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by Boogaloo
20 Aug 2019, 8:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... the easiest way to lower the gearing on a 3 speed Brompton?
Replies: 6
Views: 379

... the easiest way to lower the gearing on a 3 speed Brompton?

I'm looking into this for a friend who recently bought a new 3 speed Brompton and feels the gearing to be too high for him. From searching the forum I think I have established that it has a 50 t chainring on a 130mm bcd crank. If so this could be pretty easily reduced. I could lend him a 42 for exam...
by Boogaloo
9 Jul 2019, 7:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cracked headtube - Any point in claiming against warranty?
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Re: Cracked headtube - Any point in claiming against warranty?

Good news. The shop returned the bike to Ridgeback who have honoured the warranty and offered a replacement bike. Unfortunately the Meteor model has changed considerably since the original bike was purchased and is not really suitable but my friend has opted for a different model and paid the extra....
by Boogaloo
26 Jun 2019, 6:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bar tape in hot weather
Replies: 29
Views: 984

Re: Bar tape in hot weather

I find cheaper electrical tape does this even over here (UK).
I now use 3M which is much better but I haven't tested it in very hot temps.
by Boogaloo
10 Jun 2019, 1:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Spa ti touring frame.
Replies: 23
Views: 1827

Re: Spa ti touring frame.

iandriver wrote: Did the planet X spinatchi what ever rip off thing with the shifters


What's that then?




Lovely looking bike!
by Boogaloo
6 Jun 2019, 8:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cracked headtube - Any point in claiming against warranty?
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Re: Cracked headtube - Any point in claiming against warranty?

Well she's picking the bike up tomorrow and will return it to the shop together with receipt soon after.
I'll let you all know the outcome.
by Boogaloo
4 Jun 2019, 8:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cracked headtube - Any point in claiming against warranty?
Replies: 9
Views: 916

Cracked headtube - Any point in claiming against warranty?

A friend has a 10 year old (approx) Ridgeback hybrid and whilst giving it a look over I spotted this... IMG_20190604_185709260.jpg Obviously I have advised against riding it. The question is what may have caused it and would there be any point in taking it back to the LBS where it came from to claim...
by Boogaloo
10 May 2019, 5:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Walking shoes
Replies: 25
Views: 834

Re: Walking shoes

Mountain Warehouse are pretty cheap. Won't last long if you walk 20 miles a day but will be fine and instantly comfortable for occasional use,
Next level up might be Cotswold Outdoor. Loads on sale on their website and you can order them to try on in your local branch.
by Boogaloo
3 May 2019, 12:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SP dynamo hubs - narrow flange spacing
Replies: 32
Views: 1226

Re: SP dynamo hubs - narrow flange spacing

Thanks for the responses. I feel reassured and will avoid wheelies and parking it in one of those concrete slot type bike parking things!
by Boogaloo
3 May 2019, 10:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SP dynamo hubs - narrow flange spacing
Replies: 32
Views: 1226

SP dynamo hubs - narrow flange spacing

I'm considering one of these as they seem to be relatively inexpensive and light. Certainly compared to my Son 28. However they do seem to be very narrow with 50mm between the flanges. Has anybody seen this as a problem? A quick look at my other front hubs and they are somewhere around 65 - 70mm I'd...
by Boogaloo
11 Mar 2019, 4:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Truly Awful Brake Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Re: Truly Awful Brake Performance

Interesting that you switched from "Brake" performance in your thread title to "braking" performance in your text. Obviously I'm being very pedantic here :D but isn't that at the heart of so many discussions about brakes? It isn't the brakes (or type of brake) per se but the who...
by Boogaloo
11 Mar 2019, 4:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Truly Awful Brake Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Re: Truly Awful Brake Performance

I was wondering about whether the pads might 'bed in' to these rims after a few hours. That may be what I end up doing as I really want to use this wheel. Rims are not anodised. Just plain old alu surface. Interesting about the mould release. I think these blocks were used on another rim first but t...
by Boogaloo
11 Mar 2019, 2:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Truly Awful Brake Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 948

Truly Awful Brake Performance

I recently put an old but sound front wheel in my Cinelli and am puzzled as to why the braking is so poor. The wheel is a used Veloce / Mavic MA3 which I had kept in the hope of finding a home for it and it would be perfect for this bike. I fitted a tyre and rode it only to find the front brake was ...
by Boogaloo
29 Jan 2019, 3:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What harm may be caused by leaving hub cones loose?
Replies: 4
Views: 770

Re: What harm may be caused by leaving hub cones loose?

You should have the right side cone and locknut tight against one another and adjust the hub using the left side cone and locknut. Is that left side looking down from seated position? I assume it's LHS for freehub wheels but what about flip flop hubs and front hubs. Is it more a case of choose a si...
by Boogaloo
29 Jan 2019, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What harm may be caused by leaving hub cones loose?
Replies: 4
Views: 770

What harm may be caused by leaving hub cones loose?

I appreciate that it's best to have them perfectly adjusted and try to keep mine as such but.... One of my wheels has a little play and I was wondering if any harm is done by riding it like this. It's too cold to contemplate adjustment at the moment! I'm not overly concerned as it's a basic unbrande...
by Boogaloo
19 Jan 2019, 5:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Angle of drop handlebars - how to set?
Replies: 29
Views: 901

Re: Angle of drop handlebars - how to set?

As far as I am concerned the bars should be set for comfort first. If you ride mostly on the tops it doesn't really matter about the angle. If you prefer riding on the hoods then angle and brake lever positioning are far more important. I think it's generally accepted that the bottom part of the dro...