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by Brucey
23 Apr 2019, 6:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Preventing spokes unwinding
Replies: 24
Views: 549

Re: Preventing spokes unwinding

part of the issue here is that the Open Elite rim is a rim design that is not especially stiff, by modern standards (it is basically a slight revision to the Open Sport/MA3 design). Another part of the issue is that whilst the rim is superficially similar to its predecessors, it may differ enough in...
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 10:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...who buys this stuff?
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: ...who buys this stuff?

the Silca brand has been sold in recent times and has been relaunched as a boutique brand, complete with vastly increased prices. The kit may be (slightly) better made, but BITD you could buy a silca track pump for the cost of one or two tubs, and these days it is more than that. What has happened i...
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 10:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the art of bicycle folding/packing for transport; modifications for rinko etc.
Replies: 2
Views: 72

the art of bicycle folding/packing for transport; modifications for rinko etc.

I thought I'd start a separate thread for folk to discuss various ways of making bikes easier to pack down small/fold etc. Japanese cyclists who travel by train have evolved this 'Rinko' approach to a fine art and there are parts available to help achieve it. However there are lots of DIY solutions ...
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 7:51pm
Forum: Wanted
Topic: 30T sprocket + a few chainrings + V brakes
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: 30T sprocket + a few chainrings + V brakes

I'm after one, possibly two 30T Shimano pattern sprockets to work with 9/10 speed systems. . if these sprockets are to go in the low gear position then you need to be aware that 9s and 10s sprockets are not the same as one another; 10s sprockets for this position are slightly dished but 9s ones are...
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 7:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Uses for a dead D-lock.
Replies: 12
Views: 435

Re: Uses for a dead D-lock.

-mount it to your bike as extra training ballast; several such locks will guarantee that you get extra-fit - you can use several such D locks to make horse-shoe like things and play a new game; 'D-lock shackle quoits' (*) (*) the entry qualification for this new sport is that you have been a victim ...
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 6:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 33
Views: 865

Re: Best Folding Tourer?

PH wrote:
tmac100 wrote:
Heinz Stucke used a Brompton to tour 60K km in around 50 YEARS of touring.

Nice bit of Brompton marketing, but I don’t think he’s used a Brompton for many of those 50 years.


indeed; it would involve time travel amongst other things...

cheers
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 6:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Derailleur compatability problem
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: Front Derailleur compatability problem

Problem is identifying what's what, no idea what anything is. As for repairing it, might be worth a go, have the means, certainly. Just need to figure out how to tension the spring as never seen one unbroken! :D IIRC I used a small pair of pliers to persuade the spring end past the new peg; I may h...
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 6:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 8 - sealing & servicing
Replies: 11
Views: 1304

Re: Shimano Alfine 8 - sealing & servicing

Thank you, Brucey. I'm observing the leak rate for now. It went down, but there's still a bit more grease appearing on the LHS after every 10-20 km. Do you have an idea what a reasonable service interval would be on a hub filled with the land rover SFG? In other words, what can possibly happen if t...
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 2:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 33
Views: 865

Re: Best Folding Tourer?

Rinko is more an approach/modification than a specific type of bike; adaptations to the bike include QD fastenings for the headset, rack, mudguards etc; to get the package size small enough the forks have to come out. Rinko was specifically worked out to allow touring bikes to be taken on the train...
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 2:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Folding Tourer?
Replies: 33
Views: 865

Re: Best Folding Tourer?

….I once posted (a long time ago) that there are claims made that you can do anything on any bike, even a unicycle (and there are people around to prove it). It completely blows away all the discussion about doubles and triples and rolling resistance of tyres and, well everything. I'm not party to ...
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 2:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 722
Views: 144947

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

there's a 26" wheel with hub, internals and shifter on ebay right now, for £50....?

cheers
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 2:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Derailleur compatability problem
Replies: 7
Views: 170

Re: Front Derailleur compatability problem

FWIW I have successfully repaired these mechs by replacing the spring peg with a steel pin; I used a short length of spoke in a drilled hole, bonded in with adhesive.

cheers
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 1:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal tap set
Replies: 14
Views: 506

Re: Pedal tap set

FWIW pedal threads are handed so that they are meant to self-tighten (precess) in use. However things that may inhibit this include - that there is insufficent grease on the threads - that the pedal isn't screwed in far enough - that the pedal threads are damaged to start with - that the pedals are ...
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 9:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Preventing spokes unwinding
Replies: 24
Views: 549

Re: Preventing spokes unwinding

it depends very much on the rider too. I know I can't build a rear wheel for me (or one or two of my chums) using an Open Elite (formerly known as Open Sport, MA3 more or less) in a conventionally dished wheel (130mm/8s) unless the NDS nipples are threadlocked. As suggested above it doesn't matter w...
by Brucey
22 Apr 2019, 9:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Derailleur Hanger alignment tool ?
Replies: 45
Views: 1135

Re: Derailleur Hanger alignment tool ?

On a mech. with a high range of gears resulting in a large 90 degree swivel of the cage it's theoretically possible for a mech that is aligned properly when the cage is vertical to be slightly miss aligned when its horizontal, if the hanger is not quite straight or twisted slightly. However I'm not...