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  • You just need to buy modern holders and then fit whatever pads you like

    This is obviously the correct answer, and the R55C3 shoes (BR-6700 and many others) in silver will be a good match for those old 5500 era calipers - in fact, cartridge shoes were OE and those one piece pads are what somebody has replaced them with later in life.

  • Ah, I see!

    I think it's these that were used to replace the OG ones -

    Why wouldn't I want to get thoise again? They're cheap, and they worked really well 🤷

  • If you like them, get more. M50T is still available.

  • And for pedants, yes I now realise those brakes are 1055 and therefore come with M50T pads originally.

  • Two queries: I ripped totally crumbled door speakers from an old car and bought some smart new coaxials to install, now I have started worrying about tweeters; are they likely to be broken or worn out too? I have a hunch tweeters are less prone to disintegration, is this stupid? I basically want someone to say 'nah, it'll be fine'.
    Nextie: I got given a Garmin to replace the Garmin we got as a present which never work and which I never got rounding to taking back. The person who kindly gave me the new one suggested swapping the batteries over, as the one that never got used may well be fresher than theirs which they said has started to struggle. Is this advised? It looks tricky, can anyone help?

  • And for pedants, yes I now realise those brakes are 1055 and therefore come with M50T pads originally.

    For pedants. 😁 I’m not sure many people would’ve noticed but it’s good you’re on it.

  • Depends what you mean by “never”. If the battery in the stored one has dropped to zero then it may be a brick.

  • Good point, it has been charged up as per instructions and recharged but has spent most of its life off and in a drawer.

  • Yeah, that's the conclusion I'm coming to! Shit. Might have to work out some sort of bodge.

  • Try sending Saddleback an email, they appear to be the UK distributor.

  • So based on your suggestion, I'm looking at getting one of these HY5508, and aiming to get one of these to go with it Prestaflator Pro... I'm confused about hoses and fittings, though - will that compressor and that inflator head fit with this hose? And if not, what do I need to get to make it all play together / what would be a better option to connect it all up? Thanks!

  • Are you sure you want a reservoir as small as 8 litres? I’d be inclined to get the 24 litre size as a minimum. You’ll be able to do some spraying and stuff with the bigger one. That small one will struggle to run most air tools.

  • Where do you get nice, plain t shirts from? Something that sits well and holds shape etc. Or do people just wear brand new t shirts every time they go out?

  • Not sure, but at the moment I can't imagine I would ever use it for anything other than bike tyres... I assume it's enough for that usage? If so, I don't honestly know whether to up the vol just in case or stick to what I know I'll need...

  • COS. their plain T (15£) sits well and doesn’t shrink or blow out the arms/neck after repeated washing. they’ve started doing three packs too (40£ I think)

    alternatively primark but they don’t last as well

  • what do I need to get to make it all play together / what would be a better option to connect it all up

    This is where your local hose shop comes in - there are adaptors for pretty much every possible combination, and it's much easier to dump everything on the counter and have a man in a dun coat sort you out, although getting this hose kit might get you going without having to go out.


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  • It’ll be plenty for bike tyres. If it’s literally only going to be for that though, had you considered the myriad of Li Ion powered tyre pumps out there? If you’re prepared to spend that much, you could probably get a Makita/DeWalt/Ryobi etc and you’ll then be set up with a battery and charger which is cross-compatible with various tools like drills, saws, impact wrenches, shop vac etc etc should you ever want anything like that in the future. May be worth thinking about. It’ll be way smaller than a compressor and won’t need to be plugged in.

  • had you considered the myriad of Li Ion powered tyre pumps out there?

    I'm assuming he wants a reservoir to provide the explosive flow needed to seat some tubeless tyres. You don't get that with a simple pump.

  • Yep tubeless usage is the key - have got a new workshop setup at home and want toive away from pumping up the airshot with a track pump multiple times until the tyres seat!

  • If you’re prepared to spend that much, you could probably get a Makita/DeWalt/Ryobi etc and you’ll then be set up with a battery and charger

    For the money, you get the lowest capacity Ryobi with one battery, and it flows about 13% of what the mains powered Hyundai does while being at least 10dB louder. I'd say the use cases are so different that to suggest a cordless inflator in place of a workshop compressor indicates either that you think @theflatboy is an idiot or that you are 🙂

  • you’ll then be set up with a battery and charger which is cross-compatible with various tools like drills, saws, impact wrenches

    He's set up with shop air which will power many of those tools 🙂

  • I am an idiot tbf, as I can't work out how to connect together the bits I want to get! But thanks think we agree that either the 6 or the 24 plus those bits should work,I just need to find a man in a brown coat to tell me what to do?!

  • Thanks. Just ordered a couple at different sizes to see what works. I completely forgot they existed. Had some lovely shirts etc from them over the years.

  • I went for the 24L in the end as I'd like the option of using some air tools at a later date.
    With that in mind I went for a strong 10 metre long hose with an 8mm bore.

    Be aware, the quick fit connectors fitted to the compressor were for automotive connectors (rather than industrial)

    For the hose you posted you'll need an adapter for one of the ends to fit the automotive coupling.

    I've gone for the non pro, cheaper Prestaflator but that's not showing up for a while so I'm using some ancient schrader inflator for now.

    And to add, the difference in price (when i looked) between the 8L and the 24L was something like £35-ish. So didn't seem sensible to go for the smaller one.

  • Anyone on forum up for helping me reproduce some Aende transfers? getting a frame repainted and want to try and recreate the original ones as close as poss. Isn't a very hard typeface so shouldn't take too long. Will send over hi res photos and also measurements if anyone can help!

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