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by seabike
23 Nov 2020, 4:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New saddle advice?
Replies: 56
Views: 1391

Re: New saddle advice?

I've had a Charge Spoon and Spa/Passport Navigator and found them both reasonably comfortable for 75 mile rides, on both flat bar and drop bar bikes, albeit with a bit of assistance from padded shorts. However I recently took a punt on a Spa Nidd on ebay for a measly £20. It's totally unused but the...
by seabike
21 Nov 2020, 9:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Customising 7 speed cassette/triple chainset
Replies: 1
Views: 160

Customising 7 speed cassette/triple chainset

My Orbit tourer has a Shimano 42/32/22T Acera MTB chainset and SRAM 7 speed 12-32T cassette (with a 4.5mm spacer on an 8 speed freehub). When touring with camping gear, or hauling a load of shopping from the supermarket, I'm more tortoise than hare, and find myself using the 32T middle ring/mid cass...
by seabike
23 Oct 2020, 11:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dia Compe ENE downtube friction shifter lubrication
Replies: 9
Views: 332

Re: Dia Compe ENE downtube friction shifter lubrication

Point taken about the need to remove the shifters carefully. Apparently, if disassembled, the Dia Compe ones have a habit of vigorously ejecting the tiny pawl springs, never to be seen again. The copper grease was only applied where paint damage could be caused by the square holed backing plate bein...
by seabike
23 Oct 2020, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dia Compe ENE downtube friction shifter lubrication
Replies: 9
Views: 332

Re: Dia Compe ENE downtube friction shifter lubrication

I installed the downtube shifters today, restricting any lube to just a dab of copper grease for the braze-on downtube bosses, the square holed steel plates that go over the boss, and the threads of the D ring tensioner bolts. I can see the good sense in keeping the ratchet mechanism bone dry, and j...
by seabike
23 Oct 2020, 12:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dia Compe ENE downtube friction shifter lubrication
Replies: 9
Views: 332

Re: Dia Compe ENE downtube friction shifter lubrication

Thanks Brucey, after a bit of internet searching I found a disassembled photo of the power ratchet innards, and yes, they are identical to the later Sun Tour MTB shifters with the beefed-up pawl. The Dia Compe ENE shifters use a black plastic washer beneath the D ring tensioner bolt, so definitely n...
by seabike
22 Oct 2020, 10:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dia Compe ENE downtube friction shifter lubrication
Replies: 9
Views: 332

Dia Compe ENE downtube friction shifter lubrication

I've just bought a set of these for my Orbit tourer and wanted to know which bits to lubricate, and with what. The innards containing the power ratchet mechanism seem to be retained by a thin metal plate. Can this be easily removed for maintenance or is it meant to be sealed unit. I don't want to st...
by seabike
18 Oct 2020, 7:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Older Deore hubs
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: Older Deore hubs

Thanks Ian, yes I agree that for the loads I'm carrying, I probably wouldn't need the strongest wheels. My Orbit frame seems to be limited by the chainstay clearance to 32mm tyres with mudguards. I've tried some 35c Continental Ride Tour but the gap between tyre and chainstay was less than 4mm on on...
by seabike
18 Oct 2020, 12:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Older Deore hubs
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: Older Deore hubs

Thanks Brucey. From the info I've found on various websites, the flange diameters are (inevitably) not identical, so I'll probably just buy the rims and then work out the spoke lengths required by trying the existing spokes and seeing how far out they are for fit. It would be helpful if I could hit ...
by seabike
18 Oct 2020, 12:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Older Deore hubs
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Older Deore hubs

The rim braking surfaces on my recently acquired Orbit Ventura Reynolds 520 tourer are looking ominously concave, so I'm planning to rebuild both 700c wheels using Ryde Andra 30 rims. The hubs are Deore 510, both running very smoothly, so should be ok to reuse. According to SJS the spoke lengths for...
by seabike
4 Oct 2020, 12:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: REAR LIGHTS
Replies: 21
Views: 871

Re: REAR LIGHTS

I use a Moon Pulsar. Takes 2 AAA rechargeables or alkalines, super bright, super long run time, and very inexpensive. I have it set to the most powerful slow flashing mode and find it much, much brighter than the Cateye Omni 3 I previously used. I was very glad of it when cycling through Thetford Fo...
by seabike
21 Sep 2020, 10:28pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Achilles Tendon pain
Replies: 2
Views: 94

Re: Achilles Tendon pain

Thanks for that Jonathan. Yes, you're right, I should have split the trip into more manageable chunks, but my main motivation for the long first day's slog was to reach a suitable spot for discreet overnight wild camping, and from previous experience knew that the fire roads leading off the B1106 in...
by seabike
20 Sep 2020, 11:46pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Prostatitis
Replies: 21
Views: 7875

Re: Prostatitis

I saw my GP two years ago about a sudden onset of fever, difficulty peeing and a general unwell feeling. He took a urine sample and immediately referred me for a PSA blood test. This revealed a sky-high reading, normally indicating advanced prostate cancer. I was subjected to a battery of scans, exa...
by seabike
20 Sep 2020, 11:09pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Achilles Tendon pain
Replies: 2
Views: 94

Achilles Tendon pain

A month ago I rode from Boston, Lincolnshire, to Walton On The Naze, Essex, stopping overnight, stealth camping in Thetford Forest. After the first day's ride of 75 miles I noticed soreness and swelling in my right Achilles tendon, plus pain in my right knee. After the next day's ride through Suffol...