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by James Up Hill
20 Nov 2020, 10:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Preparing for Winter - central London commute mudguards & brakes
Replies: 24
Views: 716

Re: Preparing for Winter - central London commute mudguards & brakes

What a wonderful thread. Thank you all for your generous contributions. My bike cost me £60 off Gumtree, the new tyres cost more than the bike... this is my cheap winter bike; I'm tight, and I'm afraid I'm not going to spend £1500 on a new bike that gets parked outside friends houses in London! I'm ...
by James Up Hill
19 Nov 2020, 5:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Preparing for Winter - central London commute mudguards & brakes
Replies: 24
Views: 716

Preparing for Winter - central London commute mudguards & brakes

So I've really taken to cycling to work, and indeed round London, I think I've only caught the tube a couple of times since March. t was great in our crazy hot summer, but I'm not feeling ready for winter... I'm riding a Triban 500, I've got 28mm Continental Gator tyres on it. (I upgraded from 23mm ...
by James Up Hill
23 Oct 2020, 12:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lights for a London commuter at night
Replies: 18
Views: 489

Re: Lights for a London commuter at night

I'm happy to spend whatever it takes, really. Anything that improves the odds of being seen does it for me.

I hadn't thought of a dynamo hub at all. I guess that means rebuilding the wheel?
by James Up Hill
23 Oct 2020, 11:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lights for a London commuter at night
Replies: 18
Views: 489

Lights for a London commuter at night

What does a commuter need, lights-wise? I want to show up like a lighthouse even in a rain storm.

Tempting as the sales pitch for a million candle-power light is, illuminating the road ahead isn't my main need...
by James Up Hill
23 Oct 2020, 11:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur
Replies: 25
Views: 838

Re: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur

Thanks all for the help. Very much appreciated!
by James Up Hill
21 Oct 2020, 5:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur
Replies: 25
Views: 838

Re: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur

Thank you.

Do I just buy a roll of this stuff like this and cut it to fit?

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/lif ... prod155219
by James Up Hill
21 Oct 2020, 4:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur
Replies: 25
Views: 838

Re: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur

10/10 to pwa and roubaixtuesday, thank you both. An entire virtual barrel of beer for you. I had loosened the cable (as mentioned last week up-thread) so that it was completely floppy slack - but at the handlebar end. By detaching the cable at the derailleur end it showed that - as you correctly obs...
by James Up Hill
21 Oct 2020, 3:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur
Replies: 25
Views: 838

Re: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur

Thank you. One screw is backed all the way out in order to access fifth gear (without that it was only reaching fourth after last week's accident). The other is where it is in order to prevent the chain from being tangled up in the wheel. Assuming Brucey is right (quite likely) does this mean a new ...
by James Up Hill
21 Oct 2020, 2:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur
Replies: 25
Views: 838

Re: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur

Thanks for your message. Please see the attached photographs.
by James Up Hill
9 Oct 2020, 10:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur
Replies: 25
Views: 838

Re: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur

Hello Thank you all for comments. " 7 being the smallest sprocket and highest gear. This should correspond to the shifter labelling, i.e. 6 & 7 are the two smallest sprockets." Yes, indeed. Just like a car (I assumed). Highest gear, highest speed. :) Even with the tension in the gear c...
by James Up Hill
8 Oct 2020, 8:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur
Replies: 25
Views: 838

Lost: two gears... Help please adjusting derailleur

I should really appreciate some help from you clever people, please! I have lost the ability to select the top two gears. I came off my bike yesterday (a SMIDSY event; idiot pulled out in front of me and whilst I could stop just before I hit him, I ended up on the tarmac), and although the bike went...
by James Up Hill
26 Jun 2020, 11:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaking as pedalling
Replies: 19
Views: 487

Re: Squeaking as pedalling

So I had the rear wheel off again. (Top tip, deflate the tyre, it makes it so much easier... :oops: )

All now cleaned up, greased and reassembled and firstly the squeak has gone and secondly the bike runs much better.

Thank you for identifying the problem.
by James Up Hill
24 Jun 2020, 12:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaking as pedalling
Replies: 19
Views: 487

Re: Squeaking as pedalling

Ah... QR - Quick release? I did change the rear tyre last week...
by James Up Hill
24 Jun 2020, 12:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Squeaking as pedalling
Replies: 19
Views: 487

Re: Squeaking as pedalling

@Brucey "FWIW a simple thing to do is to remove the chainrings, clean all the interfaces, and reassemble, using grease on the threaded parts of the bolts/sleeves only." This needs me to remove the crankset doesn't it. So this means that the shop which serviced it didn't clean it before rea...