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by RobC
17 Feb 2021, 11:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bicycle sidecar
Replies: 24
Views: 719

Re: Bicycle sidecar

My grandparents had a sidecar and apparently my dad as a toddler used to occasionally get flung out of it on higher speed corners because he'd always stand up :shock: I guess it didn't have any seatbelt... Here's my aunt doing her bit to help the tandem up a hill in the early 1940s: https://www.flic...
by RobC
10 Feb 2021, 7:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Oiler
Replies: 26
Views: 865

Re: Chain Oiler

Looks neat! Though I’m sure some will say its unnecessary.
by RobC
3 Feb 2021, 3:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Royal Imperial Bikes
Replies: 24
Views: 887

Re: Royal Imperial Bikes

PS the weight is described as 15kg, which is 33lb in old money and a good deal less than a "45lb monstrosity".

Hardly hillclimb bike territory but that's not the purpose - twin hub brakes, 3 speed, and a dynamo: nice and practical.
by RobC
3 Feb 2021, 3:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Royal Imperial Bikes
Replies: 24
Views: 887

Re: Royal Imperial Bikes

I think you're being a little unfair. £329 is a very keen price for a practical three speed, even if it is gas pipe. The target market are not interested in being weight weenies - they want a practical bike that isn't as ugly as what you'd get from halfords and are happy to pay a little more as a pr...
by RobC
22 Jan 2021, 8:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freewheel
Replies: 19
Views: 717

Re: Noisy freewheel

@brucey here’s the old one now removed after my sunrace replacement arrived (11g heavier, the horror)

This old one’ll be going in the metal recycling unless you’d like it, as you said you possibly might..?

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by RobC
18 Jan 2021, 12:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freewheel
Replies: 19
Views: 717

Re: Noisy freewheel

Well I'll remove it again and soak it in some thick engine oil perhaps? And see how we go. Don't usually like to throw stuff out unnecessarily, even if it's cheap. There's probably only 500-1,000 miles left in these rims anyway.
by RobC
17 Jan 2021, 8:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freewheel
Replies: 19
Views: 717

Re: Noisy freewheel

I’m afraid unless Spa cycles were giving me an “unannounced upgrade” this is just a cheap as chips freewheel. I bought it brand new from them in April 2018. I had originally ordered an IRD one but then spa phoned up to say it was no longer in stock but they had a freewheel for £10 they would substit...
by RobC
16 Jan 2021, 7:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freewheel
Replies: 19
Views: 717

Re: Noisy freewheel

Cheers Brucey! A gentle local ride it is then.
by RobC
16 Jan 2021, 6:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freewheel
Replies: 19
Views: 717

Re: Noisy freewheel

Sorry to bump this but I was hoping to get out for a ride tomorrow morning, and just wondered if anyone could put my mind to rest as to whether the freewheel, tho noisy, is safe to use in its current state, or if in these situations there’s a risk of the drive suddenly failing, causing an off.
by RobC
8 Jan 2021, 7:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freewheel
Replies: 19
Views: 717

Re: Noisy freewheel

Just wondered, while I await delivery of a replacement, if there is any danger of using the bike as it is with a freewheel that it’s now clear is making that noise. Is it just an annoyance, or does it indicate that the pawls or whatever could fail at any time under load, causing an accident?
by RobC
7 Jan 2021, 6:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freewheel
Replies: 19
Views: 717

Re: Noisy freewheel

Interesting! I will fit a known good single speed freewheel i have lying around somewhere and see if the noise is still there. (i dont have any other multispeed freewheels to test with). thanks.

Edit: No noise with the known good freewheel, so new freewheel it is
by RobC
7 Jan 2021, 5:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freewheel
Replies: 19
Views: 717

Re: Noisy freewheel

I had considered the wheel bearings / axle being at fault, but I put the wheel in the frame after removing the freewheel, span it, and there was no noise at all. The wheel bearings are smooth as a whistle when turning by hand, with no play whatsoever
by RobC
7 Jan 2021, 3:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freewheel
Replies: 19
Views: 717

Re: Noisy freewheel

Thanks for the suggestions. It's a brand new chain and the noise is the same in all gears. I'd already successfully removed the freewheel for cleaning (and flushing out and then soaking in oil), so I think I'll go ahead and get a replacement sunrace freewheel on brucey's recommendation. hopefully it...
by RobC
7 Jan 2021, 2:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freewheel
Replies: 19
Views: 717

Noisy freewheel

I’ve read with interest the various threads about freewheels lately. I’m just using one (7 speed) until my rim runs out, when I plan to finally get a new wheel with a freehub. But in the meantime my current cheap n cheerful freewheel has got pretty noisy after a few years use. I’ve just cleaned up t...
by RobC
7 Dec 2020, 10:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: How long before someone ends up in the canal
Replies: 122
Views: 3104

Re: How long before someone ends up in the canal

For the millionth time: canal towpaths are not cycle facilities. Many of them may be useful as traffic free routes, but they are not cycle facilities. so any ‘design guidance’ is irrelevant. On towpaths cyclists are guests in pedestrian space. When you enter someone’s home you play by their rules. O...