kcr

  • kcr replied to the topic Putoline question in the forum Bike Forum 5 days ago

    Like I said before, I was pleased with how the wax performed over the summer. It didn’t pick up dirt, ran smoothly and lasted well. It’s winter conditions and a bit of proper wet weather that seem to be causing problems for me now.

  • kcr replied to the topic Putoline question in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Compare it to how long conventional lube might have lasted though.

    In the conditions I cycled in, I expect conventional lube to last a lot longer.

  • kcr replied to the topic Putoline question in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    As I said before, I found that Putoline worked very well over the summer, and was a good alternative to conventional lube. I’m not too impressed with winter performance so far. I reckon I’ve only done about 50 miles on the road since the last re-wax, and the drive train was a bit squeaky this morning. It’s been a bit stormy, so there has been a…[Read more]

  • kcr replied to the topic Putoline question in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Why would you degrease a new chain? It’s got the best lubrication it will ever have when you take it out of the packet.

    I just bought that Argos £15 frier and it works fine. With the basket, I just dunked the chain directly instead of cleaning it last time I re-waxed, on the assumption any detritus will fall to the bottom.

    I’m still not…[Read more]

  • One thing at the time, first obsess over the bike and more importantly the wheels, then obsess over the other stuff like clothing – stay tuned.

    I thought you wanted speed? It sounds like what you really want is a fancy looking bike that you perceive as fast.

    If you really want to be fast, listen to what people are telling you. First get an a…[Read more]

  • kcr replied to the topic Stuck in a rut in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    You could do some volunteering?

    This is a good suggestion for getting out of a rut, because it is likely to push you out of the normal daily comfort zone, and it can provide a different sort of satisfaction from the enjoyment of just doing your own hobbies.

  • Your preposition is that if only people had watched the correct news they might have reached the correct decision in your view.

    No. I’m saying that a lot of people made a decision without making any attempt to consume credible news (and they were quite happy to admit that).

    If people choose to insulate themselves from a range of real,…[Read more]

  • I’ve been trying Putoline on my commuting/general use bike since last year, rotating a couple of chains and cleaning them with clean spirit before re-waxing each time. I just melt the wax in a saucepan on my Trangia. I’ve re-used quick links quite a few times without problems (but keeping the same links and chains matched). New chains can just go…[Read more]

  • You might disagree if you were one of the 48% or the 58% that didn’t vote for those outcomes

    I didn’t vote for either of those outcomes.
    Whether I agree or disagree with the results doesn’t matter, but they prove that individual actions do make a difference, and if people are making those decisions without informing themselves, that also matters.

  • Enlighten me

    We’re leaving the EU because 52% of the people who voted in the referendum chose Leave.
    We have a Conservative government with a big majority because voters swung decisively away from Labour in previously Labour constituencies.

    I think those outcomes are clear examples of how individuals have the ability to “impact stuff that…[Read more]

  • …when in reality stuff happens, and neither impacts you, nor do you have any ability to have an impact on it

    You really have to have avoided all news for the past 3 or 4 years if you believe that.

  • Base miles has been de-bunked as a requirement but personally I always have a better year after slowing down over winter, riding longer and steadier with only one short harder ride a week, max.

    It sounds like the “debunked” requirement works for you…

    I think the idea of junk miles (i.e. trundling round just trying to record a fixed…[Read more]

  • Sprint or hill intervals on the way back. Quite hard to do on the road so you need some long stretches! And excellent traffic awareness of course – with that in mind smashing it on the way home is a dumb idea – be safe etc.

    Good advice. You need to do intervals, but commuting routes don’t usually suit interval work, unless you have rea…[Read more]

  • It’s clearly bad for those involved, it’s obviously devastating, at least in the short term, for wildlife, and is probably a bad sign for the planet.
    BUT how does knowing this make one woman on the other side of the world in any better/worse situation than not knowing?

    If you avoid consuming news, how do you know if you are missing som…[Read more]

  • kcr replied to the topic Iranian guy in Baghdad…. in the forum Chat Forum 2 weeks ago

    US election year innit.

    Yes, I think it is blatantly obvious that the assassination is a response to the heat from the impeachment and the approaching election. Trump has shown very little interest to date in engaging seriously in world politics, unless it benefits him personally.

  • A question for those who do consume lots of noise, what benefit do you feel you have from being very informed in it?

    I think reading the news helps me to recognise the noise and filter it out.
    Despite the genuine concerns about bias and misinformation, there is still a lot of good, reliable information out there, and it is not difficult to find.…[Read more]

  • kcr replied to the topic Montenegro – Road or MTB Biking? in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    I don’t have recent experience, but cycled through Montenegro about 15 years ago. From what I remember, some of the main roads were a bit busy, but there was still some great cycling. You’re not too far from Lovcen, and if you like climbing, there’s a fairly epic set of hairpins to get off the coast from Kotor!
    There is some great mountain country…[Read more]

  • This is a perceived feeling

    If it’s a “perceived feeling” all you can do is change your perception. I think the conventional solution to this is to buy an expensive upgrade. This will usually make the bike feel faster.

    What tyre pressure are you running, a road bike with tubes should be up around the 100psi mark.

    That’s very old school,…[Read more]

  • kcr replied to the topic Recommend me a cafe lock in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    If you just want a deterrent to stop a casual thief running off with your bike, these are OK:
    https://www.hiplok.com/product/zlok1/
    It’s basically a metal zip tie. Easy to stick in a pocket or loop around saddle rails.
    Of course it won’t stop anyone serious for more than a few seconds.

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