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by jk49
15 Mar 2016, 9:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wheel Builder in Bristol or South Gloucs
Replies: 16
Views: 6867

Re: Wheel Builder in Bristol or South Gloucs

£5 spoke wrench. Google spokey. I think I'm correct to say that everything else can be made from old tools and scrap wood bits and pieces you may have stored in your shed. Musson's book gives instructions for making a wheel building stand, but plenty of people just turn their bike frame upside down ...
by jk49
14 Mar 2016, 7:08pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Scary camping experiences
Replies: 62
Views: 8194

Re: Scary camping experiences

On a campsite next to one of the big lakes in Kenya, maybe Naivasha. Woken after dark by the sound of tearing grass, grazing style. Peered out, could just make out the shape of two hippos attracted out of the lake by the irrigated grass. Found out the next morning that a camper had been trampled and...
by jk49
28 Feb 2016, 6:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to buy Phil Wood hubs
Replies: 5
Views: 1134

Re: Where to buy Phil Wood hubs

I've used hubjub http://hubjub.co.uk/ for a phil bb to fit a french threaded shell. They provided a good friendly service, so I'm happy to recommend them , although I don't know if they are able to get the hubs you are after. I think they only list track hubs on their website, maybe worth asking if ...
by jk49
18 Feb 2016, 7:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork
Replies: 41
Views: 2379

Re: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork

Another thing I've learnt from my 'experiment' is that the carbon fork is more flexible than the steel unicrown v brake fork they replaced. I didn't expect that. I know sometimes we start to believe our own propaganda, but I really think this has improved the ride of the bike I use everyday. As I sa...
by jk49
18 Feb 2016, 10:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork
Replies: 41
Views: 2379

Re: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork

Having done this to my utility bike/tourer/ riding trails and moderate single track 90's steel mtb, I think I've learnt a couple of things. A bit of back ground first. The bikes wheel rims needed changing, so the front wheel cost the price of the new hub. I've never owned a bike with disc brakes, wa...
by jk49
17 Feb 2016, 3:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork
Replies: 41
Views: 2379

Re: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork

ok,I'll bite. You probably wouldn't love my mtb carbon disc fork much. You can easily see it deflect under hard braking. No idea if its going to break, but they have been around for 5 or 6 years as a kind of stripped down replacement for heavier suspension forks. Maybe the owners didn't live to tell...
by jk49
17 Feb 2016, 12:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork
Replies: 41
Views: 2379

Re: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork

how about this? http://www.carboncycles.cc/?s=0&c=75&p=787&tb=001 I've no experience of this fork, but have read numerous favourable reviews of their offerings and service. I fitted a carbon disc fork to my 90's mtb, which I'm very happy with, but bought it from picasia on ebay. I'd imag...
by jk49
8 Feb 2016, 9:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Keeping feet properly warm
Replies: 33
Views: 2111

Re: Keeping feet properly warm

I thought my Northwave Artic celsius (spelling of artic is correct if a bit odd) were expensive, but seem like good value when compared to those wolvehammers! I wear mine in anything below about 10c with thin h20pro style over shoes to keep spray/mud off. Above that they get too hot. They are fantas...
by jk49
7 Feb 2016, 8:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: V brakes a no go on this frame?
Replies: 20
Views: 1513

Re: V brakes a no go on this frame?

yep, did this on my 90's hardtail about 3 months ago. It has improved the preformance of the rear brakes, but I think that is probably due to the cables and outers being brand new. Certainly no downsides so far. HTH.
by jk49
5 Feb 2016, 6:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BB - External cups to square taper
Replies: 81
Views: 3245

Re: BB - External cups to square taper

Brucey, you've explained how to inject grease past the external seal on un55 style bbs. Does this work better than the punching a hole in the middle of the body after applying a bit of angle grinder method,then forcing grease into the bearings from the inside>outside.
by jk49
5 Feb 2016, 11:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Eurovelo 6 Accommodation
Replies: 5
Views: 892

Re: Eurovelo 6 Accommodation

we used the interactive map found here http://www.cycling-loire.com/ We used it to find campsites, but I'm fairly sure it has hotels and b and b's as well. You have to tick the accomodation box on the map, then zoom in. Hope that's useful, it's a brilliant route.
by jk49
31 Jan 2016, 5:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sturmey archer aw3 threaded sprockets?
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Re: sturmey archer aw3 threaded sprockets?

Thanks for all the helpful replies. It's good to know that if I can remove the original sprocket, a newer one with fewer teeth can be got. Brucey, I'll have a look at the old hubshell to see if its the removable cup type, although its the moderner one that is both goosed, and built up into a wheel a...
by jk49
31 Jan 2016, 12:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sturmey archer aw3 threaded sprockets?
Replies: 5
Views: 652

sturmey archer aw3 threaded sprockets?

I've got a SA aw3 which appears to be in pretty good nick. I think it is from WW2 as it's body doesn't appear to have the date stamp on it. I'm planning on transplanting it into a 36 hole shell that I've already built into a wheel. (it's inner bearing is pretty rough). The older hub has a threaded s...
by jk49
22 Jan 2016, 6:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old AW hub on 126mm dropouts
Replies: 28
Views: 1930

Re: Old AW hub on 126mm dropouts

Thanks for the reassurance. I've been out and about on it a few times now, with no thread/nut related misadventures so far, so hopefully its all good.
by jk49
18 Jan 2016, 9:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nexus or Alfine 8
Replies: 3
Views: 1619

Re: Nexus or Alfine 8

Maybe worth a look. Good price I think. I had very good service from them.

http://www.cnc-bike.de/product_info.php ... s_id=14808