Numpty IM Bike Thread

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27/06/2012 at 16:25


Well pop over to Royles and buy yourself some nice expensive Zipps !!!

27/06/2012 at 16:27
muffin top wrote (see)
Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)

out of the frame and hold it by the skewer and shake it ?

(Think you should just buy a new pair of wheels)

That makes it rattle. Now what?


that might just be the QR rattling - hold the hub ends without the QR in and then spin the wheel.  if it rattles, then it's likley to be bearing.  if not - follow Cougie's suggestions

27/06/2012 at 16:29

It wouldn't rattle tho when in the frame if it was just the QR would it ?

27/06/2012 at 16:31

it can do if it's not got the springs on - ah - another thought - has the QR got he springs on it??

cougie    pirate
27/06/2012 at 17:10

Er - are you wearing bracelets and bangles when shaking this wheel ?

Iron Muffin    pirate
27/06/2012 at 17:22

Took the tyre off, all clean. Tried the tape on valve as that was rattly.

But alas, the torturous noise is still there.

Is the QR the skewer  thingy. If so, yes it has 2 springs on (one at each end)


27/06/2012 at 17:26

OK - bring it along to Outlaw and there'll be enough of us "bike mechanics" there to take a look and see what the issue is.   I'll be on the campsite in the minibago - don't know where Cougs or DtS are staying.

the QR aka Quick Release is the skewer

Iron Muffin    pirate
27/06/2012 at 17:35

Thank you all.

I will also bring my normal wheels as I will go insane listenimg to the noise for 7 hours on Sunday.

On a positive note, I was impressed with my perfirmance on the tyre change

Cheerful Dave    pirate
27/06/2012 at 17:37

I've had deep wheels where the knocking was the valve extension tapping the edge of the hole every turn.  Difficult to find as it only happened when I was riding it.

Alybea wrote (see)

It's not going to be practical to lug my road bike on the train, over the station bridge etc. So I need a alternative. Are Bromptons really the bees knees or can I get away with some thing cheaper? Does anyone use one regularly and could offer some advice?


Bromptons fold to the smallest size and are the easiest to lug around when folded, especially if you're using a crowded train.  Cheaper ones such as Dahon are OK if you're not carrying it too far - I had one so it could go in a car boot.  Bromptons have little wheels on the rack to use when folded, others aren't so good.

Best bet is to get to a bike shop & pick them up & get an idea of the size & weight of the thing.   

27/06/2012 at 17:38
I'm camping Sadly I met with Muffin Top last night. But we was swimming not biking !
Iron Muffin    pirate
29/06/2012 at 15:49

Hooray, I think everything is fixed (subject to a proper test spin)

Thank you to all forum bike brains and my lovely LBS.

The fix is rather embarassing , I had put the springs on the QR the wrong way round.

29/06/2012 at 15:54

So embarrassing for you, that you sent hubbie to pick your bike up .

Iron Muffin    pirate
30/06/2012 at 06:32

You dont normally complain about going to bike shops.

Anyway, I am sure the nice bike mechanics were more interetsed in the chocolate cakes I sent you with.


ChallengeGoGoGas    pirate
10/07/2012 at 20:32

So I'm looking at bike insurance bewildering.... Any recommedations? I've narrowed down to VeloSure, Cyclesure (as recommended by the london triathlon) and BTF TriBike Insurance - BTF is most expensive by quite a margin, although i'm sure there must be some sort of promotional code somewhere in my reems of stuff from BTF surely it can't be the same for Joe Public

Second - it turns out my two kryptonite locks I own, aren't good enough.... so who uses what? are they of the Sold Secure Bike Gold standard and how much does that cost?

Third - Does anyone keep bikes not in house (i'm under serious pressure to rehome) if so what have you done to alternate location to meet insurance requirements

Thanks for any info in advance guys, my head hurts!

Rafiki    pirate
10/07/2012 at 20:38

there was a thread on bike insurance a while back.

But, all of mine are covered under my Direct Line house insurance wherever they are (in or out of home) as long as they are locked - excpet if I'm racing on them. I've double checked this. One is itemised on the insurance as its over £2k.

Job done (but then the two expensive ones are kept in the house or are never out of my sight....)

12/07/2012 at 11:38

Snapped my rear mech hanger and dumped the deraileur in the back wheel going up a climb, so bike's at the LBS getting fixed. Blew-out my front tyre on the same ride, which meant that I was running on the carbon rims for about 20 metres as I slowed down. There appears to be a bit of a split in the rim now on one side, running around the edge of the rim for a few inches. Anybody know whether there are "fillers" for that kind of thing, please? Or repair services? Ignore the thing and carry on? Or am I in the market for a new front wheel?

Thanks as always!

12/07/2012 at 12:01

I doubt it's fixable but you can try a specialist carbon repair service - there are a few around - definitely not something to carry on and hope for the best.     

You probably already realise your rear mech was poorly adjusted so I wont tell you that - but it's a cautionary note for others - if you hear your mech hitting the spokes in the big sprocket don't ignore it.  

12/07/2012 at 12:32

Oh dear. Not great news.

The mech was in the right place, tbh, but the big "learn" for me is that I'd badly bent it a few months ago in a crash, straightened it as best as I could with a dirty, great wrench, and thought that I could ignore the thing. Clearly not the case!

18/07/2012 at 13:32

Afternoon bike buffs.

If you were going to buy a fixed wheel/single speed, which would you buy and why?

I am currently thinking Langster because I want proper old school not fancy townie.

18/07/2012 at 14:01

P has a Langster - I bought the frame from Ridgebackmax and I built it up.  she loves it.   mine is an old road frame that I built up as well.  they're pretty simple to build as you don't need to worry too much about groupsets and their set up, and you can get away with a single brake.

P has a flip-flop hub on her Langster so she can ride fixie or SS 

On-one Pompino is also highly liked

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