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by Nigel
26 May 2020, 2:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Baldies, how do you protect your head from burning under your helmet.
Replies: 26
Views: 613

Re: Baldies, how do you protect your head from burning under your helmet.

Tilley T5. I use them without the helmet, though I suppose you could add one.

Other sun hats are available.
by Nigel
25 May 2020, 9:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Struggling with cantis
Replies: 21
Views: 760

Re: Struggling with cantis

Hi, As several people have said they are tricky to set up and I agree you need some patience to do the job properly. A guy I used to work with used to own a cycle shop and did motorcycle repairs at a later date to, but admitted to me that you found them near impossible to set up. I think they are f...
by Nigel
24 May 2020, 6:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Struggling with cantis
Replies: 21
Views: 760

Re: Struggling with cantis

As others have said, its a right Horlicks... The brake arms look to be back to front. So, try swapping the arms left-to-right to correct that issue. Then get things roughly centred - there must be a centring adjustment somewhere. It might be adjustable on one side only, with a fixed (or three hole p...
by Nigel
24 May 2020, 1:04pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Islabike touch up paint
Replies: 13
Views: 2395

Re: Islabike touch up paint

Halford say they can’t mix it. Anyone any other thoughts? When the restrictions are over, find the local car paint specialist supplier on an industrial estate - probably looking at a county town or similar to find them. They usually have ability to mix/match to high standards. A perfect match may t...
by Nigel
24 May 2020, 12:55pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: A pain in the balls of my feet (both)
Replies: 20
Views: 986

Re: A pain in the balls of my feet (both)

One thing I've noticed with some new shoes is SPD bolt length. I imagine Shimano get it right in their own shoes (my Shimano pair of a few years ago are OK), but the newer pair I have now (SPD compatible, and not a cheapo brand) turned out that the standard new Shimano cleat bolts go through and pre...
by Nigel
22 May 2020, 1:06pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle shops closing – bad timing now that cycling is going into a new golden age?
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Re: Cycle shops closing – bad timing now that cycling is going into a new golden age?

Cycle shops closing – bad timing now that cycling is going into a new golden age? Over the recent time many bike shops seem to closed. In the case of where I live in City of Westminster near to Victoria Street there used to be 4 cycle shops within easy walking distance, now there are none the neare...
by Nigel
14 May 2020, 2:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dia-compe ENE wing shift levers
Replies: 15
Views: 592

Re: Dia-compe ENE wing shift levers

Just spotted these. Expensive but look nice. Anyone tried them? What's power ratchet? Visually, look much like the Suntour Command shifter of about 30-odd years ago. My old Nigel Dean tourer came with them, and it was a very nice system. But with the Suntour shifter it was indexed to the rear mech,...
by Nigel
9 May 2020, 10:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: HELP NEEDED - Claud Butler Windsor - handlebar grips
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: HELP NEEDED - Claud Butler Windsor - handlebar grips

It is diameter of the tube which matters. Yes, in most cases, the grips will fit. My wife's bikes have handlebars of approximately the shape shown in the picture, and has grips which would be marketed for the straighter bars of "hybrid" or "mountain bike" designs. But I can measu...
by Nigel
5 May 2020, 9:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cup & cone help please
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: Cup & cone help please

My memory says the Campag BB has a hollow axle. With the crank bolt inserted in the opposite side, a steel rod could be put through the axle, such that it is a few millimetres proud of the axle and crank. The crank puller could press against the end of the rod. Thus be sure the puller is pressing ag...
by Nigel
5 May 2020, 8:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cup & cone help please
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: Cup & cone help please

Further thought - because I've made this mistake before - are you sure there isn't a washer or other part in the recess, and the crank puller is thus not acting against the end of the axle ? If so, all that happens is the crank puller eventually fails (or rips the threads out of the crank). Check th...
by Nigel
4 May 2020, 10:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cup & cone help please
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: Cup & cone help please

Another suggestion to shift the crank puller (though one that's not buggered) would be heat and/or cold. Kettle of boiling water might impart some heat without damaging things. Or, a decent crank puller and drive the nut in with an air-line or electric impact driver (might require the services of a ...
by Nigel
4 May 2020, 7:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cup & cone help please
Replies: 26
Views: 905

Re: Cup & cone help please

If its a Campag triple with a Campag taper, there is (or was recently) still a Campag bearing available for them, but has different drive cups to the original one you have. I fitted one to my Roberts, the replacement has spines not unlike a Shimano pattern cartridge, rather than the round cups in yo...
by Nigel
4 May 2020, 3:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike prices?
Replies: 21
Views: 872

Re: Bike prices?

Well I know my LBS is booming at the moment and working hard to keep up with the demand of bike sales..... what happens in the future will remain to be seen.... In part that may be because only some bike shops are open. Near to me, the two nearest bike shops (approx. 2 miles, 20 miles) decided to c...
by Nigel
4 May 2020, 11:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on gears, please! They're not what I remember!
Replies: 172
Views: 6651

Re: Advice on gears, please! They're not what I remember!

If the decision is made to return the Argos, and go with the Graham Weigh (check the frame size), then the shortcomings identified could be fixed, though probably cost a little more than the £50 "change" between the two bikes. (I'd be tempted to swap, if the GW is the right size). The brak...
by Nigel
3 May 2020, 6:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on gears, please! They're not what I remember!
Replies: 172
Views: 6651

Re: Advice on gears, please! They're not what I remember!

Would prefer some else to check as well, but to me those pads look like fixed ones, not the cartridge type where the pad slides out of a holder. So not worried on that score. The photos suggest the pads are a bit low to the rim, but can't be sure from the viewing angle; the pad should be central in ...