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by PT1029
11 Nov 2019, 9:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stronglight inner chain ring bolts.
Replies: 5
Views: 368

Re: Stronglight inner chain ring bolts.

If you go down the M6 bolt route and need to shim the M6 bolt up to the chain ring bolt hole diameter, conveniently the M6 washers that come on (most but not all) V brake pad fittings are a nice fit inside a chain ring bolt hole. You will still need some spacer or other between the ring and the cran...
by PT1029
9 Nov 2019, 7:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mudguards for cyclocross bike with cantis?
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: Mudguards for cyclocross bike with cantis?

I'd try for something that keeps the crud from the back wheel off the front gear. I am always seeing mud guardless bikes with the front gear siezed up - particularly those who rarely change gear at the front. Often a mix of rusted up pivots plus a solid helping of muck to help keep things from movin...
by PT1029
7 Nov 2019, 9:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacement clips for Halford Commuter mudguards
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Re: Replacement clips for Halford Commuter mudguards

I'd get a refund and get SKS/Bluemels, they fit on anything (sometimes the stays need bending around disc brakes etc). They come in various widths to match your tyre width. Also with SKS/Bluemels you get a sensibly long front mud guard (even then I'd fit a mud flap on the bottom), the photo of the b...
by PT1029
4 Nov 2019, 8:11pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Leg over crossbar difficulty . . . what solution(s) ?
Replies: 50
Views: 2293

Re: Leg over crossbar difficulty . . . what solution(s) ?

If it turns out to be a balance problem (or fear of falling over problem), don't forget when swinging your leg over to hold the brake(s) on, so you know the bike isn't going to do a runner and off balance you. Also, is one leg easier to swing over than the other? In some locations you can make it ea...
by PT1029
4 Nov 2019, 7:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Track Pump
Replies: 49
Views: 1479

Re: Best Track Pump

"Jules wanted to know why I was reading about Breast Pumps .... until I suggested she get her glasses on ....... " ... was it just the "breast" pump she saw, or "breast pump" PLUS Joe Blow.....?! Still SKS for me, but not the single hole smart head which is the rare tim...
by PT1029
4 Nov 2019, 7:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone used See.Sense lights?
Replies: 42
Views: 4069

Anyone used See.Sense lights?

Has anyone used these lights? https://seesense.cc/ They seem to know where you are, connect to your phone, know where you are and so give a brighter at junctions/roundabouts and all sorts of other modern wizardry. I'll need to double check, but I think I saw a refence locally about using them to hel...
by PT1029
4 Nov 2019, 9:10am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?
Replies: 220
Views: 6144

Re: Can we finally agree that building roads increases congestion?

Some of this link while interesting is not directly relevant to the subject title, a DfT funded Sustrans analysis of existing reports. But see myth 7 and myth 2 (the effect of the opposite of road building) "Closing streets can lead to traffic evaporation, which is defined as a decrease in car ...
by PT1029
25 Oct 2019, 8:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixie: Why? Why not?
Replies: 107
Views: 6884

Re: Fixie: Why?

1. Good in traffic - when the speed ebbs and flows, ease up on the pedalling and you slow down, no need to keep reaching for the brakes (unless you need to slow down/stop in a sharper manner. 2. Excellent on ice, you can slow down much better than with brakes (risk of skidding when the brake initial...
by PT1029
21 Oct 2019, 5:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Big jockey wheels - good or bad?
Replies: 12
Views: 716

Re: Big jockey wheels - good or bad?

I's say technically better - bigger jockey wheels will rotate with fewer rpm for a given cadence, so less wear and tear. bigger jockey wheels mean more teeth (bigger circumference), so less wear and tear. I think some claim quieter running also. Debit when running a cross chain, it can be easier for...
by PT1029
18 Oct 2019, 8:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cannondale Headset Expander Plug
Replies: 14
Views: 556

Re: Cannondale Headset Expander Plug

If you have slackened the handle bar stem off first, and it still doesn't tighten, the top cap might be bottoming out on the top of the fork column, in which case you'll need an extra spacer under the top cap. If it needs an extra spacer, probably :- either the forks have been ridden loose since whe...
by PT1029
18 Oct 2019, 8:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Deore 510 9 speed chainrings on 8 speed FCM361 spider?
Replies: 13
Views: 485

Re: Deore 510 9 speed chainrings on 8 speed FCM361 spider?

Yes it will work. There will be a slight (small) gap between the crank arm shoulder and the ring because 4 bolt 8 speed and 4 bolt 9 speed have the same bolt hole dimensions, BUT the cranks have slightly different shoulder dimensions, so you can't put an 8 speed ring on a 9 speed crank (I've tried i...
by PT1029
10 Oct 2019, 8:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Intentionally struck by vehicle - what recourse?
Replies: 18
Views: 1616

Re: Intentionally struck by vehicle - what recourse?

I'd say always worth reporting, even if no action is likely to be taken. If the police get quite a few reports of aggression from a particular vehicle, they might be more likely to have words if nothing else. One of our local CUK groups had a near/loud(horn)/fast over take which was clearly uneccesa...
by PT1029
10 Oct 2019, 8:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front derailleur capabilities - source?
Replies: 17
Views: 587

Re: Front derailleur capabilities - source?

Don't forget model designs (esp cage depth) sometimes change over time, so "Sora" capacity may change over time depending on the age/cage design, Thus probably best to search by model number (stamped on the back of the inner cage plate). Modern Shimano cages are notably deeper than some ol...
by PT1029
3 Oct 2019, 11:01am
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Child seat advice
Replies: 6
Views: 629

Re: Child seat advice

Generally rear child seats come in 2 types. 1. These mount on a rear pannier rack which may/may not have to be specific to the child seat. To fit a pannier rack you will need a rigid (at the back at least) bike with no suspension. 2. These mount on a bracket that bolts on the seat tube of the bike f...
by PT1029
16 Sep 2019, 8:47am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Milano specialised mtb
Replies: 6
Views: 421

Re: Milano specialised mtb

I'd say it was early/mid 1990's, I was working in a LBS then, and I remember Exage came out at that time.