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by fastpedaller
22 Jul 2018, 6:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Keep unused 18-year-old road bike or sell?
Replies: 16
Views: 385

Re: Keep unused 18-year-old road bike or sell?

I'd also say to ride it and enjoy it (if you are now able to), if it still suits your needs. A newer bike won't necessarily be better, just a few more (probably unnecessary) gears and more expense. You'll probably get more joy out of this, knowing it's been with you 18 years. I parted with my old ra...
by fastpedaller
21 Jul 2018, 7:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rudge 'Bi-Frame' -a 'Proper' Folding Bike....?
Replies: 55
Views: 6623

Re: Rudge 'Bi-Frame' -a 'Proper' Folding Bike....?

I'm thinking V brakes would make a good alternative to the standard cantis - can anyone suggest why that's not a good idea?
by fastpedaller
21 Jul 2018, 5:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New bike day! Rudge Bi-Frame
Replies: 9
Views: 342

Re: New bike day! Rudge Bi-Frame

Strange these have come up again as I'm on the lookout for one myself. The bottom bracket has been mentioned in another thread, and can give difficulty (if we want one with 'sealed' bearings), but I've spotted these - what is Brucey's verdict? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/THUN-TWIST-120L-BOTTOM-BRACKE...
by fastpedaller
20 Jul 2018, 9:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: most valuable/missed tool loan
Replies: 26
Views: 906

Re: most valuable/missed tool loan

When I was younger I used to lend out my tools (after they had left a deposit of double the tools value). When they returned it undamaged they got their deposit back. :D If it came back damaged they got to keep it and I bought a new one. :lol: I only ever replaced 2 tools, one was asked 3 times to ...
by fastpedaller
20 Jul 2018, 7:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saving Weight on a Spa Steel Tourer
Replies: 51
Views: 1349

Re: Saving Weight on a Spa Steel Tourer

I also have a Spa Tourer in steel, and when I investigated how much I could save by going lighter (but IMO maintaining function) the most I could save was 600g with a cost of £600, so I didn't bother. In this hot weather I've been taking along an additional bottle weighing 600g anyway :lol: , but i...
by fastpedaller
20 Jul 2018, 2:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saving Weight on a Spa Steel Tourer
Replies: 51
Views: 1349

Re: Saving Weight on a Spa Steel Tourer

I also have a Spa Tourer in steel, and when I investigated how much I could save by going lighter (but IMO maintaining function) the most I could save was 600g with a cost of £600, so I didn't bother. In this hot weather I've been taking along an additional bottle weighing 600g anyway :lol: , but it...
by fastpedaller
20 Jul 2018, 10:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Budget square taper BB
Replies: 14
Views: 526

Re: Budget square taper BB

I've had FSA ones at a fairly cheap price and been impressed. I suspect what you have there is pretty much a "generic" bottom bracket and the performance will be good like I've found. Maybe the bearings in all these come from the same place? I had a Shimano one that only lasted about 2k mi...
by fastpedaller
19 Jul 2018, 10:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the humble tyre lever
Replies: 51
Views: 1354

Re: the humble tyre lever

Metal tyre levers are very handy to get the lids off paint tins ...... The lids seem to be VERY thin these days, and a screwdriver just distorts them! :(
by fastpedaller
16 Jul 2018, 8:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Now where's the logic in this? Chain thoughts
Replies: 14
Views: 626

Re: Now where's the logic in this? Chain thoughts

Have you tried measuring 12 pairs of links ie 12 inches to see what that shows?
by fastpedaller
14 Jul 2018, 8:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car Avoids Something In Road.
Replies: 25
Views: 958

Re: Car Avoids Something In Road.

I've never seen a live badger - but probably seen 6 dead ones in all my years. :(
by fastpedaller
12 Jul 2018, 10:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat post removal
Replies: 8
Views: 363

Re: Seat post removal

you may be able to put it in (again with bike upturned) through bottle cage securing threads thus avoiding bb removal?
by fastpedaller
11 Jul 2018, 2:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Roller Pinion + Shaft Drive
Replies: 24
Views: 916

Re: Roller Pinion + Shaft Drive

Unless the drivetrain is protected from the elements any system will suffer from similar issues as the chain drive. A gearing system in the bottom bracket or hub (as has been done many times before) is nicely enclosed, and coupled with a more robust chain is maybe as close as possible? A chain cover...
by fastpedaller
10 Jul 2018, 10:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Deterring mobile phone use
Replies: 253
Views: 37005

Re: Deterring mobile phone use

Someone in Norfolk put up a yellow bird box which looked quite convincing and slowed folk - I don't know if it's still in use! Hope the birds still have a home even if not the same one :D
by fastpedaller
10 Jul 2018, 6:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suntour ARX rear derailleur pull ratio
Replies: 12
Views: 339

Re: Suntour ARX rear derailleur pull ratio

Thanks for the suggestions. Because I'm now a convert to indexing, I've advertised the Suntour mech for sale!
by fastpedaller
10 Jul 2018, 2:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suntour ARX rear derailleur pull ratio
Replies: 12
Views: 339

Re: Suntour ARX rear derailleur pull ratio

The 7 speed cassette measures 32 mm , and a 'flag' of masking tape secured on the gear cable where it enters the cable guide on the chainstay moves 16mm when going from smallest sprocket to largest. Is there any other thing I've missed? - I can't think of any other way to measure it.