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05-12-22, 03:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 219
Posted By Herzlos

Do you live close enough to try the various...

Do you live close enough to try the various combos?

For me, I'd be going for the easiest gearing and spin a bit, but many others would prefer the higher gearing and grinding.
05-10-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 711
Posted By Herzlos

At the top end, I'm sure. But I'm not in a...

At the top end, I'm sure. But I'm not in a position I think I'll notice. My 36/48x11-36 on the gravel bike will do me fine or gravel or road; I could maybe do with a larger front cog for the road and...
05-09-22, 03:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 711
Posted By Herzlos

I hadn't actually considered changing down to...

I hadn't actually considered changing down to 650b but that's actually a great idea. That means I can potentiall run 700x32c and 650x50c on the same bike :)
Both bikes are tubeless, which is part...
05-09-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 711
Posted By Herzlos

How practical is it to have multiple sets of wheels for the same bike?

Not wanting to have more bikes, I'm considering getting additional sets of wheels to cover different purposes (so the gravel bike with road and gravel tires, mountain bike with wet and dry tires)....
04-30-22, 03:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,407
Posted By Herzlos

I assume most of us would have a tool kit with us...

I assume most of us would have a tool kit with us and would take the cleats off before hiking home. That's what I'd planned doing when using clipless if I didn't have space in my bag for trainers).
04-29-22, 06:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 525
Posted By Herzlos

I can't imagine any reputable shop would be...

I can't imagine any reputable shop would be taking cryptocurrencies either given how much they fluctuate.

Their address also seems to be a mail box in London with 900 other businesses, so there's...
04-29-22, 06:02 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,619
Posted By Herzlos

It's more than just the supposed double standard,...

It's more than just the supposed double standard, the risk on both sides is completely different. Men are (for historical reasons) more likely to be in a position to abuse power and are usually more...
04-29-22, 03:24 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,619
Posted By Herzlos

I think it's important to note that women have...

I think it's important to note that women have always had the same problems but are only being heard about them recently.

That said, the only source of information on what to do with regard to...
04-26-22, 06:03 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,407
Posted By Herzlos

For a tandem recovery you might be better looking...

For a tandem recovery you might be better looking for a local "man with van"* or courier company, because almost nothing else will have the space for one.

*I don't know if the "man with van" is a...
04-25-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By Herzlos

Magic Mary Supergravity Soft on the front with Maxxis Minion SS Rear?

Hi all,

I've just put a Minion SS on the rear of my 29'r, with a Maxxis Aggressor on the front, because I want something faster rolling for dry trails, but didn't realize the Aggressor is a rear...
04-25-22, 03:09 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,407
Posted By Herzlos

I've seen a few policies that will reimburse you...

I've seen a few policies that will reimburse you taxi or public transport costs to get home if the bike is unusable, and most taxi companies will have something capable of fitting a bike in....
04-08-22, 09:42 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 4,052
Posted By Herzlos

I'd rather be mostly self sufficient, but I...

I'd rather be mostly self sufficient, but I understand that a lot of people aren't that familiar with bikes or mechanics so either don't consider breaking down, or will do what car drivers do and...
04-07-22, 06:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,557
Posted By Herzlos

Most online stores will have a sizing guide for...

Most online stores will have a sizing guide for the bike that should be pretty accurate (since the manufacturer determined it), and is likely to be better than just the frame length along because...
04-07-22, 03:18 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 7,067
Posted By Herzlos

Disc brakes are standard on a lot of road bikes...

Disc brakes are standard on a lot of road bikes these days at all ends of the scale. Some still have rim brake models or options because they are a bit lighter and can be a bit more aero, but they...
04-06-22, 03:43 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,619
Posted By Herzlos

Sadly, lots of people struggle with things like...

Sadly, lots of people struggle with things like social interaction. That's why I'm always happy to take questions at face value and try to respond to them sensibly. Maybe we've actually helped...
04-06-22, 09:17 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,619
Posted By Herzlos

Bear in mind that women are also harrassed...

Bear in mind that women are also harrassed literally everywhere and pretty much constantly. Don't add to it and put people off cycling.

If they want friendly competition it'll be pretty obvious...
04-06-22, 03:27 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 6,619
Posted By Herzlos

I'll say hi to any other cyclist I'm passing, but...

I'll say hi to any other cyclist I'm passing, but unless they volunteer it I don't get too close or try and pace with them. Beyond it being a bit rude, it's likely to be quite uncomfortable for them....
04-06-22, 02:44 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 7,067
Posted By Herzlos

I love new tech, anything that makes things...

I love new tech, anything that makes things easier, more reliable or more fun is a good thing!

Where I draw the line is cost or reliability/practicality. I'm not going to pay twice as much for...
04-05-22, 02:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 492
Posted By Herzlos

The difference in weight between a light and...

The difference in weight between a light and heavy bike isn't that significant. The lightest ones are maybe 7-8kg and the heaviest at 20kg. The hardest part is how awkward they can be to carry. I had...
04-04-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,510
Posted By Herzlos

Whilst I doubt you'll agree but he has a point....

Whilst I doubt you'll agree but he has a point. You're asking a lot of really irrelevant questions (like design origins), arguing with his recommended sizing, arguing about the weight limits (I get...
04-04-22, 05:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 302
Posted By Herzlos

Unfortunately most of those aren't compatible. I...

Unfortunately most of those aren't compatible. I wouldn't recommend a fat bike for a beginner, because they are more expensive and need a lot more effort to ride.
Cheap bikes tend to be pretty heavy...
04-01-22, 06:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 671
Posted By Herzlos

It depends on how valuable the bike is. I...

It depends on how valuable the bike is.

I think if I thought it was valuable enough, I'd find a local bike shop to the seller (looking independently rather than asking the seller), and see if they...
03-31-22, 05:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 844
Posted By Herzlos

Is the ride being organised by a cycling club or...

Is the ride being organised by a cycling club or group of some sort? If so, I'd ask if the group has any old/spare parts they can donate or let you borrow. Most of us will have some tires, tubes,...
03-30-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 601
Posted By Herzlos

Prices of older used bikes are pretty bonkers,...

Prices of older used bikes are pretty bonkers, with borderline scrap still selling for $200. But if you buy a used version of a newish (2020+) model that's actually in stock you should get a...
03-24-22, 05:06 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,658
Posted By Herzlos

We had a case a while back where thieves cut a...

We had a case a while back where thieves cut a bike rack and then hid the damage to make bikes easier to steal:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-35669181

And I've seen plenty bolted...
03-24-22, 02:04 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,339
Posted By Herzlos

Assuming you're talking about doing the tour...

Assuming you're talking about doing the tour non-stop, then I'd be figuring out where you are staying each night and working your distances around that. Maybe aim for about an average of 50 miles...
03-23-22, 04:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,248
Posted By Herzlos

I do it all the time with a pretty aggressive...

I do it all the time with a pretty aggressive mountain bike. I tend to ride from home to trails a few miles away with 29x2.4" knobbly tires at 40psi, 780mm bars, 1x drivetrain with a top gearing of...
03-23-22, 03:50 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,248
Posted By Herzlos

Well s/he says this: "I recently moved to...

Well s/he says this:

"I recently moved to Toronto, so I'm not planning to do any crazy mountain biking anytime soon, but do enjoy going on trails where possible, so I'm interested in a hybrid or...
03-23-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,658
Posted By Herzlos

I'd love to see something built into the bike, to...

I'd love to see something built into the bike, to avoid needing to carry a D-lock around. I've genuinely never understood why bikes don't come with a small barrel lock that'd prevent the crank from...
03-23-22, 10:57 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,248
Posted By Herzlos

The OP is looking for a mountain/hybrid bike on a...

The OP is looking for a mountain/hybrid bike on a budget to use off-road so a road bike, even with 32mm tires* doesn't sound at all suitable. Most 26" mountain/hybrid bikes should be capable of going...
03-23-22, 07:40 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,248
Posted By Herzlos

A vintage road bike with 23 or 25mm tyres and...

A vintage road bike with 23 or 25mm tyres and down shifters for casual use on trails? That's brave.
03-23-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,248
Posted By Herzlos

With used bikes it's about 2 things: 1. Fit....

With used bikes it's about 2 things:

1. Fit. If the bike doesn't actually fit you then everything else is irrelevant. You're 6' so looking at a large or 20-22" frame. You may be able to make an...
03-22-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 428
Posted By Herzlos

Lower the seat and take the pedals off, so it's...

Lower the seat and take the pedals off, so it's like a large balance bike. Get him to "walk" the bike about for a while getting used to balancing, turning and stopping.

Then put the pedals back on...
03-21-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,155
Posted By Herzlos

Trikes are a bit odd compared to bikes, because a...

Trikes are a bit odd compared to bikes, because a lot of steering from a bike comes from the lean, and a trike doesn't. It also follows the camber of the road so will feel like it's at a funny angle...
03-20-22, 05:05 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,446
Posted By Herzlos

I've got both 1 and 2 wheel trailers (kids) which...

I've got both 1 and 2 wheel trailers (kids) which are about 50lbs and the single wheel trailer is much harder to deal with. It feels heavier and it can force the bike to lean a bit more as well...
03-18-22, 07:10 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,446
Posted By Herzlos

Sure, but what I meant is that if one route has...

Sure, but what I meant is that if one route has 600ft more uphill than the other, it must also have 600ft more downhill. As long as it's not particularly steep (which will suck both ways with a heavy...
03-18-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,721
Posted By Herzlos

I second the headband idea, it'll keep your whole...

I second the headband idea, it'll keep your whole ear warmer and will be a lot more comfortable over time.

People wear ear buds all day at work and seem to do fine, though.
03-18-22, 02:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 475
Posted By Herzlos

You can get a Giant Escape 3 for $560 if you can...

You can get a Giant Escape 3 for $560 if you can stretch budget a bit: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/escape-3

Also, if you're leaving another bike somewhere else, have you got space for it or...
03-18-22, 01:59 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,446
Posted By Herzlos

You've got the same start/end positions so the...

You've got the same start/end positions so the climbs must cancel out somewhere.

I'd try and avoid the grass, it'll be much harder work especially if it's wet. Can you use the carriageway for that...
03-18-22, 01:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 671
Posted By Herzlos

Can you fit roof bars to the top of the bed?...

Can you fit roof bars to the top of the bed? That'd let you mount 4-ish bikes and leave the bed empty for stuff.
03-17-22, 04:26 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,746
Posted By Herzlos

I think that's the crux of it, you liked the bike...

I think that's the crux of it, you liked the bike and price anyway.

It's a tough issue otherwise, as you likely exposed a defect on the ride which caused a lot of damage, and could potentially...
03-17-22, 04:17 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,057
Posted By Herzlos

I've done my best to avoid having too many bikes,...

I've done my best to avoid having too many bikes, having topped out at 3 - road bike, hybrid and mountain bike.
Now I'm down to 2 really good ones - a gravel bike which covers road/hybrid stuff, and...
03-17-22, 04:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,014
Posted By Herzlos

Say it out loud a few times and you'll remember...

Say it out loud a few times and you'll remember it better.
Or take your phone with you and record/type in a note.
03-14-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 308
Posted By Herzlos

You can also get various cargo bikes that can...

You can also get various cargo bikes that can take 1 or 2 larger kids, and some that'll take a wheelchair directly:

https://www.cargobike.co.uk/product/axe-s-trike/

Which might be a bit easier...
03-14-22, 10:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 308
Posted By Herzlos

The front seats are also pretty spacious. We've...

The front seats are also pretty spacious. We've used one locally with our 6 and 4 year old kids with plenty room.

There's even an off-road one:...
03-11-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 231
Posted By Herzlos

Thanks! I didn't realize it was a short turn to...

Thanks! I didn't realize it was a short turn to lock it. So it seems to be locked but still needs tightened up and isn't moving, but I'll give it a good clean and see if I can grip it with something.
03-10-22, 05:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 231
Posted By Herzlos

Stuck thru-axle - removal and replacement?

So I have a Suntour XCR34 boost fork with this thru-axle:...
03-10-22, 02:28 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,308
Posted By Herzlos

If it's a $60 repair but the seller hasn't fixed...

If it's a $60 repair but the seller hasn't fixed it, then I'd budget for at least double that plus the hassle. My first thought is always that if it's that easy a repair then why hasn't the seller...
03-08-22, 04:22 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,513
Posted By Herzlos

Kickstands are handy if you want the bike to be...

Kickstands are handy if you want the bike to be freestanding whilst outside, but I've never encountered a situation where I couldn't just lean it on something or lay it on the ground.

If the only...
02-28-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 360
Views: 6,435
Posted By Herzlos

I tend to wear whatever I get a good deal on. As...

I tend to wear whatever I get a good deal on. As long as I'm visible and comfortable then I don't really mind what my gear says.
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