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by Des49
7 Jan 2020, 9:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike storage in van without front wheel - QR bracket mounting?
Replies: 16
Views: 532

Re: Bike storage in van without front wheel - QR bracket mounting?

We have a Fiat Doblo from 2006, similar to the Berlingo, (we used to have one of the early 2 door Berlingos before the current car). I fold the rear seats up, strap a 2x4" with rachet straps right across the top of the folded seats. On the wood I have 3 qr clamps (from Saris and look exactly li...
by Des49
5 Jan 2020, 11:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What kind of stepped ferrule for these old cable stops?
Replies: 12
Views: 542

Re: What kind of stepped ferrule for these old cable stops?

We have several bikes that all need the same ferrule for the rear gear cable, I too had issues finding any suitable. Ended up getting some from SJS which fitted the stop perfectly, but the 4mm SP41 outer is a loose fit which is a shame. Here's a comparison with old and replacement.

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by Des49
5 Jan 2020, 9:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Threaded Headset and inappropriate keyed washer
Replies: 9
Views: 433

Re: Threaded Headset and inappropriate keyed washer

I fitted a new fork last year and asked how to cut a keyway into the steerer for the tabbed washer. But went with the advice from here to just file off the tab. A year later the headset has been fine, no loosening in use despite no tab. All my 1" headsets have a top nut that has a lip or a rubb...
by Des49
26 Dec 2019, 12:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carbon forks on my Croix de Fer
Replies: 18
Views: 770

Re: Carbon forks on my Croix de Fer

Steel forks bend a lot and then snap/bend beyond the capability to spring back a lot more than carbon forks. You're not convinced and yet we know that good carbon forks are stronger in most impacts and will fail less than good steel forks, Higher standards in production and safety will induce more ...
by Des49
1 Dec 2019, 8:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick unclog of mudguards?
Replies: 63
Views: 2230

Re: Quick unclog of mudguards?

I'm thinking of buying one of these....... At £20 it seems a bit cheap tho', i wonder about quality and if they last (?) A relative is a geologist and he mentioned to me recently that people in his interest group find it great that there are cheap secondhand portable pressure washers sold by cyclis...
by Des49
30 Nov 2019, 1:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front light with bar bag?
Replies: 20
Views: 982

Re: Front light with bar bag?

I started using a bar bag again this year, sure I had my old Karrimor one somewhere but failed to find it. So had to buy a new one, I was aware that I would have to move the light from the bars where I had it mounted below the bars. Ended up mounting the light on the fork crown, which worked well an...
by Des49
24 Nov 2019, 11:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supernova E3 Triple front light - stand light not working?
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: Supernova E3 Triple front light - stand light not working?

The failure of the standlight is a common issue. It seems that the capacitors used will deteriorate in due course. I mostly also ride with battery lights as a backup, so the standlight not working is not a big issue. The standlight may also lessen slow speed flickering. I have sent my E3 Triple ligh...
by Des49
18 Oct 2019, 4:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Found - Twenty Quid
Replies: 91
Views: 3791

Re: Found - Twenty Quid

Last winter I was cycling one Saturday morning, still dark and raining. Found a wallet in the road at a junction. Within sight is a cafe car park where some cyclists were gathering for a ride, so I went straight to them and asked if anyone had lost a wallet. A couple of riders reached for their back...
by Des49
16 Oct 2019, 7:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gluing aluminium sleeve back into press fit BB
Replies: 8
Views: 375

Re: Gluing aluminium sleeve back into press fit BB

Hi ...but the worry is completing it in time before the glue sets in 5 mins Consider a longer-setting epoxy? There's a thread here (link) Regards tim-b Thanks for that link, which also led me into this https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=82599&p=737995&hilit=bb+sleeve#p73799...
by Des49
15 Oct 2019, 6:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gluing aluminium sleeve back into press fit BB
Replies: 8
Views: 375

Re: Gluing aluminium sleeve back into press fit BB

Is it five minute araldite that you have? How big is the gap between sleeve and frame? Do you need to find it in alignment whilst it's setting and how can you check it is ok? It is the 5min Araldite I have. The gap is minimal, the sleeve just pushes in and out as long as it is perfectly square whic...
by Des49
15 Oct 2019, 5:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gluing aluminium sleeve back into press fit BB
Replies: 8
Views: 375

Re: Gluing aluminium sleeve back into press fit BB

Argos at Bristol used red loctite when sleeving a BB on my super galaxy. Hadn't thought of that, a strong thread locking compound may do the job. But this may not bond metal to carbon fibre. In the future there will always be the need to replace the BB again, if the sleeve does move and is too well...
by Des49
15 Oct 2019, 5:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gluing aluminium sleeve back into press fit BB
Replies: 8
Views: 375

Gluing aluminium sleeve back into press fit BB

Hi, Just knocked out a press fit bottom bracket, unfortunately on the NDS the Al sleeve into which the bearing is pressed came out with the bearing!! I have extracted the press fit from the sleeve by putting a cut into the plastic bearing. Everything cleans up ok and there doesn't appear to be any o...
by Des49
12 Oct 2019, 1:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shoes
Replies: 4
Views: 305

Re: Shoes

I have a pair of Sidi WIre shoes too, been using them for training/racing for a few years, paid about half price in a sale. They really don't give or wear in like other shoes, these plastic uppers and ultra rigid soles do not stretch much. My feet are short and wide, not ideal Sidi shape, so I do re...
by Des49
27 Sep 2019, 11:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are new chain links tighter than old ones?
Replies: 10
Views: 524

Re: Are new chain links tighter than old ones?

I find these KMC chains very good and well worth using. None of my bikes use the full length chain. Carry a spare quick link in your saddle bag and a small chain tool, a reasonable quality tool should be fine to push out a pin. The quick links can easily be closed on the bike but sometimes I do find...