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by Phatman
11 Aug 2012, 9:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nuts and bolts
Replies: 0
Views: 343

Nuts and bolts

After some grub screws for a brake adjuster I came across this site, which has a good range of products and prices are good too Westfield Fasteners
by Phatman
22 Oct 2011, 8:02pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Its that time of year again....
Replies: 12
Views: 66129

Re: Its that time of year again....

Plus 1 for the Chilterns, there are challenging rides of differing lengths that you can link up (at least, challenging enough for me!). To find something new, I got out the local OS 1:25000 and used a highlighter to mark out all the bridleways. Most could be linked up with short, easy road sections....
by Phatman
22 Oct 2011, 7:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel Building. Measuring Effective Rim Dia
Replies: 9
Views: 682

Re: Wheel Building. Measuring Effective Rim Dia

If you know your hub dimensions, the Mavic site can prove useful as a cross check here and there's a useful site here for cross checking too - but you are relying heavily on what others have loaded to the site. I have reliably built a few wheels with the aid of Roger Musson's book and it is very good.
by Phatman
18 Dec 2010, 4:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Experience with EU builders and Rohloff?
Replies: 19
Views: 2507

Re: Experience with EU builders and Rohloff?

I have a Fahrrad Manufactur 900 which uses the sliding rear dropout method - very happy with it. I have an eccentric BB on a tandem and prefer the sliding dropout method. It was on this FM 900 that I discovered that not all external bottom brackets are the same - there are different models for singl...
by Phatman
15 Nov 2010, 10:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat post woes 27.2 too big - 27.0 too small!
Replies: 18
Views: 4593

Re: Seat post woes 27.2 too big - 27.0 too small!

Andrew's last comment is a good one - it reminded me that I did that once on a binder bolt that was part of the lug. It worked a treat on a post that did what your 27.0 is doing.
by Phatman
15 Nov 2010, 9:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat post woes 27.2 too big - 27.0 too small!
Replies: 18
Views: 4593

Re: Seat post woes 27.2 too big - 27.0 too small!

I've found there's 27.2 and 27.2! I bought a lovely red anodized 27.2 seatpost that was very snug and would only go in with the zig-zag treatment thirdcrank mentions. Happy to do that on a less precious post but not on this one. I then bought a Shimano post on here that went in like a dream. Maybe t...
by Phatman
4 Nov 2010, 10:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tight fitting tyres
Replies: 9
Views: 1087

Re: Tight fitting tyres

The tip about the rim tape is worth knowing.

Yes, the Crank one is identical in operation and good for out on the road, but the Park one is very robust and because the lever extends beyond the tyre you get a lot more purchase. It works as well on my Brompton wheels as on the 700c size.
by Phatman
3 Nov 2010, 10:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tight fitting tyres
Replies: 9
Views: 1087

Tight fitting tyres

I was struggling with some tight road tyres recently and nearly gave up. I used to use a VAR tyre fitting tool, but even that wouldn't help. In desperation I found the Park TL-10 (can't find an image on their site) and bought it. It works a treat, the tyres went on first time and I am now just left ...
by Phatman
26 Oct 2010, 5:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: XM 046?
Replies: 24
Views: 1360

Re: XM 046?

I've got an old Record 111mm with F3881 on it and a not so old Record 111mm that has XV 235 in the same place. I also have a Veloce 111mm with black axle and no markings!
by Phatman
5 Aug 2010, 4:22pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Are elbow and knee/shin pads worth it?
Replies: 19
Views: 7350

Re: Are elbow and knee/shin pads worth it?

I can confirm they work - I rode the cross country course at our local bike park, Aston Hill without armour. The last 10 yards of the descent is treacherous and I went right over the top and ripped up my left forearm. I bought some armour and went back a few weeks later and didn't come off at all! T...
by Phatman
13 Apr 2010, 11:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SRAM 5 speed hub gear
Replies: 3
Views: 368

Re: SRAM 5 speed hub gear

Thanks for your replies guys. They are of help but I'm not quite there yet. I have sent an email to SRAM and will see what that yields!
by Phatman
12 Apr 2010, 10:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SRAM 5 speed hub gear
Replies: 3
Views: 368

SRAM 5 speed hub gear

Does anyone know where I can get a manual for an old SRAM 5 speed hub gear? The peculiarity about this model is that it has two toggle chains, one on either side of the hub. Thanks
by Phatman
4 Feb 2010, 9:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: user names
Replies: 100
Views: 5852

Re: user names

What a terrific thread!

Mine comes from the Phat cycle I haul out on sunny days for a bit of cruisin, just like the one in my avatar. It's wholly impratical but a real hoot to ride.
by Phatman
29 Sep 2009, 11:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vibrating disc brakes
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: Vibrating disc brakes

I had a similar problem on the rear disc brake of my full suspension bike. It turned out that the swingarm was not quite up to the job of disc brakes, but I found a tip that worked and it has proved reliable over several years. The solution that worked for my problem involved fixing a stiff stainles...
by Phatman
26 Jul 2009, 9:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: advice on adding pics to ads please
Replies: 18
Views: 728

Re: advice on adding pics to ads please

I found a way round, a bit cumbersome but it works for me! 1. right click on the picture you want to post 2. select send by email - a dialogue box pops up asking if you want to reduce its size - say yes 3. an email pops up with the reduced picture as an attachment 4. save the attachment somewhere co...