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by Steve
21 Nov 2007, 8:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainset Compatibility
Replies: 5
Views: 1177

I have similarly combined a 10speed compact chainset with 8 speed cassette & chain and although it works I have encountered problems. The chainrings are fatter than on an 8 speed chainset so the chain rubs on the big ring, when running on the small ring and the outer sprockets, a combination whi...
by Steve
13 Nov 2007, 10:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Asymmetric - What does it mean?
Replies: 6
Views: 1417

Mick - I know the days are getting shorter and the nights longer but I'm sure you can find something better to do!
by Steve
5 Nov 2007, 8:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Soubitez dynamo question
Replies: 21
Views: 6552

I too had one of these about 15 years ago and remember one damp Saturday night riding back to York on the A59. If I rode on the tarmac the roller just slipped and the lights went out but if I managed to get on the white line it would work, something to do with the amount of water the tyre picked up ...
by Steve
31 Oct 2007, 10:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rim wear/ Measuring rim thickness
Replies: 21
Views: 5234

Not very helpful! What is a micrometer? Where does one get one? Then what?
by Steve
30 Oct 2007, 8:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom bracket spacer
Replies: 7
Views: 1337

Ah, CJ, you are most astute in your analysis of my problem, the full details of which I didn't go into originally. Yes it is a 10 speed chainset and yes I am using an 8 speed chain, and to make matters worse it is a 34/50. I have tried to eliminate the chain rub with 2mm spacers between the chain ri...
by Steve
27 Oct 2007, 4:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom bracket spacer
Replies: 7
Views: 1337

Well maybe I should check the chain-line with a piece of string & all that, but the problem I have is that when the chain is on the small ring I can only use half of the sprockets, as otherwise it rubs on the big ring. Surely the 110mm BB sold with the chainset would be for a 130mm axle, & a...
by Steve
26 Oct 2007, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom bracket spacer
Replies: 7
Views: 1337

Bottom bracket spacer

Anyone know where can I buy a spacer to pack out the right hand cup of a bottom bracket, rather than buy a new longer one? I bought a double road chainset which came with a 110mm bottom bracket but have 135mm rear axle - so by how much do I need to "extend" the bottom bracket? Presumably t...
by Steve
19 Oct 2007, 9:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: rolls saddle
Replies: 10
Views: 1535

I've got one & thought it was fine until I rode it for 7 days on the trot, now I'm not so sure
by Steve
18 Oct 2007, 8:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bicycle Maintenance
Replies: 32
Views: 6543

Have you thought about joining a club? You will pick up a lot of advice that way, some good, some bad....
by Steve
12 Oct 2007, 7:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...if Dawes are still the bike they were?
Replies: 23
Views: 7243

For the sort of riding you are talking about I would have thought a Dawes Galaxy would be a bit too cumbersome & you'd be better off with something a bit more sporty, ie with narrower tyres etc which will absorb less of your energy - a touring bike is more suited to laden riding or for day after...
by Steve
10 Oct 2007, 9:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel build from Chain Reaction Cycles, or build it myself
Replies: 8
Views: 2719

Bear in mind that it's all very well people saying build your own, but if you are on a tight budget you could easily end up having to fork out for a new rim & more if your attempt isn't successful. It might well be worth paying extra to make sure you get a good wheel in the first place & giv...
by Steve
1 Oct 2007, 7:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Freewheel removal tips, please.
Replies: 11
Views: 1654

For our tandem back wheel I favoured a 3 foot long pipe wrench that needed two hands to lift to grip the freewheel remover, and yes, with the tyre on & inflated, brace the wheel against a step or bottom of a wall, & put all my weight onto it. Before I got the pipe wrench I used an adjustable...
by Steve
16 Sep 2007, 6:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Home made P-clips
Replies: 2
Views: 581

The p-clips I'm talking about fasten the diagonal strut to the braze-ons on the dropouts. The original steel clips had worn out. I've made them from aluminium strips wrapped round the strut & drilled for a bolt but brass might be better.
by Steve
15 Sep 2007, 6:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Home made P-clips
Replies: 2
Views: 581

Home made P-clips

I need to make up some P-clips to attach a custom low-rider rack to the drop-out braze-ons. Which would be better to use: aluminium from an old seat post, or an old tin can? They're just a temporary solution, I don't want them to last forever.
by Steve
23 Jul 2007, 3:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 9 speed chainrings
Replies: 3
Views: 629

9 speed chainrings

Can I use an 8 speed chain on a chainset designed for 9/10 speed (eg FSA CFJ compact)?