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by gxaustin
14 Apr 2019, 11:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting cable disc brake to hydraulic
Replies: 8
Views: 280

Re: Converting cable disc brake to hydraulic

if so, there's a clue in the name that they work with 'road' brake levers not MTB ones. They also cost a lot more; by contrast you can buy a set of pre-bled MTB hydros for about £30. Wow thats cheap. I used to use road calipers on a flat bar - with suitable levers. The TRP cable hydros are pretty e...
by gxaustin
13 Apr 2019, 11:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting cable disc brake to hydraulic
Replies: 8
Views: 280

Re: Converting cable disc brake to hydraulic

I have TRP cable hydraulic. They seem to work well to me. All you need is new calipers.
by gxaustin
13 Apr 2019, 11:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pedal axle bearings in cranks
Replies: 11
Views: 497

Re: Pedal axle bearings in cranks

I think I have some somewhere if anybody is interested
by gxaustin
8 Apr 2019, 11:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Could you do better than this on a Chopper?
Replies: 32
Views: 2458

Re: Could you do better than this on a Chopper?

But (perhaps like other childhood memories) it has a special place in a lot of people's minds.


I'm sure you are correct in that.
I'm offended principally because something so gimmicky is so often praised as iconic, ahead of more elegant and efficient cycles.
by gxaustin
7 Apr 2019, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?
Replies: 20
Views: 916

Re: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?

This afternoon I dug out an accident damaged Tifosi alloy frame. I clamped it in my Park Tools stand and tightened the steel clamp, using both hands, as hard as I could. I clamped the top tube and the down tube. The latter is ovalised so I clamped it on the weakest axis. Result: no discernible damag...
by gxaustin
7 Apr 2019, 8:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Could you do better than this on a Chopper?
Replies: 32
Views: 2458

Re: Could you do better than this on a Chopper?

Am I the only one who thinks the Chopper was horrible?

Fair play to anyone who uses it for something improbable but its still horrible to me.
by gxaustin
6 Apr 2019, 8:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?
Replies: 20
Views: 916

Re: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?

DO NOT DO IT !!! The top tube is almost always the thinnest of the frame tubes, sometimes being a mere 0.4mm in its middle section However tightly do you clamp your frames if you think that using the top tube will dent it? If I'm removing BBs or pedals, even, I wouldn't have it in a stand anyway. I...
by gxaustin
5 Apr 2019, 11:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?
Replies: 20
Views: 916

Re: How to Hang Bike on Maintenance Stand?

I've always hung my (unpainted) titanium bikes by the top tube - but go easy on the clamping force. If using the seat post I remove the front wheel so it is in slightly better balance. I use the seat post exclusively for my CF bike. :idea: I have a duff Ti frame so maybe I could test the top tube to...
by gxaustin
2 Apr 2019, 11:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Nice Places To Ride for 2 / 3 Days ????
Replies: 43
Views: 3589

Re: Nice Places To Ride for 2 / 3 Days ????

I was in Glastonbury last week and we went on some good rides. We rode to Weston and up the Mendips. Wells was very nice and so was Stowe. We even saw the Queen on our way (in Bruton). There are of course other rides too, eg south towards Somerton or south west towards Taunton. Large areas of Somers...
by gxaustin
1 Apr 2019, 4:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of Buying Old Titanium Frames
Replies: 14
Views: 1434

Re: Risks of Buying Old Titanium Frames

My Ti chainstay cracked longitudinally where is was ovalised to pass the tyre. Stress concentration? Could it have been along the seam? It was a secondhand bargain, gave me excellent service and I reckoned it owed me nothing. I still use the group set. Funnily enough I did hear it creaking but thoug...
by gxaustin
31 Mar 2019, 9:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of Buying Old Titanium Frames
Replies: 14
Views: 1434

Re: Risks of Buying Old Titanium Frames

Best reason ever for having a few spares, just in case. (n+1) When I was doing my frame building course (which was fantastic fun BTW) they had a posh and much loved frame in for a new chain stay, due to corrosion. It turned out that the whole frame (lugged) had been silver soldered and it was costin...
by gxaustin
31 Mar 2019, 12:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of Buying Old Titanium Frames
Replies: 14
Views: 1434

Re: Risks of Buying Old Titanium Frames

Steel frames are readily fixed though, aren't they?
by gxaustin
30 Mar 2019, 5:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of Buying Old Titanium Frames
Replies: 14
Views: 1434

Risks of Buying Old Titanium Frames

Are Titanium frames trouble free? I have heard of fractures occurring, even though it is a commonly held opinion that Ti is pretty much everlasting.
by gxaustin
18 Mar 2019, 3:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can Maps on a Garmin SD card be transferred between head units, please?
Replies: 5
Views: 1816

Can Maps on a Garmin SD card be transferred between head units, please?

I have a Garmin Edge Touring which came complete with Routeable Map of Europe on an SD card. Can I just put that card in my Garmin Edge 810 to use the maps with that device? Or do I need to get something specific to the 810, please?