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by SimonCelsa
12 Jan 2020, 5:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: replacement pedal dust caps
Replies: 19
Views: 574

Re: replacement pedal dust caps

I did think about a strip of gaffer tape or similar as a temporary stopgap, however this morning I found a couple of drop handlebar endcaps which, after slicing off the penetrative ends have provided a nice slightly domed cover. I superglued these into position and they will be good for a while. As ...
by SimonCelsa
12 Jan 2020, 5:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alesa aero rims
Replies: 9
Views: 327

Re: Alesa aero rims

Have you given any consideration to the hub you are going to use? I have the hubs sat here waiting, a Sturmey Archer front 70mm drum brake (100mm OLN) and a Sturmey Archer rear fixed/free (130mm OLN which I can respace as required). When the rims show up I can measure them and then get the correct ...
by SimonCelsa
11 Jan 2020, 6:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alu post stuck in alu frame
Replies: 22
Views: 897

Re: Alu post stuck in alu frame

Yes, I think you'd have to put your hand in only very briefly. Even spilling a few cubic metres of these cryogenic liquids gives fairly spectacular vapor clouds; https://www.tradewindsnews.com/weekly/mol-outlines-lessons-learned-from-lng-ship-cargo-release/1-1-769623 - just hope nobody is smoking in...
by SimonCelsa
11 Jan 2020, 6:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: replacement pedal dust caps
Replies: 19
Views: 574

Re: replacement pedal dust caps

I bought an M22 die – surprisingly cheap from Hong Kong – and cut a thread on the outside of a piece of copper plumbing pipe. Cut it off and soldered a penny on the end. Worked a dream! Yes, nice idea although mine were just push fit plastic jobs so I would need the tap as well as the die. Think I'...
by SimonCelsa
11 Jan 2020, 5:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alu post stuck in alu frame
Replies: 22
Views: 897

Re: Alu post stuck in alu frame

If you can do so, get hold of some liquid nitrogen serious stuff; I used to work on Liquefied Natural Gas ships (methane), carrying the product at around minus 163 degC. You wouldn't want any of that splashed on your appendages. Likewise liquid Nitrogen at minus 196 degC..........could do some seri...
by SimonCelsa
11 Jan 2020, 4:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bikes with single chainring
Replies: 30
Views: 1041

Re: bikes with single chainring

'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder' but those tiny chainrings just don't look right. On such a large frame you really need a good 53 tooth dinner plate to make it look more manly :wink: :wink:
by SimonCelsa
11 Jan 2020, 4:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alesa aero rims
Replies: 9
Views: 327

Re: Alesa aero rims

If the rims are pure track rims


That was one of my initial reservations although the seller reckons they are not really track specific. He used them on road with a front rim brake. If I hear nothing to scare me off them I will build them up and see!!
by SimonCelsa
11 Jan 2020, 4:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alesa aero rims
Replies: 9
Views: 327

Alesa aero rims

I am slowly building up an 80's Raleigh Record Ace frameset for use as a low maintenance commuter/general runaround. As I have 4 other bikes plus a tandem then I don't want to spend too much on this project. Am aiming for fixed gear with a front hub brake, and am not too fussy on the aesthetics of t...
by SimonCelsa
8 Jan 2020, 8:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tektro RL520V Drop Bar Brake Lever
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Re: Tektro RL520V Drop Bar Brake Lever

Less than a tenner at Planet X at the moment, pretty good deal;

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/BLTEKRL52 ... ake-levers

Cheers
by SimonCelsa
8 Jan 2020, 5:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 9 speed rear disc hub, 135mm 36h
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: Shimano 9 speed rear disc hub, 135mm 36h

I think there is some relevant info on this thread:

viewtopic.php?t=119720

Cheers
by SimonCelsa
5 Jan 2020, 4:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: replacement pedal dust caps
Replies: 19
Views: 574

replacement pedal dust caps

Just a quick one; I recently lost the dustcap/endcap off one of my DMR V8 pedals (old design with loose bearings). Anyone have any bright ideas for a simple and effective substitute. I know you can buy a service kit for around £14 but this seems a little excessive for my requirements. All I can thin...
by SimonCelsa
4 Jan 2020, 5:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SA front drum brake conversion
Replies: 20
Views: 870

Re: SA front drum brake conversion

Thanks for all the previous info regarding fitting the SA front hub brake. Hopefully this will see me good for a smooth transition into drum brake fitting and operation. I've still to buy all the parts and build the wheel but hopefully should be in operation before the end of the month.
by SimonCelsa
4 Jan 2020, 6:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SA front drum brake conversion
Replies: 20
Views: 870

Re: SA front drum brake conversion

Does the orientation of the drum braked hub make any difference? Can you fit the reaction arm to either fork or is there a specific set up? How easy is it to remove the front wheel with this set up, for instance to repair a puncture. It seems like the SA hub has a 'slide fit' reaction arm and hence ...
by SimonCelsa
4 Jan 2020, 5:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck seat posts, industrial service?
Replies: 27
Views: 884

Re: Stuck seat posts, industrial service?

Could a seat post be fitted with an expander bolt, like a stem?


Some comments here:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=123718&hilit=quill+seatpost
by SimonCelsa
24 Dec 2019, 6:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm
Replies: 14
Views: 648

Re: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm

Yes, thanks for that ebay link - £99 a little over budget. I've got a suitable rim & can source new spokes for less than a tenner so am looking at building something up for around £50. Just have to be patient. Slowly slowly catchy monkey and all that.

Cheers, Simon