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by slowster
8 May 2018, 10:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Head bearing rust
Replies: 49
Views: 2750

Re: Head bearing rust

What I mean is what you have seen: the holes in the Record headset are only a few mm away from where the ball-bearings actually are. But if you fit a grease-port in the frame, this has to be past the insertion of the headset cups, which means you have the grease port almost 2cm aways form the beari...
by slowster
8 May 2018, 9:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Servicing MKS Sylvan Touring pedals
Replies: 23
Views: 2063

Re: Servicing MKS Sylvan Touring pedals

re the Next version , I think it is the simplicty of servicing the basic version that makes it so appealing ; the Next version says it has triple seals. I wonder what servicing is like , and how easy it is to replace the bearings? MKS provide details of the different bearings they use here https://...
by slowster
8 May 2018, 6:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Servicing MKS Sylvan Touring pedals
Replies: 23
Views: 2063

Re: Servicing MKS Sylvan Touring pedals

is there any reason why they make pedals with no shoulders like the Sylvan? I suspect it's simply that it's an old design which dates from when pedal washers were more commonly used, and they have not felt it necessary to update the design, at least not yet. There are plenty of other MKS pedals whi...
by slowster
6 May 2018, 12:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: If I’m doing okay
Replies: 23
Views: 1698

Re: If I’m doing okay

You have experienced - and are experiencing - something which I can only imagine is hugely traumatic and stressful. I guess cycling is something which helps you not only because of the benefits to physical and mental health of the exercise, but also because it provides you with something upon which ...
by slowster
5 May 2018, 11:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Velo Orange Campeur
Replies: 13
Views: 845

Re: Velo Orange Campeur

I think the head tube length shown for the 51cm size must be a 'typo'. It doesn't fit into a linear progression with the other sizes The smaller sized frames are designed for 26" wheels, hence their having longer head tubes than the 51cm. By my calculations the 51cm Campeur will have a 588mm f...
by slowster
5 May 2018, 11:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Head bearing rust
Replies: 49
Views: 2750

Re: Head bearing rust

I have never trusted those grease-ports that are so far away form where the bearings actually are. To effectively reach the bearings and purge away the old grease would require probably many squirts with the grease gun, given the size of the headtube and the area to cover it will be something like ...
by slowster
4 May 2018, 11:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette hopping
Replies: 15
Views: 1111

Re: Cassette hopping

apart from the fact that she hasn't got the thumb-power to mover the shifter to access the big chainring. One possible solution might be to use a bar end shifter and Paul Components Thumbie for the front derailleur. That would allow her to grip the shift lever with her hand with her palm pressing a...
by slowster
4 May 2018, 7:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Velo Orange Campeur
Replies: 13
Views: 845

Re: Velo Orange Campeur

There's also the difference in aesthetics, a long quill stem can IMO look elegant in a way a stack of spacers can't, even if the quill is a little longer. An alternative option - which might look even better than relying entirely on a long neck quill - is to have a spacer between the adjustable nut...
by slowster
3 May 2018, 3:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Head bearing rust
Replies: 49
Views: 2750

Re: Head bearing rust

The last of these is very common in A-head headsets; water gets in at the top eg around the handlebar clamp, around the top cap, between the spacers etc and it then dribbles down the steerer and through the split in the wedge ring and thence down into the lower bearings. It can even go through the ...
by slowster
30 Apr 2018, 9:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Short combat shorts!
Replies: 27
Views: 1067

Re: Short combat shorts!

Try Swrve. These have only a 9" inseam (some of their other shorts are a bit longer): https://www.swrve.co.uk/collections/shorts/products/lightweight-wwr-trouser-shorts# They also offer the same style in a heavier cotton/nylon/lycra mix: https://www.swrve.co.uk/collections/shorts/products/durab...
by slowster
29 Apr 2018, 5:13pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Trangia Duossal (V2.0) pans now available again.
Replies: 25
Views: 3953

Re: New Trangia Duossal (V2.0) pans now available again.

I am puzzled why they thickened the Stainless steel layer in the V2 Duossal then..... I don't know. It might be a matter of available materials (I suspect Trangia buys the laminated aluminium/stainless sheet, rather than manufacturing it itself), quality control, durability of the steel layer, the ...
by slowster
29 Apr 2018, 11:48am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Trangia Duossal (V2.0) pans now available again.
Replies: 25
Views: 3953

Re: New Trangia Duossal (V2.0) pans now available again.

Aluminium is used because it is a good heat conductor. To fulfil that function there needs to be enough of it ('thermal mass') to absorb the heat energy from the stove and disperse that energy as uniformly as possible around the bottom and sides of the pan, whence it can be quickly conducted through...
by slowster
28 Apr 2018, 9:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette hopping
Replies: 15
Views: 1111

Re: Cassette hopping

Have I understood correctly - the rear mech, cassette, chain and chainrings are all the same as before, and the only changes you made to these were to break and re-join the chain to fit the new front mech, and to undo the rear mech's gear cable in order to connect the new shifter? If so, I would be ...
by slowster
27 Apr 2018, 2:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Two-bolt seatpost designs
Replies: 32
Views: 3214

Re: Two-bolt seatpost designs

Also I've realised that the Nitto design with the single-piece top clamp means that the screws need to change angle slightly as you adjust the saddle angle. Does anyone know if they use cupped washers under the bolt heads like you get on v-brake pads? Yes they do. The tops of the recesses in the un...
by slowster
24 Apr 2018, 3:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: luggage weight
Replies: 15
Views: 824

Re: luggage weight

with the little frame/support that matches it. I presume you are referring to the Sport version of the Bagman Support. I appreciate that you state that it doesn't sway because you have lashed it down, but I would check that the bottom of the bag is actually resting on and supported by the support. ...