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by Boyonabike
25 Oct 2020, 8:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks B17 Versus their Flyer / 67
Replies: 21
Views: 801

Re: Brooks B17 Versus their Flyer / 67

I binned a very saggy B17 for a Flyer. It squeaks due to the springs and is very comfy but took a long time to become comfy. In my case it wasn't the mileage but the adjustment. Pitched up a few degrees, right amount of forward back position and height - a few mm can be the difference between agony ...
by Boyonabike
25 Oct 2020, 8:32am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: All those choices!
Replies: 18
Views: 843

Re: All those choices!

Main decisions are type of motor and type of sensor. Sensors can either be cadence (checks pedals are turning and if so applies power to motot) or torque ( measures force on pedals and applies power in proportion to your pedalling force). Motor can be either wheel or bottom bracket. Cadence pros: ch...
by Boyonabike
11 Oct 2020, 8:56pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Panniers that fit onto battery racks?
Replies: 4
Views: 236

Panniers that fit onto battery racks?

I have a new ebike with a batter in the rear luggage rack. Unfortunately the tubes are too fat and the clearance between tubes and battery insufficient for any of the panniers I have lying around at home to fit. Can anyone recommend me what panniers you use if you have a similar rack with integrated...
by Boyonabike
11 Oct 2020, 8:46pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Woosh e bikes
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: Woosh e bikes

Did a Woosh conversion on my old Dawes commuting tourer and very happy with the result. Front hub (as I have hub gears) for improved reliability and reduced chain wear. A few compromises were needed such as a bottle dynamo (AXA HR is superb) and I had to upgrade the brakes to accommodate the additio...
by Boyonabike
18 Feb 2020, 3:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: at what weight do kids bikes start getting too heavy?
Replies: 18
Views: 1178

Re: at what weight do kids bikes start getting too heavy?

Buy cheap, buy twice. Bought new bikes for our kids (7 and 8yr boys but small for age) a year ago as their "second" bike. Younger son struggled from the outset and we replaced it with a 9kg Pinnacle. At which point older son can't keep up with him any more and we end up getting him an iden...
by Boyonabike
13 Feb 2020, 8:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stripped headset thread - time for a new bike?
Replies: 27
Views: 2024

Re: Stripped headset thread - time for a new bike?

Thanks Brucey that's very helpful. Of course retrofitting a road legal and therefore relatively tame motor to an existing bike forces compromises, but so too does buying an off the shelf ebike that doesn't come with a spec you want yet is at a price you don't really wish to pay. If there's a choice ...
by Boyonabike
13 Feb 2020, 7:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stripped headset thread - time for a new bike?
Replies: 27
Views: 2024

Re: Stripped headset thread - time for a new bike?

Actually the frame is a cheap but heavy steel so part of the benefit of conversion is just making it roll better! Kit weighs around 7kg of which half is the motor and half is the battery. As there are already two holes in the downtube for a bottleholder only one extra needs to be inserted. The purpo...
by Boyonabike
12 Feb 2020, 9:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stripped headset thread - time for a new bike?
Replies: 27
Views: 2024

Re: Stripped headset thread - time for a new bike?

Bit of an update as I'm keen to get a move on in preparation for spring coming. Found a local bike shop who's willing to fit the hub motor - swapping the wheel isn't the deal, it's drilling the frame the downtube for battery mounts and swapping cranks and chainset for a chainset with integrated torq...
by Boyonabike
3 Nov 2019, 10:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stripped headset thread - time for a new bike?
Replies: 27
Views: 2024

Re: Stripped headset thread - time for a new bike?

Actually none of them as I rather like my existing bike thanks very much. It has quite a lot of features I put together myself and I've been told that as they aren't compatible with contemporary bikes I won't be able to replace it with the same feature set. . Nothing to add to the conversation, but...
by Boyonabike
28 Oct 2019, 11:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stripped headset thread - time for a new bike?
Replies: 27
Views: 2024

Re: Stripped headset thread - time for a new bike?

Many thanks - if repairable can you suggest anyone in the West Midlands willing to take a look?
by Boyonabike
28 Oct 2019, 11:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stripped headset thread - time for a new bike?
Replies: 27
Views: 2024

Stripped headset thread - time for a new bike?

Having noticed my headset looking a bit wobbly recently I took it to my local bike shop as I don't have a wide enough spanner in my kit. Chap turned it...and turned it...and round and round it went. Stripped thread. Not good he said, you can't continue cycling with that. Oh and it's an old frame (at...
by Boyonabike
23 Oct 2019, 10:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What LED lights for AXA HR Traction bottle dynamo?
Replies: 14
Views: 804

Re: What LED lights for AXA HR Traction bottle dynamo?

On what grounds? I've been advised by the supplier of the ebike conversion kit that I'm considering that it isn't possible to connect their batteries to any lighting. Hence my only lighting option (other than powering with AA or similar batteries) is a bottle dynamo as front and rear hubs are obviou...
by Boyonabike
23 Oct 2019, 8:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What LED lights for AXA HR Traction bottle dynamo?
Replies: 14
Views: 804

Re: What LED lights for AXA HR Traction bottle dynamo?

Thanks - as explained earlier a front hub dynamo is out as I have rear hub gears so if electrifying the bike I'd need to fit a front motor. Yes I know there are aftermarket crank motors but for various reasons including extra cost, complexity and chain wear I'm not really considering such an option....
by Boyonabike
22 Oct 2019, 11:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What LED lights for AXA HR Traction bottle dynamo?
Replies: 14
Views: 804

What LED lights for AXA HR Traction bottle dynamo?

Can anyone please advise what is the most powerful front (and rear) light combination that can be run from a decent bottle dynamo such as the AXA HR? I'm planning to fit an electric front hub motor to my trusty old hub-geared bike to help with a 25 mile commute along canal towpaths. As this rules ou...