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neilbah

Member since Feb 2018 • Last active Nov 2021
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  • 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.

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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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    Feel for him. Around lap 170 it looked like he had a wobbly moment and lost a load of pace. Clearly he destroyed himself trying and massive respect for that.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    i think you put it in before pushing the axle through as the axle has a fixed collar/washer that is too big an ID for the cap to push on over

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    a lot of those old brifters have issues with sticky grease and non working ratchets, easy enough to sort if you know where to apply some vaseline oil and activate the clasp with a 'pokey thing'. Also ive seen people miss the hole the actual gear cable goes through and get the cable head jammed inbetween the rotating part and the body in such a way it seems as though its trying to shift. As silly as it sounds you need to check that. Theres a little grub nut that helps secure the blades axle pin to the body and this needs to be removed to be able to push the pin out. With the blade and hence mechanism removed you can set about getting under the plastic cap at the rear of the mechanism. Sometimes you can free the catch and release the ratchet if its stuck in a loaded position or if its stuck open and slips you can free it up to click properly- its a little bit like a manual winding watch except not as delicate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkGNN_2C­fCY

    actually watch this it help.

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    Saw half a dozen f15s fly over Witham in Essex at approx 10am. I went on flight radar but couldnt identify them on there a short while later however i did see there were 4 Eurofighters in the air near yorkshire, one of which was mid air refuelling by an aircraft labelled 'apollo'. Heard further jet activity near Colchester later on in the day as well as Military choppers.

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    surely more about popping the front and getting in crank rotations right up until you air and having feet in the right position leaving a jump?

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Cytech will ultimately only tech someone a fraction of what they will encounter in the real world, better than nothing but not much better than saying ' i do all my own bikes '. We recently had a new cycling circuit open nearby and they wanted to contract out the maintenance of the bicycle fleet, first question on the phone was 'do you have a cytech qualified mechanic? ' to which i passed the phone over to the manager.. 'no, we have a mechanic with 20 years experience including team support in uci races as opposed to one thats sat a week long course' was the reply. I felt pretty good about that. If you write good notes on each job either via lightspeed or some other epos to cover your work, have insurance etc and can show you have some kind of safety 'M' check before releasing a bike then theres no reason to make it a requirement.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    i used them for a couple of old steel frames, Initially i wanted wet paint in original pearl white but was convinced to have white powder coating with a sparkly lacquer. It came back a bit heavily coated, lots of work to get the threads chased and silly things like brake nuts or ferrules into guides. The other had bubbling underneath the stay but i didnt notice it at the time as i peeked into the bubble wrap and the frame wasnt built up straight away but it was a little disappointing once discovered. Some of the fitment issues are things you might get with any powdercoating and i expected it to a degree but had to cut my way in in a few places like the seat collar slot which was bridged with coating on both frames.

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    700c is only a 'sort of' standard with small variations of erto 622mm rim bead and tyre bead sizes meaning some tyres go on certain rims well but are difficult to fit on others. Are the tyres wired or folding bead? are they new or have previously been levered? Navigator pista are narrow rims but i found wired vittorias a little hard to seat fully and that wasnt the case with contis. Likewise i recently had a customer with basic alloy wheels from a giant which were about 2mm smaller in diameter to another rim placed next to it. Consequently every tyre we tried just blew straight off the rim until we tried folding bead Ultra sport 3s.

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