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by SimonCelsa
24 Jun 2020, 6:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cheap external cup bottom brackets
Replies: 11
Views: 485

Re: cheap external cup bottom brackets

I find the cheaper ones last pretty well as long as you pry off the seals when first purchased (and regularly thereafter) and slather in a good quantity of additional grease. I've ruined a couple in short order, one by riding through some estuarial water, the other whilst riding through deepish slow...
by SimonCelsa
20 Jun 2020, 9:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cheap external cup bottom brackets
Replies: 11
Views: 485

Re: cheap external cup bottom brackets

I just tried opening an account for one of my daughters to see if there was any problems. Similarly, it wouldn't accept my postcode at first. However, if you delete all the 'autofill' details then start with empty data boxes and physically type all the data in then you should be OK. Obviously choose...
by SimonCelsa
20 Jun 2020, 5:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cheap external cup bottom brackets
Replies: 11
Views: 485

cheap external cup bottom brackets

I recently ordered some bits and pieces from Rose Deutschland. It wasn't until I'd finished and paid for the items that I realised I'd forgotten to stock up on some cheap Shimano EBBs. Too late to add to my existing order but if anyone else is ordering stuff from the Fatherland just a quick heads up...
by SimonCelsa
17 Jun 2020, 5:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rude Co-op shop staff
Replies: 199
Views: 4993

Re: Rude Co-op shop staff

Oh Gawd, I'm really starting to fear old age and retirement :? :? :wink: :wink:
by SimonCelsa
11 Jun 2020, 5:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: To weld or not to weld, that is the question....
Replies: 24
Views: 1301

Re: To weld or not to weld, that is the question....

people used to talk about drilling a smooth hole at the end of a crack in order to stop crack propagation, is that just an old wives' tale? I used to work on British Steel chartered large bulk carriers crossing the Atlantic in winter time. A combination of heavy seas, non uniform loading (alternate...
by SimonCelsa
5 Jun 2020, 6:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Diagnosing "clonk" in drive train.
Replies: 41
Views: 1442

Re: Diagnosing "clonk" in drive train.

The clonk that I heard 'coming from the drivetrain' on my tandem turned out to be a fractured chainstay.

Have a good check around your frame tubes just in case!!
by SimonCelsa
1 Jun 2020, 9:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: is my tandem frame scrap?
Replies: 44
Views: 2002

Re: is my tandem frame scrap?

Yes, he recommended not painting it for a while just to keep things more conspicuous. A nice fellow, as mentioned he said that possibly a gusset plate fitted across the chainstays would be stronger but could also shift the stresses to other parts of the frame, thus try a simple weld repair first. Ed...
by SimonCelsa
1 Jun 2020, 8:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: is my tandem frame scrap?
Replies: 44
Views: 2002

Re: is my tandem frame scrap?

Picked up the repaired frame this evening. £40 charge in the end, but left a good tip. The fracture was almost all the way around the chainstay. Hope the repair lasts a while, the fella seemed pretty confident and said to bring it back if it went again and he'd fit a gusset plate or similar. Any pro...
by SimonCelsa
31 May 2020, 6:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem wheel rim choice
Replies: 9
Views: 250

Re: Tandem wheel rim choice

It seems to be getting harder to find reasonably priced 48h 700C rims for tandems. I still have one Sputnik spare (£18 SPA supply a few years ago) for my next rebuild but can't seem to find any more after a very quick internet search. The only ones I can see are the Grizzly CSS rims on SJS but they'...
by SimonCelsa
31 May 2020, 5:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Square taper BBs
Replies: 26
Views: 1087

Re: Square taper BBs

is it possible they make your frame break....?....


Yes, I think I rather walked into that - was waiting for a subtle jibe !!!
by SimonCelsa
30 May 2020, 7:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Square taper BBs
Replies: 26
Views: 1087

Re: Square taper BBs

Six quid, I have been running them on my tandem for a couple of years, no problems and good range of sizes:

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/bottom-brac ... sh-thread/

Cheers, Simon
by SimonCelsa
30 May 2020, 5:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: is my tandem frame scrap?
Replies: 44
Views: 2002

Re: is my tandem frame scrap?

It can clearly be seen that Dawes used a 135mm hub with a longer axle and an extra 10mm locknut to accommodate an 145 oln frame Thanks rjb, that's interesting. Was that axle in your Dawes hub a solid one or QR? If I did go the route of respacing with a longer axle do you think it would be prudent t...
by SimonCelsa
29 May 2020, 9:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: is my tandem frame scrap?
Replies: 44
Views: 2002

Re: is my tandem frame scrap?

Hopefully I should get my frame repaired next week, it would appear the coronavirus situation has delayed operations somewhat. I'll post images of the finished article if anyone is interested. On another related topic; would anyone have any opinion in fitting a 135mm OLN 48 hole tandem rear wheel in...
by SimonCelsa
29 May 2020, 9:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buying my first Brooks
Replies: 51
Views: 1557

Re: Buying my first Brooks

Regarding leather saddles and rain. Yes, admittedly in a shower when your bum is on the saddle then it should be effectively sheltered and hence stay dry. However, in a downpour when you are absolutely soaked then believe me, your saddle will be sodden too. I know this as it happened to me several y...
by SimonCelsa
23 May 2020, 6:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: is there any such thing as tough DIY paint?
Replies: 90
Views: 2874

Re: is there any such thing as tough DIY paint?

Why not try a marine paint. I can recommend Interthane 990 (used on the external decks of large Gas tankers trading worldwide) which at £150 for 5 litres is a bit excessive possibly. Dries up nice and shiny though!! But seriously, maybe look at some type of marine paint, they usually give a fairly r...