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by PT1029
14 Feb 2019, 6:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar Tape
Replies: 34
Views: 862

Re: Handlebar Tape

Yes, start the bar tape at the bottom and work to the stem clamp. However, on the top section wrap so on the way up, you are coming up behind the bars, and then down the front. The pressure/friction of your hands on the tape tends to tighten in. If you wrap coming up at the front, down at the back, ...
by PT1029
9 Feb 2019, 2:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Siezed dual pivot calipers
Replies: 4
Views: 773

Siezed dual pivot calipers

On the "Is there a perfect bike for commuting?" thread on here, I posted to not use dual pivot brakes without mud guards, as they always sieze up (water + winter road salt). I had the best case yet this week at work, Campag Veloce, front and rear calipers siezed (pads sort of just about ru...
by PT1029
8 Feb 2019, 8:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?
Replies: 86
Views: 6012

Re: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?

Not read all the posts... but don't commute with dual pivots and no mudguards. At work every winter I (and a few other on this forum I expect) get quite a few seized up front and rear dual pivot calipers (and a few other designs as well). Sometimes they unseize, often they don't. Then it is complete...
by PT1029
8 Feb 2019, 7:58pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: V21" Men's Dawes Super Galaxy
Replies: 2
Views: 895

Re: V21" Men's Dawes Super Galaxy

Colour/parts/memory suggests it is a 1980's version (Suntour Cyclone gears definately 1980's).
Nothing wrong with that, a good bike at a very good price, with the better butted 531 main tubes rather than plain guage 531.
Should be a good bike for someone! (too small for me).
by PT1029
1 Feb 2019, 7:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Newcastle to Heathrow?
Replies: 28
Views: 2232

Re: Newcastle to Heathrow?

It can be as scenic/safe or not as you make it! Go down the A1 and you'll have a grim time and need good health insurance. Lots of quiet/scenic country all the way (more or less) between Newcastle and London if you avoid the large cities/industrial splurge in between. Down the center of the country ...
by PT1029
30 Jan 2019, 8:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Manchester - A big emphasis is training up engineers
Replies: 16
Views: 2049

Re: Manchester - A big emphasis is training up engineers

"Praise: Manchester, Oxfordshire" not sure where this comes from. OxfordshireCC are better than they were, making good efforts in places, but its the engineers who cock all up for cycle facilities once they get their hands on the plans, indeed, often it could be said they don't even adhere...
by PT1029
24 Jan 2019, 8:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette lockring issue
Replies: 11
Views: 443

Re: Cassette lockring issue

Sometimes I come across stuck lock rings. Put splined tool spanner/chain whip handles on opposite sides, hold (upright) wheel on the ground/tool handles horizontal so you need to push down to loosen. Use a spare finger or 2 to grip the wheel rim/spoke, lift and thump down hard on the ground, the sho...
by PT1029
23 Jan 2019, 9:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Change in Shimano Chainrings ?
Replies: 8
Views: 416

Re: Change in Shimano Chainrings ?

There is a difference. I have had middle rings - correct bolt hole (4) spacing, but the ring wouldn't fit on the crank shoulder. A previous thread I started end up saying it was 8s rings vs 9s rings. The difference on shoulder dimension is (IIRC) to stop bolting a (slightly thicker) 8s ring onto a (...
by PT1029
21 Jan 2019, 9:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Viner Mitus Disc Anniversary gear cable change
Replies: 6
Views: 263

Re: Viner Mitus Disc Anniversary gear cable change

Agree with Brucey, internal cables can be a PITA. I've come up against this, mostly Trek and Specialized. This is only really helpful if you have not removed the cable, so this will only help you if you try it again in the future - however, see note at end. After a google search :- I get a length of...
by PT1029
12 Jan 2019, 5:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cyclus head tube reaming and facing tool
Replies: 16
Views: 579

Re: Cyclus head tube reaming and facing tool

It might be both types of cutters are made, https://www.ra-co.de/fileadmin/Kataloge/Cyclus_Tools_2019/CyclusTools_2019_Eng/8/ has on p8 3 boxes near the top ;- head tube reamer ES, head tube reamer ZS/IS, and head tube facer. The bigger image belowon p8 has the reamer and facer mounted together. I c...
by PT1029
12 Jan 2019, 2:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Top swing or Bottom swing?
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: Top swing or Bottom swing?

If you have no mud guards and are slack with you oiling, from what I see at work top swing ones are far more prone to rusting up stiff/solid, especially if they don't shift gear that often. On a tourer either swing is probably OK subject to previous advice. I have known top swing ones be unable to m...
by PT1029
12 Jan 2019, 2:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: British Eagle
Replies: 12
Views: 657

Re: British Eagle

RE Shomano brake arms, worth using if possible - I have the XT version, the only original moving part still on my tourer (1983) as I can't find better ones (I tried tecktos similar design, didn't fit my bosses). Set post and other things. If looking stuck/stiff, I'd gently heat seat post/BB cups/cra...
by PT1029
5 Jan 2019, 6:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another car head lamp thread
Replies: 14
Views: 2130

Another car head lamp thread

There have been a couple of threads recently on car head lamps. I have a 3rd one. For many years, there have always been those annoying cars driven in the dark with dazzling headlights because they are poorly aligned even when on dipped beam. This winter I have found poorly aligned head lights very ...
by PT1029
28 Dec 2018, 9:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Using a Tag-Along with an adult (rider)
Replies: 16
Views: 728

Re: Using a Tag-Along with an adult (rider)

Tagalongs. An adult would in all probability be too heavy. Don't buy a cheap one, towing brackets always wear, so the tag along leans sideways at an alarming angle - probably the adult is unaware of this, but I have seen many on the school run. For this reason don't buy used. Better quality ones (Bu...
by PT1029
27 Dec 2018, 8:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing BB woes.
Replies: 15
Views: 724

Re: Removing BB woes.

Agree with Brucey's heating comments. Enough heat to drive out water/dry the threads, not to expand it to kingdom come. If you heat with the crank on for some reason, remove the crank bolt first. Once heated/dry, plus gas or WD40 penetrating oil, allow plenty of soak time. (not the regular blue wd40...