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by Russcoles
22 Aug 2012, 8:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike maintenance 101 - Where on earth to start.
Replies: 21
Views: 1614

Re: Bike maintenance 101 - Where on earth to start.

Rather than book, I would suggest you try Youtube. Almost any maintenance task has been covered in video form by someone. I find that watching someone do something is easier than reading about how to do it.
by Russcoles
21 Aug 2012, 8:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: route and accommodation to west of Bristol
Replies: 16
Views: 10022

Re: route and accommodation to west of Bristol

Cycle route 33 goes from between Nailsea and Backwell, alongside the railway to Flax bourton and then through Long Ashton taking you into Bristol by a relatively flat route. Its nicely tarmaced on the off road stretch. Also known as the festival way.
by Russcoles
21 Aug 2012, 8:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's the next step up from a 24" wheel bike?
Replies: 33
Views: 3954

Re: What's the next step up from a 24" wheel bike?

There is another option. rather than go for bigger wheels, go for smaller ones. Small wheeled shopping bikes are designed to have a huge range of adjustability so that they can be used by the whole family. If you have a bit of technical ability, you could get an old Raleigh Twenty or Dawes Kingpin f...
by Russcoles
19 Aug 2012, 5:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommended Powder Coaters?
Replies: 14
Views: 2291

Re: Recommended Powder Coaters?

I have also used ABC enamelling in Nailsea. They did a good job on my Royal enfield Revelation, frame and forks. I would suggest that finding a local company is relatively easy but make sure to check they know enough to mask the right parts of the frame. I have heard horror stories of people spendin...
by Russcoles
19 Aug 2012, 5:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Please look at the video of a Lorry knocking me off.
Replies: 286
Views: 21783

Re: Please look at the video of a Lorry knocking me off.

Looking at the video, my impression is that the lorry is unlikely to be far enough behind for the dangerous left hand overtake to have been completed to the point where the cyclist is now visible ahead of the lorry driver. As we cannot see where the lorry is in the video, I have to base this on how ...
by Russcoles
19 Aug 2012, 11:30am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: route and accommodation to west of Bristol
Replies: 16
Views: 10022

Re: route and accommodation to west of Bristol

There is a ridge of hills stretching from Clevedon to Bristol. The 2 best ways around this are either go through Clevedon and around the end of it then along the other side (through Clapton in Gordano and Portbury) and then use the Avonmouth Bridge. Or you could go into Bristol via route 33 from nea...
by Russcoles
19 Aug 2012, 11:05am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Handlebar Position for Touring
Replies: 27
Views: 7627

Re: Handlebar Position for Touring

http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae269/Russcoles11/Snapbucket/IMAG0070.jpg This position leaves my arms close to vertical. Leather covered ergo grips spread the weight you therefore support on the handlebars. This may sound weird but effectively my handlebars aren't as far forward so they're lowe...
by Russcoles
17 Aug 2012, 8:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thirty Years with a Sturmey Gear.
Replies: 74
Views: 7719

Re: Thirty Years with a Sturmey Gear.

It will be interesting to find how you get on with the grease for lubrication. My problem is that my 3 speed SA on the Kingpin leaks oil when at rest. Mebbe I use too much oil which I will admit is a failing of mine but grease would seem to be an answer. Modern hubs switched to grease. Oil is howev...
by Russcoles
16 Aug 2012, 2:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thirty Years with a Sturmey Gear.
Replies: 74
Views: 7719

Re: Thirty Years with a Sturmey Gear.

I use a modern 5 speed on my favourite bike. It did okay on a ride from John O Groats to Bristol covering 900 miles. I took a spare rear sprocket with me, it doesn't take very long to change the ratios when you are moving between hilly and flat areas.
by Russcoles
13 Aug 2012, 8:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrade to 10sp?
Replies: 11
Views: 1735

Re: Upgrade to 10sp?

Doh! I definitely meant Cog! :)

Anyway, once I rode it a bit it all seems to have started working fine. The bike is a lot more stable with the new more rigid wheels.
by Russcoles
13 Aug 2012, 8:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: olympics
Replies: 2
Views: 7884

Re: olympics

For once the beach volleyball outfits won't seem a bit skimpy!
Incidentally, did anyone else get the sudden urge to visit Ukraine about 52 mins into the closing ceremony?
by Russcoles
12 Aug 2012, 10:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrade to 10sp?
Replies: 11
Views: 1735

Re: Upgrade to 10sp?

Its a shimano 105 golden arrow mech on a 9 sp campag cassette, with the cable slack and the limit screw out as far as poss it only reaches the 2nd smallest sprocket. I know I could add spacers to the axle and spread the frame, but I won't do that.
by Russcoles
12 Aug 2012, 2:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrade to 10sp?
Replies: 11
Views: 1735

Re: Upgrade to 10sp?

OK, so I now have my 9 speed cassette, have installed this on the new wheel and have tried to see if it works with the existing chain. It seems to be fine, it shifts really well. I cannot get the mech to adjust enough to reach the smallest ring but I can live with that (unless anyone has a tip for s...
by Russcoles
11 Aug 2012, 9:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Know someone with same bike since their youth?
Replies: 25
Views: 5366

Re: Know someone with same bike since their youth?

I have 3 bikes, the most modern of which was made when I was 10 and the oldest was made 8 years before me. I have not however owned any of them for more than a couple of years. Good bikes pass from owner to owner. If you take a look at bike racks in any major city it will not take long to find a Ral...
by Russcoles
10 Aug 2012, 5:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Upgrade to 10sp?
Replies: 11
Views: 1735

Re: Upgrade to 10sp?

you can fit 9/10speed sprockets with wider spacers to make an 8-speed cassette, and suddenly you have cheaper chains, at least. The jockey pulleys don't make a big difference provided you are running narrower (not wider) chain, and they are not knack'd to start with. Golden Arrow huh? Blimey, that ...