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by kangaroo
2 Aug 2020, 4:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar ends inboard of brake levers
Replies: 42
Views: 1482

Re: Bar ends inboard of brake levers

Since no-one else has mentioned it, this might be a daft idea, but in the past, when riders got a bit older and less flexible, it wasn't that uncommon for them to "invert" their drop bars for a more comfortable position. It's difficult to describe and I haven't got a picture so you'll need...
by kangaroo
31 Jul 2020, 3:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replace bottom bracket on O’Brien -Sapphire
Replies: 14
Views: 433

Re: Replace bottom bracket on O’Brien -Sapphire

I can't be the only one who finds this quite alarming. The idea of popping someone (possibly elderly, with mobility issues and maybe with little cycling experience) on a bike with an iffy frame and a faulty transmission sounds like a recipe for disaster. She may well end up needing more than a hip r...
by kangaroo
21 Jun 2020, 11:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clipless pedals
Replies: 6
Views: 299

Re: Clipless pedals

I wonder if technique has any part to play in this. It's rarely pointed out that you will have much more rotation of the heel when the leg is extended (i.e with the pedal at its lowest point) than when the leg is flexed (i.e with the pedal at its highest point) since the hip joint is also involved. ...
by kangaroo
23 May 2020, 8:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice for gloves/mitts that pad the lower/inner thumb
Replies: 8
Views: 380

Re: Advice for gloves/mitts that pad the lower/inner thumb

Have you considered weight lifting or gym gloves? I've heard some cyclists use them. There are lots available on line in a wide price range. Some might have padding in the right place but I expect you'd need to try them first.
by kangaroo
4 Apr 2020, 11:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Both brakes off one lever
Replies: 27
Views: 1076

Re: Both brakes off one lever

It sounds as though you have sufficient grip to hold on to the handlebars and I wonder if one of those intermediate type brake levers ( as shown on the ladies' bikes on the current Cycle magazine cover) would be useful. I doubt that any of us delicately nips the handlebar and brake lever between the...
by kangaroo
31 Jul 2019, 9:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tell me about… rain jackets
Replies: 32
Views: 4593

Re: Tell me about… rain jackets

I've been reasonably happy with a Berghaus Goretex Paclite jacket. It's not cycling specific ( no reflective bits or rear pockets, but has a hood- useful when walking) but more importantly has sufficiently roomy cuffs to accommodate gloves. Far too many outdoor jackets have cuffs that simply direct ...
by kangaroo
22 Jul 2019, 11:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old British Eagle frame with speckled rusty bits
Replies: 24
Views: 1872

Re: Old British Eagle frame with speckled rusty bits

Some years ago, I had a frame (not rusty) powder-coated by industrial metal finishers (not bike specialists so no lug lining, contrasting panels, decals etc.). The very helpful man in charge put the frame in some sort of shot-blasting cabinet to see how easy the existing paint could be removed. It t...
by kangaroo
12 Jul 2019, 12:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tools recommendation for newbie
Replies: 14
Views: 2503

Re: Tools recommendation for newbie

As a user of this forum, you can't help but notice that there's lots of expertise out there and lots of people generous enough to share it. One of the advantages of membership of Cycling UK is that you can tap into your local group, (I'm assuming there is one), where you're likely to meet one or two...
by kangaroo
12 Jul 2019, 12:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pinging or knocking heard from bottom bracket
Replies: 11
Views: 554

Re: Pinging or knocking heard from bottom bracket

Creaking, apparently from the bottom bracket of my own bike, was eventually traced to a broken weld on a bottle cage but only after I'd stripped, greased and reassembled the bottom bracket and, since this didn't do the trick, did the same with the pedals! On both occasions, the problem seemed to be ...
by kangaroo
26 Mar 2019, 9:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing brake cable that runs inside frame tube
Replies: 29
Views: 2775

Re: Replacing brake cable that runs inside frame tube

You've probably got all the info you need. Provided one element is still inside the frame, it shouldn't be too difficult. You may need to consider any ferrule or grommet placement before proceeding and to make sure the inner cable's end isn't frayed. There is an "engineering" issue, howeve...