Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • armyknife
    • By armyknife 28th Jan 15, 2:55 PM
    • 592Posts
    • 2,502Thanks
    armyknife
    Aren't Bicycles Great.
    • #1
    • 28th Jan 15, 2:55 PM
    Aren't Bicycles Great. 28th Jan 15 at 2:55 PM
    Aren't bicycles great, a simple machine that let's people get places in a low cost, low impact way. Can even be maintained by people with limited mechanical skills like me.

    So what are you cycle transport plans for 2015?

    I'm planning on doing more long distance travel with mine and more trips by train with the folder.


    If you haven’t already, join the forum to reply!

    This Forum Tip was included in MoneySavingExpert's weekly email

    Don't miss out on new deals, loopholes, and vouchers

    Last edited by armyknife; 08-11-2015 at 1:14 AM. Reason: spelling mistake in thread title!
Page 26
    • brat
    • By brat 15th Jun 17, 8:27 PM
    • 2,388 Posts
    • 2,987 Thanks
    brat
    Quick video of my descent to Sa Calobra, a memorable descent of 2,200 feet in about 15 minutes. The climb back up took 35 minutes, which I'm quite pleased with. Every cyclist should give this a go!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YA7WtqyZzY
    Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
    • Johnmcl7
    • By Johnmcl7 16th Jun 17, 5:27 PM
    • 2,255 Posts
    • 1,475 Thanks
    Johnmcl7
    Just returned from a family holiday in Pollensa, Majorca. I hired a bike for 5 days but because it was a family break, I only ventured out in the mornings when the family was getting uo. Still managed Formentor and Sa Calobra. What a beautiful island for cycling and touring. We'll have to get back to do more.
    Originally posted by brat
    Sounds great, I'm getting an access denied symbol on your picture though

    John
    • Lord Baltimore
    • By Lord Baltimore 18th Jun 17, 6:58 PM
    • 1,293 Posts
    • 1,277 Thanks
    Lord Baltimore
    Quick video of my descent to Sa Calobra, a memorable descent of 2,200 feet in about 15 minutes. The climb back up took 35 minutes, which I'm quite pleased with. Every cyclist should give this a go!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YA7WtqyZzY
    Originally posted by brat
    Epic descent and beautiful, laconic violin. I bet you slept well and with a little smile on your face
    all your base are belong to us
    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 18th Jun 17, 9:07 PM
    • 7,295 Posts
    • 5,188 Thanks
    esuhl
    With this beautiful weather, I've been doing 20 to 30 miles a day! (Don't laugh -- it's a lot for me on my pannier-laden mountain bike! :-P)

    But... I've been consistently spending money on my bike for years now! There's always something wrong with it! It's starting to drive me up the wall!

    I keep buying new stems of completely inapproproate dimensions! It's hard to know until you try them out (and spend ages wiggling the saddle up/down and to/fro. And I have ergonomic grips on my flat bars, so I need to adjust them by about 0.1 mm each time... which is tricky.

    My freehub has suddenly started sticking, and I've no idea how to fix that. And my gears (which were running fine) suddenly needed the B-screw screwed in by about a centimetre(!) to take up the slack which didn't exist before!? And after spending the last two days tweaking my gears, I can't quite get them right.

    There's no way I'd spend so much time and money on cycling if it wasn't so damned amazing! Aren't bicycles great! :-D

    So... just wondering... Brat, your bike is much nicer than mine (which cost £450 new). And everyone else... Do you guys have to spend so much time fixing/tweaking/repairing/upgrading your bikes...?
    • brat
    • By brat 19th Jun 17, 9:19 AM
    • 2,388 Posts
    • 2,987 Thanks
    brat
    With this beautiful weather, I've been doing 20 to 30 miles a day! (Don't laugh -- it's a lot for me on my pannier-laden mountain bike! :-P)

    But... I've been consistently spending money on my bike for years now! There's always something wrong with it! It's starting to drive me up the wall!

    I keep buying new stems of completely inapproproate dimensions! It's hard to know until you try them out (and spend ages wiggling the saddle up/down and to/fro. And I have ergonomic grips on my flat bars, so I need to adjust them by about 0.1 mm each time... which is tricky.

    My freehub has suddenly started sticking, and I've no idea how to fix that. And my gears (which were running fine) suddenly needed the B-screw screwed in by about a centimetre(!) to take up the slack which didn't exist before!? And after spending the last two days tweaking my gears, I can't quite get them right.

    There's no way I'd spend so much time and money on cycling if it wasn't so damned amazing! Aren't bicycles great! :-D

    So... just wondering... Brat, your bike is much nicer than mine (which cost £450 new). And everyone else... Do you guys have to spend so much time fixing/tweaking/repairing/upgrading your bikes...?
    Originally posted by esuhl
    20 to 30 miles per day is a decent distance for anyone. On a heavy bike, that deserves respect!

    I'm not the best person to talk to about maintenance, my work colleague who is much more bike savvy than me is always going on at me about my poor bike maintenance.

    But I have learned a little, and learned to mitigate the damage caused by the elements. The single best purchase I've made to reduce bike wear and tear is my turbo trainer. Of the 5,500 miles I've done this year so far, 2,400 miles have been on the turbo. I use the turbo when the weather is poor, so I'm not submitting my bikes to the worst weather. I've put mudguards on my cyclocross commuter bike too, which prevents a lot of the dirt and grime getting into the chain and bottom bracket.
    I also clean, oil and grease the bike much more than I used to. I do that as a matter of routine now, rather than wait until parts fail or stiffen. So the chain gets oiled for every decent ride, and at least once a week. The headset and BB bearings get checked cleaned and greased every couple of months. The freehub is removed and pawls cleaned and regreased regularly. I tried to bleed my disc brakes recently, but failed miserably, so that had to go to the LBS.

    My total bike budget is not cheap. I reckon I spend over £3,000 a year on bikes, kit and maintenance. Not much of that is maintenance, it's mostly for improvement and new gear.
    So in that respect, the maintenance costs are low as a percentage of total costs.

    But the primary lessons I've learned are

    1) Keep your bike spotlessly clean
    2) Keep it well, but not over lubricated
    3) Check and service parts regularly. Don't wait for them to fail
    4) Regrease routinely where needed.
    5) Protect your bike against dirt and grime either by not going out in horrible weather, or use mudguards
    6) Don't damage any part of your groupset by dropping the bike, or leaving it carelessly against something. Don't force it against other bikes on a bike rack on your car.
    7) Buy a chain gauge to check for chain wear and replace before worn
    8) Keep your weight down. More weight on the bike= more maintenance
    9) Clean rim brakes regularly. Replace pads often, so that the pads wear more quickly than the rim.
    10) Don't sprint like Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, wrenching your bike from side to side each pedal stroke, putting loads of pressure on the rims, spokes and bearings.
    11) Cultivate a good friend who is also a wizz with bike maintenance and repair.
    12) Ride lots of miles for pleasure, so that you feel the cost is always worth it.
    Last edited by brat; 19-06-2017 at 9:34 AM.
    Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
    • Emily Blunt
    • By Emily Blunt 19th Jun 17, 9:22 AM
    • 3 Posts
    • 6 Thanks
    Emily Blunt
    Wanting to do an across the nation ride with my brother by marriage and some of his companions in April and anticipating driving by bicycle several days seven days once the climate moves forward.
    • brat
    • By brat 19th Jun 17, 9:28 AM
    • 2,388 Posts
    • 2,987 Thanks
    brat
    Epic descent and beautiful, laconic violin. I bet you slept well and with a little smile on your face
    Originally posted by Lord Baltimore
    It was a very special ride. A serene descent followed by a lung bursting ascent. I have to go back there for more of that!

    I love that piece of music, It's The Protecting Veil by John Tavener, played by Steven Isserlis, believe it or not, on the cello. I think the greater resonance of the cello gives it that almost impossible dual quality of being melancholic and uplifting at the same time. It raises the hairs on the back of my neck every time I hear it. :-)
    Last edited by brat; 19-06-2017 at 9:33 AM.
    Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
    • Lord Baltimore
    • By Lord Baltimore 20th Jun 17, 12:15 AM
    • 1,293 Posts
    • 1,277 Thanks
    Lord Baltimore
    Great list of "lessons learned" above brat.

    One of my bikes is an old, steel-framed classic (its a stiff, uncomfortable ride but I have it simply for the pleasure of owning it). Despite its age, it had unpitted chrome front and rear forks etc and no mudguards (because I like it original).

    Notice I said 'had unpitted chrome'. Last winter I took it out and picked up something that virtually destroyed the bike. Chrome has come off in chunks; the paintwork is shot and now the cables routed down low are coming apart. I failed to clean it after use and thought a little 'mud' would do no real harm. Gutted is all I can say.

    Cello, yes. Now, not only is my bike knackered, I'm revealed as uncultured. Woe is me .
    all your base are belong to us
    • Johnmcl7
    • By Johnmcl7 22nd Jun 17, 12:58 AM
    • 2,255 Posts
    • 1,475 Thanks
    Johnmcl7
    I've dabbled with cameras on the bikes for a while experimenting with helmet, bar and chest mounting opting for the latter as a good balance although it's still a little bumpy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmFPOXInjYc

    After spending a while looking at gimbals, I finally bought one and gave it a go and I'm amazed at how smooth it is. The bike is a short travel hardtail so it's not a smooth ride and the camera still seemed to be bouncing up and down with the shocks so I was bracing myself for the footage being not much good. However it seems to smooth everything out incredibly well:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjUJ-KhSpwQ

    Wind noise is clearly an issue although the audio isn't great on action cameras anyway.
    • Lord Baltimore
    • By Lord Baltimore 23rd Jun 17, 12:20 AM
    • 1,293 Posts
    • 1,277 Thanks
    Lord Baltimore
    Nice. Just be careful not to let the camera 'encourage' you to push the envelope. Great ride; stay safe.
    all your base are belong to us
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

2,010Posts Today

6,713Users online

Martin's Twitter