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by Gattonero
8 Jan 2020, 8:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton (narrowed) SA front hub brake: Brucey question?
Replies: 9
Views: 724

Re: Brompton (narrowed) SA front hub brake: Brucey question?

1) Custom 100mm width Brompton forks are available. Although it is common to fit electric motors into widened Brompton forks commercially... 2) I don't think a hub brake is a problem, discs would be better with a custom fork I think but IMHO have no place on a folding bike like a Brompton as are to...
by Gattonero
8 Jan 2020, 8:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton stuck folks
Replies: 13
Views: 1199

Re: Brompton stuck folks

If you had been in the factory you would know that Castrol Sphenol LMM everywhere. . There is no such thing as Castrol Sphenol. Presumably you mean Castrol Spheerol. They may well have had pots of grease in the factory when you visited; it of course in no way assures that they were and always have ...
by Gattonero
8 Jan 2020, 8:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton stuck folks
Replies: 13
Views: 1199

Re: Brompton stuck folks

If you had been in the factory you would know that Castrol Sphenol LMM everywhere. . There is no such thing as Castrol Sphenol. Presumably you mean Castrol Spheerol . They may well have had pots of grease in the factory when you visited; it of course in no way assures that they were and always have...
by Gattonero
8 Jan 2020, 8:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recycling helmets
Replies: 30
Views: 1021

Re: Recycling helmets

Hi, Does anyone in UK know the best way to dispose of worn out cycling helmets? Some say, dismantle into separate categories of plastic, recycle the outer and send polystyrene inner to tip for burial others say send the complete helmet to the waste tip for burial. J;-) Good post! I never thought ab...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 2:25pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?
Replies: 10
Views: 810

Re: Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

It's light and convenient. But makes a lot of sooth in the pots/pans. I have two pieces double sealed (smells terribly) as emergency backup, because it only needs a non-burning surface (i.e. a small rock) and not a proper stove.
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 2:23pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Re-proofing a tent groundsheet
Replies: 18
Views: 1063

Re: Re-proofing a tent groundsheet

To add another layer of coating to an existing tent floor, this seems to be the correct stuff: https://outdoor.mcnett.eu/outdoor/tent-sure-tent-floor-sealant/ +1 for this product. I had an old bag I wanted to use but the PU coating inside was flaking off. The small bottle of Tent-Sure product isn't...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 2:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recycling helmets
Replies: 30
Views: 1021

Re: Recycling helmets

Hi, Does anyone in UK know the best way to dispose of worn out cycling helmets? Some say, dismantle into separate categories of plastic, recycle the outer and send polystyrene inner to tip for burial others say send the complete helmet to the waste tip for burial. J;-) Good post! I never thought ab...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 2:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo Daytona gear alternatives
Replies: 15
Views: 543

Re: Campagnolo

Before pulling the trigger: even though the previous two decades "harder" gears were common all across the spectrum, that seems a proper "road bike gearing" so make sure eveything else fits you. To have 1:1 gear ratio on a road bike seems common in today's day but some bikes and ...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 2:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton folding pedal
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: Brompton folding pedal

Brompton pedals are assembled with Castrol grease which is not exactly "sod-all" .... that is not what I've seen; bone dry is the usual thing. cheers See my other post about the Brompton stem Thankfully there's been over 1/2 million of Brompton bikes (including mine) that are not built as...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 2:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton stuck folks
Replies: 13
Views: 1199

Re: Brompton stuck folks

...They also have the (not inconsiderable) disadvantage that there is usually little or no grease on the parts when they leave the factory. cheers Your opinion not supported by facts. If you had been in the factory you would know that Castrol Sphenol LMM everywhere. That is simply seized with age, ...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 8:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton stuck folks
Replies: 13
Views: 1199

Re: Brompton stuck folks

FWIW, Brompton stems are held in the foRks with a tapered "cone", not a "wedge", if you try to push it from the bottom of the forks it will only get more stuck. For a start, this bike may be with the older 1" stem/forks, for which parts are not available anymore, so put extr...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 8:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fork crown race fitting
Replies: 22
Views: 657

Re: Fork crown race fitting

I have a new 1 1/8” fork and a reducer bush that will adapt it to fit in a 1.5” taper head tube. The fork crown measures 30.1mm and the bush is smaller 29.8mm (using a dial calliper). If I take it to the LBS and ask them to fit the bush, I assume they will turn down the fork to fit. My question is,...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 8:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What kind of stepped ferrule for these old cable stops?
Replies: 12
Views: 543

Re: What kind of stepped ferrule for these old cable stops?

You can use a stepped gear ferrule, by removing part of the plastic casing of the brake outer cable, easy to do with a stanley kinfe but just make sure the cables are the right length because the lack of plastic casing makes the cable more prone to kink and bend. Campagnolo makes two types of steppe...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 8:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton folding pedal
Replies: 8
Views: 319

Re: Brompton folding pedal

Brompton pedals are assembled with Castrol grease which is not exactly "sod-all" (in fact, you can often see grease spilling form the inside of the crank) so what's happening is the usual binding that happens when parts have been tight in place for long time. The problem you are having, is...
by Gattonero
27 Nov 2019, 8:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heights of lights.
Replies: 21
Views: 1241

Re: Heights of lights.

The 1500mm maximum height has to be for helmet-mounted lights, obviously has to be a tall person with an upright riding position.