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by nirakaro
27 Apr 2009, 8:51pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Camping and securing the bike
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: Camping and securing the bike

Campsites are pretty safe places, and there's always something to lock you bike to; if you're wild camping, the essence of your personal safety - as well as your bike's - is invisibility: you can be totally out of sight five yards from a main road if you're right behind the hedge.
by nirakaro
21 Apr 2009, 8:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: which language to learn
Replies: 31
Views: 2181

Re: which language to learn

Before you buy Rosetta Stone (which I don't know) try Googling Michel Thomas (which I do). I found them excellent courses, that get you speaking the language straight away, and they're a fraction of the price.
by nirakaro
20 Apr 2009, 4:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain seems to jump on cog?
Replies: 22
Views: 787

Re: Chain seems to jump on cog?

Mick I have to bow to your greater wisdom. I swapped onto a borrowed cassette, and it was sweet as a nut - so despite those nice measurements, it was a knackered cassette.
by nirakaro
20 Apr 2009, 10:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: freehub removal - not 10mm or 12mm?!?!?!
Replies: 15
Views: 7294

Re: freehub removal - not 10mm or 12mm?!?!?!

Just for the archive ... mine removed from the left hand side, with a 7/16" hex key. And - just to keep me on my toes - it's a left hand thread.
by nirakaro
19 Apr 2009, 1:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: freehub removal - not 10mm or 12mm?!?!?!
Replies: 15
Views: 7294

Re: freehub removal - not 10mm or 12mm?!?!?!

I've got one exactly the same - I suspect it's 7/16". I'll try to slip out tomorrow and buy a 7/16" allen key, and keep you posted.
by nirakaro
19 Apr 2009, 1:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain seems to jump on cog?
Replies: 22
Views: 787

Re: Chain seems to jump on cog?

Mick, I know it’s recent history: four years untouched at the back of my shed, after coming from a friend of a friend who is, shall we say, not the slimmest or most active of men. I’d be surprised if he knew how to change the chain. Of course he may have bought it second hand. What most convinces me...
by nirakaro
18 Apr 2009, 7:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain seems to jump on cog?
Replies: 22
Views: 787

Re: Chain seems to jump on cog?

I took it all apart and put it together again, which fixes things surprisingly often, but not this time, alas. It certainly feels more like pawls disengaging than the chain jumping, and peering between my legs as I ride, I can't see anything amiss. The freehub looks and sounds just as pristine as th...
by nirakaro
18 Apr 2009, 5:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain seems to jump on cog?
Replies: 22
Views: 787

Re: Chain seems to jump on cog?

I seem to remember from my irresponsible youth that worn cogs are pretty easy to spot, and these look like new: jump happens certainly in gears 2,3,4,5,6. Also, having taken the axle out, no discernible wear to bearings, cups or cones. So I’m assuming the problem’s in the freehub. It’s an SRAM, that...
by nirakaro
18 Apr 2009, 1:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain seems to jump on cog?
Replies: 22
Views: 787

Chain seems to jump on cog?

I'm cleaning up an old low-mileage Specialized Hardrock, and everything works fine except, on the pedal downstroke there’s often a loud clunk from the (7-speed) cassette, and the chain seems to jump a tooth. Only happens under high torque when I’m starting off, or going uphill. I can’t reproduce it ...
by nirakaro
17 Apr 2009, 10:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: where all the old bicycles go?
Replies: 11
Views: 738

where all the old bicycles go?

Halfords sell a million bikes a year, and other shops another two million. I don’t imagine the number of cyclists in the UK is growing that much, and surely even crap bikes can’t wear out that quickly? I’ve had two decent bikes (one Cannondale, one Specialized) given to me/abandoned in my shed latel...
by nirakaro
14 Apr 2009, 10:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: STI upgrade - domino effect
Replies: 3
Views: 303

STI upgrade - domino effect

After a couple of decades riding hybrids, I’ve just been given a pristine old tourer, and rediscovered the pleasure of drop handlebars; but I couldn’t readjust to downtube shifters (or bar-end shifters), and started exploring the maze of STI/Ergo upgrades. Then I hit the domino effect: 7 speed STI’s...
by nirakaro
31 Mar 2009, 8:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Stimulating your appetite?
Replies: 22
Views: 869

Re: Stimulating your appetite?

Amazing how instantaneous the 'refuelling' effect is; halfway up (even quite a small) hill, even if you don't feel hungry, you can realise 'I'm not going to get to the top of this without a calorie intake'. Stop for a quick snack, and by the time you're pedalling again, it's worked.
by nirakaro
28 Mar 2009, 1:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Road atlas showing campsites?
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Road atlas showing campsites?

My old Blay Foldex road atlas of France marks campsites, but I can't find a current one that does. I want to keep this one for reference rather than rip the pages out: can anyone recommend what current atlas I should get? (I also want one for Italy.)