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by Steve O'C
9 Nov 2020, 12:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Daylight lights
Replies: 25
Views: 1056

Re: Daylight lights

I too am a convert to a dynamo hub but the OP wanted flashing lights. As far as I am aware none of the dynamo powered lights, front or rear have a flashing mode.
by Steve O'C
18 Oct 2020, 10:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is my Dented Jamis Nova Sport aluminium Frame salvageable?
Replies: 19
Views: 678

Re: Is my Dented Jamis Nova Sport aluminium Frame salvageable?

I think the standard reply on bike forms to this sort of question is to say it will be fine to ride. PS can I have your shoes when you die. Seriously this looks like it has been in a high impact front end shunt. As well as the creased downtube the forks will have sustained a significant impact. This...
by Steve O'C
15 Oct 2020, 11:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Protect the controller while upside down
Replies: 17
Views: 887

Re: Protect the controller while upside down

https://www.velominati.com/ Rule 49: It is completely unacceptable to intentionally turn one’s steed upside down for any reason under any circumstances. Besides the risk of scratching the saddle, levers and stem, it is unprofessional and a disgrace to your loyal steed. The risk of the bike falling ...
by Steve O'C
7 Oct 2020, 10:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Combined spd pedals.
Replies: 19
Views: 854

Re: Combined spd pedals.

I have some touring platform pedals as well (Shimano A530) which are great in the dry but the aluminium platform is really slippy in the winter. Just something to be aware of if you consider something similar. I have the same pedals and have also found them slippy in the wet. Looks like this model ...
by Steve O'C
24 Sep 2020, 5:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sand the finish off steerer to help install crown race?
Replies: 20
Views: 675

Re: Sand the finish off steerer to help install crown race?

I have no idea how it would work out in practice, but IN THEORY heating up the crown race (Gas mark 8 for ten minutes should do it)


I have used this method and it worked for me.
by Steve O'C
4 Jul 2020, 1:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Maybe steel isn't so real.....
Replies: 153
Views: 6328

Re: Maybe steel isn't so real.....

Came across this youtube video which has some interesting insights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lb4ktAbmr_4

<retreats to safe distance>


He seems to have left the forks out of the equation?

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by Steve O'C
6 Jun 2020, 6:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: surface rust vs pitting - how do they differ/look ?
Replies: 20
Views: 703

Re: surface rust vs pitting - how do they differ/look ?

I also have a Raleigh Randonneur and noticed that I had a similar problem with the front forks. The rest of the frame is fine. I took to the forks to Coloutr-Tech a couple of days ago to get them re-sprayed. https://www.colour-tech.co.uk/ Dave took out a scalpel and scraped off the paint which seeme...
by Steve O'C
6 Jun 2020, 1:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Light for a saddle bag
Replies: 21
Views: 736

Re: Light for a saddle bag

I just bought one of these from Planet X

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https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/LIJOBDSBW/jobsworth-bobby-dazzler-flasher-sbw-3w-180-lumen

It is lightweight and bright and attaches with a clip and an elasticated strap.

I doubt it would be very waterproof.
by Steve O'C
5 Jun 2020, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel building machines
Replies: 69
Views: 2011

Re: Wheel building machines

Jobst Brandt on machine built wheels.... Discuss limits of machine built wheels. Thanks for posting this link. In the post when discussing how to reduce spoke twisting he says: I found that unloading the spoke to be adjusted a better method, and with a rigid truing stand this is easily done. Since ...
by Steve O'C
31 May 2020, 12:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: V Brake failure
Replies: 12
Views: 586

Re: V Brake failure

Thanks for all the replies. The bike is at least 10 years old (it has a sticker on it from a local bike shop that closed 10 years ago). It is well used but not so well maintained. I would be tempted to try a repair on my own bike that I could keep an eye on but as it happened I had a spare set of br...
by Steve O'C
30 May 2020, 8:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: V Brake failure
Replies: 12
Views: 586

V Brake failure

Friend of mine brought her bike round because the "cable had snapped". In fact as you can see what has happened is that the bracket that the noodle sits in had bent rendering the brake suddenly useless. For such a safety critical part the design seems to rely on a tiny tab of metal. I know...
by Steve O'C
22 May 2020, 9:23am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?
Replies: 36
Views: 2690

Re: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?

Thread resurrection alert :) True shimmy is a rather rare and somewhat mysterious phenomenon that some people like to debate about until the cows come home. If you are getting some sort of vibration or wobble or whatever regularly, there is a problem that should be investigated. There is nothing inh...
by Steve O'C
21 May 2020, 8:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rims for Audax Bike with Dynamo Hub
Replies: 16
Views: 481

Re: Rims for Audax Bike with Dynamo Hub

My poshest bike has H PLUS SON Archetype rims and my more often used one Exal LX17. In a blind test, on the same bike with the same tyres, I doubt I'd be able to tell which. I also have this combination and agree with the above. If you are planning on using the Archetype rims then I would recommend...
by Steve O'C
16 May 2020, 7:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vitus 979
Replies: 22
Views: 723

Re: Vitus 979

I have an Alan Super Record. Similar bike but tubes are screwed and glued and I think the Super Record had thicker tubes to make it stiffer. My frame is 52cm and also rides beautifully. 02-IMG_8190.JPG I have been slightly put off riding it by the stories of fork failure. I do not suppose there is a...
by Steve O'C
4 May 2020, 6:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Allergies
Replies: 18
Views: 3400

Re: Allergies

You poor thing. I hope you are feeling better now. From your story and the photograph my money would be on this being a Photocontact Dermatitis caused by coming in to contact with a plant then being exposed to sunlight. https://dermnetnz.org/topics/photocontact-dermatitis/ If so I would expect only ...