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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Jul 2020

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    Check your rear swing arm bearings. Any play in these (they are basic on a ybr) and the back end will not play ball with you. Esp in wet and on rougher surfaces the back will flip flop around.
    They are very cheap for new ones and not a hard job so long as the swing arm bolt isn't frozen. As others have said, little bikes tyres don't get as warm as heavier bikes so you don't get the same type of grip

  • in General
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    I have had circa 20 sets of mangled mid range fsa and praxxis alba? Scrap box full of them. Saved all the chain rings for later though. Seems to be uniquely folk who haven't had a bike in ages, thought they would get something basic, none available so treated themselves to approx £900-1600 of commuter Cross disc /mudguard /11s goodnesss, then directly proceeded to completely fuck a £150 pair of cranks. Times by literally nearly two dozen occurrences over 12 weeks. Le sigh.
    On the up side, thinking of getting a boat :p

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    It does on Bosch since about 2013 I think, 2020 motors are harder again to get around if at all possible. The log they talk about is more to do with motor load vs cadence vs wheel speed, it kinda works out that something has changed when the kwh per certain distance has changed. Bosch know if the motor is changed when interrogated by a main dealer/warranty interface. This is all just from what I've heard from other shops, I don't have a bosch account.
    Shimano, less of an isssue, there is a battery log, which does sort of the same thing but AFAIK its a log kept in the battery, not the motor. If you use one of those wheel speed sensor 0.5x jobs, then it'll likely be obvious when the motor/battery has seen a lot of duty, yet the odometer says half the distance vs. anticipated wear.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Sticking float or worn float needle? I had some weird problems that I couldn't attribute to anything else. Turned out it was a combination of the float sticking (had been bent back and forth about 20x trying to get height correct) and the needle that meters in the fuel was leaking so it would keep flooding /getting way too high.
    Even under a magnifying glass I couldn't see a difference between new and old ones.
    Replaced needle carrier thing and seat and the float assembly. Literally took one tiny adjustment to get height correct and ita been mint ever since ( 3 years).
    Carbs now need new main jet/needle as they are worn, can feel the pitting /roughness on your fingers. People riding behind say it smells of fuel when just pottering along but is Ok at higher throttle %

  • in General
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    So many mech hangers, should have taken out shares in marwi/wheels manufacturing
    Also whole chainsets, despite new bikes coming with many stickers, even colour coded, folk still fuck it up daily.

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    Any ideas on where to get Brompton tubes just now? Usual suppliers with conti/Schwalbe /others seem to be fresh out

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Anything like duct or gorilla tape will be hard to take off and you'll send hours trying to remove the residue.
    Electrical tape or sticky back vinyl, or that printers offcuts sound good

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Anyone got a heads up on new shimano 15x100 dyno hub?
    https://bike.shimano.com/en-EU/product/c­omponent/deorext-t8000/DH-UR708-3D.html
    Or something that's same fitment, seems to be xt level which is nice but not essential.
    Pd do a pd8x on that configuration but a lot more money (but current available!).
    Or anyone have something to sell that will fit

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Can confirm, latest magura 2 and 4 pots are powerful as hell, little too much grab with the sintered pads for those not expecting it.
    Find the tern gsd isn't unpredictable handling, it's just a product of a really trying to fit everyone, we have folk fron 4'11 to 6'4" that all manage to fit it without needing any tools to adapt (the stem is magic and rock solid). Handles ok, not exciting or really enjoyable, wouldn't ride it unless I needed to probably sums it up.
    The stand though is utter garbage, sort of thing you'd see on a £150 halfords bike. The one here has only done 500 miles in 6 months and is on its third stand (which is also now broken as of Friday), trying to load kids on a bike that either just falls over or walks away down the road unattended is prety shit design imo. Trying to work out if an omnium stand will fit it, as tern aren't in anyway interested in supplying one that works.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Bent fork is bent

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