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by Des49
17 Apr 2019, 10:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: does anyone know of a good wheel builder south midlands area?
Replies: 30
Views: 595

Re: does anyone know of a good wheel builder south midlands area?

Would it not be possible for Rohloff to make a forged hub or would that not be possible or in doing so simply make the cost of the hub even greater than it already is? Setting up to make a forged component is extremely expensive, but maybe if Rohloff had known that the hub would be so successful an...
by Des49
17 Apr 2019, 10:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: does anyone know of a good wheel builder south midlands area?
Replies: 30
Views: 595

Re: does anyone know of a good wheel builder south midlands area?

Don't worry too much Ivor, these hubs have proved to be very reliable. There have been cases of flange failure, but must be pretty uncommon. I have two Rohloff hubs, the first since 2003 has had two replacement shells, the first after 7 years the second 5 years later and Rohloff attributed that cra...
by Des49
17 Apr 2019, 1:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: does anyone know of a good wheel builder south midlands area?
Replies: 30
Views: 595

Re: does anyone know of a good wheel builder south midlands area?

Don't worry too much Ivor, these hubs have proved to be very reliable. There have been cases of flange failure, but must be pretty uncommon. My hub was brought 2nd hand in about 2001 and was manufactured either that year or the year before. When I replaced the rim about 3 years ago I fitted the flan...
by Des49
12 Apr 2019, 4:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner
Replies: 16
Views: 647

Re: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner

it certainly looks easy, but there are some issues: * the little wheels come out and have to be reseated * the wheels get full of gunk which needs to be cleaned out * the sponge thing needs to be squeezed out because it retains soapy water * the liquid can come out quite easily, so if it's not kept...
by Des49
12 Apr 2019, 3:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner
Replies: 16
Views: 647

Re: Park Chain Cyclone Cleaner

I use one of these chain cleaners quite often, unless the bike is only very lightly used then a paint brush with solvent is used instead. Extremely dirty and I may be tempted to remove the chain and put it in a jar for cleaning. Not sure if my cleaner is a Park model, probably not as it is not blue....
by Des49
5 Apr 2019, 2:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6220

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

You'll just have to get newer better spec components which are considerably better anyway. Can't live in the past for ever as much as you would like to. Prices have come down a lot in recent years. Making changes is not as expensive as it used to be. So future proof your bike and self by getting so...
by Des49
5 Apr 2019, 8:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" wheels going out of fashion?
Replies: 99
Views: 6220

Re: 26" wheels going out of fashion?

They really don't seem to have caught on in the UK yet, but for an economic, strong rim, I really think these from DT Swiss take some beating. https://www.dtswiss.com/en/products/rims/trekking/535/ Ignore the blurb about e bikes. Yes, these do look good. Though the 26" 36h Sputniks do seem to ...
by Des49
1 Apr 2019, 4:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Continental tyre degrading
Replies: 20
Views: 1217

Re: Continental tyre degrading

I'd be really pleased to get 6000 miles out of a GP 4 seasons. Mainly front use only. It may have done a few miles on the rear to wear in then swapped to the front. Maybe I should be happy I have got a good bit of usage and replace it now. Though I find the prices of tyres has gone up a lot and I w...
by Des49
1 Apr 2019, 3:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Continental tyre degrading
Replies: 20
Views: 1217

Re: Continental tyre degrading

Not uncommon to see something similar for me. The strange thing is some tyres just wear out down to the carcass, but the odd tyre just gets all flakey well before that stage where the rubber seems to come off. Here is an example I am currently running on a front wheel:- photo.JPG I have a spare and ...
by Des49
1 Apr 2019, 3:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New axle for old Campy hub
Replies: 6
Views: 427

Re: New axle for old Campy hub

Looks like Mick is right, Mercian list this:- https://www.merciancycles.co.uk/online- ... es-etc/29/

I have used Wheels Manufacturing axles, think I got mine from Spa.
by Des49
22 Mar 2019, 4:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I lace wheel rim ignoring the spoke hole offset?
Replies: 16
Views: 1169

Re: Can I lace wheel rim ignoring the spoke hole offset?

so which method did you use? cheers I passed a 4mm drill carefully through each hole angled in the direction of the flange, it really was a very light touch. This rim is drilled in favour of the hub flange tangent already, but the lateral offset is really minimal if non-existent. Sapim Polyax nippl...
by Des49
22 Mar 2019, 3:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I lace wheel rim ignoring the spoke hole offset?
Replies: 16
Views: 1169

Re: Can I lace wheel rim ignoring the spoke hole offset?

I would personally bite the bullet and get a new mavic rim. Well, that's where the problem lies. Mavic ain't what they used to be, X719 rims lasted 18 months at best. There are plenty of threads on this forum about rapid rim wear, plus my personnal experience. Since the days of the MA40 and Open 4C...
by Des49
21 Mar 2019, 10:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I lace wheel rim ignoring the spoke hole offset?
Replies: 16
Views: 1169

Re: Can I lace wheel rim ignoring the spoke hole offset?

I find if I build the wheel with the wrong 'stagger' it looses spoke tension very quickly. I then have to true and tension it all the time. Do it once and do it properly! I had no choice basically. Had to adhere to the hub lacing so not to cause stress raisers in the flanges. The replacement rim is...
by Des49
21 Mar 2019, 9:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I lace wheel rim ignoring the spoke hole offset?
Replies: 16
Views: 1169

Re: Can I lace wheel rim ignoring the spoke hole offset?

I know that the Rohloff flanges can suffer from cracks if not treated correctly, hence trying to ensure I do not change the spoke pattern. My hub has already got the flange support rings, it is an old hub and I thought these would be a good insurance. I'll leave rim advise to those more qualified t...
by Des49
20 Mar 2019, 11:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I lace wheel rim ignoring the spoke hole offset?
Replies: 16
Views: 1169

Re: Can I lace wheel rim ignoring the spoke hole offset?

Thanks for your advice Brucey. Yes, option one would irritate me with the valve not between parallel spokes. I know that the Rohloff flanges can suffer from cracks if not treated correctly, hence trying to ensure I do not change the spoke pattern. My hub has already got the flange support rings, it ...