RicB

  • RicB replied to the topic SKF Solid Bearings in the forum Bike Forum 1 day ago

    Any feedback on this?

    Ben did you ever do a trial?

  • Aldi have one too- £16 I think for a waterproof box with 4-gang extension

  • First step is trying to ‘roll’ the tyre over the far bead (ie not the one you’re trying to dislodge). Using a towel means you can grip the tyre easily and if you do this standing up you can put all (well, a lot of) your weight to bear.

    Ime this works better than standing on it because it’s more controlled and lifts the tyre away from the bead a bit.

  • RicB replied to the topic Back to coil in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Agree with you Jedi- best upgrade to my mtb since dropper posts came out. I knew it would make the bike better on the downs but I was really surprised how much better on the flat/berms and climbs it is.

  • RicB replied to the topic Looking at going road tubeless… in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    They weigh more than the same tyre with a latex tube and don’t roll as well.

    I disagree. Mounting tyres seems no more difficult and I noticed a definite improvement in rolling resistance and comfort when switching to tubeless.

    As others have said, it works but it’s not as good as mtb tubeless because punctures don’t seal as easily (the ones…[Read more]

  • RicB replied to the topic Lesser known Christmas films? in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Wallace and Grommet- The Wrong Trousers

    Home Alone 2 but that’s probably too obvious

  • RicB replied to the topic No Time To Die – Trailer in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Agree re Spectre- that one was terrible! On a par with Quantum and Die another Day.

    This one looks ok but it’s all turning into a bit of a miniseries isn’t it- keeping all of the characters (and toys) that people have previously liked and coming up with a plot to fit it all in.

  • RicB replied to the topic Airshot or something similar in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Ironically I was just looking at the Aldi compressor! Unless you need a portable tubeless inflator (and I suspect very few riders do) it probably does make more sense to buy a compressor.

    Main downside is space

  • RicB replied to the topic Airshot or something similar in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    I’m in the same boat. I have a Topeak track pump so I’m looking at an Airshot or the Giant version. My nervousness is that track pumps aren’t really designed to pump to 160psi, despite what the gauge says.

    A proper combined pump/tank will be designed to work as the necessary pressures but is much more expensive.

    I looked at the CRC pump but w…[Read more]

  • I have the Wera mini ratchet and it’s fantastic. Use it for loads of things beyond bike maintenance, often where access is tricky and the bolt is sticky.

    This week I used it for

    Assembling flat pack furniture
    Opening the boiler cover
    Resetting brake callipers on the mtb after a pad change (much easier to nip up loctited bolts with one hand u…[Read more]

  • RicB replied to the topic Netflix recommendations in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Enjoyed Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Especially the Fat (olive oil) episode as it’s filmed in Liguria, Italy. Stunning in 4K and makes me want to go back to Rivierabike!

  • RicB replied to the topic Cheap worktop / workbench top? in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Nip into your nearest Howdens or equivalent and ask if they have any rejects/returns.

    I got a 3m length of good quality (50mm) worktop for £25. One end was damaged but I needed to cut it anyway

  • 2.6 Butcher Grid Gripton 27.5 Used for 6 rides so effectively brand new (still has the moulding flashes) Was setup tubeless so there may be a bit of sealant residue….

  • Interested to hear what mtb-related things people have bought this year and which they’d recommend

    Most useful to split into price brackets I think, so for me:

    <£20 – Rahox brake pads. Last ages, great modulation and power. Annoyed how long I spent using cheap ones

    <£100 – Knipex pliers wrench (150mm version). Like having a third hand and far m…[Read more]

  • RicB replied to the topic Re proofing a jacket in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    I iron my eVent jacket. Sounds crazy and I didn’t believe it but having tried on a low heat I now use a medium heat with a thin cloth in between (tea towels etc). Restores the water repellency to like-new

    But you do get creases on the sleeves!

  • RicB replied to the topic Netflix recommendations in the forum Chat Forum 2 weeks ago

    Also disappointed by Jack Ryan S2; the writing was very much by the numbers. Likeable characters though.

    Just finished watching Helix. Erm yes. S1 was quite good, a bit bonkers in places but overall quite enjoyable. S2 started ok then just went utterly out of control. Can see why S3 wasn’t commissioned!

  • RicB replied to the topic Retailers who use MyHermes in the forum Chat Forum 2 weeks ago

    Our Hermes driver is very good. I was chatting to him a week or so ago and he told me he’s about to start a 29-day shift. If he doesn’t work the weekends at this time of year he’s overwhelmed on the Monday, mainly because his patch includes a big business park with 9-5 m-fri opening hours

    Yes often it’s the drivers fault but the conditi…[Read more]

  • will the Butcher 2.6 fit in a non-Boost Pike?

    Yep- fitted in mine with plenty of room (27.5)

  • RicB replied to the topic Stans Dart tubeless plugs in the forum Bike Forum 3 weeks ago

    I’ve had mixed success with road tubeless. It’s definitely more comfortable and feels a bit grippier due to running slightly lower pressures.

    Punctures don’t seal well though, including the one I got 5 miles into the Fred. Anything above 40psi seems to blow the sealant plug out. Plus anchovies on the tread surface make for an uncomfortable ride

  • RicB replied to the topic What would you like for xmas? in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Some decent wireless headphones, a Stans Dart tool (see other thread!), chainsaw (new wood burner installed)

    Oh and Boris and Trump to reach critical
    mass when they next shake hands and implode into nothingness.

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