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by cyclistjohn
26 Jul 2009, 10:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl "mini pump"
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Re: Lidl "mini pump"

As far as I can remember John in the "olden days" all the shrader valves all had screw on pump connecters as it was unscewed the valve stem became uncompressed sic before the seal was broken . to cut a long and rambling answer just unscrew quickly should be no problem Gaz Strangely Gazzer...
by cyclistjohn
23 Jul 2009, 2:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl "mini pump"
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Re: Lidl "mini pump"

Thanks James. I bought 1 for me & another for my sister, & I'm in Lidl now returning 1. I'll keep the other just to see what I can do with it since as you point out, not too dear:-)

I've seen higher priced similar in Germany, so maybe Lidl never tried them except on Prestas

john
by cyclistjohn
23 Jul 2009, 12:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl "mini pump"
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Lidl "mini pump"

Anybody know how to keep the air in the tube, whilst unscrewing the Schraeder hose connector? All previous pumps I've seen for Schraeder valves *push* on to the valve, & thus quickly detach via pulling the hose off. The pump seems to inflate ok, but I can't see how to avoid almost instant deflat...
by cyclistjohn
13 Jul 2009, 9:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trekking Bars
Replies: 9
Views: 1668

Re: Trekking Bars

CREPELLO wrote:........ Just make sure you buy high quality bars if your going to be doing touring - I got through three pairs of Humpert bars before I realised they weren't up to the job for me.


Wow, what happened to the 3 pairs - all the same problem?

John
by cyclistjohn
8 Jul 2009, 9:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Brake / Drum Brake - Any maintenance required?
Replies: 13
Views: 2036

Re: Hub Brake / Drum Brake - Any maintenance required?

I've no experience of coaster brakes, so I'll have to look into those! no cable to snap/replace/adjust :mrgreen: Also sounds good :) I looked them up in my 3rd edition "Bicycling Science" - "These brakes operate in oil & are entirely unaffected by weather conditions" - unusu...
by cyclistjohn
8 Jul 2009, 9:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Brake / Drum Brake - Any maintenance required?
Replies: 13
Views: 2036

Re: Hub Brake / Drum Brake - Any maintenance required?

Drum brakes tend to squeal when they accumulate an internal layer of dust fro wear to the brake pads. The squealing gets louder in damp weather. Strip it, clean the inside of the drum with a wire brush, check the pad thickness and put it back together. Personally I'd wear a dust mask, you don't kno...
by cyclistjohn
7 Jul 2009, 5:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Brake / Drum Brake - Any maintenance required?
Replies: 13
Views: 2036

Re: Hub Brake / Drum Brake - Any maintenance required?

oh, i'm not precious about cleaning bikes, but i really, really don't like the grinding paste that smears itself all over the rim and tyre. i'm also a fan of discs and coasters as well as drums 8) Apparently it's possible to hire a tool to do some sort of profiling on the brake material (not asbest...
by cyclistjohn
6 Jul 2009, 9:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Brake / Drum Brake - Any maintenance required?
Replies: 13
Views: 2036

Re: Hub Brake / Drum Brake - Any maintenance required?

................ I'm loath to take it apart if it doesn't need doing - as I have a history of taking bike things apart and not being able to get them back together, and we use the trike as part of the school run. Well, they do seem fairly simple, so you could take photo's with a digicam as you take...
by cyclistjohn
6 Jul 2009, 9:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Brake / Drum Brake - Any maintenance required?
Replies: 13
Views: 2036

Re: Hub Brake / Drum Brake - Any maintenance required?

Bear in mind there's a much greater "pad" surface area than rim brakes that may be so, but they're retarding the wheel's desire to turn (being pushed by c.100kgs of moving mass) with a lot, lot less leverage.. like 35mm instead of 300mm. it's similar to removing a wheel nut with just your...
by cyclistjohn
6 Jul 2009, 9:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Brake / Drum Brake - Any maintenance required?
Replies: 13
Views: 2036

Re: Hub Brake / Drum Brake - Any maintenance required?

I have front & rear hub brakes on 1 of my bikes & haven't needed any maintenance in over 1500 miles. Bear in mind there's a much greater "pad" surface area than rim brakes & unlike rim brakes, are relatively clean & dry, being in a nice environment :-) See if this post help...
by cyclistjohn
15 May 2009, 7:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Paltform Pedal
Replies: 12
Views: 777

Re: Best Paltform Pedal

............... Any thoughts, other suggestions? Thanks, Kevin These arrived yesterday, bigger than I expected, with nice smooth bearings, & come complete with reflectors. http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/?fn=product&productId=1454 They get good reviews on MTBR, so I'll see how they fare in wi...
by cyclistjohn
14 May 2009, 9:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bike safety thinking of getting a bike
Replies: 16
Views: 751

Re: bike safety thinking of getting a bike

The CycleCraft book is good for beginners, it assumes no knowledge at the beginning. Agreed on both points re' the book. What is does assume however IMHO, is a high level of fitness. Some of his techniques aren't feasible for a slow rider, or an averagely maintained bike. One of the great advantage...
by cyclistjohn
13 May 2009, 6:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike trailer for a bike??
Replies: 10
Views: 811

Re: Bike trailer for a bike??

essexman wrote:...........
The other is a US product that has a kind of telescopic tow bar that comes out of rack mounted thingy and connects to a reciever. Cant remember what its called. It was particularly designed for both adult and child bikes


Was this it?

http://www.x2cycle.com/

John
by cyclistjohn
11 May 2009, 10:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...why "comfort" saddles are so uncomfortable?
Replies: 18
Views: 988

Re: ...why "comfort" saddles are so uncomfortable?

You could try this one, made in your part of the UK:

http://mantasaddle.biz/

John
by cyclistjohn
6 May 2009, 12:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Small wheelers
Replies: 37
Views: 3366

Re: Small wheelers

Well I have had the bike since Friday and had a few short rides on it, some shorter than intended due to issues with blowing tubes (the original Cheng Shins were hopeless when pumped up to pressure as indicated on the Primo Comet sidewalls, blowing out next to where the valve is welded in, one over...