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xroads

Member since Aug 2007 • Last active Oct 2013
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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Worth a try at £11 for a 4-pack delivered. Just ordered mines.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    I reckon the forks are still out of alignment.
    Just because they are new, doesnt mean they are true. Perhaps damaged in transit? Are they steel or carbon forks?

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    heres my clip mods to my aldi (ortlieb copy) panniers. clips broke and were replaced with a pair of carradice locking clips. simply secured by 2 nuts/bolts each and hot glued to prevent it working loose. still going strong 3 years on.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Ensure your rear skewer is clamped up fully tight.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    I had a cracked locknut on my system x rear hub, for which I could not source a local replacement. My workaround was to buy a new pair of solid flanged hub nuts (couple of quid from ebay), then angle-grind them down to the same thickness as the cracked locknut. Or if you are already using spacers, then remove spacers and add the spacer thickness. Best way to hold them whilst grinding, is to screw them onto axle thread and metal-grind squarely. Lots of sparks, but worked for me, and they are much stronger than original. Keep solid flange side towards dropouts for final fitting.

  • in General
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    I broke mines 2 years ago. I didnt realise it was broken until a month after the accident. I was then in a arm cast for 6 weeks. I took it easy for another month, then was back on the bike. Now I hardly ever notice it day to day, unless I try breaking a fall using my hands (natures warning reminder).

    Tell-tale signs are tenderness in the "snuff box area" of your thumb/hand. Pressing hard into it causes pain. Prior to cast, I would also occasionally lose grip when trying to lift something heavy single handed.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    check if the lumpy bit is braze repair. If it is, then the crack has reappeared after the repair.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    I had a cracked locknut on my system x rear hub, for which I could not source a replacement. My workaround was to buy a new pair of solid flanged hub nuts (couple of quid from ebay), then angle-grind them down to the same thickness as the cracked locknut. Or if you are already using spacers, then remove spacers and add the spacer thickness. Best way to hold them whilst grinding, is to screw them onto axle thread and metal-grind squarely. Lots of sparks, but worked for me, and they are much stronger than original. Keep solid flange side towards dropouts for final fitting.

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