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by keyboardmonkey
27 Mar 2020, 9:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pondering changing from triple to double
Replies: 34
Views: 914

Re: Pondering changing from triple to double

All of the wisdom I have absorbed over the last several decades can be distilled in to three key pieces of advice:

Don’t start a land war in Asia;
Don’t high five the current Prime Minister;
Don’t switch from a triple to a double.

Hope this helps.
by keyboardmonkey
10 Mar 2020, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hollow tech 2
Replies: 7
Views: 475

Re: Hollow tech 2

bazzo wrote:...no problems like for like swap as far as I could tell. Went for a quick test ride and had to adjust front derailleur, which surprised me...Barry

If the replacement is definitely like-for-like is it possible that you could have replaced a spacer on the wrong side of the BB?
by keyboardmonkey
29 Feb 2020, 1:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 105 5703 or Tiagra 4703 chainset
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: 105 5703 or Tiagra 4703 chainset

The 5703 can take a smaller inner chain ring; the 4703 won’t AFAICT. Does that matter to you?
by keyboardmonkey
25 Feb 2020, 10:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain degreaser
Replies: 53
Views: 2258

Re: Chain degreaser

Raylike1969 wrote:...Is there an alternative traditonal mild engine degreaser i could use , possibly same price but more quantity per £ ?

Thanks .

Ray


Try this mentioned above? You should dilute it...

https://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonsense- ... 5ltr/88668
by keyboardmonkey
24 Feb 2020, 5:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A better chain wear checker?
Replies: 43
Views: 1838

Re: A better chain wear checker?

On the topic of the Pedro’s style chain checker read this: https://cyclingtips.com/2019/08/bicycle-chain-wear-and-checking-for-it/ Half way down the page the Pedro’s and Park Tool’s newish CC-4 are pictured together. I have the Park Tool CC-4, for reasons given in the article above. And here is my c...
by keyboardmonkey
19 Feb 2020, 2:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clip on front mudguard flaps?
Replies: 21
Views: 735

Re: Clip on front mudguard flaps?

I have three versions of Raw Mudflaps, two of which I ordered as a custom job for a club. They are a neat solution, but perhaps most justifiable if you are going down the custom/reflective route. I am 99.9% certain that exactly the same material is used for the covers of Poundland A4 display folders...
by keyboardmonkey
15 Feb 2020, 11:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Socket Screws
Replies: 26
Views: 933

Re: Which Socket Screws

I bought something like these in a pack of 50 from Screwfix (mine don’t have the knurled head)... https://www.screwfix.com/p/easyfix-cap-head-socket-screws-a2-stainless-steel-m5-x-20mm-50-pack/1941T Snug up a couple of bolts in the appropriate place, fasten in a vice and cut to length when necessary.
by keyboardmonkey
12 Feb 2020, 7:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: recommendation for workstand
Replies: 19
Views: 1114

Re: recommendation for workstand

I wouldn't be without a stand but never use it for cleaning or lubing though - can't think why you would need a stand for that. I have a couple of (discontinued) Park Tool work stands and use both for maintenance, but if I’m honest the seat post clamp one is used most often whilst I clean and lube ...
by keyboardmonkey
29 Dec 2019, 6:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Super compact road double, how low can you go?
Replies: 30
Views: 1644

Re: Super compact road double, how low can you go?

EDIT: seem to recall something about modding a 9 speed 11-36t or 12-36t cassette to 8 speed??? That would just about cut it and be relatively affordable. Assuming your 8- and 9-speed cassettes have individual sprockets (rather than being mounted on a spider - do they even exist for 8/9-speeds?) you...
by keyboardmonkey
27 Dec 2019, 11:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Turbo trainers - how much use do you get?
Replies: 49
Views: 1802

Re: Turbo trainers - how much use do you get?

A couple of years ago everywhere was discounting the price of the Cycleops Fluid2 kit (including TWO riser blocks, sweat thingy and floor mat). My wife bought me one from Halfords - I assumed the trainer was about to be discontinued or superseded by a smart version or whatever. I last about 20 mins ...
by keyboardmonkey
8 Oct 2019, 8:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette question
Replies: 43
Views: 2205

Re: Cassette question

NetworkMan wrote:8 and 9 speed chains are cheap and tedious to clean so I tend to change them at 0.5% elongation or less. Cogs and rings seem to last well. Rotating chains? Not for me - too much bother!

+1
by keyboardmonkey
8 Oct 2019, 5:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain link pin
Replies: 14
Views: 554

Re: chain link pin

Cheers, Brucey. I’ll keep an eye on the connecting pin. I watched a Park Tool video on the topic, but here is a screenshot of the argument that convinced me to use this method.

chain pin burr.jpg
by keyboardmonkey
8 Oct 2019, 1:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain link pin
Replies: 14
Views: 554

Re: chain link pin

I had thought about starting my own thread about a similar matter, but if the OP will forgive me.... Re 'UG51 chains' ... Joining OEM type 8s chains is comparably awkward to joining 10s ones. In fact it is arguably more difficult, because 8s chains often have more cambered outer side plates which d...
by keyboardmonkey
7 Oct 2019, 10:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain link pin
Replies: 14
Views: 554

Re: chain link pin

I had thought about starting my own thread about a similar matter, but if the OP will forgive me... ... This type of chain can be fitted very swiftly indeed, but not with most standard chain tools. The lack of a guide pin extension means that if the pin is to enter the far side plate cleanly, it mus...
by keyboardmonkey
7 Oct 2019, 8:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alivio Vs tiagra?
Replies: 13
Views: 670

Re: Alivio Vs tiagra?

Hi, Jamesh. First of all cycleuk is quite right that thelawnet has got a bit muddled up there. When Tiagra was 9-speed I would have said it was more equivalent in quality to 9-speed Deore. Fast forward a little and your 4600 Tiagra shifters will work perfectly well with a 9-speed MTB rear mech such ...