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by Roadster
16 Dec 2017, 2:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?
Replies: 48
Views: 2813

Re: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?

Squirt is the only wax-based chain lube that remotely appeals. I might well try it when my newly-bought bottle of Morgan Blue Syn Lube runs out...
by Roadster
15 Dec 2017, 7:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?
Replies: 48
Views: 2813

Re: Best way to dry wet chain (post-ride)?

The other things I like about the wax are that my fingers stay cleaner should chain removal be necessary (for puncture or thorough bike clean) and that I never bother to/need to clean the chain itself. I always carry a pair of disposable nitrile gloves in my toolkit for exactly that reason. They we...
by Roadster
15 Dec 2017, 1:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seatpost, seat pack and seatpost mounted light visibility
Replies: 24
Views: 1464

Re: Seatpost, seat pack and seatpost mounted light visibility

It seems unwise and inadvisable to compromise the performance of the rear light for any reason, least of all merely to avoid offending the giver of an inappropriate one. Your safety on the road is far more important than the giver's feelings and if the giver really cares about that, he/she will unde...
by Roadster
6 Dec 2017, 5:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: watching cycling on tv
Replies: 9
Views: 704

Re: watching cycling on tv

FreeSat offers a lot more channels than FreeView, and a separate tuner/recorder box would allow you to record a programme either to schedule or while watching another.
by Roadster
6 Dec 2017, 2:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compressionless brake outer
Replies: 21
Views: 1040

Re: Compressionless brake outer

The coils of a spirally wound outer are perhaps not as tightly packed as they appear. Even though the gaps are only a few microns, they'd all add up over the length of a cable. I also wonder whether the diameter of a spirally wound outer expands under pressure, reducing the force applied to the end ...
by Roadster
4 Dec 2017, 5:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8-speed ?clutch? problem in gears 2, 3, 4
Replies: 57
Views: 4035

Re: Alfine 8-speed ?clutch? problem in gears 2, 3, 4

Yes, that's what I meant. I too suspect that the cause of the problem lies outwith rather than within the hub itself, and was created or exposed during the machine's reassembly following the service.
by Roadster
4 Dec 2017, 5:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Threaded headset difficulty
Replies: 12
Views: 581

Re: Threaded headset difficulty

What fausto99 says. Forget the alloy idea and just get a replacement steel hanger like the old one.
by Roadster
4 Dec 2017, 5:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8-speed ?clutch? problem in gears 2, 3, 4
Replies: 57
Views: 4035

Re: Alfine 8-speed ?clutch? problem in gears 2, 3, 4

It's telling that the problems only started after the service, whereas an already developing fault within the hub might have shown itself sooner. It seems a bit of a coincidence, to say the least.
by Roadster
4 Dec 2017, 5:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New tyres time! Advice needed.
Replies: 12
Views: 617

Re: New tyres time! Advice needed.

In my personal experience, the Panaracer Pasela TGs are not as puncture resistant as I'd hoped - in fact, I swapped them out for the sadly discontinued Vittoria Randonneur Pros for exactly that reason, and got more comfort as well as fewer punctures.
by Roadster
4 Dec 2017, 4:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bern Brentwood helmet
Replies: 5
Views: 2640

Re: Bern Brentwood helmet

I've owned a Bern Brentwood for a couple of years now and concur with NUKe's observations. As a 68-year-old pensioner riding a roadster, I didn't want to look like a pretend racer, an alien from outer space nor a complete MAMIL-stroke-Dork, so its sober and restrained styling appealed to me more tha...
by Roadster
30 Nov 2017, 5:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8-speed ?clutch? problem in gears 2, 3, 4
Replies: 57
Views: 4035

Re: Alfine 8-speed ?clutch? problem in gears 2, 3, 4

It's not actually necessary to position the fixing bolt at precisely 101mm from the ferrule because this distance is widely adjustable after installation by means of the barrel adjuster at the shifter end - provided, of course, that the correct distance falls within that adjuster's range. What's imp...
by Roadster
28 Nov 2017, 3:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pothole repair automation
Replies: 20
Views: 1741

Re: Pothole repair automation

The roads in East Lancashire are indeed in a disgraceful state of disrepair, the responsibility of the County Council based in Preston. Here on the border with West Yorkshire, we're a long way from there and out-of-sight appears to mean out-of-mind. One at least of those machines is desperately need...
by Roadster
28 Nov 2017, 2:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8-speed ?clutch? problem in gears 2, 3, 4
Replies: 57
Views: 4035

Re: Alfine 8-speed ?clutch? problem in gears 2, 3, 4

Time to start saving for a Rohloff! Not necessary in this case: the Alfine 8 may not be quite as good as a Rohloff but it's still the best of the rest at a fraction of the price. As Brucey has stated and indeed restated, the three primary suspects are the cable, the cable and the cable, which must ...
by Roadster
28 Nov 2017, 2:25am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How heavy are Pashley bikes?
Replies: 16
Views: 3070

Re: How heavy are Pashley bikes?

They make lightweight cycles as well. Their Countryman, for example, has Reynolds 531 main tubes and all-alloy components. It weighs around 27 lbs or so (similar to my traditional Holdsworth steel tourer) and only needs different handlebars to transform it into a "Sports Roadster":- http:/...
by Roadster
27 Nov 2017, 2:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Helmet Storage
Replies: 7
Views: 531

Re: Helmet Storage

As Graham says, storing one in cold, damp and poorly ventilated conditions is just asking for mould to form in a very short space of time. Somewhere warm, dry and well-ventilated would be far better.