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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    32T you'd be ok mate I think.

    Mines 28T and I just need that extra cog.

    Keeping saying I'll treat myself to a cyclocross.

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    It’s why I went Cx, to get a bigger spread of gears. The larger cog makes getting up hills much easier. And where I live is proper hilly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    There's some cracking deals going for gravel and cx bikes in the Black Friday events online right now.
    Just been looking at some.
    https://www.wiggle.co.uk/vitus-subst...e-tiagra-2019/

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    Day 2 Tazacorte to Puntagorda. 35k that nearly broke me. One section of 10-14% switchbacks had me hallucinating at one point as the skull emptied of oxygen. Not ashamed to say I pulled off three times as the legs started to spasm. The legs are still twitching now, two hours after finishing. 27 degree heat with the sun at my back didn't help.

    The best part of the ride was passing small group of, what sounded like, Germans in full team kit. Proper wankers with the lead rider yelling instructions back every 100 yards - obviously liked the sound of his own voice.

    No let-up tomorrow as I have +30k round the northern edge of the island. Ending up at a natural sea pool created by lava flows.

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    FFS!
    Back brakes siezed and its took 3 hours to get one brake pad out.

    First up, remove the chain guard so I can put the chain out the way, removed the Allen bolt, snapped the head off the 2nd bolt

    Onto the caliper, someones replaced the bleed valve with the wrong size, it works, just.

    prized the pads enough to make the wheel turn but had a right fuck about getting the caliper off, ended up taking off the banjo so I could give it a bit of gentle persuasion.

    Pads, piston, pins all either covered in rust and shit or shagged.



    Got it off and then removed the pad pins, slowly out a bit, in a bit, out a bit till they removed and the "front" pad came out.

    2nd pad is trapped between the caliper/slider pins with no obvious way of removing, after a few looks through the Haynes, a Google and YouTube search it seems one of the pins should have a rubber on it that covers a hex head to remove the pin, guess what? Theres fuck all there so probably already been snapped and left, if there was anything left on the back pad, I'd leave it for MOT and change it later but both pads are done.

    And just for good measure, why Haynes, why tell people to put grease on their brake pads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joao CarvAndy!ho View Post
    The YZFR125 that my sisters fella rode into the ground is back on the healing bench. My brother bought it off him before asking me. We'll get it done but he thought it was a quick changing bits job.


    Still got to get the other brothers RF running right, then he wants to do a mini resto on his (my old) '98 blade. Good job it's to cold and dark to do anything else over winter: lol:
    B and M bargains. I like that shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefkasman View Post
    B and M bargains. I like that shop.

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    Not a bad bag for holding exhaust down pipe, a haynes manual and various shit he's took off and forgot what it is and where it goes I should have known.


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    Im obsessing over steel lugwork at the moment.
    Saw an old Ernie Clements on eBay, not quite as nice as this but it gives you an an idea...




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    Proper stuff.

    Really fancy a go at brazing.


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    So I was wrong, in 2008 the bikes rear caliper was different, I assume they realised it was shit so had to change it to a removable pin. The pin doesn't come out, you have to squeeze the caliper all the way onto the locating pins and twist the pad out, nightmare when the pins are shot.


    Needed a bit of help


    It also says.....

    Yeah, it ain't sliding anywhere



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    The latest I’ve been working on, a 1979 Viscount. Not one of the more desirable models like the Aerospace Pro but a nice bike.
    27 11/4 mavic chrome wheels, Simplex 5 speed 28T lowest gear and a bit of a slog on some hills, needs a better saddle, might get a Brooks, chrome dipped forks, Cottered crank...





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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    The latest I’ve been working on, a 1979 Viscount. Not one of the more desirable models like the Aerospace Pro but a nice bike.
    27 11/4 mavic chrome wheels, Simplex 5 speed 28T lowest gear and a bit of a slog on some hills, needs a better saddle, might get a Brooks, chrome dipped forks, Cottered crank...


    Nice. Won't be going here with it then?
    https://youtu.be/tmXUObvyCEI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefkasman View Post
    Nice. Won't be going here with it then?
    https://youtu.be/tmXUObvyCEI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefkasman View Post
    Nice. Won't be going here with it then?
    https://youtu.be/tmXUObvyCEI

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    That's my hill.... I run out of gears approx 2.41 in that video..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    That's my hill.... I run out of gears approx 2.41 in that video..

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    It’s unforgiving isn’t it. I’m okay with short, really steep inclines but when it’s 3 miles? worth of climbing I run out of gas.
    There’s a hill near Minster out Darley Dale way that my van struggled with, never mind cycling. Keith will probably know of it.


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    I’m off work tomorrow and it looks like a fine day, might head up to Clowne and beat my 25 mile mark. Not quite as appealing as the routes Fitzcarraldo is doing but it looks a quiet and fairly flat route.


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    So with a lot of, less than gentle persuasion managed to get the caliper off, not surprised it were stuck with the state of the pins and bores.

    I get all the best jobs...

    Cleaned the piston and wire wheeled the retaining pins. You shouldn't really as it removes the coating but they were already shagged and this is a cheap resto.

    Used the dremel with a small wire brush to get in the all the bores on the caliper.

    And every workshop should have cheap cotton buds

    Pure filth



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    Those parts are coming up well, what you using Andy?


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    You can’t beat a Dremel for that sort of work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    It’s unforgiving isn’t it. I’m okay with short, really steep inclines but when it’s 3 miles? worth of climbing I run out of gas.
    There’s a hill near Minster out Darley Dale way that my van struggled with, never mind cycling. Keith will probably know of it.
    Sydnope Hill from Darley Dale onto Beeley Moor, one of the Matlock 10?



    Utter bastard!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryn Gunn View Post
    I’m off work tomorrow and it looks like a fine day, might head up to Clowne and beat my 25 mile mark. Not quite as appealing as the routes Fitzcarraldo is doing but it looks a quiet and fairly flat route.
    No wonder you aren't very good at climbing hills if all you do is flatter routes.

    Like anything practice the things you aren't good at, rather than the things you are.


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    I want to know what chemicals he’s using; degreasers, rust removers...


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    That's just brake cleaner with a brass and a nylon brush.

    Toolstation sell it quite cheap:
    https://www.toolstation.com/brake-cleaner/p17879

    That cleaned the outside of the caliper, the piston and scrubbed a bit of shit of everything else before I took the dremel and/or wire wheel to them


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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    Sydnope Hill from Darley Dale onto Beeley Moor, one of the Matlock 10?



    Utter bastard!



    No wonder you aren't very good at climbing hills if all you do is flatter routes.

    Like anything practice the things you aren't good at, rather than the things you are.
    Could well be that climb!

    I’ve improved significantly in a short space of time Keith, but I have to keep sight of why I enjoy this. I’m a plodder not a racer. I don’t have any competitive aspirations, just looking to gradually push distances and enjoy the journey


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    Quote Originally Posted by Joao CarvAndy!ho View Post
    That's just brake cleaner with a brass and a nylon brush.

    Toolstation sell it quite cheap:
    https://www.toolstation.com/brake-cleaner/p17879

    That cleaned the outside of the caliper, the piston and scrubbed a bit of shit of everything else before I took the dremel and/or wire wheel to them
    TBF most of the parts have seen better days but this is just a quick, cheap get on the road fix for now, think he's booking his test after xmas so not much point chucking money at a 125. If it was a more worthwhile bike or something he'd have for a few years we'd at least paint or blue where necessary but probably replace a fair few bits like the bracket, retaining pins, banjo etc. At the minute its just a good clean, derust, new pads, new seals and plenty of red rubber, high temp lithium, copper and silicone grease. I just want expecting such a fight to remove it.


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    I've spent today looking at replacing the equipment we lost in the flooding 4 weeks ago and trying to decide how much of the manufacturing process we can do in house going forward. After much umming and ahhing I've decided to move the manufacturing to a stand alone business unit up near Ashbourne, located on a farm and a lot cheaper than Derby and just keep the present business unit for servicing the courier side of the business in Derby, along with the associated office space, then use the now redundant manufacturing space to create a cargo-bike shop for selling both our products and other manufacturers bikes to individuals and organisations.

    The new unit will be set up to do the full range of jobs in manufacturing the frames, so the frame building itself, but also the painting, bike building, even making the decals, along with manufacturing spare parts and components specific to the job requirements.

    This way we can ensure top quality, while keeping a beady eye on cashflow.

    It's bloody expensive though. The machine to print the decals is £7k alone, whereas the oven for drying the paint that we are replacing following the other one getting waterlogged in the floods is closer to £80k, but this one can also heat up to a higher temperature to burn paint off the frames too, so we can offer another service to customers of refurbishing bikes too, or any other painted parts, which will be useful in an engineering city like Derby.

    All in, this is costing £250-300k, with my insurance covering just shy of £40k!

    I've decided to take the gamble now, because Brexit could push equipment prices higher, if it happens. When the Brexit referendum happened we were still having frames built in Taiwan and the currency fluctuation then caused me to lose almost £100k! I don't intend to be caught out again.


 

 

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