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by squeaker
10 Jul 2020, 8:14pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Speedmachine - continuously under repair
Replies: 50
Views: 1837

Re: Speedmachine - continuously under repair

Off at a tangent, but I didn't mean to diss the Rapto. Ultimately it was the wheel slip up steep wet hills that was the deciding factor to sell but, given a bigger garage, it would still be there now ;)
by squeaker
9 Jul 2020, 6:01pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Speedmachine - continuously under repair
Replies: 50
Views: 1837

Re: Speedmachine - continuously under repair

belgiangoth wrote:Won't that affect the handling?
The Rapto was so 'engaging' to ride that I never really explored the effects of water (mass) damping :lol: The bottle cage was still there when I sold it in 2013, so the effect can't have been that noticeable...
by squeaker
9 Jul 2020, 4:54pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Speedmachine - continuously under repair
Replies: 50
Views: 1837

Re: Speedmachine - continuously under repair

belgiangoth wrote:Also, fitting bottle cage. Either drilling here....or doing something like this:
http://www.ademhr.com/products/cage_mount.html
(I like this because there's less chance of permanently breaking the seat)
Or use the stem? (IIRC it was a Minoura mount.)
by squeaker
8 Jul 2020, 10:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: For someone who hasn't trued a wheel before is it easy to do without specialist equipment?
Replies: 13
Views: 484

Re: For someone who hasn't trued a wheel before is it easy to do without specialist equipment?

Stress relieving is a very good idea. However if you just want to get out with your son the most basic level of truing, tightening the low side (ie spoke on the on the other side, pulling the rim away from the pad/indicator) and loosening the two either side is good enough to get you out. Personall...
by squeaker
7 Jul 2020, 9:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: prop stands
Replies: 7
Views: 274

Re: prop stands

Or use the rear triangle like this? (Never tried one, but looks sensible - not sure if using a rear disk though...)
by squeaker
23 Jun 2020, 11:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Colourful Bib Shorts
Replies: 9
Views: 570

Re: Colourful Bib Shorts

jjb331 wrote:Hi,
I'm looking for some bib shorts that are in colours other than black.
Erm, you have seen this? :shock: :lol:
by squeaker
20 Jun 2020, 2:52pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: New to me Azub Origami
Replies: 30
Views: 5320

Re: New to me Azub Origami

Sorry to read of your 'off' - at least you have a medic to look after you ;) (Bet she wasn't amused, though...) Looking at your original photos, the stem seems very vertical (maybe you've reclined it more since then?), so I'd be wanting to increase the tiller, not reduce it, so it's more like this ....
by squeaker
15 Jun 2020, 3:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The unholy trinity of bridge stupidity...
Replies: 16
Views: 730

Re: The unholy trinity of bridge stupidity...

What! None of them were dynamically unstable :shock: Must try harder :roll: :lol:
by squeaker
13 Jun 2020, 9:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Inner Tubes
Replies: 8
Views: 272

Re: Inner Tubes

Brucey wrote:which ones?

What valve type do you need?
As in what's the valve hole size in your rims?
Schrader valves need a larger diameter hole, Presta valves can be used in a rim drilled for Schrader if an adapter is used.
HTH
by squeaker
10 Jun 2020, 10:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old bike - should I upgrade or get a new one?
Replies: 21
Views: 720

Re: Old bike - should I upgrade or get a new one?

amundsen wrote:Is there an easy way to know whether it's steel or not?
Magnet? :wink:
by squeaker
10 Jun 2020, 10:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Too High or too Low?
Replies: 14
Views: 590

Re: Too High or too Low?

Set your saddle height so that with a pedal at the point where it is furthest from the saddle, your leg is not quite straight. So your leg still has a slight bend in it. Or if you're not sure what a 'slight bend' is, set the saddle so that your leg is straight with your heel on the pedal (and don't...
by squeaker
7 Jun 2020, 10:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Head tube before front wheel axle?
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: Head tube before front wheel axle?

cycle tramp wrote:, it's also an exquisite piece of engineering...
Not to me it isn't :shock: :roll:
by squeaker
6 Jun 2020, 11:43am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Speedmachine - continuously under repair
Replies: 50
Views: 1837

Re: Speedmachine - continuously under repair

Looks fixable to me (needs competent gas welder, IMO) maybe with a sleeve. Maybe replace if you don't like a fixed tiller, or want to try 'aero bars'? (I recall Stuart Dennison of Bikefix making a variant tiller for his SPM - maybe ask for ideas on the BHPC Facebook page?)
by squeaker
5 Jun 2020, 10:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hallett's Howlers
Replies: 88
Views: 4731

Re: Hallett's Howlers

Actually challenging the source of the information directly is a pretty novel idea. Especially since the OP has apparently been bottling this up for six years.... ??? IMHO, CJ, having been made redundant, IIRC, has behaved exceedingly well towards his former employer by not sniping constantly at, s...
by squeaker
1 Jun 2020, 11:42am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Speed and the fear of falling off
Replies: 79
Views: 2668

Re: Speed and the fear of falling off

I no longer see the point of 'pushing' downhill. That said I probably do take risks on known roads. In particular, a hill close to home: it will either be a heart attack going up it, or a crash coming down (there's a bumpy bend near the bottom). I once came around said bend at night to find some dar...