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by Suffolker
12 Dec 2019, 2:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Strong front wicker basket for Pashley Roadster- any suggestions?
Replies: 14
Views: 505

Re: Strong front wicker basket for Pashley Roadster- any suggestions?

I've had several baskets made by Suffolk basketmakers, ranging from an enormous one for my Pashley trade bike, to a small-ish one for my Raleigh Superbe. Unfortunately, almost all these makers have packed up. Whatever you eventually decide and get, my own experience is that wicker baskets, cycle and...
by Suffolker
24 Apr 2019, 7:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh steering lock
Replies: 18
Views: 4047

Re: Raleigh steering lock

Mick F wrote:
Suffolker wrote:I also have the original instructions, which caution against riding the bicycle with the key in the lock.
Any advice for people riding it with it still locked? :wink:

None at all. Not even a suggestion for nerves of iron and a wide, very straight road.
by Suffolker
24 Apr 2019, 7:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh steering lock
Replies: 18
Views: 4047

Re: Raleigh steering lock

there are two generations of lock; old ones (Wilmot-Union-Breeden, which take a single-sided Key with the prefix NGN in the key code) or the later one which uses a more symmetric key with serrations down both sides; IIRC the later lock barrel is the same as that used in some cars in the late 1960s/...
by Suffolker
20 Mar 2019, 2:24pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 615
Views: 346933

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

I ordered a Gilles Berthoud Galibier saddle on Monday morning (18/3/2019), and it was delivered to me in Suffolk, by tracked courier, at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday. Excellent service, and a very competitive price for said article as well.
Hats off to Spa.
by Suffolker
24 Jan 2019, 6:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Diamond Gauge
Replies: 18
Views: 1059

Diamond Gauge

I have one, mostly for checking my disk brake rotors. The graduations aren't high precision, but close enough to be reliable. I've checked the accuracy against a Moore & Wright feeler set. It's a useful tool when I don't want to put my best vernier and micrometer gauges into a dirty environment,...
by Suffolker
22 Jan 2019, 12:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pressure guage
Replies: 24
Views: 1413

Re: Pressure guage

It seems that links render differently on a mobile to a desktop. Anyway, here is a picture of my Giant gauge, which is very similar to the Giyo and Rolson models. Blue head is Presta fit, the red Schraeder. The gauge needle stays at the reading after it's removed from the valve, until the pressure i...
by Suffolker
21 Jan 2019, 4:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pressure guage
Replies: 24
Views: 1413

Re: Pressure guage

Still confused. Suffolker your Google search just shows track pumps. Sweep I can't find a previous post under your name. The Oxford gauge seems to have 2 up one down. Some good external reviews. Chain Reaction are out of stock but it is available on Amazon so I might, after a period of reflection, ...
by Suffolker
21 Jan 2019, 7:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pressure guage
Replies: 24
Views: 1413

Re: Pressure guage

I've got one of these. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=giant%20pressure%20gauge#imgrc=nz4wQxWoN2KMtM: It seems accurate enough, and I've cross checked it against other gauges known to be accurate. The "Giant" branded model doesn't seem to be available now, but there are very similar gaug...
by Suffolker
18 Jan 2019, 6:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc Rotor Cleaning
Replies: 14
Views: 720

Re: Disc Rotor Cleaning

I use surgical spirit or isopropyl alcohol, with rags, cotton wool and buds, and sometimes an old toothbrush for the cutouts.

I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my Redmi 3 using Tapatalk
by Suffolker
9 Jan 2019, 12:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 741
Views: 153242

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

Downloaded the book AOK. It's very interesting, and thanks for making it available.
by Suffolker
30 Dec 2018, 8:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: degreasing and regreasing
Replies: 37
Views: 2744

Re: degreasing and regreasing

My ultrasonic washer bath is quite small, and thus most cycle parts (RD, rim brakes etc.) have to be stripped down to fit, and be treated as one "lot", or in stages. They always get a rinsing, or a final water-only finishing bath before reassembly, lubrication etc. Mine is a washer with a ...
by Suffolker
28 Dec 2018, 6:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: degreasing and regreasing
Replies: 37
Views: 2744

Re: degreasing and regreasing

I bought an Aldi one a few years ago and it has been pretty good. I often use it with solvent to clean chains. Two or three minutes is plenty. cheers I have one I bought for cleaning melodeon reeds, which it does well. I also use it for cycle parts of all sorts, fountain pens, the wife’s jewellery,...
by Suffolker
21 Dec 2018, 12:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kindernay 14 spd hub gear
Replies: 39
Views: 3449

Re: Kindernay 14 spd hub gear

Pretty much what @Brucey has said. I've had a lot of experience of hydraulics, electro-hydraulics and electrics in a marine environment, both in diesel engine applications and commercial fishing equipment, and, provided that all of it is maintained, the one thing which is most likely to go wrong is ...
by Suffolker
17 Dec 2018, 7:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: European importers: Are they at it?
Replies: 129
Views: 5299

Re: European importers: Are they at it?

The Mercian website works perfectly on every IT gadget I have. In fact, it loads as fast as my Mercian cycle goes, and looks almost as good.
by Suffolker
12 Nov 2018, 7:16am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Hay fever in November?
Replies: 19
Views: 851

Re: Hay fever in November?

Highly unlikely to be pollen but fungal spores are abundant. The relatively mild damp weather is ideal for spore production. These are made of a similar material to pollen dubbed sporopollenin which is a sort of cellulose ester. As TM suggests pollution can have a similar effect as does red wine un...