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by fivebikes
16 May 2010, 7:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A different front triple shift problem
Replies: 7
Views: 539

Re: A different front triple shift problem

Problem now sorted!
After a bit of tinkering to no effect I found an old but tidy 8 speed LX mech in the bits box. The plate shape was a bit different to the original so fitted it and it works a treat.
Thanks for the advice re 'surgery' though!

Cheers!
by fivebikes
6 May 2010, 7:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A different front triple shift problem
Replies: 7
Views: 539

Re: A different front triple shift problem

Thanks for the suggestions. Will set about modifying Mr Shimano's handiwork at the weekend. The other bike that I modded in the same way had an LX front mech which worked fine without 'surgery'. Better quality than Alvio and even though on a seven speed set up built to different tolerences? Will upd...
by fivebikes
5 May 2010, 8:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A different front triple shift problem
Replies: 7
Views: 539

A different front triple shift problem

Rather than joining Tonyf33's topic a variation of my own which is giving me some probs. The chainset is an old Shimano Alvio triple with matching derailleur. I have swapped out the rear wheel and upgraded to a 9 speed cassette with new chain, Deore shifters and rear mech. I have done this before (2...
by fivebikes
5 Apr 2010, 6:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Creaking Frame
Replies: 17
Views: 1765

Re: Creaking Frame

Hi, Might be the handlebar/stem connection. Had this problem on our tandem. It was fine on the flat or downhill but any incline and it creaked. Swore it was from the front BB but when I changed the handlebars ( for comfort, not creak solving) the noise disappeared and has not reappeared. Chainring f...
by fivebikes
15 Feb 2010, 5:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Am I being cheeky?
Replies: 16
Views: 903

Re: Am I being cheeky?

At a risk of appearing to go off topic.... It's like buying milk from the mlkman rather than Tesco or similar. You pay a bit more but for that it is delivered to your door and you are keeping someone in employment. Of course, this option is only possible if such facilities exist and you're not count...
by fivebikes
19 Jan 2010, 9:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Schauf Velo tandem strasburg
Replies: 5
Views: 1819

Re: Schauf Velo tandem strasburg

Found this on Google...same make and model name but different spec! http://www.schauff.de/schauff/index.php?language=e&action=fahrrad&typ=Tandem&id=734&jahr=2010&option=3 You might be able to contact them as they clearly want to promote their stuff in English as well as German. C...
by fivebikes
17 Jan 2010, 9:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Now With The Benefit Of Hindsight....
Replies: 53
Views: 3358

Re: Now With The Benefit Of Hindsight....

Commiserations but is the situation irretrievable? Is the lug undamaged? A new seat post which is a good length in the frame and a snug fit will surely spread any load/force down the length of the seat tube. bit of 'dressing' as MickF says and a small weld or braze will close the hole. In my car tin...
by fivebikes
15 Jan 2010, 7:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: brakes for a 27" x 1 1/4 wheeled daws shadow
Replies: 2
Views: 306

Re: brakes for a 27" x 1 1/4 wheeled daws shadow

Tektros are good. http://www.fatbirds.co.uk/detail.asp/sku=upgr-TK-R556G-S/Tektro_R556G_Extra_Long_Drop_Brake_Calliper_Set These allowed me to fit new 700c rims to my old Claud Butler when I changed from 27s. They work well and should match the drop needed with your current wheels with the option of...
by fivebikes
8 Jan 2010, 8:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can factory wheels be made as good as hand built?
Replies: 40
Views: 2876

Re: Can factory wheels be made as good as hand built?

My only experience of a factory built wheel going wrong was on my Brompton. Kept breaking spokes on the rear wheel. Replacing the spokes only led to others breaking so I bought a full set by mail order and took them and said wheel to LBS (Pedalsport, Halifax). One handbuilt Brompton wheel emerged wh...
by fivebikes
15 Dec 2009, 11:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Copenhagen Wheel
Replies: 17
Views: 1123

Re: The Copenhagen Wheel

My car, a Toyota Prius uses regen braking quite well. Any deceleration or downhill motion recharges the NiMH battery pack which can provide enough power for a leisurely (below 30 mph) drive for a few miles providing no sudden acceleration is required. Enough to get through a town centre such as Hudd...
by fivebikes
28 Nov 2009, 11:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Respacing a hub (130 to 135 oln)
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Respacing a hub (130 to 135 oln)

Probably been on here before but any advice welcome. How easy is it to widen the OLN of a Shimano hub from 130 to 135mm? Will the wheel and spokes need adjustment if the extra 5 mm is added? Is an alternative route, slipping a couple of washers either end of the axle as there will still be enough ax...
by fivebikes
24 Nov 2009, 12:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... how to make me enthusiastic about my Brompton?
Replies: 24
Views: 1917

Re: ... how to make me enthusiastic about my Brompton?

This probably won't add much to the debate but we have two Bromptons in the house. Originally bought because I couldn't find a carrier for our Toyota Prius when I bought it back in 2003 (there are several now) and I wanted to take bikes on holiday as we had always done. Did not expect too much from ...
by fivebikes
22 Nov 2009, 8:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Problem fitting deep drop brakes to Thorn Audax Mk3
Replies: 7
Views: 426

Re: Problem fitting deep drop brakes to Thorn Audax Mk3

Had the same problem a while ago when fitting 700c wheels to an old 27" frame.
These did the trick!
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/product-Tekt ... ear-79.htm
Not too expensive either!
by fivebikes
20 Nov 2009, 12:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fork mounting for B+M Ixon IQ
Replies: 18
Views: 1662

Re: Fork mounting for B+M Ixon IQ

Is it the same as this from Spa?

http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php ... 8s169p1232

Only know it because have been looking for something similar this week.

Cheers!
by fivebikes
2 Sep 2009, 9:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bicycle Carriers for Cars: best and safest solution
Replies: 20
Views: 135882

Re: Bicycle Carriers for Cars: best and safest solution

Our best carrier was a Pendle wheel support carrier. It attached to the towball and was a solid as a rock behind a VW camper and 2 different Volvo estates. We carried 4 bikes with ease (and no big impact on fuel economy as the bikes were below the roofline). On changing to a Toyota Prius (pius!) hyb...