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veLLo

Member since Oct 2008 • Last active Sep 2018

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    I'm French and I've got no idea what it means, if it even means anything...
    @Lolo ?

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    There's a shop on the kings road that refurbishes Vuitton and similar leather bags. I went there one to ask about removing smell from an vintage leather bag, cost was prohibitive...

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    Are the top bearings not upside-down? Hard to see in this picture.

    Wouldn't have thought so...?

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    You guess correctly.

    Well that didn't work... Same symptoms. Actually, now I know where to put pressure to hear the "squeak sound" I realise it's the same with or without play in the headset... And reducing O/A steerer height didn't improve things.
    I double checked and all the parts and seals in the manufacturer's diagram are there, in the right sequence.
    Still have the original steel forks (quill stem though) so tempted to give up the plastic ones

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    1 inch carbon steerer (Columbus Minimal forks), full length uncut since the frame is big, a 45mm high steel nitto ahead stem, a 20mm alloy spacer... the top of the steerer is flush with the top of stem (I don't have the few mm theorically needed, my bad, but I don't think my problem comes from there), the alloy lip of the expander nut sits beyond that (approx 2mm high), and on top the @mdcc_tester cap.
    I never had problems installing headsets, traditional or ahead, but I can't get this one right (campag record 1 inch)... either it's correctly preloaded, with no play, and when braking at low speed, or applying force on the cockpit, there is friction noise (think Chewbacca) and you can feel some kind of resistance, or, in trying to avoid these symptoms by loosening the preload, I have to suffer some play, an horror on cobbles for instance. There is no happy middle. I've put the bike together last year and never use it (Sunday bike) but going on an audax last weekend with it reminded me of the need to fix that issue for good before I damage things.
    What I feel the problem might be is that there is too much of steerer, being 1 Inch diameter it just flexes over that height, and preloading aggravates this. Is it time to slam that stem and cut the height off by the equivalent of the 20mm spacer? The most I could keep of carbon steerer above the stem is 1/2mm because by the time I add the expander bolt's lip , I reach the inner depth of the cap and then I can no longer preload correctly. I guess temporarily fitting the 20mm spacer on top of the stem would give me the beginning of an answer?

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    I think they restored the original sign by the side of the shop too!

    If you refer to Holdsworth I rode past it last Sunday and there was no sign, just the converted apartments or house...

  • in Rides & Races
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    Sorry, I was not on the Varonha but the Roberts in the end... I did ask a guy with a dirty green fixed bike if he was you but he wasn't! I hope I didn't offend him when I said "are you James? He said he'd be on a dirty green bike"
    It was a nice dirty bike... A Hobbs of Barbican...
    I didn't finish, couldn't have never made it at the time I'd say at home, too many walking bits, done with lots of pedestrian... And I'm naturally slow anyway. I texted Bill to let him know I was not completing.
    I stopped following the route at the HMS Belfast (69km in theory) and went to Richmond and back for the sake of doing 100k today. Nice day, met nice people...

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    Well, if I get my act together I'll be on my red Varonha, in principle, being slow... See you there maybe!

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    Just registered for this Sunday's "London Sightseer", not even knowing if I'll be able to make it, but I took the chance...
    Anyone else on here participating?

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