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by severs1966
24 Nov 2020, 3:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 801
Views: 168716

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

Yes please tell us suitable, cheaper replacements for the Rohloff cleaning oil and year-round oil. It would be handy when my current cans run out. Having spoken to an oil specialist I know, these are the oils I started to use for my Alfine 11: As "wash oil", a yellow metal compatible ATF:...
by severs1966
21 Nov 2020, 7:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s
Replies: 47
Views: 2127

Re: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s

There is a 1980s Dawes Countryman for sale at the charity bike workshop at Platform 1 in Huddersfield. It's in pretty good condition and they only want £80 for it.

https://twitter.com/severs1966/status/1317436773098770433
by severs1966
21 Nov 2020, 7:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 801
Views: 168716

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

Thanks for those responses. My concern with the drain hole and what I've read of the oil change process is that due to the slowness of the draining... You can improve the oil change process by basically stealing the Rohloff oil change method. Instead of draining the hub and then re-filling it with ...
by severs1966
30 Aug 2020, 3:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 801
Views: 168716

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

Brucey wrote:it is basically just a dust cover. They quite often fall out


I replaced one with the tiny plastic plug from the top of a ballpoint pen (similar to a Bic but not exactly the same). A friend used a very short button-headed screw that they had lying around, it looks like about M6.
by severs1966
12 Jul 2020, 4:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Attaching rear brake cable on 90s MTB
Replies: 15
Views: 550

Re: Attaching rear brake cable on 90s MTB

I volunteer at a charity refurbishing old bikes for sale. I have been in exactly the same position as you regarding the brake conversion. Let me tell you that (in the correct size clamp) those SJS cycles cast alloy clamp-on stops are great quality and work really well. I'm sure one will solve the is...
by severs1966
12 Jul 2020, 1:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The Worst Bike Shop Review Ever
Replies: 67
Views: 5354

ure for brinelled headsets exhibiting "self centering" effect --- Re: The Worst Bike Shop Review Ever

After a terrifying high-speed wobble, down a long, steep hill I determined that headset was a likely major factor. H/S races heavily brinneled with Bars-straight-ahead-position sitting between equilibrium points on either side... ...If anyone is just at the start of such a problem, before the races...
by severs1966
12 Jul 2020, 12:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is your phone too big for your bike?
Replies: 53
Views: 1937

Re: Is your phone too big for your bike?

3p/min voice, 2 min/text 1p/1mb data. hmm you may have a very very old account as I did that had stupid costs. You should investigate what the costs are. This was mine until I swaped over a few years ago- 02 iriginal tariff.png Those original prices for voice, text and data are HORRENDOUS why I swi...
by severs1966
4 Jul 2020, 10:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 801
Views: 168716

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

...it's crucial to use an OEM inner and outer cable. Where would I go about sourcing a proper Shimano cable for the Alfine 11? Thanks I recently bought a complete Alfine 11 wheel and fitting kit from https://www.taylor-wheels.com/28inch-bike-rear-wheel-a319-alfine-11speed-disc-black-36-holes and it...
by severs1966
30 Jun 2020, 5:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring food
Replies: 72
Views: 2483

Re: Touring food

Instant noodles, the best are "Doll" brand, "Mama" brand, "Indomie" brand, and "Nongshim" brand. The flat "block" type, not the "cup" type.

And lots of muesli.
by severs1966
30 Jun 2020, 5:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is your phone too big for your bike?
Replies: 53
Views: 1937

Re: Is your phone too big for your bike?

I find that my Sony XA1 is ideal for carrying when on a bike. It's waterproof-ish, and available in a dual sim model (G3112) as well as the more normal single sim version (G3121) (I use the dual sim, one sim is a Three data sim, the other a PAYG O2 sim for voice and SMS you need to treasure the O2 ...
by severs1966
28 Jun 2020, 4:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is your phone too big for your bike?
Replies: 53
Views: 1937

Re: Is your phone too big for your bike?

I find that my Sony XA1 is ideal for carrying when on a bike. It's waterproof-ish, and available in a dual sim model (G3112) as well as the more normal single sim version (G3121) (I use the dual sim, one sim is a Three data sim, the other a PAYG O2 sim for voice and SMS You can get them on ebay for ...
by severs1966
25 Aug 2014, 7:18pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: London - Dunkirk - Bruges - Rozenburg - Amsterdam
Replies: 4
Views: 1594

Re: London - Dunkirk - Bruges - Rozenburg - Amsterdam

Or after Rotterdam you can continue to follow the coastal LF route and not turn inland until you are in the general vicinity of IJmuiden, to get to Amsterdam. en-route you can ride in the dunes (on proper cycle paths) around the Hague, Scheveningen and Zandvoort. Last time I rode in Utrecht was in t...
by severs1966
25 Aug 2014, 7:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring bike alternatives?
Replies: 26
Views: 4912

Re: Touring bike alternatives?

I strongly recommend a set of narrower, smoother tread tyres if you are primarily road touring. You probably already figured that out.

Schwalbe Marathons seem to be available in all kinds of sizes.

Beyond that, you can certainly tour on this bike, and indeed loads of people tour on MTBs.
by severs1966
25 Aug 2014, 7:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: coming back from germany by train
Replies: 7
Views: 1951

Re: coming back from germany by train

http://www.seat61.com/bike-by-train.htm

Note that it is pretty easy to buy tickets on the day, at German stations, plus bike reservation, if you travel by trains other than the ICE ultra-high-speed type (that means IC or RE varieties).