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by 0xymoron
10 May 2020, 10:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stronglight crankset removal
Replies: 26
Views: 581

Re: Stronglight crankset removal

thatsnotmyname wrote:It’s a self extracting crank. Leave the collars in and just unwind the hex bolt and the arm will come off..


Thanks for the reply. can you just confirm for me that the non-drive side hex bolt should unwind counter-clockwise? Thanks
by 0xymoron
10 May 2020, 10:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stronglight crankset removal
Replies: 26
Views: 581

Re: Stronglight crankset removal

Hi Brucey, thanks for the quick reply. I'm sure this is a stupid question, but I want to be absolutely clear before committing. On the drive side, which is missing the collar, I should (1) remove the centre (M8) bolt, and then (2) use the crank puller (the crank puller I have won't fit with the bolt...
by 0xymoron
10 May 2020, 9:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stronglight crankset removal
Replies: 26
Views: 581

Stronglight crankset removal

I want to resurrect my old Pompino single-speeder as hack bike. It has a nice, if a bit battered, Stronglight Track 2000 crankset, which I need to remove to replace the BB cartridge. I don't want to mangle the crankset in removing it if I can avoid it (about £90 for a replacement, apparently), so I ...
by 0xymoron
29 Mar 2019, 6:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 119
Views: 20048

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

Since you seem convinced that Mr Jones has legally-enforceable proprietary rights over this design of handlebar etc. etc. Given that comment you haven't actually understood what I have written. And you haven't addressed the point I made, since you seem willing to accuse Planet-X of being unscrupulo...
by 0xymoron
29 Mar 2019, 1:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alternative to Jones H bar ?
Replies: 119
Views: 20048

Re: Alternative to Jones H bar ?

Ultimately there's an important issue at stake here, which is how much protection is given to those who innovate, which is becoming more sharply defined as a result of the vast manufacturing capability of China and the weakness of Intellectual Property laws in China, with the result that unscrupulo...
by 0xymoron
18 Jul 2018, 8:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Calculating SS set up
Replies: 16
Views: 591

Re: Calculating SS set up

Just read your latest post. Do you want single speed or fixie? A conversion SS is eminently doable; a fixie is nigh on impossible, I would have thought - the golden or magic ratio to get a fixie to work on vertical dropouts is very hard to find, you just can't size a chain that accurately.
by 0xymoron
18 Jul 2018, 8:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Calculating SS set up
Replies: 16
Views: 591

Re: Calculating SS set up

What Bez sez. I've done lots of these conversions, and your chances of getting away without a chain tensioner (i.e. hitting the "magic" length) are small. You might just get away with it for one particular gear ratio, but of course that may not be the gear you want. I go through these foll...
by 0xymoron
23 Jun 2018, 8:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stem Raiser
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: Stem Raiser

Due to a stiff neck I've used them for years (various makes, including cheap Chinese copies ex EBay) and never had a problem.

do they ever come loose?


Surely there's no reason why they are any more likely to come loose than a stem?
by 0xymoron
30 Apr 2018, 1:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Short combat shorts!
Replies: 27
Views: 1114

Re: Short combat shorts!

A search on ebay for "mens cargo shorts" returns more than 25000 hits. I'd be surprised if you couldn't find the combination of style / fit / length / material / colour / price you want somewhere in that lot. For example: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mens-Summer-Elasticated-Plain-Shorts-Cott...
by 0xymoron
10 Apr 2018, 9:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What cassette would you match with a 48T single crankset?
Replies: 17
Views: 1332

Re: What cassette would you match with a 48T single crankset?

48T does sound a bit big for a single crankset for general use - I usually ride a 42 or 44T with an 8 speed cassette, and I'm reasonably fit. Replacing the chainring at first will probably give you a bigger effect than replacing the cassette - you might want to start with a 42T or even a 40T. If you...
by 0xymoron
20 Mar 2018, 1:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Self driving car kills pedestrian.
Replies: 140
Views: 11191

Re: Self driving car kills pedestrian.

But . . . but . . . but . . .

How many thousands (hundreds of thousands?) of miles of testing have driverless cars done on public roads to date, and how many pedestrians (and cyclists) would have died if those miles had been travelled under human, rather than computer, control?
by 0xymoron
16 Mar 2018, 6:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: journey tracking app for winphone?
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: journey tracking app for winphone?

When I had a Windows phone (I changed to android about a year ago) I tried out lots of gps programs, some good, some not so much. If you want live tracking I preferred Endomondo (I found it much more reliable than MapMyRide, for example). There was (still is?) no native app for Strava, but just befo...
by 0xymoron
11 Mar 2018, 8:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Relieving turbo tedium
Replies: 35
Views: 2479

Re: Relieving turbo tedium

Not sure how buying an mp3 player is a faff Buying an MP3 player isn't a faff (uneccessary, though, if you've already got a computer, tablet or smartphone and a few pounds a month to pay for a subscription). Ripping a CD to compressed MP3 takes a few minutes and transferring to a player maybe 30 se...
by 0xymoron
11 Mar 2018, 8:30am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Relieving turbo tedium
Replies: 35
Views: 2479

Re: Relieving turbo tedium

I presume the commentator is being ironic. Otherwise I fail to understand how a computer, tablet or smartphone are easier than a a basic MP3 player, when having a workout? I didn't say that a tablet, smartphone etc. was easier to use than an MP3 player - go back and read what I said. Hint: a smartp...
by 0xymoron
10 Mar 2018, 11:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Relieving turbo tedium
Replies: 35
Views: 2479

Re: Relieving turbo tedium

MP3 players are soooo nineties. Why bother to faff about buying an mp3 player, ripping cds, downloading mp3 tracks etc. when, if you have a computer or a tablet or a smartphone (or even an app on your modern, smart telly), you can access all of the world's music for a few pounds a month via a stream...