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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 6:15 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Since there's no cycling to talk about, I will bore everyone with more kid photos and an addition to the family stable. The elder one cycled with pedals for the very first time last Friday. Had him using it as a balance bike without pedals  for a week or two and then migrated him in one go once he could balance and control it - no messing around. Worked a treat.

Wiggo can keep his pricey yellow replica - this overgrown cousin freebie is much better Smile


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice!  They look like carbon wheels ... very pro! Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Since there's no cycling to talk about, I will bore everyone with more kid photos and an addition to the family stable. The elder one cycled with pedals for the very first time last Friday. Had him using it as a balance bike without pedals  for a week or two and then migrated him in one go once he could balance and control it - no messing around. Worked a treat.

Wiggo can keep his pricey yellow replica - this overgrown cousin freebie is much better Smile


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Nice. My eldest has a balance bike apparently they work wonders and kids progress to cycling without needing stabilisers.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They do work wonders. Younger Little Rower was up and running on big sis's bike at a very young age having learnt on a balance bike. Only problem was we hadn't taught her how to brake so she had to stop by crashing into a bush.

Mega proud parenting moment followed by epic fail.  Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I would definitely recommend avoiding stabilisers for anyone that's going to be in that situation. We had tried the bike with them a few months previously and it just didn't work. On uneven surfaces the rear wheel was often loosing contact (and drive) and cornering was more unstable than a Robin Reliant. He was not enjoying it.

Just taking off the pedals and dropping the saddle gave him a lot more confidence and I see now there was also the benefit that he learnt about using his brakes at that stage too Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On me recent hols in Ireland, I cycled my old school bike for pretty much the first time since school. I think every second schoolboy in Ireland had a Peugeot in the 80s. It's still more or less as it came from the shop and didn't need so much tarting up once it was dusted off. My first time on steel in years and with new 1.25" tyres, it coped very comfortably and well with the bike trail that is the Great Western Greenway in Mayo. I did have many lovely photos from a sunset ride with it, including it popped up against a rock with stunning Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick in the background, but the phone threw a wobbly and didn't write any to the memory card (unknown to me at the time Evil or Very Mad). Here it is against a shed instead.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one Bio.  I'm amazed at the Irish relationship to the Peugeot bike.  There is still literally hundreds of them in use every day in Dublin in various states of disrepair, from the hipster single speed to winter hacks, student bikes, work bikes, shoppers - you name it.  They are absolutely bomb proof and ubiquitous.  

Glad you enjoyed Mayo, when I was down in Cork recently I thought about what a holiday somebody could have cycling the http://www.wildatlanticway.com - just 2500km into a cross/headwind... Wink
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If that's really a motor in Maffy's hub, it's quite tidy compared to the hub based ones you get here.

yes, it's a motor. looks like this.

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it's secondary porpoise is as a shopping trolley. it's dolphin use is helping mrs m get out and about.

"close" shopping is 18-20 miles. multitude choice of shops (aldi) is just under 40mile round trip. uphill back. using at the bandlehar bag again for that.

had to rebuild the wheel as the supplied one broke spokes after 30 miles or so. built a hub dynamo into the front too, which marks one out as a crazedloon in ebike circles. means you can pedal home in the dark if the battery runs out, mind. just don't mention charging and moving at the same time on them there ebike forums.

the bike weighs a metric fuckton, more with the assistance kit. there's pictures of greenbike extant around here. internet reckons frame is a saracen backtrax from 1994 or something. the hub weighs more than the battery. it's a dense supermassive portable blackhole.

strava thinks i went up the hill out back in 12 minutes on an 853 bike with a 27inch gear. it also notes that occasionally the gravitational field disturbance of the shopping trolley and i get up there in 6 minutes. which is as fast as fast cyclists.

the off-road daft pictures are mostly exploring for exploring's sake. have to do that now as after the glorious 12th there'll be loadsa scattergun well endowed chaps blowing the brains out of cultivated semi-chickens and paying an awful lot of good money to do so. the traditional windswept wild desolate heathlands - of which one might argue that the uk has far too many of -  are carefully managed, and could be regarded as making the owner the canniest benefit recipient in the area.

little sheeps are cute though. and 200gs biopace chainsets are super smashing great.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 1:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have my attention.  I'm contemplating a move down south to Cork (the real capital, as I keep being told) and I think a bike with a motor might come in handy for the proposed commute, especially as we are currently looking at the notoriously hilly Northside.  So from a point of view of not really having too much of a clue of where I will be going, and what gradient might be around the corner, a bit of a helping hand might not go amiss on occasion.

Seriously though - 20 miles to the shops Shocked



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Lovely countryside where you live Maffy. From your description of the neighbours I would have expected a nearby corner Waitrose though Smile

Good to see you're coming around to Munster's primacy Gerry Wink

This is the e-bike type that is coveted around here (not by me (which is not to mean I am opposed to them), but in general if the price they get away with charging is anything to go by)



You can see why I am used to bigger hubs, although the majority of e-bikes around here are of the Bosch motor crankset variety. They pretty much have the crankset motor market sewn up in these Germanic efficiency parts. Sister in law has bought a Bosch type and is currently awaiting delivery. She lives on a hill and her last half km on the way home from the shops is cobbles with a gradient that peaks at 10%.

Again not such a tidy motor, although there are many varieties now:

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actually i rather like that bike. it would be a bit of a duplication for me and doesn't seem quite as useful for load lugging so wouldn't have much use for it myself, and certainly couldn't afford it. could it be that the bigger hubs are s-pedelec class like in austria and germany? legal youkay ones have to stop helping at 15.5 mph. haven't managed more than 46mph downhill weight-assisted on mine yet. looking into front pannier aerodynamics…

the exploring's paying off for carry-me-gobo evening trundles. next year's toy will have boingying forks and crank-drive (must resist orange.) important thing will be same battery fitting so can carry spare occasionally.

on a rear hub drive, you really wouldn't want to be repairing a rear puncture out in the pissywetcolddark…

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Seriously though - 20 miles to the shops Shocked

i know. england's so crowded and full and overrun these days or something. maybe some of my neighbours could buy those fly germanic bikes just in case the waitrose hasn't supplied a helichopper pad nearby.
tescoids deliver for cheap until all the other shops in the world have closed down, whereupon they will enforce an ikea policy forcing customers to walk a specific route to the bakery at the back of the store, increasing the happy brand experience of folk who wouldn't be seen dead at the arse end of the expansive car-parking facility.
that picture looks like a steep version of westgate (motorbike) hill in newcastle
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I actually did a bit of browsing as to why the Swiss hub was big and it's a gearless motor (basically the hub is a motor as opposed to being a hub with a motor in it - makes sense in my head). Wonder if part of the reason for being big is just down to torque - force by radius and all that.

The brand is Stromer (not sure why they don't plaster it a bit more on the downtube etc.). Strom being the german for electricity. Owned by BMC. They are pleasant on the eye and I do like them. Very fast and when on my souvenir Italian hand made to measure bike (which is still far less than half the price of a expensive Stromer) I have been known on occasion to latch on to the back of a passing one for a spot of motor pacing Smile

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what with it being the offseason for offroadriding around hereabouts, accidentally wanged up a thingumajig that's awfully wrong on so many aesthetic levels, rather useful, and possibly also the aftermath of an excellent pissup in a cabletiefactory. oops.

suppose i could hang it in the middle of the ceiling and hope it would make a fabulous candelabra.
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random old link to remind me to delete it tomorrow
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maffy wrote:
random old link to remind me to delete it tomorrow


Some sweet snaps there, Maffy.  Get around a bit, don't ya? Wink
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sometimes two batteries away. i see kai reus has retired again.
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fairly nippy garridge. change gloves, wear windproof. keep going.


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Heathcliff, it's me I'm Maffy, I've come home... Very Happy
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hah.

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Man, that's fine country.  Wild but lovely - tiny bit windy I would imagine?


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