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by AndyA
20 Oct 2019, 7:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What cycling did you do this weekend?
Replies: 36
Views: 836

Re: What cycling did you do this weekend?

25 mile pootle on the tandem with a lovely lunch in the middle and a pint at the end. Definitely calorie positive
by AndyA
24 Sep 2019, 10:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear Changer Stiff like a Scania Truck
Replies: 10
Views: 474

Re: Gear Changer Stiff like a Scania Truck

Definitely the cable
by AndyA
24 Sep 2019, 10:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: rip off local cycle shop?
Replies: 62
Views: 2521

Re: rip off local cycle shop?

My gear cable broke 50k into a 200k audax (mea culpa). I found the Gloucester Bike Project in Gloucester open (Saturday) and asked for a replacement. It was raining so they said to bring my bike in. I set about getting the old cable off and one of the mechanics spontaneously gave me a hand. After i...
by AndyA
18 Sep 2019, 7:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc Brake Rotor Torque Ratings?
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Re: Disc Brake Rotor Torque Ratings?

The Shimano rotors come with figure 8 shaped lock washers and if you fit them maybe the torque need not be so high. These fellas on the left that say TOP on them https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/images/products/medium/36771.jpg I imagine most people just launch em in the bin, but I pity the fool that jet...
by AndyA
16 Sep 2019, 8:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...how to stop decals peeling off
Replies: 15
Views: 658

Re: ...how to stop decals peeling off

The best way to get decals on straight is to stick a length of masking tape where you want the bottom of your decal to be. Take a step back, check it's straight, check it's the same height both sides, mark where you want the decal to start and stop with more masking tape. Place decal, rub well to re...
by AndyA
10 Sep 2019, 8:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Issue with rear hydraulic brake.
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: Issue with rear hydraulic brake.

It sounds to me like you've got a leaky caliper. The brake fluid has to have gone somewhere when it leaked and it sounds like it's gone on your pads/rotor causing it to squeal. One way to check is to clean the caliper as best as you can, let it dry then put some tissue paper behind the pads, squeeze...
by AndyA
3 Sep 2019, 11:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SHIMANO GRX
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: SHIMANO GRX

And when you have your compact double with 11 speed 11-40 cassette you'll have almost the same gear range and exactly the same intervals between gears as my ancient 9 speed 48-38-28 triple with 11-32 cassette! Such is progress. Why did the 50/34 with 11-xx become so popular? I only got into cycling...
by AndyA
1 Sep 2019, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Retouching frame finish
Replies: 10
Views: 550

Re: Retouching frame finish

I reckon that frame is either anodised or cerakoted. *edit-noticed you said it was anodised* Not that it really matters for your purposes, you can't use either process to touch up, so you'd be using paint regardless. If I was you I'd use spray.bike, the rough matt finish that stuff gives is very sim...
by AndyA
1 Sep 2019, 9:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: absolute black chainrings
Replies: 8
Views: 476

Re: absolute black chainrings

Shimano GRX RX812 rear mechs can take up to a 42t rear cassette, I think they're compatible with all of the Shimano hydro disc levers? Certainly all of the 11s ones
by AndyA
26 Aug 2019, 10:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Guess that aero tubeset
Replies: 7
Views: 528

Re: Guess that aero tubeset

Columbus Life chainstays I reckon
by AndyA
11 Aug 2019, 8:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton 'Lacquer' Finishes
Replies: 7
Views: 355

Re: Brompton 'Lacquer' Finishes

I think this sort of corrosion/blemishing happens under all kinds of powdercoat and it's only visible on the clear powdercoat frames. I don't think it will be as visible under the flame lacquer as the clear, the flame lacquer is close to rust in colour! I'm certain it would be a pain to touch up. Th...
by AndyA
10 Aug 2019, 11:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket coming Loose
Replies: 16
Views: 716

Re: Bottom Bracket coming Loose

Yup, the Token is Shimano spline. I have also never seen the 115mm version. This type of bottom bracket is a little sensitive to fitting, much like the Record/Chorus/Centaur units. If you tighten the left cup fully the bearings run a little tight. I usually fit them with threadlock and slightly less...
by AndyA
10 Aug 2019, 9:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Books that reveal historic technology trends in cycling
Replies: 21
Views: 741

Re: Books that reveal historic technology trends in cycling

The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles by Jan Heine is one of my favourite bike books. Not exactly what the everyman was riding but some great examples of the state of the art 1930-65
by AndyA
9 Aug 2019, 11:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket coming Loose
Replies: 16
Views: 716

Re: Bottom Bracket coming Loose

This is very common with Italian threads, put threadlock on the drive side and if your threads haven't taken too much damage during the previous unscrewing events they might hold with threadlock. Check for damage on the threads of your BB and frame. If there's a lot of damage on the frame threads, y...
by AndyA
6 Aug 2019, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano MF TZ 20 rear sprockets
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: Shimano MF TZ 20 rear sprockets

Most cheap freewheels do this. The sprockets will wear out long before the rest of the freewheel fails in my experience so don't worry about it. Much more likely to snap or bend an axle than for the freewheel to fail. Part of me says buy a better rear wheel with a freehub rather than a freewheel bec...