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Re: On bike tool kit....
« Reply #15 on: 27.07. 2010 11:56 »
Fantastic!
I had always worried about torional stress on a soldered brake and clutch head nipple. I always made my own up - mainly because I couldn't afford to buy new made up cables. So I always very carefully soldered the nipples on after opening out the cable end and degreasing. Your solution sounds excellent and I WILL adopt it. Thanks also for the Tri-Flow information - I'm on my way to the local mountain bike shop.

Presumably you boil your chains in grease ..... or something else? I'm still trying to work out why you might want a 2 thou feeler gauge blade. Why not a set? And how does a 2 thou only blade help? I'm intrigued. Presumably the timing stick is pre-marked with TDC and the BTDC increments?

Thanks for all the help.
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Re: On bike tool kit....
« Reply #16 on: 27.07. 2010 12:22 »
.002" because I don't smoke to set the timing.
The .012" feeler is riveted to the magneto spanner .
Stick had tdc & 5/16th" before marked on it
Used to keep a pair of feelers for the tappets but gave that up years ago I can just about guess those & you can hear f they change drastically when you are riding.
Individual blades take up no space, don't rust together and are easier to use than a set.
Low melt grease, graphite powder & penetrene for the chains.
Can't get the brew down here any more but it is still available in the USA & UK so I am told.
Do 3 or 4 chains then rotate them instead of adjusting the chain till all of them are stretched then adjust the chain and rotate them again. That way you get 4 chains out of a pair of sprockets and the sprockets will last a very long time. Chains are a lot easier to feed through than sprockets are to change.
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Re: On bike tool kit....
« Reply #17 on: 27.07. 2010 15:09 »
It's very clear that you've thought the whole thing through VERY carefully. Thanks for sharing your good ideas.

John
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Re: On bike tool kit....
« Reply #18 on: 28.07. 2010 12:06 »
Rode motorcycles every day for 14 years for a living.
You get good at making them more reliable and easier to maintain that way
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Re: On bike tool kit....
« Reply #19 on: 28.07. 2010 17:41 »
Great advice regarding the cables (and chain come to that), will take that on board. Nice one.
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Re: On bike tool kit....
« Reply #20 on: 28.07. 2010 21:04 »
So Trevor, were you a Postie or a Plod? *smile*
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Re: On bike tool kit....
« Reply #21 on: 28.07. 2010 21:21 »
I'd say a lucky chap, paid to ride a bike for 14 years.
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Re: On bike tool kit....
« Reply #22 on: 29.07. 2010 10:39 »
Neither,
Did air freight scatchels, then general courier, then went into the van when we got the shafties (XJs ) for the hired help to ride.
Apparently Gen X can not kick start motorcycles
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Re: On bike tool kit....
« Reply #23 on: 29.07. 2010 18:15 »
I'm counting on the inability of that generation to foil them fiddling with my Enfield at work, however I know several of the older blokes would manage it no problem but then I think they've all probably got that bit more respect, that and the fact that they know who does their pay every week!

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