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by fivebikes
6 Jul 2011, 6:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this tyre safe? Sidewall damage
Replies: 40
Views: 4043

Re: Is this tyre safe? Sidewall damage

Had some Panaracer Crosstown 700c x 28 tyres that went the same way after less than a year and a couple of hundred miles use. The tread was virtually unworn. When I got them up to pressure the sidewalls were badly cracked all the way round, not just on the standing point. These have black sidewalls,...
by fivebikes
15 Jun 2011, 7:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noise on my bike
Replies: 35
Views: 3639

Re: Noise on my bike

Possibly way off mark but similar noises on our tandem (clicking sound when putting in effort, especially uphill) were cured when I fitted different front handlebars! I guess it was the stem/bar 'interface' which then carried through the frame (large section alloy) and appeared to be coming from the...
by fivebikes
21 May 2011, 9:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier racks and disc brakes
Replies: 12
Views: 1276

Re: Pannier racks and disc brakes

The bends are the extensions that give the clearance for the disc brake. They are drilled alloy square section pieces that are welded in place. Seem to be well fabricated and unlikely to break.
by fivebikes
20 May 2011, 7:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier racks and disc brakes
Replies: 12
Views: 1276

Re: Pannier racks and disc brakes

We have this one....Is this the Topeak you refer to?

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/topeak-topea ... prod14818/

Fits onto normal mudguard eyes and fine for 26" wheels . Seems good value and robust so it gets a thumbs up from me!
by fivebikes
18 May 2011, 8:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat post sizing problem
Replies: 33
Views: 3807

Re: Seat post sizing problem

Depends on the 531 tubing. I have a Claud Butler made of plain gauge 531. The seat post size is smaller than 27.2 but my memory lets me down as to actual size. I vaguely remember 26.8. I am sure someone will correct if wrong!
by fivebikes
9 May 2011, 7:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help Identifying brooks saddle
Replies: 3
Views: 667

Re: Help Identifying brooks saddle

Looks a bit like a Jubilee from 1977 which has a B17. http://homepage.ntlworld.com/nkilgariff/CBcats/Cat_77/Jubilee.jpg I still have a FW Evans Special from 1980 which was based on the then Majestic model but in an ivory finish with Suntour gears and Campag hubs....Came with a plastic saddle though!...
by fivebikes
28 Mar 2011, 6:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Car racks
Replies: 10
Views: 569

Re: Car racks

For years we used one of these: http://www.pendle-bike.co.uk/shopping/Wheel-Support-Behind-the-Ball-4-Bike-Rack.php Weighed a ton but was super strong and stable. Held the bikes against the uprights with 'bungee' straps. Put some pipe lagging around the uprights for the 'best bikes' to stop rubbing....
by fivebikes
17 Mar 2011, 7:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rigida Chrina ERD - which database is right (if any)
Replies: 36
Views: 6497

Re: Rigida Chrina ERD - which database is right (if any)

There's nothing more annoying to me to see threads showing! As much thread as possible should be in the nipple. I have a Chrina/Sora wheelset bought on Ebay for about £40.00 18 months ago. On both wheels a turn or two of thread shows on quite a few spokes.I did worry at the time but trouble free us...
by fivebikes
17 Mar 2011, 6:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is there an alternative to Campag 11 speed?
Replies: 46
Views: 3214

Re: Is there an alternative to Campag 11 speed?

....While looking at Sheldon Brown's wheelbuilding page, I noticed that he recommends against CNC machined hubs (which Hope are) - is this valid - Hope seem to have a very good reputation? I had an old Hope front hub break across the spoke holes a while ago. Not when riding but when the bike was su...
by fivebikes
28 Feb 2011, 12:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: WTB Dual Duty XC wheels.
Replies: 9
Views: 1373

Re: WTB Dual Duty XC wheels.

Thanks for the info. The rims seem to be okay then. With XT hubs, its a case of the older the better, really. Current XT have an oversize axle, so all the bearings, pawls, etc. are smaller to fit into the hub shell. Look for a traditional threaded steel axle. I'll check the hubs but I reckon they mu...
by fivebikes
27 Feb 2011, 8:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: WTB Dual Duty XC wheels.
Replies: 9
Views: 1373

WTB Dual Duty XC wheels.

I have been offered a pair of wheels (700c 36 spoke on XT hubs). They were from a Dawes Galaxy I believe and changed as the rims were on the wide and heavy side for light touring. Has anyone used this rim / hub combination and have thoughts about reliability and durability. I know the hubs from MTB ...
by fivebikes
22 Oct 2010, 11:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: XM 046?
Replies: 24
Views: 1358

Re: XM 046?

XN 594 anyone?

See link!

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=26033

Only adds to the confusion I guess!
by fivebikes
30 Aug 2010, 6:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin Edge 705 download route query
Replies: 4
Views: 373

Re: Garmin Edge 705 download route query

Hi Alec, Just downloaded the file. On a Mac you have to hold down the alt key and click the link which brings up a save dialogue box. Don't know about PCs. Tried the gpx in http://www.bikehike.co.uk and it opens okay. Loaded it into my 705 and it appears to be there. Can't check it as I am in Yorksh...
by fivebikes
5 Jun 2010, 11:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another brompton question???
Replies: 32
Views: 2466

Re: Another brompton question???

Hi All, Said this before in response to similar questions. Love our Bromptons. Just back from Suffolk where we had a few days of glorious weather with a few 30 mile rides on the Bromptons. Not massively hilly but enough climbs to raise a sweat and also did a few bridle paths which were entirely pass...