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by Steve O'C
4 Jul 2020, 1:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Maybe steel isn't so real.....
Replies: 153
Views: 5936

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: 689

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: 725

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: 1982

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: 560

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: 560

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: 2334

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: 458

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: 698

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: 3395

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 ...
by Steve O'C
4 May 2020, 6:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Inner tube concerns
Replies: 8
Views: 344

Re: Inner tube concerns

Jobst Brandt said; A tube can be folded into as small a package as when it was new and practically airless, by sucking the air out while using the finger opposite the stem to prevent re-inflation. This is not done by inhaling but by puckering the cheeks. Although the powders inside tubes are not poi...
by Steve O'C
21 Apr 2020, 8:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New wheel build, spoke seating question
Replies: 9
Views: 554

Re: New wheel build, spoke seating question

Thanks, I tried to measure the flange thickness but with the spokes still in situ I could not get my calipers on straight. FWIW the hub is much smoother than the Nexus dynamo hub that was in the Decathlon wheel it replaced. I see that you can now get clones of the DT Swiss spoke tension meter on eBa...
by Steve O'C
20 Apr 2020, 10:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New wheel build, spoke seating question
Replies: 9
Views: 554

Re: New wheel build, spoke seating question

I am a novice wheelbuilder and this is the only spoke tension meter I have used. You just place it on the spoke and release the spring tension to take a reading. IMG_20200420_210146882.jpg Seems to give the same reading each time. However to translate that in to spoke tension relies on this spring a...
by Steve O'C
6 Apr 2020, 1:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Castelli sizing ?
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Castelli sizing ?

[Could you let me know the circumference of your hand, all the way round where you've got the tape. That's the measurement that the company uses.]

22cm measured like this
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by Steve O'C
6 Apr 2020, 7:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Castelli sizing ?
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: Castelli sizing ?

These size large gloves
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Fit my hands

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I would say slightly smaller than other brands I have tried.
Steve