Dear Colin - it is a good idea to tighten the sleeve nut on the rear brake properly before going off on a 161 km (100 mile) ride... I heard a horrible rattling from the bike on a long, bumpy descent into Wigan yesterday. I just discovered that the brake is now barely attached to the bike!I built a singlespeed bike a few years back, mainly from surplus parts, but I had to buy some brake callipers because I didn't have any spare at the time. I wanted to spend as little as possible so I bought a pair of cheap Campanolo Veloce ones. They did the job but they felt a bit flexy/'spongey' compared to the better quality callipers that I am used to. They are also black, and I prefer silver.
Since then I have dedicated an old bike to turbo trainer duties so its brakes were no longer needed. I decided to pinch the callipers off that bike to use on the singlespeed instead. I swapped them over today and they feel a big improvement. It turns out that the old brake blocks were pretty worn, so they would have needed replacing soon anyway.
If I ever decide to take the old bike off the TT I can put the Veloce callipers on that.
I had ridden out from Littleborough with Littgull to do a big loop round - Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Horwich, Chorley, Leyland, Maghull, Ormskirk, the biggest climb of the day to Ashurst's Beacon (Skelmersdale), Orrell, then down to Wigan Wallgate station via Kitt Green, Robin Park and Newtown.
I had @ColinJ down as a confirmed roadie but he seems to have taken to paths and tracks.Yes, we were very lucky to dodge almost all of the storms, and to take refuge in a bus shelter for the one that we didn't.
I am surprised how well those pictures of the rainbows turned out. You can clearly see how the bright one comes to ground between us and the distant trees. Also, the curious dark band between the rainbows that I commented on at the time.
Oh, and that my 'Ass saver' wasn't really saving my ass! Mind you, I could have had 5 times as much crud on me without it, who knows?
It would be better for your post and my reply to be in 'Your Ride Today'. I'll ask the mods to move them for us!
I used to do quite a lot of mountain biking on my flat bar mountain bike!
I have now tightened the brake mounting nut!Dear Colin - it is a good idea to tighten the sleeve nut on the rear brake properly before going off on a 161 km (100 mile) ride... I heard a horrible rattling from the bike on a long, bumpy descent into Wigan yesterday. I just discovered that the brake is now barely attached to the bike!
Can't say I ever had that problem. Not even in the muckiest, boggiest of bogs in 15 years of mountain biking.When I was doing some very feeble mountain biking, I had the occasional problem with the front mech clogging even in relatively light mud.