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by hamster
26 Jan 2021, 3:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike shop stock levels UK?
Replies: 5
Views: 179

Re: Bike shop stock levels UK?

Worth reading this:
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... 8&t=423399

I know the shop owner writing it.
by hamster
26 Jan 2021, 3:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mtb to touring conversion
Replies: 14
Views: 373

Re: mtb to touring conversion

I quite agree - my tourer is based on an early 90s MTB frame.
Lower- or mid-range models from the early 90s seem to make the happiest conversions as they are shorter in the top tube. While the tubes tend to be on the chunky side, it helps stiffen things up and keeps handling tidy when loaded.
by hamster
26 Jan 2021, 1:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: mtb to touring conversion
Replies: 14
Views: 373

Re: mtb to touring conversion

If the problem is that the front is too low, then a fork with a longer steerer is the solution, not a longer fork and larger wheel. The King Kahuna is a 100% MTB racing frame. It's really not a good start for a tourer - too long, too low and without rack lugs etc. I think you are trying to convert a...
by hamster
25 Jan 2021, 2:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Adding Derailleur Hangers
Replies: 24
Views: 653

Re: Adding Derailleur Hangers

Jupestar wrote:This the current bodge, would probably be able to do a better job if decided this was a long term solution.


Tidy job! :D
by hamster
25 Jan 2021, 12:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathon green guard or racer
Replies: 10
Views: 393

Re: Schwalbe Marathon green guard or racer

I run the greenguards on my 559 tourer (although the wider 1.75") - the rolling resistance is surprisingly low. I thought I'd have more of a good thing and went to Marathon Supremes in a 2.0 which felt like treacle. I think the moral of the sotry is that construction can change with size, tyre ...
by hamster
25 Jan 2021, 8:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Adding Derailleur Hangers
Replies: 24
Views: 653

Re: Adding Derailleur Hangers

You could always fit an emergency hanger - just thread it over the axle/QR tip.
https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/FSJOGHH/j ... eur-hanger
by hamster
24 Jan 2021, 3:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Parts from the UK
Replies: 54
Views: 1778

Re: Parts from the UK

"British businesses that export to the continent are being encouraged by government trade advisers to set up separate companies inside the EU in order to get around extra charges, paperwork and taxes resulting from Brexit... " What happened to the free trade agreement our leaders were cro...
by hamster
22 Jan 2021, 10:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Parts from the UK
Replies: 54
Views: 1778

Re: Parts from the UK

My crystal ball is no better than yours, at a guess I'd expect buying from Germany to save a fiver will be a thing of the past, but where it's previously been possible to save £10's or £100's it'll still be worth it, though not as much as previously. You might also ask why in a free market it's bee...
by hamster
22 Jan 2021, 8:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Parts from the UK
Replies: 54
Views: 1778

Re: Parts from the UK

However I am expecting the twenty mile queues at Dover and the inability to buy from Germany to be temporary. You might be able to buy from Germany, but you will have to pay customs handling and duty (remember that rules of origin mean that Shimano bits are non-EU sourced, so attract it). At that s...
by hamster
21 Jan 2021, 7:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pulled spoke, rideable or not
Replies: 9
Views: 552

Re: Pulled spoke, rideable or not

It's ridable but there is the substantial risk that it's going to fail and buckle. I've ridden 3000 miles on a rim which is split around one spoke: I know it will go at some stage in the future, but every extra mile is free. It's still staying true, but the moment it starts to move I'll ditch it.
by hamster
21 Jan 2021, 9:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front shifting
Replies: 15
Views: 451

Re: Shimano front shifting

Not possible - if it's a road shifter and MTB derailleur it works by changing the clamping, but the MTB shifter pulls more cable than the front mech can handle.

(edited as I got the question the wrong way round first time, just like reohn2)
by hamster
19 Jan 2021, 6:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo bearings
Replies: 29
Views: 726

Re: Campagnolo bearings

Agreed. It's a cartridge bearing, with a dust seal only on the outer side to allow grease to sit inside the whole thing and be refilled.
I did the rebuild on 1994 Veloce hubs which definitely had cartridge bearings and are definitely older as they have skinny 10mm axles, not the fat one on your hub.
by hamster
19 Jan 2021, 4:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo bearings
Replies: 29
Views: 726

Re: Campagnolo bearings

However, the ball bearing size is really only of academic interest if it is a cartridge bearing as it cannot easily be reassembled with new balls. Either by measuring the inner and outer diameters, or by finding the bearing code from the seal, the appropriate replacement cartidge can be found and o...
by hamster
19 Jan 2021, 11:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo bearings
Replies: 29
Views: 726

Re: Campagnolo bearings

Usually it's only the outer freehub bearing that goes as it's the one most exposed to water. The ones I have done haven't been too bad, removing the old bearing is the difficult bit. The bearing is a stock one from my local factor, around £7 for an SKF or NSK last time I did it.
by hamster
18 Jan 2021, 12:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimergo - latest news
Replies: 68
Views: 5988

Re: Shimergo - latest news

leftpoole wrote:On a similar point. I do not understand why anybody needs a bike shop to maintain their bikes?
A bike is a hobby and a hobby needs to be worked at.


It depends on whether your hobby is riding + fettling, or simply riding. I'm happy with the former, but it's not for everyone.