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Rainy

Member since Sep 2016 • Last active Jul 2018
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  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    thanks, that's good to hear, I'll give it a shot. I hope my current set hold out until I get around to replacing them.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    After many years and miles my rear hub has developed a very small amount of play in all directions. I wasn't able to remove the play by tightening the nuts either side of the hub (not sure what you call those nuts? I might need to replace them as I slightly rounded one out trying to tighten it).

    I'm inclined to fit a new pair of £1 cartridge bearings and then cross my fingers for another decade of maintenance free rolling. Is that the case, or do hubs wear out in other ways, are the new bearings likely to fit ok? The spokes have worn some grooves around the holes in the flanges but other than that, the hub looks as good as new.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    ha, good question. I think it will irritate a friend, so seeing his (over)reaction to it will make it worth it.

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    I have a 32 hole rim with spokes the correct length for a standard 3x pattern. Are there any alternative lacing patterns available in this situation? I saw the 3 leading, 3 trailing pattern looked good but that won't work for a 32 hole rim. I wanted to try a 2 leading, 2 trailing design, but the spoke calculator said the spokes I have will be 10mm too long.

    Any idea what you would call the design in the attached picture? Is it practical, I couldn't find any info on it.

  • in General
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    I think people would compare that £500 with the £1125 that could be claimed if you'd travelled by car and see it as another reason not to cycle. I realise cyclists may come out miles ahead financially if all costs comparing riding and driving are considered but people are inclined to see the 20p versus 45p and see it as discouraging (and think less about the car insurance, depreciation, increased maintenance costs from driving more miles etc). I think it's easy to interpret the two figures as a nudge towards driving, even if it isn't logical financially speaking.

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    I'll have a look, thanks.

  • in General
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    Have we tried to campaign this issue though? I googled but couldn't find anything (except local councils and businesses offering employees the same per mile rates for both car and bike journeys).

    The other ways the government and organizations encourage cycling seem relatively difficult - building bike lanes, the cycle to work scheme, rider training, maintenance workshops, etc all require a lot of effort.

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