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by LWaB
31 Jan 2016, 9:42am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Un-learning To Ride A Bike
Replies: 9
Views: 864

Re: Un-learning To Ride A Bike

If you cross your arms and steer from the shoulders, it isn't incredibly difficult to ride a backwards-steering bicycle and it doesn't stuff up you riding a normal bike.
by LWaB
1 Jan 2016, 8:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech/chainline problems
Replies: 17
Views: 1154

Re: Front mech/chainline problems

Try running the front mech with about 2mm clearance to the chainring teeth.
by LWaB
31 Oct 2015, 11:06am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 200km the aftermath and advice wanted
Replies: 29
Views: 2233

Re: 200km the aftermath and advice wanted

There is a little confusion here. About 9.5 hours moving but somewhat longer start to finish. The Blue Egg lunch stop was about an hour.
by LWaB
21 Oct 2015, 6:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the 'full size V-brakes'.... that weren't...?
Replies: 7
Views: 1029

Re: the 'full size V-brakes'.... that weren't...?

Not all APBs used 406 wheels, some used larger diameter rims. From memory, the unusual ones were hub-geared.

Those Tektro cantilevers are copies of early Onza brakes.
by LWaB
15 Oct 2015, 10:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why does 37-622 = 700x35C?
Replies: 14
Views: 4739

Re: Why does 37-622 = 700x35C?

The latter. The UK was a major bike manufacturing country in the eary days, until USA mass production and export arose.
by LWaB
29 Sep 2015, 9:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Calling Brompton riders
Replies: 32
Views: 2842

Re: Calling Brompton riders

6 speed standard gearing. I use the top 4 gears most days I ride it. The bottom 2 gears are nice on the very steep stuff. Every Brompton has a chain tensioner, so there is little effective difference when removing the rear wheel, regardless of the number of gears.
by LWaB
7 Aug 2015, 6:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any taller Moulton riders out there?
Replies: 7
Views: 1231

Re: Any taller Moulton riders out there?

I'm 182cm and the stock seatpost is a couple cm short of the limit. On the other hand, I needed a 150mm AM stem that cost a packet and is somewhat shorter than I'd like. The 'top tube' needs to be longer for tall folk.
by LWaB
30 Jul 2015, 3:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 4th hand cable puller
Replies: 16
Views: 2338

Re: 4th hand cable puller

A third hand tool clamps the brake pads onto the rim.
by LWaB
29 Jul 2015, 7:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 4th hand cable puller
Replies: 16
Views: 2338

Re: 4th hand cable puller

When I was a mechanic, the Hozan 4th hand was heavily used. A wonderful piece of kit.
by LWaB
11 Jul 2015, 3:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom bracket woes
Replies: 11
Views: 1300

Re: Bottom bracket woes

Did you use the plastic shield between the BB cups? In combination with plenty of good grease and a drainhole in the bottom of the BB shell, I've found good cup and cone BBs to last for many years.
by LWaB
3 Jul 2015, 7:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A nasty surprise. Corrosion of bars.
Replies: 12
Views: 777

Re: A nasty surprise. Corrosion of bars.

Several years ago, when I was a bike shop mechanic in Oz, I replaced the padded plastic tape (with perforations along the centreline of the tape) on a set of Cinelli bars. The rider's sweat had encouraged corrosion at the base of the perforations. Salty water, unprotected aluminium and oxygen isn't ...
by LWaB
12 Jun 2015, 11:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I borrow a Stronglight 23.35 mm crank puller.
Replies: 7
Views: 828

Re: Can I borrow a Stronglight 23.35 mm crank puller.

No. The Park tool is 22mm (standard) and 23mm (TA). It will strip the thread out of a pre-1982 Stronglight 23.35mm crank.
by LWaB
11 Jun 2015, 11:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Vintage bike restoration
Replies: 2
Views: 513

Re: Vintage bike restoration

It might be worthwhile joining the Veteran-Cycle Club.
by LWaB
11 Jun 2015, 6:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Extremely tight freewheel removal
Replies: 51
Views: 1983

Re: Extremely tight freewheel removal

Removing a tandem freewheel required 3 big blokes and a fair bit of swearing when I had to do so a few years back. Cassette hubs are a much better option.
by LWaB
8 Jun 2015, 9:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Folder or S&S Couplings?
Replies: 12
Views: 1547

Re: Folder or S&S Couplings?

I've had a Frezoni S&S bike since '99, have several separable Moultons and regularly travel with a bike. The Dahon case is quite a bit oversize and 'some airlines' will charge you extra. I use the S&S bag and packing and unpacking my rather large bike takes some time. My partner has had a mu...