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by backnotes
7 Apr 2019, 1:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain not sitting properly on chainring (brompton)
Replies: 7
Views: 306

Re: chain not sitting properly on chainring (brompton)

Has the chain ever been replaced, and have you just noticed this (so it may always have been like that) or did it gradually get worse over time? There were two different versions of the Brompton one-piece chainset. One of these needed a wider chain than the other: 1/8" vs. 3/32". I would e...
by backnotes
2 Mar 2019, 2:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rod brake question
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Re: Rod brake question

Thanks for all these helpful replies! I have tried PlusGas but will persevere with repeat treatments, and I like the idea of grinding a screwdriver blade so it is less likely to jump out. The bike is for shopping and being left outside in all weathers rather than looking shiny or restored. I realise...
by backnotes
1 Mar 2019, 5:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rod brake question
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Rod brake question

Hello, I am trying to replace the worn / sloppy rod braking system on an old Raleigh. I am stumped removing the pivot lever under the bottom bracket. I have cleaned out 50 years of dirt, but I can't get the screw to budge at all, and am wary of (further) destroying the slot if I try too hard. Pictur...
by backnotes
25 Feb 2019, 3:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Fluke photos
Replies: 6
Views: 1312

Re: Fluke photos

This was a fluke. If I had planned, it I would have made sure the distant sea wall was hidden completely by the nearby concrete wall.

man on wall.jpg
by backnotes
25 Feb 2019, 3:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What am I looking for? (Fork mount stand)
Replies: 9
Views: 1036

Re: What am I looking for? (Fork mount stand)

Ecolatch still in business http://ecolatch.com/comments.asp

See picture of Airnimal in trailer.
by backnotes
25 Feb 2019, 2:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What am I looking for? (Fork mount stand)
Replies: 9
Views: 1036

Re: What am I looking for? (Fork mount stand)

I have a thingy that is meant to go on the wall and secures a bike by the front forks with a QR. Might also work to hold a bike upright by the front forks if screwed to a bike-sized bit of plywood that goes flat in the car etc? It is in the garage in the box of bits from 3 houses ago, so bit of a lo...
by backnotes
16 Feb 2019, 8:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Flat pedal shoes with velcro fastening.
Replies: 16
Views: 2008

Re: Flat pedal shoes with velcro fastening.

Not quite sure what "flat/clingy" means, but have you looked at two bolt SPD shoes? These are often sold as MTB shoes, but come with different soles, so some are very chunky, but others are more like a stiff version of regular trainers. There are also a few 2 bolt road touring shoes. The t...
by backnotes
4 Feb 2019, 9:48am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Today's cycling specific rip-off
Replies: 8
Views: 4623

Re: Today's cycling specific rip-off

I was entertained to find this https://velo.renold.com/products/renold-velo-ct-track-cycle-chain-limited-edition-set when after a new chain for my shopping bike. I decided it wouldn't be fair on all the other shoppers to benefit from this marginal gain, so I went for something described as a "b...
by backnotes
3 Feb 2019, 11:41am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Today's cycling specific rip-off
Replies: 8
Views: 4623

Re: Today's cycling specific rip-off

To be fair, the extra £31 does get you a handy label on the outside to remind you that the bag is intended for shoes and socks. I am sure there will soon be a lighter and more expensive "pro" version involving some graphene and nanoparticles.....
by backnotes
8 Jan 2019, 1:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Handle Bar Bags Compatible With A Torch
Replies: 10
Views: 452

Re: Handle Bar Bags Compatible With A Torch

Minoura do a couple of other useful front light brackets. This one Minoura front.jpg replaces a headset spacer and, depending on your stem and bar bag, allows you to mount a light that will not bounce around and is out of the way below the bar bag. It needed Loctite and some star washers to make it ...
by backnotes
18 Dec 2018, 7:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialized plug and play fender (a.k.a. mudguard) rattle
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Re: Specialized plug and play fender (a.k.a. mudguard) rattle

Thanks very much. That would work too - and I have some rubber covered p-clips. The owner of the bike has this afternoon found this online https://www.thebikefactory.co.uk/product/B2153/specialized-diverge-carbon-seat-tube-clamp which seems to do the bracing the mudguard away from the seat tube thin...
by backnotes
18 Dec 2018, 4:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialized plug and play fender (a.k.a. mudguard) rattle
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Re: Specialized plug and play fender (a.k.a. mudguard) rattle

Thanks Chris, I like that idea - much simpler than any of my ideas and quick to try. I have ordered a plastic mudguard bridge and will report back in due course. In many ways it is a clever design - the front mudguard is really solid, and the rear has a long integrated mudflap that curves with the w...
by backnotes
18 Dec 2018, 12:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialized plug and play fender (a.k.a. mudguard) rattle
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Specialized plug and play fender (a.k.a. mudguard) rattle

I am trying to help a friend reduce the rattle on a 2017 Specialized Diverge fitted with Specialized "plug and play" fenders. There is no brake bridge, and hence nothing to attach a mudguard bridge to. There is a pair of single stays at the back, and the only other anchor point is at the f...
by backnotes
11 Dec 2018, 3:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Rights over lost delivery?
Replies: 32
Views: 1144

Re: Rights over lost delivery?

I can't tell from this in the OP - "giving them a chance to track parcel b down to a neighbour and I retrieve it" if you know from the courier that the parcel was left with a neighbour, but just don't know which one? One possibility is not a physical neighbour, but a keyboard neighbour. I ...
by backnotes
8 Dec 2018, 10:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Filling in the holes in shoes after cleats removed
Replies: 15
Views: 665

Re: Filling in the holes in shoes after cleats removed

Re-reading the original post, I am not convinced the shoes in question are SPD 2 bolt as these tend to have the plates with holes that the cleats screw into recessed behind a hole in the sole, with an MTB tread pattern that stands proud around them. If they are 3 bolt for "road" cleats wit...