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by Binkyboy
26 May 2013, 9:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: In Support Of Cycling
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: In Support Of Cycling

I neither own, nor have access to, a car, so the sticker for a car would be no use to me.

However, I DO have a sticker on my bike that reads "One less car" :D
by Binkyboy
25 May 2013, 9:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike computer
Replies: 15
Views: 1243

Re: Bike computer

Another vote for Sigma BC906 here. I have them on all 3 of my bikes and 2 of my wife's bikes too. Batteries last a long time, nice big numbers that I can read and they give years of trouble free service. I made the mistake of buying a Bontrager computer last time, but I can't see the numbers on it,...
by Binkyboy
25 May 2013, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Working out my frame size.
Replies: 7
Views: 3202

Re: Working out my frame size.

A decent bike shop should swap the stem for you at no charge. With the modern "Ahead" type stem, it's a very simple job. I did mine myself in the shop whilst the shop keeper dealt with another customer when I bought my last bike at my LBS. Decathlon might be a different story, but the prin...
by Binkyboy
25 May 2013, 9:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why so many different sizes?
Replies: 7
Views: 778

Re: Why so many different sizes?

You are starting from the wrong direction. The tubing is sized on its outside diameter. The hole is the result of the outside diameter less the thickness of the wall, which varies. Double butted or plain gauge, cheap steel or better quality (which means less thickness for the same strength), early d...
by Binkyboy
25 May 2013, 9:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wheels with not many spokes.
Replies: 30
Views: 2658

Re: Wheels with not many spokes.

Since the advent (many years ago now) of stainless steel spokes, spoke breakage is almost unheard of. I talk to the youngsters in my club and tell them how on almost every clubrun someone would break a spoke and they tell me they didn't even know spokes could break! The modern rims are also so much ...
by Binkyboy
25 May 2013, 6:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cadence
Replies: 340
Views: 34029

Re: Cadence

You don't need a gadget other than a basic watch to know what your cadence is. Simply count how many times your right foot goes down over a ten seconds period and multiply the number by 6, or some other variant (15 secs x 4). The answer is your cadence (revs/min)
That's all I ever do.
by Binkyboy
21 Feb 2013, 3:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cautionary tale
Replies: 65
Views: 2533

Re: Cautionary tale

"I once knew a bloke who used the quick release lever for leverage to twist the nut around to tighten it. His dad who was even less mechanically minded showed him that trick." I watched, in amazement, as one of my club's 2nd Cat roadmen did exactly that! Needless to say, I did show him the...
by Binkyboy
4 Mar 2012, 2:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: High Maintenance & Poor Design
Replies: 70
Views: 5433

Re: High Maintenance & Poor Design

Re the chain wear items. I used to ride my chains and sprockets to destruction, but that was in the days when freewheel blocks and chains were fairly cheap. With the advent of 8 and more cogs at the rear and narrower chains, the costs went up considerably. I now use a chain checker, and get c3,000 m...
by Binkyboy
4 Mar 2012, 2:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: High Maintenance & Poor Design
Replies: 70
Views: 5433

Re: High Maintenance & Poor Design

Perhaps the answer to your problem could be a pedal powered car?

But then you would wonder why it had to be so heavy, bulky and expensive?
by Binkyboy
4 Mar 2012, 2:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Schwalbe valve dust caps
Replies: 56
Views: 3389

Re: Schwalbe valve dust caps

Although I do fit them, I actually am not sure why. The valve is closed to dust and dirt when the nut is tightened (after you have finished pumping) so dirt cannot get onto the valve seat. If you need to pump the tyre, you must take the cap off anyway. I suppose in theory any dirt on the outside of ...
by Binkyboy
4 Mar 2012, 2:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Abandoning cup and cone
Replies: 33
Views: 3641

Re: Abandoning cup and cone

I have used both cup and cone and sealed types for 40plus years and much prefer the "fit and forget" aspect of sealed bearings. As has already been stated, a worn cup in the hub means a new hub, which also means a new wheel. Plus the waterproofing on cup and cone is nowhere near as good as...
by Binkyboy
22 Feb 2012, 1:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which Trailer? Strong, two wheels, hub hitch.
Replies: 66
Views: 8388

Re: Which Trailer? Strong, two wheels, hub hitch.

I just want to confirm Mick's warning about heavy trailers. If you come unstuck and decide to take the weight of your bike the trailer/bike combination will become uncontrollable, very much so on a hill. You loose any braking ability as the wheels just have no grip without weight, the trailer will ...
by Binkyboy
21 Feb 2012, 11:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which Trailer? Strong, two wheels, hub hitch.
Replies: 66
Views: 8388

Re: Which Trailer? Strong, two wheels, hub hitch.

Mine looks exactly like one of these ... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ERDE-CARGO-BIKE-TRAILER-THATS-TOWED-BICYCLE-/380410685225?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item58923e6729 ... except mine says it is rated to 100 kg. Yours looks good, would you feel confident about it carrying 100kg? Do you think the ebay o...
by Binkyboy
21 Feb 2012, 9:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what's the best pump for under £40?
Replies: 20
Views: 1018

Re: what's the best pump for under £40?

SKS heavy duty one - had it for 15(?) years, never had to do anything with it it, but I did change the head for one of the Topeak "intelligent" ones and that is just great. I may have to change the head at some time in the next 10 years, but think the pump itself will last for ever. Both w...
by Binkyboy
21 Feb 2012, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: whats missing?
Replies: 10
Views: 582

Re: whats missing?

Here's a couple of photos of my Bottom Brackets :oops: Sqaure taper on my Giant Defy and External on my Raleigh Avanti http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/426725_10150715085741177_560751176_11567814_1944469007_n.jpg http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/419526_10150715084956177_...