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by tyred
8 Jul 2015, 4:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Butterfly / trekking handlebars - opinions please
Replies: 40
Views: 2069

Re: Butterfly / trekking handlebars - opinions please

I put a set on an old MTB I had built over the winter as a sort of "do everything bike" just for the sake of trying something different and that they had always looked to me like they should be comfortable and practical. I do indeed find them comfortable with a lot of different hand positi...
by tyred
2 Jun 2015, 2:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Gearing for Single Speed
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Re: Gearing for Single Speed

Definitely err on the low side, I would go for the high 50s, you can always revise later.

Or consider a Sturmey AW. They're not usually expensive to buy, are easy to use, easy to maintain and will provide a lower gear when it is required.
by tyred
17 Dec 2014, 1:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lowering gearing
Replies: 17
Views: 2102

Re: Lowering gearing

Perfectly possible but the challenge will be finding a cottered chainset in the size you want. Ebay is your friend. You could also look to finding a cottered double chainset with removable rings and take off the big ring although I'm not too sure how this would work with a chaincase and unfortunatel...
by tyred
18 Sep 2014, 10:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Philips SafeRide Mount with Centre Pulls?
Replies: 12
Views: 1145

Re: Philips SafeRide Mount with Centre Pulls?

You should be able to buy mounts sold for cantilever brakes which should be fine (they are with Mafac centre pulls anyway.
by tyred
12 Jun 2014, 11:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where is the line between a BSO and a cheap proper bike?
Replies: 62
Views: 4525

Re: Where is the line between a BSO and a cheap proper bike?

I own an early 1980s no-name 3 speed roadster. It was I'd imagine some sort of catalogue special in it's day, it's heavy, came with horrid plastic pedals, grips and saddle, terrible quality chrome work and could be considered a BSO. I pulled it out of skip with the intention of using it for a short ...
by tyred
10 Jun 2014, 1:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle rain capes?
Replies: 19
Views: 2996

Re: Cycle rain capes?

One question. I have a cheapo cape and find it useful but it is very lightweight and not as well designed as it might be. For a while I have been pondering a quality cape like the Brooks or the Carradice but they come in dull colours. Surely an item of clothing specifically designed for wet weather ...
by tyred
6 Jun 2014, 4:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seized freewheels
Replies: 5
Views: 803

Re: Seized freewheels

Submerge in diesel for a few days.

Ideally, then rebuild with fresh grease but not worth the hassle unless they are really high quality items.
by tyred
6 Jun 2014, 1:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Setting cotter pins
Replies: 18
Views: 4755

Re: Setting cotter pins

The threads on the pin are nowhere near strong enough to pull it into place properly. The only purpose of the nut is to keep it in place once it's been hammered or pressed into place. Push the pin in, tighten the nut but don't pull it very tight. Then a few whacks on the other side with a hammer to ...
by tyred
23 Apr 2014, 10:18am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: replacement expander bolts
Replies: 6
Views: 1173

Re: replacement expander bolts

You can buy generic ones of Ebay easily enough. I bought one recently for a 1950s Raleigh I was working on.

It may not be what you would like for a nice Cinelli stem but it'll keep you on the road until you can find the correct part. Search the sport/cycling section on Ebay for expander bolt.
by tyred
25 Nov 2013, 2:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Vintage Dynamo Light bulbs
Replies: 7
Views: 3813

Re: Vintage Dynamo Light bulbs

Personally, I would just replace the tail lamp with something else. Union made a very decent lamp which takes the standard MES bulb and would be of the right period for your bike and they are cheap as chips usually on Ebay.
by tyred
25 Nov 2013, 9:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Vintage Dynamo Light bulbs
Replies: 7
Views: 3813

Re: Vintage Dynamo Light bulbs

What you want is a 0.6 W (or maybe marked as 0.1A) 6 Volt MES for the vast majority of Dynamo tail lights. It may be cheaper to search ebay for 6v MES bulbs rather than just look for dyno tail lamp bulbs as some people overcharge when it's marked as bike specific. Maplin or any old school bike shop ...
by tyred
8 Nov 2013, 9:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: For anyone who uses 590 - 26" tyres.
Replies: 13
Views: 3181

Re: For anyone who uses 590 - 26" tyres.

I've covered many miles on World Tours - both in 27 x 1 1/4" and 26 x 1 3/8" and they are a decent all round tyre and good value for money. They don't have puncture protection but I've experienced very few punctures with them.
by tyred
11 Sep 2013, 4:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Self-infliction
Replies: 47
Views: 4189

Re: Self-infliction

Admittedly I don't ride in central London but if I'm in situations where fine control of a bike is required, I would take fixed wheel over freewheel every time. Far from having less control, you have more control.* There is a learning curve with riding fixed but it is worth it. Any two wheeled vehic...
by tyred
11 Sep 2013, 1:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Self-infliction
Replies: 47
Views: 4189

Re: Self-infliction

A fixed wheel bike is perfectly safe if ridden correctly.
by tyred
15 Aug 2013, 1:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What do you want on your tombstone?
Replies: 42
Views: 9111

Re: What do you want on your tombstone?

I don't need no tombstone.

I believe I shall live forever and will continue in that belief until the day I die.