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by ElCani
5 Dec 2019, 3:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supercommuter?
Replies: 112
Views: 20206

Re: Supercommuter?

I was running a fixed genesis day one for commuting until last week. Dynamo lights. Nearly all bolts replaced with stainless. Some attempts at sealing it up. Waxed drive train. Xt rear hub with a bolt on sprocket filled with some semi fluid grease. Gone to be replaced by a Surly cross check because...
by ElCani
28 Nov 2019, 11:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 8 speed chainset with 9 speed everything else?
Replies: 40
Views: 1000

Re: 8 speed chainset with 9 speed everything else?

The other issue that can befall such arrangements is that the external width of the chain is insufficient to ensure that the chain always 'lands' on the chainring teeth during a downshift. If the chain doesn't land properly then it can skate on top of the chainring instead of engaging with it. In e...
by ElCani
22 Nov 2019, 11:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Has anyone ever tried one of those noseless saddles?
Replies: 19
Views: 1083

Re: Has anyone ever tried one of those noseless saddles?

Am I missing something here? The ISM saddles appear very different to the others pictured, I would describe them more as “split-nose” rather than nose-less. The split section presumably still provides the control and security of a conventional saddle? The others certainly do look weird, but I’ve nev...
by ElCani
20 Nov 2019, 7:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano hydraulic brake bleed funnel sizes
Replies: 13
Views: 693

Re: Shimano hydraulic brake bleed funnel sizes

The adapters often come with new bikes but are not necessarily passed on to customers (how many of them have a Shimano bleed kit?), so it’s worth asking in a friendly bike shop if they have spare ones knocking about.
by ElCani
19 Nov 2019, 10:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thirty Years with a Sturmey Gear.
Replies: 74
Views: 6977

Re: Thirty Years with a Sturmey Gear.

Di2 motor unit failed? :D
by ElCani
19 Nov 2019, 5:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 8 home maintenance - where to start?
Replies: 56
Views: 4492

Re: Shimano Alfine 8 home maintenance - where to start?

The bike is never upside down, but it sees a lot of weather. What’s odd is that just disconnecting and reconnecting, or removing and refitting the motor unit, has never resulted in a change of behaviour (good or bad). Only disassembly and reassembly of the hub internal has done that. It didn’t slip ...
by ElCani
19 Nov 2019, 9:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 8 home maintenance - where to start?
Replies: 56
Views: 4492

Re: Shimano Alfine 8 home maintenance - where to start?

Definitely does the settling when pedalling on the stand. Haven't been able to ride it properly yet, but unless the 'magic' fix that happened earlier in the year has happened again, I'll buy a new motor unit.
by ElCani
19 Nov 2019, 6:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 8 home maintenance - where to start?
Replies: 56
Views: 4492

Re: Shimano Alfine 8 home maintenance - where to start?

Ok, thanks. The settling also occurs when the hub is complete and installed in the bike, but I haven’t checked for it while pedalling. I will try it on the stand and take it from there.
by ElCani
18 Nov 2019, 10:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 8 home maintenance - where to start?
Replies: 56
Views: 4492

Re: Shimano Alfine 8 home maintenance - where to start?

My Landrover swivel SFG has arrived, but I'll let sleeping dogs lie for now and keep running it with EP-90, none of which has come out. So... after five months and roughly 1200km of pretty much faultless operation, I decided to wake up the dogs. I've had the swivel SFG sitting around and with the o...
by ElCani
11 Nov 2019, 10:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine DI2 Issues
Replies: 10
Views: 356

Re: Shimano Alfine DI2 Issues

Blimey, you’re right - I had no idea that the adjustment feature existed! The Shimano dealer manual is pretty vague on when it should be used... “if you feel something strange when shifting”.
by ElCani
11 Nov 2019, 7:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine DI2 Issues
Replies: 10
Views: 356

Re: Shimano Alfine DI2 Issues

Bit confused by your description of eight available adjustment points? I have an eight speed Alfine Di2 bike (also a Genesis Day One) and there is no adjustment of the gears, you just fix the motor unit on to the hub and connect the shifter wire. Are you referring to a feature that exists in the e-t...
by ElCani
11 Nov 2019, 7:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Belt drive instead of chain..why? why not?
Replies: 42
Views: 1501

Re: Belt drive instead of chain..why? why not?

I suspect that most people that buy belt drive bikes (over) value the cleanliness aspect, plus either don't know (or notice) the rest and/or are told lies by people trying to sell them. On utility bikes chaincases work really well, and are a much better solution IMHO. I had been attracted by the id...
by ElCani
7 Nov 2019, 6:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stupid question about bar tape wrapping
Replies: 50
Views: 1584

Re: Stupid question about bar tape wrapping

….. it means when you're riding the tape tightens onto the 'bars with the natural hand twisting grip on the 'bars,whereas wrapped the opposite way means twisting pressure will loosen the wrap and unravel the tape. is there any such thing as 'a natural hand twisting grip' on the handlebars? I can't ...
by ElCani
7 Nov 2019, 4:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stupid question about bar tape wrapping
Replies: 50
Views: 1584

Re: Stupid question about bar tape wrapping

is there any such thing as 'a natural hand twisting grip' on the handlebars? I can't say I have ever noticed one. If there were such a thing it would presumably mean that it would be necessary to wind the tape on the drops in the reverse direction to the tops. I don't think I've ever seen anyone do...
by ElCani
4 Nov 2019, 7:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why the Rohloff Speedhub is (secretly) inferior
Replies: 109
Views: 3885

Re: Why the Rohloff Speedhub is (secretly) inferior

That's just a simple indisputable fact. I dispute it and having run and paid the bills on several derailleur systems and a Rohloffs I'm better qualified to know. Dispute it all you like, I just totted up the costs to include a shed load of chains, a lot of cassettes, replacement rear derailleurs wi...