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by robc02
28 Nov 2019, 11:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Repairing inner tube punctures
Replies: 57
Views: 2167

Re: Repairing inner tube punctures

........ I also like to repair at the roadside, unless there's a reason not to (Rain, train to catch...) it's not a big task and that's it, job done, rather than doing half a job and leaving something else to do later. +1. I take the view that I have to find the location of the puncture in order to...
by robc02
26 Nov 2019, 6:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Spa Cycles - Canvasman saddlebag
Replies: 5
Views: 587

Re: Spa Cycles - Canvasman saddlebag

I use an SQR uplift but with a modified bag frame. I welded on a "bagman-like" frame that supports the bottom of the bag. It prevents swaying as well as sag.

It wouldn't be difficult to make a bolt-on version if you don't have access to a welder. I can provide photos if interested.
by robc02
24 Nov 2019, 6:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32 hole rim onto 36 hole hub - "alphabetti spoketti"
Replies: 38
Views: 3359

Re: 32 hole rim onto 36 hole hub - "alphabetti spoketti"

an omission in this thread is a recipe for building 36h rim onto a 40h hub. TBH it is so much easier to build a 32h rim onto a 40h hub I would suggest that you do that instead. .......... cheers I did one of these quite a few years ago - I still have it in fact. I had just acquired an old Sturmey A...
by robc02
3 Nov 2019, 7:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cold weather and safety on the roads
Replies: 39
Views: 1900

Re: Cold weather and safety on the roads

It depends on your commute. Mine is a minimum of 10 miles each way, mainly on ungritted rural lanes and is prone to large patches of sheet ice in some conditions. In the past I would have risked it on "normal" tyres, or driven, but since winter tyres have become readily available and I hav...
by robc02
3 Nov 2019, 6:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixie: Why? Why not?
Replies: 100
Views: 5374

Re: Fixie: Why?

I used to use a fixed wheel on my bike each and every winter to save the expensive geared transmission from the corrosive grime of winter roads. ............. +1. But I grew to love it for its own sake. There is something special about riding fixed, as others have noted. Regrettably, I don't have a...
by robc02
3 Nov 2019, 5:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixie: Why? Why not?
Replies: 100
Views: 5374

Re: Fixie: Why?

. .......... IMHO it is highly unlikely that anyone will ever produce a variable fixed gear hub that will satisfy every fixed gear user. The reason is that they might be super-sensitive to any backlash in the drive; many such riders don't even tolerate small amounts of chain slack, or sprockets in ...
by robc02
3 Nov 2019, 5:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixie: Why? Why not?
Replies: 100
Views: 5374

Re: Fixie: Why?

I used to use a fixed wheel on my bike each and every winter to save the expensive geared transmission from the corrosive grime of winter roads. ............. +1. But I grew to love it for its own sake. There is something special about riding fixed, as others have noted. Regrettably, I don't have a...
by robc02
24 Oct 2019, 7:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub brake advice needed
Replies: 29
Views: 1156

Re: Hub brake advice needed

Bsteel wrote:
Brucey wrote:- consider converting to a floating brake plate


......Has there been a thread showing how this can be implemented ?


Yes:
https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=68691&hilit=floating+back+plate
by robc02
14 Oct 2019, 8:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes
Replies: 27
Views: 1227

Re: Cantilever brakes

Those are wide profile cantis which are relatively insensitive to straddle height, but all the previous stuff about pad type and cable condition etc is still important. Plus there have been at least two different cable pulls on Shimano STI levers - you will get more power with the type with the leas...
by robc02
13 Oct 2019, 11:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shoes
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Re: Shoes

I had similar problems with Sidi shoes a few years back, despite having managed OK with previous versions. Sometimes I could fiddle with the adjustments and get reasonably comfortable but it was a bit hit and miss. In the end I found that I got on much better with Specialized shoes and switched over...
by robc02
13 Oct 2019, 10:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy DH-3N20; guessing game...?
Replies: 17
Views: 940

Re: Noisy DH-3N20; guessing game...?

One (or more) of the claws loose and catching against the magnets?
by robc02
8 Oct 2019, 7:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear changing strategy; how do you use a triple?
Replies: 61
Views: 1759

Re: Gear changing strategy; how do you use a triple?

I have only one bike with a triple - it's my LHT with 46,36,24 and 11-32 10 speed cassette (I would happily swap the 11 for a 12 if I could find one looking for a home). I use it as I would use a double plus a bailout granny ring for particularly stiff climbs, usually when carrying a camping load. F...
by robc02
6 Oct 2019, 3:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Plastic Rim Tape
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: Shimano Plastic Rim Tape

I must confess that this is something I have never given much thought to until recently. Having looked at a few rims I see there is quite a bit of variation in the size of the inner hole between manufacturers and models. Am I missing something or would you reasonably expect the manufacturer to drill...
by robc02
6 Oct 2019, 9:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Plastic Rim Tape
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: Shimano Plastic Rim Tape

The extra thickness must put more strain than usual on the valve, (and may expose bad tubes and/or possibly cause some failures directly) but to my mind it is certainly the lesser of two evils if the alternative is to fit a tube to a bad rim. For a valve fitted thusly to come away via peel, I also ...