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by gerrymcm
25 Jul 2013, 2:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ok I am a wimp.
Replies: 9
Views: 1150

Re: Ok I am a wimp.

I'm with cycler UK. I managed to replace four in the last few weeks by not taking the tyre/tubes etc off. Getting the correct spoke length and getting it to the correct position is tricky. When I replaced my broken spokes I inserted the new spoke so that it simply went into the hub and through the o...
by gerrymcm
25 Jul 2013, 1:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheelbuilder in London please
Replies: 30
Views: 3793

Re: Wheelbuilder in London please

Hi Andy, thanks for the info. I've ruled out the "build my own option", I think I could possibly/probably do it, in time, but I don't really have the time to "play with my bike", as the wife calls it! I think I'm going to end up doing what I really wanted to avoid which is book i...
by gerrymcm
23 Jul 2013, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: off centre chainring or crank
Replies: 3
Views: 625

Re: off centre chainring or crank

Brucey Thanks for the input. Before I realised it was off centre the chain was adjusted to approx 3/4" or approx 20mm in the up and down movement and it felt wrong, lumpy and crunchy etc. I changed the pedals at this stage as the bearing had gone but the problem persisted and it was at this poi...
by gerrymcm
23 Jul 2013, 8:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: off centre chainring or crank
Replies: 3
Views: 625

off centre chainring or crank

I have an issue and don't know if there's a solution and would like some opinions please. On my main commuter bike, an afine hub bike, I switched from an external bearing BB to the previous style sealed BB type as the external bearing BB only lasted me about a year. On this new BB I put a crank with...
by gerrymcm
20 Jul 2013, 8:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheelbuilder in London please
Replies: 30
Views: 3793

Re: Wheelbuilder in London please

Thanks guys for comments re wheelbuilding and I'm sorely tempted to do it myself as I've recently bought Roger Musson's book but I'm in a rush as this is my commuter bike and don't want it out action. The Evans Cycles near work said book it in and simply bring it on the day so I could ride it to wor...
by gerrymcm
19 Jul 2013, 1:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheelbuilder in London please
Replies: 30
Views: 3793

Wheelbuilder in London please

Hi all, following a recent thread re problems with my Alfine 8 hubbed wheel and a lot of snapped spokes. I've decided to have the wheel re-built with a different lacing pattern and probably a different rim. To this end could anyone suggest a good experienced wheelbuilder either in Central London, pr...
by gerrymcm
19 Jul 2013, 1:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8 and a lot of snapping spokes
Replies: 20
Views: 2413

Re: Alfine 8 and a lot of snapping spokes

Hi Bobc, Ta for chipping that's handy. I'll double check the correct spoke holes tonight. It wouldn't surprise me if this was the case given the other "schoolboy" errors/issues I found on the bike, which even I could find. I've just bought Roger Musson's book and was on the edge of startin...
by gerrymcm
18 Jul 2013, 11:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8 and a lot of snapping spokes
Replies: 20
Views: 2413

Re: Alfine 8 and a lot of snapping spokes

Thanks again for everyone's input I really appreciate it. The four spokes that have failed recently, I noticed when replacing that they all slotted in from the outside of the hub, so the end of the elbow was facing out. I've shown this in the below pic. I don't know what these positions are, i.e. pu...
by gerrymcm
18 Jul 2013, 4:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8 and a lot of snapping spokes
Replies: 20
Views: 2413

Re: Alfine 8 and a lot of snapping spokes

Hi all Thanks for the quick replies. I guessed as much but was secretly hoping for different/better news. I've uploaded (well I'm trying anyway) a few snaps and wanted to check a further few things. 1. Re Brucey's suggestion of a different rim, whch is IGH specific, does the close up photo of spoke ...
by gerrymcm
18 Jul 2013, 12:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8 and a lot of snapping spokes
Replies: 20
Views: 2413

Alfine 8 and a lot of snapping spokes

Hi folks, I read these blogs a lot but don't ask many questions, this is only my second. I've got a recurring problem with my back wheel and I'd appreciate some advice about how to go about fixing it. The wheel came with a new bike approx 2.5 years ago and since then it's probably snapped approx 10 ...
by gerrymcm
30 Oct 2012, 4:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: can you repair/straighten a damaged fron fork?
Replies: 13
Views: 1585

Re: can you repair/straighten a damaged fron fork?

Hi Folks, Not a wind up I'm just new to frame tweaking, although I've been maintaining my own bikes for years but more gears, chains and BBs etc. I'm quite mechanicallly minded and wanted a little project as a tester for my big rebuild/refurb, but obviously I don't have the knowledge to know what's ...
by gerrymcm
30 Oct 2012, 3:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: can you repair/straighten a damaged fron fork?
Replies: 13
Views: 1585

Re: can you repair/straighten a damaged fron fork?

Thanks for the reply, I assume that's why it was for sale in bits!!!!!
Oh well you live and learn.
Thanks again.
by gerrymcm
30 Oct 2012, 3:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: can you repair/straighten a damaged fron fork?
Replies: 13
Views: 1585

can you repair/straighten a damaged fron fork?

Hi This is my first posting on this site although I've using the site for a while. I commute on my bike and occassionaly get out for a run at the weekend for a more relaxing ride. I've just purchased an old steel frame (with all the parts), nothing exotic just hi-ten, for my wife. The only problem I...