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by tatanab
9 Nov 2018, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?
Replies: 23
Views: 940

Re: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?

Strip and cleaning sounds like a good first step. How can I tell if the races are worn? Is it obvious? They don't wear as such, I have many many thousands of miles on them. What can happen is that the steel tracks get pitted which leads to a notcjy strering, which you say you do not have. So stripa...
by tatanab
9 Nov 2018, 10:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?
Replies: 23
Views: 940

Re: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?

it’s a Stronglight roller needle bearing headset, I beleive it needs replacing because the forks are reluctant to move from the straight forward position! Doesn’t feel notchy otherwise. Possibly just needs stripping, cleaning and greasing. I like these headsets because the bearings and steel runnin...
by tatanab
6 Nov 2018, 3:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake Splitter
Replies: 16
Views: 547

Re: Brake Splitter

if I went to hydraulic braking would that give me a usable braking system for both hands. I believe haydrulics give you a ligher action. No personal experience other than motorcycles. If you expereinece probelms only with front braking, how about changing your levers over front to back, a loss of s...
by tatanab
6 Nov 2018, 3:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake Splitter
Replies: 16
Views: 547

Re: Brake Splitter

Years ago Mafac and others made brake levers to take two cables, useful for tandems. However, trying to balance a front brake and a rear brake operated by one lever is very difficult and probably not recommended. I did it with two front brakes ok, it just gave a rather heavy lever action which would...
by tatanab
4 Nov 2018, 7:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Attaching head badge with Velo Heaven rivets
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Attaching head badge with Velo Heavan rivets

I had problems with these rivets. I bought 2 sizes, just in case. I found I could not drive them in straight, I even tried pressing them with long pliers inside the headtube. All failed and they went in crooked. But they stayed in, so whilst not pleased, it will have to do.
by tatanab
3 Nov 2018, 11:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alpine double
Replies: 48
Views: 2014

Re: Alpine double

pq wrote:But why not use shorter chainring bolts and no bash guard?
Because for my taste it looks scruffy.
by tatanab
3 Nov 2018, 10:44am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How would you make up for shortfalls in engineers, doctors etc?
Replies: 153
Views: 2563

Re: How would you make up for shortfalls in engineers, doctors etc?

Not always well paid. When I worked as refrigeration engineer in the seventies I was earning almost £10,000 a year. That was good money in 1978 particularly for a 24 year old. 1978 I was 26 years old, so comparable ages, and I was on £3700 designing electronics for spacecraft and missiles. I did no...
by tatanab
3 Nov 2018, 10:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alpine double
Replies: 48
Views: 2014

Re: Alpine double

IGiven a free choice I'd have used a bigger big sprocket, but I couldn't find one to suit (complications with using a Shimano pattern hub on an otherwise Campag drive train) Same for me, Campag spacing on Shimano splines. I too use Marchisio. So why are people using bash guards with these set-ups? ...
by tatanab
3 Nov 2018, 8:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alpine double
Replies: 48
Views: 2014

Re: Alpine double

12/28 on the rear. This gives me gears of 90" to 40" on the big ring which used to be my entire touring range up until 25 years ago along with overlaps. Now I have that range in sequential gears.
by tatanab
3 Nov 2018, 8:31am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How would you make up for shortfalls in engineers, doctors etc?
Replies: 153
Views: 2563

Re: How would you make up for shortfalls in engineers, doctors etc?

The pathway does exist for older engineers i believe, i was a technician for 14 years before doing my degree, Similar but different to me. Late 1960s my A levels (maths, further maths, physics) were not good enough and we could not afford another year at school. I joined a company who introduced a ...
by tatanab
3 Nov 2018, 8:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alpine double
Replies: 48
Views: 2014

Re: Alpine double

I am wondering about using the Spa solution of the triple with a chain guard instead of the outer, and NOT using a longer BB axle but instead aiming to set the chainline so that the outer is lined up with the centre of the cassette, so that I can use all the cogs on the cassette with the outer, say...
by tatanab
2 Nov 2018, 5:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How would you make up for shortfalls in engineers, doctors etc?
Replies: 153
Views: 2563

Re: How would you make up for shortfalls in engineers, doctors etc?

Degree Engineer, Graduate.. £30-35k per annum, Chartered or 5 years+ in industry.. £40 - 65K per annum .... money is not the issue .. Back when I was in that position, 1970s, the pay difference between a new grad and me with 7 years experience was less than 5%, and I was only just above the nationa...
by tatanab
2 Nov 2018, 10:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campag Ergo lever service
Replies: 29
Views: 774

Re: Campag Ergo lever service

Do you think it's worth checking the rear mech? Yes. I am happily using 1992 Record 8 speed Ergo and 1998 Veloce 8 speed Ergo. All running sweetly. My highest mileage use is with 8 speed downtube and I became aware that changes were getting sloppy, although with DT indexed levers you can compensate...
by tatanab
2 Nov 2018, 9:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Unknown tubing
Replies: 11
Views: 509

Re: Unknown tubing

Built, or adapted for time trials since no track bike will have bottle cage bosses. Cut out crank spider and Weinmann 500 brake and lever also point that way since these were the lightest around for many years.

Certainly looks nice enough
by tatanab
31 Oct 2018, 6:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Wills & Testaments
Replies: 39
Views: 1060

Re: Wills & Testaments

I used a local solicitor. I gave him a flow chart of my wishes and he put it into legalese. Because it was a very simple job he did not charge me but suggested a donation of £50 to a charity might be in order.