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by iow
15 Jul 2017, 8:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Will I get a mudguard on this?
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: Will I get a mudguard on this?

Bez wrote: Might also be worth investigating some intermediate sized guards, too, eg Axiom Rainrunners come in 40mm.


that's useful info - thanks.
do you have any experience with these? are they a shallower profile than chromplastics?
by iow
6 Jun 2017, 8:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain wear, just reassure me.
Replies: 55
Views: 9983

Re: Chain wear, just reassure me.

531colin wrote:So, at the risk of repeating myself, is anybody else using cassettes that old?


best I can get is 5 chains per 9 speed cassette - c. 12500 miles - before a new chain skips on 5th and 6th out of the saddle.
sram pc971 chains replaced at .75% wear as per park cc-3 tool.
by iow
17 May 2017, 9:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres not so good no more, neither.
Replies: 16
Views: 3144

Re: Tyres not so good no more, neither.

I've had kojaks that weighed 20% more than advertised.
I don't think there is much in the way of QC. otherwise, how could something so easily measurable and so far out of spec' leave the factory?
by iow
8 Apr 2017, 9:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: One solution to tailgating?
Replies: 82
Views: 34371

Re: One solution to tailgating?

in the car, i just let them by, when safe. although It's not an issue around these parts, as long as you keep up with traffic flow and don't pull out in front of other drivers and continue at half their speed.
i'll stop riding my motorbike is I find myself going slow enough to be tailgated...
by iow
24 Mar 2017, 8:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tapered Top Cap
Replies: 16
Views: 590

Re: Tapered Top Cap

shouldn't a carbon steerer protrude past the top of the stem with the use of a 5mm spacer below the topcap? That’s how I prefer it even with metal steerer tubes, but Park Tool doesn’t seem to insist upon this even with carbon fibre . I like to err heavily on the side of caution with these things. m...
by iow
23 Mar 2017, 9:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tapered Top Cap
Replies: 16
Views: 590

Re: Tapered Top Cap

shouldn't a carbon steerer protrude past the top of the stem with the use of a 5mm spacer below the topcap?
by iow
22 Mar 2017, 8:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: HTII 41mm OD cup BB
Replies: 6
Views: 211

Re: HTII 41mm OD cup BB

I just packed my cheap Tiagra with waterproof grease and it is now at 9,000 miles without issues. The bike doesnt get cleaned except for the chain and sprockets. If you havent put too much pre-load on the bearings it is the water ingress that gets them. thanks. but is this one of the later types wi...
by iow
21 Mar 2017, 11:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: HTII 41mm OD cup BB
Replies: 6
Views: 211

HTII 41mm OD cup BB

HTII 41mm OD cup BB - just wondered if these are lasting longer than the old standard. supposedly better seals, but smaller bearings :shock:
by iow
4 Mar 2017, 9:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: lycra shorts and pads
Replies: 18
Views: 1233

Re: lycra shorts and pads

decathlon B'TWIN 300 Padded Cycling Shorts have a flat foam pad. if you can't try them on, get a size larger than normal - they're tight. i'm the opposite - I find a moulded pad much more comfortable.. EDIT: it depends what you mean by 'sculpted'? the pad in the above linked shorts is the '100' pad ...
by iow
2 Mar 2017, 10:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Keeping cable ends tidy and prevent fraying
Replies: 60
Views: 2942

Re: Keeping cable ends tidy and prevent fraying

IIRC with some liquid fluxes, the best method is to heat the cable end and dip it in the flux, repeating as necessary until the cable end will then wet with solder OK. If the flux left is on the cable end, and the part is overheated, the wetting action may again be inhibited; some overheated fluxes...
by iow
1 Mar 2017, 4:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Keeping cable ends tidy and prevent fraying
Replies: 60
Views: 2942

Re: Keeping cable ends tidy and prevent fraying

do you think it is a question of power? I have (with the right flux and solder for galvanised cables) had good luck with a >50W iron, or one of these; The great thing about these is that they heat up almost instantly and have a fair amount of grunt (about 100W IIRC). They are no good for delicate e...
by iow
1 Mar 2017, 4:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: To lube or not to lube?
Replies: 21
Views: 1874

Re: To lube or not to lube?

I stopped putting anti-seize on HTII splines when I had a crank arm start to walk off the end of the axle. strange thing was that the pre-load cap had undone at a similar rate and was undamaged??
clean splines and a re-torque after 50 miles for me from now on....
by iow
1 Mar 2017, 4:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Keeping cable ends tidy and prevent fraying
Replies: 60
Views: 2942

Re: Keeping cable ends tidy and prevent fraying

for those who prefer to solder their cable ends, I've found THIS reasonably priced flux to be effective for use with stainless cables and ordinary lead/tin solder. ah! I probably fancy that a bit more than phosphoric acid TBH. I might have to get some. BTW is it paste, powder or liquid? cheers liqu...
by iow
1 Mar 2017, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Keeping cable ends tidy and prevent fraying
Replies: 60
Views: 2942

Re: Keeping cable ends tidy and prevent fraying

for those who prefer to solder their cable ends, I've found THIS reasonably priced flux to be effective for use with stainless cables and ordinary lead/tin solder.
by iow
21 Feb 2017, 8:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cable Lubrication gadget
Replies: 13
Views: 724

Re: Cable Lubrication gadget

does the oil in WD40 stay fluid?
IME, using it as a surface protector for exposed chrome on motorbikes kept in a damp shed, it dries to a soft varnish over the course of a winter.