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by 7_lives_left
29 May 2008, 12:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Getting back on bike
Replies: 9
Views: 1063

One thing I have done following a tumble/crash is to try to get back to the site where it happened as soon as I am physically able, walking if necessary. I like to do this on my own, without any family helping me because they don't necessarily appreciate what I am doing, which is trying to sort my h...
by 7_lives_left
27 May 2008, 11:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any experience with KOGA MIYATA cycles ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3633

Notwithstanding any of that I will still put my money on the fact that the attitude of the bike will have no effect whatsoever on the operation of the brakes. Upside down will be fine. Please let me know the result of your inverting experiment !! You were right. I inverted the bike for ten minutes,...
by 7_lives_left
26 May 2008, 7:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any experience with KOGA MIYATA cycles ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3633

@Manx Cat The wheels are 700c (sometimes called ISO 622 ? jargon confuses me too). Are you sure 7 lives ? I have magura hydraulic rim brakes on two of my bikes and no such problem. The hydraulic system is sealed and there is no air in it. If there was any air in it it wouldn't work !! You should be ...
by 7_lives_left
26 May 2008, 6:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: fun ride home
Replies: 13
Views: 1617

I was heading home on Saturday on some road to the north of Reading. It was wooded, up hill, maybe 1 in 12 gradient. A chap on a race bike nonchalantly pulls past me and we exchange hellos. Then I see that he has something printed on his dayglow yellow jersey: A name, his I presume; a date, May 2002...
by 7_lives_left
24 May 2008, 8:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any experience with KOGA MIYATA cycles ?
Replies: 13
Views: 3633

I bought a Koga Miyata Infiniti (sic) in August last year. I have been using it for commuting into work, carrying the shopping, and for recreation at the week end. I have been immensely pleased with it. I bought it from Walton Street Cycles in Oxford, close by where I live. (http://www.spoke.co.uk/)...
by 7_lives_left
22 May 2008, 6:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Food to eat on the road
Replies: 34
Views: 3928

Rabbit and squirrel are very good especially in a stew. Are these foods that you find 'on the road'? I once saw a pheasant run over by a car going in the opposite direction. It died just as I reached it, so I stopped, tied it to the pannier rack, and dropped it in at the next pub I came across. I d...
by 7_lives_left
20 May 2008, 7:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dropped bars
Replies: 33
Views: 4666

7_lifes_left... what happened to your other two A couple of big crashes. I believe aircraft pilots have a saying that goes something like "Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing". I did not land well. The first I was using drop bars, the second straight bars, so can't draw a...
by 7_lives_left
17 May 2008, 9:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Toe / wheel overlap?
Replies: 42
Views: 5946

I made some measurements on my stable of (mostly broken) bikes. All the bikes have 170 mm cranks. All the wheels are 700c. 1998 Dawes Horizon 57cm (Broken frame, not ridable) 700x28c tyres, pedal spindle to mudguard 95mm, mudguard to tyre 17mm Orbit Orion 57cm frame 700x35 tyres, pedal spindle to mu...
by 7_lives_left
17 May 2008, 11:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dropped bars
Replies: 33
Views: 4666

The single disadvantage that I can think of is that your hands are no longer permanently positioned a fingers length away from the brake levers. And if you need to do an emergency stop you have to quickly and instinctively move your hands on to the brakes with 100% accuracy. You need to give yoursel...
by 7_lives_left
13 May 2008, 10:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Carbon fibre
Replies: 91
Views: 8288

Are carbon fiber components affected by ultraviolet light? I imagine the fibres themselves would be fine, but what about the resin holding the fibres together? I seem to remember that some plastics degrade when exposed to direct sunlight.
by 7_lives_left
13 May 2008, 12:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My hub gears wont shift - what's up?
Replies: 19
Views: 4350

I removed my wheel from the frame then removed the dark grey plastic dust cover. I get a view just like in your figure. The piece in purple is attached to the red part. I am guessing it is some kind of cover to keep dirt out of the bearing. Perhaps it's just a press fit. It's strange that it should ...
by 7_lives_left
10 May 2008, 10:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My hub gears wont shift - what's up?
Replies: 19
Views: 4350

I am note sure I expressed myself clearly in the earlier post. You can download a copy of the SRAM manual from their web site using this this link here It is possible that I have moved the hub too far on the axel, away from the clickbox i don't think so, the click box is positioned by the red thing ...
by 7_lives_left
10 May 2008, 5:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar paranoia
Replies: 18
Views: 2338

I had a pair of alloy drop handle bars fail on me, but it was maybe 10 years ago. Don't know the make. They had a short piece of tubing, maybe 5cm long, slipped over the central part of the bar where the stem clamped around it. I guess this was to strengthen it where the strain is greatest. The bar ...
by 7_lives_left
10 May 2008, 11:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My hub gears wont shift - what's up?
Replies: 19
Views: 4350

@seanspotatobusiness I had a look at the SRAM tech manual here On page 59, top right hand corner, there is a table titled "trouble shooting". One of the entries in the table reads: Probelm | Cause | Remedy Shifting Difficulties | Too much additional axle attachments between hub and axel nu...
by 7_lives_left
9 May 2008, 9:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My hub gears wont shift - what's up?
Replies: 19
Views: 4350

Hi seanspotatobusiness I have a SRAM Spectro S7 Hub on my old bike. I suspect this is similar, if not the same. Mine is without the hub brake however. I have never dismantled it, the exploded view in the manual page on the web was scary enough to discourage me from trying that. When I had problems w...