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by robgul
18 Oct 2021, 9:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: crimping tool - good buy or white elephant?
Replies: 25
Views: 695

Re: crimping tool - good buy or white elephant?

I have a crimping tool for electrical type cables and cable ends (various sorts: spade, bullet etc)

BUT for crimping ferrules on brake and gear cable ends this was worth the modest investment - perfect results every time.

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It's made by Jagwire and showing as being about £23 - was about £12 new, can't remember where though, probably an ebay seller
by robgul
15 Oct 2021, 4:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: England end to end
Replies: 3
Views: 254

Re: England end to end

Just as there is no "official" E2E (LEJOG or JOGLE) there is no official English E2E route.

I've been asked this question before on www.cycle-endtoend.org.uk - the northernmost point in England is just north of Berwick on Tweed, and the furthest point from there in England is Land's End - road distance is around 550 miles in a car, cycling recommendations are around 600 miles (that's obviously avoiding motorways)
by robgul
7 Oct 2021, 8:05am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cyclist Guide for JOGLE World record attempt
Replies: 9
Views: 489

Re: Cyclist Guide for JOGLE World record attempt

Pebble wrote: 6 Oct 2021, 11:37pm certainly have to be careful with lampposts
... and lowering the tone - toilet stops are going to be interesting :shock:
by robgul
29 Sep 2021, 1:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Stand-alone GPS
Replies: 48
Views: 1405

Re: Stand-alone GPS

Bmblbzzz wrote: 29 Sep 2021, 1:31pm When you say 1:50,000 UK, are you thinking OS mapping? AFAIK most if not all GPS devices come with pre-loaded mapping, usually zoomable, but rarely OS.
Garmin (my GPS of choice -Edge 1000) has a verson of OpenStreets which is pretty good covering the whole of Europe - I used to have 1-50,000 Ordnance Survey as a Garmin-sold add-on but some changes to the Garmin software about 2 years ago meant that you could no longer run the OS.
by robgul
27 Sep 2021, 3:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultrasonic cleaner
Replies: 27
Views: 1145

Re: Ultrasonic cleaner

tykeboy2003 wrote: 27 Sep 2021, 3:13pm I've got one, not used it for years, I just put the chain in a big jam jar with some DW40-type fluid and give it a good shake, dry it, relubricate and stick it back on.

The best lubricant is the one that comes with a new chain, once that's gone, I tend to use something like this:-

https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-m ... c1MTkxOS4w

Chain-wear is the bane of my life.
B&Q chainsaw oil works a treat - and is very cheap compared to the tiny bottles of bike lube.
by robgul
26 Sep 2021, 8:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in the 50's
Replies: 61
Views: 2690

Re: Touring in the 50's

My (few!) forays into cycle camping in the late 1950s used a rack similar to the one up-thread and two Govt surplus army "webbing packs" - on a gas-pipe bike with 4 speed Cyclo Benelux rear mech and single chainring on the front (my best mate had a "double clanger" on the front with the old style twist lever on the seat tube)

Those were the days - time marches on and my tourer is now Ti with a Ti rack and Ortliebs - but no camping :D
by robgul
25 Sep 2021, 3:12pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Return of the WIMPS
Replies: 50
Views: 2401

Re: Return of the WIMPS

Jamesh wrote: 25 Sep 2021, 7:54am Why jogle?

Unless you like headwinds!

Cheers James
That's a myth.

I actually thought JOGLE was better/easier than LEJOG - with JOGLE you start at the back end of nowhere and civilisation unrolls before you :D
by robgul
25 Sep 2021, 3:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick release wheel problem
Replies: 22
Views: 1132

Re: Quick release wheel problem

Is this a skewer with an over-centre cam lever - or a thru-axle as many ebikes have, especially if disc-braked?

A picture might help . . .
by robgul
23 Sep 2021, 7:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultrasonic cleaner
Replies: 27
Views: 1145

Re: Ultrasonic cleaner

mumbojumbo wrote: 23 Sep 2021, 5:01pm I think I missed the joke about belt drive-sorry.
No chain, just a toothed "nylon/rubber" belt so no chain lube - belts are quite popular, but only with hub geared machines
by robgul
23 Sep 2021, 8:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultrasonic cleaner
Replies: 27
Views: 1145

Re: Ultrasonic cleaner

fausto99 wrote: 22 Sep 2021, 8:51am
robgul wrote: 22 Sep 2021, 8:30am...
BUT not for chains unless you want to go through the process of immersing the cleaned chain in a bath of stiff oil and leaving it for 24 hours to get the lube back in the links. Best stuff I've found for cleaning chains is the Fenwicks foam spray...
Or, actually perfect for chains if you're going to go over to a wax based lubricant.
Not quite sure where you're coming from with that - the ultrasonic gets ALL the lube out from the rollers etc and that needs lube to stop rapid wear. It still needs work to get any sort of lube back into the innards of the chain.

. . . and I'd agree on the Park Tool (and other brands) chain cleaning gadget being useless.
by robgul
23 Sep 2021, 8:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultrasonic cleaner
Replies: 27
Views: 1145

Re: Ultrasonic cleaner

mumbojumbo wrote: 23 Sep 2021, 7:20am If I were buying a bike my focus would be riding not cleaning the thing.
Looks like "belt drive" could be your thing!
by robgul
22 Sep 2021, 8:34am
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Heart of England Audax - 11 September 2021
Replies: 2
Views: 906

Re: Heart of England Audax - 11 September 2021

Not totally sure on the final numbers, somewhere around 100 I think - we're usually well over 200*


* there were a number of other AUK events within reasonable travelling distance so the pool would have been diluted when compared to our usual May calendar date.

Watch out for 2022 - back to the May dates (at the moment!)
by robgul
22 Sep 2021, 8:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ultrasonic cleaner
Replies: 27
Views: 1145

Re: Ultrasonic cleaner

I have an ultrasonic machine - tank about as big as a domestic deep fat fryer - very good using water and about an egg-cup full of Screwfix cheapest degreaser. Cassettes, mechs, small parts etc come out of the bath like new

BUT not for chains unless you want to go through the process of immersing the cleaned chain in a bath of stiff oil and leaving it for 24 hours to get the lube back in the links. Best stuff I've found for cleaning chains is the Fenwicks foam spray
by robgul
22 Sep 2021, 8:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ti Bikes
Replies: 88
Views: 3660

Re: Ti Bikes

I've only scanned quickly through the thread and don't know if Pedal Revolution has been mentioned as big-ish Ti bike shop with a number of brands (they took over Fat Birds at Kings Lynn a while ago) - worth a look.

I have two Ti machines - a Yukon tourer and a Ventus road . . . both bought as f & f (Yukon new, Ventus 3 months old on ebay for a steal of a price) Both are excellent, built up with Shimano kit.

Having seen the PlanetX Ti frames in the flesh, at their factory, they do look like very good value for a quality product.
by robgul
7 Sep 2021, 8:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: threaded headset - binding >90 degrees turn - why ?
Replies: 5
Views: 211

Re: threaded headset - binding >90 degrees turn - why ?

If you are dismantling I would lash out and buy a new headset and get that fitted by an LBS with a proper press (the purists may suggest checking the headtube itself for the top and bottom to be parallel but that's seldom an issue that has any effect IME) to make sure the cups are pressed in evenly, fully and parallel.

New cups, new balls or even these new-fangled bearings should work.