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by Abu Milhem
3 Mar 2019, 7:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where is the best place to buy bike tools?
Replies: 40
Views: 4130

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

Another shout for Webbline here. Spend good money on cone spanners and make sure they are properly hardened. My favourites are Park Tools. A good quality cable and housing cutter is also essential. I have found the following very useful in no particular order of importance: 4th hand brake tool (to t...
by Abu Milhem
3 Mar 2019, 6:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dishing/centring/alignment tools for building wheels – recommendations?
Replies: 72
Views: 4165

Re: Dishing/centring/alignment tools for building wheels – recommendations?

I used to have a Minoura cheapie that was perfectly serviceable but I lost that and did without. Recently I felt I wanted an upgrade from the wobbly but acceptable Minoura truing stand that I have also used for about 30 years so I settled on a sturdy but crude model by Alf Webb and treated myself to...
by Abu Milhem
21 Nov 2018, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are bikes as good as they were?
Replies: 77
Views: 3485

Re: Are bikes as good as they were?

I don't know. I have not bought a 'bike' since 1995. Since then I have only bought frames and my choice for components ends at at about 1995 with the beginning of the end of Suntour as manufactured by Maeda Industries. I only use old new stock. I am quite at home with old fashioned headsets in steel...
by Abu Milhem
21 Nov 2018, 9:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dooring - Have You Experienced It?
Replies: 30
Views: 2034

Re: Dooring - Have You Experienced It?

Yes. 24 years ago in October. Cycling up Caledonian road London N1. I was doored by a driver who'd parked on the left. Fortunately I was not going fast as it was uphill. I went to hospital by ambulance (their choice) with a flesh wound and lost some blood. Damaged bicycle (slight) and torn shirt but...
by Abu Milhem
11 Sep 2018, 2:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chris Juden's talk at the 2017 York Rally
Replies: 88
Views: 4471

Re: Chris Juden's talk at the 2017 York Rally

It is worth noting that the pairing that most tourists have used (more than any other over the last ~20 years) of 9s 'road' STIs with a 9s MTB cassette is one that Shimano never actually endorsed; there is a small difference in the cable pulls of 'road' and 'MTB' 9s shifters so that in principle th...
by Abu Milhem
11 Sep 2018, 1:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycle to cycle communication
Replies: 21
Views: 942

Re: Cycle to cycle communication

My husband and I (in our 70s) have just have bought electric bikes and are getting out far more (and going further) and have realised we could do with a bike to bike communication system. Everything online seems to be produced abroad, costs an arm and a leg and even more in custom duties. There is ...
by Abu Milhem
23 Jan 2018, 8:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lycra Lout Surprise
Replies: 42
Views: 5035

Re: Lycra Lout Surprise

To supply some balance: after I was attacked in the street last year, I was grateful that the police quickly identified the culprits, gathered evidence and took them to court. Some balance on the topic you raise. I was attacked in the street in central London about 10 years ago and apart from the p...
by Abu Milhem
28 Nov 2017, 10:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: NO LYCRA PLEASE
Replies: 40
Views: 4512

Re: NO LYCRA PLEASE

I have been wearing Lycra ever since it became commercially available to joe public. It is comfortable & fit for purpose when it comes to cycling along with a few other activities/sports, no problem there. I have found it unsuitable to walk around in lycra whilst shopping or visiting a café. Ju...
by Abu Milhem
11 Sep 2017, 9:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The nights are drawing in, bike lights
Replies: 97
Views: 4658

Re: The nights are drawing in, bike lights

I have run hub dynamo lights for 25-30 years on 4 bikes, a trike and two tandems and none of the systems I have used has lasted less than 5-6 years and many far longer than that. A SON hub dynamo from 1999 is still going strong. That is why I have invested in 2 more. The lights being far lighter tha...
by Abu Milhem
16 Aug 2017, 6:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: My first year of Commuting
Replies: 24
Views: 6284

Re: My first year of Commuting

Well done! I'm approaching my 35th year of cycle commuting in the centre of London. The ride to work is the best part of my day. I find I enjoy it more than the ride home. Even though I have a free pass for TfL services I barely use it, the bike is always quicker and more pleasant. As my ride is onl...
by Abu Milhem
14 Jun 2017, 10:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can you patch tyres?
Replies: 14
Views: 726

Re: Can you patch tyres?

You certainly can patch tyres very effectively. I do regularly for tyres up to 5-6 bar. The secret is to use Velox rim tape on the inside of the tyre. Cut a small rectangular patch, chamfer the corners; prime with patch glue and let dry. Then apply glue to the inside of the casing and proceed as wit...
by Abu Milhem
14 Jun 2017, 10:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck Seatpost
Replies: 21
Views: 3026

Re: Stuck Seatpost

I have found the most painless method (3 year stuck seatpost in a tandem frame so v. expensive and heavy) was using temperature difference. Wrap the seat tube with ice blocks or freeze pack and get frame very cold indeed. Takes a couple of days changing the packs regularly depending on the time of y...
by Abu Milhem
14 Jun 2017, 9:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Free drinking water - what are your rights?
Replies: 93
Views: 18329

Re: Free drinking water - what are your rights?

I know what you mean about a mean minded landlord. When I was the victim of an unprovoked attack by two vile young men outside a pub in London the landlady refused to let me come into the pub and sit down while waited for the ambulance. It was -3 outside and I was not on my bike because I thought it...
by Abu Milhem
28 Jan 2017, 10:24am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Something useful to mention...
Replies: 4
Views: 859

Re: Something useful to mention...

Similar. Looking at the images I took of it I see that it is a product made/ marketed by Fixtation. I just hope that it is not vandalised and that it is maintained. Having said that Liverpool St. is very well covered by CCTV and the repair stand is on the side opposite a City Police station. Long ma...