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Smart Superflash 1/2 Watt Rear LED Light – Fix intermittent and Dim Lights

Push switch is mounted too close to the case, this will need gently bending to move it inwards.

Tools required
Long nose pliers
Stanley Knife
2d or 2p to open the case
Drinks can, or suitably small thin washers
Cut a small chip from the top of a drinks can, you need to size this to fit behind the batteries positive contact to force it forward towards the battery.

You’ll need to use the knife to move the contact forward to give you space.

Here I used a chip from the can
Here I used a washer, but I only had the one…

Next you’re going to need to close up the gaps a little and use the pliers to crimp the battery terminals a little tighter to give the +ve terminal a bit of room to make contact without binding on the case

The switch will need gently bending to move it over just enough to stop it automatically triggering on the case.
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Thief attempts to take a woman’s bike, but then a cowboy rides up on a horse to lasso him

Sophie Sanders

This article owes it’s credit to; The BL.com
the original story comes from a CBS report back in 2016…

Sophie Sanders | The BL 10/08/19, 12:38

Robert Borba (R) with lassoed suspect. (LAWNS OF MEDFORD)

After moseying over to the Walmart for some dog food and on the way out, 28-year-old Robert Borba heard a woman screaming.

“Stop him! Stop him! He stole my bike! He stole my bike!” The cowboy from Oregon recalled the situation to CBS News. “And I kind of look around and all of a sudden this guy goes whizzing by me on a bicycle.”

As security cameras show, there was no way to catch him on foot. So the cowboy did what cowboys do. He saddled up to save the day, armed with little more than a lasso.

“A couple of swings and then I threw it at him, just like I would a steer,” Robert said. 

“He’s like, ‘What are you doing, man? You got a badge?’ And I’m like, ‘No, I ain’t got a badge,’” he said.

Eagle Point Police Officer Chris Adams was called to the scene by Borba. He was fascinated by what he saw—The suspect was lying on the ground, roped and tied like steer headed for the pen. 

“I’d take him by my side any day,” Adams said.

“I told the cop, I said, ‘Man, you guys ought to pick up a rope and throw that gun away. You might have better luck with it.’ He started laughing,” Borba said.

He said taking action to stop a thief was just the right thing to do.

“If it was my wife or my little girl, I would hope somebody would help her if I wasn’t around,” he said.

When it was over, police said all Borba asked for was his rope back. He coiled it up, tipped his hat, and then rode off into the sunset.

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Listings, the Before and After: Cleaning & Servicing

Bike servicing made easy, looks simple doesn’t it… So why does it more often than not look like this…

Do you have a cloth and a can of oil? Got an old tooth brush, better a brass one though!

Cleaning goes a long way to making a bike rideable and pleasantly doing so, but a dirty bike falls short and grinds it’s way around lacking in stopping power and pulling efficiency too, you’ll put more power in to move a dirty bike. Over zelouly using a Hose or Jetwash will only aid corrosions access to those impossible to see areas inside your bearings driving in dirt whilst it washes out your grease.

Before… (or as listed)

We quite often list bikes on ebay and our website before we’ve even done more than a cursey clean, sometimes not even that and this is one of those examples.

Here’s a list of typical faux pas of your Halfords Apollo specials, this also applies to most bikes built from a box at home, this is only going of whats in front of me with this bike so it’s not comprehensive but actually quite minimal.

  • No Grease used, so a rusty seatpost / stem and pedals that would’ve either rusted in place but most likely fallen out as loose…
  • Loose B/B & Headset bearings, these are not fully adjusted often from the factory and also require bedding in (ergo your 6 week service)…
  • Stiff Brakes due to low manufacturing tolerances and corrosion due to no grease!
  • Little to no oil on the chain, it’s got nothing left of the factory oil.

This one sold locally so we treated it to the service it doesn’t deserve, and just started with a wire brush, slowly addressing the debris, dirt and corrosion goes a long way we came across most problems you’ll regularly see above, the adjustments in all honesty were not as bad as they could be.

After Servicing

Find out about our service prices here

Servicing starts with a good clean and that’s half the battle with bikes, they’ve got so many angles dirt can get in and stop everything running smoothly, now it’s looking good it runs better too.
Knocking noises dealt with in simple adjustments, and stiff brakes aided with modifications to the finish, the bike’s sounding solid again like it should do.

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Log In & Make Your Offers…

Log In & Make Your Offers...

Exciting News for bargain hunters! Back again, in Trial form for now so we’d appreciated a thorough test! Send us your offers now…

Your participation is required as we test this feature out on our website.
We’ve added this to all products starting today in a bid to match our flexible offerings on other sites and boost sales on our existing website.

You’ll first need to be logged in to see the offers button and then you’ll just need to enter a few details to place you offer, we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

This allows potential buyers to “make an offer” for products on our web site.  You may then accept, decline, or counter the offer we may send, and counters may go back and forth until an agreement is reached.

  • Log In / Create User Account
  • Find your item & click “Make Offer” button
  • Email notifications are sent to both the potential buyer and the store providing details about the offer and updates on the current status.
  • Grab a bargain!!!

Whilst we are trialling this, if you are local and looking for a bargain repair price get in touch… We will be offering discounts on Dr Bike Bookings placed and paid for in advance until 14 April 2019

We are constantly adding to our online catalogue of parts for sale, and looking for new ways to serve our customer base. Using eBay is a great way of reaching people and achieving turn over at prices that work for both of us but outside of that we’ve not had the option until now to accept prices other than as advertised through the website.

This should also allow us to give quantity rate discounts on certain items stock permitting.

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Samm Henshaw – How Does It Feel?

More… Bikes in Music Videos

Continuing with the Bikes in Music Videos theme, we’ve found a fresh new summer anthem for you…
Including lyrics such as “It goes timeline, swipe right, deep like”, the upbeat track looks into the ways in love is viewed in our culture today

‘How Does It Feel’ is guaranteed to be one that gets you moving, as Henshaw told Hot Press“I just really wanted to start a conversation on what love really is. We talk about love so much in society but are we truly living it?” Iniabasi Samuel Henshaw (born 22 February 1994), professionally known as Samm Henshaw, is a British singer, songwriter and record producer of Nigerian descent, signed to Columbia Records.

Samm Henshaw – How Does It Feel? from Taz Tron Delix on Vimeo.

 

The video, directed by Taz Tron Delix (who has also worked on Declan McKenna’s ‘Humongous’ music video), has an aesthetically-pleasing retro feel to it. The low contrast, dramatic camera angles and zooms match the mood Henshaw creates with the soulful bluesy song.

 

Samm Henshaw – How Does It Feel? – Lyrics

[Intro]
How does it feel to be loved?

[Verse 1]
I just landed on this earth today
Heard people acting crazy over something strange
Brothers be paying for diamonds that they can’t afford
Just to keep up the appearance for a polaroid
All I see is something crazy I don’t understand
Ladies making babies just to keep a man
Fellas chasing Stellas when they got a Pam
They go from Stephanie to Bethany
From definitely to never be so

[Hook]
(How does it feel to be loved?)
Oh, how does it feel?
That’s what they say
Ooo, must be insane, oh yeah
(How does it feel to be loved?)
Somebody has gotta tell me, oh yeah

[Verse 2]
It goes time right, swipe right
Deep like five times
Don’t know what it sounds like
But someone told me it’s a little Marvin with some candle light
A little ocean on the weekend with a can of Sprite
I mean I love ’em white
Ooo, love is such a mystery
I’m so perplexed by all the things my eyes have let me see
People think that love is things like physicality
When in reality it’s meant to hold you down like gravity

[Hook]
(How does it feel to be loved?)
How does it feel to be loved?
That’s what they say
Oh my, must be insane, oh yeah
(How does it feel to be loved?)
How does it feel, how does it feel? Yeah

[Bridge]
You see now
How am I supposed to find love?
If I don’t understand love
How am I supposed to be loved? ooh
And if I have to buy love
Then I don’t really want love
If this is what it means
The fighting and the screams
You want dependency
I need some therapy, oh
(How does it feel to be loved?)
I gotta know, I ain’t too sure
Somebody tell me how does it feel to be loved?

[Hook]
(How does it feel to be loved?)
I just wanna know, yeah
I just gotta know, yeah
How does it feel?
How does it feel to be loved?
Oh my
(How does it feel to be loved?)

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How do you service a BMX? Part 1

Wire Brushed Raw Steel BMX Parts

Servicing a BMX, your step by step go to guide…

 

So your bikes rattling, and a bit stiff, suffered a bit outside and probably a little worse for wear, does it need servicing and some tlc… Have you got rusty Bolts too?
Simple to do you need a strip down and rebuild, it breath a new lease of life into your steed and give it back that sure footed feeling.

Start by giving it a good wash, it’s easier to work on a cleaner bike, even if the dirt looks thin and dry, it’ll shift quickly with a wash and look better once it’s done.

So, first things first, get busy pulling it apart…

Step-by-Step Strip Down

  • Check the seatpost moves, and adjust it a bit maybe to;
  • Pop it in the workstand…
  • Remove the pedals
  • Disconnect the brakes
  • Loosen the Rear Wheel for chain slackening
  • Remove the cranks and Bottom Bracket
  • Remove the wheels
  • Remove the Brake Cables, then pads, then remove the Brake Calipers
    (take care not to separate the springs from the arms, their asymetrical mix them up and your brakes won’t work, worse still you might break  your brakes…)
  • Remove the Handlebar Stem, and Handlebars together, catching the forks
    (watch out! strap a leg to the downtube with a zip-tie to save yourself some toes)
  • Separate the parts on the bars

You should now be left with an almost bare frame… Maybe headset bearing cups and B/B cups remain, the seatpost can come out last, and go back in first, as will any cups you will need to replace.

The Tools Required

So what tools will you need to get this far? Only a few;

  • 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm Allen Keys
  • 15mm or 17mm / 19mm Spanners
  • Large Adjustable and or Plate Spanner
  • A small screwdriver / pry lever
  • A Cross Head Screwdriver

Now you’ll need to clean all the grime and muck off it, you’ll be surprised where it’s got to… Good old soapy water isn’t a bad start, but there’s good alternatives and GT85 will gut through most grime and grease a lot quicker at this stage.

 

Inspecting the damage

Once you’ve got everything cleaned up, you’ll be wondering whats good and what’s worn out, it’s often obvious but if it’s not I’ll cover it all here.

Deep cleaning, and servicing requires some wire wool, and a wire brush for cleaning any stubborn corrosion.

This is the crown race that’s been abused, and this is the good one replacing it.

The bearing surface should be free from pitting and raised bumps, these will feel bad when your steer and may cause further issues as sudden wear can occur at this point.

Anything that can’t be removed with some wire wool will tell you how you’re doing, if the surface wear is extreme or uneven it’s time for a replacement part.

Acceptable level of wear will show now signs of pitting or degraded surfaces, they should show a polish when clean, you should notice a wear path but it should be free from damage.

If your bearings are at all discoloured, pitted, rusty etc… It’s time to change them too, the retaining cage as well if it’s not cleanable, you can remove it adding extra balls to account for the added room and further increasing the life of the cups.

 

Sealed headsets are a bit different, and will require new bearing sets. These are often one of a few standards so it’s always worth checking the spec properly, they’re often marked with a bearing code for ACB Bearings this is important as the wrong size will damage your frame.

 

 

Cleaning for Painting

 

Wire Brushed Raw Steel BMX Parts
Parts Prepared for painting Wire Brushed Raw Steel BMX Parts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting for Finish

You’ll need a clean dust free, still but ideally open warm air environment but lets be too idealistic about what we want and work with what we’ve got.

Finished & Painted Parts for a BMX Rebuild
Finished & Painted Parts for a BMX Rebuild

Painted Bolts in a Wooden holding block
Painted Bolts in a Wooden holding block

A clean & dust free space will mean your parts have a good finish, even and solid paint finish that will stand up to the fresh abuse it will likely receive.

Applying paint in thin layers working you way around in coats will mean a nice consistent glossy (or matt finish) with good coverage and no drips, focusing too much on coverage will mean overspray and drips… In worst cases it will mean nothing works!

Reassembly of Painted Parts

 

Starting with the Cups if they’ve ben removed, then crowns, the B/B, Headset and Forks are the first things to get installed and we’ll cover that in Part 2, that’s it for now folks…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What are the Correct Replacement Bolts for mounting your Bicycle Kickstands? 3/8″ – 16 TPI BSW Whitworth

What are the Correct Replacement Bolts for mounting your Bicycle Kickstands? 3/8″ – 16 TPI BSW Whitworth

Replacement Bolts for mounting your Kickstands are most likely a 16G 3/8″ Whitworth 55 deg Thread with a nominal metric diameter of 9.525mm, so close enough to M10 x 1.5mm but not quite, you’ll probably have trouble getting it to start although it may bit a little it’ll jam if you really try it or just take off the first thread.

It’s the kind of bolt you want to do up nice and tight, often util the mounting plate flexes under the bolt head, around 20 N.m / 14-15 lbf.ft Torque

 

The Correct Bolt

3/8″ 16G Whitworth 55 deg, 2″ Long, HEX Bolt (14mm Spanner, not 9/16″) with a Full Thread, preferably BZP Bright Zinc Plated, or Stainless Steel

Major
diameter
Thread
pitch
Minor
diameter
75% tap
drill size
(in) (mm) (in−1) (mm) (in) (mm) (in) (mm)
3/8 9.525 16 1.588 0.2950 7.493 516 8.0
0.375 9.82 16.333 1.588 0.3212 8.16 2164 8.2

 

So where do you get one of these? It’s a rather obsolete, and unobtainable part as bolts go, it’s a hard find. It’s the kind of thing you’ll find in a large selection pack of bolts, if you’re lucky you’ll have one in with your M10 bolts or close to hand.

 

What if I can’t find the correct bolt?

What’s best to do if you can’t find this rather obsolete bolt, what if I can’t find the correct bolt? Well given it’s size that it’s very easy to tap if you’ve got a bolt and tap set, I’d recommend that.  It just so happens the hole size is a good fit for the ISO Metric M10 x 1.5mm Bolt Thread Tap being around 8.25mm ID it’s a fraction undersize, but use lots of cutting fluid and it’ll make a good thread. This doesn’t work if you’ve got a striped thread, or if ,maybe the hole on your Chainstay welded or brazed-on kickstand plate

There are of course taps & dies available if you’ve got a bolt with only a short section of thread, and you may find you can get away with a bolt 1/2″ shorter if you’ve got narrow gauge tubing as the 2″ tends to be a bit longer than required once fully installed, it does however make installation easier and slightly less fiddly having a 2″ bolt.

 

I’ve seen the topic covered on bike forums . net and after tapping a thread, then finding a couple of Full Thread 2″ x 3/8″ 16 BSW Bolts it made sense to make some sense of it all, as forums are full of small snippets and often lend off topic confusion to the matter. Old bikes are full of strange threads, and a lot of older threads are now hard to come by.
I hope you’ve found this useful, obviously there will be changes to the metric bolts already from many manufacturers and if you’re lucky you’ll never need to come across this article. I’ve just spent a bit of time writing up this article on the mundane topic of these bolts and if it gets enough hit’s and attention I’ll get in some bolts maybe, but it gives a good idea of how to work around the problem and should give enough info to explain everything you’ll give up looking for normally unless you wonder around with a bolt in your pocket or use thread gauges…

You can find our range of Kickstands here.

 

If of course as you are reading this in the modern times, things are mainly and almost exclusively made using more standardised metric threads, ISO Metric M10 x 1.5mm Bolt Full Threaded should do the trick for most stands, but you can’t always be right can you!

There’s always the good old reliable addition of Loctite, or a thread locking compound, and if you’ve gone down the route of tapping your threads out I’d recommend using some… If nothing else, it’ll make sure your hard work works for a long time yet.

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Bespoke Creations; beyond the spokes…

Custom Toilet Roll Holder

We take orders for all kinds of creations.  Given a starting point such as a scrap pile, it’s hard to see the shiny bits through the dirt & grime.  Sometimes one mans scrap metal is the raw material for another creation, this was born from necessity of not having one (a toilet roll holder that is)…

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SALE 50% OFF – on our ebay Shop.

The January Sale is now on and it’s 50% OFF selected items on ebay for a 14 period, here’s a small selection of things up for grabs that aren’t just bikes…

We’ve go 250 discounted items in the sale, and over 400 items listed currently and more being added all the time. Take a look at these bargains whilst they last.

Visit my Shop now for discounted items that add up to big savings.


Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 (1996) CDA66858
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Original price: £14.99

Sergey Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 (1996) CDA66858 


 

 

 

 

 


Schumann Piano Sonatas No 1 & 3 Opp 11 & 14: Demidenko [Signed Copy] CD CDA66864
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Schumann Piano Sonatas No 1 & 3 Opp 11 & 14: Demidenko [Signed Copy] CD CDA66864


LEHAR'S LAND OF SMILES SCHWARZKOPF-KU​NZ-GEDDA LP 1 & 2 COLUMBIA/EMI 33CX1114/5
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Safri Duo Feat Michael Mcdonald Sweet Freedom Vinyl 12"
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Safri Duo Feat Michael Mcdonald Sweet Freedom Vinyl 12″


Funkryders Woman Of Angels Dbl 12" 2x Vinyl Record
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Funkryders Woman Of Angels Dbl 12″ 2x Vinyl Record