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by Eyebrox
14 Jun 2019, 9:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brakes, hydraulic versus cable
Replies: 28
Views: 694

Re: Disc brakes, hydraulic versus cable

I use both hydraulic and cable brakes. Prefer hydraulic. Cable brake maintenance is a constant. Hydraulic has been fit and forget. Cable are never as powerful either, especially at the back. Look after your hydraulics, use a proper bleed kit and keep an eye on the seals, and you'll be proud of your ...
by Eyebrox
11 Jun 2019, 12:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on how to maintain a bike when living in a flat.
Replies: 13
Views: 606

Re: Advice on how to maintain a bike when living in a flat.

This is what you need: https://www.petsathome.com/shop/en/pets/pets-at-home-dog-crate-replacement-tray-x-large-black Lasts forever. Stops oil, dirt, bearings, bolts marking floor, carpet, laminate - even concrete. Also prevents tiny parts getting lost. Leakproof if overusing oil spray, hydraulic flu...
by Eyebrox
9 Jun 2019, 11:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Playlist, positive songs
Replies: 4
Views: 278

Re: Cycling Playlist, positive songs

Something Scottish.

Keep Right on to the End of the Road https://g.co/kgs/M3Ndq7
by Eyebrox
8 Jun 2019, 11:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel bearings for Carrera Subway1?
Replies: 10
Views: 456

Re: Wheel bearings for Carrera Subway1?

I asked Halfords yesterday for a packet of 3/16 bearings. Is it your front hub?, the shop worker asked. I said 'yes' and told him I needed 20. He said they only sell a packet of two bearing races with a tiny tube of white grease (£3.49). Each race has seven bearings. So two packs are generally neede...
by Eyebrox
5 Jun 2019, 1:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mounting rear Moon Nebula light?
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Re: Mounting rear Moon Nebula light?

I used a rubber stopper from the bottom of a walking pole. These are £3 for two in Sports Direct. I used a Stanley knife to cut the stopper in half horizontally and then cut a vertical line down one side of the bottom half. I opened the half section up and placed it onto the right hand seatstay then...
by Eyebrox
30 May 2019, 1:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cyclesurgery Highbury?
Replies: 6
Views: 498

Re: Cyclesurgery Highbury?

Cycle UK members get 15% off clothes and parts at CycleSurgery. 10% off bikes.

cyclinguk.org/member-benefits
by Eyebrox
23 May 2019, 1:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another thread about hard tyres to fit and tyre levers
Replies: 20
Views: 656

Re: Another thread about hard tyres to fit and tyre levers

Halfords still do steel tyre levers - £3.50.

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by Eyebrox
22 May 2019, 5:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another thread about hard tyres to fit and tyre levers
Replies: 20
Views: 656

Re: Another thread about hard tyres to fit and tyre levers

I find fitting tyres so much easier when no one's watching. :)
by Eyebrox
18 May 2019, 12:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Powerlink
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: SRAM Powerlink

... push thumb & forefinger together a bit whilst wiggling/plying chain and trying to push in the direction it will unlock. Easy, peasy, with 7 or 8 speed. Manageable, just, with 9 speed. Difficult, very, with 10 speed. Impossible, nigh on, with 11 speed. Untested with 12 speed ... but not hope...
by Eyebrox
4 May 2019, 11:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: No stopping power on my disc brakes
Replies: 40
Views: 1821

Re: No stopping power on my disc brakes

You can get 2 x Spyre calipers for £70. I have used both Spyre and BB7 on the same bike. The Avid caliper lasted twice as long - three years - as the TRP one. The crud eventually got to the Avid rear brake and it stopped working. The Spyre rear brake seized on one side then on the other side. Both p...
by Eyebrox
30 Apr 2019, 9:39pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: drop foot
Replies: 11
Views: 645

Re: drop foot

Hi Julia. A friend of mine has something similar and has been off the bike for two years. He has ordered up a "pendulum crank" for which he has high hopes of making a return to basic cycling. I had never heard of this device though he tells me there are three different manufacturers and th...
by Eyebrox
30 Apr 2019, 9:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Screaming brakes, help!
Replies: 10
Views: 427

Re: Screaming brakes, help!

Can't be the blocks if they're new unless contamination has transferred from the rims. You could toe in the blocks by angling the front nearer the rim. This has been known to reduce friction noise. You could use expensive pads which have a superior compound and which generally perform better. You co...
by Eyebrox
30 Apr 2019, 2:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crank arm came loose
Replies: 12
Views: 807

Re: Crank arm came loose

That happened to me. I pushed the bike back to the shop thinking the crank arm just needs refitted. The shop owner/mechanic explained that a loose crank is likely have damaged the teeth on the end of the axle. He refitted the crank arm and told me to try it out. He said he was doubtful it would hold...
by Eyebrox
30 Apr 2019, 1:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano hydraulic pressurising prob
Replies: 5
Views: 258

Re: Shimano hydraulic pressurising prob

Don't open the bleed valve any more than a smidgeon. A 7mm tiny ring spanner provides more control. (I struggled with an open-ender and then a shifter before buying the right tool) Bleed the brakes three times with pads in rather than blocks. Chap hose all the way along its length to push along air ...