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by Invicta Tourist
22 Oct 2012, 5:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which new brake blocks?
Replies: 5
Views: 1334

Re: Which new brake blocks?

That's great. Thank you for your replies.
by Invicta Tourist
19 Oct 2012, 5:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which new brake blocks?
Replies: 5
Views: 1334

Which new brake blocks?

Can anyone help with a query about which new brake blocks to buy? I'm looking for new blocks that have good stopping power and won't wear out the rims too quickly.

I've been using calliper brakes with red Fibrax blocks (blocks now just about worn out) the wheel rims are Mavic MA40's.

Many thanks
by Invicta Tourist
6 Aug 2011, 10:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FAG cartridge bottom bracket reinstallation
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: FAG cartridge bottom bracket reinstallation

Sorry - been away so arrived a bit late at this thread. If this is the Fag unit made from "Polyamide" then it is easy to drill a small hole in the centre of the shell and inject grease using a syringe ( I use one from an inkjet refill kit ) until it comes out of the bearing seals. You may...
by Invicta Tourist
3 Aug 2011, 9:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FAG cartridge bottom bracket reinstallation
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: FAG cartridge bottom bracket reinstallation

I see what you mean by these type of caged bearings, they're similar to those I have in an old Lambert front hub. It was several years ago, but I think I was successful in using a drift to remove the sealed bearings and then replace. They always had a bit of side to side play, no matter how careful ...
by Invicta Tourist
30 Jul 2011, 7:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FAG cartridge bottom bracket reinstallation
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: FAG cartridge bottom bracket reinstallation

Colin - please could you advise whether you mean that the bearings would be difficult to remove from the sleeve or that the unit would be damaged if a drift was used to remove the spindle, even if the sleeve was warmed in water?
by Invicta Tourist
30 Jul 2011, 6:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommendations for new bottom bracket
Replies: 5
Views: 491

Re: Recommendations for new bottom bracket

Thank you for your reply. Both bottom brackets look quite reasonable.
Sorry, I should have also asked which spindle length would be needed. The original spindle did not have a Stronglight crank.
by Invicta Tourist
29 Jul 2011, 8:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommendations for new bottom bracket
Replies: 5
Views: 491

Recommendations for new bottom bracket

Which durable and reasonably priced bottom bracket would you recommend for my winter bike? It currently has a Stronglight 99 chainset, set up with a single 36t chainring.
by Invicta Tourist
29 Jul 2011, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FAG cartridge bottom bracket reinstallation
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: FAG cartridge bottom bracket reinstallation

I think I know the one......theres a plastic ring that acts as a bit of a seal, and also has dents in it which separate the balls. I think what has happened is not all the balls are properly located in the dents in the plastic ring(s), so the bearing is, in effect, wider than it should be, and when...
by Invicta Tourist
26 Jul 2011, 7:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FAG cartridge bottom bracket reinstallation
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: FAG cartridge bottom bracket reinstallation

Thank you for your replies. It is a cartridge setup with an internal sleeve (barrel), enclosed spindle and ball bearings in a race at each end.To relubricate the bearings, I prised off the dustcaps at each end of the bb. I was surprised to find that they were a combined plastic dustcap and ballrace ...
by Invicta Tourist
25 Jul 2011, 4:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: FAG cartridge bottom bracket reinstallation
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

FAG cartridge bottom bracket reinstallation

The FAG bottom bracket had developed a small amount of play, so I removed the cartridge and regreased the bearings. The problem started when I tried reinstalling the unit into the bike frame. Whether I try replacing the fixed or non driveside cups first, there is left a gap of about 2 to 3mm each si...
by Invicta Tourist
25 Apr 2011, 9:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reshaping a leather saddle
Replies: 11
Views: 2375

Re: Reshaping a leather saddle

I soaked the saddle for about 6 hours and afterwards altered its shape by tying webbing around. Liked the idea of placing a tennis ball above the saddle rails, which has also worked a treat. The saddle's now dry and as it's quite old, I'll be renovating it with some neatsfoot oil soon. Thanks for yo...
by Invicta Tourist
19 Apr 2011, 7:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reshaping a leather saddle
Replies: 11
Views: 2375

Re: Reshaping a leather saddle

Thank you for your replies. I'll have a go at soaking and reshaping the saddle and let you know how successful it's been.
by Invicta Tourist
17 Apr 2011, 8:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reshaping a leather saddle
Replies: 11
Views: 2375

Reshaping a leather saddle

Can anyone suggest how to reshape a second hand leather saddle? It may have been soaked too many times in the past, and it's an odd shape on top. :( The saddle looks like a Brooks B17 type, but has no logos/ labels.
by Invicta Tourist
26 Feb 2011, 5:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Maillard drum brakes
Replies: 21
Views: 1863

Re: Maillard drum brakes

To Ian Aldridge, I hope thirdcrank's advice on trying cycle heaven re drum brakes turned up some useful info. Before trying to sand down the brake pads &linings, I'd been in contact with the tandem club by email, as I understand they offer a brake relining service for drum brakes. They're at htt...
by Invicta Tourist
26 Feb 2011, 4:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Maillard drum brakes
Replies: 21
Views: 1863

Re: Maillard drum brakes

Thank you to MikewsMITH2 and rjb for your advice on removing the glaze from the brake linings and pads. I did just that and found it's made quite a difference to the stopping power of the tandem. :)