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by Giles Pargiter
14 Jan 2018, 1:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many accessories attached to your bike?
Replies: 23
Views: 1395

Re: How many accessories attached to your bike?

Postby pjclinch » 8 Jan 2018, 9:33am I don't regard things like a rack and mudguards as "accessories", as a primarily utility cyclist who tours a bit I regard them as completely fundamental to the point of (most) bikes. Fair enough if you're a roadie and anything bigger than a banana is a...
by Giles Pargiter
14 Jan 2018, 12:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Poor frame design?
Replies: 47
Views: 2266

Re: Poor frame design?

To me it looks more as if someone was trying to find a way of using up a job lot of parts that were designed for use on a child's go cart or some such. That welding is best not mentioned and if the fastening bolts were parallel to the axle the safety margin against bad assembly or dodgy threads woul...
by Giles Pargiter
13 Jan 2018, 11:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo system choices
Replies: 138
Views: 6478

Re: Dynamo system choices

That is interesting SA-SA-SA. I didn't realise those points about the Led colours, nor that it was re-branded. I do know that I regard it as very effective. I bought it in around 2005-6, it has worked faultlessly ever since. That actually makes it a very cheap light when one considers the options. I...
by Giles Pargiter
13 Jan 2018, 11:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo system choices
Replies: 138
Views: 6478

Re: Dynamo system choices

I know it is deeply unfavoured and unfashionable in the UK but I use modern B&M bottle dynamos on my bikes, upon which I do a considerable amount of night riding. These are the lightest type of dynamos available and due to the fact that they revolve much faster suffer from no flicker at all even...
by Giles Pargiter
13 Jan 2018, 12:29am
Forum: On the road
Topic: What gear range do you use.
Replies: 91
Views: 4586

Re: What gear range do you use.

Carlton Corsair; 23 1/2" - 116" Clubman/tourer

Raleigh (mule) 23" - 112" Tourer/trecking

Dawes Mtb 23" - (about) 100"

I use all the gears on all of them pretty much every ride.
by Giles Pargiter
31 Dec 2017, 12:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Decent quality adjustable bottom bracket cups
Replies: 6
Views: 528

Re: Decent quality adjustable bottom bracket cups

Perhaps you mean like these? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Raleigh-Bikes-24TPI-Bike-BB-Bottom-Bracket-Set-Black-Cups-Bearings/142406657913?_trksid=p2485497.m4902.l9144 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/YST-Professional-24TPI-Bike-Crank-Bottom-Bracket-Threaded-Cup-Set-with-Bearings/401343706196?_trkparms=aid%3D...
by Giles Pargiter
30 Dec 2017, 11:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to loosen wedge (?) nut in quill stem
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Re: How to loosen wedge (?) nut in quill stem

If you can move the stem but not tap the bolt down, then it would suggest that the stem itself is free but the wedge shaped nut only is seized in the steerer tube. In which case you could remove the stem and handlebars by completely undoing and removing the bolt. This of course achieves your objecti...
by Giles Pargiter
19 Dec 2017, 1:53am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?
Replies: 48
Views: 2844

Re: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?

Thanks for that link Brucey. I had read about it before but it was a very long time ago. It has significance for using veg oils as diesel and also nutritional significance, as well as how long one's paint might take to dry! Main thing probably, is to realise that it is a very effective, cheap clean ...
by Giles Pargiter
18 Dec 2017, 11:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?
Replies: 48
Views: 2844

Re: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?

Yes many different ways that people deal with chain lube. Further back a couple of people mentioned chainsaw chain oil, one said what do chainsaw professionals use that is cheaper? Well one summer when we realised we had dumped nearly 40 gallons of chain oil on the same spot near a stream we changed...
by Giles Pargiter
18 Dec 2017, 9:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Primping, pimping, tarts & coffee
Replies: 34
Views: 753

Re: How to make an old frame shine like new ?

To be extremely pedantic; I really can't see where all this Primping, pimping or Tarts come from... The thread is about "How to make an old frame shine like new ?" :roll:
Apart from the bits about Primping, Pimping and Tarting!
by Giles Pargiter
17 Aug 2017, 10:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Freehub a bit too free - not engaging - options
Replies: 46
Views: 2370

Re: Freehub a bit too free - not engaging - options

Of course one can remove a cassette by keeping the bike the right way up removing the rear skewer/track nuts, dropping the wheel below the drop out so that you can engage the cassette remover (may need to deflate the tyre to clear the brakes) and with your chain still engaged lever it against the cr...
by Giles Pargiter
17 Aug 2017, 9:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter- sentenced
Replies: 1064
Views: 42439

Re: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter

Sorry. Just wanted to follow this thread, I find it interesting but having nothing to say on it.
by Giles Pargiter
1 Feb 2017, 11:25pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bicycle loading
Replies: 12
Views: 1451

Re: Bicycle loading

I also have also found rear panniers only just fine and often when shopping carried quite a bit more than 6Kg each in them (like more then twice that) + my carradice with things in. The point about keeping them as far forward as possible, I find is very good advice. On that point; many people move t...
by Giles Pargiter
22 Jan 2017, 9:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: using a triple shifter for double chainset
Replies: 5
Views: 1480

Re: using a triple shifter for double chainset

No problem just set the stops suitably, as mentioned. You can even change straight to a triple when you find the range change comes at an awkward speed (especially in traffic) and you wish to try/go back to a triple :D
by Giles Pargiter
22 Jan 2017, 9:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear Mudflap - Any Use?
Replies: 29
Views: 2219

Re: Rear Mudflap - Any Use?

Just thinking about that. I suppose the thing to do is have a rear mudflap that one can clip on and remove easily?