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by Pneumant
22 Nov 2017, 6:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Experience of using half-links with a fixed gear set-up?
Replies: 5
Views: 579

Re: Experience of using half-links with a fixed gear set-up?

An update: I am happy to say that a solution has been found which does not involve use of half-links. In fact I must have too many bikes as my recollection as to the set-up of the winter Raleigh was a bit off. I thought the bike was set-up 48 x 20T when in fact it was running 48 x 19T! The solution ...
by Pneumant
18 Nov 2017, 5:29pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: pre STI shifters for racing
Replies: 16
Views: 5003

Re: pre STI shifters for racing

There is no disadvantage to using DT shifters at all. I much prefer DT levers as they have a snappy and positive feel compared to STI levers. Reaching down to change gear is really no bother at all. In fact if you are on the drops it is a superior set-up as no reaching forward to change gear. DT lev...
by Pneumant
18 Nov 2017, 10:24am
Forum: On the road
Topic: bit of a shimmy
Replies: 31
Views: 4088

Re: bit of a shimmy

Very very scary when this happens, as others have mentioned look carefully at your set-up. If this were my bike I would strip/check/adjust the headset and a thorough check of the forks /frame. I would then ride the route again (carefully!) to prove that the bike is good. This may sound a bit zen but...
by Pneumant
16 Nov 2017, 8:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much easier is it to Climb hills with Road bike than MTB?
Replies: 16
Views: 1151

Re: How much easier is it to Climb hills with Road bike than MTB?

I think it was Eddy Merckz who said the bike is at most 10% in the machine/rider equation, don't underestimate the rider input! I remember watching a YT video of a swiss pro riding a heavy post office type bike and burning off amateur cyclists like they were stood still. And also reading of the chap...
by Pneumant
12 Nov 2017, 6:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Experience of using half-links with a fixed gear set-up?
Replies: 5
Views: 579

Re: Experience of using half-links with a fixed gear set-up?

Thanks for responding - very useful information. The chain must have worn some more since my last ride during the week as today the chain flew off twice :shock: . No damage but I did notice that the chain although not badly slack has also developed plenty of side to side play, all within a measly 50...
by Pneumant
11 Nov 2017, 4:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Experience of using half-links with a fixed gear set-up?
Replies: 5
Views: 579

Experience of using half-links with a fixed gear set-up?

My winter bike is a fixed wheel Raleigh 501 frame with short'ish forged horizontal drop outs. Last year (due to having a spare chain ring to hand) I changed from 44/18 to 48/20 which is almost the same gear ratio. All good apart from the fact that as the chain wears I am left with no drop-out adjust...
by Pneumant
31 Oct 2017, 4:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 105 front hub - seals interfering with bearing adjustment
Replies: 12
Views: 2639

Re: 105 front hub - seals interfering with bearing adjustment

Bumping a very old thread because I have the exact same problem. Did you ever figure out a solution? I don't want to junk the hubs I've tried many times with the seals but can't get them right. If I do it with no seals I get them spinning perfectly Thanks Three years on absolutely no issues with ru...
by Pneumant
9 Oct 2017, 8:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie turbo trainer advice
Replies: 17
Views: 1020

Re: Newbie turbo trainer advice

I purchased an Elite Magnetic turbo 20-years ago, the most use it has is when lent to cycling friends with broken collar bones! I think for that scenario they are perfect. Personally I find turbo training to be unbelievably tedious and joyless as time passes soooooo slowly and saddle comfort is not ...
by Pneumant
1 Sep 2017, 8:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: RAL colour of yellow Coppi K14 aluminium
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Re: RAL colour of yellow Coppi K14 aluminium

Think I would be checking how 'close' this colour is to Ducati yellow: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ducati-Touch-Up-Paint-Colour-473-201-Ducati-Yellow-/380762268098?hash=item58a73321c2:g:JQ0AAMXQUmFSd67i Humbrol paints are great for colour matching: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Humbrol-Enamel-Model-Paints...
by Pneumant
1 Sep 2017, 8:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: some nice rides from Oxford
Replies: 8
Views: 706

Re: some nice rides from Oxford

I lived in south Oxfordshire for 10-years. Not a particularly dense road network and traffic speeds on some 'A' roads can be scary. My favourites were: Climbs onto the downs south of Wantage. The network of lanes to the west of Streatley. The network of lanes to the north-west of Lechlade. The netwo...
by Pneumant
1 Sep 2017, 7:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick advice for removing bottom bracket pls - [Sorted]
Replies: 54
Views: 4216

Re: Quick advice for removing bottom bracket pls

I can't believe how tight your BB is :shock: Have you tried heating this up? This may help loosen any thread-lock type bond. Remove the tool bolt and insert a HOT soldering iron for 20 mins or so,
by Pneumant
16 Aug 2017, 6:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one
Replies: 170
Views: 13341

Re: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one

Sweep wrote:
Pneumant wrote:I have been using a genuine 'Le Loby's Foot' for 25 years! Plenty of look-a-likes available now.n!


Interesting. Do you have any links for any of these lookalikes?


Here you go:
https://www.rutlandcycling.com/125543/products/raleigh-rear-maintenance-stand.aspx
by Pneumant
13 Aug 2017, 7:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one
Replies: 170
Views: 13341

Re: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one

I have been using a genuine 'Le Loby's Foot' for 25 years! Plenty of look-a-likes available now. Such a good simple design. Used for building bikes up, stripping bikes down, adjusting gears and so on. I much prefer this to my Park work-stand. Its only fault is that no good with my Brompton, which is...
by Pneumant
24 Jul 2017, 4:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hollowtech crank failure - cause ?
Replies: 34
Views: 1735

Re: Hollowtech crank failure - cause ?

Don't fill with cavity foam :shock: . To me this post represents all that is good about this forum - a genuine problem highlighted, examined and discussed in depth. I am going to check my 105 H2 chain set axle tomorrow and liberally coat with thick 'used' car engine oil. I'll be sensible and wear p...
by Pneumant
23 Jul 2017, 7:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hollowtech crank failure - cause ?
Replies: 34
Views: 1735

Re: Hollowtech crank failure - cause ?

Don't fill with cavity foam :shock: . To me this post represents all that is good about this forum - a genuine problem highlighted, examined and discussed in depth. I am going to check my 105 H2 chain set axle tomorrow and liberally coat with thick 'used' car engine oil. I'll be sensible and wear pr...