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LeoMc

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2505 on: May 15, 2020, 08:54:32 AM »
Was thinking of getting a new bike and a child seat to get out and about with the kids a bit during lock-down. I assume a Hybrid is the way to go but would welcome any recommendations either for a bike or the child seat!

We use one of these so the little one can sit up front where we can keep an eye on her and where she can see everything. They're very common in Holland, apparently:

https://www.monsterscooterparts.com/ibert-safe-t-seat-baby-seat.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjw2PP1BRCiARIsAEqv-pQqy-HD_qEwDY1xn7Xqmku8U81S-AeBpFXYJch-TwxeE8SZyy0TONoaAgYPEALw_wcB
They are a good idea, better than having my arse crack for a view but I was told those up front seats weren’t great for longer spins, a lot less suspension than the rear mounted ones as they are on the crossbar rather than being on sprung steel.

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2506 on: May 15, 2020, 09:34:24 AM »
I've bought my first Disc brake yoke (12mm thru axle)  as my new Winter bike, having avoided Disc brakes up until now I feel like a total novice again. I was looking at a deal on budget Carbon Disc Wheels as a quick upgrade and Christ was I lost. Seems to be very little standardised with Disc Bikes & wheels?  lots of adaptors required etc... Looks like a bit of a minefield.

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2507 on: May 15, 2020, 10:16:02 AM »
I've bought my first Disc brake yoke (12mm thru axle)  as my new Winter bike, having avoided Disc brakes up until now I feel like a total novice again. I was looking at a deal on budget Carbon Disc Wheels as a quick upgrade and Christ was I lost. Seems to be very little standardised with Disc Bikes & wheels?  lots of adaptors required etc... Looks like a bit of a minefield.

Definitely a minefield and it takes a bit more maintenance with the disc brakes. I am useless at bike mechanic type stuff at the best of times as well. I like them in the winter though, whenever it rains at least you know you'll get the bike stopped.

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2508 on: May 15, 2020, 10:16:36 AM »
I've bought my first Disc brake yoke (12mm thru axle)  as my new Winter bike, having avoided Disc brakes up until now I feel like a total novice again. I was looking at a deal on budget Carbon Disc Wheels as a quick upgrade and Christ was I lost. Seems to be very little standardised with Disc Bikes & wheels?  lots of adaptors required etc... Looks like a bit of a minefield.

I'm riding my first disc brake bike (last 6 weeks), one piece of advice is take wheel off whilst cleaning/oiling the chain. One spec of petrol or oil etc near the disc is a disaster. I cleaned my chain last week with petrol and then oiled afterwards, everything went great (so i thought) and brakes worked perfect but was caught out last week in the rain and when the discs are wet they squealed like mad (so loud) due to the small splash of petrol/oil that i didn't know had contaminated the disc/pads.
Good luck with it BennyD
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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2509 on: May 15, 2020, 10:27:15 AM »
I've bought my first Disc brake yoke (12mm thru axle)  as my new Winter bike, having avoided Disc brakes up until now I feel like a total novice again. I was looking at a deal on budget Carbon Disc Wheels as a quick upgrade and Christ was I lost. Seems to be very little standardised with Disc Bikes & wheels?  lots of adaptors required etc... Looks like a bit of a minefield.

What did you go for?

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2510 on: May 15, 2020, 03:54:01 PM »
Trek Emonda ALR5 - Aluminium (Purple Flip version), with 105

https://www.pedalon.co.uk/acatalog/trek-emonda-alr-5-disc-purple-flip.html

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2511 on: May 15, 2020, 04:24:44 PM »
Trek Emonda ALR5 - Aluminium (Purple Flip version), with 105

https://www.pedalon.co.uk/acatalog/trek-emonda-alr-5-disc-purple-flip.html

Very nice, good luck and health to enjoy it.
Too good for a winter hack !

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2512 on: May 16, 2020, 10:18:20 AM »
Did any of you buy tickets for the "Canyon Aeroad CF SL 8.0" from www.grandtourcompetitions.com

£9.99 for an entry into the bike, I believe it's being drawn tomorrow. Would be a lovely bike to win alright although I've just bought a lovely bike so prob would be wasted on me. Although as a cyclist you can never own enough bikes ;D.

P.S. not promoting this either, don't care if you buy or not...just curious if any of you had entered?
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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2513 on: May 16, 2020, 06:38:59 PM »
I've bought my first Disc brake yoke (12mm thru axle)  as my new Winter bike, having avoided Disc brakes up until now I feel like a total novice again. I was looking at a deal on budget Carbon Disc Wheels as a quick upgrade and Christ was I lost. Seems to be very little standardised with Disc Bikes & wheels?  lots of adaptors required etc... Looks like a bit of a minefield.

I'm riding my first disc brake bike (last 6 weeks), one piece of advice is take wheel off whilst cleaning/oiling the chain. One spec of petrol or oil etc near the disc is a disaster. I cleaned my chain last week with petrol and then oiled afterwards, everything went great (so i thought) and brakes worked perfect but was caught out last week in the rain and when the discs are wet they squealed like mad (so loud) due to the small splash of petrol/oil that i didn't know had contaminated the disc/pads.
Good luck with it BennyD

It may not be the oil, could be just all the muck/grime splashed up fron the road. I use a little brake disc cleaner on the disc and pads. If the pads have been badly contaminated by oil you can even try sanding them a little if they are metal. The resin pads are basically toast if they get contaminated by oil/brake fluid. At £18 a pop its an expensive mistake

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2514 on: May 16, 2020, 06:53:35 PM »
I've bought my first Disc brake yoke (12mm thru axle)  as my new Winter bike, having avoided Disc brakes up until now I feel like a total novice again. I was looking at a deal on budget Carbon Disc Wheels as a quick upgrade and Christ was I lost. Seems to be very little standardised with Disc Bikes & wheels?  lots of adaptors required etc... Looks like a bit of a minefield.

Definitely a lot more fiddling around with the setup with disc brakes. For instance, swapping a new set of wheels in, will probably mean adjusting the disc caliper alignment.
       
   

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2515 on: May 16, 2020, 07:04:12 PM »
Cheers, good to know, think I'll hold fire on any upgrades for a while.

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2516 on: May 16, 2020, 07:33:05 PM »
Trying to convince my young lad who is 6 to take off the stabilisers on his bike but he is very nervous about me doing it.
Any tips on getting him riding without them?
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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2517 on: May 16, 2020, 07:44:10 PM »
Cant claim any credit but our old childminder had a slope on her garden we arrived one day and one boy had learned to ride a bike going down it with similar result for the other boy a few days later if thats any use at all lol. Basically take them off and go down a (grass) hill probably assisting them for the first lock o times

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2518 on: May 16, 2020, 08:01:11 PM »
Trying to convince my young lad who is 6 to take off the stabilisers on his bike but he is very nervous about me doing it.
Any tips on getting him riding without them?
I think with our I just held onto the saddle for a while to reassure whilst they peddle away. Eventually they'll peddle away without knowing you've let go of the saddle. There might be the odd spill but if you can get him back at it not falling is a good incentive to learn.

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Re: Cycling
« Reply #2519 on: May 16, 2020, 09:09:00 PM »
Trying to convince my young lad who is 6 to take off the stabilisers on his bike but he is very nervous about me doing it.
Any tips on getting him riding without them?

Might be too late but the balance bikes are great job. Only discovered thrm with my youngest. She's still only 3 and still on it but I think she might go straight to pedals from that. The oldest 2 took a while with stabilisers. I used to hold onto back of seat, then give thrm good push to get up speed, thry get the balance better then. Anyone recommend a good seat to hook onto hybrid bike for 3 year old?