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by cooper_coleraine
21 Dec 2014, 8:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hall of Shame. And you thought Halfords were bad?
Replies: 63
Views: 16188

Re: Hall of Shame. And you thought Halfords were bad?

My local Halfords are always helpful, convenient and competitively priced. A few years ago I bought a couple of their Bikeline long-sleeved cycling tops and they are excellent. I have not bought a complete bike but regularly buy accessories.
by cooper_coleraine
23 Nov 2014, 6:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Servicing after very long storage
Replies: 15
Views: 1827

Re: Servicing after very long storage

My experience with a cycle that had been in storage for some time was that in addition to the checks already mentioned the spokes all needed a little tightening.
by cooper_coleraine
19 Jul 2014, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Back in the saddle after 24 years
Replies: 33
Views: 2301

Re: Back in the saddle after 24 years

My Randonneur has been in continuous use since I bought it in 1987. I have tried to stay with the original spec. I find the 6 speed free wheel very robust. The seatpost needs regular greasing. I have ridden other touring bikes including a Mercian but the Randonneur remains my bike of choice both for...
by cooper_coleraine
17 Jul 2014, 4:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat Posts-diameter
Replies: 4
Views: 574

Re: Seat Posts-diameter

26.4 is definitely stamped on the post. This old fool was aware of how close this is to 1 inch. The comment on the 531c seat tube was helpful.
Thanks.
by cooper_coleraine
16 Jul 2014, 8:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat Posts-diameter
Replies: 4
Views: 574

Seat Posts-diameter

Sorting through bike bits that I have accumulated, as well 27.2 and 25 mm seat posts I found one marked Sturmey Archer 26.42. It was well greased and a quick rub and I had in my hands a beautiful chrome plated post. Can anyone explain if this was once a common size? Can I use it? It is bracketed to ...
by cooper_coleraine
15 Jul 2014, 6:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: First Aid Kit . . Do you carry one ?
Replies: 39
Views: 3411

Re: First Aid Kit . . Do you carry one ?

Yes. Antisan, Germolene, plasters, bandage, scissors, antiseptic wipes. On occasion I have jagged my finger when looking for the culprit inside a tyre when I have punctured, the antiseptic wipes are a precautionary measure. Even for short rides i carry a couple of panniers so for me space is not pro...
by cooper_coleraine
11 Jul 2014, 5:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 13 cog jockey wheels
Replies: 4
Views: 1420

13 cog jockey wheels

I am running a Shimana Acera 13 cog rear derailleur with a 5 speed wide ratio freewheel and using a friction change. I am getting smooth and quiet changing and the drive feels good and efficient. Is there any technical or scientific reason for using 13 cogs? I am not riding off road but occasionally...
by cooper_coleraine
9 Jul 2014, 4:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How thin is too thin?
Replies: 43
Views: 4921

Re: How thin is too thin?

I am 5' 6 1/2" and I weigh 8 stone and 11 lbs. Like most people nature has provided me with my personal larder or fat store. This is a reserve to help me deal with any energy emergencies. My own larder is on my midriff and short of starving myself my larder always has fat in it. I cannot chose ...
by cooper_coleraine
3 Jul 2014, 7:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing stem from Ahead set
Replies: 15
Views: 4063

Re: Removing stem from Ahead set

Thanks to everyone. Problem sorted. Penetrating fluid and the help of our local cycle mechanic eventually freed the Ahead set. It is now well greased. I am resolved not to let this happen again
by cooper_coleraine
27 Jun 2014, 4:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing stem from Ahead set
Replies: 15
Views: 4063

Re: Removing stem from Ahead set

Colin,Thanks for your reply. Of the two Spa pictures I think mine is the plain split sleeve with no top flange.
Regards
by cooper_coleraine
27 Jun 2014, 4:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing stem from Ahead set
Replies: 15
Views: 4063

Re: Removing stem from Ahead set

Brucey,
I amtrying to turn the bars with the compression bolt off. So far My gentle pressure is only producing a noise. But I will try again tomorrow whrm the penetrating fluid has had longer to work
Thanks
Cheers
by cooper_coleraine
26 Jun 2014, 4:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing stem from Ahead set
Replies: 15
Views: 4063

Re: Removing stem from Ahead set

Thanks for all your suggestions. The frame I am working on is Merciam 725Cro Moly. An adaptor sleeve has been fitted to the steering post. I have, 1.Loosened the two bolts that fasten the Aheadset to the stem 2.Removed the compressor bolt and the spacers. But I cannot move the stem up and down to ca...
by cooper_coleraine
23 Jun 2014, 8:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing stem from Ahead set
Replies: 15
Views: 4063

Re: Removing stem from Ahead set

Thanks for your prompt response. I will get it checked professionally. My real concern was that if I failed to carry out regular greasing the stem might become seized .
by cooper_coleraine
23 Jun 2014, 6:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing stem from Ahead set
Replies: 15
Views: 4063

Removing stem from Ahead set

I am new to ahead sets having worked with quill stems all my life. I check regularly and grease both seat posts and stems. Could someone please give step by step instructions on how to remove my aheadset stem? the headset is Chris King. Many thanks.
by cooper_coleraine
13 Jun 2014, 6:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Of a helmet cover that fits the helmet
Replies: 28
Views: 2551

Re: Of a helmet cover that fits the helmet

I use a Bell's helmet. Bell's make a cover that fits on with studs. I have Bell' visor that fits over the cover. Works very well. I am not sure if it is still available.