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by robgul
22 Dec 2019, 5:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain skipping - chain link loose?
Replies: 10
Views: 420

Re: Chain skipping - chain link loose?

For the relatively modest cost of a chain I'd just fit a new one (using the newly-acquired chaintool to cut the new one to the same length as the old one) fitted with a magic/power link.

If the old chain busts when you are out riding on the road that could have uncomfortable consequences.

Rob
by robgul
17 Dec 2019, 5:29pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: West Midlands / Oxfordshire
Replies: 13
Views: 653

Re: West Midlands / Oxfordshire

Beware of using Strava to plan routes. I’m a member of a club whose ride leaders plan routes using Strava and I’m constantly having to point out to them that their planned road ride route goes along a muddy bridlepath. I would double check any such route against an OS map before using. Even Cycle.t...
by robgul
16 Dec 2019, 7:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: West Midlands / Oxfordshire
Replies: 13
Views: 653

Re: West Midlands / Oxfordshire

How many miles per day? I live on Route 5 @ Stratford with a link to Route 41 - they are both pretty tortuous with some really dud surfaces and annoying bits ..... you'd do better planning your own route using the OS maps or one of the online systems. Rob Doesn't the Heart of England 300km Audax ri...
by robgul
15 Dec 2019, 9:03pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: West Midlands / Oxfordshire
Replies: 13
Views: 653

Re: West Midlands / Oxfordshire

How many miles per day?

I live on Route 5 @ Stratford with a link to Route 41 - they are both pretty tortuous with some really dud surfaces and annoying bits ..... you'd do better planning your own route using the OS maps or one of the online systems.

Rob
by robgul
15 Dec 2019, 8:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Inner tube bursts on first inflation !
Replies: 11
Views: 507

Re: New Inner tube bursts on first inflation !

My 2p would be that the tube was pinched by the tyre. Whenever I fit a new tube - and I've fitted many hundreds when running an LBS - apart from a visual check of the tyre bead, I inflate the tube to about 30/35 psi and then let it down again before inflation to the required pressure - the chances a...
by robgul
13 Dec 2019, 4:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Has Bikefix closed down?
Replies: 6
Views: 808

Re: Has Bikefix closed down?

pete75 wrote:Seems ok to me. https://www.bikefixgrimsby.co.uk/


.... I'm guessing that the OP meant THE Bikefix in Holborn, London - website is working.

Rob
by robgul
5 Dec 2019, 5:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are Campag (inner) Cables compatible with Shimano shifters
Replies: 18
Views: 3253

Re: Are Campag (inner) Cables compatible with Shimano shifters

Long shot that has worked once or twice for me (this assumes you have some cable coming from the lever and it's not broken or frayed at the nipple). . . . remove lever, making sure it's in the default position for cable fitting) and cut the cable about 1" from the outlet - i.e. have about an in...
by robgul
3 Dec 2019, 10:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cutting New Fork Steerer - what exactly gets included in the measurement?
Replies: 10
Views: 412

Re: Cutting New Fork Steerer - what exactly gets included in the measurement?

My 2p would be for assembly with a spacer(s) above the stem to start with to make sure you're happy with the bar height - then mark and cut. AND a very strong recommendation to use a cutting guide clamp (your LBS will have one and do the job for a small cost) to make sure the cut is square .... and ...
by robgul
28 Nov 2019, 8:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Repairing inner tube punctures
Replies: 61
Views: 2591

Re: Repairing inner tube punctures

. . . . and when repairing a tube at home - if you have a bench vice - clamp the patch between two pieces of wood (MDF is excellent, although perhaps not really wood!) in the vice to really press the patch to the tube. Leave for about 30 minutes.

Rob
by robgul
28 Nov 2019, 8:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 8 speed chainset with 9 speed everything else?
Replies: 40
Views: 1168

Re: 8 speed chainset with 9 speed everything else?

Agreed - it will work - the option is whether you stop the mech at the low or high end of the cassette. If at the low gear (i.e. largest sprocket not used) end you'll very probably need to adjust the B-screw for clearance under the largest used sprocket Rob EDIT : Ignore all that, I read the questio...
by robgul
16 Nov 2019, 6:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Part of Next Year's Tour??
Replies: 1
Views: 288

Re: Part of Next Year's Tour??

I rode the section you mention as part of a coast-hugging ride from Exeter, via the Isle of Wight, all the way to Whitstable. Quite a lot of interesting sights along the way - some are classic Brit scenery (Beachy Head, Brighton, Dungeness) and some interesting wartime stuff (the "listening ear...
by robgul
15 Nov 2019, 7:23am
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: Bickerton Now with photos
Replies: 11
Views: 1629

Re: Bickerton Now with photos

Would this suit a 6 footer? Weight? yes it'll fit (IIRC the reach is more adjustable than in many other folding bikes) and at 6' you will be able to ride it, but it is quite flexy (regardless of rider height) if you push very hard on the pedals and/or wrestle with the handlebars. I don't know what ...
by robgul
15 Nov 2019, 7:20am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Orbea Gain tyre problem
Replies: 27
Views: 892

Re: Orbea Gain tyre problem

'Break the bead', do you mean damaging it? NO! - I mean "break the seal between the bead of the tyre and the rim" - the bead of the tyre (which will be steel wires for a rigid tyre or a Kevlar "string" for a folding) sits in the edge of the wheel rim pretty firmly when inflated ...
by robgul
14 Nov 2019, 9:12pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: Bickerton Now with photos
Replies: 11
Views: 1629

Re: Bickerton Now with photos

Tickling wrote:Would this suit a 6 footer? Weight?


I don't want to jeopardise the OP's sale but I had one of these machines about 8 or 9 years ago and at 6'4" or so and about 15stone it wasn't happy with me riding it - lots of flex. I sold it on to a collector.

Rob
by robgul
14 Nov 2019, 9:08pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Orbea Gain tyre problem
Replies: 27
Views: 892

Re: Orbea Gain tyre problem

I've had the odd tyre at the shop that wouldn't leave the bead - try using a thin, rigid bit of plastic as a sort of "thin tyre lever" to slide in and just break the bead . . . something akin to a crdit card - just try and break the bead to start with, not get the tyre off. Once it starts ...