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Old 03-09-18, 02:27 PM   #101
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I was speaking of my experience with a picture I posted elsewhere...w/o any boxes or labels showing.

Point being, there's a lot of hidden data to be "mined" encrypted in a lot of digital media...photos included.

I was surprised a picture of a pocket knife I own essentially held my residence address in it's inner sanctum and more surprised someone would actually look at that data...

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I think a replacing the bottom bracket is better value than replacing the headset.
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Old 03-10-18, 01:50 AM   #103
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Hub still under 120 mm wide?
Yes, it is the same.
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I think a replacing the bottom bracket is better value than replacing the headset.


I see that there is a Phil Wood bottom bracket available... would I even feel a difference or is it simply to avoid any issues down the line?
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They're not good forever, but they are rebuildable, If shipped to California company..
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I see that there is a Phil Wood bottom bracket available... would I even feel a difference or is it simply to avoid any issues down the line?
Oh, there is no protection there of bearings against water, i.e. Phil Woods are fair weather BBs. When swapping BB I go for TA Axix Pro with Ti axle.
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They do offer a mud guard, + to add another seal, slip O rings on before fitting the crank arms..

Phil Wood & Co...
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I have some velo orange cartridge headsets that have given me years of flawless service but my brompton has a CK Gripnut which has given me 0 problems. nice not to worry about headsets, bottom brackets or hubs. I can remember when routine maintenance was required. Still when my campy bb, headset and hubs are freshly lubed and adjusted properly they do just fine, too.
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Personally I think replacing headset or BB right away is bonkers. It's your money if you like the bling, but a new Brompton doesn't need it.
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some folks just want more titanium bits..
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Personally I think replacing headset or BB right away is bonkers. It's your money if you like the bling, but a new Brompton doesn't need it.


Thanks for the being the voice of reason! I was getting carried away. Just keeping it as is for now. Just going to throw my Brooks B-17 narrow on there and call it a day for now (it'll match nicely since even the rails are black).

PS: Just got word that the bike has arrived at the bike shop!
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Thanks for the being the voice of reason! I was getting carried away. Just keeping it as is for now. Just going to throw my Brooks B-17 narrow on there and call it a day for now (it'll match nicely since even the rails are black).

PS: Just got word that the bike has arrived at the bike shop!
You may want to get the bike shop to check the BB anyway. I happened to have removed the cranks of my wife's as new B and found the BB to be very stiff, you could hardly turn with your fingers. The serial number was just before the range being recalled, so I decided to replace with a Shimano one. But surprisingly, once out of the frame, it spins fine but not when installed. I suspect the non drive side cup cannot be tightened fully as it compresses on the bearing? Thats the only explanation I can come up with. Anyway, the Shimano one is better quality.
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I suspect the non drive side cup cannot be tightened fully as it compresses on the bearing?
Nope, wrong assumption. Plus there is a recommended level of torque for the bottom bracket - "tightened fully" is not something commonly used in mechanical manuals anyway.

This is what the Brompton's bottom bracket looks like (this is one that got exchanged during the recent recall, the actual ones are a different brand but follow the same principle mechanically).



When properly mounted as supposed it will turn freely as long as it is not defective.
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You may want to get the bike shop to check the BB anyway. I happened to have removed the cranks of my wife's as new B and found the BB to be very stiff, you could hardly turn with your fingers. The serial number was just before the range being recalled, so I decided to replace with a Shimano one. But surprisingly, once out of the frame, it spins fine but not when installed. I suspect the non drive side cup cannot be tightened fully as it compresses on the bearing? Thats the only explanation I can come up with. Anyway, the Shimano one is better quality.
Difficulty to turn a mounted BB with fingers grabbing the axle is very normal as fingers cannot deliver much torque. Even a slight push of the cup against the bearing or axle can make rotation with fingers difficult. For pedaling this is completely irrelevant as pedaling legs deliver humongous torque by comparison.
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Difficulty to turn a mounted BB with fingers grabbing the axle is very normal as fingers cannot deliver much torque. Even a slight push of the cup against the bearing or axle can make rotation with fingers difficult. For pedaling this is completely irrelevant as pedaling legs deliver humongous torque by comparison.
May be so, but Iím convinced we have gained at least 100 Watts! Lol
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One thing about using the plastic, is ... it wont corrode or rust.
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May be so, but Iím convinced we have gained at least 100 Watts! Lol
If you use a log scale where 100W is just about the same as 0.1W, then I agree
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..And.. here is another, limited run, Colour.. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeands...s-in-precision

Barbour Green..
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I finally picked up the bike yesterday! Will post photos soon... The black lacquer looks amazing in the sun. Almost takes on an olive hue. Works very well with the black edition components. And the saddle is much nicer than I anticipated so I'll just leave that on for now.
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Congrats!!! Enjoy the ride =)
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I can't wait to see pics. I have no need for a Brompton at the moment, but I might buy one of these anyway!
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Here are a few pics... not sure the images capture the black lacquer, as it looks even better in person...
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Oh, that IS pretty! I didn't realize the black lacquer was like raw lacquer with black tones, I thought it was more like an opaque paint. That is just lovely.
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Oh, that IS pretty! I didn't realize the black lacquer was like raw lacquer with black tones, I thought it was more like an opaque paint. That is just lovely.
Thanks! It sold me on the bike. The nickel one looked great in person too...
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It looks crazy! That's a compliment ;-)

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