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Frame Build

Posted by Jim MacPhail on

A slightly different post this time; rather than introducing some new tool that we’ve added to our range, I thought I’d share a few pictures of a project that has robbed me of much of the time that should have been spent riding this summer! This is the second front triangle that I have built, and the first time that I have attempted fillet brazing.  The tubes are 4130 straight gauge steel. The goals of this build were:  Reach of 515mm Head angle of 65deg Uber-steep seat angle (85deg!) Chainstay of 445mm The rear triangle and linkage are from a Specialized Enduro 29. ...

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Orbea Rallon M10 Test Ride

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Last week I was lucky enough to be offered a chance to borrow an Orbea Rallon M10 for a couple of rides.  Naturally I jumped at the chance! Thanks Mark and Nicola at Pedal Power Inverurie for volunteering the bike. Orbea isn’t a brand that’s enormously well known here but it’s a big deal in mainland Europe.  They are Spain’s largest bicycle manufacturer, having started by manufacturing rifles in 1840 before moving to bicycles in 1930.  They’ve had their eye on competition since their early days, with Orbea bikes competing in the Tour De France since 1934. In this country...

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BB30 Bottom Bracket Bearing Puller

Posted by Jim MacPhail on

We’ve offered presses for 30mm BB30 bottom bracket bearings for some time now, but a matching removal tool has been an obvious gap in our range.. Not any more!    The BB tools takes a slightly different tack to our smaller pullers. Rather than using an expanding collet to grip the bearing, our BB bearing remover uses a plate that catches an edge behind the bearing to pull it into a ‘cup’. The bearing is pulled out in a controlled, straight fashion by simply tightening a nut and bolt - no hammer required!There are a few bearing pullers on the market operating along similar...

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Personal Responsibility Meets Corporate Responsibility

Posted by Jim MacPhail on

One of the exciting things about developing a new business is that you get to chose how the business will reflect you and your ideals.  We want our business to have a net positive effect on the world.  There’s no getting around the fact that making and transporting things has an environmental impact, but there is always scope to reduce or mitigate our effects.  Here’s a summary of where we are with our environmental and social responsibility efforts:   Materials:  Our tools are manufactured from steel and aluminium. We collect all of our scrap metal for recycling.  Some of our components...

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Getting Out There

Posted by Jim MacPhail on

Things have been busy here at BearingProTools!  With what time is left after the daily picking, packing and shipping tools we’ve been working to expand the availability of our products. Perhaps the most exciting is the alliance we’ve formed with WheelChairBearings.com to offer some of our most popular tools directly to US customers, delivered from stock manufactured to our design, in the US, by our friends at WheelChairBearings.   We’ve been working with WheelChairBearings on and off for more than a year now, manufacturing for each other and sharing ideas.  Our companies work in slightly different markets but share a...

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