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by Eyebrox
19 Apr 2019, 11:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front QR lever - what o’clock?
Replies: 33
Views: 599

Re: Front QR lever - what o’clock?

Wih the q/r lever in the positioned I indicated above(12o'clock front and nine o'clock rear) the thumb can be pressed against the fork on the front or chainstay rear, with two fingers pulling on the q/r lever to release it,which is a natural action for the hand. But what happens when the clocks cha...
by Eyebrox
19 Apr 2019, 7:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which brand? Apollo, Indi, Challenge..
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Which brand? Apollo, Indi, Challenge..

A neighbour bought one of those £130 bikes from Halfords. The rear hub failed after two weeks (and three rides on cycle paths). I went back to the shop with him when he returned the bike. The manager of the cycles section said my neighbour should have known it wouldn't have lasted long at that low p...
by Eyebrox
16 Apr 2019, 9:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Damaged Chain - Which option?
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: Damaged Chain - Which option?

Just replace the chain if the mileage you've done isn't too high. I bought a Deore chain last week for 10 speed. There are similar quality Shimano chains for 9 and 8 speed. If you have underestimated mileage, and the chain and cassette don't mesh, buy a cassette as soon as you are aware of this.
by Eyebrox
2 Apr 2019, 10:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain won't fully engage on inner chainring
Replies: 7
Views: 1353

Re: Chain won't fully engage on inner chainring

Changing the crankset did the trick. I thought I would get away with putting on a new cassette and chain but the chainring teeth must have worn down. I also washed off that thick tacky wax the manufacturers apply to new chains. Think this might have made the chain transfer a bit less slick. All well...
by Eyebrox
27 Mar 2019, 9:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain won't fully engage on inner chainring
Replies: 7
Views: 1353

Re: Chain won't fully engage on inner chainring

Thanks for all your replies. I will check the chain in detail in the morning. Brucey describes the position of the chain perfectly - it rides on the top of the teeth until you push down to help it engage. The crankset hasn't been touched since new and it has given sterling service for years. I will ...
by Eyebrox
27 Mar 2019, 7:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain won't fully engage on inner chainring
Replies: 7
Views: 1353

Re: Chain won't fully engage on inner chainring

The chain runs smoothly back and front when placed on the small ring or big ring by hand. It meshes well but won't lock into or onto the small ring teeth when dropping down, the derailleur cage having done its job.
by Eyebrox
27 Mar 2019, 4:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain won't fully engage on inner chainring
Replies: 7
Views: 1353

Chain won't fully engage on inner chainring

All of a sudden my crankset isn't working properly. It's an FSA 46/36 teeth, CX model 10sp. The chain and cassette are about six months old and have done 1,000 miles. The crankset is four years old and will have done 3,000 miles, mainly on cycle paths and grassy off road trails.The chain shifts perf...
by Eyebrox
12 Mar 2019, 10:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaky brakes again
Replies: 22
Views: 1487

Re: Squeaky brakes again

I think you'll find the only solution is to upgrade to disc brakes. Then you can start trying to work out what's making your disc brakes squeak. That's a whole new science. Having experimented with both kinds of pads (white spirit, meths, isopropyl alcohol, sandpaper, Fairy Liquid) my view is that ...
by Eyebrox
6 Mar 2019, 7:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compatibility of 105 and Dura Ace shifters
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Compatibility of 105 and Dura Ace shifters

Selling 105 5700 sti levers (10 speed). I have been asked if they will index the same as old 10sp Dura Ace. Can anyone advise?
by Eyebrox
26 Feb 2019, 11:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano press fit bottom brackets
Replies: 16
Views: 1270

Re: Shimano press fit bottom brackets

It's the usual range of Shimano hierarchy options. The more you pay the better the quality. There are as many advantages as disadvantages in using press fit. It's cheaper, lighter and easier installed on a factory production line. I gave up trying to remove the noises from the BB30 on my alloy Board...
by Eyebrox
3 Feb 2019, 11:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Adjusting reach on 105 brifters?
Replies: 5
Views: 869

Re: Adjusting reach on 105 brifters?

Most bike shops have piles of these things. They come with the bikes and are put aside if not needed. Worth having a chat with LBS.
by Eyebrox
31 Jan 2019, 11:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best bike for under £500 - please help me choose
Replies: 16
Views: 2300

Re: Best bike for under £500 - please help me choose

Tricky one, as the price point makes it so. They've all got good and bad points. Components randomly mixed across each bike to suit budgets. I like the Orbea because of the weight. Their other bikes in this range sold out last year. Seven gears might be limiting though. I could give reasons for buyi...
by Eyebrox
31 Jan 2019, 11:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front derailleur changing up without first trimming
Replies: 3
Views: 678

Re: Front derailleur changing up without first trimming

You should be able to do it in a single move. Sometimes my hand is not quite positioned well enough to effect a full one-throw move from small to big ring. I then need to follow through with another push on the lever to extend the derailleur out far enough. The trim mechanism can be felt better when...
by Eyebrox
28 Jan 2019, 6:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear light to clip to saddle bag?
Replies: 10
Views: 1004

Re: Rear light to clip to saddle bag?

I attach a small nut and bolt to the bottom of the Cateye clip after drilling a hole in it. The clip is made of good quality plastic - ie it's a bit more yielding than the brittle stuff of cheaper products. The bolt end holds the clip in place on the tab at the back of the saddlebag. It does involve...