molgrips

  • molgrips replied to the topic 1x and chainsuck in the forum Bike Forum 9 minutes ago

    Damn. So now I’m worrying about chainsuck on my repaired Salsa – there’s only a few mm clearance between the ring and the stay. But maybe it’s too small even to get stuck in there.

  • Spray.bike worked for me. Soft finish so it doesn’t chip or flake but it does get marked by QRs and front mech clamps etc. It’s like a powdercoat.

    I had a shot-blasted frame so I did primer then added the top coat, had to rub it smooth then added lacquer.

  • molgrips replied to the topic Why no 2WD e-bikes? in the forum Bike Forum 1 hour ago

    Move your weight back…basic climbing skill.

    FFS. I’ve only been MTBing all over the UK for 30 years, what do I know about climbing? If you don’t run out of traction on steep stuff then you aren’t riding steep stuff. There are tons of trails that people only ride down because it’s simply not possible to ride up them – on a 1WD bike, that i…[Read more]

  • molgrips started the topic 1x and chainsuck in the forum Bike Forum 1 hour ago

    Can you actually get proper chainsuck on 1x? I mean the kind where the chain gets jammed between the frame and the ring? I haven’t had any on my first 1x bike, not in a couple of years of riding it.

    Most of the chain jamming with a triple seemed to be related to being in the little ring and having the middle catch it and jam it – or it happened…[Read more]

  • molgrips replied to the topic Why no 2WD e-bikes? in the forum Bike Forum 6 hours ago

    Given that nearly all your weight is on the back wheel, bugger all?

    Ever ridden up something very steep? You put your weight over the front so you don’t fall over backwards, and this is when your rear wheel slips and you stop. From reading reviews of previous 2wd attempts, they climb up anything.

  • molgrips replied to the topic Why no 2WD e-bikes? in the forum Bike Forum 13 hours ago

    You actually think there would be significant benefits for enough riders?

    I think it would be fun, and that’s what recreational bike riding is about isn’t it?

    The problem of maximum utility for humanity from bikes has already been solved. Doesn’t mean we can’t invent new cool stuff does it?

  • molgrips replied to the topic Why no 2WD e-bikes? in the forum Bike Forum 14 hours ago

    Yeah you could have dynamic torque distribution like cars have.

  • molgrips started the topic Why no 2WD e-bikes? in the forum Bike Forum 14 hours ago

    There have been a few attempts at 2WD bikes in the past, they are a bit complicated but apparently brilliant to ride. But with an e-bike you could just have a little hub motor and everything else you need is already present.

    Great idea no?

  • You don’t even need the plastic tool thing, you can just tap them home with a block of wood, works just as well.

  • It heavily depends on where that light goes. You need a certain amount of lux in a certain area in order to ride. I’ve had 800lm lights that were less usable than 300lm.

  • molgrips replied to the topic The Brexit Paradox in the forum Chat Forum 16 hours ago

    Curious to what opportunities you mean?

    Their freedom of movement. This is huge for us, we are (or were) an internationalist family, now we’re stuck in the UK – or we could go to the US which would be worse tbh.

  • However,in future I think I’ll knock my helmet light off on road sections and reduce the other one down to minimum

    This is a good idea.

    I use the lowest setting I can get away with on the bars, never a helmet light for road. If you have a spotty beam.on your main light this can be quite low, 150lm at a minimum although 250 is preferred. So 2…[Read more]

  • molgrips replied to the topic Leathermans in the forum Chat Forum 1 day ago

    If you lose stuff at the airport or on a plane that’s exactly what they do. There’s a business that collects it, files it and you can get it back – for a significant fee.

  • molgrips replied to the topic The Brexit Paradox in the forum Chat Forum 1 day ago

    Some of you actually sound as if you’ll be dissapointed in a few years time when the uk isn’t verging on becoming a third world country!

    I’m a parent. My biggest concern is the lack of opportunity for my kids. They already have been denied the opportunities I had (and took advantage of) to enrich my life. I can’t stop being pissed off about tha…[Read more]

  • molgrips replied to the topic Engine Braking? in the forum Chat Forum 1 day ago

    When I was leaning to drive I cooked my brakes

    When was that? How old was the car?

    Hence the ‘use low gear’ signs on steep descents.

    Not really related to the skidding on ice issue.

  • Well cold working seems to be a legit thing, lots of info about doing it both professional and amateur. I guess I can but try, if it’s too hard it’s too hard. I wonder if it’s worth annealing it after?

  • molgrips replied to the topic Engine Braking? in the forum Chat Forum 1 day ago

    the trick is shifting down and feeding the clutch in slowly, so there’s no jolt that could unsettle the car; keeping everything smooth is golden.

    But you can brake just as gently. And you’ll get braking force from four wheels not two.

  • FWIW, to answer your original question, adding heat to the tube in order to further process/shape it, isn’t really a good idea. You want to do that stuff cold.

    Argos heated it up. They just didn’t go far enough IMO, I think they aren’t overly bothered about getting it how I want. But they said it needed to be done hot.

    I have dimpled c…

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  • molgrips replied to the topic Engine Braking? in the forum Chat Forum 1 day ago

    So the point about engine braking is that it applies gentle braking force to the front wheels and they never actually stop, so in the old days this was a nice way to slow gently on ice. However you can’t really control the braking force very well, so you could still have one wheel slip, and if that happens you’ve suddenly got nothing. Also, all…[Read more]

  • molgrips replied to the topic Putoline question in the forum Bike Forum 1 day ago

    I de-greased first time by putting the chain in a box with a lid and some alcohol and shaking it a lot. This cleaned all the crap off the inner plates. Then on subsequent cleanings, it didn’t have the crud accumulation in the same way.

    So I’d say de-grease thoroughly first.

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