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by hamster
13 Oct 2019, 9:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy DH-3N20; guessing game...?
Replies: 16
Views: 707

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: 827

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: 827

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: 827

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: 385

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: 980

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: 26
Views: 967

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: 431

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: 431

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: 1637

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: 431

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: 636

Re: Iphone opencyclemap offline

Scout GPS works OK and uses offline mapping.
by hamster
1 Oct 2019, 5:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Accomodation.Normandy
Replies: 11
Views: 2315

Re: Accomodation.Normandy

Hotel de France, Restaurant des Fuschias at St Vaast la Hogue. St Vaast is a gem, lovely harbour, an offshore island with an interesting museum and interesting trsnsport to and from, 1/4 of Frances Oysters, Mr Gosselins gourmet emporium. Fish restaurants. The French love the place. Dont miss it. Ag...
by hamster
30 Sep 2019, 10:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removal of non-fixed bottom bracket bearing cup
Replies: 9
Views: 360

Re: Removal of non-fixed bottom bracket bearing cup

I'd try Plus-Gas rather than WD40. A week of pickling it with a couple of doses daily helps.

First of all I'd pour a whole kettle of boiling water over the bottom bracket shell, it might be just enough to heat shock and break the corrosion sticking it.
by hamster
27 Sep 2019, 5:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hybrid v Road bike on indoor trainer
Replies: 3
Views: 145

Re: Hybrid v Road bike on indoor trainer

Frankly it makes no difference at all if the riding position is the same.

Good luck, I found it soul-destroying and opted to ride off-road at night instead.