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by Milfred Cubicle
5 Apr 2013, 7:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mending a wayward compass
Replies: 4
Views: 576

Re: Mending a wayward compass

I've had a compass go wayward before, but by 180 degrees, not ninety. I cured it by stroking a strong magnet along the pointer. It has stayed true, but I still only dare use it for messing about with- I wouldn't trust it in the middle of nowhere. For yours to go off by 90 would appear to go against ...
by Milfred Cubicle
14 Mar 2013, 9:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road bike vs hybrid speed
Replies: 61
Views: 16591

Re: Road bike vs hybrid speedt

Unfortunately, the placebo effect can equally work against you. A few years ago, I bought a freeride/downhill bike, and overnight thought I'd become a bike-handling God. Then the effect wore off, and landed me with a bust shoulder! I suppose it could happen on the road too...you buy the lightest of ...
by Milfred Cubicle
14 Mar 2013, 7:35pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Glentress trip
Replies: 1
Views: 70435

Re: Glentress trip

Glentress now has wooden wigwams, and I hear they are pretty good value. You may need to hire two, as I think they sleep 4 at most. Self catering and basic, but right where you want them. I'm sure 'Glentress Wigwams' in a search engine will find the details.
by Milfred Cubicle
14 Mar 2013, 7:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road bike vs hybrid speed
Replies: 61
Views: 16591

Re: Road bike vs hybrid speed

Apart from all the benefits mentioned, there is always the placebo effect. If your pal is on a road bike, he probably feels 'obliged' to go a bit harder on the climbs...or risk getting thrashed by someone on a hybrid. It sounds silly, but believing you can climb is half the battle. Having the 'right...
by Milfred Cubicle
10 Mar 2013, 9:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dahon freehub bodies
Replies: 4
Views: 496

Re: Dahon freehub bodies

P.s. I should have made it clearer, yes, the body is splined for Shimano. As for the freehub-hub interface, who knows ? Only an allen key+vice will decide that one.
by Milfred Cubicle
10 Mar 2013, 9:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dahon freehub bodies
Replies: 4
Views: 496

Re: Dahon freehub bodies

Hi Colin Thanks for that. I've just finished doing the very thing. If it works, champion, because according to all the Dahon forums, it's a non- replacable part! The hubs are available cheaply enough, but that does seem like a ridiculous solution to a freehub problem. Will leave it alone for the mom...
by Milfred Cubicle
10 Mar 2013, 6:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dahon freehub bodies
Replies: 4
Views: 496

Dahon freehub bodies

Has anybody serviced/replaced a freehub body from a Dahon folder? I've got a P18 Vitesse, which has developed a sticky freehub. Before I get my hands dirty removing it, I'd like to know whether it will be possible to get spares. Dahon aftersales in the U.K. are rubbish, and it would be far too simpl...
by Milfred Cubicle
9 Mar 2013, 5:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Marsas handlebar foam...any good?
Replies: 10
Views: 905

Marsas handlebar foam...any good?

Has anybody used Marsas foam? When I saw the advert for a 'shock absorbing system', I was expecting something complicated! I could do with a bit more comfort, so is this stuff worth the money, or should I just cut some strips from a camping mat?
by Milfred Cubicle
1 Mar 2013, 7:02pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Lance Armstrong books
Replies: 3
Views: 18988

Re: Lance Armstrong books

Yep, I've simply decided to rearrange my bookshelves. Whereas my L.A. books were shelved amongst instruction books and non-fiction, I've now plonked them somewhere between fiction and comedy!
by Milfred Cubicle
1 Mar 2013, 3:31pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Lance Armstrong books
Replies: 3
Views: 18988

Lance Armstrong books

I've just seen a post on the for sale section for some Lance Armstrong books. Has anybody else got any of these lying around? I was going to throw mine away in disgust, but I've decided to keep them, more for the irony value than anything else. I wondered if anybody had come up with a novel use for ...
by Milfred Cubicle
1 Mar 2013, 3:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cheap rail travel tricks
Replies: 24
Views: 6929

Cheap rail travel tricks

Does anybody know the cheapest, most reliable way to get a half decent price for rail travel in the U.K? Every 'discount' site I've looked at just seems to want me to download an app., or gives me a price no better than booking directly with the train operator. I know you are better to book 12 weeks...
by Milfred Cubicle
24 Feb 2013, 5:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hollowtech help
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Re: Hollowtech help

Thanks for the replies folks. One of the problems was that I couldn't remember the exact chainset model. Looking at the documents, it looks like a 580 chainset. I never thought to look at a more modern version to see if the diagram made the difference clear - it does. If all else fails and I can't t...
by Milfred Cubicle
24 Feb 2013, 4:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hollowtech help
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Hollowtech help

I've got an older model Deore LX hollowtech chainset on the mountain bike, and recently the plastic ' bolt' on the left hand arm has stripped/worn its threads away. No problem, ordered a new one, only to find Shimano have changed the design. The new caps are 20 mm, whereas the old looks about 15. Do...
by Milfred Cubicle
19 Feb 2013, 8:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommended powder coaters/enamelling old steel frame?
Replies: 21
Views: 2581

Re: Recommended powder coaters/enamelling old steel frame?

I don't know if Darlington is too far for you, but there is Impreziv Finishing. He did a lovely job on my frame for around £60. My local bike shop recommends him, and all the others I've seen have been good too.
by Milfred Cubicle
11 Feb 2013, 7:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lightweight jacket
Replies: 6
Views: 657

Lightweight jacket

Can anyone recommend a lightweight cycling jacket for under £35? I'm looking for showerproof, preferrably a bright colour, and it must roll up small enough to fit in a jersey pocket. I appreciate I won't get 100% waterproof at this price, but water resistant would do.