Search found 2638 matches

by fastpedaller
23 Sep 2014, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ouch!!
Replies: 22
Views: 1607

Re: Ouch!!

You can buy epoxy resin and cf cloth from East Coast Fibreglass or similar, but doing a good (invisible) repair may be another matter. I've not used cf, but have done a fair bit of stuff in glassfibre (built a folding caravan with it from scratch). It (cf) usually needs vacuum and autoclaving to man...
by fastpedaller
23 Sep 2014, 8:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ouch!!
Replies: 22
Views: 1607

Re: Ouch!!

Has that gone through the tube?
Crikey I didn't realise they were that fragile.
Can't beat a bit of steel. I HAD a nice Rondinella Neil, but it sold yesterday -£450 .... so sorry to see it go. Like losing a pet.
Have the cash for the Spa tourer now!
by fastpedaller
23 Sep 2014, 4:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Possible rebuild of an 8 speed cassette
Replies: 15
Views: 1078

Re: Possible rebuild of an 8 speed cassette

Ah well, I expect that you are younger and/or stronger and/or it's not so hilly where you are! I'm in Norfolk - so it isn't so hilly. But, if I use 28/38/49 with a 21 biggest on the rear that gives me a 36" gear, which (even though I'm a fastpedaller! not a pusher) is pretty low! A 28 on the b...
by fastpedaller
23 Sep 2014, 4:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Major Nichols find - valuation help needed please
Replies: 22
Views: 3139

Re: Major Nichols find - valuation help needed please

Correct me if I'm wrong - but the only rusty bits appear to be the toeclips and rear mech - hardly a deal breaker. If those are replaced, and the alloy bits polished, chain replaced (fwheel maybe too) and tyres tubes it will be a very nice bike indeed.
by fastpedaller
23 Sep 2014, 2:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Possible rebuild of an 8 speed cassette
Replies: 15
Views: 1078

Re: Possible rebuild of an 8 speed cassette

I can't see it being a problem. Your observations are the same as mine regarding an 11T sprocket (that's why I'm staying with 7 speed :) . I'm just going the 'easy' route by using a triple and closer ration cassette.
by fastpedaller
23 Sep 2014, 2:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Major Nichols find - valuation help needed please
Replies: 22
Views: 3139

Re: Major Nichols find - valuation help needed please

My guess would be about £500 FWIW
by fastpedaller
23 Sep 2014, 1:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech for 7 speed- Is it essential?
Replies: 30
Views: 1990

Re: Front mech for 7 speed- Is it essential?

Hello Networkman. That's a coincidence. Re the downtube changers, I'd looked at those but prefer a D-ring in case they need friction adjustment on the ride. I'm going to go for the Dia Compe ones from Spa, and try to rig up some home-made thumbie mounts like Colin's
by fastpedaller
23 Sep 2014, 9:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech for 7 speed- Is it essential?
Replies: 30
Views: 1990

Re: Front mech for 7 speed- Is it essential?

Thanks for the help guys - looks like a Claris is the way to go.
by fastpedaller
22 Sep 2014, 10:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech for 7 speed- Is it essential?
Replies: 30
Views: 1990

Re: Front mech for 7 speed- Is it essential?

so is the cage not any narrower for a narrower chain? Not wishing to question your reply Colin (because I haven't even examined one of the 10 speed changers!) but why would it make a difference if using index changing, if the indexing is in the gear levers? Can anyone (Colin?) recommend a triple cha...
by fastpedaller
22 Sep 2014, 8:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech for 7 speed- Is it essential?
Replies: 30
Views: 1990

Front mech for 7 speed- Is it essential?

I'm after buying a new front mech, for using with triple 28/38/48, but I only want 7 sprockets. Are recent front mechs for more speeds eg 10 speed suitable? The difference I am anticipating is that the width between the mech cage is smaller because of the thinner 10 speed chain, and therefore unsuit...
by fastpedaller
19 Sep 2014, 3:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike trailer insurance
Replies: 31
Views: 3217

Re: Bike trailer insurance

Might sound a daft idea, but could you easily remove 1 wheel and take that away on your bike?(obviously locking the trailer at the nursery anyway) that might prevent even an opportunist thief bothering with removing the lock 'cos they can't easily transport the trailer! I like that idea! :D I don't...
by fastpedaller
18 Sep 2014, 6:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: DIY penertrating oil /fluid.
Replies: 11
Views: 1261

Re: DIY penertrating oil /fluid.

With acetone costing about £4 a litre is it worth the hassle?
by fastpedaller
17 Sep 2014, 5:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Cycles TD-2 Triple Chainset
Replies: 7
Views: 1860

Re: Spa Cycles TD-2 Triple Chainset

One useful feature about the XD2 is that it is also available in different lengths - TD2 is only 170mm as far as I can ascertain.
by fastpedaller
17 Sep 2014, 1:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anybody recommend a year round commuting bike?
Replies: 113
Views: 8954

Re: Can anybody recommend a year round commuting bike?

Tail End Charlie wrote:I'm with 531Colin. A fixed gear bike is great for commuting, with dynamo light, it's a winner. I'd have a back brake as well though.
With that in mind, an On One Pompino would be my choice.


I recently bought a Pompino frame - really impressed with it.
by fastpedaller
16 Sep 2014, 7:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Changing chain set and rear cassette.
Replies: 10
Views: 892

Re: Changing chain set and rear cassette.

OP said:-
My bike is brand new however I want to upgrade the chain set and cassette.