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by aljohn
14 Mar 2016, 9:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC frame transfer
Replies: 11
Views: 977

Re: CTC frame transfer

When looking for transfers for obscure bikes I found some transfer sellers would make one to your design. I can't remember who they were now, I think one was based in Stafford, if you search ebay you should be able to find them. You must have a picture of what you want, send it with the size require...
by aljohn
19 Apr 2015, 7:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing forks
Replies: 11
Views: 997

Re: Removing forks

I think I have a similar-ish setup on a Saracen frame I bought. When I stripped it down to spray it I was surprised to find a circlip above the headset. I've never heard or seen a headset with a circlip before (but they must have been used by some bikes in the past). It seemed to negate the use of t...
by aljohn
19 Apr 2015, 7:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem Chains Recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 3411

Re: Tandem Chains Recommendations

Just out of curiosity, what width chain are we talking about for single speed tandems? I know that using my track bike on fixed the drive train was 3/32", until I snapped a chain.... I then fitted a 1/4" chain and had no more problems. This, in spite of the awesome power I put through it.....
by aljohn
7 Mar 2015, 10:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: bike workstand
Replies: 1
Views: 616

bike workstand

Dunno if anyone would be interested but as I was leaving Lidl today I spotted a notice saying that some cycle stuff will be in store, on monday (I think, you'd better check). Their bike workstand will be on sale, I bought one a few years ago for £30 and think it was a great buy. I didn't look at the...
by aljohn
7 Mar 2015, 10:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: price of tacx trainer
Replies: 0
Views: 577

price of tacx trainer

Does anyone have any idea what the new price of a Tacx turbo trainer, cycletrack model was? I assume this is a discontinued model, how good is it? I've been looking at one and it seems an OK piece of kit.
by aljohn
4 Mar 2015, 1:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: look arc compatible cleats
Replies: 5
Views: 2936

Re: look arc compatible cleats

Thanks to both of you for the replies, they were most helpful. Looks like I'll be trying for delta, but I'll try to look at some first bto make sure.
by aljohn
4 Mar 2015, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: look arc compatible cleats
Replies: 5
Views: 2936

look arc compatible cleats

I have an old pair of pedals on my Ribble that are labelled LOOK. On my Saracen I have an old (but newer) pair of LOOK ARC pedals. I use the same cleats on both - no problems, except that I've forgotten which ones I bought 4 years ago. I've seen the cleats that I fancy, they are LOOK KEO grey 4.5 de...
by aljohn
8 Feb 2015, 9:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What Are The Benefits Of Attaching Your Feet To The Pedals ?
Replies: 99
Views: 6267

Re: What Are The Benefits Of Attaching Your Feet To The Peda

I joined a cycling club when I was 13 and a couple of years later all us young bloods had toe clips on our bikes. When I bought a track bike and rode fixed I used toe clips, shoe plates and, very tight, straps.Many years later I bought a used Somec cycle fitted with Look pedals, bought shoes and cle...
by aljohn
12 Jan 2015, 2:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DIY rollers
Replies: 9
Views: 2285

Re: DIY rollers

I have seen plenty of plastic rollers for around £8 or so, but they're all 50 or 60mm diameter. I think that a much larger diameter is going to be a tad more expensive. I do prefer a 6" diameter roller but, out of curiosity, why would tyres wear out more quickly on the 2" diameter rollers?...
by aljohn
11 Jan 2015, 7:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DIY rollers
Replies: 9
Views: 2285

Re: DIY rollers

I have to admit I was thinking of something really simple :? Just 3 rollers and a rubber band. I had meant to ask which was best, small or large rollers but you've answered that for me. ~The one I made only had rollers 3 or 4 inches diameter. As I said they worked fine - except for the noise. In fac...
by aljohn
11 Jan 2015, 4:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DIY rollers
Replies: 9
Views: 2285

DIY rollers

I've been looking at ~Youtube diy rollers. I'm not interested in how to build, just how to get cheap, quiet rollers to fit. I built a set years ago, using some steel rollers off a scrapped conveyor system and frame built of electrical conduit. It worked fine - unfortunately we didn't have a garage w...
by aljohn
1 Jan 2015, 11:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SKS Chromoplastic mudguards
Replies: 28
Views: 3375

Re: SKS Chromoplastic mudguards

The mudguard bridge is just sitting there, waiting to be bolted to the brake bridge by the brake bolt. Th advantage is that you don't need to take the rear wheel out to remove mudguards :? Why try to re-invent the wheel? I know the solutions mentioned are neater, but rarely seen on a tourer 'cos of ...
by aljohn
27 Dec 2014, 12:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dropouts
Replies: 17
Views: 2061

Re: Dropouts

I like the vertical dropouts and have them on both my bikes, BUT, back in the day my first real bike was a Claud Butler Cordon Bleu. 531 double butted tubes, stays and blades,Nervex lugs and, most important - Campagnolo dropouts! How I loved those little screws to position the axle, I used to spit a...
by aljohn
27 Dec 2014, 12:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Work Stands
Replies: 23
Views: 2373

Re: Work Stands

My mate uses a rope hung from garage ceiling. I used to stand bike upside down on the floor, then upside down using Black and Decker work stand, clamping saddle and handlebar stem. I managed with these quite well until I saw the workstands in Aldi and Lidl for £30. Brilliant, well made and copes wit...
by aljohn
26 Dec 2014, 8:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Punctures
Replies: 35
Views: 2913

Re: Punctures

I used to ride (many years ago...) a Carlton track bike, just front brake and flint catchers 'cos I had sprints and tubs and thought it was worth it. Riding in Spain and Britain on my road Somec with sprints and tubs (bike came with them) I have been off road, tow paths and trails and never used fli...