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by Pneumant
31 Dec 2020, 4:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What's good about winter cycling
Replies: 60
Views: 2043

Re: What's good about winter cycling

Ice Tyres! I adapted a pair of old MTB tyres with tiny self-tappers a couple of yrs ago for just such conditions. Cycling on the iced up roads produces a strange feeling of invulnerability, actually best fun I've had on a bike for ages and I found myself searching out ever more treacherous ice flows...
by Pneumant
30 Dec 2020, 7:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reuse vape bottles make perfect oil dispensers
Replies: 30
Views: 2002

Re: Reuse vape bottles make perfect oil dispensers

Can I ask which product you put in your new found bottle? I'm not brand loyal at all and have found most dry lubes to be pretty average at best so prefer a wet lube or even just 'oil'. My mother tells me that when desperate in the early fifties she even used cooking oil. I tend to use mineral 80w G...
by Pneumant
30 Dec 2020, 7:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mysterious hole
Replies: 15
Views: 764

Re: Mysterious hole

Thanks for your advice chaps, all quite correct. What was I thinking! My original hope was coloured by the thought I've done some work on this bike, will try not to waste it... In fact, the last thing I did with the bike was to wire brush a bit of "surface rust" off, which is when the hol...
by Pneumant
29 Dec 2020, 8:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reuse vape bottles make perfect oil dispensers
Replies: 30
Views: 2002

Re: Reuse vape bottles make perfect oil dispensers

This nozzle is a simple insert into the bottle and can be pulled off without problem. Fill using an oil can and the result is an ever so handy oiler which is small enough to carry on the bike yet so good that it is what I use to lube the bike at home & also for household tasks such as door hing...
by Pneumant
29 Dec 2020, 7:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mysterious hole
Replies: 15
Views: 764

Re: Mysterious hole

Doing up another bike for a key worker. It is a passable Giant, old but little used - looks all original, lots of dust, minimal corrosion or perishing. However, the forks have a mysterious hole, whick looks as though it is corroded through the fork blade wall. The forks otherwise look pretty corros...
by Pneumant
23 Dec 2020, 7:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Use a soy sauce bottle as an oil dripper?
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: Use a soy sauce bottle as an oil dripper?

I find used Vape fluid bottles to be perfect, see thread below from 2016 which morphed into a different discussion entirely :roll:
I still use these little bottles and heartily recommend their alternative use :lol:
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=109246&hilit=vape+bottle
by Pneumant
21 Dec 2020, 4:17pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Back pain on one side
Replies: 13
Views: 531

Re: Back pain on one side

Hi I’ve been getting mid/lower back pain during/after riding lately, but just on one side of my back. It’s in the muscle just next to my spine, possibly the erector spinae. I’m not sure if I should get a bike fit, see a physio or someone else. My concern with getting a bike fit is that they’ll just...
by Pneumant
14 Dec 2020, 4:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Book Recommendations for Christmas Presents
Replies: 9
Views: 672

Re: Book Recommendations for Christmas Presents

'The Year' by Dave Barter, Vertebrate Publishing, 2015. ISBN 978-1-910240-43-4 A fascinating look at the endurance cyclists who were brave enough to challenge the year cycling mileage record including, of course, the great Tommy Godwin. Dave Barter is a very good writer and this is one of those book...
by Pneumant
10 Dec 2020, 8:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why does nobody want paper maps anymore?
Replies: 106
Views: 3190

Re: Why does nobody want paper maps anymore?

Jdsk wrote:"Copying maps costs AA £20m. 'Fingerprints' in Ordnance Survey sources used as proof":
https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2001/mar/06/andrewclark

Jonathan

Thanks for the link - very interesting!
by Pneumant
10 Dec 2020, 7:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why does nobody want paper maps anymore?
Replies: 106
Views: 3190

Re: Why does nobody want paper maps anymore?

I think OS mapping is amongst the worlds best, especially the OS Paper maps. I have a couple of hundred and several copies of the ones in heavy usage. I also like the physical size of paper maps which, for me, definitely aid route planning decisions both on foot and awheel. Looking at the map after ...
by Pneumant
27 Nov 2020, 7:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC B1 Chain joining link
Replies: 8
Views: 277

Re: KMC B1 Chain joining link

These B1 / S1 links are robust enough to survive the forces and strains of a fixed drive train 8) A good design and reliable enough to withstand the reuse experience. Having said that I do retire them as 'spares' when the chain is worn out. I do find them easy to spot on the chain as the outer plate...
by Pneumant
15 Nov 2020, 6:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Repair a "sealed" bottom bracket
Replies: 21
Views: 904

Re: Repair a "sealed" bottom bracket

I agree about some maintenance greasing but it's such a faf to get the seals out - certainly not practical while installed. Unlike a Sram Red I have on another bike where regreasing is a 15 min job. Just when i thought I'd given up on it - you're tempting me to rebuild. I think it's going to be a s...
by Pneumant
14 Nov 2020, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear instead of derailleur?
Replies: 61
Views: 2323

Re: Hub gear instead of derailleur?

... A half link would do the job but would a chainring with two teeth less be the equivalent of adding a half link? yes, a change of 2T on sprocket or chainring has the same effect on workable chain length as a half-link. cheers Thanks for confirming :D Brucey you were spot on 8) Found in my spares...
by Pneumant
10 Nov 2020, 7:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear instead of derailleur?
Replies: 61
Views: 2323

Re: Hub gear instead of derailleur?

Brucey wrote:
Pneumant wrote:... A half link would do the job but would a chainring with two teeth less be the equivalent of adding a half link?


yes, a change of 2T on sprocket or chainring has the same effect on workable chain length as a half-link.

cheers


Thanks for confirming :D
by Pneumant
9 Nov 2020, 6:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear instead of derailleur?
Replies: 61
Views: 2323

Re: Hub gear instead of derailleur?

Half links are readily available as some bmx chains are that style. FWIW I have added half links (from a BMX half-link chain) to a standard 1/8" chain on several occasions. So I'm not sure how it went wrong exactly but it is usually possible to do this.cheers Many thanks, adding an extra two s...