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by keyboardmonkey
17 Apr 2019, 9:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Derailleur Hanger alignment tool ?
Replies: 12
Views: 500

Re: Derailleur Hanger alignment tool ?

there are some common flaws with these tools; 1) the load is usually borne by the screw threads in the hanger; it is a much better idea to have an 'inboard nut' i.e. a nut on the inside of the hanger so that the load is not borne by the screw threads. [the loads required to reset a steel gear hange...
by keyboardmonkey
11 Apr 2019, 5:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Belgium - suggestions for a circular tour ?
Replies: 5
Views: 228

Re: Belgium - suggestions for a circular tour ?

I can’t quite come up with a tour to suit your specific requirements, but here is my account of a circular-ish tour of Belgium from a few years ago:

https://cycleseven.org/short-cycling-to ... res-bruges
by keyboardmonkey
6 Apr 2019, 7:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?
Replies: 20
Views: 908

Re: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?

To prevent any issues with clamping I initially went with a ‘Euro style race stand’ ie a Park Tool PRS-20 which was promptly discontinued. So long as any front mudguard isn’t too long it’s fine. If you clamp by the rear dropouts it’s a good idea to use some sort of handlebar holder to stop the front...
by keyboardmonkey
6 Apr 2019, 4:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Favourite local climbs
Replies: 41
Views: 1289

Re: Favourite local climbs

A few of my favourites in the Yorkshire Wolds are listed here: http://www.yorkshirewoldscycleroute.co.uk/cycling-climbs So, Trundlegate, Brantingham Dale, Nunburnholme, Acklam, Burdale, Settrington, Painsthorpe, Hanging Grimston etc. (The Yorkshire Wolds aren’t as widely known as the Dales and Moors...
by keyboardmonkey
6 Apr 2019, 3:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano SP40 Gear outers
Replies: 4
Views: 240

Re: Shimano SP40 Gear outers

Presumably the *pre-cut* SP40 should be used as is. The SP41 is the non-spiral cable outer that I cut to length.
by keyboardmonkey
4 Apr 2019, 10:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hex and socket sets – alternatives to Park SBS-1.2
Replies: 19
Views: 688

Re: Hex and socket sets – alternatives to Park SBS-1.2

I meant to buy the LiDL 1/4” drive socket set with a 270 degree swivel head ratchet, but they had all gone when I returned to the shop. Hey ho. I have the discontinued Park Tool SBS-1 and the equally discontinued TW-5, which is a 1/4” drive torque wrench that came with a 3/8” adaptor. Here’s what I ...
by keyboardmonkey
4 Apr 2019, 9:16pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Wild camping in the Yorkshire Dales / Lake District?
Replies: 12
Views: 430

Re: Wild camping in the Yorkshire Dales / Lake District?

I’ve never stayed at this place, but you might consider it for a fiver a night:

http://www.askrigg-camping.co.uk
by keyboardmonkey
2 Apr 2019, 6:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?
Replies: 20
Views: 908

Re: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?

So long as your seat post is a fair way in your seat tube I’m not sure it matters. However, I don’t own a titanium bike, so I could be wrong. Watch this:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=H619rz-p5Fo
by keyboardmonkey
31 Mar 2019, 5:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Barry Barron frames
Replies: 7
Views: 1180

Re: Barry Barron frames

My wife bought us (me) a pre-loved Barron tandem from a couple in Barton who could no longer ride it. Sadly, my wife and I have managed just a few hundred yards around the block - although I have an occasional stoker from time to time. Lovely ride. Some day we’ll make our way back over the Humber Br...
by keyboardmonkey
26 Mar 2019, 6:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ratchet/Breaker Bar size & length for bikes
Replies: 7
Views: 1354

Re: Ratchet/Breaker Bar size & length for bikes

My tool box needs a Ratchet/BB update... Is 1/2" overkill for a bike and... what shaft length is good... wouldn't too long risk overtightening and stripping threads? I have a mishmash of 1/4” and 3/8” ratchets that live in my toolbox, and a 1/2” drive breaker bar I bought for a friend’s seized...
by keyboardmonkey
26 Mar 2019, 2:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Nice Places To Ride for 2 / 3 Days ????
Replies: 43
Views: 3577

Re: Nice Places To Ride for 2 / 3 Days ????

Train to York, Malton or Hull/Beverley to pick up the circular Yorkshire Wolds Cycle Route? 146 miles with plenty of places to pause along the way. More info:

http://www.cycleyorkshirewolds.com

http://www.yorkshirewoldscycleroute.co. ... hire-wolds
by keyboardmonkey
17 Mar 2019, 9:23am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lancashire's most dangerous roads for cyclists
Replies: 13
Views: 2383

Re: Lancashire's most dangerous roads for cyclists

Apart from the rather peaceful roads of the Trough of Bowland and Forest of Bowland I’ve only had one other ride in Lancashire. Very enjoyable it was, too, but I do recall a bit of ‘A’ road riding to get in a loop. Oh, but wasn’t it Oscar Wilde who remarked that the Lancashire cyclist is best advise...
by keyboardmonkey
10 Mar 2019, 10:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain for Shimano Uniglide cassette
Replies: 12
Views: 1468

Re: Chain for Shimano Uniglide cassette

Yes, there is a bit of chain chatter! I made up the 'new' cassette - a stock cassette that had been on my tourer - by unscrewing the three bolts, setting aside the largest sprocket of the 14-32 cassette (bottom right in the my photo upthread) and replacing the 7sp spacers with 6sp ones (including th...
by keyboardmonkey
8 Mar 2019, 8:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where is the best place to buy bike tools?
Replies: 40
Views: 3775

Re: Where is the best place to buy bike tools?

The best I can offer is a wire coat hanger I made in to the chain hook I used this afternoon to fit a new chain :-(
by keyboardmonkey
8 Mar 2019, 4:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain for Shimano Uniglide cassette
Replies: 12
Views: 1468

Re: Chain for Shimano Uniglide cassette

Well, it’s Uniglide Central here at Keyboardmonkey Towers. Thanks to a generous fellow forumite I now have two Shimano CN-UG51 chains and, having shuffled around these sprockets and spacers, a cassette that allows me to use the big chain ring without the benefit of a huge tailwind. The original cass...