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by Russell160
9 Oct 2012, 6:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Value
Replies: 14
Views: 1929

Re: Bike Value

Glad you're being philosophical. :D It's a harsh fact of refurbing you don't get your money back. I spent about £140 on a frame once (brazings, powder coating etc.) and ended up getting £60 for it including wheels and tyres at the Velodrome bike jumble. Ouch. To maximise the value I would suggest th...
by Russell160
8 Oct 2012, 6:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Value
Replies: 14
Views: 1929

Re: Bike Value

Sorry to be a misery but I would say tops on ebay £150, similar anywhere else. . , The main 'weakness' from a selling point of view is that it is not 'branded'. You've then got to deduct 10 Per cent commission, 4 % paypal etc. As mentioned above part of the problem is you can new bikes from Edinburg...
by Russell160
7 Oct 2012, 2:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front pannier rack novice seeks advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1611

Re: Front pannier rack novice seeks advice

Thanks all for your helpful and detailed replies. Colin: that diagram was exactly what i needed it all makes sense now Gaz; thanks esp for the link to CJs warnings. it seems crazy that safety regs don't apply to front racks in the same way as rear. I have now got The Fear...so am more reassured abou...
by Russell160
4 Oct 2012, 9:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front pannier rack novice seeks advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1611

Front pannier rack novice seeks advice

Hello, I 've just bought these forks to swap out my suspension forks on a Marin with a view to kitting it out as a tourer. http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/FOVATRX/van_nicholas_vnt_trx_alloy_mtb_fork They are Van Nicholas alloy: I know conventional wisdom is for steel but these are specced for touring so...
by Russell160
23 Sep 2012, 9:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Suspension corrected fork?
Replies: 27
Views: 6298

Re: Suspension corrected fork?

This table might be useful, from carbon cycles who make a brand named Exotic that is reasonably well reviewed on the forums. Don't be misled by the title: they make alloy as well as carbon forks, with both ~V brake and disc mounts. Not silly money either. Also consider the Kinesis Maxlight. http://w...
by Russell160
4 Jun 2012, 12:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Correct size ball bearings for 1" threaded headset
Replies: 14
Views: 5931

Correct size ball bearings for 1" threaded headset

As it says in the title, am fitting one of these, old style 1 " campagnolo threaded headset to an old steel frame: what size of ball bearings do I need?

Also, I have seen these both caged and loose: what is the difference in terms of performance?

Thanks.
by Russell160
3 Jun 2012, 4:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Servicing hubs
Replies: 17
Views: 2920

Re: Servicing hubs

It's an article not a video but this is very good; generally Park Tool are excellent for home repair help.

http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-hel ... adjustment
by Russell160
29 Apr 2012, 11:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bicycle industry, worth getting into?
Replies: 52
Views: 3799

Re: Bicycle industry, worth getting into?

I know someone who set up a viable business teaching schoolkids to ride, various contracts with local authority, no shop overheads, no incessant moaning, I mean 'custome feedback'. Entry courses are cheaper compared to repairs jobs eg Cytech (about £2 000 to get qualified and hundreds of young whipp...
by Russell160
31 Mar 2012, 9:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hydraulic disc brakes mysteriously locked up
Replies: 27
Views: 27966

Re: Hydraulic disc brakes mysteriously locked up

Hi Jezrant, I had a virtually identical thing happen this winter. Avid Juicy's , stored in cellar (mildly damp conditions but not verybad). The disc was rubbing a bit then three weeks later it was jammed on. I turned the bike upside down for half a day for storage in dry conditions and this cured it...
by Russell160
10 Mar 2012, 7:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help identifying bottom bracket/crank set up?
Replies: 1
Views: 165

Help identifying bottom bracket/crank set up?

Can anyone help identify this set up: I haven't got pics because it s too dificult to photograph It's a 90s? chunky downhill mtb. The cranks are I think Octalink: there are 8 tabs where it snugs against the end of the spindle. 180mm crank length. Small chainrings. The bottom bracket spindle is splin...
by Russell160
20 Nov 2011, 6:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aldi CREE torches (5W - £11)
Replies: 99
Views: 11077

Re: Aldi CREE torches (5W - £11)

Likewise very impressed: just been out for a walk with it: the narrow beam function seems very good. Thanks for the tips on handlebar mounts: I'm slightly worried about the waterproofness of it but also think a simple bit of inner tube round it will probably do the job. When you compare some of the ...
by Russell160
19 Nov 2011, 7:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Specialized Vita and Giant Dash - any experience?
Replies: 8
Views: 3190

Re: Specialized Vita and Giant Dash - any experience?

My partner has a Specialized Vita so can only comment on this. Basically, she loves it and when I've had a ride on it I can see why. Very comfortable but also lively and quick. 28mm tyres are nice and a suspension seatpost. Nice grips (locking) and reduced reach for female hands. Quality saddle One ...
by Russell160
19 Nov 2011, 7:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aldi CREE torches (5W - £11)
Replies: 99
Views: 11077

Re: Aldi CREE torches (5W - £11)

Answered my own question: is this the first sign of madness?

It's 10 am in the Lancashire Yorkshire area. Expect queues, furtive beardy types in high viz loitering with intent.
by Russell160
19 Nov 2011, 7:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aldi CREE torches (5W - £11)
Replies: 99
Views: 11077

Re: Aldi CREE torches (5W - £11)

Anyone know what time they open on a Sunday?
by Russell160
15 Nov 2011, 10:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Falcon Streak
Replies: 5
Views: 1080

Re: Falcon Streak

I'd say it's worth about £30 £40.. Falcon 770 doesn't really mean very much, it's not a recognised tubing. I think it's probably just a label that Falcon put on standard tubing. I'm guessing it felt quite heavy? I think the trouble with bikes like this is you can end up spending a lot of money on ex...