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12-20-19, 03:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 268
Posted By robalong

Custom lamps system with detachable battery box

Hello!

I've been looking at bike lighting systems on the web, from the new-fangled contactless 'dynamos', through LED and vintage. For my needs, fixed old-fashioned switched battery lamps will...
12-18-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By robalong

Bicycle Repair Man...video!

For those who haven't seen this Monty Python gem:

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2howud

The joy almost hurts!

:lol:
12-18-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By robalong

I'm checking out the assembly before going to...

I'm checking out the assembly before going to bed. The feel of the two pawls in action are now matched.

It's funny, really, because this assembly would probably have been fine in operation if I'd...
12-18-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 23,072
Views: 2,618,239
Posted By robalong

That part reminded me of this: Interviewer...

That part reminded me of this:

Interviewer to Keith Richards: "Great that you're here today!"
Keith: "At my age, it's great to be anywhere."

You: "Many of us swap out the rear cog (18T...
12-18-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,157
Posted By robalong

I'm waiting for an e-bed with GPS for getting to...

I'm waiting for an e-bed with GPS for getting to work and back.

Is there an industry leader yet? Seems like many are jumping on the bandwagon and selling rubbish. I suppose there will one day be a...
12-18-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By robalong

Worth the time, as is any challenge. Not quite...

Worth the time, as is any challenge. Not quite Everest this time :). I should have noticed earlier how the spring reacted to pawl pressure...hindsight blah blah. But I noticed, and that's the main...
12-18-19, 05:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By robalong

Issue solved!

Thanks for your input, adding to my pool of knowledge.

I took a stone to the pawl seats, and scratched around the housing seats with a hard pointy file. Reassembled...about the same degree of...
12-17-19, 04:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,238
Posted By robalong

Yay! May your roads be all you wish them to...

Yay!

May your roads be all you wish them to be!

An odd book, for sure, but what is there that isn't odd? Odd is giving up on a stuck screw. Find a way! Be not yourself stuck!

He makes a lot...
12-17-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 23,072
Views: 2,618,239
Posted By robalong

Hello! Newbie just found this thread....

Hello!

Newbie just found this thread. Glorious! Not sure about the glory of the mustache, but never mind.

I have some posts up about Sturmey 3-speed hubs. I hope to become an expert by the time...
12-17-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,238
Posted By robalong

Ha! Quoting myself :). I got back to the...

Ha! Quoting myself :).

I got back to the book. It's worth the plod for the 'how to be a good mechanic' tips. Really is, no doubt about it.

Pirsig writes about simply staring at stuff you want...
12-17-19, 03:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By robalong

I appreciate that the topic of Sturmey Archer...

I appreciate that the topic of Sturmey Archer 3-speed hubs really ain't that sexy these days :). But if any of you come across one, with or without the wheel, say, at a yard sale, do buy it and get...
12-17-19, 02:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By robalong

I am neither physicist, mathematician nor...

I am neither physicist, mathematician nor metallurgist, but I have an inkling of how amazing it is that these pawls can bear such enormous pressure, per square-almost-nothing :). So small, but can...
12-17-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By robalong

Indeed. I think I'll take a stone to smooth the...

Indeed. I think I'll take a stone to smooth the seat of the pawl and a thin, round file to smooth down the ridges on the housing. I doubt very much whether all that will affect the operation of the...
12-17-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By robalong

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1024x768/driver_housing_2_d1e17d4716c957b3d9d05e5808debad210f92fa0.jpg...
12-17-19, 04:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By robalong

Hub driver pawls - inspection and assessment

I've bought several Sturmey Archer 3-speed hubs made in England back in the day with a view to refurbishing them. One had a couple of pawls that, though clean enough, didn't spring back up very well,...
12-12-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By robalong

Pun warning: A pun is coming! "Where there's...

Pun warning: A pun is coming!

"Where there's a wheel, there's a way."

I enjoyed your post and thank you for it. It's the thinking, innit? That marvellous ability we have to have a go at...
12-12-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By robalong

Thanks for your comments. Regarding the roundness...

Thanks for your comments. Regarding the roundness checker - details to follow. Probably be something simple like a nut glued to the fork with a bolt that can move up and down. I'll give it some...
12-12-19, 03:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By robalong

Thanks for that! Passed me by completely, that...

Thanks for that! Passed me by completely, that important fact :). I can sort that with a couple of grinder cuts so I can bend the...what are they called? The 'legs' of the fork? Then tack the gaps...
12-11-19, 06:20 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,238
Posted By robalong

Scratching the entire bottom of a Morris Minor to...

Scratching the entire bottom of a Morris Minor to bare metal got me into the Zen zone at times :).

Worth it for the pix!...
12-11-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By robalong

Cheap and cheerful wheel-building stand - my project

I could buy a truing stand and a dish tool with which I could build a wheel. More fun to design an all-in-one, so I did just that.

It might not appeal to a pro wheel builder. It might not appeal...
Forum: Introductions
12-11-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 172
Posted By robalong

Hello, Robin! That's quite a bike history...

Hello, Robin!

That's quite a bike history you list. Wishing you much satisfaction in your endeavours!
12-11-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,238
Posted By robalong

Well put! Staring at something and thinking...

Well put!

Staring at something and thinking "What next?"

Again and again and again and again...until...

...one makes a move...and then?

Staring at it again...
12-11-19, 03:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,238
Posted By robalong

> rumrunn6 I bought a leather jacket from a...

> rumrunn6

I bought a leather jacket from a charity shop...probably fashionable in the seventies but something I'd prefer not to be seen wearing when away from the sparks. The leather is thick and...
12-11-19, 02:57 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,238
Posted By robalong

Ah, but Persig didn't put a smiley at the end of...

Ah, but Persig didn't put a smiley at the end of his book's title :).

Fair point, though. I should read it again. I remember enjoying it immensely, so thanks for the push.

Cheers!
12-11-19, 02:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,238
Posted By robalong

Eyes open or closed?

Eyes open or closed?
12-11-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,238
Posted By robalong

Hmmm...'value'...hmmm... What is that? ...

Hmmm...'value'...hmmm...

What is that?

I can't remember too much in detail about the book, but it has had a lifelong effect on me. Something about...looking at things from a perspective other...
12-11-19, 11:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,238
Posted By robalong

The 'Zen' reference comes from a cultish book...

The 'Zen' reference comes from a cultish book from the seventies, 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'.

Regarding dust in the kitchen, I'll be using wet-and-dry most of the time. Appreciate...
12-11-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,238
Posted By robalong

I am my dishwasher, so I'll be using me for...

I am my dishwasher, so I'll be using me for washing greasy parts :).

I will be looking into the waxing of chains. I've seen it mentioned a coupla times in web-search listings.
12-11-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,238
Posted By robalong

Zen and the Art of Messing with Bikes :)

I used to restore cars, especially the welding aspect, until I got too old to ignore the dangers involved. That, and the fact that the ground gets further away as one ages. Not now, for me, the...
Forum: Introductions
12-10-19, 05:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 182
Posted By robalong

Cheers!, Hermes!

Cheers!, Hermes!
Forum: Introductions
12-10-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 182
Posted By robalong

Hallo!

Greetings! Looking forward to taking part! I'm restoring three or four Dutch granny bikes, aka 'omafiets'. My kitchen is almost ready for the process to begin. I'm from Manchester but have lived and...
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