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thebrenthamtaffy

Member since Jul 2011 • Last active Dec 2020
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    Not great, but kinda used to it. Started mountain biking back in 1988 and from Wales so used to mud/dirt/grime. This bike doesn't get much love and only gets cleaned when things bust or I need to upgrade/replace something. Spent an hour yesterday out on the mountain bike followed by 3 hours of cleaning (mine, boy's & wife's bikes) so can keep things clean! :) The beauty of fixed is that maintenance is minimal, just keep that chain tight and just ride...

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Already got a replacement... The eBay Gods were on my side as an exact crankset was ending tonight and I got them for £180 and they're unused apart from a tiny blemish on the logo. No need for a new BB, or chainring or stress if chainline is off with a road chainset. Will obviously have to clean the rest of the drivetrain to match now! :)

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    Ha! Believe it or not I’m an ex bike mechanic... this bike gets zero because I’m always busy fixing other people’s bikes, especially over lockdown! Might consider a road chainset as that would be a damn site cheaper. Need to check chain line and chainring sizes available. Not hung-up on having Dura Ace, the days of this bike still looking half-decent have long gone! :)

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    Bike developed an odd creak whilst pedalling yesterday and today I discovered two of the arm/spiders are busted! :(

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/5rVxK4ifHavtDd­fq7
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/TekJAZrZNFDLMh­4r7

    These were bought some 15 years ago (I think) when Shimano moved from square taper to splined octalink interface and I forgot just how much these bastard cost! Had a quick look around and thinking I'll probably get another one unless there are any other recommendations?

    Bike doesn't get used half as much as it used to, but don't want to buy some Miche cheese and regret it within the first few pedal strokes.

    And YES, this bike is in a right stinky mess! :)

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    @may That looks like an MBK Hi-Tech Ranger to me! It was my first proper mountain bike back in 1989 :)

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    @gillies never under estimate the awkwardness of manoeuvring heavily laden cargo bikes!

    Hopefully you'll be using it all year around so you'll need to factor in getting kids in/out in rain & dark then getting them inside, then sorting the bike out. You'll soon get adept at dragging these bikes around. Ours has cable steering so has 150 degrees of movement which is massive compared to steering/track rod steering but is super useful when manoeuvring into tight spaces.

    If you go away on weekends/holiday I'd be tempted to keep the bike in the house. Pain in the arse, but so is losing a bike!

    I would also recommend running a dynohub so you can have permanent front/rear lights 24/7 for added visibility. You won't notice the drag.

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    Hope the rental space works out for you guys. You'll get to meet lots of locals through cycling around on your "crazy" bikes :). A good canopy on a cargo bike is vital in my opinion. We leave ours fitted 95% of the time. We had an usually wet winter in London and not once did our boy ever get wet or cold, unlike his dad! :) It's also useful for holding all the shopping inside as since COVID we cannot get delivery slots from our supermarket so I've been enjoying heading to the supermarket at 06:00am and filling the bike up with a pretty full trolley... Not sure how it all fits in sometimes! :)

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    What a beautiful part of the world you're moving too... but then again I'm Welsh so slightly biased :)

    Bullitt vs. Tern, either will be absolutely fine. Both you'll get funny stares from locals! :) depends on how much you're wanting to get on a train with the bike or transport it in the car. I would keep the Bullitt and see how you get on. Also depends on the age of your kids and if you have a canopy on the Bullitt/want to use the bike all year round. Also do you have somewhere dry & secure for a wide & 2.5m long bike?

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    No signs of any tampering yet. Have also put them on the wife’s bike to make locking it up a simpler task and eliminate the need for two locks. Not cheap mind, but cheaper than a new wheel!

    If someone’s determined to get your bike, they will. A sad sight for me is always a failed theft where they have destroyed the frame trying to steal it and just left the busted bike behind...

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