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by Nigel
8 Jan 2021, 9:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Want to sell my car in order to cycle
Replies: 73
Views: 2420

Re: Want to sell my car in order to cycle

Hi guys, .......... Having no car does not faze me, as a matter of fact I actually enjoy my current 10 minute walk as part of my journey to work after getting off the bus. I live in Glasgow so there are quite a lot of cyclists etc as it is. .......... One of my friends in Edinburgh gave up their ca...
by Nigel
6 Jan 2021, 2:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is there any difference between pedal reflector brands?
Replies: 19
Views: 1118

Re: Is there any difference between pedal reflector brands?

Assuming the threaded ones come undone at the nut, then those with metal threads may stay longer if fitted with anti-vibration washers, and possibly the addition of some thread-lock (or varnish) on the threads before fitting the nut.
by Nigel
5 Jan 2021, 12:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9-speed triple front mech for outer 48t chainring?
Replies: 27
Views: 793

Re: 3-speed 9-speed triple front mech for outer 48t chainring?

one further comment is that top swing mechs tend only to work on a MTB chainline. I guess I assumed that as it is a MTB frameset you would be running a MTB chainline, but a 28-38-48 chainset for touring might be run at a narrower chainline on a steel-framed MTB (that is how I used to do it, anyway)...
by Nigel
4 Jan 2021, 6:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Post-Brexit - buying bike parts abroad . . (incl. Rose/DutchBikeParts)
Replies: 310
Views: 10543

Re: Post-Brexit - buying bike parts abroad . . (incl. Rose/DutchBikeParts)

Good news: one of my favourite continental suppliers is shipping again to Britain. https://www.bike-discount.de/en/info/information-for-our-uk-customers-327 The demerit, though, is that orders have to be £160 or above (and the link goes into more detail). 8F375811-BDB3-445D-B3FE-32BFFA6857DF.png Bu...
by Nigel
4 Jan 2021, 4:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9-speed triple front mech for outer 48t chainring?
Replies: 27
Views: 793

Re: 3-speed 9-speed triple front mech for outer 48t chainring?

Its possible the one on our bike is the Deore FD M590; can;t be 100% certain as I've not dug out the instruction sheet for it, but looks like the online pictures. Our setup is a 3x7, but the mech is labelled as a 9-speed on its top face sticker. Used with a 24-36-48 triple, with eccentric spacer mov...
by Nigel
3 Jan 2021, 10:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9-speed triple front mech for outer 48t chainring?
Replies: 27
Views: 793

Re: 3-speed 9-speed triple front mech for outer 48t chainring?

I'd just add one more detail; if you find a mech with the right "angles" for the seat tube, but it may have the wrong off-set (chain-line) for the rings. I had that situation on one of our bikes (a 1990's small steel MTB frame). Solved by making an eccentric spacer, rather than a simple cy...
by Nigel
3 Jan 2021, 10:21pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Any ideas for cycling with thumb problems?
Replies: 13
Views: 477

Re: Any ideas for cycling with thumb problems?

I have picked up an injury in both hands from a particularly rough mountain bike ride that means that I can't hold the handlebars on either my flat bar or drop bar bikes. There was very little pain on the ride, but from a day or so afterwards, I've had swelling and pain. This has been ongoing for 3...
by Nigel
2 Jan 2021, 6:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: winter socks
Replies: 44
Views: 1731

Re: winter socks

You seem to be setting impossible criteria. I'd say that different socks in the same shoes are unlikely to make a noticeable improvement and if they are any thicker are likely to make things worse. Once you have eschewed overshoes, then bigger shoes + thicker socks or two pairs thin socks, must be ...
by Nigel
31 Dec 2020, 9:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...pros and cons of a tricycle? Sidecar?
Replies: 20
Views: 699

Re: ...pros and cons of a tricycle? Sidecar?

Downsides of tricycles: - very different cornering behaviour (can't lean them like a two-wheeled bike), and consequent different steering geometry. - heavier than equivalent sized bicycle - have to worry about three wheels hitting potholes compared to one on a bike (the one behind tends to roughly f...
by Nigel
31 Dec 2020, 5:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Propane space heaters
Replies: 90
Views: 2314

Re: Propane space heaters

Just lit the woodburner in the livingroom. Windows all closed, and hall door too. Nice and cosy, or it will be soon. If we were to get home late in the evening from being away all day, we wouldn't bother lighting the fire, but wheel the gas heater into the livingroom and ignite it. Chucks out a tre...
by Nigel
28 Dec 2020, 10:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Propane space heaters
Replies: 90
Views: 2314

Re: Propane space heaters

As others have said, reduce the space you're trying to heat, and stop trying to heat the high roof space. Until I moved house, I used visit a farm shop in an ancient high timber barn. It was freezing cold in winter. To help the staff, they built a freestanding back wall and internal roof over the se...
by Nigel
25 Dec 2020, 4:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: best way to remove bearings from eccentric bottom bracket?
Replies: 32
Views: 1014

Re: best way to remove bearings from eccentric bottom bracket?

If Julian's approach doesn't work, here's a couple more ideas: a) make some jaw pieces to fit into the grooves on the shell, so you don't damage the outer faces (which fit to the frame). That's a milling machine, or careful filing, job on some suitable offcuts. Then use those shaped jaws in the vice...
by Nigel
16 Dec 2020, 12:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: BIke purchase and Refund : Can I change my mind?
Replies: 11
Views: 1141

Re: Can I change my mind?

The shop was generous in refunding. They were not obliged to do so under any laws.

Use that shop, they sound like they act in the customer's interest.
by Nigel
9 Dec 2020, 6:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tubus Luna rack spares?
Replies: 13
Views: 403

Re: Tubus Luna rack spares?

I have two bikes with Fly racks, one with the earlier grub-screw fitting (possibly 15 years old now), and one with the current bush design. I think the Luna is similar to the Fly. The connecting rod is available in a variety of lengths, I got a longer one for one of the bikes from SJS Cycles. The si...
by Nigel
4 Dec 2020, 11:13am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Pashley PDQ general enquiries..
Replies: 16
Views: 660

Re: Pashley PDQ general enquiries..

I had a PDQ for a couple of years. Probably about 15 years back when living in Suffolk. It was s/hand when I got it. Thoughts on it are: 1 - fairly heavy, but not so heavy to be silly. 2 - gear system had a bit of drag from the three-speed rear hub, not unacceptable, and normal for those hubs. Mine ...