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by Russell160
12 Nov 2011, 3:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Just had this...
Replies: 18
Views: 1900

Re: Just had this...

PS: Sheldon is brilliant on this as usual: Your modern wheels will probably be 130mm and the frame will probably be 126mm, which means just a bit of spring either side. Btw, sheldon also has info on freewheels: I think yours is almost certainly a screw on freewheel. http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_sp-...
by Russell160
12 Nov 2011, 3:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Just had this...
Replies: 18
Views: 1900

Re: Just had this...

Just try it...that will tell you better than we can! For the most part i've always been able to put modern axles in old steel frames no problem: just need to spread the stays out a little bit with your thumbs and squeeze. It' s easy. Alternatively measure across the inside of the frame, and measure....
by Russell160
12 Nov 2011, 8:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up
Replies: 22
Views: 5500

Re: Bike Storage - hanging bikes up

This arrangement: hanging by the wheel, is iirc used by none other than Spa Cycles Harrogate 'showroom': a big garage in the back garden. If it's good enough for Spa...
by Russell160
12 Nov 2011, 7:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: V-brakes worth spending money on?
Replies: 25
Views: 4036

Re: V-brakes worth spending money on?

Intriguing this as I was riding along yesterday when someone opened a door on me which I as able to avoid, and in that moment I was very grateful for my Deore upgrade. I have also upgraded to XT on another bike from standard Tektro. In my view this is money very well spent, though many of the benefi...
by Russell160
8 Nov 2011, 4:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Washing your bike?
Replies: 37
Views: 2309

Re: Washing your bike?

Deep background on Fairy Liquid ingredients: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/behind_the_label/268721/behind_the_label_fairy_liquid.html Yes, the evil sodium chloride is there waiting to pounce and turn the whole world rusty. Personally I have never had problems with standard household...
by Russell160
8 Nov 2011, 4:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fork upgrade - carbon or aluminium?
Replies: 14
Views: 1886

Re: Fork upgrade - carbon or aluminium?

Link to useful table with measurements, esp for 700s: http://www.carboncycles.cc/?s=0&t=10&&q=fork_selector& Personally I would go for carbon. You're going to be getting chunky, thick legs anyway (on the fork that is) and asssumin gyou're not doing mad downhill on it I would regard t...
by Russell160
1 Nov 2011, 9:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help us choose a fast hybrid
Replies: 23
Views: 1558

Re: Help us choose a fast hybrid

My long list would be: -Boardman Hybrid at Halfords. (yes, really, the Boardman's get top revfiews and although it's the done thing to sneer at Halfords, some branches are ok. In any case you could always get it serviced at your lbs. -Specialized Vita (my partner has one, she loves it, I envy it, re...
by Russell160
1 Nov 2011, 9:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mud guards - with Pannier Carrier
Replies: 15
Views: 4749

Re: Mud guards - with Pannier Carrier

Even if you don't have the mudguard eyes you can do a bodge job with the following: -use brackets from a rear lamp that goes round the seat post -stick them round the front forks -use an SKS Secu Clip and attach this to the aforementioned lamp bracket using a 5mm bolt. . -stick the stay ends into th...
by Russell160
11 Oct 2011, 5:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain Cleaning
Replies: 42
Views: 4000

Re: Chain Cleaning

+1 for Gunk. I would be very cautious about using diesel as this will corrode rubber, bad news if it drips on to a tyre, which it will. I use the Park Tools chain scrubber which has the following distinctive benefits: -replaceable scrubbers/brushers -a magnetic block for attracting metal flakes. Als...
by Russell160
9 Oct 2011, 12:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: secu clips for rear mudguard?
Replies: 4
Views: 461

secu clips for rear mudguard?

I am just sorting out my mudguards and wondered if there is any reason to not fit secu clips to rear mudguard stays as well as the front? As I understand it, the reason for these is to give the mudguard a chance to break away if something gets caught up in the wheel instead of the wheel locking up. ...
by Russell160
26 Jun 2011, 11:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide range cassette for 'audax' bike
Replies: 17
Views: 3204

Re: Wide range cassette for 'audax' bike

If you are changing to Mega Range 34 teeth you will need a long mech, known as Tourney in Shimano Land. A word of caution, especially as last poster has set the triple hare running: :D You can end up spending very large sums of money on these sorts of upgrades £150 easily, (cassette, chain, chainset...
by Russell160
26 Jun 2011, 11:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: need a hard wearing brand of bike???
Replies: 11
Views: 1250

Re: need a hard wearing brand of bike???

Tip: I suspect you are bending wheels because you don't have right air pressure in your tyres. And technique as ohthers haved suggested. Solution: Get track pump/foot pump from bike shop with gauge on. Or simple car foot pump from Sainsbury's for £6 with gauge on, if you have 'car type' valves ie Sc...
by Russell160
25 Jun 2011, 7:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear wheel - lots of play
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Re: Rear wheel - lots of play

Sounds like a broken axle to me.

Test: remove axle. If broken, replace.
by Russell160
25 Jun 2011, 7:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rubber hub seal rubbing against hub
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Rubber hub seal rubbing against hub

Yes it is the rubber boot seal, that's the phrase I was looking for. :D
by Russell160
25 Jun 2011, 7:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tips for securing panniers to bike rack to prevent theft?
Replies: 12
Views: 5090

Tips for securing panniers to bike rack to prevent theft?

As it says in the question, and as post below says, am preparing a bike for my son to go touring France on. He will be keeping valuables in a rucksack which will be removed at night, or walking round town. Question is any tips for securing panniers to the rack to prevent opportunistic theft when bik...