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by jk49
28 Feb 2016, 6:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to buy Phil Wood hubs
Replies: 5
Views: 1323

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 they'll do a one off with their next order?
by jk49
18 Feb 2016, 7:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork
Replies: 41
Views: 2681

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 said earlier, I fully accept, its not for everybody. I would never sell this bike, its trigger's broom, I bought it new in 1997, its been stolen once and then returned by the police 6 months later, so I have alot of affection for it! BTW I still have the original fork so I can easily reverse all this.
by jk49
18 Feb 2016, 10:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork
Replies: 41
Views: 2681

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, wanted to give them a go, so looked for a normal steel disc fork. The price difference between the ones I found and the carbon one I bought was about £60.Throw in a bb7 and some brake cable and you have change from £160.
Now I know I could of re rimmed the original wheel for approx £20, but I would of missed a great chance to have a tinker and a bit of an experiment. Not for everyone, but its a personal weakness I have, to want to try and adapt and improve what I already have and generally just have a good tinker!
So..... has it worked?
The bike is noticeably lighter, and the front end is more compliant, maybe to much for some! I've got mixed feeling about the brake. It undoutably stops well, especially in driving rain, but its noise still annoys me! The vee brake on the back just goes quietly about its business.
I think there are elements of polishing a turd going on here, but I do think it works quite well as an exercise( careful to avoid the upgrade word!). We'll have to see how long the fork lasts.
by jk49
17 Feb 2016, 3:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork
Replies: 41
Views: 2681

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 the tale!
by jk49
17 Feb 2016, 12:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon fibre disk brake touring fork
Replies: 41
Views: 2681

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 imagine they sell forks for 700c too.
by jk49
8 Feb 2016, 9:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Keeping feet properly warm
Replies: 33
Views: 2299

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 fantasticly warm and the best thing I've bought for winter cycling.
by jk49
7 Feb 2016, 8:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: V brakes a no go on this frame?
Replies: 20
Views: 1666

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: 3482

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: 993

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: 844

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 already. So hopefully just a transplant job.
by jk49
31 Jan 2016, 12:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: sturmey archer aw3 threaded sprockets?
Replies: 5
Views: 844

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 sprocket driver. I would like to change the gearing, but can't find any information about whether threaded sprockets are still available for these drivers. Does anyone have any experiences they could share? Thanks in advance.
by jk49
22 Jan 2016, 6:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old AW hub on 126mm dropouts
Replies: 28
Views: 2235

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: 2034

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
by jk49
14 Jan 2016, 7:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old AW hub on 126mm dropouts
Replies: 28
Views: 2235

Re: Old AW hub on 126mm dropouts

I have just finished doing the same to my 1990's Dawes Audax (126mm spacing). I used the NTW's for vertical dropouts on the inside of the dropouts and one 3mm spacer on the NDS. I was left with 12mm ish of axle length outside the dropout on each side, so I'm hoping that will be enough for the nuts/axle threads. Haven't ridden it far yet due to work!
Ps I used the 163mm axle from SJS on a pre nig aw3.
by jk49
11 Jan 2016, 8:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: When to avoid peak times in France?
Replies: 16
Views: 1311

Re: When to avoid peak times in France?

On one of the trips mentioned above, we thought a week on the beach in Les Landes area in the SW would be good. We only lasted one night. It was incredibly busy, we were only able to find somewhere on our 3rd attempt.
So the next day, we carried on south to the Pyrrenees, where we where able to find places in emptyish municipal style camp sites. That has been my experience since, certainly away from the coast and with the odd exception, like one in a small village, close to one of the 'bigger' chateaux on the Loire cycle route.
Perhaps this part of France is particularly busy in July and August. I'm sure you will be fine everywhere else after about the 15/8.