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by Big Red S
Sun Sep 05, 2010 21:04 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: looking for a wheel building/truing stand
Replies: 7
Views: 1173

Ah yeah, I want to build wheels, too. :) I've been getting by with the forks and cable ties/pens/bits of cardboard etc, but having had the time to get used to a nice truing stand it's really quite frustrating... I'm tempted to build one, but I'm not such a great fabricator and I really do like the i...
by Big Red S
Sat Sep 04, 2010 15:40 pm
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: HTII BB spacing help
Replies: 3
Views: 425

Yeah, so long as the total width of spacers stays the same, you'll be fine as far as the axle is concerned.

Just don't go too far over what Shimano say is the maximum amount of spacers - pulling a BB cup out of a frame is neither cheap nor pretty :)
by Big Red S
Sat Sep 04, 2010 15:37 pm
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: mmmBop Rear Disc Caliper Mounting Issue
Replies: 6
Views: 1169

You'll either need to get a number 8 caliper half, to 'natively' fit a 185mm rotor, or stick with a 165mm. A number 8 *should* fit in there. The caliper's in a different position on a +20mm adapter to where it is on a 'right sized' caliper. Best bet is probably to check with mmbop if a number 8 M4 w...
by Big Red S
Sat Sep 04, 2010 15:34 pm
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Fitting sus forks to a Trek 800 Sport rigid
Replies: 3
Views: 2415

I don't think the 800 ever came with a hedset, in which case you'd need a new headset and stem in addition to the forks. About another £20-30 for those at least. Easy way to check, if it's a quill headset there'll be what look like two nuts just below the frame end of the stem. If it's aheadset, the...
by Big Red S
Sat Sep 04, 2010 15:20 pm
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: HTII BB spacing help
Replies: 3
Views: 425

If you put an extra one in there, the left hand crank wont have proper purchase on the axle, and you'll kill the splines. The HTII LXs on my singlespeed ran for ages with all the spaces on the driveside, to correct a chainline issue, with no problems. I'd give that a go, but also point out that it i...
by Big Red S
Sat Sep 04, 2010 15:07 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: looking for a wheel building/truing stand
Replies: 7
Views: 1173

looking for a wheel building/truing stand

G'morning! I might be about to finally cave in and get me a truing stand. I'm used to working on the super-duper park professional one, but there's no way I can afford that. I do definitely need one that'll do both sides of the rim at a time, and easily switch between up/down and left/right correcti...
by Big Red S
Thu Feb 05, 2009 17:39 pm
Forum: Campaign
Topic: Is recruitment ban for home smokers discrimination?
Replies: 20
Views: 7192

Re: Is recruitment ban for home smokers discrimination?

What is it that gives them the right to dictate to others what people should and shouldn't be allowed to do in their own home and with their own life? If I turned up to a job interview and said that I took cocaine during my spare time, I wouldn't expect to get the job. This is normally considered f...
by Big Red S
Thu Feb 05, 2009 14:54 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Help with a stuck rear derailleur
Replies: 6
Views: 3221

Which bit of the derailleur doesn't move in which direction(s) when you do what to it?
by Big Red S
Wed Feb 04, 2009 15:45 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Motorbikes, filtering and ASLs - opinions please!
Replies: 36
Views: 3001

Totalnewbie wrote:It's very useful to be able to get away as fast as you can to get into the middle of the five lanes

This is the problem, though. It's equally useful to do that on a motorbike, and cyclists in front of you are equally frustrating.
by Big Red S
Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:38 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Motorbikes, filtering and ASLs - opinions please!
Replies: 36
Views: 3001

I think the worst thing as a cyclist is to filter to the front and find you way blocked by motorbikes and end up being amongst cars busses and lorries. It's not a lot better to be the motorbike weighing up whether to enter the ASL or not... If the motorbikes are in front, i've found their exhaust l...
by Big Red S
Thu Jan 29, 2009 17:44 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Is it wrong to buy a frame size 'too big' ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1362

The frame size really isn't dictated by your inside leg measurement - your saddle height is. Your inside leg measurement dictates the maximum height of the top-tube, which is affected by the frame size in a way that has no consistency across manufacturers. You're not likely to do any damage by going...
by Big Red S
Thu Jan 29, 2009 13:19 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Motorbikes, filtering and ASLs - opinions please!
Replies: 36
Views: 3001

Re: Motorbikes, filtering and ASLs - opinions please!

Basically, I've found myself commuting through London by motorbike far more than by pedalling of late (I save the pedalling for when there's no traffic), and I'm still not entirely sure what to do with ASLs. Don't enter them unless the lights are green? Yes, that's the obvious one. But then I end u...
by Big Red S
Thu Jan 29, 2009 13:07 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Motorbikes, filtering and ASLs - opinions please!
Replies: 36
Views: 3001

Motorbikes, filtering and ASLs - opinions please!

Basically, I've found myself commuting through London by motorbike far more than by pedalling of late (I save the pedalling for when there's no traffic), and I'm still not entirely sure what to do with ASLs. Say a motorcyclist has just been filtering down the line of traffic, gets to the front and f...
by Big Red S
Sat Jan 03, 2009 20:35 pm
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Chain slipping ...... PLEASE HELP
Replies: 5
Views: 744

How did you snap the hanger? You might've bent the mech slightly. Have you reindexed the rear mech since replacing the hanger?

How old is the cassette, and how old was teh chain that was on it?
by Big Red S
Sat Jan 03, 2009 20:22 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: help! i want a suspension fork with 1 inch threaded steerer.
Replies: 5
Views: 1505

It's probably worth getting a threadless headset and stem to widen your choice slightly. Even a few years ago, 1" threaded sus forks were few and far between.
by Big Red S
Sat Jan 03, 2009 19:58 pm
Forum: Campaign
Topic: toe clips and straps
Replies: 22
Views: 4395

My only real gripe with clips and straps is that to get any benefit aside from foot position out of them, I need to strap my foot onto the pedal. And then if, for whatever reason, I need to get my feet off the pedals in a hurry, I've to bend down and unstrap them. Cleats just seem so much simpler an...
by Big Red S
Fri Dec 05, 2008 19:39 pm
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Gear cable casings won't go into slot.
Replies: 50
Views: 2792

Smaller cable adjustments.

When it rubs, does it do it constantly or only at particular points in the revolution? If the latter, get the wheel trued.
by Big Red S
Wed Dec 03, 2008 23:21 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: which cheapish pedal and shoe combo?
Replies: 9
Views: 1196

Overshoes only generally work well with spd-type shoes and pedals - where they can safely curve under the sole of the shoe without being caught between pedal and shoe and therefore worn out. Road overshoes do fit over commuting shoes like the Sonomas, but the shoe is so much bigger you'll probably n...
by Big Red S
Wed Dec 03, 2008 23:05 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: which cheapish pedal and shoe combo?
Replies: 9
Views: 1196

On a budget wont get you anything nice to commute in the winter in., Personally, I'd go with my standard reccomendation - Shimano M520 pedals for £30 and Specialized Sonoma shoes for £55 - and add either a pair of overshoes for ~£25 or SealSkinz socks (my preferred option) for ~£20. Exactly what sui...
by Big Red S
Wed Dec 03, 2008 16:01 pm
Forum: MTB Workshop & Tech
Topic: Disc and fork compatibility
Replies: 6
Views: 556

It depends more on the fork than the text of the warranty booklet, but the above posts are all in the right direction.

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