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Gear Talk / Beach Cruisers
« on: June 07, 2006, 11:42:26 am »
Sean thanks to you have found a UK website that does the correct handlebars so will be ordering them real soon.

Gear Talk / Beach Cruisers
« on: June 05, 2006, 12:18:11 pm »
Must say a big thanks!!! Are pleased to see the pedals are right on mine and the bars are not too far out plus it has a chaingaurd, pretty close in style as well plus it has fat street tyres though not the mountain bike size even the saddle is right too. apart from the frame the bike is pretty much right apart from the bolt on handlebar crossrod, I want to leave that as it adds a certain amount of style. If it's not too cheeky of me, would you like me to send you some photies and you can judge for yourself? All I need is your postal address and you can e-mail me at Noticed too my 'fenders' are the right style too and no need to worry as the bike is geared to cruise at the speed you said and as for the clothes well the Scottish weather and me being diabetic [burn too easily] means the bikes cool, I'm not. Must say again Sean a huge thanks and you really have made my day  :)

Gear Talk / Beach Cruisers
« on: June 02, 2006, 11:28:23 am »
This is why a Scotsman is on an American website. You may cringe but are replacing my long lost Raleigh Bomber with a replica beach cruiser as the Bomber was a type of beach cruiser. Have a 'Y' frame mountain bike with rear coil suspension, strangley it has traditional forks with traditional size 26 ins [590] wheels with a single speed rear hub with an Alice band cardboard drum brake at the rear! The seat has been replaced with a cruiser style sprung saddle and the handlebars have been changed to a BMX style bar, the only differance is the reinforcing bar in the middle is bolted on. The tyres have been replaced with Greentyre Marathon which is closer to a 40-45C in width than the normal 35C though have no idea what the proper size is. I'm hoping you guys can help me with advice on how to perfect the look and would love to get the proper handlebars, well guys what do you think? If interested can send colour photies for you to assess the bike. There is no beach cruisers this side of the pond so would like to own at least a replica. Also own a genuine 26ins BMX Cruiser too! A rare beastie which again are doing my best to restore as authentically as possible. Do you still use beach cruisers or are they all gone now with the modern mountain bikes??? :quest:

Gear Talk / Straight handlebars
« on: June 02, 2006, 11:11:19 am »
If you study your bicycle history you will see all rounder bars with the slight lift but still straight were at one time fitted upside down especially for what we know call 'roadies' Have a book and there is a few bikes done like this and see no reason why it cannot work today, you are still in the drop position but with straight bars!

Gear Talk / Airless Tyres!
« on: May 17, 2006, 10:57:06 am »
Hello folks just wanted to ask does anyone know/heard about tyres? Are in the process of fitting them to all my bikes. If you need help can supply my e-mail address.

Gear Talk / Best Functional Helmet
« on: May 23, 2006, 10:43:15 am »
My favourite and to me best helmet though for upright cycling is the Reevu which has a built in rear view mirror. For a good look at helmets try for some ideas. Or you could try a horse helmet as heard there is suposse to be one made that you can use for both cycling and horse riding though have no idea where you would buy one!

Gear Talk / Which tires for touring?
« on: May 17, 2006, 11:04:05 am »
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Gear Talk / Different types of steel frames
« on: May 23, 2006, 10:51:29 am »
Have a steel framed Puegeot Princeton with 700C wheels and is an mtb which has a C.A.D sticker on the frame, well worth looking out for as this means the frame has been designed with a computer so should make for a better frame. Check the welds as rough suggest a bad frame, for me it's the componets not the frame that makes a good bike even my bike has good gearing, racing type wheels plus despite only costing £40 is in good nick. Pick something that has the right components then worry about the frame.

Gear Talk / Help Me Pick Between Two Tires...
« on: May 19, 2006, 10:24:22 am »
The Specialized Borough is well worth a look, see my posting in the touring tyre question. Remember you do not always need a knob tyre off road, the trick is to bike slow and let the tyre do the gripping and do not force or spin the tyre. Road tyres like the Schwable Marathon are an all terrain tyre so something like that will do the trick.

Gear Talk / Fenders
« on: June 02, 2006, 11:37:30 am »
Find the frame keeps you clean at the front with no 'guards and at the rear use a full or sometimes a front or shortie. The full size works best and here in the UK we can chose 'guards' to suit different tyre widths so see no reason for sacrificing tyre widths. My beach cruiser has 'guards for 35C tyres yet accepts a 40-45C tyre with no fouling. If you see the fenders you like take a pocket tape and measure all the clearances around the stays and that should answer your question. Don't forget to buy a size larger if using using a knob tread!!!

Gear Talk / Where to learn about bike parts?
« on: May 23, 2006, 10:56:16 am »
Can help with that if you e-mail me at Richard Ballantine does a great book and can give the full name if you e-mail me.

Gear Talk / Annoying rash of flat tires - is there a solution?
« on: May 23, 2006, 11:02:56 am »
A new wheel would be a good idea plus try to buy tyres with double or triple puncture protection plus slime/gel tubes. Have you tried a tyre skimmer? Fit a cable tie around the mudgaurd or make a small flap of plastic from a plastic milk bottle then bolt it to thre rear of your brake bolt [nut side]. This will 'ping' rubbish off your tyre and although not perfect does work rather well!

Gear Talk / semi slicks on the great divide???
« on: May 19, 2006, 10:29:42 am »
Continental do a clever tyre called the Traffic, a basic knob tread but has been designed to behave like a road on tarmac, even their Town & Country is also a good tyre to try.

Gear Talk / Anyone name their bike?
« on: June 02, 2006, 11:47:43 am »
Obvious really, my BMX Cruiser is used for 'rockhopping' [not by me!] so is 'Rocky', my Puegeot Princeton a 700C drop bar mtb in purple is 'Prince' [think 'Purple Rain'] and my Beach Cruiser is a Meichi Buffalo so is 'Buffy', ideal as she started life as a girls' bike plus we all know the American lassie she is named after, perfect for an American style bike! :8|:

General Discussion / biketouring with diabetes
« on: May 19, 2006, 10:35:37 am »
E-mail as I'm a Diabol [diabetic] too on four jabs a day so can make a few suggestions if you want to talk. My main problems is those 'Hippo's' that can trample you real bad!Richard

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