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by niloc
14 Feb 2021, 8:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1988 Raleigh 531st Tourer-Resprays or not?
Replies: 40
Views: 1349

Re: 1988 Raleigh 531st Tourer-Resprays or not?

The only areas where my 1987 Raleigh 531st Tourer is rusting is at each top tube cable guide, which is annoying as it is difficult to retouch. Your's really doesn't look too bad either, so I think you should just retouch where necessary like me. The bigger problem I find is that the canti pivot spac...
by niloc
20 Dec 2020, 11:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC X8 and chain wear tool
Replies: 2
Views: 118

KMC X8 and chain wear tool

I am very content normally using SRAM PC850/PC870 8 speed chains, which I monitor with a Park Tool CC2 checker. But on one bike I have an almost new KMC X8 chain, which my CC2 surprisingly said had 0.5 wear. But so I measured 12 links of this chain several times as 305mm, which does indicate it is a...
by niloc
5 Dec 2020, 11:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which cycle computer/smart watch for road cyclist
Replies: 11
Views: 341

Re: Which cycle computer/smart watch for road cyclist

The problem I find with Smart watches is that their battery is not sufficient for GPS tracking rides of much more than 8 hours, unless recharged from a battery pack during stops. Whereas a mobile phone using Strava seems to last much longer but also can be easily recharged during stops. A mobile pho...
by niloc
29 Nov 2020, 9:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Deore Hub Maintenance
Replies: 9
Views: 358

Deore Hub Maintenance

I remember being told (CTC technical) that on a rim braked wheel there was no real need to service the cups and cones because the rim would wear out before the hub. But with a disc braked wheel presumably this is no longer true. So I wondered how often people regrease their Deore hubs and the practi...
by niloc
6 Nov 2020, 7:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain tool
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Chain tool

Thanks Brucey!
by niloc
5 Nov 2020, 5:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain tool
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Chain tool

I normally use SRAM chains which use a Powerlink. So I don't often use a chain tool although I do have several. But recently when I use any of my chain tools I find that the pin doesn't align sufficiently closely with the rivets of an 8 speed chain. Even my ParkTool chain tool doesn't fit perfectly....
by niloc
25 Oct 2020, 2:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dia Compe ENE downtube friction shifter lubrication
Replies: 9
Views: 348

Re: Dia Compe ENE downtube friction shifter lubrication

FWIW - I have Diacompe friction shifters on 2 road bikes and have never felt the need to lubricate them
by niloc
25 Oct 2020, 2:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 50+ year old handlebars
Replies: 7
Views: 533

50+ year old handlebars

Each time I have rebuilt a new bike I have transferred the old handle bars which originally came on a secondhand JRJ bike I bought about 50 years ago. The bars are Cinelli and they have a Cinelli 1A stem. Do you think I should be concerned with their age or will they last forever?
by niloc
24 Sep 2020, 5:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front & rear mech for 8 speed friction shifter
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Front & rear mech for 8 speed friction shifter

DAK if a new Tiagra front and Deore XT rear (10 speed) mech will work with an 8 speed cassette if I use friction shifters (no indexing)?
by niloc
22 Sep 2020, 6:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cables; a fatal exception?
Replies: 20
Views: 1111

Re: Cables; a fatal exception?

Several months ago I was servicing the rear brake on my wife's road bike, when the cable nipple fell off - I don't think I'd have been popular if it happened when she was riding it! The cable was otherwise in good condition.
So is this another issue?
by niloc
8 Jan 2020, 3:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tektro RL520V Drop Bar Brake Lever
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Tektro RL520V Drop Bar Brake Lever

I have been very pleased with my "Tektro RL520 Drop Bar Brake Levers" since installing them about 4 years ago. But I have often wondered why the lever pivot pins tend to work their way to one side - and if they will ever actually fall out? So I recentralise the pins to avoid this! They don...
by niloc
6 Jul 2019, 12:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1.25 in threaded headset locknut play
Replies: 2
Views: 223

Re: 1.25 in threaded headset locknut play

Thanks Brucey - Perfect!
by niloc
4 Jul 2019, 1:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1.25 in threaded headset locknut play
Replies: 2
Views: 223

1.25 in threaded headset locknut play

My mountain bike has a 1 1/4 " threaded headset, which is ok with no play or centring. The quill stem is secure within the steerer tube. But the stem has a very slight play within the top locknut. This locknut has a rubber seal which may have shrunk over the last 20 years approx. So I think it ...
by niloc
12 Nov 2016, 7:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: V-Brake Blocks
Replies: 17
Views: 1629

Re: V-Brake Blocks

How about Aztec inserts/cartridges
by niloc
1 Oct 2016, 7:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPA CYCLES Elan
Replies: 68
Views: 10133

Re: SPA CYCLES Elan

by eye, about 10mm mudguard clearance all round.

So ample clearance for mudguards with 37mm tyres?