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by wearwell
28 Aug 2019, 9:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano M324 pedal prob
Replies: 41
Views: 1531

Re: Shimano M324 pedal prob

Special tool didn't fit. It's a different size from other Shimano pedals. In the meantime the bearing tightened again and crushed the ball bearings into dust and pedal self destructed. Basically they aren't serviceable - if they need servicing then it's already too late. But they do need lubricating...
by wearwell
27 Aug 2019, 9:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 2 chainring versus 3 chainring crank
Replies: 45
Views: 2428

Re: 2 chainring versus 3 chainring crank

There has been a recent burst of fashion for the double chainring, basically for people who fancy themselves as racing cyclists. :lol: Bt there's a distinct disadvantage - having the narrow range of gears which a racing cyclist would be happy with is a big disadvantage to the general user especially...
by wearwell
25 Aug 2019, 7:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bells on bikes
Replies: 121
Views: 4304

Re: Bells on bikes

I have a pinger bell on my hybrid and it's surprising how many pedestrians react to it by patting down their pockets to find their mobile phone. I use a pinger too. It works better if you ping 2 or 3 times - I think it helps identify the moving location of the source. A single ping could be from an...
by wearwell
24 Aug 2019, 9:17pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 604
Views: 343461

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

,.... I might give Spa a second chance in the future, either internet sales or in person. ... Total boycott from me, they had their second chance. Have probably spent about £2500 elsewhere since. Wife's new road bike was a titanium but got it locally (Moda Nocturne). Put a pair of Spa wheels on it ...
by wearwell
24 Aug 2019, 9:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano M324 pedal prob
Replies: 41
Views: 1531

Re: Shimano M324 pedal prob

...... you misunderstand perhaps; its not usually water that damages the outboard bearings in PD-M324, it is bad adjustment, bad lube, and horrible loadings. I mentioned water ingress into PD-M324 because that is the only damage I have ever seen in inboard bearings, and that hasn't ever been catast...
by wearwell
23 Aug 2019, 4:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano M324 pedal prob
Replies: 41
Views: 1531

Re: Shimano M324 pedal prob

FWIW if the pedals in question were as bad as the OP states there's no contest it'd be new pedals for me. TBH IMO M324's bearings design are a bad one,I can't see any reason why they couldn't be similar to M520's :? No not bad at all. I've had them for many years and done 1000s of miles. I just for...
by wearwell
23 Aug 2019, 11:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano M324 pedal prob
Replies: 41
Views: 1531

Re: Shimano M324 pedal prob

BruceJ wrote:Too late now, I know, but new set of M324s available from Wiggle at £32.99.
Oh well!
But I'm really averse to scrapping stuff and would much rather repair. We probably have 20 or more bikes between us in my extended family so maybe the tool will pay for itself eventually.
by wearwell
23 Aug 2019, 11:04am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 604
Views: 343461

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

landsurfer wrote:...
SPA bikes are lovely items, jewellery, class .... ...
Mine was definitely not. See previous posts.
If you have a problem don't give them the benefit of the doubt.
by wearwell
22 Aug 2019, 1:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano M324 pedal prob
Replies: 41
Views: 1531

Re: Shimano M324 pedal prob

Right. Tool ordered - £32! :shock:
I don't suppose I'll need it a second time as I will be lubricating pedals religiously from now on!
by wearwell
22 Aug 2019, 1:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano M324 pedal prob
Replies: 41
Views: 1531

Shimano M324 pedal prob

Can't complain - I've had them for many years and can't recall ever oiling them. Left hand one has started seizing - the ball race got rusty and friction drove the cone to tighten, i.e loosen away from the locknut. Ideally should have a left hand thread. Condition not too bad and serviceable, except...
by wearwell
5 Jul 2019, 9:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loose seatpost - Spa Aubisque frameset
Replies: 67
Views: 3835

Re: Loose seatpost - Spa Aubisque frameset

It's not about "perfection" it's about normal practical tolerances and quality control.... yes, and you are assuming that those tolerances are not 'normal' whereas IME they are. ........ The acid test is whether your seat pin moves in normal service or not. ...s Er - isn't that what the O...
by wearwell
4 Jul 2019, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loose seatpost - Spa Aubisque frameset
Replies: 67
Views: 3835

Re: Loose seatpost - Spa Aubisque frameset

..... Certainly a Quality control problem somewhere, but I suspect very difficult for Spa to have any control over. Why? Spa can do the same as anybody else and return faulty goods. It is Spa's quality control at fault and they should simply replace the frame. Packing it with coke cans etc is fine ...
by wearwell
4 Jul 2019, 8:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loose seatpost - Spa Aubisque frameset
Replies: 67
Views: 3835

Re: Loose seatpost - Spa Aubisque frameset

.... If you demand perfection then you can either ream the seat tube and/or get a seat pin machined to fit. Several times I have done the latter because that was definitely easier than trying to persuade someone profoundly ignorant/obstinate that their frame wasn't going to break if you removed 50u...
by wearwell
4 Jul 2019, 5:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loose seatpost - Spa Aubisque frameset
Replies: 67
Views: 3835

Re: Loose seatpost - Spa Aubisque frameset

..... Certainly a Quality control problem somewhere, but I suspect very difficult for Spa to have any control over. Why? Spa can do the same as anybody else and return faulty goods. It is Spa's quality control at fault and they should simply replace the frame. Packing it with coke cans etc is fine ...
by wearwell
21 Jun 2019, 1:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?
Replies: 26
Views: 874

Re: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?

...Don't have front panniers if it's at all hilly - swinging the weight as you go up a hill can be tiring, but no prob coming down or level.... I tour with a four pannier set up and I've no idea what swinging the weight means or what this effect is. If you need/want front panniers, use front pannie...