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by dsmithave
15 Jul 2019, 12:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: First bike thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 810

Re: First bike thoughts?

Well, I only have one kid but he learnt after 3 bikes. Balance bike seems much better. Islabike seems great, light so you can carry it or they can push uphill. We finally succeeded properly with a very old discarded Raleigh with the cranks removed. Then I pur the cranks back when he wanted to pedal....
by dsmithave
28 Jun 2018, 2:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help! Threaded my left hand crank pedal threads
Replies: 22
Views: 1298

Re: Help! Threaded my left hand crank pedal threads

If you're keen to repair Ceeway offer a tool which reams & taps in one to put in a repair sleeve. Total cost fairly modest but may be more than a cheap crank. I believe it's item 229 here in the "economy tools" section: http://www.framebuilding.com/economy%20workshop%20and%20framebuild...
by dsmithave
20 Jun 2018, 2:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken Balls: How or Why?
Replies: 10
Views: 718

Re: Broken Balls: How or Why?

Well, thankyou all very much for your comments. It gives me something to go on. The bearing was still well greased & the cone only had one very small ding in it, unsurprising after eating bearing fragments for at least 8 miles so failures starting in those areas seem unlikely. Trying to digest t...
by dsmithave
19 Jun 2018, 10:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken Balls: How or Why?
Replies: 10
Views: 718

Broken Balls: How or Why?

The balls in the rear wheel of my tandem became a little off-round and I'd be keen to know why to try & make sure it doesn't happen again. The tandem is an old Peugeot lady back, maybe 1980s, the stoker is now 11 & still light but lazy & I'm no Chris Hoy. The bike gets fairly regular use...
by dsmithave
13 Sep 2017, 10:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tensioning the chain for a hub gear
Replies: 19
Views: 1683

Re: Tensioning the chain for a hub gear

Thanks once again for the discussions. The idea started because my deraillleur setup is getting pretty worn. This is a result of a fairly grubby commuter route and very lazy maintenance; as an indication it was only on cleaning it I remembered it wasn't all originally black when I fitted it. So for ...
by dsmithave
11 Sep 2017, 10:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tensioning the chain for a hub gear
Replies: 19
Views: 1683

Re: Tensioning the chain for a hub gear

Well thankyou all for your replies. A wide spread of possibilities, many of which I hadn't considered and some to suit almost any taste. I'll have to spend some happy hours pondering and measuring, and thanks to Mick F, Possibly buying another bike. Current favourite is the system of changing sprock...
by dsmithave
10 Sep 2017, 9:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tensioning the chain for a hub gear
Replies: 19
Views: 1683

Tensioning the chain for a hub gear

This may be a well discussed question, but I'd welcome help & advice. The main question is what is the best way of tensioning a chain for hub gears in a vertical dropout? The background is I'm toying with replacing the derailleur system on my commuter bike with some hub gears. I have a couple of...
by dsmithave
3 Sep 2017, 9:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rod Brakes - how attached to handlebars?
Replies: 12
Views: 1220

Re: Rod Brakes - how attached to handlebars?

Hi This was roughly the problem I faced quite a few years ago with my Phillips. The only difference was I didn't care about the plating until the handlebar cracked & needed repairing, so I stripped it for repair & re-plating. These are my hazy recollections of reassembly As some of the other...