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by MikeF
24 Jan 2013, 10:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick question about mudguards for touring
Replies: 13
Views: 3387

Re: Quick question about mudguards for touring

Fitting mudguards can need patience!
by MikeF
24 Jan 2013, 10:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick question about mudguards for touring
Replies: 13
Views: 3387

Re: Quick question about mudguards for touring

Hi, I've had a good look through old topics about this and not found much...so apologies if it has been discussed already and I've missed it. Basically I picked up a second hand Ridgeback Panorama in the summer and am looking to replace the knackered mudguards, but am not sure which size to go for....
by MikeF
24 Jan 2013, 10:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 5 speed Maillard/Normandy freewheel removal tool.
Replies: 10
Views: 4288

Re: 5 speed Maillard/Normandy freewheel removal tool.

VAR do still list a good range (see page 34 of the UK catalogue for the larger Maillard one). You could probably order via good bike shops. Thanks for posting link. Very useful looking range of tools but possibly expensive? Minimum order of 80 Euros on VAR French site. JD Whisker Ltd Unit 4 - Bridg...
by MikeF
23 Jan 2013, 5:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wireless/Wired Bicycle Computers
Replies: 17
Views: 4781

Re: Wireless/Wired Bicycle Computers

Turkunen wrote: Something that stops and starts automatically at traffic lights etc.


Not quite sure what you mean by this. If you mean record elapsed time only while moving then I think this won't be available. It will record total elapsed time ie whether you are stationary or moving.
by MikeF
23 Jan 2013, 5:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 5 speed Maillard/Normandy freewheel removal tool.
Replies: 10
Views: 4288

Re: 5 speed Maillard/Normandy freewheel removal tool.

the cogs can sometimes be very tight indeed. As can the block on the hub - which is what you are ultimately trying to remove. If you haven't a decent strong bench vice then I think the only way is to use the proper tool (available on American eBay) or Brucey's bar insert, ideally with a tight fitti...
by MikeF
22 Jan 2013, 8:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Has anyone heard of Magnic Lights?
Replies: 82
Views: 7966

Re: Has anyone heard of Magnic Lights?

I'm not a backer, I'm just hoping that someone who is will be curious enough to do a teardown on the light and reveal precisely how it works. I'm sure the comments here regarding eddy currents will prove to be correct, but I'd like to see exactly how the generator is set up to harness them. Me too....
by MikeF
22 Jan 2013, 8:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rimtape or plugs and why? Water absorbancy?
Replies: 10
Views: 595

Re: Rimtape or plugs and why? Water absorbancy?

Valbrona wrote:The plastic/rubber rim tapes are only rated for low pressure applications - kiddies bikes and not much else.



Oh really?! What evidence have you for that?

My 1980s tourer still has its original rubber rim tape in use.
by MikeF
22 Jan 2013, 10:59am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: CTC Launch Women's Race Team
Replies: 162
Views: 54404

Re: CTC Launch Women's Race Team

Hi there. We are following this discussion with a lot of interest at CTC National Office. We are delighted to see so much support for the team. A few points for the sake of clarity; Team CTC is a sponsored not a pro team. CTC are one of a few sponsors who have come together to support the team with...
by MikeF
20 Jan 2013, 10:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Has anyone heard of Magnic Lights?
Replies: 82
Views: 7966

Re: Has anyone heard of Magnic Lights?

Just been checking on Faraday Discs as generators. All the examples seem to produce a direct current so need wires, but the examples used magnets. Would coils make a difference? I've used a 3 phase squirrel cage motor as a generator, but his relies on very small residual magnetism to generate AC. I ...
by MikeF
20 Jan 2013, 10:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Has anyone heard of Magnic Lights?
Replies: 82
Views: 7966

Re: Has anyone heard of Magnic Lights?

This device appears to be working as a Faraday Disc. The best household examples of these are old type electricity meters, washing machine controllers and mains powered electric clocks. Here an aluminium disc on a spindle is positioned between the poles of a mains powered alternating current electro...
by MikeF
20 Jan 2013, 6:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubes & Punctures
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Tubes & Punctures

Thanks for the replies. From what you say it was probably due to lower than recommended pressure. I haven't measured it, I just pump them up until they seem hard. I'll have to buy a guage and see if the problem lies with my pump or my arms. Cheers A Bontrager Charger floor pump http://www.tritoncyc...
by MikeF
15 Jan 2013, 12:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Legs, or lack of them.
Replies: 83
Views: 3280

Re: Legs, or lack of them.

My view is that too much of the same exercise is not necessarily beneficial. Cycling is regarded as aerobic non weight bearing exercise. That's why I always walk and maybe jog for a short distances on days when I don't cycle. And there's not so much icy blast in the winter!!
by MikeF
14 Jan 2013, 9:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: mudguards + close clearances
Replies: 26
Views: 1931

Re: mudguards + close clearances

Hardly any room between my tyres and bridge/crown/brakes. Just wondering what the current alternatives are to solve the problem? Have tried some small bluemels, and they will just fit in there with 25mm tyres but when there is mud on the roads they clog so no good. In my experience different makes ...
by MikeF
4 Jan 2013, 10:09am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Anyone ride a road bike on canal paths?
Replies: 46
Views: 5577

Re: Anyone ride a road bike on canal paths?

I wouldn't worry about what type of bikes other people are riding. There is a lot of "old fashioned" bikes still being ridden on all sorts of routes! Try the out the path first when you are not under time pressure, as the first time you travel on any unknown route it always seems to be lon...
by MikeF
3 Jan 2013, 5:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nonsense geometry
Replies: 31
Views: 1733

Re: Nonsense geometry

Before I'm accused of using this forum for commercial sniping, I would like to point out a couple of things. 1) I didn't start a thread entitled "nonsense geometry"....I didn't title this post "nonsense geometry" 2) This post was made under the heading "how big a stack with...