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by Mr Tom
7 Sep 2020, 10:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squealing brakes
Replies: 7
Views: 330

Re: Squealing brakes

I overheard somebody the other day saying they needed to oil their brakes because they were squeaking like this. Hoping they didn't actually try to oil the rims.
by Mr Tom
7 Sep 2020, 10:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacement straddle wire hanger thoughts
Replies: 5
Views: 301

Replacement straddle wire hanger thoughts

cable_hanger.JPG I went to adjust my front brake and found that the wire hanger had broken. I switched to this type of hanger as the old one, which was the type I think is pretty standard (one piece of metal curved at the bottom to hold the wire) kept causing the straddle wires to fray. So - just w...
by Mr Tom
28 Aug 2020, 9:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I cut this bit off my rack?
Replies: 22
Views: 1050

Re: Can I cut this bit off my rack?

I tried to zip tie it but couldn't work out a way to keep the tie on reliably and have it pull in the correct way. So - just bent the stays a little bit and it seems good. Will keep an eye on it
by Mr Tom
27 Aug 2020, 9:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I cut this bit off my rack?
Replies: 22
Views: 1050

Re: Can I cut this bit off my rack?

Wow, lots of ideas I hadn't thought of! Maybe I'll try cable ties and perhaps a little piece of inner tube between the stay and rack to dampen any movements which do happen. Then see how I get on from there. Thanks for all the tips!
by Mr Tom
26 Aug 2020, 9:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I cut this bit off my rack?
Replies: 22
Views: 1050

Re: Can I cut this bit off my rack?

Yeah it's funny, everything I know about how the universe works told me I could cut it off fine, it makes no sense that cutting it off could affect the strength of the rest of the rack. Somehow though I was nervous, because I thought it must have been there for some reason, otherwise it was just a w...
by Mr Tom
26 Aug 2020, 6:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I cut this bit off my rack?
Replies: 22
Views: 1050

Re: Can I cut this bit off my rack?

Here are a couple of pics. The mudguards are SKS, the rack I don't know, I think just got from my LBS
by Mr Tom
26 Aug 2020, 6:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I cut this bit off my rack?
Replies: 22
Views: 1050

Can I cut this bit off my rack?

I just fitted some new mudguards as the old ones were so beaten up. I found the wire mounting stay?, not sure what to call it, clashes with my pannier rack. Please see the pics. I can't see what that extra bit on the end of the pannier rack, where it mounts on the frame, is for, is there any reason ...
by Mr Tom
20 Aug 2020, 8:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bontrager Nebula Plus alternatives
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Bontrager Nebula Plus alternatives

Ah good idea! I'll see what I can find
by Mr Tom
19 Aug 2020, 10:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bontrager Nebula Plus alternatives
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Bontrager Nebula Plus alternatives

I had a Bontrager Nebula Plus saddle which lasted for absolutely ages and was a perfect fit. It's dying now, in spite of lots of gaffa tape repairs. It seems you can't buy them anymore. Just wondered if anybody knows of a similar shaped saddle which isn't super expensive (ideally)
by Mr Tom
5 Aug 2020, 3:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards - metal or plastic
Replies: 16
Views: 634

Re: Mudguards - metal or plastic

Yeah... making a special box to steam the wood crossed my mind too... but given the width of the wood I wondered if I could do the same using a length of plastic drain pipe capped at a both ends with steam being generated by a wall paper stripper... as for the jig, could that just not be a wheel an...
by Mr Tom
5 Aug 2020, 3:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards - metal or plastic
Replies: 16
Views: 634

Re: Mudguards - metal or plastic

I just had a look at how they make moulded plywood type furniture, and it seems like it's possible to do at home with a two part mould and layers of thin veneer and resin as you say (On the Make website). So I guess you'd need to make an inner and outer mudguard shape and then the veneer coated with...
by Mr Tom
3 Aug 2020, 10:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards - metal or plastic
Replies: 16
Views: 634

Re: Mudguards - metal or plastic

I think you'd probably need to steam bend them, which means making a special box to steam them and a jig to hold them in shape. Well I think you can do it a more basic way with an open fire, I watched some videos of a guy making wooden skis a little while back... It's a great idea but I think I'd ju...
by Mr Tom
3 Aug 2020, 10:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards - metal or plastic
Replies: 16
Views: 634

Re: Mudguards - metal or plastic

Oh wood sounds interesting! I've been doing some basic woodwork over lockdown so could be worth a look.
by Mr Tom
3 Aug 2020, 10:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards - metal or plastic
Replies: 16
Views: 634

Re: Mudguards - metal or plastic

Ah Ok. Yeah I've never really been able to get them to sit very well. I'm normally pretty good at adjusting things carefully (I think), but I've somehow neglected the mudguards over the years. They are well over 10 years old though, and from a second-hand bike to begin with, so have done a lot of wo...
by Mr Tom
3 Aug 2020, 3:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards - metal or plastic
Replies: 16
Views: 634

Mudguards - metal or plastic

So my old SKS mudguards are really on their last legs - three pop rivet repairs and two with packing tape... Just wondering if metal has any advantages over plastic. Will it last longer? It seems the plastic ones have gradually broken from years of vibrations, but it's taken a long long time. I gues...