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by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 2:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo Daytona gear alternatives
Replies: 15
Views: 581

Re: Campagnolo

Before pulling the trigger: even though the previous two decades "harder" gears were common all across the spectrum, that seems a proper "road bike gearing" so make sure eveything else fits you. To have 1:1 gear ratio on a road bike seems common in today's day but some bikes and ...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 2:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton folding pedal
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: Brompton folding pedal

Brompton pedals are assembled with Castrol grease which is not exactly "sod-all" .... that is not what I've seen; bone dry is the usual thing. cheers See my other post about the Brompton stem Thankfully there's been over 1/2 million of Brompton bikes (including mine) that are not built as...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 2:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton stuck folks
Replies: 13
Views: 1232

Re: Brompton stuck folks

...They also have the (not inconsiderable) disadvantage that there is usually little or no grease on the parts when they leave the factory. cheers Your opinion not supported by facts. If you had been in the factory you would know that Castrol Sphenol LMM everywhere. That is simply seized with age, ...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 8:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton stuck folks
Replies: 13
Views: 1232

Re: Brompton stuck folks

FWIW, Brompton stems are held in the foRks with a tapered "cone", not a "wedge", if you try to push it from the bottom of the forks it will only get more stuck. For a start, this bike may be with the older 1" stem/forks, for which parts are not available anymore, so put extr...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 8:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fork crown race fitting
Replies: 22
Views: 673

Re: Fork crown race fitting

I have a new 1 1/8” fork and a reducer bush that will adapt it to fit in a 1.5” taper head tube. The fork crown measures 30.1mm and the bush is smaller 29.8mm (using a dial calliper). If I take it to the LBS and ask them to fit the bush, I assume they will turn down the fork to fit. My question is,...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 8:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What kind of stepped ferrule for these old cable stops?
Replies: 12
Views: 555

Re: What kind of stepped ferrule for these old cable stops?

You can use a stepped gear ferrule, by removing part of the plastic casing of the brake outer cable, easy to do with a stanley kinfe but just make sure the cables are the right length because the lack of plastic casing makes the cable more prone to kink and bend. Campagnolo makes two types of steppe...
by Gattonero
7 Jan 2020, 8:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton folding pedal
Replies: 8
Views: 325

Re: Brompton folding pedal

Brompton pedals are assembled with Castrol grease which is not exactly "sod-all" (in fact, you can often see grease spilling form the inside of the crank) so what's happening is the usual binding that happens when parts have been tight in place for long time. The problem you are having, is...
by Gattonero
27 Nov 2019, 8:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heights of lights.
Replies: 21
Views: 1255

Re: Heights of lights.

The 1500mm maximum height has to be for helmet-mounted lights, obviously has to be a tall person with an upright riding position.
by Gattonero
27 Nov 2019, 8:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A gummy [spoke] nipple freeze that doesn't really set?
Replies: 17
Views: 900

Re: A gummy [spoke] nipple freeze that doesn't really set?

I've been building wheels for 40+ years, I never use anything but oil on the nipples , and no-one has ever come back to me and complained that the spokes came loose. If I'm using DT Squorx nipples, which have the pro lock compound on the threads , I dump them in oil as well before using them. You g...
by Gattonero
27 Nov 2019, 7:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: MTB toe clips - difference/advantages?
Replies: 19
Views: 971

Re: MTB toe clips - difference/advantages?

Noting that the discussion is interesting but SPDs are not for me because I have so far failed to find any footwear broad enough to fit my feet. I had the same problem until I found Shimano's MT44 & MT54 SPD shoes. (No longer made) :( . But you can get them on ebay NOS. Best to measure your fee...
by Gattonero
27 Nov 2019, 7:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: MYOG Masterlink pliers
Replies: 11
Views: 833

Re: MYOG Masterlink pliers

What a performance to save a tenner!! Not everyone has money to waste on unnecessary unitaskers! Previous discussion with pictures showing how to open a masterlink/quick/magic/power link with ordinary pliers or pipe wrench at https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=114731 ....and that d...
by Gattonero
21 Nov 2019, 2:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton (narrowed) SA front hub brake: Brucey question?
Replies: 9
Views: 727

Re: Brompton (narrowed) SA front hub brake: Brucey question?

... It's not as easy and safe as you'd think. 1, the dropouts are 5/16" or just under 8mm. To reduce the OD of the axle diameter, or to increase the ID of the dropouts means to weaken one part of the other 2, the forks were never meant to carry the load of an hub or disk brake, they're strong ...
by Gattonero
21 Nov 2019, 2:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: MTB toe clips - difference/advantages?
Replies: 19
Views: 971

Re: MTB toe clips - difference/advantages?

Like for like in price, I've always found the Shimano SPD shoes to be excellent value for money and long lasting. And good to walk into, as well, when mud is deep is actually better to gigngerly ride on because walking boots will get very wet. But you have to take my opinion as biased: after 1991 wi...
by Gattonero
21 Nov 2019, 2:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A gummy [spoke] nipple freeze that doesn't really set?
Replies: 17
Views: 900

Re: A gummy nipple freeze that doesn't really set?

Loctite 572 is a "gasketing" compound that works well on spoke nipples, bear in mind it's a bit thick (meant for coarse threads) so needs the spoke threads to be dipped in because it won't really move. Leaves good time to go around tensioning and truing the wheel.
by Gattonero
21 Nov 2019, 8:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano hydraulic brake bleed funnel sizes
Replies: 13
Views: 785

Re: Shimano hydraulic brake bleed funnel sizes

FWIW, wheen bleeding those brakes I recommend to make sure you use a GOOD 2mm and 3mm allen key for the bleed reservoir cover and the bleed nipple respectively. They're very much over-tighten by the factory, and the former does often get rounded off if a good tool is not used. The adapter for the fu...