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by Mattyfez
4 Sep 2020, 3:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What does this adjust on disc brakes?
Replies: 17
Views: 1016

Re: What does this adjust on disc brakes?

Homervanderlay wrote:
CyberKnight wrote:look exactly the same as my brakes on my vanquish , the inner fixed pad is adjusted by that dial with an allen key and it moves a set amount when you turn it either way as you feel a definite click as you turn it .
You do need a bit of a gap either side of the disc or you will get some disc pad rub especially if you stand when giving it the beans up a hill.

How are you adjusting the pad at the other side? I can’t see any barrel adjuster at the calliper on the front. There is one further up the brake wire near the stem. This is turned all the way in, there is no slackness to the wire so there doesn’t seem much point turning it the other way? Thanks


I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my wobbly bog brush using hovercraft full of eels


The outer pad is cable operated, so it's all about cable tension, that's the problem with mechanical disks, they don't self adjust so periodically as the pads wear, you'll have to dial the in the fixed inboard pad so it's as close to the disk as possible without rubbing.

For the outboard cable operated pad, you just have to put more tension on the cable so the pad sits closer to the disk as it wears.

The outer pad, I'd;

    Unscrew the cable retaining screw slightly to release all tension
    Then adjust your barrel adjuster to the middle/50%
    Get the cable operated pad as close as you can to the disk disk by pulling the cable through the cable retaining screw
    Then tighten the cable screw back up
    Then you can use the barrel adjuster for tiny fine tuning if needed
by Mattyfez
21 Feb 2020, 9:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mech hanger availability? Time to stock up?
Replies: 15
Views: 1248

Re: Mech hanger availability? Time to stock up?

Yeh I completely agree.. But mech hangars are a little bit too fragile I think. Or certainly some OEM ones. Not all are equal.

I think they could be made a little more robust whilst still remaining a sacrificial component, weak enough to break or bend before the bike frame takes a hit, but strong enough not to bend if you dropped the bike on the floor.
by Mattyfez
21 Feb 2020, 7:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mech hanger availability? Time to stock up?
Replies: 15
Views: 1248

Re: Mech hanger availability? Time to stock up?

There's a company called BEDT that have a big catalogue of hangars. Think there's one or two others as well, and they can machine a custom one if they don't have the pattern and you send in your damaged one. That's obviously a bit more pricey though.

https://www.mountainbikecomponents.co.u ... brand=betd

I tend to bend or snap one now and then on my MTB.. But not that many, and after a few I'm super careful now.. That said I know they are a sacrificial part, but they do seem to be made of cheese a lot of the time. I think they could be made a little bit stronger.
by Mattyfez
6 Jul 2018, 3:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Abus mount for kryptonite lock
Replies: 1
Views: 211

Re: Abus mount for kryptonite lock

I use one of those kryptonite lock mounts, it functions fine but
1. You have to pull it out true, If you try and pull from a slight angle, it won't come out. A bit of grease may help.
2. It does rattle a bit on rough ground, but that's the lock itself, not the bracket.

The rest of the negative comments on the reviews are unfounded in my experience.
by Mattyfez
31 Oct 2017, 9:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: retailer responsibility to provide instructions?
Replies: 39
Views: 3135

Re: Any advice please

I think buying a bike in a box there's a (fair in my view) assumption that the buyer has a good idea of what they are doing and has to take responsibility for checking everything is secure, and not assume the pre assembled parts are all tight.
It's fresh out of the factory after all, not ready to ride.

Although I did buy a boxed bike from Halfords last year as it was a bargain and an end of line model so there was no more stock, I seem to remember having to sign that I was happy to self assemble, so I guess that's to cover them in the event something dropped off and caused injury /damage.

To be honest even on a prebuilt bike I'd go over everything to ensure all is in order and nothing loose for my own peace of mind.
by Mattyfez
20 Oct 2017, 9:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Harsher sentences for driving offences confirmed
Replies: 24
Views: 2131

Re: Harsher sentences for driving offences confirmed

rmurphy195 wrote:Here's a question for you ...

Current penalties for driving offences apply to the driver of the vehicle involved - a single individual failing to act properly at a particulr point in time..

In the context of self-driving cars - who would a ban apply to? The driver?- but since he is not in control of the vehicle, how?

The vehicle?Would all cars of the same make/model, or using the same software/sensor setup, be banned from the road for a period if one of them caused an accident (since they are all identical, if one is at fault then they all will be under the same circumstances)?


Assuming your talking about completely automated cars...

Realistically, a software update would be pushed out to prevent the same thing ever happening again.
The manufacturer would probably face a fine of some sort.

That sort of accident would only happen once, so it would be much safer for the general population.
by Mattyfez
16 Oct 2017, 6:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: do tyres most commonly wear out or fail in another way?
Replies: 53
Views: 2934

Re: do tyres most commonly wear out or fail in another way?

I wear tread out on my mountain bike much more than they fail structurally from damage /fatigue.
But they do have a soft tread so tread wear is accelerated on a hard surface. Usually replace when the centre knobs are about 1mm or so.

I don't think graphine would be helpful in the tread in my case as it would probably give less grip.

As a structural part of the tyre beneath the tread though or in the side wall I can image it could be useful as a weave, puncture resistant /light?
by Mattyfez
11 Oct 2017, 8:39pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: School trying to make helmets compulsory
Replies: 312
Views: 21063

Re: School trying to make helmets compulsory

l understand that there is a grey area surrounding the Law on this especially in areas of employment, however as a school and we are under a duty to safeguard our students during school hours


Well that says it all really, the school have completely defeated thier own stance by being ignorant of the law, and failing to understand what constitutes school hours and/or thier legal responsibilities for pupils when they are not in school under the care and supervision of the school.

If they want to insist children wear helmets on school grounds, it could be reasonable, especially if there's a liability /insurance constraint, but for a head teacher to see fit to put such a flawed and ill considered statement in writing.. That raises many more concerns...
by Mattyfez
12 Sep 2017, 9:14pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: School requires helmets on journey to school
Replies: 36
Views: 3476

Re: School requires helmets on journey to school

gaz wrote:
The utility cyclist wrote:Exactly, if you are on foot and with a bicycle you are a pedestrian in law.

Over simplification. There are circumstance where a pedestrian wheeling a bicycle remains in charge of a carriage, e.g. recent successful prosecution under Licensing Act 1872 s12.


Allegedly wheeling it, but it seems a strange and tenuous comparison, school children are unlikely to be drunkenly walking thier bike from the pub to school and start arguing with police after damaging a vehicle. Be it by falling off or simply falling over whist holding the bike.
Children riding to or from school are also very unlikely to be wearing lycra and clip shoes.

It's a nonsensical comparison.
by Mattyfez
12 Sep 2017, 7:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bus driver on the phone
Replies: 23
Views: 3193

Re: Bus driver on the phone

Bus drivers do seem to be a bit special sometimes, just this morning I was walking to work, In a city, I was standing on the traffic island half way across a pedestrian crossing waiting for a gap in traffic. To my right was a yellow cross hatched no stopping box junction.

A bus stopped blocking my way, and also about 6 feet into the box as there was stationary traffic on the far side.

Seeing as he was going nowhere and had blocked the crossing, I walked around the front of the bus, across the box junction he was partially parked in and continued on, only to get screamed at 'don't walk in front of the bus!' and he started driving forward.


Unbelievable.
by Mattyfez
12 Sep 2017, 7:14pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: School requires helmets on journey to school
Replies: 36
Views: 3476

Re: School requires helmets on journey to school


- A student entering or attempting to leave the school by bicycle and not in possession of a helmet


Would that not imply they'd have to be riding the bike over the school threshold? Entering by bycicle?

If they dismount and walk the bike over the threshold they are surely not entering or leaving by bike, they simply have a bike with them.
by Mattyfez
10 Aug 2017, 10:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shortest duration of bike ownership?
Replies: 6
Views: 906

Re: Shortest duration of bike ownership?

for sale in the local Cash Converter

It'll be a stolen bike!

Cash converters and the like are despicable. The bike would have been sold to them by a heroin addict for about £30.