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by iandusud
3 Mar 2019, 8:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton SST -- reasons (not) to buy?
Replies: 167
Views: 8652

Re: Moulton SST -- reasons (not) to buy?

Going back to the original post. I can't comment from personal experience on recent Moultons but I have had my AM Jubilee for 30 years. I ride it regularly as well as my 700c wheeled bikes. There was a previous comment that the small wheels give a harsh ride compared to a 700c wheeled bike. This is...
by iandusud
2 Mar 2019, 2:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Moulton SST -- reasons (not) to buy?
Replies: 167
Views: 8652

Re: Moulton SST -- reasons (not) to buy?

- Those front forks with the tapered fixed legs (towards the back) are what I had originally on my AM. Modern bikes have no taper. I had to switch mine at one point and the stiffness of the newer forks was immediately obvious and gave much better handling. I don't know when your original forks date...
by iandusud
2 Mar 2019, 2:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rod brake question
Replies: 8
Views: 635

Re: Rod brake question

If you have one I would suggest heating the offending part with a blow torch til it glows red and let it cool. The expansion and contraction should release the seized up thread. You will still need a good fitting screwdriver to get it moving.
by iandusud
31 Jan 2019, 6:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Consumer Rights / Customer Service
Replies: 31
Views: 4334

Re: Consumer Rights / Customer Service

What I don't understand here, as someone who has run a retail bike shop, is why On Yer Bike, for the sake of a stamp, didn't just send the part in the hope that the customer would be pleased with good service and buy from them again, and maybe even recommend them to his friends as a good shop to dea...
by iandusud
31 Jan 2019, 6:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any good tips to improve pedal action
Replies: 16
Views: 2190

Re: Any good tips to improve pedal action

Try riding a fixed gear bike ( on a track, or road ) you’ll pedal properly, or you’ll have a nightmare. It’s a very digital way of riding, by necessity. +1 Best thing I ever did in terms of my cycling technique. One winter on a fixed and when I got back on gears my cadence was up and gears down. It...
by iandusud
30 Jan 2019, 10:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hydraulic brakes with one functioning hand
Replies: 40
Views: 3100

Re: Hydraulic brakes with one functioning hand

one issue with 'linked brakes' is that (depending on the weight distribution) you need the front brake to come on harder than the rear brake, otherwise the rear wheel just locks up in any kind of hard stop. With a hydraulic disc system an obvious way of managing this is to fit different sized discs...
by iandusud
29 Jan 2019, 8:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Source of Soft steel 'screwdriver-like' tool for R Musson Nipple-driver tool
Replies: 19
Views: 1538

Re: Source of Soft steel 'screwdriver-like' tool for R Musson Nipple-driver tool

alexnharvey wrote:That's not the type he's trying to make. The solutions are to anneal it yourself or to use an angle grinder, bench grinder or diamond file on the hardened steel. You might also try a carbide grit or maybe a bimetal hacksaw blade.

+1 Anneal it - heat to cherry red and allow to cool.
by iandusud
27 Jan 2019, 9:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rear view glasses
Replies: 16
Views: 3135

Re: Rear view glasses

I know you have stated that you don't want to fit anything on your bars but I would highly recommend this BM bar-end mirror. I fitted one to our tandem and it is great. Very discreet. https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/accessories/busch-muller-cycle-star-mirror-fits-to-handlebar-end-no-stem-for-drop-bars/ ...
by iandusud
26 Jan 2019, 9:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket woes
Replies: 6
Views: 436

Re: Bottom Bracket woes

I would try running the l/h cup in on its own and see if it goes in all the way. If not then measure the gap and then fit the BB as per normal, i.e. r/h cup first, then l/h cup and remeasure the gap. As long the gap is greater than before you can be sure it is OK.

Ian
by iandusud
26 Jan 2019, 7:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Islabikes new bikes for the elderly
Replies: 15
Views: 1433

Re: Islabikes new bikes for the elderly

I'm not convinced about the 1X transmissions. I would rather see a double chainset. This allows for closer ratios and less chance of the chain coming off at the front. An "elderly" friend of ours recently asked me to help her choose a new bike after she tried my wife's AM Jubilee and disco...
by iandusud
24 Jan 2019, 2:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette lockring issue
Replies: 11
Views: 520

Re: Cassette lockring issue

IME cassette lockrings are rarely installed with 'too much torque'; they most often work loose and this knackers the freehub body (yes even steel ones). If you are having trouble getting it off (more torque than was used to install) this means you did a good job or the parts have corroded. I would ...
by iandusud
24 Jan 2019, 2:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette lockring issue
Replies: 11
Views: 520

Re: Cassette lockring issue

Hi, Unfortunately a few click will allow the cogs to move around and wear the freehub spline, well a set up in my hands any way :) As said normal length chainwhips are a bit short, and always use use a qr on the tool, also I slather grease on the serrations to help prevent corrosion, I said a few G...
by iandusud
24 Jan 2019, 11:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?
Replies: 121
Views: 4665

Re: Dynamos - Hub or Bottle?

For a commuter bike I would definitely go down the Decathlon route. I would also echo Brucey's comment about the cost of front lights. I recently fitted a SA hub dynamo on my cargo bike and with it a Union Hilux Steady 35 lux headlight. These retail around the £15 mark. I don't doubt that some of th...
by iandusud
24 Jan 2019, 11:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cassette lockring issue
Replies: 11
Views: 520

Re: Cassette lockring issue

I don't think I've ever come across a loose lockring on a cassette but I've come across many that have clearly been over-tightened. IME it is not necessary to do much more than nip them up with a few good clicks (I know - very subjective). But those clicks are there to stop the thing coming undone a...
by iandusud
24 Jan 2019, 11:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel sizes vs Handling
Replies: 57
Views: 5284

Re: Wheel sizes vs Handling

I find that "handling" is a very subjective thing. I regularly ride a lightweight roadbike with 700x25c tyres, a 17" wheeled Moulton, a 26" wheeled tandem a cargo bike with 20" front wheel. What strikes me every time I change bike is that the handling feels "wrong"...