Numpty IM Bike Thread

Bike ponces only welcome if they don't speak in tongues

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24/07/2005 at 15:21
Thanks Nick, I won't be getting my bike until the start of spetmeber but there is loads above for me to think about.
24/07/2005 at 15:50
Guys you can get a fair set of wheels for around £100.

Your best bet is to speak to your Local Bike Shop (LBS).

If you are getting your first bike (and there are better people to ask) for about £500 there should be a fairly good set of wheels on it already.

One thing I think was missed on fitting pedals, make sure when you put pedals on you use a bike lubricant (just ask your bike shop) on the thread on the pedal to make removal easier the next time you have to take them off (i.e. to pack it or change them)

I hope that wasn't too bike poncy ;-)
24/07/2005 at 15:50
Wow. Thanks for the info Nick - You're my new bike tech hero!

Especially cos I'm desperate to buy a proper grown-up bike now.
24/07/2005 at 15:57
Sorry to disappoint everyone, but Nick is clearly not talking about bikes because I understand what he means.
24/07/2005 at 16:35
Nick - you have answered two bike questions and everyone has understood your replies - unheard of!!!!!!

I think you should change your name to "Nick the Numpty Bike Persons Guru"

Or just "Nick the Guru" for short....
24/07/2005 at 16:39
And seriously, Smiffy explained about compact chainsets once before and it was excellent, but I can't find it again.

You have explained gears so that even I can understand them - don't go anywhere will you!!
Plum    pirate
24/07/2005 at 16:47
will someone tie the Bugger down so he cant escape

Is he E-Mailable?
24/07/2005 at 16:48
[toys idly with the idea of a Rosey tied down...]
Plum    pirate
24/07/2005 at 16:48

Nick could yo enable your e mail on your profile or promise never to go anywhere for more than a day

debbo    pirate
24/07/2005 at 17:46
Nick - that's great. Don't disappear!!
24/07/2005 at 18:59
The Nick thing is getting confusing but I know its not me.
24/07/2005 at 19:00
Jj, you got the wrong end of the stick as well cos you are the only one who knows my real name on this thread lol !!
24/07/2005 at 19:01

[keeps hold of stick]

24/07/2005 at 19:02
lol - just realised the benefits of knowing everyone's real name!

#Rosey and Jim
Rosey and Jim
Chugging along on the old Ragdoll#

Garr    pirate
24/07/2005 at 19:23
Hehehe, I read this page and thought 'eh? That's not Rosey's name?!' then read the last page. Was worried I'd been making a fool of myself by e-mail for months.
24/07/2005 at 20:18
Before anyone gets too carried away, I've got to admit to being a total tri-newbie, so anything I say certainly isn't coming from experience of riding in tris! I'll probably be asking for advice from the older hands myself when it comes to tri-specific stuff. But I'm more than happy to share what little I do know - like I say, I've had plenty of help and motivation just by lurking on here.

Oh yes, and definitely agree with Iron Rose about putting some lubricant on your pedals before fitting them - certainly does help!

Plum, I check these forums more often than I check my email so best bet is just posting here, but I'll enable it anyway just in case.

(the other) Nick
24/07/2005 at 21:10
I like this thread. Not planning on doing an IM myself (yet!), but plain speaking about bikes is v. helpful. I would add the following advice: if you get clipless pedals (my only experience is SPD, so feel free to correct me if my advice is incorrect for other systems), read the instructions, and adjust them with an allen key so they are the loosest setting you can set them to. Practice with them at this setting, then tighten them if necessary. If you have the screw things too tight, you will (a) find it difficult to clip in, and (b) find it difficult to release your feet.

After offering some advice, I'd like to ask a question. Pumps. What kind of pump would you advise carrying on your bike? I have a Blackburn mini-pump, which fastens to my bottle cage mount. But it sticks out a bit to the side, and I'm not happy with it. I also have a CO2 pump thing, but I don't want to rely on that for everyday, would rather have a proper pump. What I wanted was a frame-fitting pump, which goes on the down tube(? is that right, the one which goes vertically down under the saddle to the bottom bracket?) but the LBS didn't have one to fit my bike.

Also, another numpty question. I have to take my front wheel off to fit the bike in the back of the car. When I open the quick release for the brakes, the tyre still won't fit between the brake blocks. I have to let the tyre down to get it out. Is this normal? I suspect not, but am nervous about messing with the brakes to rectify it!
24/07/2005 at 21:23
The pump thing is a look and try thing to be honest quimby. You will also struggle to find a frame pump nowadays as most are either mini or track.

I used to use a Specialised hand pump but now I use nothing but CO2, for the amount of times you are going to puncture it doesn't turn out to be expensive, especially when you can get 3 cartridges for a few quid.

The only expense is the CO2 gun that you use instead of the pump. I use the Airchamp Pro. It can get your tyre pressures to over 100 pound per square inch (psi) where by you could only get about 80 psi with a hand pump.

If you have a track pump (this is a pump you would use at home and not carry probably with a pressure guage on it) you can pump your tyres up before you leave home and just have CO2 for emergencies.

Sorry for some of the blatent obvious explanations but this is for the bike numpties as requested.
24/07/2005 at 21:25
As for the second question one of my bikes does this but I just yank it out which I don't recommend so am waiting for the answer too lol !!
24/07/2005 at 21:45
Ta for the answer, Iron Rose. Back when I used to ride bikes (eek, about 20 years ago?) frame-fitting pumps were the norm. The expense of CO2 doesn't bother me, it's just that I tend to fear the worst when out on the bike, and even if I take a couple of CO2 cartridges, what if I had a *really* unlucky ride with more punctures than I had cartridges for? Although I haven't actually counted the number of patches in my puncture repair kit; that could be a fatal flaw in my argument ;-)

I do have a track pump, and I would recommend anyone getting into biking getting one. You can pump your tyres up far easier with this than a pump which you carry on your bike. It's basically a pump which has a big upright cylinder, with foot rests either side, and a handle on top, which you pump up & down. Get one with a pressure gauge on it.

The CO2 thingy I bought is a Microflate one, anyone have any opinion on whether it's OK or not? It's one of those things where you don't know how good it is until you use it...
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