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by iow
24 Mar 2017, 8:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tapered Top Cap
Replies: 16
Views: 620

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: 620

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: 223

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: 223

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: 1470

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: 3030

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: 3030

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: 2859

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: 3030

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: 3030

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: 745

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.
by iow
11 Dec 2016, 8:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Missing item: UPDATE : swiftly resolved by vendor
Replies: 70
Views: 6053

Re: Missing item: what should I *reasonably* expect?

speak to them and accept some responsibility for failing to meet their clear and fair T&C's before mugging them off...
by iow
25 Nov 2016, 8:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aero Bike help
Replies: 2
Views: 402

Re: Aero Bike help

can't answer your question, but THIS looks like an aero bargain worth considering too?
by iow
25 Nov 2016, 8:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 531 Frame Protection against rust.
Replies: 31
Views: 2931

Re: 531 Frame Protection against rust.

engine oil for me too. a squirt or two into each tube once a year. same treatment for various classic car and mcycle chassis and panels. i'm not happy if I cant see a fine mist of oil creeping out of the seams on a hot day. not had any issues with rot since adopting this method over 20 years ago, ev...
by iow
11 Nov 2016, 8:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SKS mudguards
Replies: 10
Views: 985

Re: SKS mudguards

I seem to remember the chromoplastics also have slightly thicker stays The only differences between SKS and Bluemels stays are the front safety release with the Bluemels being more fragile and fiddly. I have both types,they are both SS and the same thickness. a random comparison between chromoplast...