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by David9694
17 Oct 2020, 8:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal threads
Replies: 10
Views: 363

Re: Pedal threads

You’ve presumably read Sheldon Brown? Older French bicycles used a 14 mm x 1.25 mm thread, but these are quite rare. French-threaded pedals are commonly labeled "D" and G" (French for "droite" and "gauche" (right and left). A French pedal will start to thread into ...
by David9694
17 Oct 2020, 8:38am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Merlin Cycles
Replies: 9
Views: 3289

Re: Merlin Cycles

Very disappointed with Merlin over a refusal to replace / refund an Icetoolz chain cleaner - “hey, customer don’t go putting any chain cleaner in your chain cleaner - it weakens the (already weak) plastic!”. You spend £scores with them and would do in the future and this is how they act: makes no s...
by David9694
8 Oct 2020, 2:50pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Merlin Cycles
Replies: 9
Views: 3289

Re: Merlin Cycles

Very disappointed with Merlin over a refusal to replace / refund an Icetoolz chain cleaner - “hey, customer don’t go putting any chain cleaner in your chain cleaner - it weakens the (already weak) plastic!”. You spend £scores with them and would do in the future and this is how they act: makes no se...
by David9694
3 Oct 2020, 9:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Glueless Patches
Replies: 43
Views: 1503

Re: Glueless Patches

See you in the new bargain inner tubes thread!
by David9694
3 Oct 2020, 7:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: bargain inner tubes?
Replies: 21
Views: 947

Re: bargain inner tubes?

I tend to poke around on Ebay for mine.
by David9694
3 Oct 2020, 12:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Glueless Patches
Replies: 43
Views: 1503

Re: Glueless Patches

if they dont last why bother at all? whats this good for a temporary repair , how much more effort does it take to do it properly with rubber soln and patch? All the effort is taking the tyre off? if the weather is bad you just change the tube. I dont get it. I agree, Although it’s hard to get tube...
by David9694
3 Oct 2020, 12:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Left shifter of triple STI set up fails less?
Replies: 14
Views: 475

Re: Left shifter of triple STI set up fails less?

I wonder if brifters, where spares are even available, are in fact (i) reparable hardly at all (ii) economically repairable? I guess if the rest of the drive train is good, it might be worth trying. Same with replacing Shimano chainrings - has anyone successfully done either of these? Was it worth i...
by David9694
29 Sep 2020, 10:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Earn your respect?
Replies: 42
Views: 1407

Re: Earn your respect?

Decathlon can stuff it up their jumper!!
by David9694
29 Sep 2020, 10:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Glueless Patches
Replies: 43
Views: 1503

Re: Glueless Patches

I found the Park ones to be suitably thin and pliable - which helped when tucking the repaired tube back into the tyre at the roadside. Not cheap though at £6 for six. Maybe cheaper elsewhere. Glued or glue-less, I find that on tubes for thinner tyres, where the curvature is greater the ability of ...
by David9694
29 Sep 2020, 10:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which App
Replies: 9
Views: 663

Re: Which App

I use Viewranger on the mobile phone (free to use) and then use the Opencycle map for the area I intend to tour to across Europe and also Ontario. Hs worked very well. I’ve been a fan of ViewRanger in the past few years. In the past couple of years, it has “snapped” to the road and even path networ...
by David9694
28 Sep 2020, 3:31pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Chain Reaction Cycles
Replies: 132
Views: 192571

Re: Chain Reaction Cycles

Returns service Forgot to size up size on some Giro shoes, had to pay £2.95 to return them via local garage Collect+. Good tracking, it will be interesting to see how long the process takes. There’s no mechanism for an exchange and come to some arrangement about the overhead of the return. I’ve now...
by David9694
17 Sep 2020, 10:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best budget repair stand?
Replies: 15
Views: 566

Re: Best budget repair stand?

Lidl. Not light but works.
by David9694
17 Sep 2020, 8:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sticky STI levers
Replies: 15
Views: 598

Re: Sticky STI levers

If you do install fresh gear cables, I recommend photographing where they come out before you start - left and right are different.
How old/ well-used are your STIs? they seem to have a finite service life.
by David9694
11 Sep 2020, 8:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel Truing advice
Replies: 9
Views: 406

Re: Wheel Truing advice

Put another way, if you’ve got the tyre, etc off, normal rules apply, but if you’re using a spoke tool, as it sounds like you are, then it will appear to be reversed.

A general rule, locate the worst area and do a quarter turn each way on two pairs of spokes and check again.
by David9694
9 Sep 2020, 9:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wiring up spade connectors - SON 28 hub
Replies: 23
Views: 678

Re: Wiring up spade connectors - SON 28 hub

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/crimping-pliers-ratchet/ I’ve got something like this - I don’t remember it being an expensive item. The crimps - I think you need the smallest size here - aren’t expensive either. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Insulated-Female-Electrical-Crimp-Terminal-Blue-Red-Yellow-P...