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by MikewsMITH2
5 May 2019, 11:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck stem - removing drilled out remnants of
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: Stuck stem - removing drilled out remnants of

Have done the caustic soda trick a few times. It works well and is great fun. You can buy lye off eBay. Crafters use it for making their own soap. You need a tall slim vessel and add the crystals until they won’t dissolve any more. Put the steerer into the vessel in a plastic bucket as it will bubbl...
by MikewsMITH2
2 Jun 2018, 10:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer damage?
Replies: 22
Views: 1067

Re: Sturmey Archer damage?

I blame Steve Browne He sold it me. I want my money back Steve ;-)
by MikewsMITH2
2 Jun 2018, 10:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer damage?
Replies: 22
Views: 1067

Re: Sturmey Archer damage?

yes Brucey alloy shell dated 1951. it was worse than it looks in that photo https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/34419171_10216136925758587_5674621880804311040_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=d5fa7b0f3f99e8f3927563ee6b9fbd03&oe=5B78BA06 There was a severe pothole strike a while ago which may hav...
by MikewsMITH2
2 Jun 2018, 9:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer damage?
Replies: 22
Views: 1067

Re: Sturmey Archer damage?

Image

1951 FM shell
by MikewsMITH2
21 Feb 2018, 12:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: ADVICE ON TANDEM TYRES PLEASE
Replies: 15
Views: 1345

Re: ADVICE ON TANDEM TYRES PLEASE

Wider tyres at lower pressure are only faster if the tyre is more flexible. Schwalbe Marathons are not flexible.
by MikewsMITH2
20 Feb 2018, 8:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: ADVICE ON TANDEM TYRES PLEASE
Replies: 15
Views: 1345

Re: ADVICE ON TANDEM TYRES PLEASE

They were often flat at the bottom
by MikewsMITH2
10 Apr 2017, 3:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 211523

Re: togglechaintour bikes

Hi
TCT migrated to its own website years ago (now defunct). It petered out in 2014. It is now here http://www.touringcyclistclub.org.uk/Fo ... board=20.0 Little or no activity, but the original founders are there.
Cheers
Mike
by MikewsMITH2
2 Dec 2016, 8:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Restoring a 1970s Merlin
Replies: 8
Views: 793

Re: Restoring a 1970s Merlin

New TA Pro 5 Vis (Cyclotouriste) rings are still made and (sporadically) available in all sizes 26-52T. PM me if you need some.
by MikewsMITH2
1 Dec 2016, 10:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pinching tubes on installation.
Replies: 20
Views: 2050

Re: Pinching tubes on installation.

I use these tyre jacks https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tools/var-tyre-levers/ https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/images/products/medium/27539.jpg Some tyres and rim combinations are impossible without for my hands anyway. Cheap Ryde Chrina rims :evil: Using oversize tubes is a common reason for pinching them t...
by MikewsMITH2
25 Nov 2016, 9:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is it possible to retap a 26pti fork steerer to 24pti
Replies: 10
Views: 1201

Re: Is it possible to retap a 26pti fork steerer to 24pti

Gary
OK if the cups have 2 flats like these:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Raleigh-26tpi ... SwB09YKM9T

Then the cups are most probably 26tpi
by MikewsMITH2
25 Nov 2016, 6:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is it possible to retap a 26pti fork steerer to 24pti
Replies: 10
Views: 1201

Re: Is it possible to retap a 26pti fork steerer to 24pti

I am fairly sure all Raleighs originally equipped with Cotterless chainsets at the factory, have normal 24tpi bottom brackets. However they may still have 26tpi headsets! This is because some models with the same frame were cotterless and others were cottered. Of course some owners may have upgraded...
by MikewsMITH2
20 Nov 2016, 10:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is it possible to retap a 26pti fork steerer to 24pti
Replies: 10
Views: 1201

Re: Is it possible to retap a 26pti fork steerer to 24pti

Yes a friend of mine has done it successfully. If you can find a bike shop with the necessary die. I used an Indian headset on mine. They still use 26tpi! Acceptable but not great quality. ETC also do a 26tpi headset that seems to be available from a few places.
by MikewsMITH2
17 Nov 2016, 8:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: NBT2 - on the road cassette lock ring remover...
Replies: 55
Views: 3589

Re: NBT2 - on the road cassette lock ring remover...

I use on of these http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/components/wheelsets-rims-hubs/hubs/grand-cru-4-bearing-hub.html and on my other cartridge bearing hub, I have tapped a screw thread on the RH end cap. I can then insert an M6 screw and tap the end cap off from the LHS using the skewer and a s...
by MikewsMITH2
11 Nov 2016, 7:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: left hand chain?
Replies: 42
Views: 3209

Re: left hand chain?

I always mount my bike from the RHS and put my left foot down, so does my son. My wife has to - because we ride a tandem. And I am the Captain! This is one aspect of life where I am definitely still in charge :D I have thought of building a left hand drive as a novelty, as I have a few spare tandem ...
by MikewsMITH2
6 Nov 2016, 10:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Glueless Puncture Patches And Slime Inner Tubes And Slime Tyre Liners
Replies: 14
Views: 808

Re: Glueless Puncture Patches And Slime Inner Tubes And Slime Tyre Liners

Mike and rick was that on road bike tyres?


Yes Continental GP 4000. I don't use either now...