always the last mile home...

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by HeadSmess, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    i swapped my rear tyre over yesterday, i finally got sick of the "whop whop whop" because the thing just wouldnt sit on the rim properly!

    or, it was seated properly, but something went wrong when they made it cause it had a whole segment that was 1/4 inch higher than the rest of it...(yes, the bead was even, and no, the rim is dead straight) shrug i did, at the time :)
    its lasted a few weeks anyhow.

    so, changed that...and what did i get today on my way home? oh yeah. a flat. ive almost forgotten how to put on a patch, its been so long!

    and things come in threes. my cdi unit failed at the same time. only reason i stopped, dangnamit! then i added the extra 1000 turns to the magneto i didnt wind on the first time, and found the regulator/rectifier for my headlights has fried... theres power before it, but nothing coming out! typical. hmph.

    i seriously hate the hill just before my place :) seems its about every two weeks i have to push up it... usually a lack of fuel though, so thats ok :)
     

  2. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    :whistling: I keep hearing the sounds of unreliability emanating from your bike
     
  3. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    :jester:

    its been surprisingly well behaved on this frame :) except that flat. hmmph. i just dug a screw out of it :) havent had a foreign object induced flat for some time...

    if you saw the cdi i was using...yeah. it had a segment of zip tie stuck in where the blue/black wires enter, cus the insulation had cracked :)

    and, as for the regulator...i gotta go add something to another, closely related thread :)

    still doesnt stop me riding ridiculous distances ;)


    what gets me is ive never had to walk or push more than two miles, ever :) it always just seems to be along the same stretch of road that things go wrong...
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2014
  4. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    That's too much unreliability for my liking.
    Whenever i go for a ride, my bike is :gunsmilie: armed to the teeth with reliability
     
  5. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    "whenever"...

    you ride recreationally.

    i ride because i dont own a car, i just sold my motorbike, and theres no such thing as public transport around here... its my ONLY transport. unless i gotta carry, say, 5 sheets of gyprock. i get a driver for that one.

    read...daily ride :)
     
  6. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    +1, daily-main transportation is an apple to a weekenders orange.
     
  7. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    HeadMess did you get a new girlfriend? It seems these bikes think they're your girlfriend. They get jealous when another woman comes into the picture and start acting up. If that's the case you have to build your new girlfriend a bike. Then your bike will think you're just going out on a double date.
     
  8. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    @ HeadSmess

    There is no difference between long distance recreational rides and transport, as both require an identical level of reliability.

    Prior to my bike becoming a primarily recreational machine, it was used as daily transport with recreation being a secondary function of ownership.

    That said, my bike continues to be :gunsmilie: armed to the teeth with reliability
     
  9. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    that cracks me up :) so darn true! of course she gets jealous, all alone out in the rain and the cold, ignored until theres something gone wrong... meanwhile, my bedroom reeks of petrol and is full of tools :) whole house actually...

    lucky i dont dismember her and leave her broken body parts on shelves as "trophies" :jester:

    fabian... im not about to come on and talk up how my bike can get countless miles without a mishap, thats just plain normal. (well, ok, sometimes i will... :p) its the breakdowns that i find amusing, and like to share the experiences :) the irony of getting a puncture just after fitting a new tyre...i find that particularly delightful in my twisted and warped view on the world...and dont forget i was running an experimental, handwound magneto and was "testing" it out (for everyones benefit)... still. this particular engine keeps lugging along despite the daily torture sessions. :rolleyes: more trophies in the making one day :jester: i really want to know what lets go first :)


    the things attached to the engine on the other hand...them, i dont care about. are you trying to tell us that you NEVER get a puncture? yeah...right ;)
     
  10. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    I am averaging a puncture every 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) which is a self repeating exercise, considering that the valve stem rips out of the tube; due to running low tyre pressures - front @ 20 PSI and rear @ 24 PSI.

    Low pressures allow both tyres to rotate around the rim; partly from hard braking (using a 9" disk rotor) and partly from low drivetrain gearing that places huge torque loads through the rear wheel. There's only so much that the tube can take, but i prioritise comfort over speed.


    I am greatly appreciative of your efforts; messing around to find a more optimal solution to magneto output power.
     
  11. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    i cant run that low due to riding on the road, bunnyhopping curbs and dealing with potholes. did i mention that ive almost forgotten how to use patches its been that long since i experienced a foreigner in the wheel? :) good old 26" :)

    reminds me of the days i rode around on a bmx. there was a particularly nice pile of dirt over a tree root about three houses down, i used to launch a few metres off of...until the guy living there decided to scatter short pieces of barbed wire all over the landing zone... i believe his name was wayne kerr... :jester: he was sued after someones very expensive horse was crippled though, i was only to happy to give evidence :) he had to sell up. lot of horses around here, and a reputation is like diarrhoea...sticks :)

    why thankyou...the mills running as i type, im working on a bolt on coil now. better be worth it! makes more sense to do it this way ;)
     
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2014
  12. HeadSmess

    HeadSmess Well-Known Member

    almost every time i take the pitbike for a ride i take out a tube because 12 psi has such better traction than the 24-30 required to keep the tyre from slipping... even the front one tears out regularly :devilish:
     
  13. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    Yes you can


    I ride on the road and no issues for me


    The don't bunnyhop and simply steer around potholes - such problems can be solved in an instant.
    Your issues are self created, and you give a poor excuse to self justify higher pressures; sacrificing comfort in the process.
     
  14. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    I want the first production magneto coil that has been proven to operate with first grade reliability upon successful completion of pre-production product testing and durability trials.
     
  15. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    d is full of tools :) whole house actually...



    lucky i dont dismember her and leave her broken body parts on shelves as "trophies" :jester:

    fabian... im not about to come on and talk up how my bike can get countless miles without a mishap, thats just plain normal. (well, ok, sometimes i will... :p) its the breakdowns that i find amusing, and like to share the experiences :) the irony of getting a puncture just after fitting a new tyre...i find that particularly delightful in my twisted and warped view on the world...and dont forget i was running an experimental, handwound magneto and was "testing" it out (for everyones benefit)... still. this particular engine keeps lugging along despite the daily torture sessions. :rolleyes: more trophies in the making one day :jester: i really want to know what lets go first :)


    the things attached to the engine on the other hand...them, i dont care about. are you trying to tell us that you NEVER get a puncture? yeah...right ;)[/QUOTE]

    When people ask if they can ride my bike I tell them I'd rather they ride my girlfriend than ride my bike. I can always get another girlfriend. HeadMess were you talking about your bike or your girlfriend? Lol.
     
  16. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    d is full of tools :) whole house actually...



    lucky i dont dismember her and leave her broken body parts on shelves as "trophies" :jester:

    fabian... im not about to come on and talk up how my bike can get countless miles without a mishap, thats just plain normal. (well, ok, sometimes i will... :p) its the breakdowns that i find amusing, and like to share the experiences :) the irony of getting a puncture just after fitting a new tyre...i find that particularly delightful in my twisted and warped view on the world...and dont forget i was running an experimental, handwound magneto and was "testing" it out (for everyones benefit)... still. this particular engine keeps lugging along despite the daily torture sessions. :rolleyes: more trophies in the making one day :jester: i really want to know what lets go first :)


    the things attached to the engine on the other hand...them, i dont care about. are you trying to tell us that you NEVER get a puncture? yeah...right ;)[/QUOTE]

    When people ask if they can ride my bike I tell them I'd rather they ride my girlfriend than ride my bike. I can always get another girlfriend. HeadMess were you talking about your bike or your girlfriend? Lol.
     
  17. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    I don't like the way low pressure feels so floaty, I keep mine at 40-ish psi. I've never had a flat other than ones caused by tires wearing all the way down to the tubes and that usually takes a really long time to happen
     
  18. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    My backside is far too delicate for 40 PSI tyre pressures.
    It only agrees with a soft and floaty ride.
     
  19. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    I can certainly see wanting comfort but I don't think tire pressure is the place to look for it. the sidewall height on a bicycle tire is too small to make a truly significant difference
     
  20. Fabian

    Fabian Well-Known Member

    There is plenty of sidewall height on a 2.125 inch wide mountain bike tyre; giving a good 3/4 of an inch of shock absorption and when combined with a wide gel seat and a top of the line suspension seat post, comfort is the word of the day, every day.
     
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