Discussion in 'transport' started by ChrisFilter, Jan 27, 2015.
All topics welcome. Anything about velocipedes goes.
So anyway. I think I'm going to get a new Shimano Ultegra 6800 rear wheel for my birthday. The rim is worryingly concave on my current rear wheel.
In other news, I wonder if Rohan Dennis will ever win a grand tour. At 24 he's showing all the right attributes.
Bicycle racing thread, thataway ------>
Maybe call this a cycling gear chat thread? We have a Porn, Commute, Racing threads, so to allocate gear to here should cover most of it?!
I want somewhere to talk about the act of cycling in and of itself. This shall be that thread, but anything goes.
London centric but somebody just sent me this!
I've just had a go at home powder coating an old 4130 MTB frame with a repurposed commercial pizza oven I bought on Gumtree. I worked ok but the smell was fucking incredible - fossilised mozzeralla and baking polyurethane. With that stench and the noise of the home made sand blasting rig Mrs DD has lost the plot and gone out to her sister's.
I've got a current project with a 1970's 531 Lapierre frame with a seized in right hand (fixed) BB cup. This £40 bargain is now stating to look less appealing now 3 weeks soakings in rustaway, plusgas and the infamous 80/20 mix of gear oil and acetone*, I am going to have to cut the fucker out with a brace of 32tpi hacksaw blades from the inside out. I will definitely damage the thread in the process. Any idea how hard a hardened steel BB cup is? Fucking hard, 30 minutes work has barely made a dent
*probably flagged by MI5 for buying that much acetone
Have you had a blowtorch on it? My last BB cup extraction tormet was on an 80s Muddy Fox. I ended up welding a big screwdriver to the cup and getting my fat mate (nickname Chubby Lover) to swing off it. I've never heard of the gear oil/acetone combo - is it any good?
It hasn't worked here - maybe it needs longer..I could heat it out or indeed get a new BB brazed on for £80 (and it would be ISO into the bargain) but I want to keep the paint / patina original. I might think differently after another few hours on the hacksaw in the freezing cold garden,mind.
Have you got space to get a reciprocating saw or jigsaw in there? Takes some of the elbow work out of it
Sadly not sir, an due to the post thatcherite death of our manufacturing base I am struggling to find an engineering shop who could do this for reasonable money or indeed do this at all. Oak Cycles - the framebuilder in Honour Oak (Ryan) - has a drill bit and jig that can drill a whole BB out, but he classes this as a small job and he has 2 years of framebuilding work already backed up. Vaz (ex-Roberts framebuilder) was the guy who said chuck a new BB shell in there.
'Crossrail for bikes' gets the go-ahead: http://road.cc/content/news/141292-...ead-londons-crossrail-segregated-cycle-routes
Boris Johnson does his first good thing. Only took him 7 years.
That should be on the commute thread!
This thread is for all things cycling-related. It can be on both. It won't just be commuters using the new segregated paths.
OK, but can there be a separate gear chat thread?
You can't win can you? Oh, urban
is there a case for a cycling forum in its own right? The Ed suggested this could happen a decade ago but people felt then we were better integrated into transport(sic). Still don't think there is enough demand meself.
You should start your own thread for people who just like to ride ok bikes made from metal.
I'm not the only person who skips all the gear chat. Or at least tries to.
What harm is it doing? Cycling is an activity that depends on a machine, the machine part of it is going to leak in unless you dedicate posting to entirely talking about the poetry of the act.
No thread is going to be exactly as you want it!
Re. chain sets: I feel like mine is about to fall apart. It is two years old now, I'm lucky it's lasted this long. I'm now unsure whether to keep going until it dies a death or take it in now
Also, has anyone here got any cyclocross experience? I'd like to give it a go, but don't quite know where to start. I've looked at a local club that does it but their cyclocross evening is one I'm at uni on. Hmph.
I guess but there wasn't much gear talk in the early days. It was mainly just solidarity with other commuters and us sharing our experiences on their commutes - twats they have encountered and news that affected commuters.
Yes - I raced in the London CX league for a few years, my kids now mean thats not possbile but I'm eager to get back to it, its fantastic and the best form of bike racing out there IMHO. Do it!
Commuter thread >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Yeah I was just whinging about the Boris thing!
Thought it was The Cycling Cat Thread. Gutted.
But how? I can't do weeknights, and I'd like to try my hand at it before I enter a comp. Ideally I need something on a weekday. I'm gonna check out Lee Valley and the Hackney one again.
Is the Boris thing relevant to cycling? Does it need an exclusivity deal with the other thread, do you think? We probably need a committee.
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