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by Steve
10 Sep 2016, 3:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake cable stuck in Ergo lever
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: Brake cable stuck in Ergo lever

Sorted now thanks! Used a small screwdriver to prise a short loop of cable out above the top of the lever and cut it there, albeit with slight damage to the plastic mount above. Then pushed the nipple out from the back with screwdriver blade. It was actually a Campag cable, but I suspect one reason ...
by Steve
9 Sep 2016, 8:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake cable stuck in Ergo lever
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: Brake cable stuck in Ergo lever

Ah, therein lies the problem as I can't push it or pull it out, at least with the lever in place, and I can't cut it at this end as have no slack to play with (frayed at brake end). I can't see that taking the lever off the handlebar would help.

If the cable is a misfit I've only myself to blame....
by Steve
9 Sep 2016, 6:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake cable stuck in Ergo lever
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Brake cable stuck in Ergo lever

In trying to replace a frayed cable I am unable to push the nipple back out of the lever, and it seems pretty well fast in there. Can anyone suggest how I can free it? There is almost nothing to get a purchase on to pull it through. Thanks!
by Steve
22 Mar 2015, 7:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bathroom sealant on SDP shoes?
Replies: 10
Views: 1762

Re: Bathroom sealant on SDP shoes?

While you're at it, fill the sockets in the hex bolts with sealant too, it will stop them filling with grit and is much easier to extract than road muck
by Steve
16 Nov 2014, 5:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up
Replies: 13
Views: 2562

Re: M324 Pedals - You couldn't make it up

Before you buy 'em, bear in mind that they are a pain to maintain as they need a special tool (which costs about £40 or something) to adjust the bearings, or a great deal of faffing with improvised tools. I have a pair of which the axle in one pedal worked loose within a year - so I changed them for...
by Steve
14 Feb 2014, 6:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mud flap on guards
Replies: 13
Views: 3902

Re: Mud flap on guards

To attach the flap I prefer to drill 2 holes and thread a cable tie through - it won't rust and is easy to remove or replace. The holes about an inch apart, on the centre line of the mudguard
by Steve
3 Nov 2013, 5:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo 10 spd chain
Replies: 7
Views: 2018

Re: Campagnolo 10 spd chain

Valbrona wrote:Plain dangerous in its current state. Likely to break on the first hill.

So might last for years without any problems, in Hungary!
by Steve
29 Sep 2013, 8:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem - drum to disc brake conversion?
Replies: 1
Views: 892

Tandem - drum to disc brake conversion?

Our steel (531) tandem presently has a drum as no. 3 brake, but I'm looking at a respray with some other frame alterations, and ideally would like to fit a disc to the rear to replace said drum brake. Obviously this would require the addition of a disc brake mount, preferably to the chainstay. Now t...
by Steve
1 Jul 2013, 9:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campag shifters and hubs
Replies: 22
Views: 1012

Re: Campag shifters and hubs

Sorry to digress slightly but I hope to benefit from this wealth of knowledge about all things Campag! My problem is my R-hand Veloce QS shifter, c.2007, whose nasty plastic ratchet wheel is now worn so it drops several sprockets at a flick of the thumb switch. Q1: does anyone think I can get this r...
by Steve
14 May 2013, 9:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tight tyres on Chrina rims - any solutions? (answer: yes)
Replies: 7
Views: 3254

Re: Tight tyres on Chrina rims - any solutions?

I had the same problem and solved it, once I'd calmed down, by dismantling the wheel I'd built & sending the rim back for a refund! Then rebuilt with an alternative brand. Frustrating in the short term but better than struggling for the next few years every time I needed to take a tyre off. Just...
by Steve
14 Apr 2013, 9:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainring compatibility
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: Chainring compatibility

Yes, but there is an identical one on the "bay" (wrong no of teeth though) which is advertised as 3/32..... so where does that leave me? Would there be a big gap between the rings?

I know, I will really have to ask the vendor!
by Steve
14 Apr 2013, 8:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chainring compatibility
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Chainring compatibility

I need to replace the little ring on my old Sakae double chainset, which is (to me) donkeys' years old, and gets used with an 8 speed chain. As an alternative to a Stronglight ring I was thinking of this "solid" Middleburn ring, advertised on ebay at a similar price to a Stronglight Zicral...
by Steve
22 Mar 2013, 7:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Norfolk Cycle Touring in May
Replies: 15
Views: 1144

Re: Norfolk Cycle Touring in May

We've found Sheringham a great base for holidays with cycling, lovely quiet routes just on the doorstep & good facilities in the town too
by Steve
18 Mar 2013, 8:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rear Lamp Bracket
Replies: 13
Views: 866

Re: Rear Lamp Bracket

Yes the Smart 7 comes with a fastening to attach to the seat stay, it's not the brightest rear led and has no reflector but it's not the worst either
by Steve
9 Mar 2013, 6:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Halogen bulb for dynamo headlamp
Replies: 12
Views: 885

Re: Halogen bulb for dynamo headlamp

Thanks, yes the Pico 30 looks a real bargain - not much more than the price of a few halogen bulbs - anyone have any experience of it? (it says new so probably not!!!)