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by JonMcD
25 Feb 2019, 3:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Boris or Sadiq?
Replies: 9
Views: 3258

Re: Boris or Sadiq?

Boris's old cycling commissioner isn't impressed with Sadiq's record.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... standstill
by JonMcD
20 Jul 2018, 11:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: most valuable/missed tool loan
Replies: 26
Views: 1138

Re: most valuable/missed tool loan

whoof wrote:What I dislike is people come around and borrow things, they use them and then if you want it back you have to go and collect them.


Or they then lend it to someone else and expect you to go chasing after the third party to get it back. :x
by JonMcD
18 May 2018, 11:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick Link (removal) tool - experiences / recs ?
Replies: 78
Views: 2500

Re: Quick Link (removal) tool - experiences / recs ?

BTW some folk have re-used supposedly non-resuable links (eg for chain cleaning) and I have not heard of any breakages arising, although they didn't come apart easily. I wonder if the instruction that some manufacturers provide, saying you shouldn’t re-use their quick links, is there solely to stop...
by JonMcD
18 Apr 2018, 12:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Stand
Replies: 15
Views: 787

Re: Bike Stand

I have a pet hate to see people putting a bike upside down; the bars, saddle and brake levers always get scratched. Yuck. I'm with you on this one but, OTOH, I find inverting a bike does have its uses. For example, if you have mudguards then inverting the bike does give you the best view to inspect...
by JonMcD
9 Apr 2018, 11:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Friendly Degreaser
Replies: 24
Views: 1197

Re: Bike Friendly Degreaser

I deeply regret using white spirit to clean an old Witcomb frame. The Reynolds 531 and Witcomb decals began to lift off. :(
by JonMcD
10 Sep 2017, 11:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mirrors...
Replies: 10
Views: 682

Re: Mirrors...

Its been about 5 years since I last did it but a couple of times I have bought spares direct from Mirrycle is the States. Prices for spares and shipping were reasonable and as I had a couple of broken mirrors both times it made economic sense.
by JonMcD
20 May 2017, 11:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain wear, just reassure me.
Replies: 55
Views: 10036

Re: Chain wear, just reassure me.

Lots of detail on chain wear and the problem with chain wear gauges is given on the Chain Wear Measuring Tools page. The only recommended tools used to be the Shimano TL-CN40 and TL-CN41 gauges, which were a bit pricey. I see the Shimano TL-CN42 has been added to the recommendations since I last loo...
by JonMcD
10 Mar 2017, 3:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rust free chain advice
Replies: 21
Views: 2478

Re: Rust free chain advice

Odd that you can buy a reasonably priced stainless steel KMC Z1X Inox 1/2" X 1/8" chain but not, it seems, a stainless steel dérailleur chain. Markets move in mysterious ways :?
by JonMcD
3 Mar 2017, 3:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 28mm tyres that aren't undersized - what exists?
Replies: 19
Views: 1620

Re: 28mm tyres that aren't undersized - what exists?

On my Open Pro wheels the 28mm size Vittoria Rubino Pro measured 26mm wide and the 32mm size Vittoria Rubino Pro measured 28.5mm wide.
by JonMcD
11 Feb 2017, 5:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Extract this!
Replies: 14
Views: 772

Re: Extract this!

It might be tricky to use in a situation like this but Alum solution has the surprising property of dissolving steel while not affecting aluminium. Handy if you ever snap off a small tap when cutting a thread in aluminium.
by JonMcD
8 Dec 2016, 1:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small Sprocket Wear Rates
Replies: 27
Views: 2793

Re: Small Sprocket Wear Rates

Does the set-up on the rear derailleur/chain length make a difference, or is it almost inevitable that the chain feeds onto the small sprocket around the 6 O’clock position? I have always tried to ensure that the 11t sprocket has as much chain as possible wrapped around it, although it may be that o...
by JonMcD
4 Jun 2016, 7:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one
Replies: 170
Views: 13223

Re: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one

I mentioned this one on the Chain lube - which one is best value? thread, but I find an aerosol trigger adapter gives much better control when using lubricant from an aerosol can. Makes trickling aerosol lubricant onto a chain or putting a drop on a pivot a doddle. These are advertised for spray pai...
by JonMcD
27 May 2016, 7:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one
Replies: 170
Views: 13223

Re: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one

I bought a couple of tools following recommendations on the forum, and I’m very pleased with them. Brucey recommended the KAMASA 55836 off-line ratchet driver. A good quality driver and very useful when you can’t get a straight alignment on a fixing. Not widely available – had to get mine from eBay....
by JonMcD
12 May 2016, 9:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain lube - which one is best value?
Replies: 97
Views: 5176

Re: Chain lube - which one is best value?

There was some discussion earlier about the difficulty of controlling the delivery of lubricant from aerosol cans. I find one of these aerosol trigger adaptors gives much better control: Aerosol Spray Trigger Handle Adaptors.jpg These are advertised for spray painting but fit any standard aerosol ca...