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by Roadster
7 Aug 2016, 8:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Penrite SF Grease for Alfine 8?
Replies: 69
Views: 41261

Re: Penrite SF Grease for Alfine 8?

It's the "black and horrible" aspect of the Land Rover stuff that puts me off it, and its virtue of being long-lasting isn't a great advantage since I'd actually prefer to renew the grease every couple of years than simply rely on its claimed longevity. Besides, it does seem a tad overkill...
by Roadster
7 Aug 2016, 3:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Penrite SF Grease for Alfine 8?
Replies: 69
Views: 41261

Penrite SF Grease for Alfine 8?

My Alfine 8 is about due for its first service and I'm thinking of switching over to Penrite Semi Fluid Grease:- http://www.moss-europe.co.uk/penrite-semi-fluid-grease-0-5-litre-ggl9029x.html This is described on several suppliers' websites as being also suitable for LandRover front swivel hubs. Has...
by Roadster
6 Aug 2016, 8:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alfine 8 v Alfine 11
Replies: 6
Views: 1780

Re: Alfine 8 v Alfine 11

Apart from the odd clunk under heavy load, my Alfine 8 has been very reliable.

(Edit: New thread re. lube query opened in Technical Section)
by Roadster
3 Aug 2016, 6:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Retro fork light bracket
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: Retro fork light bracket

Ah yes, the unusual obsolete thread - I'd forgotten about that. My old Holdsworth Mistral has that same fork boss and I've just fished the original bolt and its washer (along with the broken end of a front Wonderlight bracket!) out of my spares bin. Let's just put it this way: there are better place...
by Roadster
3 Aug 2016, 5:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Retro fork light bracket
Replies: 3
Views: 486

Re: Retro fork light bracket

I wouldn't bother trying to make one from scratch when you could just modify something like this:- https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/lighting-spares/black-origin8-eyelet-stub-light-mount/?src=emstock%2F or this:- https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/lighting-spares/m-wave-quick-release-lamp-holder/?src=emstock%2F ...
by Roadster
2 Aug 2016, 12:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Splitter
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Chain Splitter

The Cyclo has certainly withstood the test of time, which is usually a fairly reliable indicator of quality.
by Roadster
1 Aug 2016, 1:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Splitter
Replies: 15
Views: 1035

Re: Chain Splitter

The Cyclo is perfectly adequate for normal usage and all I've ever needed.
Moreover, its small size and light weight make it ideal for the onboard toolkit.
by Roadster
29 Jul 2016, 3:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What size tyres for Canal paths (with some cobbles)
Replies: 29
Views: 2000

Re: What size tyres for Canal paths (with some cobbles)

Well obviously, and all the more reason for him to choose a lower, more comfortable tyre-pressure. Perhaps he realized that comfort conserves power as you say, and so did have something to do with his decision after all. That's not the only reason, though: he probably knew that lower tyre-pressure a...
by Roadster
28 Jul 2016, 6:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What size tyres for Canal paths (with some cobbles)
Replies: 29
Views: 2000

Re: What size tyres for Canal paths (with some cobbles)

That goes without saying, Andrew, and riding lightly has enabled me to avoid a single pinch-flat or buckled wheel during 55 years of cycling. Nevertheless, thin-walled tyres are inherently more susceptible to pinch-flats than thick-walled ones and therefore do require higher pressure to present the ...
by Roadster
28 Jul 2016, 4:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What size tyres for Canal paths (with some cobbles)
Replies: 29
Views: 2000

Re: What size tyres for Canal paths (with some cobbles)

Width is not the only deciding factor when selecting comfortable tyres for mixed terrain: of equal importance are inflation pressure and puncture protection, and the most appropriate choice will take account of all three. My hybrid came with 28mm Panaracer Pasela PTs - a sensible width in theory but...
by Roadster
26 Jul 2016, 2:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wet Lube Stains
Replies: 12
Views: 686

Re: Wet Lube Stains

1. Rub Swarfega into the stained area(s) and leave it to act for a while.
2. Repeat procedure using neat laundry liquid.
3. Machine-wash in the normal way.

This works best prior to washing and before attempting other methods.