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by john.will.wright
10 Aug 2011, 6:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken rear mech
Replies: 16
Views: 1624

Re: Broken rear mech

Well, what I thought was exactly the right part turned out to be the wrong part. Only one of the holes in the side plate was threaded on the replacement so I can only attach it to one of the jockey wheels. Let's hope we can get this sorted.
by john.will.wright
8 Aug 2011, 7:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drivetrain Wear - Thoughts
Replies: 10
Views: 1118

Re: Drivetrain Wear - Thoughts

If you're thinking of replacing everything then you might as well ride it until it is no longer usable. If it's not skipping you might as well just keep going, you won't go any faster with a new chain!
by john.will.wright
8 Aug 2011, 1:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken rear mech
Replies: 16
Views: 1624

Re: Broken rear mech

I phoned up Mercian today and they called me back within twenty minutes with exactly the right part, great service.

Thanks for everyone's help
by john.will.wright
6 Aug 2011, 6:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Preston to Manchester
Replies: 11
Views: 1316

Re: Preston to Manchester

In the end I went a more Easterly way through Abbey Village and Belmont, very nice over there and reasonably hilly too. The only nasty bit really was getting from Eccles (M50 1RE) to just North of Bolton, Bromley cross area. I went West through Worsley and Walkden then up through Bolton after quickl...
by john.will.wright
6 Aug 2011, 5:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: The end of Brooks saddles
Replies: 19
Views: 2430

Re: The end of Brooks saddles

It wouldn't surprise me if they did go under, if any of you have seen the videos of the factory you'll see why. Machines do a good job of most tasks, sometimes even better than humans. Bunch of luddites that could get it all done at half the price with similar if not better quality.
by john.will.wright
6 Aug 2011, 5:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken spokes
Replies: 65
Views: 5383

Re: Broken spokes

Well that's the last time I trust Stuart Maconie, he said it as the start of one of his books. I wouldn't recommend any of them, very very dull. The only time that I didn't want to put it down was when I was in the middle of a sentence. Rubbish.
by john.will.wright
6 Aug 2011, 5:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cycling in ireland
Replies: 15
Views: 1544

Re: cycling in ireland

We have a treaty for free passage between UK and Ireland, but the ferry or aeroplane operator may have their own policies. If you're struggling it may be easier to go to Northern Ireland (same country) then go across, but I think the ferry will be fine without any identification at all. Why not phon...
by john.will.wright
6 Aug 2011, 5:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken rear mech
Replies: 16
Views: 1624

Re: Broken rear mech

Just missed them, they closed 10 minutes ago! I'll phone them on Monday when they open up again, Meanwhile I'll try to get it welded, it seems like a pretty good idea to me.
by john.will.wright
6 Aug 2011, 4:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken rear mech
Replies: 16
Views: 1624

Re: Broken rear mech

I get it as 45mm between the centre point of the bolts holding the side plates, at least it converts to almost exactly that and I assume it'll be metric - my calipers are from before the days of French units of measurement! If anyone has anything they think might fit it would be highly appreciated, ...
by john.will.wright
6 Aug 2011, 12:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken spokes
Replies: 65
Views: 5383

Re: Broken spokes

Maybe it's something to do with moving from the greatest county in the country (Lancashire) to the wettest?
by john.will.wright
5 Aug 2011, 11:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken rear mech
Replies: 16
Views: 1624

Re: Broken rear mech

Even if I can't get any spare parts, do you know any suitable, new(-ish) replacements?
by john.will.wright
5 Aug 2011, 8:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken rear mech
Replies: 16
Views: 1624

Broken rear mech

The metal strip on one side of the jockey wheels has snapped, conveniently around 20 miles away from home on a long ride! Anyway, there's a couple of pictures below - does anyone know of a way of fixing this? It's campag gran sport so it'd be a pity to have to bin it after this long, but if I do can...
by john.will.wright
1 Aug 2011, 9:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old wheels what do you do with them
Replies: 19
Views: 1127

Re: Old wheels what do you do with them

How about a bit of cloth along one side of the spokes to create a dome and hey presto, world's largest frisbee!
by john.will.wright
1 Aug 2011, 9:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Preston to Manchester
Replies: 11
Views: 1316

Preston to Manchester

Hi, I'm starting a new job in Manchester and was planning on (occasionally) getting the train with a folding bike most of the time, however once a week or so I'd like to cycle all the way on my proper bike. Does anyone know any nice routes? More precisely it's from Woodplumpton, just north of Presto...
by john.will.wright
29 Jul 2011, 11:55am
Forum: On the road
Topic: When I were a lad...
Replies: 62
Views: 4742

Re: When I were a lad...

I don't know why you're speaking in the past tense, I thought brakes with utterly useless little levers to use them whilst not on the drops were standard. Mine still rest on the rims on one side too!