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03-12-11, 04:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,319
Posted By stocksy

Thank you for the thoughtful replies everyone. ...

Thank you for the thoughtful replies everyone. Having made the cable, cleaning and other checks suggested, my plan of action will be:

1. Purchase swiss stop pads. This might be a simple fix and...
03-11-11, 03:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,319
Posted By stocksy

Please help me to make our tandem safe - rear brake not sufficiently powerful.

We have a Dawes Galaxy Twin, we've had the bike a couple of years, but the rear brake has never seemed quite... right.

The tandem currently has Tektro 720 cantilevers with Shimano BL-R400 levers. ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-12-09, 02:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,789
Posted By stocksy

Oooh, shiny things have arrived: ...

Oooh, shiny things have arrived:

http://www.stocksy.co.uk/images/brompton-upgrades/bag-of-bits.jpg

Hopefully I'll get the chance to nail it all together this week.

folder fanatic: Karen...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-09-09, 04:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,789
Posted By stocksy

Thank you both for your replies. ...

Thank you both for your replies.

cyclistjohn: The act of moving the levers itself isn't the problem, they're very free-running. As far as I'm able to ascertain, the problem arises because Karen...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-07-09, 08:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,789
Posted By stocksy

Better shifters for Brompton

Can anybody recommend some alternative shifters for my partner to use on her six-speed Brompton? She is finding it difficult and uncomfortable to use the existing ones due to her small hands. If...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-07-09, 08:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 836
Posted By stocksy

I was there this year and last, it's a brilliant...

I was there this year and last, it's a brilliant really fun ride. I recorded some on-board footage, perhaps you might enjoy it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGZIJtAEb1M
07-09-09, 05:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,336
Posted By stocksy

Just a quick update for anyone finding this...

Just a quick update for anyone finding this thread looking for information on Dawes.

I wrote Dawes a letter telling them how disappointed I was with the bad rim tape, no inline adjusters on the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-06-09, 10:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,393
Posted By stocksy

Oh man! I knew they'd been renamed Duranos...

Oh man! I knew they'd been renamed Duranos (which sounds like a condom to me), but I didn't know they'd killed off the 349. I'm actually upset.
07-05-09, 11:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,662
Posted By stocksy

Perhaps I could have been clearer. If...

Perhaps I could have been clearer.

If squealing was the only problem I would have left the brakes as they were. The fork judder needed to be addressed because it was dangerous, I almost lost...
07-05-09, 03:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,662
Posted By stocksy

Personally I would live with the squeal unless it...

Personally I would live with the squeal unless it was causing fork judder. I had a problem with squealing and judder on my cross bike; CR720s solved both problems...
07-05-09, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,160
Posted By stocksy

OK, I checked today and the serrations on the...

OK, I checked today and the serrations on the inside of the captive washer have worn completely on the drive side track nut and are more or less gone on the other side. I'll order some new better...
07-05-09, 12:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,160
Posted By stocksy

Thanks to you both, I will try these suggestions...

Thanks to you both, I will try these suggestions today.
07-04-09, 03:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,160
Posted By stocksy

Fitting chain tugs

Hi,

No matter how much I tighten the nuts, the rear axle on my Langster slips forward in the fork ends. I've been told that fitting chain tugs would solve the problem, but as I hope the image...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-03-09, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,211
Posted By stocksy

Squealing is usually caused by badly adjusted...

Squealing is usually caused by badly adjusted brake blocks or dirt/grease on the rims.

Most brake blocks have a wear mark to indicate when they need replacing. Before you consider replacing...
06-30-09, 02:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,336
Posted By stocksy

Stoker and I finally got a ride on the bike on...

Stoker and I finally got a ride on the bike on Sunday. Let's just say I'm not too impressed with Dawes's quality control. Firstly, it turns out that the innertube that failed was actually punctured...
06-28-09, 11:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,336
Posted By stocksy

Yes it is a little strange - the rack attaches to...

Yes it is a little strange - the rack attaches to a braze-on about a quarter of the way up the seat stays like so:

http://www.stocksy.co.uk/images/galaxy/rack.jpg

The rack isn't stamped with a...
06-26-09, 03:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,336
Posted By stocksy

Yep, just like a Bentley :) As you can see...

Yep, just like a Bentley :)

As you can see between this, the Dolan and the two Bromptons we like to support British bicycle companies!
06-26-09, 02:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,336
Posted By stocksy

Thanks all, that's good to know, I won't worry...

Thanks all, that's good to know, I won't worry about it so much if it happens again.
06-26-09, 02:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,336
Posted By stocksy

First ride on our new Tandem - it could have gone better!

Picked up our Dawes Galaxy Twin from the LBS this afternoon, very green and very shiny:

http://www.stocksy.co.uk/images/galaxy/galaxy.jpg

Since there is no chance of getting it in the car, I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-24-09, 02:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 14,358
Posted By stocksy

The M and P type bars are swappable. The brake...

The M and P type bars are swappable. The brake cables are the same, but the gear cables will need to be changed. The S type bars are not - they require a different stem; as you mentioned it's more...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-15-09, 09:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,921
Posted By stocksy

I occasionally do my commute on the Brompton if...

I occasionally do my commute on the Brompton if the mood strikes me, that's a 38 mile round trip. It takes me about 5 minutes extra each way compared to my Dolan, so not a lot in it.

No distance...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-09, 11:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,719
Posted By stocksy

Excellent. This is good news, but who will sell...

Excellent. This is good news, but who will sell me one?
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-09, 10:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 591
Posted By stocksy

Brompton World Championship 2009

I see registration is open for the 2009 BWC on 4th October. Anyone else here going?
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-09, 09:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,010
Posted By stocksy

By 'undergeared' they mean you'll have to spin...

By 'undergeared' they mean you'll have to spin the pedals like a madman if you want to crack 30 MPH.

EDIT:

To elaborate, these are the gear ratios for the i4:

GEAR INCHES
1st: 39.3
2nd:...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-09, 09:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,719
Posted By stocksy

Interesting. I just called Brompton, apparently...

Interesting. I just called Brompton, apparently this is available as an option if you order a new Brompton, but it can't be ordered as an aftermarket part yet because the UK based supplier of these...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-09, 07:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,719
Posted By stocksy

Replacing the suspension elastomer on a Brompton

Hi all,

I want to decrease the suspension 'bob' on my Brompton. I've tried the jubilee clip technique, but it didn't have as much of an effect as I would like and I didn't really like the way it...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-09, 12:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 623
Posted By stocksy

Well, it's been a rainy day so I've finished the...

Well, it's been a rainy day so I've finished the bike. I took it out for an inaugural ride in between the showers and I took my camera.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-09, 01:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 623
Posted By stocksy

Thanks for the compliments everyone, I certainly...

Thanks for the compliments everyone, I certainly don't have to worry about getting it mixed up with other Bromptons! I thought about having the main body re-painted as well, but I would have had to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-06-09, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 623
Posted By stocksy

New Paint

I was having some problems with the powder coat flaking off my rear triangle and I never really did like the black/silver colour scheme so I decided to go nuts and get a bit of a custom paint job...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-31-09, 01:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 677
Posted By stocksy

I'll answer the ones I know about. 1. Yes,...

I'll answer the ones I know about.

1. Yes, left lever is deraileur, right is hub On the 6-speed, you double-shift to get through the gears in sequence. You have to reduce pressure on the pedals...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-09, 01:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 767
Posted By stocksy

Humans...

Humans (http://www.olivierpascaud.com/brompton.html).
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-17-09, 01:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By stocksy

You won't regret it. I put a set of CR-18s...

You won't regret it. I put a set of CR-18s (406mm) on my mother's Raleigh Twenty, they seem very good quality and durable rims.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-16-09, 02:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By stocksy

St. John Street Cycles are always good for folder...

St. John Street Cycles are always good for folder parts, I think they probably have what you want (http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/category-Rims--16-(349)-635.htm) (I'm assuming you want a 349mm ERD). ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-15-09, 02:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,166
Posted By stocksy

There is an additional set of pawls inside the...

There is an additional set of pawls inside the hub which are part of the inner workings of the planetary gears. In first gear, these pawls don't move so you just get the freewheel ticking, in second...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-03-09, 02:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 794
Posted By stocksy

I had a set of Keos on my Brompton for a little...

I had a set of Keos on my Brompton for a little while, but then I realised that there wasn't much point having a folding bike if I needed to carry a change of shoes. I use SPDs now.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-27-09, 08:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 731
Posted By stocksy

I've had this picture kicking around for ages: ...

I've had this picture kicking around for ages:

http://www.stocksy.co.uk/images/r20/sa-aw.jpg

Chuffin' heavy!

I kept the hub even though it was heavy.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-23-09, 02:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 716
Posted By stocksy

I did it with some sun CR18s, I was pleased with...

I did it with some sun CR18s, I was pleased with the result. Going to 406mm rims gives a better choice of tyres, too.

I've posted this here before, but what the heck....
04-19-09, 02:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,014
Posted By stocksy

That is ridiculously discounted! The only...

That is ridiculously discounted! The only potentially bad thing I notice is that the frame is 19"/15" (2008 model) whereas the 2009 frame is 19"/16.5". I wonder if the 15" would be to small for my...
04-18-09, 11:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,014
Posted By stocksy

The only bike shop I've found within a reasonable...

The only bike shop I've found within a reasonable distance with a tandem to test ride actually had two tandems, but both were Cannondale MTBs!

I have a good relationship with my LBS, so as long as...
04-18-09, 09:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,014
Posted By stocksy

Dawes Galaxy Twin

Does anyone have any experiences with Dawes Galaxy Twin? If so, I'd love to hear about them. I did a search of this forum but it didn't turn up anything.

I'm considering ordering a new one...
04-13-09, 06:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 482
Posted By stocksy

We're hooked

Hello all,

My partner and I have hired a tandem and are finding it a lot of fun, we seem to make a good team and my SO enjoys being my stoker.

The bike we hired is a Cannondale MT800, the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-28-08, 10:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 828
Posted By stocksy

Maybe I'm just lucky but I've never once had...

Maybe I'm just lucky but I've never once had anyone refuse to let me bring my bike in - shops, pubs, hospitals, whatever - maybe it's just my extremely charming personality :notamused: B&Q let me...
11-09-08, 10:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 599
Posted By stocksy

I hate to be 'that guy' but this has been done to...

I hate to be 'that guy' but this has been done to death in tens or possibly hundreds of threads on here. A search for 'squeal' or 'shudder' is very informative, I promise.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-09-08, 01:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,574
Posted By stocksy

The mudguards are supposed to be for recumbent...

The mudguards are supposed to be for recumbent bikes, but they fit fine. I got them here...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-08-08, 04:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,574
Posted By stocksy

Thank you :) I'm very pleased with it! I'd...

Thank you :) I'm very pleased with it!

I'd say the whole job cost about 400 including the original bike (20). I ran waaay over budget mainly because I underestimated the cost of replacing the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-08-08, 03:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,574
Posted By stocksy

Many hours of toiling later, I've finally...

Many hours of toiling later, I've finally finished the bike:

http://www.stocksy.co.uk/images/r20/new/bf/finished1.jpg
http://www.stocksy.co.uk/images/r20/new/bf/finished2.jpg...
10-13-08, 02:07 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 23,996
Posted By stocksy

They are not stock, they are Navigator pistas. ...

They are not stock, they are Navigator pistas. They don't look machined because they aren't, it's a track wheelset that comes fitted to some of the Dolan track bikes. I got them for free as a...
10-12-08, 01:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,501
Posted By stocksy

My opinion is that they make the bike feel loose...

My opinion is that they make the bike feel loose and soak up pedaling effort. They add unnecessary weight and are not needed for anything less than a technical trail, for which you would be better...
10-12-08, 01:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,501
Posted By stocksy

For me it was: 1. Generous clearance that...

For me it was:

1. Generous clearance that allows me to fit wider tyres
2. Full mudguards (fenders)
3. Rack and panniers

These are all essential for me because I use it as a commuter bike. ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-06-08, 07:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,574
Posted By stocksy

According to the bathroom scale, the frame is...

According to the bathroom scale, the frame is 2.75kg and the fork 750g, but that seems a little light to me. I shall try to find something more accurate to weigh it with.
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