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by David9694
12 Aug 2019, 9:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike upgrade help
Replies: 4
Views: 348

Re: Bike upgrade help

Biggest likely bang for least buck : Clean the bike really thoroughly, especially the drive train (I mean strip it right down, get all the cogs off), service the bearings, check if you need a new chain, pump the tyres up to c90 psi, true the wheels exactly, renew the cables, have new bar tape.
by David9694
9 Aug 2019, 6:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Things we need not invented yet
Replies: 91
Views: 2607

Things we need not invented yet

To contrast with cycling dead ends... A simple on-board way to immobilise / make unrideable a bike, eg that locks-up the bottom bracket. A robust lock (to secure the frame to fixed object) that doesn’t weight a tonne An alternative to compressed air in tyres - no more Ps ever. (Those developed so fa...
by David9694
9 Aug 2019, 6:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling dead ends.
Replies: 95
Views: 3094

Re: Cycling dead ends.

The early Shimano 5 speed indexed gears on my BSA Courier - used a solid cable as I recall, but never worked properly. wretched thing.

What was that frame building system that used epoxy - there were Raleigh bikes in the 80s and 90s

SP30 press-fit b/b
by David9694
7 Aug 2019, 8:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Non-indexed downtube shifters on 10sp
Replies: 75
Views: 2660

Re: Non-indexed downtube shifters on 10sp

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunrace-Mount- ... B0070PKLZ2

My first girlfriend’s Raleigh mixte had these, now I think.
by David9694
7 Aug 2019, 7:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Non-indexed downtube shifters on 10sp
Replies: 75
Views: 2660

Re: Non-indexed downtube shifters on 10sp

It does seem you’re onto a loser with the new-fangled frame materials - no lever bosses often, and the tubes too thick for any band on arrangement. You’re then doomed to brifters or bar end. You could fit these bosses to any frame. https://www.cycle-frames.com/bicycle-frame-tubing/NOVA-LEVER-BOSS-K...
by David9694
7 Aug 2019, 7:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Non-indexed downtube shifters on 10sp
Replies: 75
Views: 2660

Re: Non-indexed downtube shifters on 10sp

Mick F wrote:What happened to clamp-on DT levers?
My Mercian was the first bike I had with braze-on bosses.

We used to have clamp-on front mechs too, let alone clamp-on lamp bosses on the front fork and a rear one on the seatstay.


band on DT levers are alive and kicking as long as you’re running steel.
by David9694
6 Aug 2019, 8:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Non-indexed downtube shifters on 10sp
Replies: 75
Views: 2660

Re: Non-indexed downtube shifters on 10sp

It does seem you’re onto a loser with the new-fangled frame materials - no lever bosses often, and the tubes too thick for any band on arrangement. You’re then doomed to brifters or bar end.
by David9694
4 Aug 2019, 11:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vertical, semi vertical and Campagnolo horizontal drop outs
Replies: 2
Views: 648

Vertical, semi vertical and Campagnolo horizontal drop outs

I run a lot of vintage, so horizontal dropouts with adjusters are the usual thing for me. Today I was putting down so much power the wheel came right out (I was trying to bear a MTB-er up a hill.) i’ve Learnt the advantage of internal cam skewer over external. I have one modern bike with a vertical ...
by David9694
4 Aug 2019, 10:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Non-indexed downtube shifters on 10sp
Replies: 75
Views: 2660

Non-indexed downtube shifters on 10sp

Some Shimano or Dia Compe downtube levers + some nice Brake levers are going to set you back about one-third of the cost of brifters. I run several pairs of brifters and increasingly, I don’t “get” them. I don’t ride much on the drops - are you meant to be able to shift up and down from there? The c...
by David9694
4 Aug 2019, 3:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New panniers - defect ?
Replies: 5
Views: 971

Re: New panniers - defect ?

You’re all quackers!
by David9694
4 Aug 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lubrication and protection
Replies: 58
Views: 3230

Re: Lubrication and protection

I'm trying out Carlube Copper grease for now. I've had enough of that lithium stuff. copper grease is an anti-seize compound not a lubricant (e.g. for bearings) cheers To lube or not lube your seatpost, that is the question. It’s quite satisfying applying a film of copper slip to a major thread bef...
by David9694
4 Aug 2019, 9:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Torque Wrench Set Recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 1699

Re: Torque Wrench Set Recommendations

The Wiggle X Tools one looks like the right sort of price to be paying for this. I think it’s a necessity of you’re running carbon, optional otherwise.

Recommended torques can surely only be guidance where the part tightens to a different part not supplied by the recommender?
by David9694
2 Aug 2019, 11:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: My advice to those taking up or resuming road cycling
Replies: 25
Views: 3661

Re: My advice to those taking up or resuming road cycling

Is that disguised spam for some bikes? Who's it for, the blurb? Poster! Explain your motives and we can consider whether to believe them or not. Cugel No, no connection to any particular make or vendor. Put yourself in the shoes of a non-cycling person, who’s got the idea of getting into it- perhap...
by David9694
2 Aug 2019, 11:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me get on my bike? Advice on commuting via Paddington
Replies: 17
Views: 2016

Re: Help me get on my bike? Advice on commuting via Paddington

Fully agree with Brucey. Use a beater parked at Paddington, though, not a B**** bike. The latter are very difficult to find at Paddington at peak times - I’ve walked a mile in search of one in the past. + 1 with Brucey : an ebike isn’t a route to improved fitness. I’m grateful if they offer an alte...
by David9694
1 Aug 2019, 10:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me get on my bike? Advice on commuting via Paddington
Replies: 17
Views: 2016

Re: Help me get on my bike? Advice on commuting via Paddington

Is there any “mileage” in riding a Boris bike? I commuted into Paddington for a few months in 2012 and there are bike docks around there. I used to head along the side streets parallel to Euston Road, which wasn’t bad cycling. You could set yourself a goal of getting to a different dock and continui...