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by richardirving
26 Mar 2009, 9:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmet use post Richardson death
Replies: 186
Views: 11950

Re: Helmet use post Richardson death

While cycling I do not wear a helmet and never have done since I discovered that they were hot, introduced wind noise near my life preservers (aka lugholes) and, of necessity, flimsy. The only head injury I have received recently was while I was not on a bike (on account of snowy weather in early Fe...
by richardirving
3 Mar 2009, 4:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another Mercian pic (upgrade of tandem)
Replies: 4
Views: 819

Re: Another Mercian pic (upgrade of tandem)

If it's Mercian tandems you are after, here is an unusual one dating from 1978 and still going strong with me and my 5 year old on a weekly basis. Heavily modified but still with straight through drive, ghost ring (in lieu of an eccentric) and quad chainset on rear with kiddy cranks. Oh yes, it roll...
by richardirving
3 Mar 2009, 4:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another Mercian pic (upgrade of tandem)
Replies: 4
Views: 819

Re: Another Mercian pic (upgrade of tandem)

http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/A41rv1ng/UntitledAlbum#5309002400622650082 (Sorry, no image - tried again) If it's Mercian tandems you are after, here is an unusual one dating from 1978 and still going strong with me and my 5 year old on a weekly basis. Heavily modified but still with straight throug...
by richardirving
25 Feb 2009, 3:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Puncture, White Van Man, & lessons learned
Replies: 5
Views: 921

White Van Man

The day before Christmas Eve last year, I went shopping for my wife with my 5 year old son as stoker on our tandem on a 17 mile round trip. On the return journey we punctured about 3 miles from home, I was getting to repair it but the sky was darkening and the wind was picking up in an exposed part ...
by richardirving
25 Feb 2009, 2:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards - just need to sound off!
Replies: 28
Views: 1744

No of parts on a bike

Yes, I love working on bikes. Always have, always will :D Ditto! I often wonder how many actual bits there are on a bike. Right down to ball bearings, screws, nuts and washers, spokes, nipples, cones, cups, spindles, springs, pins, ratchets, ............ One day, when I'm really bored, I'm going to...
by richardirving
30 Dec 2008, 5:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Puncture Repair Kit
Replies: 27
Views: 2466

Puncture repair kit

Until I discovered the wonder of patch strip and a sharp knife (Any patch shape/size is available to you - don't forget to chamfer the corners by 2-3mm), I used to use feather edge patches. I find these unreliable now but patch strip is (as old ads used to say about patent medicines) a boon. Marking...
by richardirving
26 Nov 2008, 8:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes juddering
Replies: 5
Views: 680

Toe in usually sorts it out. It is difficult to find torque settings for cantilever brake arms but try this http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech/fix/torque/torque.pdf
and then set accordingly - but you will need a short torque wrench
by richardirving
26 Nov 2008, 8:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Number of spokes
Replies: 10
Views: 837

But the answer is 36 :wink: On 700c, you should really have 40 spokes for heavy touring, although the hub and rim manufacturers make this as difficult as possible now. Crikey, I'm with you there. It has taken me years to get full sets of 40, 48 and 32 H hubs and rims to fit my various bikes, tricyc...
by richardirving
13 Nov 2008, 1:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1696
Views: 479305

What an interesting drive-train! Any chance of a close-up shot? http://forum.ctc.org.uk/userpix/219_IMGP2804croppedenhanced_1.jpg [img] http://forum.ctc.org.uk/userpix/219_IMGP2801croppedenhanced_1.jpg As requested. Details: a Stronglight 49D chainset at front with a 38T driver, connected via the 5...
by richardirving
12 Nov 2008, 8:24am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1696
Views: 479305

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/userpix/219_IMGP2801_1.jpg [/img] As promised, the Mercian that I ride with my son; about 1978 vintage. The only twin lateral frame that Mercian ever made (so they say). Unusual in that it does not have an eccentric front BB and it was originally set up for straight through ...
by richardirving
11 Nov 2008, 10:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1696
Views: 479305

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/userpix/219_907450984a7368865e0193eb98c7b4c9b0b157a177c6fe15f980f2f6_1.jpg The above is a picture from 2006 of my racing tricycle (Condor badged Longstaff in 653) in use as a shepherding mount to accompany my 3 year old son Alexander on his Pashley Pickle. He is now on his s...
by richardirving
4 Nov 2008, 1:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Are you wearing yours?
Replies: 7
Views: 947

Poppies

I never wear one now but used to - not entirely sure why but I think I'm not convinced by its power and certainty as a symbol of remembrance any more.

That must be age, I reckon.
by richardirving
4 Nov 2008, 1:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo mounting lug
Replies: 12
Views: 1027

Agree re AXA HR but only the later ones as the earlier versions used mild steel instead of stainless shafts I believe and those corroded and seized. They can also be stripped down and cannibalised effectively, I've found. However, for my regular rides I use SON dynamos on two bikes. I still have an ...
by richardirving
4 Nov 2008, 12:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suntour SE rear brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 1149

Suntour SE

Variable experience with these - both on solos and tandems. Sometimes good sometimes not so good. Nowhere near as good as the hype would have you believe. Agree on harder to pull as well as reluctant to release and recentre. I have years of experience of setting up different kinds of brakes without ...
by richardirving
27 Oct 2008, 6:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear Light Mounting For Rear Rack
Replies: 2
Views: 546

Rear lamp brackets

It is not here: http://www.sjscycles.com/store/cat127.htm but there is loads of other stuff that might come in useful. I am not convinced of using a single fixing hole for a span like that. Vibration may cause it to loosen and fall off. I'd try using a pair of J82S brackets if the studs on the rear ...