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by Garry Booth
3 Nov 2011, 3:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: normal cycle coat
Replies: 6
Views: 458

Re: normal cycle coat

Or if you win the lottery you could buy one of those Brompton Oratory coats.
by Garry Booth
3 Nov 2011, 2:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alloy seat post sticking
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Alloy seat post sticking

The (very long) seat post of my Dahon folder is increasingly difficult to move up and down. Since you have to move it up and down when folding, that is quite a pain. It is well scarred and clearly oxidising. How can I keep it moving freely and not jamming completely? Should I rub it down with emery ...
by Garry Booth
4 Oct 2011, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loose cleats
Replies: 6
Views: 476

Re: Loose cleats

Maybe I am being completely dumb: do you have to cut out a section on the sole, as I did with my Shimanos? These are QP shoes and came with no instructions.
by Garry Booth
4 Oct 2011, 9:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loose cleats
Replies: 6
Views: 476

Re: Loose cleats

Thanks people for your interesting input. I have tried thread lock with no success. I have tried using the bolts off my old shoes. Next step I guess is swapping the plates over as well. But, would you know it, the cleat on one of my old shoes is tuck fast!
by Garry Booth
29 Sep 2011, 7:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loose cleats
Replies: 6
Views: 476

Loose cleats

I just got a pair of smart (and expensive) leather touring shoes that use SPD cleats. The shoes are lovely and comfortable - but the cleats start to come loose after about 30 miles. I have tightened them. Same thing happens. I have applied loctite and that didn't keep them tight either. What else ca...
by Garry Booth
27 Sep 2011, 8:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tight Tyres
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: Tight Tyres

I carry a Crank Bros lever. It is a useful gadget that clips at one end onto the skewer and fits on the rim at the other. Push it round and it squeezes the bead back on. You use it the other way round to get the tyre off. IMO it needs to be used in conjunction with an old school lever. I swear by it...
by Garry Booth
7 Jul 2011, 3:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: loose seat post latest
Replies: 7
Views: 426

Re: loose seat post latest

Thanks guys, very helpful. G
by Garry Booth
7 Jul 2011, 9:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: loose seat post latest
Replies: 7
Views: 426

Re: loose seat post latest

Thanks Jerry
by Garry Booth
6 Jul 2011, 11:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: loose seat post latest
Replies: 7
Views: 426

loose seat post latest

Now that my son is back with his Holdsworth 531 frame based road bike I can see what the problem is. He - someone? - has over tightened the bolt so much that it has pulled thru, widening the holes on both sides in the frame. So has this effectively wrecked the frame, does anyone know, or can it be f...
by Garry Booth
6 Jun 2011, 3:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pinched tubes when changing
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: Pinched tubes when changing

Thanks to everyone. I will have a practice when I get home and hopefully not have to replace my sporty looking campag wheels. (And by the by, as a Suffolk lowland person stranded high up in Cumbria I was well impressed by the offers of help I received from the wheelers I encountered up on Kirkstone.)
by Garry Booth
6 Jun 2011, 12:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pinched tubes when changing
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: Pinched tubes when changing

Thanks guys: these are really helpful tips. One additional question: I heard of a gadget that (I think) helps pinch in the last bit of bead. Does anyone have a link/name or any experience of it?
by Garry Booth
6 Jun 2011, 9:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pinched tubes when changing
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Pinched tubes when changing

I have Campag wheels with quite deep rims and am running 25mm Conti Gatorskins. If I puncture I find it very difficult to get the tyre back on that last bit without pinching the tube and busting it. I have a crank bros gadget that fits on the hub but that doesn't always help. Any tips anyone - or sh...
by Garry Booth
3 May 2011, 5:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Over tightened seat pin
Replies: 11
Views: 930

Re: Over tightened seat pin

Thanks Paul, very helpful. G
by Garry Booth
5 Apr 2011, 1:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Over tightened seat pin
Replies: 11
Views: 930

Re: Over tightened seat pin

Thanks very much people. I will investigate these different avenues with laddo. G
by Garry Booth
5 Apr 2011, 12:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Over tightened seat pin
Replies: 11
Views: 930

Re: Over tightened seat pin

sorry for delay coming back:

the result is that that seat post drifts down or the saddle turns. It is my son's nice old Holdsworth 531 frame. I'm assuming he over tightened it. G