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by Gattonero
2 Dec 2018, 12:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC missing link/tyre lever; good idea....?
Replies: 36
Views: 1371

Re: KMC missing link/tyre lever; good idea....?

saw this https://www.vojomag.com/app/uploads/2017/08/20785967_468114126878611_6075141104858379335_o-1374x2048.jpg and thought it might be a good idea for a touring tool kit; a pair of tyre levers that can double as a QL tool. I think it just opens QLs, rather than closes them, but even so it might ...
by Gattonero
2 Dec 2018, 12:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo Lighting - fit and forget?
Replies: 132
Views: 7056

Re: Dynamo Lighting - fit and forget?

I'm not sure if I've posted in this thread already- I can't remember and I can't be bothered to search. But my B&M cyo-t lumotec IQ has been far from fit and forget. I would recommend dismantling on buying it and using silicone grease to seal it as well as possible before use. It might also be ...
by Gattonero
2 Dec 2018, 12:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon seat post stuck in carbon frame
Replies: 11
Views: 538

Re: Carbon seat post stuck in carbon frame

https://youtu.be/Kfxl1d4JRmw Okay so tried this method this evening and bingo, seat post removed in two minutes. I used a dumbbell like this guy, but any heavy weight object will do. Phew! Sighs of relief all round :D Time for a well earned bottle of wine. How is the frame held? I see a top tube la...
by Gattonero
2 Dec 2018, 11:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain cleaner
Replies: 21
Views: 824

Re: Chain cleaner

reohn2 wrote:... I only ever lube my chain after a ride,that way it can soak in and any excess dry off ready for the next ride.


Precisely.
Wipe off the grime, let soak, then wipe off the excess 8)
by Gattonero
2 Dec 2018, 11:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Shop Closing
Replies: 94
Views: 2956

Re: Mercian Shop Closing

I'd like to say that I'm sad, but I'm probably not. Being in the retail business is a though job, you are always in competition and there's no time to rest. If you take this for granted, you're done. A bicycle shop that does not sell online in this day, better close. Period. And if you're small, you...
by Gattonero
2 Dec 2018, 11:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Shop Closing
Replies: 94
Views: 2956

Re: Mercian Shop Closing

... You can almost buy a complete bike for that from Spa, or a Genesis Equilibrium for not much more..... Comparing oranges to apples! Custom built in UK to your needs, vs an "off the shelf" built only for the price. You can get a suit for £100 at Primark, or spend a few thousand pounds i...
by Gattonero
2 Dec 2018, 11:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Should I clean a new chain before fitting.
Replies: 22
Views: 947

Re: Should I clean a new chain before fitting.

I’m pretty sure this has been ask many times before but search brings up not a lot for me. I am about to fit a new SRAM chain and wonder if I it’s a god idea to clean off the sticky coating first and lube it properly with my lubricant of choice, purple extreme. Any thoughts on that one please? If i...
by Gattonero
2 Dec 2018, 10:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain cleaner
Replies: 21
Views: 824

Re: Chain cleaner

... A number believe that using de-greaser gets into the more internal parts that the manufacturer has purposefully lubricated removing the grease which never gets properly replaced when you re-lube..... That could be true for a chain that works in optimal conditions, but a bicycle chain works in l...
by Gattonero
2 Dec 2018, 10:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain cleaner
Replies: 21
Views: 824

Re: Chain cleaner

Well if you don't over lube you don't have the problem. I've been saying this for looong time: use very litte lube, use it often than usual, always clean before and after with a rag. This way there's no excess and can be easily cleaned, you may never need to completely "degrease" the chai...
by Gattonero
25 Nov 2018, 8:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 2493

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

I agree that rim brakes may well make more sense on a bike like this. By all means compare the two different bikes to see for yourself but IME there is a good chance that the rim brake model will ride better than the disc brake model. It is liable to work out this way because the loads that the for...
by Gattonero
25 Nov 2018, 8:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain cleaner
Replies: 21
Views: 824

Re: Chain cleaner

philvantwo wrote:Mick F's got an ultrasonic cleaner!


I'm not sure how good those things can clean a very greasy chain, also it takes time (but is a more neat job). There must be a reason why all the po mechanics I know don't use it.
by Gattonero
25 Nov 2018, 12:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Six bolt adapters for centrelock hubs
Replies: 18
Views: 490

Re: Six bolt adapters for centrelock hubs

I'm sure with a bit of search there will be a new CL rotor for a tenner or slightly more
by Gattonero
25 Nov 2018, 12:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Six bolt adapters for centrelock hubs
Replies: 18
Views: 490

Re: Six bolt adapters for centrelock hubs

.........But you can find a cheap new rotor for the same price! https://www.bikeinn.com/bike/shimano-sm-rt10-center-lock/136292762/p?utm_source=google_products&utm_medium=merchant&id_producte=4218347&country=uk&gclid=Cj0KCQiArenfBRCoARIsAFc1FqfoKgB6srB8SN3PC3dLH2aMHC4qvuB6K1HcSg7tq2...
by Gattonero
25 Nov 2018, 12:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pedersen
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: Pedersen

Anybody here ride a Pederson. Tempted to get one - not an original Dursley Pedersen but a Copenhagen version. WHat to look out for when buying secondhand and what are they like to ride. I get the impression they're a comfortable machine but know little else. I rode a couple of time the Dursley one,...
by Gattonero
25 Nov 2018, 11:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 2493

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

I agree that rim brakes may well make more sense on a bike like this. By all means compare the two different bikes to see for yourself but IME there is a good chance that the rim brake model will ride better than the disc brake model. It is liable to work out this way because the loads that the for...