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by hayers
20 Jul 2021, 8:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bespoke wheel?
Replies: 9
Views: 327

Re: Bespoke wheel?

As a design, it seems a flaw that if one spoke breaks or loses tension then the second, nearby, spoke it's entwined with will also be un-tensioned, doubling the resulting runout.

As a visual effect, very striking though! Thanks for sharing.
by hayers
30 Jun 2021, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Map case repair
Replies: 14
Views: 712

Re: Map case repair

I used some "fantastic elastic flexible glue" off Amazon for just that job about a year ago and still holding strong.

Was a bit disappointed my expensive ortleib map holder needed it after only 5 or 6 years...
by hayers
7 Jun 2021, 7:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Headset Press Disaster
Replies: 36
Views: 1672

Re: Headset Press Disaster

If you dismantle the press so far as possible, can you tap one or both heads to then use studding or long bolt to jack the two ends apart? One will pop our first, then knock the second out with a drift.

Another idea might be if the shape allows to use two levers diametrically opposed to pry the press head out against the top of the cups (likely to damage the cups)

Good luck!
by hayers
27 May 2021, 7:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Barrier cream question
Replies: 28
Views: 2109

Re: Barrier cream question

I use Rozalex Dri Guard barrier cream for dirty/oily jobs where gloves not appropriate (eg when using rotating machinery in which a glove can get caught) and just generally when handling greasy/oily parts in the workshop where gloves would be annoying.

Once finished the worst of the muck rinses off, and cleaning much easier than without using normal household soap bars.
by hayers
22 Apr 2021, 9:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Re-aligning bent front forks
Replies: 3
Views: 276

Re: Re-aligning bent front forks

Assuming Malborough Wilts Argos Racing Cycles in Bristol is probably a good bet.
by hayers
9 Apr 2021, 1:27pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Teaching children to ride on the road
Replies: 3
Views: 863

Re: Teaching children to ride on the road

ClappedOut wrote: 30 Mar 2021, 9:56pm
What I'm saying is teach them what will be expected and in advance.
Very good advice. If you have one, a talk through manoeuvres on one of those road playmats with a toy car/bike can explain things quite easily.

Another thing is check they know their left & right! I'd not realised that our eldest has a bit of a block on this so after some confusion I started using "bell side" and "gear side" as more reliable.
by hayers
9 Apr 2021, 1:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike For Beginner?
Replies: 64
Views: 1961

Re: Help Of Choosing Correct Frame Size (Road Bike)

In simple terms, it's about trading two/three parameters:

1) saddle setback
This is how far the saddle is behind the bottom bracket (crank bearing).
Further back = less weight on hands, further forward = more racy. Too far forward for your type of riding will put excessive weight on hands leading to aches & pains.

2) height of, and distance to the handlebars
Typically closer to saddle and higher for leisure riding, lower and further away for a "racy fit".
You want the height and reach to be such that.you can use the drops comfortably - this then gives the most usable positions.

As.others have said what.dimensions achieve these vary depending on fitness, flexibility and core strength. Friends of mine are happy touring in a position I'd struggle to hold for a 10 min sprint whereas others might struggle to adopt even my position.

If you are unsure, find a bike that feels comfortable set up so you could move all the above either way - gives you options.

People often don't commute on 'best' bikes as they may have drivetrains that are more expensive and/or susceptible to wear, may have fast rolling, rather than robust, tyres, and perhaps no mudguards or rack - which most (but by no means all) will want for commuting.

The main thing is to get riding and enjoy it!
by hayers
24 Mar 2021, 8:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best wishes for Brucey
Replies: 509
Views: 36387

Re: Best wishes for Brucey

Best wishes Brucey.

I'm not a frequent poster, but have gained much useful info from the back catalogue of posts.
by hayers
8 Mar 2021, 5:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Child seat voiding frame warranty
Replies: 41
Views: 1275

Re: Child seat voiding frame warranty

Thorn quote max loadings for front & rear panniers, but not sure about more "mainstream" makes...
by hayers
24 Feb 2021, 7:08pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Cycling with a 9 month old & bike attachment for older child
Replies: 18
Views: 1443

Re: Cycling with a 9 month old & bike attachment for older child

Jdsk wrote:
martinn wrote:I have used a trail gator, a tag along, and a follow me. The follow me is massively superior to the tag along, which is superior to the trail gator, in terms of stability, in my experience, but we are all different.

Thanks.

I've often wondered how they compare, but never before heard from anyone who has tried them all.

Jonathan


We.used a follow me: worked well for me, and advantage of being seperable, but my wife always found it made her bike very unstable - I think because it's a ladies frame with reduced torsional stiffness.

Also had good experience with a "weehoo" and a "weehoo copilot" - would recommend both.
by hayers
24 Feb 2021, 5:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Queen Victoria Postboxes
Replies: 63
Views: 3146

Re: Queen Victoria Postboxes

Spotted one this morning
by hayers
8 Sep 2020, 9:17am
Forum: On the road
Topic: flat-ish 150-200km routes starting in/around Bristol?
Replies: 12
Views: 428

Re: flat-ish 150-200km routes starting in/around Bristol?

The prevailing wind is up the severn - it nearly always helps you heading towards gloucester, and hinders the return.
by hayers
6 Sep 2020, 8:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: flat-ish 150-200km routes starting in/around Bristol?
Replies: 12
Views: 428

Re: flat-ish 150-200km routes starting in/around Bristol?

Maybe something like bristol - gloucester - evesham - cirencester - badminton - bristol?

The lanes between the m5 and river severn from north of bristol to just south of gloucester are mostly good riding and relatively flat. The a38 is ok to ride - in that there's space for overtaking - but I prefer to avoid other than for short sections to join up the lanes.

Another flattish area is on the north side of the m4 on the various ncn and lanes between chipping sodbury and Swindon. Lots marked as "wiltshire cycleway"
by hayers
18 Jun 2020, 9:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Bottom Bracket
Replies: 22
Views: 713

Re: Condor Bottom Bracket

I've not had to deal with this, so was pondering if a bottom bracket helicoil exists, so I googled and found an old thread here which may be of use:

viewtopic.php?t=36449

Sounds like all is not lost.
by hayers
9 Jun 2020, 2:30pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike touring- What to do with bike at museum
Replies: 36
Views: 3068

Re: Bike touring- What to do with bike at museum

Neil Wheadon wrote:As for locking in a crowded place think this one through. You lock your bike, walk 100 metres and this 'drat left the computer on' so you run back and remove it. Has anyone ever challenged you?............ No
Neil


A while back, a lost key saw me in a shopping centre sawing through the lock on my eldest's bike. No one batted an eyelid.