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by Eyebrox
23 Sep 2020, 3:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear indexing and possible misalignment
Replies: 26
Views: 606

Re: Gear indexing and possible misalignment

mart7379 wrote:............. Never realised owning a bike was so much hassle, think I'll stick to the static bike in the gym .



Have faith. A bike mechanic will sort this in minutes.
by Eyebrox
20 Sep 2020, 9:26pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Aching neck and shoulders while cycling
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: Aching neck and shoulders while cycling

A cold wind/draught about your neck can cause pain in this area. A merino neckie provides protection. Worth wearing one even in warmer weather.
by Eyebrox
17 Sep 2020, 11:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike for a heavy rider
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Re: Bike for a heavy rider

There have been several similar questions on the forum. This is the most recent. Might be useful info in there.

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by Eyebrox
17 Sep 2020, 11:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sticky STI levers
Replies: 15
Views: 580

Re: Sticky STI levers

I was asked to fix that very model of bike. It was new from Argos and the owner had a rubbing problem with the front derailleur. He couldn't go to the shop with the bike because it was closed due to the Covid-19 situation. My boss (bike shop owner) was able to get the mech operating properly. The fa...
by Eyebrox
16 Sep 2020, 12:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spare Tiagra Cassette - can I choose any?
Replies: 13
Views: 494

Re: Spare Tiagra Cassette - can I choose any?

Buy Tiagra 4700 10speed to match the change ratios from the lever. The rear derailleur is likely to be GS (medium length) so should allow cogs up to 34 teeth (11-34 cassette). Brucey is the expert here on Tiagra 4700 and he'll advise you fully in the morning.
by Eyebrox
16 Sep 2020, 12:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best budget repair stand?
Replies: 15
Views: 553

Re: Best budget repair stand?

Aldi bike bits sale starts a week on Sunday. Generally a cheap stand is included in these sales. The Decathlon one looks sturdy enough for the money so does the Lifeline one on Wiggle.
by Eyebrox
16 Sep 2020, 12:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sticky STI levers
Replies: 15
Views: 580

Re: Sticky STI levers

Changing cables can make an enormous difference to the performance of your gearing. Have a go and learn so much more about the bike. Be careful though and read the instructions. Then read them again! You can damage the lever internals, for instance, if you neglect to seat the cable end in its proper...
by Eyebrox
13 Sep 2020, 11:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain slipping in only one gear - chain swapped still an issue
Replies: 22
Views: 740

Re: Chain slipping in only one gear - chain swapped still an issue

The chain length will be acceptable if that's it stretched round the biggest chainring and biggest cog. Could the chain be slipping at the front? It's not always obvious when the chain floats on the top of the chainring teeth. You often feel that it's missing its grip on the cassette if you're sitti...
by Eyebrox
13 Sep 2020, 1:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Front derailleur - grinding chain issues
Replies: 16
Views: 664

Re: Front derailleur - grinding chain issues

Go right back to the start. Release the cable at the FD after taking all the tension out. Check that the cage is a few mms away from the chain when it's on the biggest cog at the rear. Pull the mech out by hand to ensure it reaches out comfortably and not too far out when it's above the outside ring...
by Eyebrox
13 Sep 2020, 12:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Front derailleur - grinding chain issues
Replies: 16
Views: 664

Re: Front derailleur - grinding chain issues

Follow the advice in Brucey's comment.
by Eyebrox
11 Sep 2020, 2:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shock absorbing handlebar tape.
Replies: 17
Views: 624

Re: Shock absorbing handlebar tape.

Line the top and bottom of the bars with the old tape you're removing. Attach with electrician's tape. Re-tape over it with the new (possibly thicker) tape.
by Eyebrox
10 Sep 2020, 8:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: clothing
Replies: 18
Views: 823

Re: clothing

I swear by my base layer with Gore Windstopper panels. These are on the chest, round the shoulders and at the base of the neck ... just the bits I want extra protection for underneath a cycling jacket. Here's one that's reduced in price. Great bit of kit, if the colour is a bit loud. https://www.pre...
by Eyebrox
7 Sep 2020, 11:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Extreme difficulty fitting tyres on Ambrosio P20 rims
Replies: 12
Views: 329

Re: Extreme difficulty fitting tyres on Ambrosio P20 rims

You need another pair of hands. Or... a light rub of washing up liquid on the one tyre rim and either a strong zip tie or pedal strap to hold the tyre on as you work round. Worn tyre levers with rough edges are more prone to nick tubes in tight-fitting situations.
by Eyebrox
7 Sep 2020, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubless: one perfect, one keeps loosing pressure
Replies: 11
Views: 379

Re: Tubless: one perfect, one keeps loosing pressure

ElCani wrote:No experience with tubeless, but could it be the valve?


Nine times out of ten. Change it or wrap with plumber's tape.