampen bumps well, Also Loving the 2.3 profile