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  • mick_r replied to the topic Frame snapped at chainstay in the forum Bike Forum 6 hours ago

    If only someone on the forum had offered to help out for minimal cost…. 🙂

    Just kidding. Tricky situation for a “professional” repair business. They will be nervous of large amounts of crimping due to the known crack risk. Somebody earlier said “just fit a yoke”, but that is at least an extra £200 for a Paragon one. A plate yoke design would…[Read more]

  • Yes lots of cobwebs in the face. I now know almost every inch of our house and how it is made, which are structural walls etc.

    Employing children didn’t work. In one room we replaced the floorboards and did the insulation at the same time. Instructing an old enough to know better small child not to go in a room ends approximately 30 minutes later…[Read more]

  • I did it about 10 years ago under most of our house. Crawl space was smaller than yours and I used non-encapsulated roll so on the whole a fairly unpleasant job shuffling around on your back….. It was worth doing and solved some damp / mould issues under furniture as warm moist air was no longer hitting a cold surface inside the house.

    As you…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 1 day ago

    Probably worth a new cable whilst you have the shifter off. I can’t remember when we last (ever?) broke a cable in the shifter so maybe there is a tight bend in there that makes them prone.

    I was convinced that we’d broken one of the pawl return springs because it was so weak / floppy causing the malfunction. But once cleaned out it worked…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 2 days ago

    Yes and YouTube was no help….

    In your case will probably get away with removing all the plastic covers and flushing out / lubing with a very light oil (I had a few wire strands buried in there so had to pull apart). Also on first rebuild had an undersized cable nipple that didn’t stay put and would jam things up (so only use Shimano inner cable).

  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 2 days ago

    Thinking about it, I have had sticky rear STI shifter issues with the lad’s road bike (11spd 105). He managed to snap the cable where it bends inside the ratchet mechanism. Had lots of issues after that which were a few tiny strands jamming it up preventing it ratcheting / releasing properly.

    I had to strip the lever down to get it cleared out…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 2 days ago

    In the family we’ve got two people running Ultegra RX and one on GRX. Constantly foul conditions and no pitting or bike changes with no problems at all. The change to RX was because of repeated chain drops on certain bumpy courses with NW, front guide and std road rear mechs. No chain drops at all in the year since swapping to clutch and ditching…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 2 days ago

    Well done G_L – I saw you were decently up the results considering the conditions. Junior wanted to race so Mrs wasn’t given the option to sack it off. She likes running, just not with a bike. Looking at results, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many people that entered and didn’t race.

  • mick_r replied to the topic Camper van round iceland or not? in the forum Chat Forum 5 days ago

    When pricing up maybe avoid all the rip off “ash damage” insurance stuff. Gravel roads are plentiful (not the mountain roads – just back roads here and there) so get your own insurance to cover underbody, tyres, headlights – all the vulnerable stuff the hire place insurancrs exclude. All the hire cars are plastered in tiny “reported damage”…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Camper van round iceland or not? in the forum Chat Forum 5 days ago

    Are the supermarket jokes even funny anymore?….

    We went in 2013 and loved it.

    Summer car hire and accommodation is also expensive so camper isn’t a crazy choice. Nice accommodation also books up way in advance (we struggled booking some places 6 months ahead). Unless lucky with weather tent camping would be grim. So on the whole a camper…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Anybody ridden in Germany? in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Harz Mountains. An easy day drive, especially if using one of the UK – Netherlands ferries.

  • mick_r replied to the topic Soldering cable ends arghhhh in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    You got me intrigued so just had a play.

    55% silver solder and powder flux mixed into a paste with water = perfect. Have to be careful not to overheat the cable as getting more than dull red kills the flux. The tiniest rod and bag of flux from ebay will last a LONG time (that 20mm long tinned end was maybe 2mm of 1.5mm rod).

    Any kind of…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Soldering cable ends arghhhh in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    Stainless steel probably not happy with the type of solder / flux you are using. Silver solder & appropriate flux definitely works. Seem to remember apprentice days where soft soldering steel needed a nasty acidic clear liquid flux.

  • We’ve had 10sp Tiagra shifters with the external cables that are the newer oddball cable pull. There is still a bodge that makes them usably index with the old 9spd mtb mech / 10sp cassette setup – add a 1mm spacer between sprocket 3 and 4.

  • mick_r replied to the topic PSA Guy Martin on C4 now in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    The actual “record” speed looked to be limited by the length of runway – so I’d imagine a true both ways record of 150-160 would be possible with the right location and weather.

    I believe they used mostly apprentices and young graduates, with an average team age around 22. Just a shame that didn’t come across in the TV cut – would have been…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic A new low – Tumble driers in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Our cheap Beko condenser doesn’t rust tools in a reasonably well sealed garage (I keep bare steel bike tube for frame building in there and it is fine). Not throwing away the waste heat through a vent also gives “free” garage heating. A sweaty teenage son on a turbo trainer chucks out a damn sight more moisture.

    The only features I’d look for…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 3 weeks ago

    I guess Ulverston counts as a dry race by NW standards. Proper switch around of everyone’s usual positions in the mid-pack dads race :-). Revised course layout worked well.

    First time I’ve been lapped but it was Rob Jeb and right at the end so avoided an extra lap trudge. Saw TD getting a knee down 2 wheel drifting a bend – that doesn’t happen…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 3 weeks ago

    Time to dust off / unseize bikes for Ulverston – shouldn’t be any swamps on the slag heaps. Missed 2 races so will be way down in the league. Felt slow and stodgy riding to work yesterday. Pre-race prep is Wigan this afternoon for a colleague’s retirement do…..

  • Another top find is these shorts. Sort of XC fit baggies – light, tough, close fitting, quick dry and most importantly stretchy. From a “big” brand these would be £100 and rave reviews in all the mags.
    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/st900-mountain-bike-shorts-black-id_8381758.html

    And the big hooded swim towel cape things are super cheap and great…[Read more]

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