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by songsforpolarbears
18 Oct 2013, 1:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DIARY: 2005 Kona Smoke, by a B-road/cycle track cyclist
Replies: 17
Views: 3825

Re: DIARY: 2005 Kona Smoke, by a B-road/cycle track cyclist

Thanks everyone! I have changed the bottom bracket (there was so much play in it). In was stuck fast, but got there in the end. I have also replaced the chain. When I am riding, if I put any force on the pedals, i feel things 'slipping'. I can't for example, get out of the saddle and really go for i...
by songsforpolarbears
6 Oct 2013, 6:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DIARY: 2005 Kona Smoke, by a B-road/cycle track cyclist
Replies: 17
Views: 3825

Re: DIARY: 2005 Kona Smoke, by a B-road/cycle track cyclist

Hello everyone, I was hoping for some advice... I think this bicycle needs a new chain wheel, chain, cassette and also bottom bracket. I purchased the bike for £220 in 2006. The two wheels are new (a year old): the rear one I have made myself :) and the front one has a dynamo hub. I thought it may b...
by songsforpolarbears
16 Sep 2012, 11:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First Wheel Building Experience
Replies: 84
Views: 179849

Re: First Wheel Building Experience

my wheel is true laterally and radially. The wheel dish is out my 1mm. That's close enough, right? 105kgf NDS 150kgf DS ^ I wasn't aiming for any particular tension. It just kind of ended up that way. I did not experience any spoke torsion (although I have experienced it in the past while truing old...
by songsforpolarbears
16 Sep 2012, 2:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First Wheel Building Experience
Replies: 84
Views: 179849

Re: First Wheel Building Experience

I think that your keyspoke is fine where you have it, just to the left of the valve hole. I panicked because my keyspoke was not in the same place as Sheldon's! Anyway, all sorted now. I have inserted all the spokes, and I have the wheel in the truing stand. I was wondering: what tension should my ...
by songsforpolarbears
11 Sep 2012, 9:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First Wheel Building Experience
Replies: 84
Views: 179849

Re: First Wheel Building Experience

They are trailing spokes. I think I have messed up, the key spoke should be the second hole to the right of the valve (because the hole just to the right of the valve hole is offset left, so I think should go to the left side of the hub. I haven't came across the term 'pushing' spokes. Just 'leading...
by songsforpolarbears
11 Sep 2012, 4:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First Wheel Building Experience
Replies: 84
Views: 179849

Re: First Wheel Building Experience

My first wheel building experience. I just wanted to make sure I had things correct so far. Thank you very much.

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by songsforpolarbears
28 Aug 2012, 11:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What are the best winter tyres in 25 size?
Replies: 73
Views: 3376

Re: What are the best winter tyres in 25 size?

About this time of year the 26" 28mm gatorskins have to come off because they dont grip on fallen leaves and other slippy slimy stuff. The Panaracer Paselas in 1.25" or more so (due to different deeper tread) 1.5" fare better. I had a fall about 4 weeks ago on a cycle path chicane us...
by songsforpolarbears
28 Aug 2012, 11:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What are the best winter tyres in 25 size?
Replies: 73
Views: 3376

Re: What are the best winter tyres in 25 size?

I was using the search function when I found this. I run 26x1.1 Gatorskins and I find them poor for grip in the wet. So, as we head into Autumn, I thought I'd look for recommendations for winter tyres. Not so much snow, more very wet weather (Cumbria, here!), bit of frost, LOTS of puncture protectio...
by songsforpolarbears
26 Aug 2012, 7:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: carlisle circular route
Replies: 8
Views: 5749

Re: carlisle circular route

hexhome wrote:What about getting off at Haltwhistle and cycling to Carlisle along the N72 Hadrians Way?


Great idea. I second this.
by songsforpolarbears
20 Aug 2012, 5:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are these tyres ruined/ready for bin?
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: Are these tyres ruined/ready for bin?

Thanks everyone. I have booted the first tyre (using the 2nd). Yeh, that groove runs right round. Part of the tyre/design feature. Like I said, I picked the 2nd one out of a bin. Wondered what that vertical mark was. yeh, maybe a zip tie. I cut a long strip off the 2nd tyre so I have material to boo...
by songsforpolarbears
19 Aug 2012, 1:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are these tyres ruined/ready for bin?
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Are these tyres ruined/ready for bin?

Are these tyres ready for the bin? I noticed this one while changing an inner tube after a puncture today. Is this simply wear & tear? I thought it might be because I'm blowing up with too much pressure, but probably not because I only go one pump over the highest recommended, and I'm sure that ...
by songsforpolarbears
19 Aug 2012, 1:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loctite?
Replies: 42
Views: 2496

Re: Loctite?

Brucey wrote:there are a few bolts on bicycles that might benefit from loctite; follow the manufacturer's advice on this one and you won't go too far wrong.




Which bolts do they tend to be? crank bolts?
by songsforpolarbears
12 Aug 2012, 7:01pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: BMX
Replies: 4
Views: 833

Re: BMX

I enjoyed it too.

I found a quick start to be very important. Maybe that is part of the reason.
by songsforpolarbears
12 Aug 2012, 3:06pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Olympic mountain bikers. clipped in?
Replies: 3
Views: 850

Re: Olympic mountain bikers. clipped in?

drossall wrote:Most designs allow you to adjust tension to get your preferred balance betweeh retaining your foot and not being able to get it free when you need to.


That will be what the allen key head is for on my pedals. Brill! Thanks! :D
by songsforpolarbears
12 Aug 2012, 3:01pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Olympic mountain bikers. clipped in?
Replies: 3
Views: 850

Re: Olympic mountain bikers. clipped in?

Thanks.

The commentators still haven't noticed the missing saddle on the italian