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by Des49
27 Mar 2020, 1:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Braze-ons for a RH front brake
Replies: 40
Views: 729

Re: Braze-ons for a RH front brake

Left lever for front brake dates from the time most of us rode single fixed with one front brake and needed to brake and signal right turns simultaneously. Can't remember where the brakes were on bikes when I was a kid, but cycling to work in the eighties I finished the journey downhill, in traffic...
by Des49
26 Mar 2020, 9:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spokes; choosing between the 'Big Three'
Replies: 8
Views: 470

Re: Spokes; choosing between the 'Big Three'

I would have built wheels with my batch of spokes sometime around 2012 onwards, so quite possibly a batch from around the date you suggest. Mine were breaking in service after a few hundred miles use in a front wheel, but when I rebuilt the wheel a couple did snap as you describe. I kept replacing s...
by Des49
26 Mar 2020, 7:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spokes; choosing between the 'Big Three'
Replies: 8
Views: 470

Re: Spokes; choosing between the 'Big Three'

My only poor spoke problems have been to some Sapim spokes that kept failing in the centres. Put me off them for a while but I do use them again, I assume a bad batch and hopefully a rare occurence. They also stamp their name on the section after the bend, seems a bad idea but I have never had a fai...
by Des49
24 Mar 2020, 12:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Skewers
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Re: Skewers

Depending on the turbo they often need a different skewer, stronger and with ends to fit the turbo clamps. Something like this for Tacx trainers for example:- https://www.wiggle.co.uk/tacx-turbo-trainer-quick-release-rear-skewer/ Though I have found some normal skewers can fit ok, just make sure you...
by Des49
22 Mar 2020, 10:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim Wear
Replies: 24
Views: 1032

Re: Rim Wear

I've worn through a couple of Mavic Ceramic rims, used on the rear as too dangerous on the front for very wet weather. Took a very long time, well over a decade when normal rims wore out in about 18 months. In fact one rim is still in use, but not frequently. Have fitted a Ryde Andra CSS to the back...
by Des49
21 Mar 2020, 9:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rear dropout adjusters
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Re: Rear dropout adjusters

Remembered! It was Ceeway.

https://www.ceeway.com/Sundry-Components.htm

Article 448 here, though doesn't specifically say they are stainless.
by Des49
21 Mar 2020, 8:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rear dropout adjusters
Replies: 9
Views: 404

Re: Rear dropout adjusters

I got some nice stainless steel ones years ago, really can't remember where they were ordered from. But worth looking for I think.
by Des49
8 Mar 2020, 9:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New bike suggestions for commuting to work
Replies: 32
Views: 1237

Re: New bike suggestions for commuting to work

Over nearly 4 decades of "proper" cycling I have broken quite a few axles with freewheels. Plus bent probably every single one of them, ranging from cheap Maillard hubs to posher Maxicar and Campag hubs. How many have broken, well never kept records, but say 4 Mavic 501 axles before I gave...
by Des49
8 Mar 2020, 7:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which IGH?
Replies: 49
Views: 2217

Re: Which IGH?

I have a Nexus 7 from quite a while back, made up a commuting bike with roller brakes front and rear too. Gear shift is rotary. Haven't used it for maybe 10 years, when I rode it I was pretty strong and broke 2 frames that it was fixed to, so I guess this model must be pretty reliable as it never ga...
by Des49
7 Mar 2020, 10:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which IGH?
Replies: 49
Views: 2217

Re: Which IGH?

I have run a Rohloff on my vertical dropout old MTB for a very long time (certainly over 20 years plus). It is a nusiance to have to use the tensioner, it makes wheel removal more difficult and the bike would look cleaner without it. But my main objection is that the jockey wheels do wear out pretty...
by Des49
25 Feb 2020, 5:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are my wheels knackered or just wrong items?
Replies: 41
Views: 1434

Re: Are my wheels knackered or just wrong items?

Does the bump coincide with the valve? Deflate the tyre and then press the valve stem down to ensure that the tyre bead is not trapped by the valve, then re-inflate fully.
by Des49
22 Feb 2020, 10:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame repair near cambridge
Replies: 33
Views: 1226

Re: Frame repair near cambridge

Surprisingly for a cycling city, Cambridge doesn't AFAIK have many (any?) framebuilders. A Cambs mate used Dave Yates in Lincolnshire for a frame repair a few years ago and was very happy with the service. Otherwise there's August Bicycles in Norfolk - I think they do repairs? - or Keith Vaz in Lon...
by Des49
21 Feb 2020, 10:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring with bulky camera gear
Replies: 35
Views: 1674

Re: Touring with bulky camera gear

This thread from a while ago may be useful:- https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=108198&start=15&hilit=camera Generally for me photography and touring with a camping load are not that compatible. Especially when recent trips for me mean loading my bike with the bulk of gear f...
by Des49
17 Feb 2020, 9:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo Record single-pivot brakes – set-up questions
Replies: 18
Views: 1504

Re: Campagnolo Record single-pivot brakes – set-up questions

Regarding brake pads for older Campag I have got some from Total Cycling. https://www.totalcycling.com/en/Campagnolo-Brake-Pads-For-Pre-2000-Record-Chorus---R1134300/m-18737.aspx They also list some for Record 1974-87. I have found the pads good in all conditions and it is nice to keep using the ori...