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Ten Speed Cassette Conversion for Mountain Bikes

December 15th, 2007

This article on a ‘retro’ 10 speed MTB cassette conversion has been written by Omar R. Esteves from Caracas Venezuela.

PART ONE

I am an old man who has been experimenting and tinkering with all kinds of bikes for a good part of my life, including mountain bikes in the last twenty five years or so. During all this time I have seen quite a lot of good ideas (not including terrible ones) on bikes and bike equipment fly away to obscurity only to come back some years later as the latest innovations.

For a few years, I had been reading that now when we have mountain bikes with 9-speed cassettes in all imaginable ratio combinations and from various manufacturers, some people insist that these are not suitable for mountain bikes, instead, they say that 8-speed cassettes and chains and even 7-speed cassettes (both use the same size chain) are much better for all-around mountain bikes. This proves once more that you can never satisfy everyone and everybody. Such is life and the free world some of us live in.

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A day in the life of…

December 15th, 2007

Alarm wakes me up. No not the alarm that I may have missed that Ti BB that someone posted on retrobike whilst I was asleep, but the alarm on my phone.

Get dressed, with a slight twitch as I glance the laptop out of the corner of my eye (something may have been asked that I could answer, or a new tip added). Jump on the modern bike for the ride to the station, almost crash as I imagine I’m on the ’95 S-Works FSR; again!

On the train now, with laptop bag, cursing Chiltern Railways for not having wireless on the train, drumming fingers, tapping feet, with the look of an addict who hasn’t had their fix (you know the look)…..

Ok, onto the tube, I know there’s nothing I can do until I get in…walk through the door, vaguely acknowledging colleagues as I enter the room, a nod, a grunt, but frankly they could have been saying anything. I’m on a mission; get online, log in to check PM’s, go to FS forum, followed by Wanted, followed by Retro Chat, phew, rb.co.uk fix achieved.

Drum fingers again, check email for any notifications on thread’s I’ve participated in, check auction watch, and Myebay. Time for breakfast!

Alarm wakes me up, damn it!! (Now was I dreaming, or was that just yesterday?)

Get dressed, with a slight twitch as I glance the laptop…………………

Tim Bowden 2007

Skides Yeti wins BOTM for November 2007

December 3rd, 2007

Hang your Tricolors and sing the Marseillaise, it’s another Gallic winner. Skides Yeti Ultimate wins the RetroBike BOTM competition for November 2007… Watch out for Decembers competition in the Forum…coming soon…

Skides Yeti

Retrobike Calendar – T-shirt – Sticker Mega Deal

November 20th, 2007

Seeing as we’re genrous types here at Retrobike HQ thought we’d offer a pre Christmas mega deal on 2008 calendars, t-shirts/jersyes and stickers.

Deal 1
£25 – Calendar, T-Shirt & Stickers. Save £5.50

Deal 2
£40 – Calendar, Jersey & Stickers. Save £6.50

Retrobike T-shirt

Terms and details of how to order here.

New classified rules

November 20th, 2007

Following discussion between the mods and a few recent events we have decided the classified section needs some formal rules.

- All adverts to include a price.

- Parts must be in owners possesion before offered for sale.

- No trade ads. Mail admin@retrobike.co.uk for trade advertising details.

- Dibs are non-enforceable and strictly at the sellers discretion.

- Abuse of classifieds will result in a temporary ban at the moderators discretion. Two misdenmeanours will result in a permenant ban.

- It is preferred that all adverts include full details and a picture.

Jezza’s Salsa takes BOTM for October 07

November 1st, 2007

What a winner, not only a fabulous looking bike and great build, but also able to take all that the peak district could throw at it and more !!!

BOTM in action

RetroBike Autumn Meet – Peaks Oct 07

October 18th, 2007

Last weekend saw 18 intrepid RetroBikers take on the challenge of the peaks, read how we got on in the Forum

18 Brave souls

2008 Retrobike Calendars Are Here…

October 15th, 2007

We at Retrobike Towers are proud to announce that the 2008 Retrobike Calendar is back from the prnters and ready for dispatch.

Be one of the first to get your mitts on our somewhat ltd edition 2008 Retrobike.co.uk 2008 desk calendar featuring 12 smashing pictures of retro machines in action, some just posing and a calendar so you can make note of any retro meets that may pop up in future, all bound together in a neat CD case that’ll stand happily on your work desk, home mantlepiece or bike shop counter.

They’re a snip at £11 and available in the retrobike shop.

We haven’t got too many, so don’t delay, grab your’s today!

Big Day Out – Tomorrow – Peak District !!

October 12th, 2007

Thats right, the Autumn meet is upon us.. Tomorrow morning an intrepid gang/gaggle/group (what is the collective term for RetroBikers ??) will set off from hayfield for a merry old jaunt across the peaks.. expect mechanical failure, awesome annodising, and more stories of how we could all have been contenders !!

See y’all there… if I’m not still stuck on the M25 at Heathrow….

Dark Shadows Falling – Photo of the Summer..

October 3rd, 2007

Downhill shadows

Winner of the inaugral Photo of the Season award for Summer was this shot by Andy Heading featuring none other than yours truly.
Look out for the next competition which will be a Winter Wonderland special.

BOTM for September in Brusque’s uber funky Klein Single Speed.

October 1st, 2007

Brusques Klein

Apocalypse Nowt

September 27th, 2007

Apocolypse Now - Wu's Journey into the heart of darkness

“This is the true tale of a personal journey into the heart of darkness.

A passage lined with fear and loathing, heartache and despair, fascination and longing. A journey punctuated by learning and discovery and humiliation and realisation. A bicycle ride through the wilderness of the captive soul, passed desperation and drug addiction, public nudity and lost inhibition towards an awakening and a lost horizon. This is my Apocalypse Now. Sort of. ”

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Retrobike @ the IoM End to End

September 23rd, 2007

Retrobike’s James Webster recently completed the Isle of Man End to End race in an excellent 25th place.

James Webster Isle of Man Retrobike

Full report here in the forum.

Cunningham Bikes

September 23rd, 2007

We’ve recently been asked to include the Cunningham Bikes website in our link directory. It’s a great site so here’s a link on the homepage too.

Cunningham Bikes
Cunningham Racer #18C

Team BlueCrest takes the 2007 Cisco Euro Challenge by storm!

September 19th, 2007

Bluecrest Retrobike Cisco 2007
Ben aka Pace taking on the night canoe stage

BlueCrest Capital Management, sponsored by www.retrobike.co.uk, took 5th place in the 2007 Cisco Euro Challenge in Donegal Bay, Ireland. The all male team shone in the 4½ hour mountain biking stage to take 4th place, rising to 7th in the overall classification. BlueCrest continued their rise up the leaderboard in the night-canoeing stage to secure 5th place overall going in to the final day, a position they maintained through the construction stage and the final 10km orienteering stage set on the outstanding beach and precipitous sand dunes surrounding the surf-town of Bundoran, to achieve their best ever finish in the event.

BlueCrest’s ladies team, also sponsored by RetroBike and competing for the first time, remained unphased by the lack of female competitors, taking 28th place in the race which comprised 70 entrants, beating 20 all male teams and a number of mixed teams!

All the team members would like to thank RetroBike for their sponsorship and support! More details on the race can be found at www.challengerworldresults.com

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