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by steve browne
3 Jun 2018, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer damage?
Replies: 22
Views: 1115

Re: Sturmey Archer damage?

If the left hand Cone screws into the shell that may well be salvageable.
The only bike I have with an alloy FM is not being ridden and this thread is making me even more disinclined to use it!
by steve browne
30 May 2018, 11:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone recommend a good Exercise Bike
Replies: 3
Views: 394

Re: Can anyone recommend a good Exercise Bike

Monark ergometer. There's one on eBay at the moment for £55. It's got a very heavy flywheel which makes for smooth pedalling and you can fine tune the load easily. Very stable machine.
by steve browne
30 May 2018, 6:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Drop bar mirror.
Replies: 41
Views: 2658

Re: Drop bar mirror.

I use one of the old style Mirrycle mirrors on a more modern brake lever. Drilled a hole, counterbored it to seat the mirror support and held it all together with a stainless steel bolt. Rock solid.

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by steve browne
26 May 2018, 7:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer damage?
Replies: 22
Views: 1115

Re: Sturmey Archer damage?

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If the hub shell is alloy then I think the cracks may be serious.
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The planet cage pawls punched this hole in my 5 speed alloy shell.
by steve browne
27 Aug 2015, 10:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Electric bike torque question
Replies: 9
Views: 1688

Re: Electric bike torque question

I recently travelled to Copenhagen to try out cycle rickshaws for use with the Cycling Without Age project (taking residents of care homes out for a spin). We ended up purchasing one with BionX electric assist. This was the smoothest in operation and appears to be more sophisticated than the alterna...
by steve browne
12 May 2015, 8:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to remove stuck cotter pins ?
Replies: 31
Views: 2729

Re: How to remove stuck cotter pins ?

I have had one of the BikeSmith cotter pin presses for a few years now. I help as a volunteer cycle mechanic at our local bike recycling charity and all the bikes with cotter pins come my way. It has failed on one occasion to extract a cotter pin and that is because the pin had already been bent by ...
by steve browne
29 Jan 2015, 8:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Efneo 3-Speed chainring
Replies: 1
Views: 545

Efneo 3-Speed chainring

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3-speed-front-bicycle-gearbox-efneo This looks interesting. The lowest gear is direct drive, middle is +43% and top is +79%, giving the equivalent of a 28/40/50 chainring according to their video. I quite like the idea of upgrading my Dutch utility bike with its th...
by steve browne
20 Sep 2014, 6:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Axle length for 54mm chainline with TA single chainring?
Replies: 8
Views: 1125

Re: Axle length for 54mm chainline with TA single chainring?

The TA cranks and chainring are both old. They look exactly the same dimensions as ones I bought new in 1982. It could be that the crank will bed in a bit more with use - I've not ridden it yet as the brakes aren't fitted!
by steve browne
19 Sep 2014, 5:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Axle length for 54mm chainline with TA single chainring?
Replies: 8
Views: 1125

Re: Axle length for 54mm chainline with TA single chainring?

Thanks for all your comments. I fitted it with any old bottom bracket (which happened to be a Shimano sealed unit), eyed it up, and purchased the closest match to the desired length. Shimano UN55 at 122.5mm gives 54mm chain line. :-)
by steve browne
25 Aug 2014, 4:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Axle length for 54mm chainline with TA single chainring?
Replies: 8
Views: 1125

Axle length for 54mm chainline with TA single chainring?

I am fitting a Rohloff hub to Claud Butler Black Diamond frame (Dalesman equivalent) and will be using a TA cyclotouriste single chainring. If anyone knows which length bottom bracket axle will provide the correct 54mm chain line I would be grateful for help. I am happy to use either a TA axle and b...
by steve browne
2 Oct 2011, 11:04am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

Re: togglechaintour bikes

Redhayes bridge over the M5 opened recently. It has fancy LED lighting and provides good views of the Exe estuary and motorway traffic. It is for cyclists and pedestrians only. I like the way the lean of the railings alters on the bridge approach. Maybe you can all come and enjoy it if there is ever...
by steve browne
2 Oct 2011, 10:05am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

Re: togglechaintour bikes

A google search for "Tilley hat eaten by elephant" will probably provide you with much more than you really want to know!
by steve browne
2 Oct 2011, 9:55am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

Re: togglechaintour bikes

Hi Litleman, I don't actually own a Tilley hat yet but my dad does and has had it for years. I remember being very impressed when he told me that it could pass undamaged through the alimentary canal of an elephant. I anticipate inheriting it from him in due course. He is currently 79 and cycling reg...
by steve browne
23 Sep 2011, 4:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

Re: togglechaintour bikes

Which weekend will TC3 be on? Return to school is a bit variable about the country. Hopefully Carolin will be able to come to but it depends on exactly which weekend is chosen.
by steve browne
22 Sep 2011, 8:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

Re: togglechaintour bikes

Thank you gentlemen. Newark sounds ideal. Can't wait.