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by andrew_s
19 Oct 2020, 10:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo bulbs
Replies: 31
Views: 1704

Re: Dynamo bulbs

Try the front light on its own (i.e rear unplugged at the front light) and see whether it's any better,and also, if you've got one, try an alternative dynamo light (even an old filament bulb one). I have had rear light problems suck all of the power out of the fronf. If it's no better, that at least...
by andrew_s
19 Oct 2020, 9:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: QR position on new Disc bike
Replies: 10
Views: 497

Re: QR position on new Disc bike

RickH wrote:I switched both of the QR levers over to the non disc side on my Kona Sutra simply because it give more finger room to operate the levers.

Does that not lead to oily fingers and difficulty getting the wheel back in the dropouts, in the event of a rear wheel puncture?
by andrew_s
16 Oct 2020, 12:40am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit
Replies: 91
Views: 2817

Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

st599_uk wrote:A "tee-ei" I bought in Hamburg and proper leaf tea.

Does it make you feel a bit smug when you read of the lengths coffee drinkers go to for their campsite fix?
It does me :)
by andrew_s
14 Oct 2020, 8:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Joy of Crimping; a terminal case...?
Replies: 47
Views: 1343

Re: The Joy of Crimping; a terminal case...?

My best tool for this job is a Molex 69008-0953 crimp tool which I have had for years; it wasn't cheap when I bought it originally but I recently looked it up and was horrified at the current replacement cost How much? Google shows it as discontinued, but I got the impression that it was northwards...
by andrew_s
14 Oct 2020, 7:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Quick link removal without tools.
Replies: 14
Views: 579

Re: Quick link removal without tools.

DaveReading wrote:Quicklink removal.jpg
Use any convenient hard object instead of the mole grips.

I hope it should be apparent that you should only hit the closer outer sideplate (as shown).

If you strike with a larger flat object, and the blow lands equally on both sideplates, it won't work.
by andrew_s
12 Oct 2020, 6:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle.travel; imported routes and the road/path toggle
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: Cycle.travel; imported routes and the road/path toggle

If I open one of my saved routes, it shows as it was when I created it. As soon as I do anything, such as click the road/path toggle, it recalculates the whole route from scratch. based on the start, end, and via points as I entered then, and the OSM network and the routing parameters as they are now.
by andrew_s
12 Oct 2020, 1:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Free on road parking in southampton area
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: Free on road parking in southampton area

What I do in that situation is to look on google maps satellite view for an area of older suburbia* where most houses have driveways, but second or third cars are frequent enough that on street parking is relatively common, and where a strange car would just be assumed to be a neighbour. A quick gla...
by andrew_s
9 Oct 2020, 7:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear light power supply.
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: Rear light power supply.

Traditional batteries seem to get dimmer and dimmer so you have many hours of warning that you need to replace. It depends when you check them. It's fine if you check at the end of a ride, but if you only check when you turn them on, you could be riding round with glow worm lighting for a lot of ti...
by andrew_s
6 Oct 2020, 5:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim weare from V brakes
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: Rim weare from V brakes

It's not always possible to assess rim wear by feel based on the degree of concavity of the braking surface. If the brake pads are kept well aligned as they wear and the pads are kept clean then rim wear can be even the degree of wear not visible or detectable by feel. There's also no guarantee the...
by andrew_s
6 Oct 2020, 2:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting different pannier rack to ebike
Replies: 44
Views: 1013

Re: Fitting different pannier rack to ebike

Rear lights similar to yours normally fit using two bolts through holes in a flat plate on the back of the rack, with the bolts being captive within the light. These holes would normally be either 50 or 80 mm apart (or sometimes two pairs of holes) - on the Racktime Eco 2 , they are 50 mm apart. The...
by andrew_s
5 Oct 2020, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim weare from V brakes
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: Rim weare from V brakes

It is, as you say, a piece of string question. I've had as little as 5500 miles, with aggressive brake blocks (Shimano), ridden all winter on frequently steep and muddy country lanes (this was with rims that hadn't been pre-worn out by machining the braking rurfaces). Using more friendly brake block...
by andrew_s
4 Oct 2020, 1:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Glueless Patches
Replies: 43
Views: 1508

Re: Glueless Patches

David9694 wrote:See you in the new bargain inner tubes thread!

£2.99 in Decathlon, £3.50 in Go Outdoors
by andrew_s
4 Oct 2020, 12:59am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: I don't want to have to be flat-out overnight...
Replies: 11
Views: 905

Re: I don't want to have to be flat-out overnight...

McNett/Gear Aid Tenacious Tape
(looks like what used to be two companies have now merged)

The patches supplied with the Thermarest Neoair mat I got a few years back were Gear Aid.
by andrew_s
1 Oct 2020, 1:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shorts for touring
Replies: 30
Views: 1320

Re: Shorts for touring

I use the Gore C3 trail shorts now (or Aldi touring shorts, which won't appear again).
I don't ride over 80 miles very often any more, so I don't bother with padded liners, just using bog standard M&S undies (which pack smaller).
by andrew_s
29 Sep 2020, 6:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo problem
Replies: 14
Views: 481

Re: Dynamo problem

It's unlikely.
There's not much to go wrong with a dynohub, electrically speaking, so they either work, or don't at all.

I'd suspect the wiring (including the plug at the hub end).