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by Des49
12 Oct 2019, 1:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shoes
Replies: 4
Views: 252

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: 513

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...
by Des49
25 Sep 2019, 8:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are new chain links tighter than old ones?
Replies: 10
Views: 513

Re: Are new chain links tighter than old ones?

KMC X8-93 those pins look bull-eye-esque to me, and i'd expect them to be difficult to push out. cheers I use these chains on a few bikes, the pins do need a strong effort to push out. I use an old Rohloff chain tool which is well made, accurate and with a decent sized handle. But with something sm...
by Des49
14 Sep 2019, 7:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schmidt hub generator
Replies: 9
Views: 633

Re: Schmidt hub generator

Just got my wheel back from service, the bearings had developed excessive side to side play. Posted it off to SJS on the 23rd August and it arrived back yesterday. Cheekily I included the broken allen fitting "quick release", which worringly had fractured when tightening it one day, fortun...
by Des49
13 Sep 2019, 3:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Towards Blissful shifting; what about older mechs?
Replies: 18
Views: 791

Re: Towards Blissful shifting; what about older mechs?

My training bike has a late 1980s Campag Chorus front and rear mech, still original, used almost daily unless weather is appalling. Original apart from the rear uses Tacx jockey wheels now. Since the Campag 7sp DT lever springs disintegrated I have had to use a Dia-Comp set, I do miss the indexing a...
by Des49
13 Sep 2019, 3:02pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: The Wheel Fanatyk Jobst Brandt design tensiometer (photos)
Replies: 25
Views: 4175

Re: The Wheel Fanatyk Jobst Brandt design tensiometer (photos)

Thanks for the update and photos, Des49. My Wheel Fanatyk tensiometer came with a conversion chart saying a deflection of 0.35 mm on a 1.8 mm thick spoke equalled a tension of 97 kgf. In 2018 this chart was revised for reasons I forget, now saying 0.35 mm deflection equalled exactly 100 kgf (not a ...
by Des49
13 Sep 2019, 9:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How Old is Your Trangia ..
Replies: 40
Views: 1626

Re: How Old is Your Trangia ..

Mine is from 1983 I think. Was at university and got into climbing and that sort of stuff. On trips I'd seen enough of the faff that others went through lighting other stoves, like tubes of paste to heat up burners, spurts of burning petrol ejecting from a burner and a fire on a park bench! The Tran...
by Des49
11 Sep 2019, 8:37pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: The Wheel Fanatyk Jobst Brandt design tensiometer (photos)
Replies: 25
Views: 4175

Re: The Wheel Fanatyk Jobst Brandt design tensiometer (photos)

Nice pics. I’ve used mine to build about 60 wheels now, everything from heavy expedition to lightweight race wheels and I can’t really imagine a better tool for the job. Even with the standard slide, I find mine very smooth and totally repeatable. I also use the standard mm scale, definitely more a...
by Des49
10 Sep 2019, 4:47pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: The Wheel Fanatyk Jobst Brandt design tensiometer (photos)
Replies: 25
Views: 4175

Re: The Wheel Fanatyk Jobst Brandt design tensiometer (photos)

Thanks des - look forward to hearing more/seeing pics. OK a few more details and pics. I ordered it early March 2018, received it end of July 2018. I decided to upgrade to the linear slider option, an extra 75 Euros. I did not have to but apparently he had a small no. of these sliders in stock from...
by Des49
9 Sep 2019, 8:56am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: The Wheel Fanatyk Jobst Brandt design tensiometer (photos)
Replies: 25
Views: 4175

Re: The Wheel Fanatyk Jobst Brandt design tensiometer (photos)

Did it arrive Des? Used it? Views? Yes, took a while to arrive but this was as expected. The guy who makes them is clearly a busy chap and this is a sideline as can be fitted in. I fully understand this (being in a similar situation with my own business) and was prepared to wait. In fact he is expe...
by Des49
1 Sep 2019, 5:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supernova front light repair
Replies: 8
Views: 550

Re: Supernova front light repair

If they are otherwise dead you might as well have a go! I can't remember all the details but there are two screws on the backplate that need to be removed to get access to the internals. Be careful when separating the parts - you will need to feed the wire through the hole in the back. You should t...
by Des49
1 Sep 2019, 5:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supernova front light repair
Replies: 8
Views: 550

Re: Supernova front light repair

3 rear taillights have failed, no repairs possible I am told unfortunately. Supernova might not offer tail light repairs, but they are an easy, if slightly fiddly, DIY repair. Internally they are just three LEDs each with its own current limiting resistor (sorry, I can't remember the value). I did ...
by Des49
1 Sep 2019, 3:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supernova front light repair
Replies: 8
Views: 550

Re: Supernova front light repair

I have had Supernova headlights sent for repair several times now (we own about 5 units). No standlight but also twice a fault where only the single low power LED ever lit even at higher speeds, the other 2 LEDs never powered up. 3 rear taillights have failed, no repairs possible I am told unfortuna...
by Des49
22 Aug 2019, 10:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Pump
Replies: 28
Views: 1245

Re: New Pump

I have a "pump pip" on the head tube of my bike for an under top tube pump but not on the seat tube - will these Zefal frame fit pumps still fit - do they have a hole in one end to locate on the pip? My HPX does not fit under the top tube via the pip. It appears to be too large a diameter...
by Des49
15 Aug 2019, 3:10pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Dog free campsites
Replies: 10
Views: 407

Re: Dog free campsites

I can't recall a single drunk person on a French campsite. We had a terrible night in the Alet campsite at St. Malo last month. Not my favourite campsite as it can be busy and noisy, this confirmed my opinion. The shouting started well before midnight on and off, more like drunken loud singing, got...