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by mading
16 Apr 2010, 11:56pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Taiwan--Any good for cycling?
Replies: 7
Views: 679

Re: Taiwan--Any good for cycling?

I just completed my ride around Taiwan. I started and finished in Taichung (roughly halfway up the west coast) and followed the coast clockwise as closely as I could. I rode alone, on an over-weight (aluminium, yeuch!), over-geared and under-sized Giant R800 bike (which I bought new for about 80 qui...
by mading
15 Sep 2009, 11:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano dynamo hubs - anyone used both the 3N72 vs 3N80
Replies: 17
Views: 7210

Re: Shimano dynamo hubs - anyone used both the 3N72 vs 3N80

For what it's worth, I haven't used both, but I did pick up a 3N80 last year in Germany (just under 70 EUR at the time if I recall - Roseversand do mail order delivery to UK) and had it built into a Sputnik rim by Spa (who seemed very happy to do so for a little under 60 quid for rim, spokes and lab...
by mading
17 Jun 2009, 12:37pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: XT hub failure
Replies: 6
Views: 776

Re: XT hub failure

I had the opposite happen with an XT freehub a few months back - and posted about it somewhere round here - the hub became free in both directions - less hairy than siezing up but similarly disappointing after even fewer miles. The supplier (Spa) was very helpful in providing me with a replacement f...
by mading
4 Mar 2009, 10:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: spontaneous freehub ratchet failure?
Replies: 10
Views: 563

Re: spontaneous freehub ratchet failure?

Hi, thanks for further interest... ...The Supplier seems to agree this too soon - I really don't think it suffered serious abuse - and I paid for something that I hoped would last - they will order me a new freehub... ...I hope they can pass the cost of this back to their supplier... Cheers, m Thank...
by mading
26 Feb 2009, 5:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: spontaneous freehub ratchet failure?
Replies: 10
Views: 563

Thanks everyone for confirming my suspicions... ...obviously the conditions have been a bit grotty this winter, but the bike has been kept well away from water under high pressure - it *has* seen plenty of water at low pressure - including some containing washing up liquid - but no immersion ;-) I'l...
by mading
25 Feb 2009, 1:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: spontaneous freehub ratchet failure?
Replies: 10
Views: 563

spontaneous freehub ratchet failure?

Hi all, On my way in this morning (thankfully, and very unusually, without child in trailer). I pedal off from a red in a sensibly low gear when there's a bit of a noise (as if grumbling that gear had not engaged properly prior to stopping at light, but I'm sure it had) and then nothing. Nothing at ...
by mading
12 Dec 2008, 12:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynohubs
Replies: 32
Views: 4633

Thanks Kwackers - just what I wanted to hear :D
by mading
12 Dec 2008, 12:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynohubs
Replies: 32
Views: 4633

3N80 - notchy?

Hi - resurrecting old thread with apt title... ...in which I read that various other people have bought the Shimano 3N80 from Germany... I just received mine... ...and tore the box open in excitement (I VERY rarely do mail order!)... ...but am a bit concerned: the hub is not built yet into a wheel, ...
by mading
3 Nov 2008, 1:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trailers-Anyone have any information or experiances
Replies: 13
Views: 104409

Another happy Burley D'Lite owner here. Styling not important, though of course design IS - price bought new would have been prohibitive. Bought secondhand from a gentleman of this parish. We have been doing the nursery run daily since April. About 7 miles round trip on carefully planned route. So f...
by mading
13 Jul 2008, 12:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: problem: crank extraction - or not!
Replies: 15
Views: 1840

Just to thank all once again for advice - ended up swallowing pride and going round to my friendly LBS where, after several cautious attempts with a number of extractors, both cranks were removed - as was suggested above, it seems the job required an extractor with a relatively long `bolt' part... ....
by mading
11 Jul 2008, 11:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: problem: crank extraction - or not!
Replies: 15
Views: 1840

Now I'm confused - all I have removed so far was a (fairly substantial) allen bolt which secured the dust cap to the crank. I think, looking into the exposed hole, I can see the spindle end - I don't think I saw a bolt head/nut - if I had, my instinct would have been to have a go at removing it! Of ...
by mading
11 Jul 2008, 10:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: problem: crank extraction - or not!
Replies: 15
Views: 1840

Thanks both (er, that should be `all'! - can't keep up!) - I'm fairly sure there's no bolt in there - I think I see the square end as thirdcrank suggests I should... ...John and james01maybe on to something - the thought had crossed my mind, so I tried comparing the `bolt' part with its contact poin...
by mading
11 Jul 2008, 10:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: problem: crank extraction - or not!
Replies: 15
Views: 1840

problem: crank extraction - or not!

Hi, I have had a quick search around here and looked at Sheldon and a couple of books... It seems removing a crank with a crank pulling tool should be easy. Said crank is Stronglight (don't know the model, but it's a triple (28-38-48 ) and was bought about 4-5 years ago). Since then it has been atta...
by mading
26 Jun 2008, 9:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Leeds-Chesterfield: A61?
Replies: 12
Views: 1425

Wow. Thanks everyone! The generosity of people round here in sharing collective experience always amazes me...but then, I suppose it shouldn't! Between specific route details and local knowledge and more strategic pointers (BikeHike, ViaMichelin) I think I have more than enough information to get my...
by mading
25 Jun 2008, 12:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Leeds-Chesterfield: A61?
Replies: 12
Views: 1425

Thanks for the suggestions for the Sheffield to Chesterfield leg, PW.

And you're right - despite having been born in Chesterfield, I don't know my way around the area! As I was forced to confess to a taxi driver on my last visit...

Cheers,
m