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by Mick F
20 Oct 2021, 7:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cycling Proficiency Test
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Re: Cycling Proficiency Test

Mine.
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by Mick F
20 Oct 2021, 6:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 26
Views: 750

Re: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

A simple basic screwdriver is gently magnetic ............. as I showed with my photographs.
It will pick up a couple of balls (brand new) and then they aren't magnetic afterwards.
Pick 'em up, and drop them into the prior-applied grease in the bearing race.
They stick to the grease.

Simple, basic, no special tools required, no worrying about a Bic biro lid ............... just a basic common or garden small screwdriver.
by Mick F
19 Oct 2021, 10:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 26
Views: 750

Re: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

The idea of using anything other than a slightly magnetised tool, seems fraught with dropping issues, especially as the balls will be small and greasy.
Yes, Allen keys come magnetised as do screwdrivers. Small ones have less magnetism of course.

We have a very big horseshoe magnet which I purloined from an I Band radar magnetron years ago. Consumable items, so I brought one home.
We use it to fish out nails and screws from the fire-grate as we often burn scrap wood and we have been known to burn chopped up pallets too. Loadsa scrap iron in them!

It's too big and powerful to use on a bike bearing. Could be used for armoured tank wheel bearings though! :wink:
by Mick F
19 Oct 2021, 9:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?
Replies: 54
Views: 1294

Re: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?

Just found this in the workshop.
Unused for years and years.
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by Mick F
19 Oct 2021, 9:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 26
Views: 750

Re: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

Photos to prove my point.

Two brand new balls in an alu roasting tray.
One small flat-blade screwdriver.
One iPhone to photograph it.

The two balls were shoogled about in the tray and didn't stick to each other.
I lifted them both out with the screwdriver, photographed it, and then dropped them back into the tray.
The balls still didn't stick to each other, and neither did they repel.
I repeated the test, with the same results.
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by Mick F
19 Oct 2021, 9:00am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Windows 11
Replies: 31
Views: 661

Re: Windows 11

We're in a detached bungalow with quadruple aspect.
Band B for Council Tax. :wink:
by Mick F
19 Oct 2021, 8:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 26
Views: 750

Re: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

rogerzilla wrote: 18 Oct 2021, 10:05pm
Mick F wrote: 18 Oct 2021, 6:53pm Not clicked on the YouTube link...
They suffer zero "wear particles".
If you did, you'd see ball bearings are rather easily magnetised, and stay like that. So any metal worn from the races or balls sticks to the balls. Unless you have a microscope, you wouldn't see them.
Ok, I'll experiment shortly.
Just having a cuppa post breakfast, and I'll pop into the workshop with my favourite screwdriver and test brand new balls.

Balls in a bearing situation cannot "stay like that" as they are continually rotating and will lose whatever tiny amount of induced magnetism is there.

No doubt if you left a ball on a big magnet for a spell, it would have some magnetism in it, but a small screwdriver wouldn't matter a jot.
by Mick F
18 Oct 2021, 7:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pointless!!
Replies: 18
Views: 373

Re: Pointless!!

I doubt it somehow.

I tend not to like "modern" music these days.
Nice bit of classic stuff is more up my street.

Fave at the moment is Shostakovich Waltz No 2.
by Mick F
18 Oct 2021, 6:59pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 1222
Views: 46013

Re: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??

thirdcrank wrote: 18 Oct 2021, 5:35pm When I see a vehicle marked HORSES IN TRANSIT I have been known to remark "That's not a transit." (Cries of "frequently!")
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Exactly!
by Mick F
18 Oct 2021, 6:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pointless!!
Replies: 18
Views: 373

Re: Pointless!!

Still never heard of him.
by Mick F
18 Oct 2021, 6:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 26
Views: 750

Re: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

Not clicked on the YouTube link, but I can assure all my readers that a screwdriver dragged across a magnet, or a normal screwdriver which tend to be magnetic anyway, will suffice to pick up bearing balls and allow them to stick to the pre-greased cups.

Used this system for more years that I can even consider.
They suffer zero "wear particles".
by Mick F
18 Oct 2021, 5:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Building a recumbent trike rear wheel
Replies: 20
Views: 415

Re: Building a recumbent trike rear wheel

As I said .............
Buy the rim and the hub, measure them, and then buy the spokes, and use your frame as a jig.

You can't go wrong.
by Mick F
18 Oct 2021, 4:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 26
Views: 750

Re: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

Yep.
Just as good perhaps.

Done loadsa wheel hubs over the years, and never needed anything other than a screwdriver to pick up the balls.
Front, rears, BBs, headsets .............. and even roller-skate bearings.
by Mick F
18 Oct 2021, 4:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Windows 11
Replies: 31
Views: 661

Re: Windows 11

:lol: :lol:

Window Tax went somewhere back in the distant past methinks, but perhaps people with Windows11 need to add their their windows to it. :wink:
by Mick F
18 Oct 2021, 3:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Windows 11
Replies: 31
Views: 661

Re: Windows 11

Windows 11?
Is that all?

Just counted .............
We have nine plus a window each in the front and back doors ............... making eleven.
Count the outside buildings - two sheds with a window each - the workshop with two - and the summer house with five ...................... and we have Windows 20.