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by Graham O
20 Jul 2011, 9:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to repair waterproof lining in jacket?
Replies: 6
Views: 2668

Re: How to repair waterproof lining in jacket?

It looks like the waterproof breathable membrane has delaminated from the face cloth, judging by what appears to be raised edges to the area. If it's not too old and does not show signs of excessive wear, dirt or contamination, it could be a replacement under guarantee. You may be able to get hold of a Goretex repair kit, (not seen them in quite a few years so may not be available any longer) which will give the best repair. But if the problem is delamination, it's only time till it appears elsewhere.
by Graham O
18 Jul 2011, 8:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Caliper Brake Adjustment
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Caliper Brake Adjustment

I have a set of long drop Shimano calipers and have replaced the brake blocks okay. However, adjustment is proving to be a problem and I wonder if someone can advise please. I can set the brakes up and they bite okay, but there is some movement in the brake lever before it moves the caliper. It's almost as if it is taking up some play in the brake mechanism. If I tension the brake cable when doing up the locking bolt, I can get rid of this movement, but I haven't been able to get rid of brake rub on the rims if I do. Is it a case of keep perservering or is that little bit of lever movement normal?

Thanks in advance

by Graham O
16 Jul 2011, 9:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Anglesea touring?
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: Anglesea touring?

It's a great place to cycle with some wonderful scenery around the edges. The South and West is mostly flat or undulating while the North and East are more lumpy. Can be quite windy at times. The centre of the island is a bit boring in places, but with little traffic, they are good to ride on. Almost any bay or beach is worth visiting. There are so many of them it is difficult to list any "must see" ones, but don't miss Rhoscolyn; our favourite. With good weather you'll have a great time.
by Graham O
15 Jul 2011, 7:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another footballer escapes driving ban
Replies: 33
Views: 2723

Re: Another footballer escapes driving ban

The puzzling thing to me is that people with money are usually best placed to serve a ban as they can afford taxis or chaffeurs. (I was going to say that as an ex Premier league footballer, but I'm don't know if West Ham are/were premier league and that would only show the extent of my knowledge of football.) But if they can afford the penalty with ease, is it really a deterrent? The Finnish system of a speeding fin related to earnings has something to commend it.
by Graham O
15 Jul 2011, 7:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Way to Lube a Chain
Replies: 74
Views: 6423

Re: Best Way to Lube a Chain

For years I used various oils and WD40 (shock horror) but would always end up with a black gungy chain and stains on legs and clothing. Have now changed to dry lubes such as Finish Line Dry and currently Muc Off Dry Lube. These are much thicker than oils and I've been wondering how well they penetrate into the rollers? Tried a dry wax and although that resulted in a very clean chain, it didn't seem to flow well into/across the rollers.

The wastage of lubricant does seem high, so I was thinking of applying with a small brush which would make application to the chain plates less messy with fewer drips. Do the chain plates need any lubrication?

And should we apply lube to the outside of the chain or the inside?
by Graham O
14 Jul 2011, 9:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: .. where to get the Tour de France ringtone?
Replies: 3
Views: 1485

Re: .. where to get the Tour de France ringtone?

Thank you people for all your help. At least it will stop my girlfriend saying duh duh duh duh duh duh. That may not sound musical, but neither does she :D . I'll be dead if she reads this.
by Graham O
14 Jul 2011, 1:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: .. where to get the Tour de France ringtone?
Replies: 3
Views: 1485

.. where to get the Tour de France ringtone?

The title says it all really. Changed my phone recently and can't find a site with the TdeF ringtone. It's really quite sad, but I like it. :D

Any help appreciated.

by Graham O
13 Jul 2011, 11:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cruising Speed
Replies: 7
Views: 742

Re: Cruising Speed

If you haven't got a headwind, you are not going fast enough. :D
by Graham O
20 Jun 2011, 6:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sheep
Replies: 28
Views: 2025

Re: Sheep

My sympathies are with the sheep. The fence on the left prevents a frightened sheep running onto the grass, so it will cross the road. It's quite predictable. There are sheep all around here and although definitely "thick" individually, the flock shows more intelligence than an sheep on it's own.
by Graham O
13 Jun 2011, 2:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rain on sunday
Replies: 23
Views: 1675

Re: Rain on sunday

[XAP]Bob wrote:It's the day after most industry rather than the day of least...

Guy Fawkes night (back in the days it was a night, not a week) was often followed by rain due to the increase in nucleation sites for clouds to form and crystals to combine to rain.

I'd be surprised if there was any link to Guy Fawkes night. Fireworks only go a few hundred feet into the air at most, so well below even the lowest of clouds.
by Graham O
6 Jun 2011, 11:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tent repair
Replies: 7
Views: 1874

Re: Tent repair

You probably won't be able to replace the seam sealing tape by ironing on new stuff. Generally, the tape sticks extremely well to the PU coating and the coating comes off with the tape, leaving bare nylon behind. You can get some flexible seam sealing glue in outdoor shops, but I can't remember the name at the moment. Like the Tenacious Tape, it too is made by McNetts. Have a look on their website. Other brands are available. But glue will be best as the nylon weave will provide a good "key" for it.
Sometimes however, even the best glues don't stick well due to dirt or contamination or other surface treatments on the fabrics.
by Graham O
3 Jun 2011, 10:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Dawes Ultra Galaxy Frame - Bit falls off, whose problem?
Replies: 108
Views: 18538

Re: New Dawes Ultra Galaxy Frame - Bit falls off, whose prob

It's interesting that on this thread, there is one report of a fault with the OP's Dawes bike and lots of people saying they won't buy Dawes again, but also one report of excellent service (for a nearly 2 year old bike) and no-one saying they will buy Dawes as a result. Perhaps we need to give it more time. And Leish, you did start slagging Dawes off before you had even contacted them. A retraction perhaps?
by Graham O
2 Jun 2011, 1:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle Clothing "Made in Europe"
Replies: 54
Views: 10656

Re: Cycle Clothing "Made in Europe"

I'd probably say that the cycle clothing business is quite well provided with UK manufactured products compared to other market sectors. The designs are generally quite simple, the range of fabrics is limited and often one fabric can be used in multiple products. The colour range is limited as well and this makes it easy for small companies to start up and continue. The hardest things for these micro companies to do is to publicise themselves to the mass market, so often they are local regional manufacturers.

When you look at sourcing the components from the UK and even Europe, it becomes much harder. The far East has become such a dominant force in textiles, that all the big guys have moved over there leaving the European fabric suppliers fighting for the crumbs. However, it is not all doom and gloom. Recently Philip Green looked at the costs of manufacturing in China, lead times, quality issues, order quantities etc, that the balance is swinging away from China, to manufacturing in the EU. The fact we have very little textile industry left and few skilled workers is a big stumbling block. Alan Sugar has recently called for investment in the UK garment manufacturing trade as it makes economic sense and Marks and Spencer have announced plans to increase the work given to Courtauld's Hosiery plant. The industry will never go back to where it was, but there are signs of a realisation that UK manufacturing has to grow from it's current base.
by Graham O
2 Jun 2011, 1:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Upgrading a commuter, when to stop?
Replies: 13
Views: 718

Re: Upgrading a commuter, when to stop?

1) Start with the things which will make the most difference.

2) Then update the smaller less important things.

3) Then add one or two items of bling. Those will make the items bought in 1) and 2) seem poor by comparison.

4) Go back to 1) and start all over. There is no upgrade limit.

(Currently upgrading my bitsa commuter and don't know when to stop.)
by Graham O
19 Apr 2011, 11:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chains - lubing and splitting
Replies: 1
Views: 280

Chains - lubing and splitting

This may sound a naive question, but where are we meant to apply lube to the chain? To the side plates, to the inside of the rollers, to the outside or is it just anywhere and wipe off the excess? I've read all the debate on various lubes, and have tried WD40, 3 in 1, sewing machine oil, green waxy stuff and Finish Line Dry. Apart from the waxy stuff, they all seem to work okay, but the chain does get blackened and dirty builds up. My problem with the waxy stuff is if the solvent evaporates before it has penetrated.

Secondly, I have a Campag 9 speed Veloce C9 chain which is very nice as it doesn't rust. However, it now needs to be removed for a good cleaning and to check wear. Can any rivet be removed? How do I rejoin it or join a replacement? A break off rivet?

Any help, much appreciated,