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by axisofevil
17 Oct 2020, 9:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 170
Views: 5199

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

All hex bolts replaced with an allen key that slips and scratches expensive paintwork.
by axisofevil
17 Oct 2020, 6:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Battery Charger not very clear OUTPUT spec
Replies: 13
Views: 371

Re: Battery Charger not very clear OUTPUT spec

Isn't this pretty much the same as charging two batteries in series?
With (hopefully) some kind of voltage balancing.
by axisofevil
9 Oct 2020, 2:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: so... chain-gouged spokes do break then...
Replies: 7
Views: 451

Re: so... chain-gouged spokes do break then...

I've never broken a spoke - ever.
I always use new double-butted spokes and get someone else to build the wheel, though. :D
by axisofevil
1 Oct 2020, 9:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thorn puncture - any reason not to keep using the tyre?
Replies: 18
Views: 565

Re: Thorn puncture - any reason not to keep using the tyre?

MikeDee wrote:Yikes! I didn't think a Marathon could be punctured by a thorn. I'm sure the tire is perfectly usable once you remove the thorn and put a new tube in.


You can patch tubes, you know. :shock:
by axisofevil
21 Sep 2020, 8:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gear ratios, in inches
Replies: 43
Views: 1625

Re: Gear ratios, in inches

Get a handful of sprockets, a sprocket removal tool and a chain rivet extractor.

It's a trial and error thing. :lol:
by axisofevil
18 Aug 2020, 6:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck seat posts & frame heating discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 136525

Re: Stuck seat posts & frame heating discussion

No - I can see the scratches on the seat post turn when I desperately turn the seat. :D
Just putting a bit of oil in between attempts.

BTW A Sash cramp makes a good extension arm to give a lot of extra leverage.
by axisofevil
18 Aug 2020, 5:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck seat posts & frame heating discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 136525

Re: Stuck seat posts & frame heating discussion

I took my bike with a alloy seat post that's has been stuck for 30+ years to Halfords of all places. They put it in their vice [in the car department] and amazingly got it to turn - unfortunately didn't succeed in pulling it out. No charge!!!! I think that the no charge thing was a bit of an acciden...
by axisofevil
1 Aug 2020, 1:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Using your watch as a compass
Replies: 67
Views: 1667

Re: Using your watch as a compass

For Sunrise/Sunset predictions there is https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/ (no firewall).
by axisofevil
31 Jul 2020, 6:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old bike in dry shed, unused for 30 years. How to revive it ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1265

Re: Old bike in dry shed, unused for 30 years. How to revive it ?

Ooh thanks @Brucey!!!! Viner Super Course was quite a nice frameset BITD and not cheap either; typically built in 531 DB tubing. Some info about 1978 model here https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/280554/ but yours may be a different year and a different specification. The rear wheel looks like a 70...
by axisofevil
28 Jul 2020, 4:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old bike in dry shed, unused for 30 years. How to revive it ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1265

Re: Old bike in dry shed, unused for 30 years. How to revive it ?

Thanks for the help. Definitely replace the cables. Not quite the bike I'd remembered - some confusion on my part there! It's a "Viner Special Course" with damaged paintwork - so not a super lightweight. Got an assortment of bits on it, some of them rather good. Found a spare Shimano freew...
by axisofevil
28 Jul 2020, 12:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old bike in dry shed, unused for 30 years. How to revive it ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1265

Old bike in dry shed, unused for 30 years. How to revive it ?

I've got a decent bike that's been in a dry shed for about 30 years. :shock: I know a lot has changed... For example what seems to be the "cassette" was always referred by everyone as a "block" and has 6 or 7 sprockets. I'd have to check, but it ought to have mostly Campagnolo fo...