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by The Rookie
Fri Jul 12, 2019 15:36 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Demo rides for top end trailbikes
Replies: 20
Views: 671

Re: Demo rides for top end trailbikes

I agree about checking, but they lie....they must be used ‘mainly’ for use to and from work (qualifying journeys).

https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manual ... l/eim21664
by The Rookie
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Help needed for finding a replacement rim!
Replies: 3
Views: 205

Re: Help needed for finding a replacement rim!

So do you want a new rim or a new wheel?
by The Rookie
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Droppers post
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Droppers post

If you have a 30.9 frame then consider the Giant posts, I buy them used (they sell cheap) and do all the maintenance myself (dead easy) and treat them as disposable. I save any good bits from older posts as spares.
by The Rookie
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Demo rides for top end trailbikes
Replies: 20
Views: 671

Re: Demo rides for top end trailbikes

Just to clarify, the limit hasn't be lifted, there was never a limit. The issue was that you need a consumer credit licence to loan more than £1000 (which some did before),however C2W has never been a loan and as such the CCL should never have been relevant, this has now been accepted as having alwa...
by The Rookie
Wed Jul 10, 2019 09:46 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Demo rides for top end trailbikes
Replies: 20
Views: 671

Re: Demo rides for top end trailbikes

Bike to work is a tax incentive not a subsidy and its on a hire rate not purchase...

Where is offering you a 5k bike as a matter of interest? Have you made sure you know what happens at the end of the year?
by The Rookie
Wed Jul 10, 2019 09:40 am
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Any advice about using caustic soda to remove an aluminium seatpost from a steel frame?
Replies: 27
Views: 1230

Re: Any advice about using caustic soda to remove an aluminium seatpost from a steel frame?

If you read Sheldon Brown he suggests ammonia, much less likely to cause life changing injuries and works really well. It dissolves the aluminium oxide that usually causes the jamming with aluminium components.
by The Rookie
Wed Jul 10, 2019 09:35 am
Forum: Commuting General
Topic: C2W Hybrid advice.
Replies: 12
Views: 909

Re: C2W Hybrid advice.

Boardmans are sold exclusively in the Uk through Halfords (and Cycle Republic), but they aren't a Halford's brand. If being wholly owned by Halfords classes as not a Halfords brand (?) then I guess that's true. Only owned them for 5 years now. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jun/04/boardm...
by The Rookie
Wed Jul 10, 2019 09:22 am
Forum: Commuting General
Topic: London Commute: carbon road vs alu gravel
Replies: 9
Views: 647

Re: London Commute: carbon road vs alu gravel

Thanks all for the interesting responses so far. That's basically three votes for using a rack, and interesting points that the gravel bike is overkill for the intended use. I use a Planet X london road, it's sold as a commuting bike but the frame is nearer to a gravel than a road bike, I'm using 2...
by The Rookie
Tue Jul 09, 2019 06:44 am
Forum: The Workshop.
Topic: Carrera Subway 2 upgrade question
Replies: 5
Views: 716

Re: Carrera Subway 2 upgrade question

Also check how many teeth on your two front chainwheels in case a smaller 'granny' ring would be a good idea.
by The Rookie
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: New second hand bike. Front brake squeals badly ?!
Replies: 8
Views: 714

Re: New second hand bike. Front brake squeals badly ?!

Depends on why its leaking really!

The nipple seals by a compression of its tip into the caliper body (there is no seal/washer/o-ring), if the caliper is damaged its a new caliper, if its the nipple then you need a new nipple!
by The Rookie
Mon Jul 08, 2019 03:54 am
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Which front derailleur do I need?
Replies: 9
Views: 297

Re: Which front derailleur do I need?

Apart from the latest Shimano side pull (and electric shifting obviously), MTB front mechs are all interchangeable.
by The Rookie
Fri Jul 05, 2019 03:54 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Entry level air fork suspension suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 449

Re: Entry level air fork suspension suggestions

HOW do you add images P L E A S E Use full editor (not quick post), click the Img button (banner across the top) and paste the URL for the image (so will end in .jpg or similar) between the image identifiers https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51yEYCpV-OL._SX425_.jpg If you click quote...
by The Rookie
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Aluminum frame weight differences between models
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Aluminum frame weight differences between models

"Cheap, light, strong - pick any two!" Those were the words of one of the founding guru's of mtb (name escapes me). Keith Bontrager As for your original question, where you comparing bike weights or frame weights? A typical cheap frame is 2.2-3.0kg (alloy to steel) but the bike itself wil...
by The Rookie
Tue Jul 02, 2019 06:55 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: New MTB, what upgrades should I make?
Replies: 9
Views: 369

Re: New MTB, what upgrades should I make?

Reduce drag (narrower faster rolling tyres)
Reduce weight (dropper, tyres, cassette)
Gearing (get a bigger chainring on it, something like a 38-40T).
by The Rookie
Mon Jul 01, 2019 06:55 am
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Advice on chainset upgrade or replacement.
Replies: 5
Views: 379

Re: Advice on chainset upgrade or replacement.

Personally I'd swap the fronts for 22/36 and will give the same improvement in lowest gear.

But to answer your question, yes your current mech will cope just fine.
by The Rookie
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Bike advice
Replies: 4
Views: 406

Re: Bike advice

the assistant recommended a Boardman MTX 8.6 for having better materials and thus reliability. I'd ask him which bit had better 'materials', from the specifications they are pretty much identical and the frames are made from the same material in the same factory. the extra money goes into a (very b...
by The Rookie
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Good/ cheapish 29" carbon wheelset - such a thing yet?
Replies: 25
Views: 1036

Re: Good/ cheapish 29" carbon wheelset - such a thing yet?

My old wheelset had alloy nipples, nearly 3 years old when I sold it, not a single failed nipple.

I can't see they've been mentioned, but lightbike carbon rims have been well reviewed.
by The Rookie
Mon Jun 24, 2019 09:50 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Shock! - service or replace for cheaper
Replies: 5
Views: 517

Re: Shock! - service or replace for cheaper

If you don't want to service it, why not just ride it into the ground?
by The Rookie
Mon Jun 17, 2019 08:36 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: C2W Halfords, mountain bike <£800 advice
Replies: 7
Views: 640

Re: C2W Halfords, mountain bike <£800 advice

Voodoo Bizango, https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/ ... -22-frames
By far the best value for money at that price point from anywhere (not just Halfords), a 29er would also suite your usage better than a smaller wheel.
by The Rookie
Mon Jun 17, 2019 08:02 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Use a MB on a road ok for general use?
Replies: 10
Views: 841

Re: Use a MB on a road ok for general use?

Is there some way of checking and comparing against a hybrid bike for range of gears for a quick comparison maybe? Maths.... divide chainring size by sprocket size and you get the gear ratio, do that for the highest and lowest gear on two bikes your comparing. The number of individual gears is mean...

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