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by Mick F
18 Apr 2007, 10:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aluminium frames-not for me!!
Replies: 23
Views: 3112

What are 953's properties?

What do "they" say about it?
by Mick F
18 Apr 2007, 10:16am
Forum: On the road
Topic: why oh why
Replies: 33
Views: 6151

We have a bus service round here that doesn't quite fit in with the trains. The bus arrives a whole 2 minutes after the train leaves! WHY?
by Mick F
17 Apr 2007, 2:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling in Morocco
Replies: 1
Views: 1200

Sorry Tom, can't help.

I was in the RN, and cycled in many countries, I took my bike with me on the RN tour operator - "The Grey Funnel Line" !

Never cycled in North Africa, though.
See: http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t ... +countries

Good luck, and best wishes.
by Mick F
17 Apr 2007, 2:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Creaking(part 2)-it is driving me nuts!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2325

Mine is silent now! It was the seat clamp. I would've bet my life the noise was coming from the BB/Chainset!

Good luck!
by Mick F
17 Apr 2007, 8:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pulling a stiff crank
Replies: 15
Views: 2785

As you can get one crank off, can you not un-do the BB and get the offinding bit off the bike?

That's what I'd do, then get it into a "workshop environment". Use a vice and decent tools to do the job. Be careful to make sure that the crank puller is screwed into the crank as far as it will go, so you use all the threads to pull with.

As alu has a greater co-efficient of heat expansion the steel, a good trick is to put the thing into a LOW oven. I've done that in my Mini modifying days. (I had a 100bhp 1400cc - went like a rocket!) The Drop Gear housing is alu, and getting the bearings out is a bugger. The oven idea works, I can assure you!

The "wedge" idea is a last resort, but at least in a vice, you'll get some good purchase and a solid point of work. Penetrating oil will work eventually given enough time. A gentle blowlamping may work too, to expand the crank.

The trouble is, if it's stuck fast, and you eventually release the crank, you may have damaged something, or at least spoiled the cosmetic look.

If you can get it out of the bike, but not get the crank off, consider a new BB and crankset. Some are quite reasonably priced.

Please get back to the Forum to keep everyone updated, we are on tenderhooks to find out how you get on!
by Mick F
17 Apr 2007, 6:59am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Your highway code
Replies: 15
Views: 4286

"Police Officer"? They're a rare bird round here! I think most people have forgotten what one looks like!

My HC would have a whole chapter on Common Courtesy.

Courtesy to pedestrians, cyclists, old people, children, car drivers, HGVs ... the lot!
by Mick F
15 Apr 2007, 10:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road works
Replies: 20
Views: 3776

I too have thought the ruts on the bridge a little wrong. However, I didn't complain when I wrote a snotty email to Plymouth City Council and the Brige people, I had other fish to fry!

I've cycled that bridge for donkey's years. Before the "improvements" and before the tunnel. Now the cycle route is ok except for FOUR distinct problems.

1. If you come down the A38 towards Cornwall, there is no indication of a cycle route, so the visiting cyclist goes straight onto the Bridge proper.

2. Coming from Saltash and over into Devon, the path takes you down to St Budeaux, so if you want to get back onto the A38, you have to negotiate the awfully dangerous roundabout.

3. If you manage to get onto the path to go to Saltash from Devon, whilst you're speeding along happily, you're SUDDENLY confronted with a tight left-hander, some iron bars, a kerb, parked cars on double yellow lines, and a 1 in 4 hill to climb!

4. If you manage to find the correct route to the A38 from the Devon side, it takes you through a housing estate, then up a 1 in 4 hill to the top of St Budeaux hill!

All these things I have complained about!

It's easier to stay with the traffic: flatter, smoother, and safer!
by Mick F
15 Apr 2007, 9:53am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beaten by a Hill!
Replies: 99
Views: 15573

Ah, Mrs T,

This "time problem" was picked up by R2 a few weeks ago. I think the thread was called "British Summertime" in Tea Shop 28th March.

It seems that the Forum works on GMT, but when you log on, you can change your time zone in your Profile, down near the bottom of the page.

I'm set to GMT + 1 hour, so I posted at nearly 10 to 7. (even though the Forum thinks it's an hour earlier!) Just got up, was in my dressing gown, and had a cuppa! Nice and quiet, Mrs Mick F still fast asleep!

We went to Newton Abbot Beer Festival on Friday, and my sister came to stay. We all drank lots of yummy beers! We had a "quiet" day yesterday, as you could imagine, and retired early last night. I always wake early, and this morning was no different.

Off out for a drive for the day later, showing Sister F the place, trying to keep out of the pub!
by Mick F
15 Apr 2007, 6:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beaten by a Hill!
Replies: 99
Views: 15573

Looks like there's a picnic site half way up. Did you stop and get your flask out?

Or even your Primus?
by Mick F
14 Apr 2007, 6:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beaten by a Hill!
Replies: 99
Views: 15573

Hi Mrs T,

Is that hill the one coming west out of the village?

I used to drive Plymouth to Portland many times in the 80s and 90s. Good hill! It just goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on .......
by Mick F
14 Apr 2007, 5:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road works
Replies: 20
Views: 3776

Gunnislake, Cornwall.

We have traffic lights that control a four-way system. Years ago, the village was two-way, and there was 'ell-up (Cornish expression) sometimes when large vehicles came across one another.

The plan was for a pedestrian crossing eventually, after a few near-misses with people coming out of the shops/pubs, but they couldn't have a crossing without pavements either side.

By having pavements, it made the road narrower, so two-way traffic became impossible, so traffic lights were installed. Simple? NOT!

We have five roads into the village. One was turned into a "No Exit", and the other four received traffic lights. To be honest, it all works quite well. We have two pedestrian crossings, and a Lollipop Lady too.

Why are you reading this?

Well, as a cyclist coming up through the village, the going is slow. Sometimes you can be the only vehicle coming up, and the detector system makes your light green as you approach, and off you go!

By the time you get round the blind left-hander by the Tavistock Arms, traffic is coming towards you! I tend to be quite bullish, and obstruct the oncoming vehicles and force my way through, but often, I get a mouthful of abuse!

I contacted Cornwall Highways to complain about the time-lag being too slow for cyclists. They were sympathetic, but stated that the "All Signals at Red" delay of 17 seconds was long enough, because if they increased the time, vehicles would jump the lights out of frustration!

Oh well.
by Mick F
14 Apr 2007, 7:16am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Eggs
Replies: 46
Views: 9374

Good grief, No! The thought horrifies me!
by Mick F
13 Apr 2007, 9:36am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Barbarella
Replies: 5
Views: 1368

Thanks for that Geoff!

Off out to Newton Abbot Beer Festival shortly. I'll be too far gone to make an order today!
by Mick F
13 Apr 2007, 6:55am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Eggs
Replies: 46
Views: 9374

Just to finish this thread off ....

Parrot laid a total of three eggs over the past few days, and is now back to her chirpy normal personality.

She was quiet and broody, eventually went off her food, and would fall asleep in my arms, all relaxed and floppy!

She's ok now, and chatters and squawks, and says "Hello!"
by Mick F
12 Apr 2007, 5:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rusty Wheels.
Replies: 5
Views: 1178

Tea to Borax??? !!!!

Try paint!

Sadly, when rust appears on chrome, it means the chrome is lifting off, and the metal underneath will be rusting quite readily. No doubt the wheels are steel, as aluminium "rusts" in a different way - sort of "white" powder.

Some might suggest chrome polish - you can get it from Halfords and the like, but Brasso is just as good if rust is a problem.

But if nowt will shift it to any degree, get a wire brush, get off all the loose stuff, and paint the wheels. Try Hamerite - tough, strong, and comes in a variety of colours and finishes.

I hope that helps.