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  • Trafford 1 Mar 2013 02:37:20 5,611 posts
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    Trafford wrote:
    caligari wrote:
    My single-speed decided to die on me on Friday. Roundabout - lots of traffic - when all of a sudden the back wheel completely seizes up.

    I couldn't free it up so ended up carrying the bike home.

    Any ideas as to what the problem could be? Has the axle simply caved in?
    I've had that, don't know the parts name, but sounds like the bolt that goes between the frame and the hub has wound in on itself. It screws up the axl. New hub needed.
    Like I thought mate, the symptoms are unmistakable.
    For me I think I caused it by inexperienced fettling. Had you had the wheel off?
  • caligari 1 Mar 2013 08:05:33 16,986 posts
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    @Trafford - funnily enough I'd been in Cycles UK the week before to ask why my chain was slipping. They removed the wheel and then 'reseated' it so that the chain was a little tighter (no charge - natch).

    On top of that, the bike has been used pretty much every day throughout the whole of Winter - I wouldn't be surprised if a few other parts suddenly 'explode' on me.
  • Trafford 1 Mar 2013 08:13:38 5,611 posts
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    Yeah it happened to me after a series of punctures and lots of messing to get the perfect chainline.
    Considering the simplicity of the bikes, it's a real Achilles heel.
  • pistol 1 Mar 2013 08:56:26 13,019 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    I've been through what I imagine is a stereotypical German customer support experience.

    Noticed that one of the rivets that holds the front mech mount on my new Canyon hadn't gone in perfectly. I sent them a photo showing the issue, and they were all like "that's not 100% perfect, therefore it's faulty. Send it back, we'll give you a brand new bike."

    Should be with me next week.
    That doesn't suprise me Mike. Cube have a similar approach.
  • pistol 1 Mar 2013 09:07:02 13,019 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    I pulled the bike / turbo trainer into my living room. Nearly fucking melted (no fan). Delivery came about 10 seconds after I finished and I walked to the door looking like I'd been thrown into a washing machine on the "melt clothes" cycle.
    I work from home office quite a lot and have that happen to me, although tend to use a fan most of the time. Will be jumping on turbo today at 10:30 for 2 hrs.
  • Psychotext 1 Mar 2013 09:56:00 53,788 posts
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    I have a monster fan for the garage, but I need to get something a little more sedate for the house. I'm thinking one of these two.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Honeywell-HO-5500RE-Oscillating-control-Function/dp/B001AZ0KCC/ref=sr_1_142?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1362095347&sr=1-142

    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4252225.htm

    Edited by Psychotext at 10:03:21 01-03-2013
  • MikeP 1 Mar 2013 10:16:05 1,765 posts
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    @caligari That sounds very unusual. Having a nut split in half sounds more like stress fatigue, either from a manufacturing fault, over tightening or a combination of both.

    I've serviced a bike once and discovered the rear axle had cracked in two, but never seen that on a nut. It could happen though.
  • pistol 1 Mar 2013 16:26:20 13,019 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    I have a monster fan for the garage, but I need to get something a little more sedate for the house. I'm thinking one of these two.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Honeywell-HO-5500RE-Oscillating-control-Function/dp/B001AZ0KCC/ref=sr_1_142?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1362095347&sr=1-142

    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/4252225.htm
    Seems expensive just for a fan. I've got something like this and have it tilted upwards. The guys at www.sportstest.co.uk use them too where I get tested. Perfect.

    http://www.screwfix.com/p/18-high-velocity-floor-fan-chrome/54056?kpid=54056?cm_mmc=Google-_-Product%20Listing%20Ads-_-Sales%20Tracking-_-sales%20tracking%20url&gclid=CK76_PD227UCFYbHtAod7SsASw
  • Psychotext 1 Mar 2013 17:19:07 53,788 posts
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    That fan cost me £50, so it wasn't particularly expensive.

    I can't use that latter one you have there in the house as I need to have the output at some height to get over my coffee table.
  • pistol 1 Mar 2013 20:09:27 13,019 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    That fan cost me £50, so it wasn't particularly expensive.

    I can't use that latter one you have there in the house as I need to have the output at some height to get over my coffee table.
    Ahh..
  • mal 1 Mar 2013 20:47:23 22,332 posts
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    Trafford wrote:
    Like I thought mate, the symptoms are unmistakable.
    For me I think I caused it by inexperienced fettling. Had you had the wheel off?
    The axel doesn't rotate, and neither should any of the nuts on it. If they do it seems to me the bearings must have seized, either due to excessive tightening in the first place, a load of crap entering the bearing (tricky given the wheel's motion ought to spin most stuff out, not in) or rust. Do you store your bikes outside at all?

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • caligari 1 Mar 2013 21:53:48 16,986 posts
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    mal wrote:
    Trafford wrote:
    Like I thought mate, the symptoms are unmistakable.
    For me I think I caused it by inexperienced fettling. Had you had the wheel off?
    The axel doesn't rotate, and neither should any of the nuts on it. If they do it seems to me the bearings must have seized, either due to excessive tightening in the first place, a load of crap entering the bearing (tricky given the wheel's motion ought to spin most stuff out, not in) or rust. Do you store your bikes outside at all?
    No, all of my bikes are actually pretty well looked after - stored in a dry garage (I wish I still had the space in my flat) and I keep things clean and lubed (ahem).

    I have to admit that I am pretty rough with the single-speed - dropping off curbs etc, and it has been used every day throughout Winter.
  • Deleted user 1 March 2013 22:26:57
    @caligari Looking after a bike is like making love to a beautiful woman...

  • Trafford 1 Mar 2013 22:55:11 5,611 posts
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    mal wrote:
    Trafford wrote:
    Like I thought mate, the symptoms are unmistakable.
    For me I think I caused it by inexperienced fettling. Had you had the wheel off?
    The axel doesn't rotate, and neither should any of the nuts on it. If they do it seems to me the bearings must have seized, either due to excessive tightening in the first place, a load of crap entering the bearing (tricky given the wheel's motion ought to spin most stuff out, not in) or rust. Do you store your bikes outside at all?
    No, I have 3 in a one bedroomed attic flat at the moment:/

    What I'm talking about is the outer part off the hub/axle construct..
    There's a square washer type bolt, second to the end. If you unnecessarily, like me , mess with that, it can fuck up the whole axle.
    It can take a few days to happen, and to be honest a SS rear hub is unique compared to other bikes I think.
    Maybe Cal's mechanic fettled where he shouldn't. Like I said symptoms, the whole wheel seizing for no reason. I bet it happened when he was on the move.

    Anyway, Bike Porn anyone?

    http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/cycle-life/Presenting-Our-7-Favorite-Handmade-Bicycles-From-NAHBS-2013.html

    Edited by Trafford at 23:03:52 01-03-2013

    Edited by Trafford at 23:10:20 01-03-2013
  • Deleted user 2 March 2013 15:02:59
    Whatís the best kit to take out with me on a 30mi ride? Just a list of the items I should take would be great.

    Cheers!
  • elstoof 2 Mar 2013 15:44:37 6,598 posts
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    Pump or CO2, 3 tyre irons, puncture repair kit (patches, glue, sandpaper). That's all I take, and it's the bare minimum you'd want.

    If you don't fancy fixing a tube on the roadside then a spare tube, just make sure you get the cause of the puncture sorted before putting a new tube on.

    If you're worried about having a mechanical problem then take a multitool or something, and also if you want to adjust saddle height, bar angle etched then take the required hex keys/multitool. A chain tool and a couple of links and pins might be an idea too if you're worried.

    Some folk take out spare tyres, tubes, spokes, batteries, cleats, plasters, shoes, whatever - bugger that. Cool if that's what you want though bro.

    Edited by elstoof at 15:45:35 02-03-2013
  • Bremenacht 2 Mar 2013 18:04:45 17,600 posts
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    Mobile phone.

    Also, having got caught out last weekend in the snow, I'd recommend a jacket too.

    I use that muck stuff in my tubes so I don't bother with a puncture kit. Probably should take a wee pump out though.

    Hosed off all the shit from last weekend and found that the rear derailleur had shorn off on it's mounting plate, which is replaceable, but it has also completely bent that plate on the back all out of shape, so I think it's a new one for sure.
  • Deleted user 2 March 2013 19:18:43
    Thanks for the help, Iím going to grab one of the little CO2 things to take out with me. Any suggestions? Presta valves.
  • mal 2 Mar 2013 20:23:01 22,332 posts
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    My current carry on consists of puncture repair hit, batteries for lights, lights (if they're not already mounted when I set out), frame mounted pump, first aid kit, 15mm spanner (if both wheels aren't quick release), hex keys, spare inners (fuck repairing a puncture in pissing rain). Think that's it. I've twisted my handlebars in the past (hence the hex keys), and ridden the last few miles back to home with a pissing wound below my knee. Should have cycled to the hospital to get it stiched up, judging by the scar I have left, but fuck it.

    @trafford You mean the nut on the inside of the frame? I guess shock transmitted though the wheel might do that, though my last failure due to that just bent the axle. I can imagine that might have knackered at least either the nut or the axle thread, but I didn't inspect it between breaking it and taking it to the LBS to get it fixed. Didn't seize the wheel though, just made it wobble alarmingly.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Trafford 2 Mar 2013 20:26:25 5,611 posts
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    Phone is a good one, but natural nowadays.
    I remember taking 10p out with me for a phone call.
    If your not used to riding 30 miles, some form of energy bar could be useful.
  • Trafford 2 Mar 2013 20:28:16 5,611 posts
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    @mal
    yeah, second in, from inside the frame.
  • MikeP 2 Mar 2013 21:25:41 1,765 posts
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    One thing I also carry is a little 5-6 cm length of sidewall from an old tyre with the bead cut off.

    That way if me or my riding buddies get a cut in a tyre sidewall (which has happened) then you can stick it inside and not have the inner tube poking out like a hernia.
  • elstoof 2 Mar 2013 21:37:32 6,598 posts
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    I wouldn't take a co2 can instead of a pump, either both or just the pump. Lezyne do a useful pump that takes co2 cans as well.
  • mal 2 Mar 2013 21:46:53 22,332 posts
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    MikeP wrote:
    One thing I also carry is a little 5-6 cm length of sidewall from an old tyre with the bead cut off.

    That way if me or my riding buddies get a cut in a tyre sidewall (which has happened) then you can stick it inside and not have the inner tube poking out like a hernia.
    I carry a square of old inner tube as a boot, and some superglue in my puncture repair kit. Never had to use the former yet, but I'll often dab a bit of superglue inside a hole left after removing a chunk of glass that's made it through the puncture resist layer of my tyres, with the tyre off (to avoid the risk of gluing the inner to the tyre). Flex it about for a second, and it's set, job done.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Trafford 2 Mar 2013 23:40:57 5,611 posts
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    What about the old fiver trick?

    Suppose old tyre is cheaper and doesn't eat into brew money:)

    Edited by Trafford at 23:42:42 02-03-2013
  • elstoof 3 Mar 2013 07:07:18 6,598 posts
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    The instruction pages from the repair kit work just as well ;)
  • Trafford 3 Mar 2013 08:20:50 5,611 posts
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    The way of the weight weenie is a thing of the past for me now.
    To go with my new Monster Cross Tourer, I bought a Carradice Rack bag yesterday for days out.
    No more fig rolls squashed in to my jersey pockets. I'll be taking baguettes and soup flasks!
  • Psychotext 3 Mar 2013 09:29:22 53,788 posts
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    I carry a decent span of the strongest version of duck tape, I also carry industrial cable ties. Should pretty much be able to fix anything that happens. :)
  • Psychotext 3 Mar 2013 23:29:58 53,788 posts
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    Ugh: Cyclist Junior Heffernan killed in Severn Bridge race crash :(
  • Deleted user 4 March 2013 08:37:06
    Thatís really sad news :(. Hate hearing anything like that. Recently, a couple were killed riding a tandem in a hit-and-run here in Bristol. Turns out the police were chasing the car, nobody is safe regardless of all the gear you wear.
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