Search found 27 matches

by Clipper_2018
19 Sep 2018, 1:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel-building – replacing a hub
Replies: 20
Views: 795

Re: Wheel-building – replacing a hub

Aside from the fact that spokes would be way too short to reach the nipples so won't be able to thread them, there's also 32 (or 36) times the potential to make it wrong and mess with the correct crossing of the spokes: is not that easy to remove and replace in the same position while jostling two ...
by Clipper_2018
19 Sep 2018, 12:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel-building – replacing a hub
Replies: 20
Views: 795

Re: Wheel-building – replacing a hub

Brucey wrote:
Clipper_2018 wrote:I'm not even sure how you would do that when re-hubbing a wheel....?


Er ..... that's not what I said, which I rather expect, you already know.
by Clipper_2018
19 Sep 2018, 2:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel-building – replacing a hub
Replies: 20
Views: 795

Re: Wheel-building – replacing a hub

It takes about three or four times longer to re-hub a wheel than to re-rim it. For an inexperienced wheel-builder, moving spokes across one-by-one will almost undoubtedly indeed be quicker than lacing from scratch, which could go horribly wrong again and again. Wheel-builders with even a modicum of...
by Clipper_2018
11 Sep 2018, 2:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight ladies bike
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Lightweight ladies bike

Personally, I'd be looking for a vintage step-through/ mixte for £100 to £150, then be prepared to spend up to about another £150 getting it just right (cables, brakes, tyres, bearings, saddle ...). There's always plenty to choose from on Ebay and Gumtree. Top-end lightweight steel mixtes such as th...
by Clipper_2018
11 Sep 2018, 2:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight ladies bike
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Lightweight ladies bike

iandusud wrote:Any thoughts?

Lightweight ladies? I wish I was married to one :-)
by Clipper_2018
6 Sep 2018, 2:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Interfering stranger lecturing my son about bike clothing
Replies: 252
Views: 8148

Re: Interfering stranger lecturing my son about bike clothing

I find it staggering that any adult should choose to lecture a child, especially one accompanied by a parent, on any subject at all. If the child was overtly misbehaving maybe that would be a different matter but even then it would probably be better handled by talking with the parent. I think the b...
by Clipper_2018
4 Sep 2018, 9:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to age an older bike
Replies: 17
Views: 1076

Re: How to age an older bike

I didn't need to age any of my bikes.

They aged naturally, all by themselves. All I did was neglect them :-)
by Clipper_2018
28 Jul 2018, 5:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre popped off the rim?
Replies: 17
Views: 787

Re: Tyre popped off the rim?

nirakaro wrote:Are you sure she didn't actually have a flat and then, unknowingly, keep riding? What condition is the inner tube and valve in?

Yes, there was a puncture. I suspect that's the answer.


Ah, but is the puncture cause or consequence?
by Clipper_2018
28 Jul 2018, 2:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone know how fast a wasp can fly?
Replies: 22
Views: 1892

Re: Does anyone know how fast a wasp can fly?

A wasp's maximum speed is Mach-W 1.0
by Clipper_2018
26 Jul 2018, 1:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Portable Grease gun with Grease ?
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: Portable Grease gun with Grease ?

I bought one of these recently ...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beta-1750M-min ... 00JWM3X1A/

... and filled it with Castrol LM.

It's not particularly designed for hard-to-reach places but is certainly a convenient dispenser that, for the most part, helps avoid a messy finger.
by Clipper_2018
25 Jul 2018, 10:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre popped off the rim?
Replies: 17
Views: 787

Re: Tyre popped off the rim?

Tyre popping off a rim is a rare thing indeed. I would suspect the wheel was ridden into a crack in the tarmac, between concrete slabs or maybe a drainage channel. If so, then you might also see some sidewall damage. If you can then go and inspect your friend's route - see if you can spot a candidat...
by Clipper_2018
19 Jul 2018, 4:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: most valuable/missed tool loan
Replies: 26
Views: 1172

Re: most valuable/missed tool loan

I lent my copy of Band of Brothers (book not DVD) to a friend. About a year later I asked if he had finished it and he admitted that he had no recollection of borrowing it from me and it had gone, along with a pile of other books, to a charity shop. He had the decency to buy me a fresh copy. In gene...
by Clipper_2018
16 Jul 2018, 12:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem sizing
Replies: 26
Views: 917

Re: Tandem sizing

I'm 5' 6" and my preferred frame size is 22" ± ½" (56cm ± 1cm). That's probably a bit larger than most people of my height would choose but foot size is a factor ... and mine are large for my height. There's no way I would contemplate anything as small as 13". I would advise look...
by Clipper_2018
15 Jul 2018, 11:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: £800 or £1600 bike, what will you notice really?
Replies: 48
Views: 2384

Re: £800 or £1600 bike, what will you notice really?

£800 or £1600 bike, what will you notice really?


In both cases ... depreciation!
by Clipper_2018
9 Jul 2018, 12:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Front Rack?
Replies: 14
Views: 772

Re: Front Rack?

In my experience Bor Yueh racks are excellent. Don't be put off by their somewhat sketchy web site. I fitted a Bor Yueh front rack to my Raleigh Royal in 1990 and have found it to be very stable despite being 3-point fixing, not 4. It's still going strong today, in fact it looks pretty well the same...