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by Mr. Viking
22 Aug 2014, 3:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey X-RD5(W) issues
Replies: 11
Views: 1720

Re: Sturmey X-RD5(W) issues

I'm working through the same issue, but when stripping the hub I'm not able to get the drive side bearing cup off. I've tried using a hammer and punch but am approaching the point where I'm worried I'll break it. Am I being too gentle with it or is there something I'm missing
by Mr. Viking
22 Aug 2014, 11:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: My first tour (I didn't make it)
Replies: 93
Views: 10103

Re: My first tour (I didn't make it)

don't concern yourself too much over the 100kg recommended limit for the bike. I weigh in at 120 and carry up to 30kg on my bikes. Have not had any serious issues. Braking can be hairy though and it's a good idea to make sure nuts are all tightened and wheels are straight. Never had one fail under m...
by Mr. Viking
17 Jul 2014, 10:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cruelty to bikes
Replies: 22
Views: 3623

Re: Cruelty to bikes

If there were rules about this I would have been banned from cycling many times over :oops: turns out riding in the sea isn't good for gears. Or suspension. Or riding into walls to see how fast the bike stops. How about cutting a spoke to see what happens. Or using the maximum chain angle possible b...
by Mr. Viking
17 Jul 2014, 10:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke Nipple Sizes
Replies: 4
Views: 2216

Re: Spoke Nipple Sizes

I measured mine with (99p) vernier calipers. I think they were either 3.2 or 3.3mm, couldn't be sure. Suppose that would mean 3.25mm, though presumption does precede a fall. My (cheapo again) spoke key wouldn't fit properly.Going to see about getting a good one for the weekend. Need to get this bike...
by Mr. Viking
16 Jul 2014, 7:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: tubeless tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 1533

Re: tubeless tyres

Trouble is, won't tubeless tyres have to go on tubeless rims? yes, I would guess they are more difficult to maintain at home. I was having a look at them until I realised new rims would be needed. Read something about a sealant system that can be used, but it seems very fiddly and doesn't satisfy m...
by Mr. Viking
16 Jul 2014, 6:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Jailed for messing a Merc
Replies: 12
Views: 2399

Re: Jailed for messing a Merc

I didn't know car washes were so expensive.
by Mr. Viking
15 Jul 2014, 7:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: We should always be allowed to do this!
Replies: 13
Views: 2443

Re: We should always be allowed to do this!

Mick F wrote:Wow!

I've rode through the Clyde Tunnel many many many times, but it isn't as far .............. or as iconic.

Clyde Tunnel is great fun. Not sure if it still is,but at one point it was the steepest tunnel in the world
by Mr. Viking
14 Jul 2014, 6:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Friction gears?
Replies: 36
Views: 24278

Re: Friction gears?

Bike-Rich wrote:Many thanks, I understand now :)

For down-tube shifting, is it required for the frame to have provision for the fitting or is it braze-on type?

you can get shifters which fit braze ons or you can get band-on shifters which are attached with a contracting band
by Mr. Viking
7 Jul 2014, 8:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small metalwork Job
Replies: 8
Views: 1821

Re: Small metalwork Job

I work next to a steel fabricator. They have told me they can produce just about anything. Not sure about coming in off the street for it, or whether the finish would be great, but if you know a fabricator, or a friend of a friend, that would be worth contacting as a start. Do you know the dimension...
by Mr. Viking
30 Oct 2013, 10:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: dynohub designed for 20" wheels in a 28" wheel size?
Replies: 4
Views: 1742

Re: dynohub designed for 20" wheels in a 28" wheel size?

The larger wheel will rotate at 70% the rate of the smaller wheel for any given speed. This means that the light will not reach full brightness until a slightly higher speed. In my experience with dynamos they reach full brightness slightly above walking pace so this shouldn't be an issue. I've only...
by Mr. Viking
28 Oct 2013, 11:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: dutch style roadster..
Replies: 25
Views: 3783

Re: dutch style roadster..

you'll grow to love the hub brakes
by Mr. Viking
28 Oct 2013, 11:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: dutch style roadster..
Replies: 25
Views: 3783

Re: dutch style roadster..

I have a Dawes graduate. Do most of my cycling on it. 5 speed gears, hub brakes. It has not been zero maintenance but much closer than other bikes I have used. I had trouble with the rear wheel moving in the stays but i have never ridden a bike where this has not been an issue. One thing I like are ...
by Mr. Viking
28 Oct 2013, 11:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: That one hill...
Replies: 31
Views: 4744

Re: That one hill...

hill outside my parents' house. I know I should be able to climb it fine, but every time when I'm about halfway up (it's very short but rather steep) whatever bike I'm on will have some sort of malfunction causing me to fall off or otherwise come to a stop. I'm not superstitious but I'm sick of it h...
by Mr. Viking
30 Sep 2013, 11:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Deliberate or not?
Replies: 16
Views: 2787

Re: Deliberate or not?

If it was deliberate I think they could have mustered a bit more than that. I see that sort of quantity fall off trailers all the time, especially when maneuvering. Nobody could notice that amount falling out of a tractor trailer, remember that they often tow several tons of the stuff.
by Mr. Viking
30 Sep 2013, 11:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hows your workshop?
Replies: 13
Views: 8002

Re: Hows your workshop?

I prefer to work away from where my sleep, otherwise I get up during the night and fiddle, and find it harder to get to sleep. On a personal note, I received a Nuffield bursary to go on a work placement while I was at school.