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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Jan 2023

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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Normal wheel just get a shimano deore/XT enclosed cam type QR from any bike shop, they are basically the best at the job. External cams look fancy but most of them don't provide as much clamping force. The ones that have a plastic piece inside the external cam shouldn't be used on any bike with disc brakes.
    If its a bullitt wheel then it'll use the funky scraxle which are quite hard to get outside of a LVH dealer, they were only around I think in the late 90's. Robert axle project sells one that fits if you need it though.

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    Flopping? Hub knackered, badly setup steering linkage (most shops/retailers do not know how to set these, its a huge issue and causes the bike to handle like shit or just dangerous, R+M have same issues with dealers not doing the job right), play in one of the headsets etc.
    Ridden 10k miles now between 2 bullitts in 5 years (so low mileage compared to couriers) and in that mileage only had to replace 1x headset bearing, and both had smallest amount of play in ball joint (about the same as the play that R+M and Omnium get in their ball/rose joint after 1000-2000 miles). Never had speed wobble, its almost exclusively caused by the above factors*

    *Flex in frame causes steering geometry changes in all cargo's that use a metal rod for steering. This is why some brands like Douze utilise push me/pull you cables for steering.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Make sure they fill in the holes they've drilled into your bricks, stonework, lintels, window surrounds etc with the right materials on the way back down and not laving you with holes. Holes = water in = stone gets cracked eventually.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Master cylinder failure. Buy a LH or RH sram hy'rd kit from anywhere that has one, they are less than £20 rrp, you don't need the metal plate thing, only the piston top and spring, o rings etc in the kit.
    Fairly simple to replace, follow the numerous youtube videos, think SRAM have a proper guide as well.

    Happens to a lot of them. Perfect bleed, gentle braking and it kinda works OK, but as you pull master harder it just goes to the bars, no leaks, no loose stuff, no seized pistons etc. Almost 100% this will be your issue.
    I'm a shop and I charge £20-25 labour to fix bleed and test ride.

    DO
    NOT
    LOOSE
    THE
    CIRCLIP.
    YOu cannot buy it from sram, its not an ISO size. Do not loose it Dab it in grease and work in a clean area.
    I've lost one before, utter ball ache.

  • in Wanted Adverts
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    Have a few new V2 mediums and 2 large left in cargo and mini max. Message me if interested

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    It would be a job, but could get a frame built for the outside, either single glaze it (glass is very cheap, maybe £50 for it!) or get some of that vacuum glass (zero glass I think is the brand?) which is very thin and achieves similar performance to regular DG

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Sweet, I mean its all good until something goes wrong, then you've just got to be focussed or feeling lucky. Have always found when i've had issues in arse end of nowhere (blew a clutch in the Altai valley and met some drunken russian students who came out of the forest who then spent the next 2 full days helping me get car to a town with a mechanic that was spot on), people just appear and generally are overly helpful*

    Bike doesn't have to be mega off road, plenty of people have done it other way on a scooter (many SE asian families make their pilgrimage on their normal commuter bike, generally a 110 to 150cc medium sized scooter) and travelled tens of thousands of KM this way just fine. However always helps as you get to areas where bridge has gone, weather has blown away road, a group has protest on the road and blocked it and you need a way around. But something fun, a nice place to be is always a good thing.
    Has to be less than 3 years from new (often from date of mftr or whats on V5, not from purchase date) in order to get it into Vietnam.

    *Always feel that in the UK we have the opposite feels towards foreigners broken down on side of road or a bit lost looking, most will just leave them to it or actively ignore which is shit.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Secondary glazing on the outside is going to have to be the way with that one unfortunately, trying to seal every piece is an endless task.

    Plaster can take a bit, because it doesn't have any paint on it yet is likely the best as can dry straight out again without retaining or blistering up.

    Trying to get neighbours to realise the best method sometimes not the easiest, but when they do play ball its all fine. Boiler shouldn't be really leaking at all, unless theres something mega wrong with it. If they become difficult to deal with you can always call gas safe and report an issue to them. I once screwed through an unused gas line late at night and needed some help, they sent someone out in under an hour, obviously gas vs water leak, but if thats the state of it, then who's to say the gas side is up to spec.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    This.
    Is the correct thing to do, if the rim got bent into that shape from a sharp impact, then it shall return the other way from a sharp impact. Tensioning fuck out of spokes to try and haul it back into line will likely result in carnage.

    Number of wheels saved by whacking hell out of them on a rubber mat on the floor over past 5 years if likely over 100

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