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by RichardPH
1 May 2018, 10:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aldi bike pump
Replies: 9
Views: 1943

Re: Aldi bike pump

OK. In between the last post and this one, I separated the rubber tube from the bayonet fitting, see photo dismantled parts.jpg Then I drilled the nut 5,5mm so that it would fit over the main tube. The snap ring and nut must fitted and the bayonet pushed back into the rubber tube, see photo below as...
by RichardPH
1 May 2018, 10:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aldi bike pump
Replies: 9
Views: 1943

Re: Aldi bike pump

[img] SAM_1970%20smaller.jpg [/img] Never done a photo insert before so hoping this will work out... I decided that since it's the internal snap ring that's failing in its duty, perhaps the best plan is to help it by potting with epoxy resin in the presta valve position. This will prevent the ring f...
by RichardPH
30 Apr 2018, 7:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aldi bike pump
Replies: 9
Views: 1943

Re: Aldi bike pump

Thanks for the suggestion mjr, but the problem lies with the snap ring, no question. Think it might be possible to cut off the feature for the Dunlop valve and use the screw thread to hold it together. It was only a fiver so little will be lost. The high pressure stage goes up to 120psi BTW... it's ...
by RichardPH
30 Apr 2018, 7:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aldi bike pump
Replies: 9
Views: 1943

Re: Aldi bike pump

OK, I understand now. Unless you have one, the explanation won't make it clearer... but the problem is that they rely on a round internal snap ring to retain the pressure tube, trouble is, the groove into which it fits is inadequate depth and at quite a low pressure it simply unseats and allows the ...
by RichardPH
30 Apr 2018, 6:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aldi bike pump
Replies: 9
Views: 1943

Aldi bike pump

I purchased an Aldi 2-stage pump today. Feel a little stupid because I can't see any way for it to accommodate a presta style valve without the pressure tube blowing out of the adaptor. The instructions have tiny diagrams that offer little in the way of guidance. Has anyone bought one and worked it ...
by RichardPH
1 Feb 2018, 11:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Adapting battery packs from Cree T6 light to USB charger
Replies: 33
Views: 11632

Re: Adapting battery packs from Cree T6 light to USB charger

Coming a bit late to this discussion, but it seems to embody the cutting edge of the forum knowledge, certainly way beyond my own. I'm putting together a package to free me from the tyranny of having to find mains for my USB devices, common issue. So far I have a wheel and Shimano DH-2N70 and have a...
by RichardPH
23 Jan 2018, 7:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: E bikes - do you secretly want one?
Replies: 130
Views: 8712

Re: E bikes - do you secretly want one?

Early last year I regarded myself as a fittish 63yo, managing to keep up about 175W average for half an hour, happy with that. Then my LAD coronary artery blocked whilst out on a ride. Not good, reduced my output to 100W for 4 minutes accompanied by excruciating angina, blood flow was limited to a c...
by RichardPH
2 Sep 2016, 6:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Jeremny Vine a road rage victim
Replies: 185
Views: 13235

Re: Jeremny Vine a road rage victim

I looked at this video with an open mind. First thing I spotted was that rear facing view when the car drew up closer. Jeremny [sic] rode past a number of substantial gaps in the parked cars where he could have safely slowed a tad and given the car behind the opportunity to pass, he didn't. I always...
by RichardPH
2 Sep 2015, 11:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rear lights are driving me mad
Replies: 18
Views: 3075

Re: Rear lights are driving me mad

I use a Samarium Cobalt magnet [very strong attraction] taped to the rear light hanger on the rack http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=samarium+cobalt+magnet&_sop=15 My lights all have a c.2mm thick steel strip taped to them. The strip needs to be vertical so the lig...
by RichardPH
31 May 2015, 3:04pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Crossing the river Rance St Malo
Replies: 14
Views: 904

Re: Crossing the river Rance St Malo

I did the St Malo Rance crossing last week. The roads leading to the barrage from the St Malo ring-road are dual carriageways separated by concrete blocks and carry heavy traffic. There is a footpath on the north side of the barrage, but this can only be reached from the westbound carriageway [the c...
by RichardPH
14 Mar 2015, 9:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tour of Brittany
Replies: 39
Views: 7939

Re: Tour of Brittany

You could visit lac de Guerledan.. It's a hydro-electric lake that will be drained during the period April-September 2015 for maintenance work on the dam. This will uncover the canals and villages that were drowned when the lake was created back in the 1930s. If you like that kind of thing of course..
by RichardPH
9 Dec 2014, 12:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brittany - the draining of the Lac de Gueledan
Replies: 14
Views: 2757

Re: Brittany - the draining of the Lac de Gueledan

Slightly off-topic, but the prospect of viewing the drained lake was appealing. Started to plan a trip using Brittany Ferries Portsmouth - St Malo but came across a snag, the cycle spaces on the outbound ferry were full, odd really because they were still taking bookings for the same trip in a car, ...
by RichardPH
23 Jul 2014, 11:53am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Wearing earphones
Replies: 33
Views: 2653

Re: Wearing earphones

To bicycler and Vorpal I would simply say that my record of 50 years free from collisions with motor vehicles is much better than my friend [used as an example many replies ago] who has two broken bones in the past 10 years courtesy of collisions with motor vehicles. He advocates riding a metre out ...
by RichardPH
23 Jul 2014, 10:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Wearing earphones
Replies: 33
Views: 2653

Re: Wearing earphones

Riding at least 1 metre from the edge is considered by many to be essential for safety, and it is the recommended practice of DfT through Bikeability and Cyclecraft . IMO, riding at least 1 metre from the edge (with a few exceptions) is more essential for safety than not wearing earphones. However,...
by RichardPH
22 Jul 2014, 5:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Wearing earphones
Replies: 33
Views: 2653

Re: Wearing earphones

depriving yourself of the one sense that will warn you of the presence of 99.9% of motor vehicles does indeed seem Darwinian Except it isn't 99.9%. If the wind is blowing in the wrong direction (particularly if you're wearing a helmet) then you'll be lucky to hear any. There's no denying 50 years w...