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by aljohn
14 Dec 2017, 11:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Catcher
Replies: 69
Views: 60366

Re: Chain Catcher

About 8 years ago I bought a Ribble Audax frame and fitted nearly all the rest of the bike from a Decathlon I'd bought as spares or repairs.It came with a dog fang which I fitted, and it works a treat. I've only unshipped the chain about 4 times, but the chainstay has not been marked 'cos of the dog...
by aljohn
13 Dec 2017, 9:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ribble mudguards
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Re: ribble mudguards

thanks for the replies, never heard of tortec, I'll have to look them up- cheers
by aljohn
13 Dec 2017, 6:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ribble mudguards
Replies: 3
Views: 462

ribble mudguards

I popped into Ribble Cycles shop in Birmingham today. I saw some nice looking mudguards on a lot of the bikes. They were very neat and, if not too expensive, I thought I might get some after Christmas. I asked the shop assistant if they sold them separately, He said they did but couldn't find them i...
by aljohn
18 Aug 2017, 4:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is the point of Tubeless tyres ?
Replies: 63
Views: 3993

Re: What is the point of Tubeless tyres ?

Reading the posts on tubeless tyres to my wife , she pointed out that SKY re invented the wheel years ago by making really round wheels....I think she has a point.....
by aljohn
18 Aug 2017, 3:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do any cheap wireless bike computers not say 99.99 MPH as the max speed?
Replies: 21
Views: 1619

Re: Do any cheap wireless bike computers not say 99.99 MPH as the max speed?

I bought a wireless , waterproof cycle computer from China a couple of months ago for £6.29 post free. It has worked flawlessly (cross fingers). Speed, top, average. time, time taken. It doesn't want to know my age, weight, won't tell me how many calories I've used (as if I care). Via Ebay, from new...
by aljohn
17 Aug 2017, 7:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Freehub a bit too free - not engaging - options
Replies: 46
Views: 2643

Re: Freehub a bit too free - not engaging - options

Some years ago I bought a Carrera Virtuoso on Ebay.I fetched it from 20 miles away through icy roads and found the bike had been left outside for several weeks! When at home I stripped it and found the freewheel, er, freewheeled backwards and forwards. I put loads of wd40 in it and just spun it for ...
by aljohn
24 Jun 2017, 6:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain rattle and bumpy ride
Replies: 8
Views: 636

Re: chain rattle and bumpy ride

Thanks for the replies. Just to clarify, I very rarely use big/big, but it's there to use if I want it. Also the jockey wheels are pretty well stretched out in that gear, so I haven't got any chain links to take out. The chain doesn't touch the chainstay at all. I agree that using the big ring and a...
by aljohn
23 Jun 2017, 3:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain rattle and bumpy ride
Replies: 8
Views: 636

chain rattle and bumpy ride

Building my Dolan involved buying,mainly, good used components. So I ,ahem, sometimes got carried away with a bargain of the decade or so. I've fitted Shimano Ultegra brakes, shifters and mechs, short cage rear mech. 11/28 cassette, new, and 34/50 Stronglight chainset, also new. The gears work perfe...
by aljohn
21 Jun 2017, 9:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stainless Steel water bottles
Replies: 92
Views: 7832

Re: Stainless Steel water bottles

What are the thoughts, if any, on SIGG (switzerland) aluminium water bottles? I bought a beautiful blue one at the ctc jumble sale in Birmingham - mainly 'cos it matched my Dolan, as you do. It was an unused new bottle with a screw top. I haven't used it yet. But I will have to try it out soon.
by aljohn
30 May 2017, 5:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: When I were a lad...
Replies: 36
Views: 5519

Re: When I were a lad...

I can relate to the ancient gears in my youth too, but I recently read a book by Ragged Staff, Rex Coley, I used to love his tales when I were young. They are a little dated now, but I read when he was thrilled to be fitting a 4 speed hub gear to his normally 3 speed tandem. His wife and he carried ...
by aljohn
15 May 2017, 6:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crank bolt bottoming out?
Replies: 13
Views: 1687

Re: Crank bolt bottoming out?

I doubt very much if you notice the difference when riding. I bought a Ribble frame to fit all the components from a Decathlon Btwin, which included Campag triple chainset. I automatically fitted the long end of the axle to the drive side and the inner ring was level with the small sprocket - 9 spee...
by aljohn
2 May 2017, 9:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sandals
Replies: 110
Views: 14677

Re: Sandals

I shan't know where to look if I meet you, deliquium - me in my lycra, you in sun cream and sandals. Don't you frighten the horses? And mick f, why not bodge some holes in your old cycling shoes? Think of the money you'll save for ice cream in the heat.
by aljohn
2 May 2017, 8:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear cable frame adjusters both snapped!
Replies: 13
Views: 3314

Re: Gear cable frame adjusters both snapped!

I've just recently finished my build of an early aluminium Dolan . It had some corrosion which was easy to remove, but the cable adjusters had been snapped off and painted over ? Luckily the adjusters were very close to the head tube so I was able to drill them out without the chuck damaging the fra...
by aljohn
10 Apr 2017, 10:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anybody recognise this??
Replies: 34
Views: 2104

Re: Anybody recognise this??

I don't recognise the frame, but around 1960 I bought a Carlton Flyer road/path frame and rode fixed for a number of years. After a few years away from cycling I had the track ends taken off and Campag gear ends fitted. The frame was more path than track, drilled for brakes, front and rear, mudguard...
by aljohn
2 Apr 2017, 8:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Snapped bars
Replies: 73
Views: 3686

Re: Snapped bars

About 1960 I bought a Carlton Flyer track frame - new. It was a steel frame , so chuffed was I that I bought - new - Cinelli steel track bars and stem. After a years use I decided that I'd been a little ambitious in my (personal) bike fit and thought the handlebars could be raised a little for comfo...