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by LittleGreyCat
19 Oct 2021, 3:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 27
Views: 852

Re: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

The biro lid is an official engineering tool.

As shown on Page 216 of The Bike Book by Haynes.
1994 edition so more or less the same age as my MTB. :D
by LittleGreyCat
18 Oct 2021, 2:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 27
Views: 852

Re: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

Tweezers might do, but the beauty of the Bic biro lid was the gently curve, which held the ball bearing in a dab of grease and didn't require any squeezing followed by a "ping".

Anyway, tracked some down eventually and I think I will add the lids to the tool kit.
by LittleGreyCat
18 Oct 2021, 2:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?
Replies: 27
Views: 852

...a good replacement for the Bic biro lid?

A standard tool for removing and replacing loose ball bearings has always been the Bic biro lid.

All my recent biros seem to have integral lids or click to retract.
Very sensible as a design, but not useful for this specific purpose.

I'm currently hunting around in drawers, but I can buy some pens for about £4 from Amazon which is trivial really.

It just made me wonder if anyone knew of an alternative.
by LittleGreyCat
17 Oct 2021, 7:56pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cyclist Guide for JOGLE World record attempt
Replies: 9
Views: 500

Re: Cyclist Guide for JOGLE World record attempt

I am also noting that my JOGLE plans were/are based on an average speed of 10 mph so I almost certainly wouldn't be able to keep up.
Apart from the downhill stretches where I doubt many runners would be able to sustain 30 mph. :lol:
by LittleGreyCat
17 Oct 2021, 7:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: crimping tool - good buy or white elephant?
Replies: 40
Views: 1003

Re: crimping tool - good buy or white elephant?

simonineaston wrote: 17 Oct 2021, 6:27pm Cool! I've had a quick play - no instructions with it. Beefy construction and applies good force via a ratchet mechanism. Pleased.
Link?
Looks tempting.
by LittleGreyCat
17 Oct 2021, 7:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: starting again aged 70ish
Replies: 22
Views: 782

Re: starting again aged 70ish

after 30 years wrote: 17 Oct 2021, 11:01am Hi Everyone
I was wondering if I could ask for help please?

My husband and I wish to start cycling again. I have resurrected my Dawes Super Galaxy, he has yet to find a bike he likes. I have started very short runs. Much has changed since we cycled. (I used to commute on my bike, many years ago).

What advice would you give us? Where should we start? I like the idea of riding in a group but know that I would probably be very slow. Is there something out there for people of a more mature vintage?

Thank you for your help
Easy, it's just like riding a bike...........

.........oh.

It does help to have a local group to ride with, because it gets you out when you're not 100% sure that today is a riding day.
Mainly I think you need to ride at least twice a week to build up fitness, and after that the world is your mollusc of choice.

You don't say whereabouts you live.
This might help with the suggestions.
by LittleGreyCat
6 Oct 2021, 5:08pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cyclist Guide for JOGLE World record attempt
Replies: 9
Views: 500

Re: Cyclist Guide for JOGLE World record attempt

What is your expected running pace?
As I understand it marathon runners who are very fit can run 5 minute miles more or less forever.
That is an average of 12 mph.

If you are aiming for 13 days then you (depending on route) need to plan on about 65-70 miles per day minimum.
That is just under 3 marathons per day for 13 days.

Choice of route is also important.
The shortest routes tend to go over mountains.
Depending on your mountain climbing abilities (running on road) you may wish to consider a flatter route, but that tends to be 1,000+ miles.

I assume that you have worked this out already, so would be interested on your route and timings.
The chosen route will probably impact who can offer an escort along the way.

Do you have accommodation booked?
Are you looking for overnight free board and lodging?
[Noting that I couldn't offer that because I'm nowhere near a JOGLE route.]
by LittleGreyCat
6 Oct 2021, 3:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How far back you can be to still get a tow?
Replies: 18
Views: 706

Re: How far back you can be to still get a tow?

Noting that in a strong cross wind all bets are off!

Also, you can't take up the whole road in a diagonal line like the pros do when you are out for a group ride.
by LittleGreyCat
6 Oct 2021, 3:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Problem sorted by thick gel pad in shorts. Question.
Replies: 8
Views: 425

Re: Problem sorted by thick gel pad in shorts. Question.

I tried something different today, which also worked.

I wore a pair of Lidl padded shorts which are normally adequate but not spectacular, with a pair of Corrine Dennis shorts over the top.
This version has minimal padding but the second layer seemed to make a big difference.
Didn't look too weird either.

Although over longs it might well do.
However fashion isn't my strong point.
by LittleGreyCat
4 Oct 2021, 6:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear wheel twisting in frame when QR done up tight
Replies: 24
Views: 914

Re: Rear wheel twisting in frame when QR done up tight

peetee wrote: 4 Oct 2021, 10:23am Are the axle nuts and cones tightened properly? Any movement there might explain the worn bearings and the un-grippy QR mechanism.
That aside, cleaning the debris from the axle faces is a good start - especially if there is loose paint mixed in.
Well, they were.
However it looks as thought he rear axle needs stripping and the bearings checking.
At a minimum re-greasing.
Middle is replace the balls.
Maximum is discard the rear wheel because the bearing faces are thrashed.
by LittleGreyCat
4 Oct 2021, 6:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear wheel twisting in frame when QR done up tight
Replies: 24
Views: 914

Re: Rear wheel twisting in frame when QR done up tight

mattsccm wrote: 4 Oct 2021, 6:18am Apologies about this but you are doing the Qr up correctly, not just using it as a wing nut?
<snip>
Well, I have been using this QR since about 1995 and yes, I am moving the lever to free off for removal ant to tighten after fitting.
by LittleGreyCat
2 Oct 2021, 8:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame size vs wheelbase
Replies: 55
Views: 6498

Re: Frame size vs wheelbase

PH wrote: 2 Oct 2021, 5:12pm
LittleGreyCat wrote: 2 Oct 2021, 4:30pm Just had a look at their web site and couldn't see one apart from a Brompton.
Do you have a link, please?

Edit:

Oops!
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/bikes/thorn-253457/
Looks interesting.
That looks to be the last of a discontinued model.
There's a step through version of the Nomad, you can see it in the brochure here
https://www.thorncycles.co.uk/bikes
That site is a very tempting rabbit hole and I must resist......
by LittleGreyCat
2 Oct 2021, 4:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame size vs wheelbase
Replies: 55
Views: 6498

Re: Frame size vs wheelbase

cycle tramp wrote: 2 Oct 2021, 1:09pm
LittleGreyCat wrote: 1 Oct 2021, 2:33pm Going back to the original thread.

Does anyone build "racing/touring" bikes with a step through frame?

Apart from shoppers, most ladies/gents bikes seem to be variants on the same theme.

At the moment I have to lay the bike almost horizontal to get my leg over, climbing on or off.
This is IMHO far more than a drop seat post would accommodate.
Sorry, late to this party - saint john street cycles produce step through frame, which looks amazingly rigid, and has disc mounts... I'm trying to save up for one before my hip mobility reduces further...

That said they don't do too many sizes, and I may be too big for such a frame...
Just had a look at their web site and couldn't see one apart from a Brompton.
Do you have a link, please?

Edit:

Oops!
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/bikes/thorn-253457/
Looks interesting.
by LittleGreyCat
1 Oct 2021, 7:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame size vs wheelbase
Replies: 55
Views: 6498

Re: Frame size vs wheelbase

PH wrote: 1 Oct 2021, 6:31pm
LittleGreyCat wrote: 1 Oct 2021, 2:33pm Does anyone build "racing/touring" bikes with a step through frame?
Here's one I know of, I'm sure there's others
https://www.templecycles.co.uk/products ... rrency=GBP
Brick Lane, eh?
Used to go past there every month or so pre Covid.
Tempting to arrange a test ride if I ever start travelling again, but I haven't ridden a bike in London so a test ride might be "interesting".
by LittleGreyCat
1 Oct 2021, 7:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear wheel twisting in frame when QR done up tight
Replies: 24
Views: 914

Re: Rear wheel twisting in frame when QR done up tight

thirdcrank wrote: 1 Oct 2021, 2:26pm Is there some reason you seem to be delaying removing the wheel and checking the axle?
Just taken it out and had a look.

I can't find anything obvious.
The axle didn't fall out or anything and everything felt more or less* as it should.

I did note that there was an embarrassing amount of filth built up around the dropouts, internally and on both internal and external faces.
I've cleaned those up.
Makes me wonder if there was enough greasy muck to prevent the rough surfaces on the QR skewer and the dropouts from gripping tightly enough.
I will have to try it again and see what we shall see (although I don't want to repeat the almost disaster which may well have put extra force through the transmission).

* The rear wheel bearings are making "interesting" noises which suggest that the bearings are thrashed.
Wheel clean, strip down and check bearings.
Regrease/replace if bearing faces are acceptable.
Otherwise I assume it means a new wheel.
Despite the grinding noise the wheel itself runs sweetly and spins forever up on the stand.
However riding with a grinding noise from the bearings isn't a good plan, apart perhaps for a test ride.
If it is a new rear wheel then this is likely to precipitate a drive train upgrade - assuming that 8/9 speed 26" wheels and matching shifter are readily available.
Rear wheel (Freehub), 8/9 cassettte, chain, 3 new front rings, brake/shifter. Stay cantis or go V brakes? My wallet just ran away and hid.