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General / Bennetts Insurance a good renewal story
« on: 17 October 2020, 08:58:46 PM »
FINALLY the insurance industry has got it - only raise by a little and I will renew my current.MY last year insurance with Bennetts was £85 and my renewal invite is £95. Gladly pay the £10 so I do not have to go through all the shit of getting Mcn reading confused fecking mearcats quotes and then ringing current and threatening to leave bull sh1t.Thank you Bennetts. :thumbup   

General / The chat thing in the forum
« on: 10 October 2020, 10:39:29 PM »
Just poked my head in there and I see that members have been in and then logged out. How does it actually work. Does anyone actually use it,

General / Focer font of knowledge Cycling
« on: 22 June 2020, 12:34:39 PM »
I have been given a 20 year old Raligh prestige pioneer bike never used since brought, needs new  tyres and tubes the size is 28x 15/8 x 13/8 (700 x 35c ) the valve is a presta.

 I am looking for the cheapest tyres I can find but dont want to end up with total useless rubbish that constantly picks up punctures or somthing. When I look on Halfords for 700x35C tubes I get a shreader valve hit for that size but for a presta valve I get 38-45c. The valve in it at the moment is a presta so I am guessing that the wheel is too thin to fit a shreader ? And will the 38-45c fit.
It may help to explain the riding I will be doing, mainly hard cycle paths (tarmac ), canal tracks a little road.

Any help and advice appreciated.

General / Just out of interest. Who owns this site.
« on: 16 June 2020, 01:03:21 PM »
Who owns the forum, who started it. I only ask because I am a member of a citroen forum, I don't post there much but its gone off air and I was thinking maybe the owner has met a deadly end with covid or somthing.

General / First time on a bike
« on: 20 May 2020, 07:34:08 PM »
This chap just lost his bike

General / Belsen
« on: 15 April 2020, 10:37:16 PM »
Today 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp. My Dad went over in the D- Day piroid and was one of the liberators of Belson.     

General / Garden lighting help
« on: 12 April 2020, 07:29:53 PM »
I was looking to replace my 12V 7w bulbs with LED ones and the fitting is T15 wedge and these are what I have now they are crap not very bright at all I then realised I can get LED T15 bulbs but they are for cars and my transformer is AC.Can anyone recomend a T15 LED bulb

General / The Chat thing
« on: 10 April 2020, 10:03:45 PM »
Anyone ever go in there - is it actually ever used.
 Its got loads of features - not sure what they all do
  • List online users
  • List ignored users
  • List available channels
  • Describe action
  • Roll dice
  • Change username
  • Enter private room

General / Brake Fluid
« on: 31 March 2020, 03:37:20 PM »
Refurbing my rear brake. Is there any reason not to buy cheap Carlube DOT 4 brake fluid ?

FZS600 Fazer / Rear Brake refurb
« on: 29 March 2020, 03:26:21 PM »
I was going to change pads and fluid and line after my MOT in April - after the MOT in case I potatoed the caliper. I now have anextra 6 months so am doing now.  I have read the various posts and advice but thought I would start my own as I have a few questions.I will be using a hel line and on the website it mentions black stealth heat shrink on the ends as an option. I actually think it looks a bit messy and my new line will be clear stainless steel but on the rear is there any reason to have the "stealth heat shrink.
  • what is peoples opinion on hel stainless steel bleed nipples and what size do I need.
  • Will 500ml of fluid be enough to do the job - even if I have to struggle with bleeding.
  • What fluid to get - any make better than other.
  • Pads SBS ceramic I see have been mentioned. I don't want anything too sharp on the rear
  • seals webmoto Ebay or fowlers.I read it can be hit and miss with pattern ones but is that still the case.
A reminder for those that do not know. I have had the bike for 19 years 23k on clock and the last 19k of them have been dry ones only. Bike garaged. The rear calaper was last serviced at 8k in 2002 pads fluid and seals ( so the receipt says )   

General / Focer font of knowledge Conferencing (covid 19)
« on: 27 March 2020, 08:47:16 AM »
Trying to arrange a multi person video chat with the family but there are so many options and now confused. There will be 3 in the chat possibly 4 and 1 has ios and the others android.I have looked int houseparty app but it wants to know far to much personal info for my comfort zone. So now looking at Zoom and it looks like only the host has to any signing in ?.
Not all have facebook but we all have watsap.
Any experts out there. 

General / Racebolt discount 25%
« on: 05 February 2020, 12:15:42 PM »
 Just got this in my inbox
February is traditionally the month for showing someone you love them.
 This month we are offering 25% off every single product , so go on, show your bike how much you love it.

General / Focer font of knowledge, Refurbished PCs
« on: 04 February 2020, 08:30:22 PM »
Focer font of knowledge Refurbished PCsI have had one for a few years but the company is no more and now I need to advise the inlaws but which refurb seller would the PC experts recommend.

General / The 2020 FOC-U Bike Picture Challenge
« on: 05 January 2020, 12:00:34 PM »
The 2019 FOC-U Bike Picture Challenge   A reiteration of the rules.   
1. All challenges must be of YOUR bike and a landmark, or something obscure or creative, something most people can ride to in their area.
2. Picture has to be taken after challenge is made.
3. Challenge is good for a week; if it is not met after that time, the previous picture poster picks a new challenge.
4. Nothing illegal to be challenged.
5. Keep comments to a minimum; if you comment, post the current challenge in bold type after your comment.
6. No repeat challenges.
7. No other bikes can be used, eg, your bike next to a Ducati. Some exceptions will be allowed, eg, your bike next to a bike cop.
8. Only 1 person can win each challenge; any other entrants will not be counted, due to throwing the whole game off track and adding challenges that don't stand.
9. If any dispute about a challenge occurs, 3 oks from others settles the challenge.
Remember, this thread is supposed to get people to want to go ride straight away and beat others to the challenge - be creative, but be sensible about it.
Have fun Foccers!

General / EBAY China ????
« on: 07 December 2019, 09:12:11 PM »
How does it work when you search on ebay via nearest and you get all these results in your town but then when you scroll down you can see the address is actually china - the address is even written in Chinese and its two weeks delivery WFT! How does that work.

General / Site outage
« on: 06 November 2019, 09:49:04 PM »
What happened all day

General / Put your baffles in
« on: 08 June 2019, 10:40:30 AM »
Just seen in the news police are looking at introducing "acoustic cameras" to catch loud exhausts. I assume it is a mic attached to a camera to get your sound levels and then trigger a camera for your numberplate.

General / Focer Font of knowledge speaker power RMS and stuff
« on: 27 May 2019, 07:33:26 PM »
I deed to replace a little sound system and the one I am looking to buy has a Speaker power 20 W (10 W + 10 W)
But I already have speakers in position and I upgraded the wire to 42/0.15mm 3x6mm (whatever that is )My worry is using the in-situ speakers with the new system as I do not know what my current speakers power is. Looking down the back in an air hole thing I can see printed on the speaker I think it says 5W 8 ohlms but that is only on the small speaker as the bigger one has not got a hole. They are small at  20 x18x13
The online manual says this
Use the speakers only with the recommended system.If not, you can cause damage to the amplifier andspeakers and can cause a fire. Consult an approvedservice personnel if damage occurs or if there is a sudden apparent change in performance
The spec for the new system speakers is --- Speaker power 20 W (10 W + 10 W)So would it be ok to use the in situ speakers or would I actually get a better sound with the new spec speakers.I do not have any info on the old system. 

General / Who wants my loctite 620
« on: 25 May 2019, 10:40:27 AM »
Who wants my loctite 620. I brought a 50ml bottle for the front sprocket and probably will not have use for it again, but just in case I do I have decanted about 7 ml to keep for myself. If anyone wants the rest they can have it for free.

Maybe use what you nee and pass it on to another Focer.

General / Look at the state of my --
« on: 12 May 2019, 09:27:46 PM »
hugger after about 4 years of dry weather only riding. Since I last took it off to clean

FZS600 Fazer / Chain adjusters Grease or not
« on: 11 May 2019, 06:55:49 PM »
I have just removed them and they were gungy with dry grease I have cleaned the up ready to go back but wondering should I grease them or not as they slide in and out of the swing arm no problem but dont want to actually make them slippery because its hard enough keeping things aligned when doing the back wheel up. Maybe just a thin coat of ACF50   

General / Wheel alignment Idea for the Chain
« on: 03 May 2019, 07:26:11 PM »
I read that the very best way is to measure from the swing arm but the rear axle has a hole in it which you need to find the centre of. So I came up with an idea to thread a wodden dowel through it. But one side is bigger then the other and it wouldn't work just waggling around so I took the slack up with some spacers so the dowel is held in the centre.
Its the same at the swing arm as each side is a different size hole but I got around that one by sanding down the dowel at one end.Now I can pull a tape measure across which is hanging off the dowel. And I have cut the swing arm dowel flush with the frame and marked the centre with a pen.
I think I will refine it further by also cutting the spindle one flush and adding a small headless nail to the centre end then use a metal ruler with a pin hole in the wide flat face to slot over my nail and then I can mark the other end on the thin edge of the ruler that lines up with the swing arm dowel pen mark. That way a stiff metal ruler is better than a bendy tape measure.   


General / 6 sided socket Advice
« on: 29 April 2019, 02:10:37 PM »
I have just learned from the FZS600 section that a 6 sided socket is less likely to round off a nut. Never knew that  :o I will be fitting a new chain and sprocket set and I have the sizes I need but they are all 12 points

So I am going to invest in a few for the  :faz rear wheel / sprocket nut/ and a 14 and 17mm. Are these Draper ones a waste of money If so any recommendations of something better.

FZS600 Fazer / New Chain Time = Sprockets too ?
« on: 27 April 2019, 10:46:03 AM »
Chain and sprockets are OEM and 21 years old but only done 22k miles.
I have a tight spot on the chain that I have tried to free up last year but its still there and I can hear it and feel it through the peg. I have just had an mot and got the chap to look at my rear sprocket as I wanted a second opinion, he had a good look and said he does not think it needs changing but pointed out some chain wear.
I know some say change sprockets at the same time but the rear at least looks fine to me. Pictures attached.
Also I want to fit a continuous chain and want an x ring D.I.D  but confused as to if they come as continuous. Here

First one is before I cleaned the area being photographed. 
I will post some of the front sprocket later when I get the cover off

General / Kill switch or ignition key
« on: 12 April 2019, 11:36:36 AM »
Just been watching some utube vids of bikers being pulled over in the US as filmed via their own helmet cams and I noticed that they all used the kill switch to turn off the bike and then turn the ignition key.I never use the kill switch and always use the key - what do everyone do.I do sometimes use the kill switch after parking just as a simple extra tiny bit of security - could be just enough to confuse an opportunist. Like it has done me when I return and the bike wont start for some reason  :o :lol   

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