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M_V

Member since Aug 2008 • Last active Nov 2014

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  • in Cycle Touring
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    found Rohloff don't stock 1/8 sprockets.

    There's probably a reason for that.

    1/8" chain runs fine on 3/32" cog, the same is not true of 3/32" chain on 1/8" cog.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Dictas and other shitty unbranded freewheels are available on eBay from around £3. They will generally perform and last as you'd expect given you've spent less than the cost of a decent beer on a pretty major component of your drivetrain.

    Shimano freewheels seem to be very hit or miss these days, one person says they have one that's fantastic, the next says theirs is shite. Given the price I'd not consider them worth the gamble.

    Halo etc, I've never tried one because for a few qiud more than they cost new you can get a used...

    White Ind. It's pretty much impossible to explain how much of a difference using a WI freewheel makes, I never beleived the hype then I bought a used one and it was a revalation. Yes they cost 10x what a Dicta costs but it'll last you 10x as long and it's also way nicer to use.

    As for gearing, add a tooth or 2 over your fixed cog, you don't need to worry about spinning out on descents as you can just coast so you may as well give your knees an easier time on the climbs.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    That brake cable...

    Which one? The short rear or the un-stopped front?

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Hope you poured out all the water that entered your frame though the unplugged bottle cage boss?

  • in General
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    Took a +/- 40 mile detour on the commute home.

    Both wheels off the ground 2 or 3 times.

    Commute home was on:

  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    The 3 posts before Tina's make zero sense to me. Does this mean I'm old?

  • in General
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    ^ If London is anything like Glasgow, Sunday's are even better.

    I enjoyed the weekend commute this morning too though and through a combination of clothing, weather and leaving in plenty of time found myself toasty warm but not boil in bag sweaty. 10/10 would cruise again.

  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    @HPx93 I have a degree in it so filled out yer survey.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    I'd file the fork rather than the axle as then you can fit any wheel in there and the wheel in any other fork too.

    I wouldn't bother with a round file, just go for a flat one, ensure its making contact with the entirety of one side so it doesn't make your dropout wider at the bottom than it is at the top.

    File one side of the dropout not both (so you don't end up taking 1mm off the front and 2mm off the back on one side and 2mm off the front and 1mm off the back on the other) and ensure you file the same side of the dropout on each side of the fork.

    If you wish you could blend the widened side into the curve at the top of the dropout with a round file but this probably isn't necessary.

  • in Miscellaneous & Meaningless
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    More likely the bishop saying that to the actress shirley?

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