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by The Duckmeister
Sun 27 Aug 2017, 7:32 pm
Forum: Plan a ride
Topic: 2014 - Mt Donna Buang snow ride - Sunday 13 July
Replies: 116
Views: 11054

Re: 2014 - Mt Donna Buang snow ride - Sunday 13 July

There were light flurries of snow on Arthurs Seat this morning, so Donna might well have copped a veritable dumping if you're looking for another chance.
by The Duckmeister
Sun 27 Aug 2017, 7:20 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: The weather-watch thread
Replies: 736
Views: 43689

Re: The weather-watch thread

The forecast for today didn't mention anything about snow on low-lying hills..... We had a couple of light flurries on Arthurs Seat this morning! :shock:
by The Duckmeister
Sun 27 Aug 2017, 7:10 pm
Forum: Bike Maintenance
Topic: Carbon Frames, how long a life?
Replies: 7
Views: 2143

Re: Carbon Frames, how long a life?

Providing it never suffers a major impact, carbon has a pretty well infinte lifespan. There is enough flexibility in the binding resin to cope with innumerable cycles of vibration and even moderate impact. However large impacts can break the bonds between fibres, and once the fibres have begun to se...
by The Duckmeister
Thu 01 Dec 2016, 11:11 pm
Forum: Bike Maintenance
Topic: Hydraulic brakes question
Replies: 3
Views: 1712

Re: Hydraulic brakes question

Longer than normal lever stroke is shouting out air in the system. I've never encountered specific Tektro brake fluid; the Shimano stuff which should be readily available from bike shops is compatible. Do NOT under any circumstances use automotive (DOT) brake fluid in a mineral oil brake system, it ...
by The Duckmeister
Wed 30 Nov 2016, 6:42 pm
Forum: Bike Shops and Shopping
Topic: Icetoolz lubricant
Replies: 2
Views: 1214

Re: Icetoolz lubricant

Don't know any stockists, but the distributor is Southcott; jump on their website or give them a yell, they should be able to point you in the right direction.
by The Duckmeister
Thu 03 Nov 2016, 7:20 pm
Forum: Plan a ride
Topic: Summer of 2016/17
Replies: 25
Views: 3672

Re: Summer of 2016/17

Buxton 6-Hour this weekend. If I time it right & get through just before the course cut-off, I can get an extra lap in & push it close to my target of a 7-hour ride for this month. :-)
by The Duckmeister
Wed 02 Nov 2016, 8:18 pm
Forum: Bike Maintenance
Topic: mtb suspension with v-brake mounts
Replies: 3
Views: 1709

Re: mtb suspension with v-brake mounts

Most shops should be able to get a bouncy fork with V-brake mounts. Don't expect anything decent though!
by The Duckmeister
Fri 14 Oct 2016, 7:10 pm
Forum: Bike Shops and Shopping
Topic: Nu shooz, fake cleats?
Replies: 1
Views: 1184

Re: Nu shooz, fake cleats?

I've not seen those ones before, but many of Shimano's road shoes come with old-skool cleats that fit on clipped-&-strapped pedals that haven't been made for about 20 years!
by The Duckmeister
Wed 05 Oct 2016, 7:04 pm
Forum: Cycling discussion
Topic: Aaaaaaaaar - $20 for a ATB riders water bottle.
Replies: 27
Views: 1793

Re: Aaaaaaaaar - $20 for a ATB riders water bottle.

Did it grow too big? Become too expensive? BN become too greedy? The route became too boring? The participants too arrogant? Gran fondo @ 4000 and MSMelbournecycle @ 3000 and Great Ocean Road ride @ XXXX would be the other three biggest events on the Vic Calendar. I think that with so many ride opt...
by The Duckmeister
Wed 05 Oct 2016, 6:53 pm
Forum: Plan a ride
Topic: Summer of 2016/17
Replies: 25
Views: 3672

Re: Summer of 2016/17

Pretty much all of my non-commute riding will be geared to building up for the Forrest 12-Hour MTB race in May next year, which I will do solo. So far on the calendar I have the You Yangs Yowie 99km race this weekend, a team slot in the Bright 24-hour in mid-November, very high probability of the Bu...
by The Duckmeister
Tue 20 Sep 2016, 6:53 pm
Forum: Bike Maintenance
Topic: Wheel lacing
Replies: 5
Views: 1977

Re: Wheel lacing

My apologies, been caught up with stuff. Yes, I can do it. :)
by The Duckmeister
Wed 17 Aug 2016, 6:46 pm
Forum: Buy, Sell & Swap
Topic: Those Atomik road bikes on eBay...
Replies: 451
Views: 37084

Re: Those Atomik road bikes on eBay...

Stealth wrote:
barefoot wrote:For the love of Dog, what positive connotations of the word "friction" were they imagining might be appealing to cyclists?!


Brakes?

Ironically, the only place on a bike where one would appreciate friction, there's a distinct lack of it....
by The Duckmeister
Wed 10 Aug 2016, 11:10 pm
Forum: Commuters discussion
Topic: Clipless pedals for commuting?
Replies: 39
Views: 2702

Re: Clipless pedals for commuting?

Someone correct me if I am wrong, but with SPDs you can get "float" of 6degrees or 15degrees, which makes it easier/ harder to clip in / out? SPD has around 10 degrees of non-adjustable float; SPD-SL, as JAC pointed out, has three cleat options ranging fron zero to 6 degrees. Float does n...
by The Duckmeister
Mon 01 Aug 2016, 10:02 pm
Forum: Plan a ride
Topic: six hours in the saddle
Replies: 17
Views: 2946

Re: six hours in the saddle

I think what you really want to do if you're sticking to rigid is the first two rounds of the Gazebo series run by Geelong MTB Club. They're only three hours but they're on the smoother, flatter side of the You Yangs trail network. Round 3 is on the lumpier side, but isn't tooooo bad. They're usuall...
by The Duckmeister
Wed 27 Jul 2016, 10:19 pm
Forum: Plan a ride
Topic: six hours in the saddle
Replies: 17
Views: 2946

Re: six hours in the saddle

Anyone done this? I did the Giant Odyssey 100 on my old '90's full rigid mtb and I wouldn't do it again on the same bike. I want to know how the Beechworth trails where this event is compare to the Forrest trails as I'd like to give the six hour event a go. Thanks Forrest is smooth & groomed in...

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