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by hamster
17 Oct 2019, 2:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small wheel blowouts - options?
Replies: 96
Views: 2089

Re: Small wheel blowouts - options?

Yes, they slow faster too, but at the point of brake application, the rim is going past at a tremendous speed compared to a 700c bike. Not so. The rim touches the road and is going past the brake at exactly the same speed as the bike is travelling. Only because the rim circumference is smaller, the...
by hamster
17 Oct 2019, 1:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small wheel blowouts - options?
Replies: 96
Views: 2089

Re: Small wheel blowouts - options?

Yes, they slow faster too, but at the point of brake application, the rim is going past at a tremendous speed compared to a 700c bike. Not so. The rim touches the road and is going past the brake at exactly the same speed as the bike is travelling. Only because the rim circumference is smaller, the...
by hamster
17 Oct 2019, 11:12am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cracked Vango Tent Poles - suggested repair
Replies: 46
Views: 4451

Re: Cracked Vango Tent Poles - suggested repair

If you are trying to do a permanent repair at home, then I have wrapped the end in fibreglass. I've used woven glass as I have some from my boat. Any thread that's strong in tension will do - nylon or polyester buttonhole thread is just as good. Cover the end in araldite, then wind the thread round ...
by hamster
13 Oct 2019, 9:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy DH-3N20; guessing game...?
Replies: 16
Views: 753

Re: Noisy DH-3N20; guessing game...?

Does it have Kapton tape around the stator lam-pack underneath the windings - is a bit flapping onto the rotor causing a ticking?

Or is it simply rust flakes?
by hamster
13 Oct 2019, 9:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bianchi Collectors Bike
Replies: 8
Views: 861

Re: Bianchi Collectors Bike

OK that's much better than the one in the linked ad! Looks like a mid-2000s Campag Centaur rear mech, presumably 2001 or later Centaur shifters (should have the speeds on them or they are a mismatch to the mech). The chainset looks like Veloce / Mirage (pressed chainrings not machined ones) Daytona ...
by hamster
12 Oct 2019, 10:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bianchi Collectors Bike
Replies: 8
Views: 861

Re: Bianchi Collectors Bike

Brucey wrote:IME a frameset with the 'wrong' bits on it is (esp if those bits are lower quality than is usually fitted to that frame) not worth much more than the frameset alone is.


I heartily agree!
by hamster
11 Oct 2019, 1:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bianchi Collectors Bike
Replies: 8
Views: 861

Re: Bianchi Collectors Bike

Ebay or Retrobike.co.uk - but be warned that the most collectable are 1950s-1970s steel, preferably from niche builders like Hetchins, Grubb, Bates etc. or a top-drawer name like Colnago, Pinarello or Gios - all with Campagnolo components. An alloy Bianchi is in that middle ground of merely being an...
by hamster
11 Oct 2019, 1:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Routing the rear mech cable
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: Routing the rear mech cable

reohn2 wrote:Either way works well,but top/seat tube route keeps the cable out of road muck etc.


I agree, but the muck and water then seems to run down the seatstay part of the cable and into the outer for the last bit.

It's the Law of Conservation of Misery. It works nicely with sealed cable setups though.
by hamster
11 Oct 2019, 1:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What Not To Make Bike Frames Out Of
Replies: 35
Views: 1003

Re: What Not To Make Bike Frames Out Of

Pasta.

For: available in lots of interesting tube profiles, removes need for separate energy bars, easy recycling.
Cons: Don't ride in the rain or park outside Italian restaurants.
by hamster
9 Oct 2019, 8:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette question
Replies: 28
Views: 1097

Re: Cassette question

Valbrona wrote:Never trust a chain wear checker. Flawed thinking.


Yes, I prefer to hold a crystal near my chain. :lol:
by hamster
9 Oct 2019, 7:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Claris derailure for 6 speed renovation
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: Claris derailure for 6 speed renovation

Brucey wrote:
hamster wrote:Seeing as it also has broken spokes I would be tempted simply to buy a new wheel.


broken spoke? New bike, obviously....?


:lol:
So it's a Helicomatic hub, with tired spokes.

It's more about how much more trouble do you want to enjoy?
by hamster
8 Oct 2019, 5:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Claris derailure for 6 speed renovation
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: Claris derailure for 6 speed renovation

Seeing as it also has broken spokes I would be tempted simply to buy a new wheel.
by hamster
8 Oct 2019, 11:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear changing strategy; how do you use a triple?
Replies: 61
Views: 1647

Re: Gear changing strategy; how do you use a triple?

I use the SSR one for climbing when loaded - I have a big drop to the inner ring (24/38/47 7 speed) and it's nicer to shift onto the 24 with the chain lightly loaded and off the lowest gear at the back. The odd ratios are a nice spacing for the large two rings (11-28 or 13-30 cassette) except when h...
by hamster
8 Oct 2019, 11:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Claris derailure for 6 speed renovation
Replies: 13
Views: 434

Re: Claris derailure for 6 speed renovation

Should all work fine as you suggest.
by hamster
3 Oct 2019, 1:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Iphone opencyclemap offline
Replies: 15
Views: 652

Re: Iphone opencyclemap offline

Scout GPS works OK and uses offline mapping.