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by alexnharvey
17 Jun 2019, 7:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How many times can you rewaterproof Gore?
Replies: 20
Views: 593

Re: How many times can you rewaterproof Gore?

Is the seam tape all still attached?
by alexnharvey
16 Jun 2019, 7:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 46
Views: 1513

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

Two queries about the mailstar/elephant. Isn't the stepthrough frame inherently weaker than a diamond and is that an important factor with a very heavy rider? Some older working bikes had twin top tubes, why was that? Would the bike require some other adaptations for the load, or are there any that ...
by alexnharvey
15 Jun 2019, 10:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cleaning is SOOOOOOO confusing
Replies: 13
Views: 741

Re: Cleaning is SOOOOOOO confusing

Of course it is. It's extremely fine PTFE powder.

I wonder if different plastics vary in their harmfulness. Probably they do.
by alexnharvey
14 Jun 2019, 2:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe marathon plus tyres - traction?
Replies: 11
Views: 462

Re: Schwalbe marathon plus tyres - traction?

I found the M+ does indeed have a very odd, squidgy feel when cornering, especially noticeable on the front wheel of course. At first I thought something was wrong with it, that it might be toppling over. I came to think it's just that you can feel the protection layer squashing. This was on an old,...
by alexnharvey
14 Jun 2019, 12:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bolt types and sizes
Replies: 7
Views: 405

Re: Bolt types and sizes

Modern bicycle bolts are mostly metric. They may however have non standard heads, use non standard hex keys for their diameter and have fine rather than regular threads. Bolts also vary in material and strength, so you can buy low and high tensile strength bolts and also plain steel, plated, treated...
by alexnharvey
13 Jun 2019, 3:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cleaning is SOOOOOOO confusing
Replies: 13
Views: 741

Re: Cleaning is SOOOOOOO confusing

skyhawk wrote:Please see

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=130649


I cannot believe Sheldon forgot to say that you must mark the pins and rotate each one 90 degrees on reassembly.
by alexnharvey
12 Jun 2019, 7:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cleaning is SOOOOOOO confusing
Replies: 13
Views: 741

Re: Cleaning is SOOOOOOO confusing

Discussed a thousand times here.

A. Remove and immerse in degreaser or solvent, repeat and rinse.

B. Use the clip on devices with degreaser or solvent.

C. Wipe the grit off exterior.

D. Add lubricant without cleaning.

I prefer A.
by alexnharvey
12 Jun 2019, 7:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Il Pompino discontinued ! Why & how long ago ?
Replies: 30
Views: 981

Re: Il Pompino discontinued ! Why & how long ago ?

https://www.on-one.co.uk/on-one-bikes-current-projects

An updated pompino with larger clearances is in the list. Petition Brant to make it in 853.
by alexnharvey
10 Jun 2019, 9:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to lock bike in southampton UK
Replies: 6
Views: 413

Re: Where to lock bike in southampton UK

If I only have one lock I put it through the rear triangle and wheel. If I were leaving it overnight in a city centre I might well remove the front wheel too and lock it to the rear.

http://www.802bikeguy.com/2011/07/the-m ... -strategy/
by alexnharvey
9 Jun 2019, 1:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel bearings for Carrera Subway1?
Replies: 10
Views: 462

Re: Wheel bearings for Carrera Subway1?

You could do a lot better than that grease!

There's a number of good threads on grease here viewtopic.php?f=5&t=64417

If you were closer I'd give you a tablespoon of two of better grease.
by alexnharvey
9 Jun 2019, 9:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel bearings for Carrera Subway1?
Replies: 10
Views: 462

Re: Wheel bearings for Carrera Subway1?

I find that hard to believe. Surely they buy them by the hundred or thousand in large tubs like other bike shops.

I buy fifty stainless grade 10 from eBay for 5 or 6 pounds.
by alexnharvey
7 Jun 2019, 5:48pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bread making
Replies: 107
Views: 9051

Re: Bread making

Exactly, and similarly you could brew some beer from malt extract and hop pellets or if you like grow, malt and then mash your own grains and grow your own hops too for that matter. You can buy a bike off the shelf or choose to build your own frame from scratch or assemble a custom build from specif...
by alexnharvey
7 Jun 2019, 9:45am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bread making
Replies: 107
Views: 9051

Re: Bread making

True, I've used a number of methods to initiate and maintain starters and I also have and would leave an established starter for a fortnight. I think previously I was too loathe to discard starter and my ratio of old to new was wrong, more old spent starter than fresh flour and water and this led to...
by alexnharvey
7 Jun 2019, 8:52am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bread making
Replies: 107
Views: 9051

Re: Bread making

I have recently come to think that my poor rises were due to starter neglect. I believe that inadequate feeding can lead to the flourishing of things that break down the proteins in the flour. If proteolysis is occurring you will end up with sloppy, sticky doughs after fermentation because you now h...