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    WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED TO MY REAR DERAILLEUR!?

    Just thought i should round this out with the news that the rear derailleur went back together really easily :shock: I was so surprised i took it apart and out it back together again several times. She's back on the bike and working like a dream :) I'm bemused as to how it happened in the...
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    WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED TO MY REAR DERAILLEUR!?

    Confirmed - 2mm allen key to get the pin out of this mech' (thanks Fluffy Chicken). Remarkably, it all appears to be intact - even the little O ring has plenty of bounce. It was pretty grotty when i opened it, but having given it a bit of a clean, it might :| just go back together..... I'm...
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    WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED TO MY REAR DERAILLEUR!?

    Ok, let me see if i can get this one apart, otherwise i'll take it. The notch/stop (yellow) seems ok to me? The pin (red) is what i need to remove in order to inspect the spring? Hmmm.....the question is.....how? I fear i have already started butchering it :oops:
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    WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED TO MY REAR DERAILLEUR!?

    Many thanks for the help. I'll have a go at getting it apart :? Otherwise, i'll definitely be in the market for a replacement. How much do you want for yours d8mok - hope it's not too rude to ask publicly :|
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    WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED TO MY REAR DERAILLEUR!?

    Gentle ride and the gears start making that ticking sound which means cable tension needs to be adjusted. On completing the ride, i notice that my chain is super slack :shock: I 'muck about' with the gears for a while and manage to achieve all gears - but i have to remove 2 links from the chain...
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    Certini headset.....ISO or JIS.....anyone?

    Really appreciate the in-depth help. It all sounds incredibly 'yuk' :? I like external bottom brackets :) And cartridge bearings - hence my hatred of JIS headsets :x I'm going off this bike more by the second.
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    Certini headset.....ISO or JIS.....anyone?

    Good news about the headset :) Italian BB you say....i don't even know what that means :shock: Nothing is ever straightforward :cry:
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    Certini headset.....ISO or JIS.....anyone?

    Apologies if it's not a classic in the true sense, but this seemed the best place to ask. This has a 1'' headset - the question is whether it is more likely to be ISO sizing :D .....or JIS sizing :x If anyone could shed any light on the matter, i would be incredibly grateful. I asked Certini...
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    1 1/8'' headtube.....1'' fork steerer.....any headsets?

    Awesome! Many thanks danson67. I'll ponder it - Chris King ideally, but I've never been able to justify the cost. The old 1" forks just might get a reprieve. Really appreciate the help.
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    1 1/8'' headtube.....1'' fork steerer.....any headsets?

    Colour and age unimportant. For 700c wheels with the brake mounted through the fork arch - no brake bosses. Oh.....and a 1 1/8'' steerer :) I'm sure something will turn up. Thanks again.
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    1 1/8'' headtube.....1'' fork steerer.....any headsets?

    Many thanks Magpiegifts. Honestly, i'm coming to the conclusion that i think i never really 'got past' the fact that nobody seemed able to accurately identify what an inch was. ISO, JIS, Raleigh, Campag, French, Italian.....and so on. It can't have been that difficult. The search for a set...
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    1 1/8'' headtube.....1'' fork steerer.....any headsets?

    Ok.....might try the shims..... One of the reasons i went to 1 1/8'' is becasue i used to get fed up trying to find a '1'' headset'. I think at one point the LBS tried fitting three different '1'' headsets' and none of them fit. From memory, this is becasue it appears that manufacturers had real...
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    Single Speed Freewheels - best quality recommendations ?

    Re: Shimano all the way for me. Cheap, light, reliable, readily available - no nonsense workhorse. I fit and forget - by the time it needs replacing i've more than had my monies worth.
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    1 1/8'' headtube.....1'' fork steerer.....any headsets?

    Headtube normally takes a 1 1/8'' fork steerer. But i've knackered one of my dropouts :( I've got some forks with a 1'' steerer. Is there a headset that will fit the frame and fork - that is - some sort of adapter/reducer headset? I can find 'shims', but headsets and bottom brackets scare me -...
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    wheels -slight play & smooth or no play & slightly scratchy?

    Impressive :shock: The 'valve test' thing i mean. I'll try it. I'm sure i've read several times that it's the feel of the axle when the wheel is snugged into the frame that's important. That is - a little bit of play with the wheel out of the frame is ok as the QR's/nuts take the play out of...
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    wheels -slight play & smooth or no play & slightly scratchy?

    Re: Re: VERY good point - well made. I've lost count of the times i've told people to beware the marketeers and not listen to the 'you're bike is rubbish becasue it's all wrong wrong wrong, but if you buy this £3K plastic rocket with these NEWLY INVENTED wheels and BOOST technology and...
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    wheels -slight play & smooth or no play & slightly scratchy?

    Re: Hmmm.....the bicycle is a good invention for sure. Pre-dated somewhat by the wheel i would speculate. But on reflection i would have to say the best invention ever is..... Cider :D That's Devon cider mind - not that stuff from 'up country' :roll:
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    wheels -slight play & smooth or no play & slightly scratchy?

    Re: Thanks all! I instinctively concur with the 'any crunchiness must be bad' school of thought. But that is not based on experience, just instinct. I will sit down with them and give it an hour - after that, if i can't find the sweet spot, it's (very slightly) loose and (super) smooth all...
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    wheels -slight play & smooth or no play & slightly scratchy?

    Re: Just so i'm clear - good quality greased balls = smooth with a little bit of play (less than 1mm) is ok? Cheap caged balls = slightly crunchy with no play is ok? Also understand that either way, unless i rag the bike to death, the hubs will probably outlast the rims anyway? Many thanks for...
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    wheels -slight play & smooth or no play & slightly scratchy?

    Great tip - many thanks. I'll look into it.
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