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by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 9:22am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas
Replies: 15
Views: 652

Re: Price points for sleeping bags, any ideas

Hi, I'm looking to get a sleeping bag, actually not for cycle touring to begin with, it's for a bushcraft course. May get used for touring eventually. The prices seem to go from £30 to £400+. I just wondered what you need to pay to get something which is reasonable quality. I feel like with bikes t...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 9:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Derailleur Hanger alignment tool ?
Replies: 29
Views: 729

Re: Derailleur Hanger alignment tool ?

There's a british saying "bad tradesman blames the tools".
I've used my Park Tool daily for over 10 years now, never broke anything and replaced the pivot twice just to prevent it from wearing the main body. Clearly, it was some well overpriced £60 rubbish :wink:
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 9:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The perils of 23 mm tyres …
Replies: 65
Views: 2337

Re: The perils of 23 mm tyres …

Hi, Hi, We have seen some catastrophic carbon rims falling apart into pieces, metal rims might get dented even break a few spokes but you will get home albeit limping, just try and stick a carbon rim back together :? I know what you are trying to say but I won't be trusting them anytime soon, you e...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 9:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPD pedals; the squishy pontoon syndrome
Replies: 12
Views: 405

Re: SPD pedals; the squishy pontoon syndrome

Has been since 1990 that soles may need some trimming. The very first SPD soles did need to be cust to expose the slots for the cleats. And even now, it does happen every now and then that soles do need the use of a Stanley knife to trim some excess. This happens more often in "road style"...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 8:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Regreasing quill stem and seatpost
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: Regreasing quill stem and seatpost

What would people recommend as the best grease for preventing quill stems and seatposts seizing please? In the past I have used both copper grease and lithium grease but I find the latter tends to dry out on those bikes I store in an external shed that gets hot in the summer. There also seems to be...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Threadless headset servicing - would you bother?
Replies: 42
Views: 1588

Re: Threadless headset servicing - would you bother?

Well I eventually got round to this. ... Am thankful that I won't have to try to peer at indecipherable markings on any cartridge bearings - nor spend hours of research online looking for exact replacements. And although the headset looks fairly basic I trust Ridgeback's speccings and so am hopeful...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 8:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton "chain pusher" cable
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: Brompton "chain pusher" cable

Does anyone know how to detach the cable from the "chain pusher" (Brompton's name for the U shaped stainless steel piece that moves the chain to and fro) on my Brompton? I'm talking here about the cable that operates the derailleur on the 6 speed Brompton. At the handle-bar end, it's a fa...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 8:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPD pedals; the squishy pontoon syndrome
Replies: 12
Views: 405

Re: SPD pedals; the squishy pontoon syndrome

I really don't see the point of that type of sole for SPD use. For very little extra weight, and with the same shoe style in other regards, you can have a full MTB sole with more points of contact with the ground, giving less wear to the sole and easier walking. Indeed. This is a problem that shoul...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 8:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 21mm quill stem?
Replies: 7
Views: 144

Re: 21mm quill stem?

21.15 was the standard size for BMX and early MTB,s in the distant past. ... Indeed it was, because the forks steerer had to be thicker. But is was also used on some Dutch bikes, especially the "utility" ones that would have heavy-gauge tubing for the use of racks or child-seats. The stem...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 8:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Derailleur Hanger alignment tool ?
Replies: 29
Views: 729

Re: Derailleur Hanger alignment tool ?

there are some common flaws with these tools; 1) the load is usually borne by the screw threads in the hanger; it is a much better idea to have an 'inboard nut' i.e. a nut on the inside of the hanger so that the load is not borne by the screw threads. [the loads required to reset a steel gear hange...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 8:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rusty bolts and aluminium fittings...
Replies: 15
Views: 555

Re: Rusty bolts and aluminium fittings...

So any grease with lithium best avoided full stop? So that you don't have any around and tempted to use inapprooriately? I understand folk often use it for bearings but then also understand that teflon greases are fine for that? There's many types of aluminium alloys, and their properties are incre...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 7:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Broken Campag Veloce Levers
Replies: 5
Views: 166

Re: Broken Campag Veloce Levers

It's easy to describe the lower end of Campagnolo levers as "poor" or "not lasting long". The truth is that are made to a price point and relatively cheap to replace, if you compare the price to a Shimano or Sram replacement for shifters there is a big price difference. I still b...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 7:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle Paths
Replies: 28
Views: 639

Re: Cycle Paths

Can anyone tell me, why cycling uk is not promoting the compulsory use of cycle paths? I’m a cyclist and a driver and have just seen the new laws regarding close passing of cyclists. There is nothing more irritating than cyclists on a narrow road when there is a cycle path next to it. I believe the...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 7:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brompton B75
Replies: 9
Views: 601

Re: Brompton B75

The reason for the B75 is simple: lower price and taking advantage of the upgrades that can be done on a later stage. I cannot think of anything of the current components that cannot be retrofitted on a modern Brompton frame. Since is a long-lasting bike that users will keep for long, it makes sense...
by Gattonero
19 Apr 2019, 7:49am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off road history.
Replies: 43
Views: 10314

Re: Off road history.

... Gotta take your hat off to those blokes! Most of them just on the touring bikes of the day, none of that wimpy fat tyres and suspension stuff! Mike True, but speeds were much, much slower in that day. I suspect that today's faster speeds are due to the new technology, wimpy fat tyres and suspen...