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by cycle tramp
24 Jan 2021, 10:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Beyond confused now smh
Replies: 16
Views: 738

Re: Beyond confused now smh

Hi guys Today, I tried two Merida bikes, the Big Nine 60 & Big Nine 20. Both felt very comfortable, but this is where its gets confusing - both were medium sized frames.. Thanks guys Buying a bicycle or even bike frame is alot like buying a good waistcoat or suit jacket... you can walk into a h...
by cycle tramp
24 Jan 2021, 9:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear, front derailleur
Replies: 17
Views: 652

Re: Hub gear, front derailleur

The great (but sadly late) bicycle engineer Chris Bell successfully toured on a 8 speed alpine hub with a double chain ring and a very wide gear range. You can see details of his bike following this link http://www.cornant.uk/touring/mybike/index.html Speaking as someone who has moved away from dera...
by cycle tramp
21 Jan 2021, 10:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which rust inhibitors are people using?
Replies: 21
Views: 855

Re: Which rust inhibitors are people using?

I never understood why people used rust inhibitors if the bike was good enough to be looked after, what aspect of use allows water to ingress to such a degree that rust is going to present a problem? I rode a Raleigh Record Sprint as a commuter, utility, touring plus weekend bike for 11 years in al...
by cycle tramp
21 Jan 2021, 5:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which rust inhibitors are people using?
Replies: 21
Views: 855

Re: Which rust inhibitors are people using?

20210109_092428.jpg I bought a new front rack a few weeks ago (surly 'nice rack') and whilst it is a thing of... er...usefulness, I was surprised at the number of vent holes. Luckily they were the same size as the nozzle of a small plastic syringe... ...so after squirting a bit of wd40 in each hole...
by cycle tramp
19 Jan 2021, 9:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 5, 6, 7 or 8 speed freewheel?
Replies: 11
Views: 479

Re: 5, 6, 7 or 8 speed freewheel?

The intention is to fit the rear wheel to my Raleigh Record Ace frame which is currently fixed gear at around 68 inches. Any suggestions welcome. Sometime ago when I was revising my the gearing on my own 5 speed, I made the judgement call to use the smallest sprocket on my 5 speed cluster as my tap...
by cycle tramp
16 Jan 2021, 9:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 5, 6, 7 or 8 speed freewheel?
Replies: 11
Views: 479

Re: 5, 6, 7 or 8 speed freewheel?

Being busy at work my only project for this coming year is to build up a Sturmey Archer rear hub braked wheel (for use with multiple freewheel). Would anyone have any comments on whether this would be a reasonable plan; or would 6, 7, or even 8 speed be more optimal? I am looking from the perspecti...
by cycle tramp
16 Jan 2021, 2:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Updating an old bike
Replies: 25
Views: 848

Re: Updating an old bike

...suppose you just kept everything as it was and just changed the single chainring to a double?
by cycle tramp
16 Jan 2021, 9:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre rotation
Replies: 24
Views: 841

Re: Tyre rotation

Brucey wrote:sprinting and climbing tend to wear rear tyres quickly.

cheers


In my case the former ain't never gonna happen:-)
by cycle tramp
14 Jan 2021, 9:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre rotation
Replies: 24
Views: 841

Tyre rotation

Having fitted a new pair of tyres to my bike, should I rotate (swapping the tyres from front to rear and vice versa) every so often, to get the maximum wear from the tyre, or doesn't anyone do that now?
by cycle tramp
14 Jan 2021, 6:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Big Apple 26in tyres.
Replies: 24
Views: 2832

Re: Schwalbe Big Apple 26in tyres.

These tyres have done 5880 miles with no puncture and I reckon I'll get up to 10,000 miles on them, certainly 9,000. I've never had longevity like this out of a pair of tyres, I reckon. or do many of you get that? 20210109_141155.jpg Last weekend I retired my marathon plus tyre, which I purchased i...
by cycle tramp
12 Jan 2021, 6:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Winterproofing my bike.
Replies: 24
Views: 1466

Re: Winterproofing my bike.

mikeymo wrote:
Thanks. And is there a front derailleur?


Nope... just single chainring. It means that the whole transmission is disposable.... for 25 pounds I can replace the freewheel and chain, for a further 10 to 15 pounds replace the chainring and a further 15 pounds replace the deraileur :-D
by cycle tramp
10 Jan 2021, 3:29pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: Old union headlamps
Replies: 0
Views: 389

Old union headlamps

Hello There, I'm looking for some old union headlamps, the ones that used to take the screw in type of bulb for the next part of my led/headlamp experiment - ideally the black and white type with the square headlamp but would also be interested in the big old round one as well. If anyone has any ple...
by cycle tramp
10 Jan 2021, 3:22pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: stem clamp type friction double shifters
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Re: stem clamp type friction double shifters

Yes - I purchased a set, secondhand last year - however I'm more than happy to pass them on as i can't see me even starting the bicycle build this year. I've taken the liberty of sending you a private message :-)
by cycle tramp
10 Jan 2021, 2:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle choice/strange numbness
Replies: 15
Views: 740

Re: Saddle choice/strange numbness

Been there and tried all sorts. Harder seat with cutout, lowered and nose down is the answer. Just bought a selle SMP but it's en-route in the post so can't confirm. However that saddle is the one that comes up as the answer in a lot of internet searches....under £50 delivered from Halfords. Selle ...
by cycle tramp
10 Jan 2021, 1:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Winterproofing my bike.
Replies: 24
Views: 1466

Re: Winterproofing my bike.

+1 for long front mud flap and drum brakes (I still use deraileur gears after several attempts at finding a hub gear I liked) So are you using drum brakes with derailleur gears? https://www.sturmey-archer.com/en/products/detail/x-rdc Apologies for the delay in my reply - Well, a bit like that. I've...