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by Russell160
25 Jun 2011, 7:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rubber hub seal rubbing against hub
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Rubber hub seal rubbing against hub

I am servicing some hubs from a mountain bike which I'm converting for use as a tourer for my son who's off to france. It's a specialized but the hubs are no name, own brand make but seem basically ok. They have that standard rubber cover which covers the lock nut and cone to protect it from water. ...
by Russell160
28 May 2011, 5:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: QR - Non QR
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Re: QR - Non QR

It's very easy to do indeed. You pull the other ones out and push the other ones in. You are not really changin from qr to non qr. YOu are just swapping qr for locking qr. Personally I think it's a good idea especially if you are leaving the bike in cities or high crime areas: wheels get nicked off ...
by Russell160
28 May 2011, 5:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Grease question.
Replies: 16
Views: 1312

Re: Grease question.

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=50953 Re where to buy, try SJS Cycles. See also above link for good discussion on stainless steel or chrome and SJS link. Re when. I ideally like to do them once in Spring (after winter) and once in September (preparing before winter). You can get away...
by Russell160
25 May 2011, 8:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: City tyres on a mountain bike
Replies: 10
Views: 1629

Re: City tyres on a mountain bike

[quote][/qThey currently have 26x2.1 tyres on - will thinner tyres fit the rims or do I need to change the wheel too?!uote] You don't have to change the wheel but you will probably need new inner tubes. These are normally sold in ranges: 1.25 to 1.5 for example. Also, while you're at it, and to prev...
by Russell160
24 May 2011, 9:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What saddle to recommend?
Replies: 7
Views: 581

Re: What saddle to recommend?

WTB are good. Specialized Body Geometry range is good. Brooks of course. Try ebay for second hand items, if they don't work you can always resell at limited losses. Go into your friendly local bike shop and ask if you can sit on a few bikes. Try out your mates' saddles. Key advice I would say is ens...
by Russell160
24 May 2011, 9:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Grease question.
Replies: 16
Views: 1312

Re: Grease question.

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=42374&p=341119&hilit=grease#p341119 Big discussion on this topic above. My view in summary of the above is that the distinctive feature of bicycle grease is that it is much more exposed to water than normal auto applications. Auto grease is als...
by Russell160
16 May 2011, 7:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A recommended shackle lock ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1572

Re: A recommended shackle lock ?

You could consider the Masterlock Street Fortnum. I bought this recently and it was the cheapest Gold Standard lock I coul find: at £30 or so considerably less than the rest. Try ebay for some good prices. It hasn't been put to the sword (yet) but seems a decent piece of kit. The important thing is ...
by Russell160
16 May 2011, 7:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why is my bike so slow?
Replies: 28
Views: 2528

Re: why is my bike so slow?

You could swap the wheels over and see what difference it makes. Also, when you have big differences like this could be: - brakes rubbing -one of the cones might have tightened up on the hubs, causing tightness. - unserviced/very rough hubs. (I had a very worn rear hub once and the whole bike seemed...
by Russell160
14 May 2011, 10:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ball bearing quality
Replies: 10
Views: 1002

Ball bearing quality

Just wanted to check what 25 Grade ball bearings are. Is this a measure of hardness or smoothness. More generally, is there any benefit in the little bit extra cost ? Here's examples from SJS and second an earlier discussion that is inconclusive. http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/page/find/?name=ball beari...
by Russell160
10 May 2011, 1:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mavic Open Pro - are they creaking gates?
Replies: 37
Views: 3467

Re: Mavic Open Pro - are they creaking gates?

http://www.jimlangley.net/wrench/keepitquiet.html

This is an excellent little article, posted by 'cavasta' under Creaking Brooks thread.

There is an account of a creaking wheel which was eventually solved by removing tyre and rim tape and lubricating spoke nipples/threads from 'inside' as it were.
by Russell160
24 Apr 2011, 9:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain - "quick" link
Replies: 22
Views: 2454

Re: Chain - "quick" link

Try these Park pliers:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... delID=7781

Strikes me as the sort of tool you'll use for the rest of your life and be glad of the day you found it.
by Russell160
26 Mar 2011, 8:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DECAL REMOVAL
Replies: 4
Views: 334

Re: DECAL REMOVAL

This is oft discussed on the London Fixed Gear and Single Speed Society LFGSS site. The main consensus seems to be hairdryer and thumbnail, and finish off wih WD40. And/or boiling water. Basically, you're melting the glue. With respect to Crepello, I would steer well clear of a steel rule. Steel is ...
by Russell160
24 Mar 2011, 11:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Storage and retrieval of allen keys
Replies: 25
Views: 1294

Re: Storage and retrieval of allen keys

Thanks everyone for top tips. I like the bit of wood with holes in concept for sheer simplicity. Thanks for the plastic holder idea, worth a try but somehow fear that I won't do the right thing and put them back in nice and neatly. And Gaz, thanks for your pictorial description of the problem. Like ...
by Russell160
24 Mar 2011, 12:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Storage and retrieval of allen keys
Replies: 25
Views: 1294

Re: Storage and retrieval of allen keys

Thanks snibgo, yes I meant primarily for workshop.