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by rjb
25 Feb 2020, 5:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Primus Pump Lucky I Did Not Need It
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Primus Pump Lucky I Did Not Need It

Checked my box of spare pumps but I couldn't find any with those screw on caps. Plastic pumps were pretty common and supplied with bikes maybe 20 years ago. Most had those screw on plastic caps. I suspect they had failed in the manner yours had so have been binned. :(
by rjb
25 Feb 2020, 8:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Epoxy
Replies: 26
Views: 619

Re: Epoxy

Just a little warning if you are using anything with acetone. It can melt your plastic lenses. So be careful if you have plastic lenses in your specs. I had plastic lenses in my specs as my optician recommended these for cycling as less prone to shattering in the event of an accident. They got splas...
by rjb
24 Feb 2020, 9:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Primus Pump Lucky I Did Not Need It
Replies: 7
Views: 287

Re: Primus Pump Lucky I Did Not Need It

Those screw on caps may be a standard item across a range of cheap plastic pumps. I had a similar failure on a pump which came with a new bike. Fortunately it was a MTB wheel which needed pumping on the road following a visitation :( The pump held together with hand pressure to get enough air in to ...
by rjb
24 Feb 2020, 1:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A better chain wear checker?
Replies: 39
Views: 1061

Re: A better chain wear checker?

I rotate the chain on the tandem every month now. The old chain gets cleaned and hang on a nail with a new one for comparison behind. I don't get too hung up about chain wear :lol: Bruce's post from 3 years may provide some help. You've got plenty of time to take it in whilst it's still raining. htt...
by rjb
23 Feb 2020, 1:01pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How's your weather?
Replies: 80
Views: 2267

Re: How's your weather?

Damp and dreary ............. still. I don't think we've had two consecutive dry full days since September or October. Cycling is (for me at least) a pleasurable pastime. I really wanted today to be nice or at least ok for a good ride, but it's blowing a gale and raining ........... again. :( Not c...
by rjb
23 Feb 2020, 9:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nutrak Slick eBay
Replies: 16
Views: 486

Re: Nutrak Slick eBay

My experience of Nutrack Marathons from twenty years ago was that they were very hard wearing. I would get 12k miles out of a rear 700c tyre. Downsides were they were slippery from new and you had to be careful for the first couple of hundred miles. Not the tyre to fit in the winter when they were s...
by rjb
22 Feb 2020, 7:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Turn any bike into a cargo trike
Replies: 20
Views: 4456

Re: Turn any bike into a cargo trike

mercalia wrote:I came across this ecargo bike parked opposite side to Lidl in Streatham

has a bottom bracket drive?


How much booze and sacks of logs does it carry :lol:
by rjb
19 Feb 2020, 3:33pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Vintage Campag hubs and sundries "SOLD"
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Vintage Campag hubs and sundries "SOLD"

Vintage Campag items. Nice shiney Gransport Large flange rear Hub 36 spoke. oln 122mm but could be respaced to whatever you need with a new axle (available from many retailers) pair of nuovo tipo small flange hubs front 32 and rear 40 complete with skewers. Rear oln of 123mm. Note the skewers are ca...
by rjb
15 Feb 2020, 5:46pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?
Replies: 130
Views: 3697

Re: Coronavirus (aka COVID-19) - just how serious?

Hi all, The virus definitely had me worried until I worked out that I might have acquired immunity in childhood??? Yep, I drank so much "Corona" pop as a sprog that I think I'm safe! The Corona wagon would be up and down our street very frequently, much to the chagrin of Mum :lol: :lol: :...
by rjb
15 Feb 2020, 12:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is Black Sludge (rim brake question)?
Replies: 41
Views: 1469

Re: What is Black Sludge (rim brake question)?

I often recut slots in my brake pads. It also helps to indicate how much brake pad material remains and when you will need to renew the blocks, often well past the limit marks engraved on them. :wink:
by rjb
12 Feb 2020, 4:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SunTour 'New Winner' freewheel; state of the art in 1978
Replies: 24
Views: 1116

Re: SunTour 'New Winner' freewheel; state of the art in 1978

1988 Ron Kit everything cycling catalogue has these pages which might be of interest.
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by rjb
8 Feb 2020, 8:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Marmalade
Replies: 28
Views: 660

Re: Marmalade

Couple of years ago i made a batch of Bramble Jelly. First time i had a go at making jam. Entered it into the village show and much to the consternation of the WI it won first prize. :lol: I decided to retire whilst ahead and didn't enter last year. :lol: What recipe are you using for your blackberr...
by rjb
7 Feb 2020, 8:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Encounter with a tractor
Replies: 13
Views: 706

Re: Encounter with a tractor

It's that time of year. Here on the Somerset levels muck spreading tractors are prolific and they are artic lorry sized, taking up most of the road and laying a mud mat down where they have exited a field. The majority of them are considerate of cyclists usually slowing down and pulling well over as...
by rjb
7 Feb 2020, 5:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How do I test an electronic sensor ( on a rowing machine ) - NOW FIXED!
Replies: 11
Views: 340

Re: How do I test an electronic sensor ( on a rowing machine )

If you cant get it going you could fit a cycle computer. attach the magnet to the flywheel and position the sensor as you would on a bike. It may require a bit of maths calculation to get the wheel size to approximate what you are trying to measure. Ive used one on a wind turbine to measure the revs...
by rjb
6 Feb 2020, 2:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Toolkit pliers?
Replies: 49
Views: 1755

Re: Toolkit pliers?

Back home now so as promised here's my vice grip pliers. Bought as a set of 3 from Aldi for about £5. They do come around every so often. I removed the knurled adjuster from the end and replaced with an Allen screw into which I had pressed a short length of whitworth stud cut from a bolt. Same diame...