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by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 2:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what is the purpose of these holes?
Replies: 16
Views: 304

Re: what is the purpose of these holes?

brynpoeth wrote:
Cunobelin wrote:Allows members of Cycle Forums to come with supposedly smart answers

:wink:
Saves a bit of material/weight (how much?)


Can simply be a question of aesthetic/convenience of casting/saving or raw material. Aside from the former, it's all things that are no real matter for the final user 8)
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 2:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what is the purpose of these holes?
Replies: 16
Views: 304

Re: what is the purpose of these holes?

Never mind the frame, who re-laced the hub with a different spoke pattern? Not a good idea, as highlighted in the Rohloff handbook. Perhaps with Rohloff due to other factors, on a fairly normal hub like that is not a big problem. After many thousand wheels built, I'm yet to see a hub to fail right ...
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 2:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Making a Colnago steel frame
Replies: 2
Views: 451

Re: Making a Colnago steel frame

Here's a nice clip which shows the process of pinning/brazing a steel frame:- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdOWRbk5x-Q But at various points it looks like drilling it taking place, and pins being fitted to joints that have already been heated - I wonder if some of this is just for the camera? may...
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 2:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bloke blows hundreds of dollars servicing his expensive bike
Replies: 27
Views: 1254

Re: Bloke blows hundreds of dollars servicing his expensive bike

... In the UK I've tended not to do any bike maintenance, and just drop it off in the shop, but here it's mostly it's DIY, and parts are somewhat time-consuming to get hold of. So you fairly quickly grow to appreciate (a) things that work reliably, (b) anticipating failure before it happens and (c)...
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 2:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what is the purpose of these holes?
Replies: 16
Views: 304

Re: what is the purpose of these holes?

...and what is the problem with it? :?:
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 12:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clean my handlebar
Replies: 18
Views: 734

Re: Clean my handlebar

Hang them on the wall.
New bars are cheap, a dentist is expensive.... :(
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 12:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 5
Views: 150

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

I have a custom Fratello and use it almost every day, it's my go-to bike because it's versatile. Having quite a few other bikes, and tried countless ones, the Fratello has one thing that makes it very good as an "everyday" bike for me: has a neutral and surefooted handling, yet can be nipp...
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 12:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Never assume
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: Never assume

NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
So your next new car or television your check every nut and bolt/solder joint :?:


Things that are meant to be adjusted...
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 12:34pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Turning bike upside down to support a tarp?
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Re: Turning bike upside down to support a tarp?

How bad of an idea is this? I looked at a few images of people trying it but I'm wondering how bad it would be for the bike - my concern would be the saddle and shifters. Perhaps if it was combined with a groundsheet it would be ok? However if there is a way to make it work it saves bringing tarp p...
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 12:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: quality allen keys
Replies: 59
Views: 1833

Re: quality allen keys

Btw, is worth pointing out that those Wera "hex plus" allen keys are good for the jobs where a bolt was part damaged by a bad allen key, as the Wera do grip better. However, this is their weak point too, because the key work on a sharper edge than a normal allen key, the Wera Hex Plus does...
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 12:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?
Replies: 23
Views: 837

Re: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?

FWIW, I'd remove the bottom cup from the frame to check the conditions of the frame: old frames do stretch with time, some headsets will come off just by hand and will need a frame repair, or some other thing done to get the headset properly in place. To remove the cups from the frame all you need i...
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 12:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drilling hole in steel fork steerer
Replies: 22
Views: 907

Re: Drilling hole in steel fork steerer

An alternative to drilling a hole in the top cap might be to have a spacer on top of the stem and drill a hole in that (or cut/file a slot in the edge of the spacer). The wire would then exit horizontally, which should be neater and might also help a bit with minimising water ingress through the ho...
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 11:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing Brompton Handkebar Grips
Replies: 4
Views: 194

Re: Removing Brompton Handkebar Grips

Old type of grips, without "locking" screws are glued on.
You need to cut them unless they had worked themselves loose. Still, you need a knife blade to remove the glue from the bars.
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 11:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bloke blows hundreds of dollars servicing his expensive bike
Replies: 27
Views: 1254

Re: Bloke blows hundreds of dollars servicing his expensive bike

Quite an interesting video here I thought: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9eCLYxF3z8 Bike is some variant of this https://www.bikehub.co.za/features/_/gear/reviews/transition-smuggler-long-term-review-r6538 (~£3000) * 'Change your chain at 0.5%' (because 11-speed, so more expensive chain to be ch...
by Gattonero
17 Nov 2018, 11:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Never assume
Replies: 6
Views: 392

Re: Never assume

As a rule of thumb, you never assume anything that is factory-made for mass production. Things that are meant to be adjusted are often adjusted via automatic machines or in a hurry anyway