So… Gazelle Ultimate S8, ~4000 miles, an update. Back in Oct 2017, you may remember I made the gazelle-like leap (ho ho ho) to a Gates Carbon Belt Drive, Shimano Alfine 8 Hub Geared city bike. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝙹𝚞𝚕𝚎𝚜 (@julesprichards) Gates ‘Belt Drive’. Gates say “Free yourself from oily, […]
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And so it came to pass… after six & and half years and roughly 20,000 miles the ‘old faithful’ has been exchanged – I trust its new owner will enjoy it as I did. See the history of my old Specialised here: Bike (pre Sept 2017) One of the reasons for the upgrade – chain & […]
And so with a Christmas break coming up – I had it in mind to put the bike in for a good rub-down and refurb. As the Starwars droid said “Thank the maker! This oil bath is going to feel so good…” C-3PO, A New Hope It’s well overdue, the bike sees 18 miles a […]
Riding a bike…
Just a post about the bike – again. It really is a true blessing… OK, as you know the bike takes a pounding from bad road surface and infrastructure, and used daily it picks up loads of grime what wears away at the chain cogs if not cleaned regularly. It IS NOT cleaned regularly enough – […]
…alas after a winter’s commute through snow ice and things not nice, it was time to give her a thorough going over. The team at LBS City Cycles Thurmo, City Cycles Leicester have done a good job. She lives: May 2011 – Purchased Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc 2011 Hybrid Bike (from a shop near a big lake). 7 months – […]
The Bike needed Tender Loving £s
You may have noticed my tweet last week that “the bike” needed some TLC (and some TL£). Alas the wheels (rims and hubs) that came with the specialized crosstrail sport disc 2011 were ‘average’ quality and arguably not up to the job. It’s been 2 years since I bought the bike. It’s done its best […]
On yer bike!
I try and keep cycling posts to a minimum, ‘cos riding a bike is just a way of getting from a to b and should be normal but… A friend of mine asks… How many drivers pass too close to people on pedal cycles? I do not use major city roads so am not ideally placed […]
The commute on bicycle from East Goscote to Leicester could be better (especially in the city-burbs!) but in parts it’s arguable not bad… If you travel from East Goscote to Leicester you have two good sections of ‘traffic-free’ shared walk/cycleway. The first is 1 mile from Goscote to Wreake Valley School. A good width of […]
So we have found a possible alternative… not so pleasant but I guess it does the job… for now. Cycle commutes. http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/qzq6ypfydSY I guess the cars (& vans) win?! I have been forced (for the sake of the children) to look for an alternative to the best route via road. So a different route in […]
Look local first!
After unsuccessfully visiting two larger city cycle shops this morning, I popped into the ‘small on the outside, big on the inside’ local town shop. I was after a quality chargeable front light for my bike – for commuting daily using unlit country lanes. It’s fine immersing yourself in the supposedly ‘this is what you need, ‘cos […]