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by billynibbles
18 Sep 2012, 8:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First Wheel Building Experience
Replies: 84
Views: 181141

Re: First Wheel Building Experience

I'll come clean. My first 'how difficult can it be?' attempt to rebuild a wheel from scratch using a new rim and spokes, the previous one being buckled beyond recognition actually went 'quite well'. The bike in question was one of my employer's pool bikes for adult training and had been rammed side-...
by billynibbles
18 Sep 2012, 8:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre choice
Replies: 27
Views: 1656

Re: Tyre choice

I feel your pain! Conversely, I've had the opposite experience to you and your friend. My Dahon Matrix (full-sized folder) started life with Conti Sport Contacts (near-slick) but these did nothing but puncture, from day-, or rather week-one. I then went to Schwalbe City Jets (also near-slicks), whic...
by billynibbles
18 Sep 2012, 7:59am
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Should parents be training children to ride bikes?
Replies: 40
Views: 140242

Re: Should parents be training children to ride bikes?

As an instructor directly employed by a relatively well-off London borough*, I run the gauntlet of all kinds of comments on the street, especially from 'asset-rich, income-poor' types who think that the council tax should be pared down to the exact services that they alone require (no doubt, just ro...
by billynibbles
18 Sep 2012, 7:37am
Forum: National Standard Cycle Training
Topic: Nat Standards course requirements?
Replies: 6
Views: 115962

Re: Nat Standards course requirements?

Did mine a couple of years ago with 'Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames' . I'm pretty sure it wasn't mandatory although I think I did wear mine at least some of the time. The neighbouring borough that I actually work for does however insist on helmets whilst working in schools, but that's another...
by billynibbles
7 Mar 2012, 5:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Halfords 'Lifetime Warranty'
Replies: 3
Views: 917

Halfords 'Lifetime Warranty'

You'll gather from the title that I'm less than impressed. As a cycling instructor mainly in schools, I thought I'd treat myself to a set of Halfords ratchet spanners, since the first morning of a new course is largely taken up with sorting bikes, in particular, seat pillars that won't shift. The co...
by billynibbles
26 Sep 2011, 8:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Route from Dover to West London
Replies: 9
Views: 1520

Re: Route from Dover to West London

If you decide on the 'via Central London option', quite a pleasant and traffic-light free method to go west is to pick up the south bank of the Thames towpath at Putney and follow it all the way to Kew Bridge at which point you cross to the other bank, turn left into Brentford High St, which begets ...
by billynibbles
15 Sep 2011, 9:48pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Dahon Matrix - 2009 model
Replies: 16
Views: 50043

Re: Dahon Matrix - 2009 model

I'm SO glad I've stumbled upon this post. I thought it was just me. Got my 2009 Matrix last year after the price dropped on the announcement of the new model and was quick to notice that all the rear spokes were loose. I guess I should have given the job to an LBS there and then - sending it back by...
by billynibbles
11 Apr 2011, 6:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Internal hub gears - rear wheel slipping
Replies: 22
Views: 4635

Re: Internal hub gears - rear wheel slipping

that sounds more like the axle is slipping in the dropouts, or that's what I take the rear wheel slipping to 11/5 o'clock to mean. If that's the case then you need to tighten the nuts up more, making sure everything is in the right order and orientation. I took that to mean that the wheel was in sl...
by billynibbles
10 Apr 2011, 4:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New wheel...Rapid loss of spoke tension
Replies: 42
Views: 3675

Re: New wheel...Rapid loss of spoke tension

Just a thought - could it be that they were constructed in a very cold shed, and now that warmer weather's here, the spokes get longer with expansion, or is this offset by the rim getting bigger too? I've noticed that the spokes on my nearly new Dahon Matrix with disc brakes seem to come loose as a ...
by billynibbles
10 Apr 2011, 4:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Internal hub gears - rear wheel slipping
Replies: 22
Views: 4635

Re: Internal hub gears - rear wheel slipping

There was no harm done in having a practice removal for the inevitable puncture, but it's not uncommon for hub gears to require some re-adjustment after the wheel is put back on as it's often impossible to guarantee that it went back in exactly the same position. You've already spotted that you had ...
by billynibbles
26 Feb 2011, 4:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton rear spoke replacement - time- saving mod
Replies: 4
Views: 1200

Re: Brompton rear spoke replacement - time- saving mod

I think I understood, I'm just wondering why you are breaking so many spokes? I've had my Brompton 17 years and never broken a spoke once. I've had a new set of spokes once when replacing a worn rim. Other than that it's all been trouble free. Well, I wouldn't say it was frequent, but it never seem...
by billynibbles
19 Feb 2011, 6:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton rear spoke replacement - time- saving mod
Replies: 4
Views: 1200

Re: Brompton rear spoke replacement - time- saving mod

Gearoidmuar wrote:This is like directions. Totally clear to the poster only!!

Post a piccy!! :?


Pretty good with the instructions yourself, so I see.
by billynibbles
19 Feb 2011, 7:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton rear spoke replacement - time- saving mod
Replies: 4
Views: 1200

Brompton rear spoke replacement - time- saving mod

Since the Brompton has a plastic chain guard between innermost (or only) cog and hub, changing a broken spoke on that side (and yes, it's always that side!) can be real pain involving removal of cogs (let's all play 'hunt the circlip') and removal of the plastic chain guard that is preventing you fr...
by billynibbles
19 Feb 2011, 7:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Mystery of The Computer That Thinks it's A Satnav!
Replies: 8
Views: 742

Re: The Mystery of The Computer That Thinks it's A Satnav!

Nice to know I'm not alone. I only chose a wireless job for neatness as my main bike has front suspension and my other is a Brompton which is just asking to shear the wire off one day when you're folding it! Incidentally, the distance between transmitter and computer on the Brompton is right at the ...
by billynibbles
19 Feb 2011, 7:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: cogs: when should shimano and co have stopped adding more
Replies: 99
Views: 4322

Re: cogs: when should shimano and co have stopped adding mor

Not when they should have stopped but they'd better stop before the dishing of the spokes on the cassette side becomes vertical!