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by Sweep
16 Oct 2019, 10:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing a stuck chainring bolt
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Re: Removing a stuck chainring bolt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6SCwijgdyQ Will try that sometime in next few days and report back. If not, it's the drill. Suppose on the bright side, this will ensure that I don't do anything (or at least this thing) so daft again. Seem to remember that I did it once before, though retrieved the...
by Sweep
16 Oct 2019, 10:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Dolce Vita
Replies: 34
Views: 2343

Re: La Dolce Vita

Well your next project conrad.

Am sure folk on here would be interested.

We can take it :)
by Sweep
16 Oct 2019, 5:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing a stuck chainring bolt
Replies: 10
Views: 223

Removing a stuck chainring bolt

Must admit to being profoundly ashamed for having to post this. Will try to explain as best as I can. I was doing some tinkering with an unused 8 speed triple Shimano chainset, seeing if I could get some brand new chainrings from another Shimano 9 speed series to fit it. In screwing the new 9 speed ...
by Sweep
16 Oct 2019, 10:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Jacket recommendation for present
Replies: 8
Views: 411

Re: Jacket recommendation for present

First, I would recommend getting a separate rucksack cover from an outfitter or outdoors specialist. As for the jacket, for the sort of thing you describe, I would recommend Pearl Izumi. It's what I would get if I were to splurge a bit. https://www.pearlizumi.co.uk/men-s-elite-wxb-jacket waterproof...
by Sweep
16 Oct 2019, 12:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes
Replies: 22
Views: 795

Re: Cantilever brakes

Do Vs have any disadvantages compared to the best cantis? yes; as previously noted most V brakes are easily damaged (in a way that isn't always obvious) if the steering swings to one side. There is also a different range of brake levers for each brake type; this may affect your choice of brake as m...
by Sweep
16 Oct 2019, 12:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Dolce Vita
Replies: 34
Views: 2343

Re: La Dolce Vita

I think the words are perfectly understandable and well arranged. I don’t believe all of them, but enough of them ring true to make the reading good. The photos are crap and add much to the story. La vita depicted is far from dolce, although some beauty is apparent as in a William Eggleston picture...
by Sweep
16 Oct 2019, 12:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: La Dolce Vita
Replies: 34
Views: 2343

Re: La Dolce Vita

ConRAD wrote:... very frankly speaking I can't understand this thread. Thank you.

:)

I can see where you are coming from, but maybe you need to discover your inner Brit.

The forum awaits your reports of your travels around our damp island with interest.
by Sweep
15 Oct 2019, 11:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano chainsets and chainrings
Replies: 13
Views: 451

Re: Shimano chainsets and chainrings

The choice of triples compatible with square taper bottom brackets seems to have dropped right off. I'd have liked a 9-speed compatible triple to use for my new bike build but have had to use a Spa XD2 triple which seems to work OK with 7/8-speed but not 9 from past experience. I'm using an XD2 on ...
by Sweep
15 Oct 2019, 11:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes
Replies: 22
Views: 795

Re: Cantilever brakes

The wide arm tektros are (as pointed out in a post above) a low-ish MA canti, and furthermore changing the straddle height doesn't alter the MA much. Mid-arm cantis such as the aforementioned shorty, shimano BR-CX50 and BR-CX70 have a higher MA to start with and furthermore this can be increased by...
by Sweep
15 Oct 2019, 11:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame "prepping" - maybe daft question
Replies: 35
Views: 952

Re: Frame "prepping" - maybe daft question

Seeing as frame has no moving parts, it should at least be ready-to-use when the customer receives it. That fact that almost all complete bikes would benefit from additional fettling is a different issue. They can at least (usually!) be ridden safely and are generally fit-for-purpose. A bike frame ...
by Sweep
15 Oct 2019, 11:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame "prepping" - maybe daft question
Replies: 35
Views: 952

Re: Frame "prepping" - maybe daft question

I make precisely the same recommendation with new shimano hubs; you can 'wait until they need a service' but IME it is often too late; you can choose to service the hubs when they are clean, new and undamaged, or you can wait until they are already wrecked before you try and do something. Guess whi...
by Sweep
15 Oct 2019, 11:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame "prepping" - maybe daft question
Replies: 35
Views: 952

Re: Frame "prepping" - maybe daft question

apologies if this is obvious but a good portion of (unprepped) frames are sold via LBSs. The costs of prep work carried out in the factory would be passed on to the LBSs, who won't welcome any such thing; they are perfectly capable of doing this work themselves, they get paid for it (it is part of ...
by Sweep
15 Oct 2019, 11:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner
Replies: 90
Views: 3565

Re: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner

Can't help wondering if the trip into town for degreaser was an alibi.

Screwfix and beer don't seem like natural bedfellows.
by Sweep
15 Oct 2019, 2:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame "prepping" - maybe daft question
Replies: 35
Views: 952

Re: Frame "prepping" - maybe daft question

One the occasions when I (or a good friend) have ended up with a new bike, I have always taken it to bits and refitted/checked everything properly. It has never yet been time wasted. cheers Yes, when I bought my new Ridgeback Expedition I did pretty sharpish take the (Octalink) BB out to check that...
by Sweep
15 Oct 2019, 1:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Night lights, side of bars?
Replies: 14
Views: 445

Re: Night lights, side of bars?

Thanks for replies - I think I'll stop wondering/fretting. Most of my bikes have lights mounted on forward extensions. This sort of thing where the bar for plonking stuff on can be moved left and right. One or two of these have THIN mounts just to the right of the bar clamp but the bar on the end go...