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Mar
25
comment Kickstands and mountain bikes
I completely agree, I used to ride with one on my not terribly light weight mtb and I gave up with them not because I hated them so, but simply because they proved to be unreliable and had a tendency to get in the way on rough trails. The convenience outside shops was outweighed by the problems with them working loose on the trails.
Mar
23
comment How can I increase my speed on my hybrid bike?
You are correct, if you're not already in your fastest gear when you're struggling, the gears aren't the problem. Have you considered asking your friends if you can swap bikes for a little bit to see the difference so that you can figure out how much difference the bike makes versus the difference in rider?
Mar
23
comment How can I increase my speed on my hybrid bike?
Good point, I've updated my answer to try to address that.
Mar
23
revised How can I increase my speed on my hybrid bike?
Incorporated criticism from zenbike
Mar
22
answered How can I increase my speed on my hybrid bike?
Mar
17
comment Converting a MTB to a Road Bike
You might want to explain what you want to achieve with it in more detail. Are you going for speed or for practicality? When I set up an MTB for road use I primarily just change the tires and ensure it has good mud guards for practicality.
Mar
2
comment Learning to bunny hop on a MTB
You don't need to turn them to a specific angle, just tilt them a bit so that you can get the hooking motion that kicks back and helps pick up your back wheel. If you lean on your front end and try hooking the back so that you're lifting the back end you're well on the way.
Feb
27
revised If not Kona Asphalt Commuter then what?
tried to reflect confusing terminology a bit better
Feb
27
comment If not Kona Asphalt Commuter then what?
When I say plenty I mean that a lot of the manufacturers do them, but each manufacturer has probably 1 or 2 bikes in their range that match your precise specifications. Take this one from a quick search on halfords website, halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/…. It also has 26" wheels You just need to know what terminology to look for. Here's one from Giant with large wheels, wiggle.co.uk/giant-seek-1-2011
Feb
27
answered If not Kona Asphalt Commuter then what?
Feb
26
answered Learning to bunny hop on a MTB
Feb
21
awarded  Yearling
Feb
8
answered Does a hybrid truely have a wider tire or does a mountain have a wider tire?
Feb
2
comment Can a fixed gear sprocket be changed without tools?
@will, in general the UK isn't a back water when it comes to tools. For a standard cassette lock ring tool you can spend anywhere from £4 to nearly £20 depending on the quality and the mark-up at the shop. I'm not sure exactly which tool you need for a fixed gear sprocket though otherwise I'd try to answer your question more directly. This search might help though, chainreactioncycles.com/SearchResults.aspx?Search=lockring. They are usually a good option for the uk, especially on a budget.
Feb
1
comment How do you switch grip shifters from shifting as if they were on the opposite derailleur?
@Stopher87 in that case did you flip the handlebars over?
Jan
12
revised What are the possible upgrades for a 40-year-old Bottecchia 10 Speed?
Formatting
Jan
12
suggested suggested edit on What are the possible upgrades for a 40-year-old Bottecchia 10 Speed?
Jan
12
answered Adivce on what to do next with crunching / slipping gears
Jan
4
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jan
4
comment Tightening rear quick release stops rear wheel
I think you've pretty much diagnosed it yourself. Try adjusting the cones. It might mean that the hub needs a service, but you may as well see if you can simply fix it by adjusting the cones first since it's quite simple.