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by gentlegreen
20 Jan 2014, 2:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Scrubbers - Yay or Nay?
Replies: 43
Views: 6034

Re: Chain Scrubbers - Yay or Nay?

A chain scrubber refers to one of those things that clips onto the the rear mech which the chain runs through? This doesn't work on my single speed commuter that faces all weathers and cr@p. Indeed, we get really good muck around these 'ere parts. muckybike.jpg That's just a week's commuting - 45 m...
by gentlegreen
20 Jan 2014, 12:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Scrubbers - Yay or Nay?
Replies: 43
Views: 6034

Re: Chain Scrubbers - Yay or Nay?

I suspect the game-changer is a pair of link pliers which I have just ordered. It's the hassle of splitting the chain which has deterred me from keeping chains in rotation and properly cleaning everything. Though cleaning the chainrings and sprockets in-situ is still a challenge when you don't want ...
by gentlegreen
19 Jan 2014, 3:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Fed up getting abuse from other roas users
Replies: 37
Views: 17803

Re: Fed up getting abuse from other roas users

I sometime watch other cyclists riding in the door zone and getting cut up by overtaking traffic while appearing blissfully unaware.

It probably depends where you live.
by gentlegreen
18 Jan 2014, 4:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Fed up getting abuse from other roas users
Replies: 37
Views: 17803

Re: Fed up getting abuse from other roas users

Incidentally, the truck driver who passed the camera bike was clearly also less than amused and was doing his own bit by indicating left, moving into the LH lane and braking, perhaps to punish the camera bike by slowing him? After these incidents the camera bike was closer to the LHS of the road, s...
by gentlegreen
18 Jan 2014, 3:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: *** ~ A Few Beginners' GPS Navigation Questions ~ ***
Replies: 14
Views: 15981

Re: *** ~ A Few Beginners' GPS Navigation Questions ~ ***

I've just started playing with Cyclestreets on my Android phone. It's good that you can create the routes on your PC in the usual way and get them to your phone while you have access to WIFI. The one annoyance is that you can't edit the route. The Android version has way-markers so you can steer it ...
by gentlegreen
17 Jan 2014, 8:20am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Jeremy Clarkson
Replies: 37
Views: 21001

Re: Jeremy Clarkson

I was born just a couple of months later than Clarkson, and I find him useful as a model of how NOT to be.
I've seen him present other programmes competently, but there are a lot of other TV presenters who could have done a better job and for far less money.
by gentlegreen
9 Jan 2014, 2:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: legal lights
Replies: 210
Views: 28549

Re: legal lights

Actually as well as the two models already discussed there are several other Spanninga models that are StVZO approved and at least one LED mudguard light that is certainly BS approved: http://www.spanninga.nl/xhtml/product_details.php?cid=12&pid=119&cc=1 Clearly marked on the lense if you c...
by gentlegreen
9 Jan 2014, 11:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: legal lights
Replies: 210
Views: 28549

Re: legal lights

.... when I don't feel the need for my 3.5 watt, 48 LED "light from hell" that cuts through fog, but sadly doesn't seem to do much to discourage tailgating on my homeward commute. I'm sure your light appears bright when viewed from a distance, but what angle are your LEDs? If they are a n...
by gentlegreen
9 Jan 2014, 8:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: legal lights
Replies: 210
Views: 28549

Re: legal lights

There seems to be a spurious "dynamo light" mention on the page too . A shame about the lack of BS markings, but it looks perfect for my purposes - a sensible light consuming a very small amount of power that I can revert to when I don't feel the need for my 3.5 watt, 48 LED "light fr...
by gentlegreen
8 Jan 2014, 5:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: legal lights
Replies: 210
Views: 28549

Re: legal lights

That might be just what I'm looking for for my light for shared paths... though I'll be wasting 50 percent of the power as I'll be running it from 12 volts in a fairly crude way unless I get my finger out and make a switching regulator. Actually if the batteries last for 100 hours, that's about 3 mo...
by gentlegreen
16 Dec 2013, 6:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing seized pedals
Replies: 28
Views: 1993

Re: Removing seized pedals

I just serviced the bearings in my cheap pedals - actually stripped, cleaned and greased them.
They're a lot better than they were, but I left it too long - the inner balls had lost their plating - so I need to source some new ones.

As to greasing the threads ...
by gentlegreen
16 Dec 2013, 12:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing seized pedals
Replies: 28
Views: 1993

Re: Removing seized pedals

carefully drill out pedal from back use progressive bigger drills if necessary taking care not to damage crank Cheers Ed Sounds like a distinct possibility given the pedal is being junked and already has a hexagonal pilot hole - and the action of drilling is against the direction of the thread on t...
by gentlegreen
15 Dec 2013, 2:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing seized pedals
Replies: 28
Views: 1993

Re: Removing seized pedals

I found this video somewhat confusing.

He suggests that the direction of the threads is not so much to stop the pedals unscrewing in use, but to prevent precession tightening them up - as if it acted in the reverse direction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmPkYMPVqQU
by gentlegreen
15 Dec 2013, 1:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing seized pedals
Replies: 28
Views: 1993

Re: Removing seized pedals

But DO tighten them a bit.
I ripped the threads out of a brand new riveted chainset by using lots of copper grease but not doing so.
I just bought myself a dedicated pedal spanner.
by gentlegreen
14 Dec 2013, 2:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing seized pedals
Replies: 28
Views: 1993

Re: Removing seized pedals

snap ! I didn't know about copper grease when I fixed some nice pedals to my cranks years ago, then I had a mad moment and started sawing into the cranks - and years later I use exactly the same model of chainset so could have simply swapped the chainrings over ... so I have a nice set of pedals I c...