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by 531colin
18 Apr 2018, 6:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Getting used to Clipless Pedals
Replies: 54
Views: 1462

Re: Getting used to Clipless Pedals

........The short answer to the thread title is to do just that ie get used to them. actually, there is something useful you can do to help somebody who is nervous of using SPDs for the first time, and thats to swap cleats with them. Try this....put their new shoe with new cleats into their new ped...
by 531colin
17 Apr 2018, 5:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rough gears (again) 4th of 7 speed rear. Suntour!
Replies: 16
Views: 527

Re: Rough gears (again) 4th of 7 speed rear. Suntour!

I think I'm getting too old for this.....I kept looking at that lockring, waiting for the penny to drop......which it didn't...... ...and also when I wrote about Suntour cassettes, I was actually thinking about Sachs cassettes.... :roll: I would be rather surprised if there wasn't some sort of brand...
by 531colin
16 Apr 2018, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: up grading my gears
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: up grading my gears

32 to 34 teeth is only about a 6% difference.
Have a look at the % difference between bottom gear and the next gear to it, and see if you think its worth making the change.
by 531colin
16 Apr 2018, 5:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rough gears (again) 4th of 7 speed rear. Suntour!
Replies: 16
Views: 527

Re: Rough gears (again) 4th of 7 speed rear. Suntour!

If the chain skips on that one sprocket when you push hard, and feels rough the rest of the time on that one sprocket, then it could mean that sprocket is particularly worn. It may well settle down after a bit of use, as the chain wears to match the worn sprocket. However, if you do need a new casse...
by 531colin
16 Apr 2018, 5:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front derailleur for 26-42 double
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: Front derailleur for 26-42 double

Hi, I need a front derailleur for a double 26-42 double using the inner two positions on one of spa cycles square taper triple chainsets. Bottom pull, 31.8mm clamp. Rear spacing is 135mm so I think I'm aiming for a chainline of 47-48mm (but please let me know if I'm wrong there). Thinking about cx7...
by 531colin
15 Apr 2018, 7:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: retiring innertubes
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: retiring innertubes

Pretty sure i've got tubes a decade or older with multiple patches. ........... I'm probably using a couple that are old enough to vote! Its the best part of 20 years since I closed my shop, and I still have the odd tube from then still going. (labelled 27 x 1 1/4" without any ETRTO numbers mi...
by 531colin
15 Apr 2018, 7:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Optimal Training to Ride Faster/Longer/Efficiently?
Replies: 12
Views: 744

Re: Optimal Training to Ride Faster/Longer/Efficiently?

heh, Between ages of 8-15 I was out all day everyday on my bike and could cycle just about all day ,never got enough of it.. ..................... So the goal is just to be able to do more of it without taking it too fast too soon. And thats all you have to do. When we are 8 years old, we haven't h...
by 531colin
10 Apr 2018, 9:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 1440

Re: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts

Discussion on the CQC (Care Quality Commission) role and effectiveness is interesting, ................. You may get lucky and find an Agency that can provide the same Carers on a regular rotating basis, but in my experience the people who do Live In often move around. I don't think this need be a ...
by 531colin
10 Apr 2018, 8:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Disc Brake rear cable routing
Replies: 9
Views: 528

Re: Dawes Disc Brake rear cable routing

Is it worth trying a cable oiler near the back brake? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MIddleburn-Cable-Oilers-Inline-Lube-4mm-or-5mm-Colours-Brake-Gear/162525452073?var=461529775853&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D49129%26meid%3D1910fd0238624eea8ae27b4eaecce1d8%26pid%3D100011...
by 531colin
7 Apr 2018, 1:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Caliper pad interchangeable
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: Caliper pad interchangeable

If the brake tracks on the rim are widely splayed out (much wider at the top than the bottom) and there is a lot of flex or movement in the brake arms, then the brakes can "grab" badly. You used to get steel rims like that on kids' bikes years ago, but I'm considerably out of date......abo...
by 531colin
6 Apr 2018, 7:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 1440

Re: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts

CQC can't supervise the agency. Their role is not to supervise the agencies - that is for the providers (of the agencies). CQC are regulators - checking whether health and social care services comply with the Health & Social Care Act etc . So, how do they do that? The two incompetents I had the...
by 531colin
6 Apr 2018, 7:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Caliper pad interchangeable
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: Caliper pad interchangeable

Take an angle grinder to the chrome on the brake track.
Its brutal, but the pads grip much better on steel than they do on polished chrome. Soft pads (for alloy rims) are likely to be better than whatever it came with.
On some such wheels the brake tracks are a long way from parallel
by 531colin
5 Apr 2018, 9:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts
Replies: 31
Views: 1440

Re: Live-in Care - Experiences? Seeking advice or thoughts

.............CQC (Care Quality Commission) lists all registered domestic care (ie personal care at home) agencies (in England), inspects and reports (all reports available on line) It is an offence for a domestic care agency offering personal care not to be registered with CQC. Individuals providin...
by 531colin
3 Apr 2018, 6:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is it possible to shorten a bicycle frame?
Replies: 109
Views: 6748

Re: Is it possible to shorten a bicycle frame?

Hi, Yes perspective corrupts the image. We don't walk or run in this fashion so I put it that, when the foot is done like in walking and running the toe is pointing somewhat at end of stroke. It goes heel to toe, heel to toe, why would not cycling follow the same rule, you would not walk or run and...
by 531colin
2 Apr 2018, 1:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How's my posture?
Replies: 18
Views: 1674

Re: How's my posture?

The bike in my picture is a prototype, in the production model the wheelbase in that size is 1047..... I don't remember changing it.... :? For saddle height, I have a bad case of the princess and pea delusion, in that I'm driven to alter my saddle height about 3mm for different shoes. Pointless exer...