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by aljohn
14 Dec 2017, 11:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Catcher
Replies: 69
Views: 60845

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 fang. Building my Dolan I found in my "spares-if-I-must" box of rubbish a couple of plastic clamps that were to hold a full size pump. I fitted one of these to the seat tube and that seems to be working fine too. Also from the Decathlon was a clamp that fitted below the spacers on the steerer tube. You leave this loose until you've adjusted the bearings via the top cap. Then tighten the lower clamp, you can then dismantle topcap, spacers, stem, leaving the bearingsintact and correctly adjusted. I think it's brilliant (I don't get out much), but I've never seen another one fitted to a bike.......
by aljohn
13 Dec 2017, 9:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ribble mudguards
Replies: 3
Views: 475

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: 475

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 in their catalogue. I was unable to access their website tonight so wondered…. Has anyone any knowledge of the mudguards, make, accessibility, cost?
I'd appreciate any comments - also any recommendations for 23c/25c tyres that are robust, and cheap. And Merry Christmas to all on this forum.
by aljohn
18 Aug 2017, 4:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is the point of Tubeless tyres ?
Replies: 63
Views: 4031

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: 1624

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-channel.I haven't been over 100mph - yet....god knows why that makes any difference to the wantability of a bike computer. Get a grip, lifes too short
by aljohn
17 Aug 2017, 7:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Freehub a bit too free - not engaging - options
Replies: 46
Views: 2679

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 a while, then tried again a few hours later. Three days after it finally worked OK and I no longer had any problems with it. Perhaps I was just lucky, but I would persevere with the wd40/oil for a while before taking it apart or replacing it. But then I am a tight old git.....
by aljohn
24 Jun 2017, 6:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain rattle and bumpy ride
Replies: 8
Views: 675

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 appropriate sprocket does quieten things down considerably, so I'll have to make myself stick to that....I do love that little ring, though, sigh. And I think that Brucey was very rude to suggest I pedal harder, I feel quite hurt :( I know he's right, but everyone else knows now. With the disappearance of tyre tread so quickly it looks like a pair of 25c replacements will be appearing soon. I wasn't concerned about the thread count, I just wondered if the spokes being radial would give a harder ride than the tangential spokes I've always had before?
by aljohn
23 Jun 2017, 3:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain rattle and bumpy ride
Replies: 8
Views: 675

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 perfectly and I'm pleased with them. I adjusted the new KMC chain so there is no spare chain to flap about on the big/big and the chain climbs easily on to the largest sprocket. However, when in small/small on a bumpy road there is a lot of chain rattle - quelle surprise! To be quite honest it is no big deal, but I have tried fiddling with the b screw and that does not seem to make any difference. I wondered if the rear mech, if new, would have kept the chain a little more taut, or am I trying to interfere with the law of physics and should just shut up and keep riding?
The bumpy ride I attribute to a pair of Specialised wheels - 20 radial spokes at the front and the rear has 12 radial spokes on the non drive side and 12 tangential spokes on the drive side. Fitted with Vittorio training tyres, 23c. I've only done 657 miles and the centre tread has virtually lost the tread pattern....
Sorry for the long post, if you've read this far feel free to criticise my choice of components,my thinking, whatever.
As I said, I'm happy with my build and will continue to use it, but I'm curious what others think. Thanks
by aljohn
21 Jun 2017, 9:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stainless Steel water bottles
Replies: 92
Views: 8024

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: 5523

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 a fair load in saddlebag and panniers. It made me feel really weak - I have a Ribble with a 9 speed triple Campag, a Saracen 9 speed compact Campag, a Dolan 10 speed Ultegra compact. And I'm willing to bet I'd not cope with a 4 speed hub gear on any of my bikes - I've obviously got too soft in my old age...sob.....
by aljohn
15 May 2017, 6:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crank bolt bottoming out?
Replies: 13
Views: 1697

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 speed. Fitting it the other way the drive side all lined up perfectly, but the non drive side was 1/2" further out. Because I wanted to ride my 'new' bike I rode it like that with the intention of swapping the axle for
one that was the correct size....eventually..... I totally forgot all about it. That was in 2010, No problems riding it like that,so far..... all the best of luck.
by aljohn
2 May 2017, 9:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sandals
Replies: 110
Views: 14730

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: 3339

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 frame. I retapped them and fitted two new ones. As I said, I was lucky, I don't know if you would be able to do the same with the position of your adjusters. Best of luck.
by aljohn
10 Apr 2017, 10:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anybody recognise this??
Replies: 34
Views: 2111

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 eyes, so I used it for several years as a normal, geared bike.
Perhaps your frame was a similar build and was intended to be used for a regular club rider, back in the day.
by aljohn
2 Apr 2017, 8:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Snapped bars
Replies: 73
Views: 3722

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 comfort - most of my riding was on the road. As I pulled the stem up there was a semi circular crack around the stem, fractionally below the lock nut, and invisible until then. The crack was rusty, so I assume that rain water had sat in that tiny space and slowly rusted my stem. I think I was lucky to have found it, but surprised that the crack just went half way around the stem. When I think of the force when hauling on the bars in a sprint then I was lucky that there was still some steel supporting me. I didn't buy a Cinelli stem to replace it.... mind you I possibly bought an alloy one, which perhaps wasn't the cleverest idea with steel bars...?