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by Pneumant
7 Sep 2019, 6:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: . . . history of a falcon team cycle rider named Hutchinson
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: . . . history of a falcon team cycle rider named Hutchinson

Hi Does anyone know the history of a falcon team cycle rider named hutchinson? Guess late 80s ? Colin According to the internet the team was called 'Falcon - Hutchinson' in 1986. No rider of that name though. I need to consult my 1980's 'Winning' magazines (in the attic) to be absolutely certain th...
by Pneumant
6 Sep 2019, 7:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quill stem to A head adapter frozen in steerer
Replies: 23
Views: 1363

Re: Quill stem to A head adapter frozen in steerer

Hi All, The quill stem to A head adapter is frozen in the steerer. This video goes through all the stages (degreaser, vinegar, tapping with hammer, and finally sawing out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GRbdnTRH-4 I've so far done only the beginning stage, i.e. taped the top of the adapter, put t...
by Pneumant
4 Sep 2019, 7:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Terry clip oil port cover
Replies: 2
Views: 281

Re: Terry clip oil port cover

I have always had this mod on my commuter hack bikes to save on maintenance. Drill a small hole (circa 1.5mm) in the centre of the hub, inject inexpensive free flowing grease using an Oregon chainsaw guide bar grease gun or similiar. Cover hole in hub with a wide enough zip tie, slide it to one side...
by Pneumant
4 Sep 2019, 7:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Workstand
Replies: 23
Views: 1194

Re: Workstand

The Halfords stand is similiar the Lidl / Aldi offerings and these are definitely ocassional use only. They are not that stable when biked up and also let down by a poor clamp design which is annoyingly fiddly to tighten. Also the clamp's protective inserts fall off easily, usually whilst attempting...
by Pneumant
5 Aug 2019, 8:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)
Replies: 62
Views: 3235

Re: Touring on Canal Towpaths (UK)

Hi all, I'd like to do a touring holidays exclusively on the canal towpaths. Is there a map of all the canals that have towpaths that are passable on bikes? Also I'd like it to be a camping holiday, so is there such a thing as a campsites guide book for all the campsites that are near the canals? T...
by Pneumant
17 Dec 2018, 7:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton saddle height adjustment tube
Replies: 6
Views: 739

Re: Brompton saddle height adjustment tube

Might be for the best to fit a new shim. Part detailed below, solitary review of this part recommends an 'alternative' to the factory adhesive, Brompton also recommend reaming of the seat-tube by a dealer prior to fitting. The review says that this was not necessary. https://brilliantbikes.co.uk/bro...
by Pneumant
15 Dec 2018, 6:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton saddle height adjustment tube
Replies: 6
Views: 739

Re: Brompton saddle height adjustment tube

What you have actually removed is the brompton seatpost shim, this is bonded into the frame and your seatpost won't stay in position without it! You will need to bond this essential part back in place. Don't even think of clamping up the seatpost without this part fitted!! The height insert can only...
by Pneumant
30 Nov 2018, 4:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: N+1: Opportunity of a Lifetime
Replies: 72
Views: 2292

Re: N+1: Opportunity of a Lifetime

Hope roubaix does not mind the thread drift, maybe it could be split off I'm very chilled - nothing could break my Zen given that I'm off to order my new bike tomorrow :D But perhaps if people genuinely want to discuss the history of electronic shifting, they might enjoy it on their own thread? I'l...
by Pneumant
20 Nov 2018, 8:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Your Favourite Saddle
Replies: 60
Views: 2740

Re: Your Favourite Saddle

These fine saddles are fitted to my various bikes. A good mix of comfortable anatomic 80's/90's goodness! San Marco Rolls - good supportive saddle, rails can sag/fail with age. Selle Italia Turbo - as above, perhaps not quite as comfortable, better made than the Rolls. Selle Italia Oktavia - very co...
by Pneumant
5 Sep 2018, 8:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton Gears Relative (In)Efficiency
Replies: 9
Views: 570

Re: Brompton Gears Relative (In)Efficiency

Broms go best with the tyres pumped up hard (Marathon's 75+psi) and held in 2nd (direct) gear where you can. Reducing the hub sprocket by a couple of teeth also helps customise the direct gear to suit your riding style / terrain. Compared to regular bikes Broms are more effort to ride and definitely...
by Pneumant
28 Jul 2018, 8:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shropshire union canal.
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: Shropshire union canal.

+1 Waverton to Chester is fine, I used to car/cycle commute this whilst temporarily working in Chester 3-years ago. I parked up in Waverton and enjoyed the easy 3-mile ride along the towpath, it is narrow in places, the surface being variable ( a bit slippy in the wet if you venture onto the flags c...
by Pneumant
21 Jul 2018, 7:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Elliptical chainring.... suppliers
Replies: 14
Views: 820

Re: Elliptical chainring.... suppliers

I have a 38T 110BCD alloy ring, not biopace but the Sugino equivalent (I think) so orientated differently. Back in 1988 when I had a bike with these rings I found myself freewheeling at any given opportunity, I also found it hard to maintain an even cadence. The chain 'bob' caused by the rings also ...
by Pneumant
3 Jun 2018, 8:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Painting with Hammerite smooth paint
Replies: 10
Views: 2133

Re: Painting with Hammerite smooth paint

I would not bother as Hammerite type paint is expensive and takes an absolute age to cure. It appears to be dry but remains very soft until cured. The results of this thick paint are hit and miss in my experience and you will be forever touching up as it likes to 'chip' when eventually cured! A much...
by Pneumant
3 Jun 2018, 8:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle knowledge
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: Saddle knowledge

I have a real affection for these 1980's saddles. Good full design, comfortable and easy to move around on. I have Rolls & Turbo saddles fitted to four of my fleet. As mentioned the Rolls has weak saddle rails which can bend or break (I have experienced both). Rolls saddles used to be good value...
by Pneumant
20 Mar 2018, 7:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheap as chains? Or too cheap?
Replies: 27
Views: 2262

Re: Cheap as chains? Or too cheap?

Good old Wilko. I actually popped in for a packet of Jakemans Peppermint Mints & a can of pop last Thursday & came across these hidden bargains following my usual perusal of the bike stuff. Too good to pass over so I purchased four of the 1-3 speed chains priced at 50p each :shock: . They ar...