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by Pneumant
28 Jul 2018, 8:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shropshire union canal.
Replies: 9
Views: 1056

Re: Shropshire union canal.

+1 Waverton to Chester is fine, I used to car/cycle commute this whilst temporarily working in Chester 3-years ago. I parked up in Waverton and enjoyed the easy 3-mile ride along the towpath, it is narrow in places, the surface being variable ( a bit slippy in the wet if you venture onto the flags c...
by Pneumant
21 Jul 2018, 7:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Elliptical chainring.... suppliers
Replies: 14
Views: 888

Re: Elliptical chainring.... suppliers

I have a 38T 110BCD alloy ring, not biopace but the Sugino equivalent (I think) so orientated differently. Back in 1988 when I had a bike with these rings I found myself freewheeling at any given opportunity, I also found it hard to maintain an even cadence. The chain 'bob' caused by the rings also ...
by Pneumant
3 Jun 2018, 8:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Painting with Hammerite smooth paint
Replies: 10
Views: 3985

Re: Painting with Hammerite smooth paint

I would not bother as Hammerite type paint is expensive and takes an absolute age to cure. It appears to be dry but remains very soft until cured. The results of this thick paint are hit and miss in my experience and you will be forever touching up as it likes to 'chip' when eventually cured! A much...
by Pneumant
3 Jun 2018, 8:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddle knowledge
Replies: 8
Views: 483

Re: Saddle knowledge

I have a real affection for these 1980's saddles. Good full design, comfortable and easy to move around on. I have Rolls & Turbo saddles fitted to four of my fleet. As mentioned the Rolls has weak saddle rails which can bend or break (I have experienced both). Rolls saddles used to be good value...
by Pneumant
20 Mar 2018, 7:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheap as chains? Or too cheap?
Replies: 27
Views: 2399

Re: Cheap as chains? Or too cheap?

Good old Wilko. I actually popped in for a packet of Jakemans Peppermint Mints & a can of pop last Thursday & came across these hidden bargains following my usual perusal of the bike stuff. Too good to pass over so I purchased four of the 1-3 speed chains priced at 50p each :shock: . They ar...
by Pneumant
19 Mar 2018, 6:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Grease Guns, lube ports and grease nipples
Replies: 47
Views: 26648

Re: Grease Guns, lube ports and grease nipples

This post is brilliant - grease guns rock!
Here are mine:
1) Draper
2) Mighty Midget
3) Oregon chainsaw grease gun - most useful as very small, but an absolute pig to replenish with grease, actually I use the big Draper for that job and it does seem strange to use a grease gun to fill a grease gun?
by Pneumant
10 Mar 2018, 8:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Relieving turbo tedium
Replies: 35
Views: 2469

Re: Relieving turbo tedium

MP3 players are soooo nineties. Why bother to faff about buying an mp3 player, ripping cds, downloading mp3 tracks etc. when, if you have a computer or a tablet or a smartphone (or even an app on your modern, smart telly), you can access all of the world's music for a few pounds a month via a strea...
by Pneumant
4 Mar 2018, 4:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is Acetal a suitable material for a hub axle?
Replies: 37
Views: 2503

Re: Is Acetal a suitable material for a hub axle?

As the OP I can confirm that my friend has abandoned any thoughts of birthing an axle using Acetal. However this thread is generating some good debate leading to me pondering what is Acetal actually good for? This site https://www.amcopolymers.com/resin-families/acetal mentions typical applications ...
by Pneumant
1 Mar 2018, 7:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is Acetal a suitable material for a hub axle?
Replies: 37
Views: 2503

Re: Is Acetal a suitable material for a hub axle?

Many thanks to everyone who responded & this is no joke enquiry! I also told my friend that I thought this material was not up to the job. There was no engineer's recommendation to my friend for Acetal either. I reckon it is easy to be misled by claims that Acetal '.....bridges the gap between m...
by Pneumant
28 Feb 2018, 8:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is Acetal a suitable material for a hub axle?
Replies: 37
Views: 2503

Is Acetal a suitable material for a hub axle?

A friend is considering having a Mavic 501 wheel hub axle made up using a material called Acetal. I looked up Acetal and it is some sort of high strength polymer. My query is would this be up to the job? Is he being foolish to even consider this as opposed to using aluminium (the original axle mater...
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: 728

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: 5191

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: 4160

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: 1185

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: 728

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...