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by Ray
28 Sep 2019, 10:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 10 speed midrange gears using 11-32 cassette query
Replies: 14
Views: 379

Re: 10 speed midrange gears using 11-32 cassette query

I bought a bike with 11-32 eleven-speed cassette (Shimano) but replaced it with a 14-28, which I find much better for local rides. I have no need for the tiny sprockets, and prefer the closer ratios. As I'm just about to go on holiday not far from Mt Ventoux, and would like a smaller gear in reserve...
by Ray
26 Sep 2019, 7:48pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Shimano 105 3x9 shifters
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: Shimano 105 3x9 shifters

Presumably these are for drop bars? If so, definitely interested. Would like to see photos, please.

Will PM mobile details.
by Ray
19 Sep 2019, 9:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 1.2 million E bikes sold in Germany
Replies: 63
Views: 1837

Re: 1.2 million E bikes sold in Germany

They're catching on here. Last week I was at a café much used by cyclists and, of 7 or 8 bikes parked outside, mine was the only one without an electric motor. The café is at the top of a big hill, but this is a growing trend. Most bike shops of any size now have big displays of e-bikes. Seems like ...
by Ray
31 Aug 2019, 5:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Doing my bit, washing at 30 degrees...
Replies: 24
Views: 883

Re: Doing my bit, washing at 30 degrees...

I wash my cycling stuff - almost all synthetic fibres - after every ride in a 20 min cycle at 30 degrees, using no detergent but 'Washing Balls' bought, I think, from Lakeland. Lack of detergent makes repeated rinses unnecessary. . Clothes last for years. Cotton t-shirts, underwear, and everyday soc...
by Ray
26 Aug 2019, 3:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Covering black crank marks
Replies: 12
Views: 724

Re: Covering black crank marks

Glossy black nail varnish covers scratches/gouges well, is cheap, and comes with a small brush in the lid. I got mine at Barnsley market, but you'd probably find some in outlets frequented by Goths.
by Ray
25 Aug 2019, 9:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainsets
Replies: 29
Views: 1498

Re: Chainsets

I simply inserted the triple set into the original b/b. As the outer of the three rings is not used, I assume the chainline on the two remaining rings is more or less identical to the orginal compact double. It has run perfectly like that for several years.
by Ray
25 Aug 2019, 8:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainsets
Replies: 29
Views: 1498

Re: Chainsets

3/ my other thought would be to put a triple on and not use the big rig (either remove it or grind the teeth off to make a bashplate/trouser protector), thus not having to change the LH shifter That's what I did when faced with a similar problem. The outer chainring was replaced by a 'bashguard' fr...
by Ray
18 Aug 2019, 6:02pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Wild camping, wild boar
Replies: 31
Views: 1641

Re: Wild camping, wild boar

I think I'd be more worried about the hunters than the wild boar.
by Ray
18 Aug 2019, 5:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: noise from cassette
Replies: 42
Views: 1989

Re: noise from cassette

I'll need a few hours on it to be absolutely certain the clicks and cracks don't reappear, Over 100kms up hill and down dale now since lubing the hub. It's certainly a lot quieter and, while I hesitate to speak too soon, there's been no clicking/cracking when starting or when resuming pedalling. Se...
by Ray
9 Aug 2019, 9:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: noise from cassette
Replies: 42
Views: 1989

Re: noise from cassette

The loud tick of the freewheel is a characteristic some manufacturers make no effort to avoid; indeed it almost seems that they make it a selling point. These wheels came with the bike spec., and I am ready to accept them, even though I generally prefer the blessed silence of Shimano. Adding some gr...
by Ray
9 Aug 2019, 8:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: noise from cassette
Replies: 42
Views: 1989

Re: noise from cassette

Yes.
by Ray
9 Aug 2019, 4:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: noise from cassette
Replies: 42
Views: 1989

Re: noise from cassette

OK, examined the pawl mechanism, which looks fine and robust, and added some oil/grease lube as recommended. A quick spin round the block and all seems fine, including a very worthwhile reduction in noise. I'll need a few hours on it to be absolutely certain the clicks and cracks don't reappear, but...
by Ray
8 Aug 2019, 8:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: noise from cassette
Replies: 42
Views: 1989

Re: noise from cassette

Thanks, Brucey, will avoid it. Have now found some DT Swiss servicing videos, which make the job look reasonably simple; I hope!
by Ray
8 Aug 2019, 8:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: noise from cassette
Replies: 42
Views: 1989

Re: noise from cassette

Thanks again. Will explore it in the next day or two. Having checked in the garage, I find that the Halfords aerosol does not, in fact, specifically claim to be SFG - here it is : https://www.halfords.com/motoring/engine-oils-fluids/grease/halfords-spray-grease-500ml It's useful stuff for hinges, ga...
by Ray
8 Aug 2019, 4:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling dead ends.
Replies: 95
Views: 3370

Re: Cycling dead ends.

You don't see many 'high ordinaries' on the roads these days . . .