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by willcee
14 Jun 2021, 5:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help me ID my bike?
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Help me ID my bike?

hi welcome.. don't get all bothered about the age, more important is what condition its presented in good tyres, brakes, all cables oiled and cleaned,generally clean chain, oil hubs and spokes ,clean tape if decent, replace if poor, saddle cleaned and seatpost greased not stuck we hope and headset checked for sweetness and tightness, that accomplished what u should be aware of is that your machine even though its 15 years old will usually ride way better than the current 7/8/9 sp bargain starter offerings in any big cycle store.. they sell for 4/600 quid so pitch it around 375 and look to walk away with 325/300.. there are many around that price but many of them need 2/300 quid to bring them back to where they would need to be safety and performance wise..lets hope yours doesn't.. will
by willcee
11 Jun 2021, 5:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheels for a big person
Replies: 15
Views: 503

Re: Wheels for a big person

Trolling be damned. not my intention ever. I rode normal lightweights until my hips had enough and during the wait on subsequent surgery and after that was using E power before and after each hip replacement , I was doing long miles when I was 12 and I'm 3 score and 10 in November..So Its called Experience.... and long years working at race machinery cars and bikes...will
by willcee
11 Jun 2021, 1:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11sp 105 hub issues
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: 11sp 105 hub issues

thanks guys, sorry i thought my explanation was crystal clear the free hub had loosened and precessed the hub tight.. in the old days again from memory i always remember removal and reattaching freehubs from the near side, and found that on this one it was accessed from the o/s i tightened it on reflection perhaps not enough..spoke with my old wheelbuilder friend today and he has had similar issues and says its a fault he thinks internal in the freehub, spoke then with the owner and we reckoned, without actually checking that a new hub might be as advisable and cheaper than a new freehub...i'm off to check.. will
by willcee
10 Jun 2021, 7:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheels for a big person
Replies: 15
Views: 503

Re: Wheels for a big person

interesting contris.. I'm presently 230 lbs using either Fulcrums or Mavics in a well powered E bike and I would bet using worse terrain than OP, the Fulcrums slackened once, my old builder thread locked the tight side and the n/side.. no more issues on either of my Factory build wheels, or any others for that matter ,I would guess like others have intimated that riding style has more to do wth this issue than any wheel fault, as I have said for years to chaps that take up cycling,.... it takes a lot of time to perfect, some never do, riding 30 plus miles without hurting oneself or the bike, and many read that you can do a minimum of training, pay for a bike fit?? which is usually too drastic for any newbie, they all wish to look cool if indeed that has any place in comfortable cycling,long cycling ,commuting or just cycling for pleasure..bomb proof wheels are uncomfortable, I have a pair , they are hanging in my workshop and have been for a year.. if your interested 700 Novatec disc hubs, 11spShim Black Ryde rims 36s/s spokes..180 PLUS delivery....will
by willcee
10 Jun 2021, 6:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11sp 105 hub issues
Replies: 7
Views: 240

11sp 105 hub issues

A friend has a pair using these hubs on pro built Hunt wheels and up till last week was inordinately happy with 'em.they rolled better or as good as than my Fulcrums or a pair of Askium Disc Mavics. rang me one evening saying, Pl. lift my back wheel Will ...its seized and has broken the QR near the end of the threaded side..
I did and found that the freehub had come loose and jammed the axle tightening up the bearings which were OK so i took everything axle related out for a good clean, found lot of play in the freehub as already discovered, checked it for tightness and found it loose so retightend it....not from the left side as used to be... but from the right and right hand threaded, that done it felt good no funny noises or tightness so rebuilt with fresh grease and cleaned everything and handed it back a couple of days later.. yesterday he says its gone again.
I havent seen it yet, reported its not as bad as last time but something is causing the freehub to loosen and ensuing problems occur..as we all know the man I would have run this past privately is hors de combat , any experts in recent 105 Shimano internals out there??? hows Bruce keeping anyone...will
by willcee
27 May 2021, 11:23pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-BIKES KIT CONVERSIONS
Replies: 85
Views: 4402

Re: E-BIKES KIT CONVERSIONS

Interesting reading.. there are 2 schools of thought here in my experience having build over 30 kits, and my own 2 personal machines are both drop barred, one is mentioned on here its a Orbea TYPE Mahle X 35 hub in a WHYTE gravel orientated frameset, the other is Ridley Frameset could be used as a tourer cyclecross or gravel machine it was one that was new but appeared to be a sample frameset which could run cantis or disc...I run a Bafang mid motor in it. yes the Whyte has a double chainset hollowtek2 Ultegra with the split sensor held fast against the inner ring crank area with black silicone, and it was reset as a 34 inner while the outer is 52 Needed on the hubbed bike because its weedy compared to any Bafang torque wise.. in my mind when using either TDZ or Bafang a single ring is the only one required, yes, but gear size it to your area and hills.
I use thick thin 4 bolts alloy rings either 44/46/48/ or 50... with an 11 sp 11/32 and usually only running on bottom half of the cassette11 13 15 17 19 21.. ..
I needed the big sprockets a month or 2 ago when a battery that i had used since 2018 started to feel its age at 47 miles in and i had 8 miles on various undulating country byways sans power with a 50 T ring.. so its 2 rings if you think you'll be using leg power to get home or 1 if you have torque and a good strong battery....will
by willcee
24 May 2021, 9:12pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Who needs more than 250W?
Replies: 22
Views: 1178

Re: Who needs more than 250W?

Interesting contris, yet still we have a detractor still aboard his Gillot, perhaps as someone who has covered perhaps 5000 miles on E power I can add my experiences, someone already touched on the weight aspect, you don't go to collect a 1.5 tonne load with a 10cwt van, so whoever in the design and build operation of factory machines capable of carrying a 130kg adult with assorted luggage so creating a E bike perhaps like some of the German breeds which weigh in excess of 40 kgs and hang a 250w motor on them then point them at a decent steep hill ..... and are those detractors still wondering why some of us need more power.. its called Physics... yet that and the facts that are now coming out that many of these machines are being bought by folks that are way past the fitness levels that would be required for normal push pedal cycling so they have little strength and less inclination to strike up a high cadence and trail around on a 50T ring in top gear that alone requires more that the average 250W motor can supply..and don't even mention gear changing, they'll do that some wet day!!!! will
by willcee
18 May 2021, 10:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to find this rack?
Replies: 25
Views: 1293

Re: Where to find this rack?

were I you I would be trawling the LBS in your area , anyone who fits racks and mods them for discs ete etc will have found your issue before and the shops may perhaps have what you need, check also local engineering places who work with alloy might have solid alloy rods in various diameters which are usually forged so can be bent or machined.. will
by willcee
7 May 2021, 2:09am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Negative comments
Replies: 48
Views: 1582

Re: Negative comments

interesting contri's.. myself however, haven't as yet had much in the way of derogatory remarks addressed going back to 2017 when I started with the E stuff and that in a enviroment over here where they were to all intents illegal.. when the legality issue disappeared some time ago there was certainly more E stuff on the move and other cyclists would stop when at a cafe halt and poke around looking and marvelling at the beasts.. usually asking, can I lift it? hefting it and commenting on the weight to which either me or my chum say you don't notice the weight except when stopping or starting or lifting it over kerbs or steps.. on the move its no issue.. some have come to my workshop for a test ride and come back beaming all over, and its by word of mouth that I get builds to complete or to source donor chassis for the job..my own story is that I went this route to say aboard when my hips went bad and again to keep me on the road when recovering from the ops 14 months apart...its addictive.. and fun..both of mine are mudguarded the more potent one is for winter and blowy dry days and my latest an Mahle x35 powered hub in a Whyte frameset is more akin to a normal machine and should get some good miles in this summer.. weather permitting , and coldest spring I ever cycled in to date...will
by willcee
23 Apr 2021, 4:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1957 Raleigh Superbe Restoration Thread
Replies: 115
Views: 4361

Re: 1957 Raleigh Superbe Restoration Thread

Apologies friend, you might have taken over inside the Raleigh Superb guys thread. I thought most of the contris I had read were about a Superb early on hadn't read closely enough in the latter pages when I saw the bird dung weld on a rotten roadster mudguard now belonging to your continental roadster bicycle... will
by willcee
22 Apr 2021, 12:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1957 Raleigh Superbe Restoration Thread
Replies: 115
Views: 4361

Re: 1957 Raleigh Superbe Restoration Thread

Quote.... ''my bike is quite rare and it is nothing to look at'' maybe get hold of the Raleigh guy at VCC usually someone on there will give a newbie a tel contact number then send him pics and the frame number , he'll likely tell you like I did its just an old Raleigh...Totally get the use angle issue. your money your decision, my take is money today isn't as easily replaced as it was some time before last March..the day you buy is the day you sell is an old dealers motto...no disrespect intended .....will
by willcee
21 Apr 2021, 10:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1957 Raleigh Superbe Restoration Thread
Replies: 115
Views: 4361

Re: 1957 Raleigh Superbe Restoration Thread

Those guards are past work and uneconomical repair costs, I suppose we all have to start our first resto blind, and its a steep learning track and can often be a money pit, with my experience and knowledge I would have avoided that machine from the get go. the Raleigh to have is pre war [1st] otherwise they're not worth other than an oil rag resto.. a friend and very handy bike guy did a Raleigh Superb caliper braked Model,rebuilt to a std that Raleigh never matched, some 12/15 years back to the tune of 600 sovs, he eventually settled for 300, my own pre war 1930 sports one with a radial front wheel was rebuilt by yours truly standing me iro 300 no corners cut, and no chrome needed, with genuine Raleigh branded celluloid mudguards and I took 350 for it last summer..I can understand enthusiasm but i rail at the money waste that often haunts and halts a second third or 10th resto where you get the enjoyment and the satisfaction and a return on your outlay...when the cycle jumbles start again have a day at one of them and come away enthused ,more knowledgeable and maybe consider joining the VCC veteran cycle club... will...
by willcee
20 Apr 2021, 9:02pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Chatting to a mate today ..........
Replies: 47
Views: 1989

Re: Chatting to a mate today ..........

AS regards costs.. I had in region of 2.5 K miles on my Bafang which had been in 3 bikes before it started to be slightly noisy still going like a watch but sounds like an old grand father clock.. no heat no smell just this faint noise which had appeared on the last few days late November, Rang my supplier he said not fixable if totally internal so pull the motor, I suggested he send me another, I bought it, I took the other to a friend a very competent Spark who rang me 2 days later saying simple fix, nothing serious would you sell me it.. we did a deal, and I fitted another updated motor.. So 2.5 K none of the others that I've fitted have given any issues, batteries take care 2 of them replaced by friends who dropped them while cycling. my bud who runs 2 machine Giant road E with over 3 k on it now and he had a starter Gain ,1.5 k no issues , traded it for a carbon Gain maybe 2 k on it no issues.. so with care no water over switches etc and knowledge of how and when to service and if noises appear get them checked, and if its not Bosch costs should be manageable... will
by willcee
19 Apr 2021, 11:37pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Orbea gain wheel hub motor
Replies: 3
Views: 617

Re: Orbea gain wheel hub motor

Update on this conversion.. It rides like a dream, after some minor adjustments, one a new and different fork all carbon and refinished to suit the frame with clearance for 40 section 700's and a guard.. running a lot of spacer so have a slender alloy tube inserted inside the carbon steerer to allay fears of carbon breakage, and it shouldn't ,I use very little of the norm in pulling and pushing on the bars, now I run a short stem 60mm so the bar has less leverage on any steerer tube. as to the performance.. its running well very smooth perhaps not just as smooth as the X35 Mahle Electronics but not as governed either.. its hauling my 16 st around and staying pace with my friends carbon gain..and its unique ,the only one in the UK I would guess... will
by willcee
19 Apr 2021, 7:45pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: E-BIKES KIT CONVERSIONS
Replies: 85
Views: 4402

Re: E-BIKES KIT CONVERSIONS

Personally I like many others on this great well balanced knowledgeable forum don't care who OP reports to as I feel we are in the right and in majority ,only a fool wanders in where he's not liked or wanted especially when his narrow minded unscientific warblings mark him out as a wannabe.. So OP go wannabe somewhere else and take the Gillott with you...neither will be missed.. will