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by benjaminn
31 Mar 2017, 10:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: upright riding position - amend existing bike or buy new?
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: upright riding position - amend existing bike or buy new?

Thanks for the comprehensive replies - they have been really useful, and I'm glad people think adapting existing bikes could be the way to go. I think I'll stick to my existing bikes then, and try adjustable stems and the butterflys. Foxyrider: I do live on top of a hill! (Crookes). My allotment is ...
by benjaminn
26 Mar 2017, 9:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: upright riding position - amend existing bike or buy new?
Replies: 14
Views: 825

upright riding position - amend existing bike or buy new?

Unfortunately, I'm getting on a bit in years. I'm looking to give my back a rest with a more upright riding position, but I'm not sure whether to amend my existing bikes, or just buy a bike made in the required position. All of my current bikes are 'stretched out' - a 1990s claud butler dalesman tou...
by benjaminn
26 Sep 2016, 3:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: bent hub flange - safe to build a wheel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1436

Re: bent hub flange - safe to build a wheel?

Thanks for your help, everyone. It's nice to hear that it is probably ok. It certainly looks to be soft metal - the ridge of the flange has pressed flat where it hit the floor, and there is no sign of a crack. I can handle a couple of spokes breaking at worst I'll build it up and get on with testing...
by benjaminn
25 Sep 2016, 9:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: bent hub flange - safe to build a wheel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1436

Re: bent hub flange - safe to build a wheel?

Interesting. I was thinking in terms of reducing the bend in the spokes as far as possible, so an inbound spoke at the apex of the damaged flange, and two outbound spokes with very little extra bend to overcome than those on undamaged bits of hub. Maybe a couple of millimetres. So there's only one s...
by benjaminn
25 Sep 2016, 3:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: bent hub flange - safe to build a wheel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1436

Re: bent hub flange - safe to build a wheel?

Thanks for your thoughts so far - I have added pictures to the initial post to help. Certainly more than 1-2 mm bent. Thanks Colin - you are right, it is a nexus inter 8, so a substantial force when dropped on a hard floor (won't do that again) I think the flange is pretty solid on this hub (before ...
by benjaminn
24 Sep 2016, 3:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: bent hub flange - safe to build a wheel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1436

Re: bent hub flange - safe to build a wheel?

The spoke length issue shouldn't be a problem, I have various lengths and can get tension pretty even. Suppose it's the issue of weakened spokes at the increased bend, and a weakened flange.
by benjaminn
23 Sep 2016, 10:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: bent hub flange - safe to build a wheel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1436

bent hub flange - safe to build a wheel?

(photos now added) I bought a brand new nexus hub, took it out of the packaging, and promptly dropped it on the floor! Result: A bent flange affecting two spoke holes only. I'll try and post pictures shortly, but could it be safe to build a wheel out of it, or is it a case of buying a new hub shell?...
by benjaminn
25 Jul 2016, 8:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" hub brake compatible fork
Replies: 16
Views: 1532

Re: 26" hub brake compatible fork

A cheap option below - not much clearance maybe, but drum compatible and cheap

http://en.hollandbikeshop.com/bicycle-p ... amo-black/
by benjaminn
13 May 2016, 10:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hydraulic rim brakes
Replies: 5
Views: 595

Re: Hydraulic rim brakes

I really like my magura ones, hs33. Easy to setup, replace pads and adjust. I find them much more effective than my v brakes. I'd get the brake booster, because the front forks can bend alarmingly without it.
by benjaminn
25 May 2015, 11:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trailers and steep hills - how safe are descents?
Replies: 16
Views: 913

Re: Trailers and steep hills - how safe are descents?

I wish my allotment was that productive!
by benjaminn
24 May 2015, 8:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trailers and steep hills - how safe are descents?
Replies: 16
Views: 913

Re: Trailers and steep hills - how safe are descents?

Thanks for all of the replies, really helpful. Think I'll pop down to the shops pronto!
by benjaminn
23 May 2015, 11:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trailers and steep hills - how safe are descents?
Replies: 16
Views: 913

Trailers and steep hills - how safe are descents?

I am looking into buying a trailer (Carry Freedom in particular) for lugging stuff to my allotment. The allotment, however, is at the very bottom of a steep hill (Hagg Hill in Sheffield - quoted at 17.1%; I'm not sure how accurate this is, but it is up there with the steepest in the city). At differ...
by benjaminn
1 Jul 2013, 9:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buy before you try?
Replies: 46
Views: 2696

Re: Buy before you try?

i would give butterworth's on abbeydale road a ring (not to be confused with butterworths in hillsborough, which seems more road bike orientated). You will get honest advice, and a practical outlook. He might tell you your current bike is fine, mind. That's what i was told when i enquired into buyin...
by benjaminn
31 May 2013, 11:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hatred, stupidity or both?
Replies: 190
Views: 15203

Re: Hatred, stupidity or both?

My experiences on the road do not seen to agree with the other posters here - I have experienced more aggressive behaviour from middle aged male drivers than any other age/gender group. I don't feel that young people feel more entitled than older people either - quite the contrary, particularly at t...
by benjaminn
8 Jan 2013, 5:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stripped fork - any options?
Replies: 10
Views: 715

Re: Stripped fork - any options?

Yes, sounds odd. The top race has to be threaded to tighten the headset. It's called Threaded because it's threaded. The threads are at the top. Any chance of more info .......... and a photo? If I'm right about it, it is threaded at the locknut, but smooth on the top race - so the locknut holds ev...