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by peterh11
30 May 2011, 9:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: central brake bolt allen key fitting too short
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Re: central brake bolt allen key fitting too short

Yes, you can get different lengths. I don't where you are but if you have a decent LBS which does maintenance they will probably have spare bolts (that's where I found longer bolts when I needed them to fit dynamo headlamps, they had a bin full I was able to rummage through). Failing that, go to a h...
by peterh11
28 May 2011, 7:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: slipping chain/gear
Replies: 9
Views: 387

Re: slipping chain/gear

Six speed will be a freewheel. Dry stored is very good as is being very clicky at the back. It would be a good idea to try some very thin oil in it. I take the wheel out so the I can put the wheel with gears up most, then put lots of oil in the inside where the one ring does not turn and the outer ...
by peterh11
28 May 2011, 7:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SH56 Cleats with M324 pedals for beginners. Any advice?
Replies: 28
Views: 4805

Re: SH56 Cleats with M324 pedals for beginners. Any advice?

Thanks very much for all the advice. it is all useful. vjoSullivan and peterh11 - you have convinced me, about a week after I had convinced myself not to bother, and I'll be putting my pennies into the piggy bank to buy some 324's, SH56s and some shoes. its a very expensive upgrade, tho' -hope it g...
by peterh11
22 May 2011, 2:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SH56 Cleats with M324 pedals for beginners. Any advice?
Replies: 28
Views: 4805

Re: SH56 Cleats with M324 pedals for beginners. Any advice?

A few general things to bear in mind as a new SPD user (I started using them about 3 years ago, after using toe-clips and straps for 30 years, and I am a complete convert): When you first fit them, be sure to squirt some lube into the mechanism. This loosens them up a lot. The first pedals I had (SP...
by peterh11
22 May 2011, 1:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First cycle computer recommendations?
Replies: 32
Views: 2250

Re: First cycle computer recommendations?

Picking up on the wireless question ... I have a basic Cateye wireless computer, which I am very happy with generally. However, I have had interference specifically from LED headlights, both Cateye and B&M. In both cases careful positioning fixed the problem, but be aware that this does happen. ...
by peterh11
2 Mar 2011, 9:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo lighting system recommendations & thoughts
Replies: 125
Views: 14978

Re: Dynamo lighting system recommendations & thoughts

Just to add my experience. On my commuter I have been using a Shimano DN30 hub dynamo, B&M IQ Cyo with sensor and near-field light and B&M rear toplight+ for two winters now. I put the switch on S, and never touch it. All is double wired using the B&M supplied cables. Thoroughly recommen...
by peterh11
23 Feb 2011, 6:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thoughts on wireless computers?
Replies: 30
Views: 2500

Re: Thoughts on wireless computers?

Interference from LED lights - I found that my B&M Ixon IQ Speed caused my Cateye wireless computer not to work when mounted on the handlebars next to it, but when mounted on a Space Bar in front of the handlebars (more or less in front of the computer) it seems OK. I guess either it doesn't giv...
by peterh11
15 Feb 2011, 9:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What tyre pressure for schwalbe Marathon Plus ?
Replies: 6
Views: 8028

Re: What tyre pressure for schwalbe Marathon Plus ?

I found I had to compromise between comfort and rolling resistance. I have the 37x622 size, on a heavyish commuter bike (hub gears etc). I am quite light but often carry heavy panniers. I keep the tyres at around 55psi (4 bar) and this seems like a good trade-off, given that my commute is quite shor...
by peterh11
23 Jan 2011, 8:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo led lights
Replies: 13
Views: 1163

Re: Dynamo led lights

The B&M IQ Cyo is excellent, and well worth the money (as long as you buy it from Germany!) I would recommend spending the extra pennies on one of those. Just do consider which variant you want. On my commuting bike I have the IQ R Senso plus (code 175QRSNDi in the table on http://www.bumm.de) d...
by peterh11
22 Jan 2011, 3:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loose Brooks saddle bolt
Replies: 0
Views: 198

Loose Brooks saddle bolt

I have a Brooks Flyer saddle (B17 with springs). It stretched so that the tension bolt was loose and then rattled, so I carefully tightened it. But it always seems to work loose and need retightening after a few hours' riding. I have tried putting threadlock on the threads but that did not work (may...
by peterh11
22 Jan 2011, 3:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shifters. Bar-end, down-tube etc
Replies: 85
Views: 5802

Re: Shifters. Bar-end, down-tube etc: Kelly Take Offs

Regarding Kelly Take-offs: I have been riding with a pair for several years on my tour/dayride bike (updated 1970s Super Galaxy). I bought them because I ride on the tops almost all the time, so didn't fancy bar-ends. Also, because as was stated before, you just put your existing levers on them and ...
by peterh11
9 Jun 2010, 10:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ....why wiggle is cheaper than the CTC shop?
Replies: 37
Views: 4197

Re: ....why wiggle is cheaper than the CTC shop?

My experience is that with the 10% membership discount that I get from local shops (I am in Cambridge so spoilt I know) plus avoiding postage charges, I can buy many things from an LBS at similar net prices to what it would cost on the Internet. This plus the fact that I can try on clothing and disc...
by peterh11
21 Mar 2010, 10:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suitable changers for wide range double chainset
Replies: 20
Views: 2041

Re: Suitable changers for wide range double chainset

My wife has a similar set up to you on her tourer Peter and yes, the older Suntour front derailleurs are the way to go. She has an X-1 and it works fine. Her changer problems are compounded by having a Cannondale with a wider than normal seat tube, meaning she has to obtain a derailleur from that s...
by peterh11
21 Mar 2010, 11:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suitable changers for wide range double chainset
Replies: 20
Views: 2041

Re: Suitable changers for wide range double chainset

Tiagra is a 'road' component: don't know which Tiagra Front Derailleur you have, but the minimum ring size seems to be 30 for the triples. Are you using friction or indexed shifting? If the latter, I suspect that the problem might lay there (amount of cable pulled). I have friction shifting. The Ti...
by peterh11
20 Mar 2010, 10:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suitable changers for wide range double chainset
Replies: 20
Views: 2041

Suitable changers for wide range double chainset

I have an old TA Cyclotourist double chainset with 44 and 28 tooth chainrings, plus 7 speed rear freewheel. My (also quite old) Suntour front derailleur has been playing up. The cage is pretty battered and out of shape. I've done a bit of surgery (bending) on it to keep it going for now, but I am cl...