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neilbah

Member since Feb 2018 • Last active Jan 2023
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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I was watching the Virgin Orbit rocket launch and then Grant Shapps started getting in on the PR stunt and turned it into the vomit comet

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    you can get the inner cage, i believe the outer is permanently attached to the derailleur and not replaceable. https://www.sram.com/globalassets/documeĀ­nt-hierarchy/spare-parts/spare-parts-catĀ­alog/2021-sram-spare-parts-catalog.pdf there are pdfs on sram site with all the parts numbers.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    the VAR tool is the best for this as the load is spread by a metal C shape. Ive lost count of how many of those plastic park things ive seen break. Make sure the bolt washer hasnt been left behind in the crank when removing the bolt too, as the tools dont work then. There really arent a lot of options given the tight space. Have the tips of the puller legs started to bend out of shape yet? cut an elongted C out of an old compact disc - its quite sturdy material. fit the puller without the plastic cradle. If you have access to another clamp then clamp the 2 legs tight so theres no chance of them slipping.

  • in Forums
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    So for those wondering if BC is the only way to race? totally not.. my club ran a 26 week series of TLI races every tues eve at Colchester Northern Gateway, many of the competitors used to ride at North Weald but alas that is no longer running. We also Ran BMCR races. These can all be accessed through RiderHQ where you will find other clubs also promoting non BC racing across the country. A TLI license can also be used abroad to enter some races. Its far cheaper to run, cheaper for membership, insures you, allows a total mix of categories/sexes, allows you to change the track direction or race format without a load of extra work, spares you hat wearing speeches pre race from comissaires etc literally the only downside is the points system but on the plus side riders are a little bit less heroic and more respectful on the final lap.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Negotiate with seller because it is damaged ultimately. I've repaired a few like this, occasionally i have fully bridged the original slot and moved the compression slot to the front. Its good news if its not full depth to a degree but the crack may creep over time.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    done a fair few of those, remove rivnut/repair surface/replace rivnut jobs

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    not all freewheel/bb tools are born equal, some have thinner walls and are hollow all the way through and will engage further in to the cup. I have found that style of BB cup to be haphazard though and often the splines just disintegrate. Normally i would bolt the tool on with a washer placed over the end if necessary and then a crank screw or similar inserted back into the axle, this then removes the possibility of the tool slipping out to get the cup moving. If you get one side and the cartridge unit out but the remaining cup still will not budge then i drew a diagram of a method - might be in hacks n bodges or mechanics and fixing threads.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Ive been riding around on these. Power pedals although nothing to do with measuring watts. Instead they only ratchet in one direction so as soon as you attempt to backpedal your legs lock. Proper lethal too in situations like stopping and putting a foot down and similar to using single sided pedal fixed gear. The idea was that they allow you to pull up on the pedals more convincingly - it may or may not have any merit but a 70 mile ride using them was fairly knackering. Theyre made of magnesium/titanium and have really nice bearings in them but are not lightweight and the cleat design is stupid - the front edge releases rather than the rear ie 90 odd percent of pedal designs out there. This leads to rather an uncomfortable rotation of the foot - heel inwards to release and pivoting the toes down to clip in.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Hah, Ok yeah that does seem standard but what i mean is handing me one of those aero fully carbon things he had made.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Hes a thoroughly nice guy, ive had the pleasure of meeting him and talking to him on the occasion he turns up to do the Maldon club TT, theres no arrogance, he just becomes another rider at the event that will show you his kit and let you lean on his bars, look at his shoes etc. He has also made appearances at North Weald TLI races which have sadly now been canned.

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