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by robc02
10 Oct 2020, 11:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: When did Centre-pull brakes take over from Side-pull ?
Replies: 62
Views: 1636

Re: When did Centre-pull brakes take over from Side-pull ?

I think the only time I experienced sidepulls pulling to the side was on the rear of a fixed wheel bike used in the winter. Naturally, the back brake got hardly any use (the front didn't get a great deal, either) so it began to seize! Other than that I found them OK - this was with Campag, Weinmann,...
by robc02
5 Oct 2020, 10:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Something other than Lycra
Replies: 35
Views: 1347

Re: Something other than Lycra

When I started cycling in the '70s most of the older club riders wore breeches (AKA "plusses") and long socks on the bottom half with some kind of collared shirt on the top half - similar to hill walking clothing. I always thought it looked quite smart and was practical. In those days cycl...
by robc02
1 Oct 2020, 2:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Winter brake pad recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 715

Re: Winter brake pad recommendations

BBB Techstop are cheaper and still very good in my experience. Prices are for a set of 4, not 2 like some other brands. Does anyone know who in the UK still has stock, please? Sigma Sports, Tredz, High on Bikes: https://www.sigmasports.com/item/BBB/TechStop-Brake-Pad/116E https://www.tredz.co.uk/.B...
by robc02
1 Oct 2020, 1:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Winter brake pad recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 715

Re: Winter brake pad recommendations

BBB Techstop are cheaper and still very good in my experience. Prices are for a set of 4, not 2 like some other brands. Does anyone know who in the UK still has stock, please? Sigma Sports, Tredz, High on Bikes: https://www.sigmasports.com/item/BBB/TechStop-Brake-Pad/116E https://www.tredz.co.uk/.B...
by robc02
30 Sep 2020, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Winter brake pad recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 715

Re: Winter brake pad recommendations

BBB Ultrastop. Fairly soft so kind on rims, good braking.

BBB Techstop are cheaper and still very good in my experience.

Prices are for a set of 4, not 2 like some other brands.
by robc02
28 Sep 2020, 11:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Switching from SPD to SPD-SL
Replies: 12
Views: 419

Re: Switching from SPD to SPD-SL

I started using Look pedals about a year or two after they were first introduced, and I had to think about the OP's question as dealing with it has clearly become instinctive. I have realised that I don't unclip until the very last moment, and then only with one foot. On the odd occasion that I need...
by robc02
17 Sep 2020, 8:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: UN55 BBs not so good anymore?
Replies: 62
Views: 2182

Re: UN55 BBs not so good anymore?

I've just removed a Token square taper unit which has been used for only 5-6 club runs. Squealing noise from the bracket noted on the last ride (77 miles, lots of hills). Removed the BB and bearings felt really rough. Traces of rust inside the non-drive-side cup so I assume water got in. Bear in mi...
by robc02
17 Sep 2020, 1:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: UN55 BBs not so good anymore?
Replies: 62
Views: 2182

Re: UN55 BBs not so good anymore?

BB-UN300 In the new designs there are two seals ( probably neither that good in fact, eg since the outer seal has no lubricant reservoir to keep the seal lips wetted ) to the outside world but should water be lurking inside the frame itself then it will only have to get past a single lip seal on th...
by robc02
13 Sep 2020, 3:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The whole glasses thing
Replies: 94
Views: 3121

Re: The whole glasses thing

I looked into wearing contact lenses some years ago. My optician told me that for cycling I would still need to wear an eyeshield of some kind to prevent insects and dust getting onto or behind the lens, so I decided to make that eyeshield one with prescription lenses. Prior to that I had tried usin...
by robc02
6 Sep 2020, 11:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: AW axle bolts keep coming loose
Replies: 25
Views: 795

Re: AW axle bolts keep coming loose

I've usually used the sintered type (HM494) mainly because that is what I had available. I had a few breakages at one point but this stopped after I realigned the dropouts. - They were quite a way out so this wouldn't have been good for the axle. I persisted with them because they were a good fit in...
by robc02
5 Sep 2020, 4:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: AW axle bolts keep coming loose
Replies: 25
Views: 795

Re: AW axle bolts keep coming loose

Does your bespoke axle lock replace the standard no turn washers? If so, how does it fit? You probably already know this, but the standard no turn washers are fitted to both ends of the axle. If the axle is only restrained at one end it may be flexible enough to twist slightly under heavy load. It d...
by robc02
4 Sep 2020, 8:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards
Replies: 19
Views: 661

Re: Mudguards

I have both in 35mm width. Bluemels are rounded and have a flimsy safety release device that I found to be quite wobbly. SKS are more angular with a more substantial release mechanism. Also I think the SKS came with a mudflap but Bluemels didn't. Mine are quite old now so this info could be out of d...
by robc02
4 Sep 2020, 8:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: When to replace a carbon / ALU fork?
Replies: 19
Views: 1078

Re: When to replace a carbon / ALU fork?

........ .........It was probably the tapered compression ring that caused the wear and the cut ends where it's split are often sharp as well. The steerer shouldn't make contact with the cups at all. Tidy the edges of the compression ring up with a fine file and make sure that the headset is always...
by robc02
4 Sep 2020, 10:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: When to replace a carbon / ALU fork?
Replies: 19
Views: 1078

Re: When to replace a carbon / ALU fork?

I've got a Principia that's 15 years old but, for various reasons mostly related to N+1, probably hasn't hit 1000 miles yet. So I'm really interested in the age aspect of this discussion. Same here - Principia Rex eSX. Low mileage, though used for racing for its first few years, and always stored i...
by robc02
3 Sep 2020, 8:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: LED verses incandescent bulbs front lamp
Replies: 74
Views: 5299

Re: LED verses incandescent bulbs front lamp

willem jongman wrote:My Schmidt hub does not have any drag that I can feel when the light is off. I am very happy with it on tours for when visibility is low in the rain or under trees.


+1. There have been several occasions when I have been very glad of lighting in daytime - even in the good old British summer.