I say toss that "Fex-hone" and anything else that
isn't a reamer. Flex-hones have their purpose, but a
sharp, adjustable reamer is the best thing beteeen the
inside of your seat tube and the seat post. That
resultant surface is where it's at in frame prep.
> The magical mystical Flex-Hone
> no shop should be without a couple.
> Vancouver, B.C.
> On Thursday, Feb 2, 2006, at 12:51 US/Pacific,
> Bingham, Wayne wrote:
> > I had been using an old two-arm brake cylinder
> hone, similar to what
> > Dan
> > describes, for many years, and for the very
> purpose Dan mentions.
> > However, a few years ago I switched to a "ball"
> hone on the
> > recommendation of my son, who is an auto mechanic.
> The ball hone uses
> > lots of little abrasive balls on sort-of flexible
> springs attached to a
> > center rod, as opposed to the two or three
> floating "pads" on the other
> > type. It attaches to a drill motor in the same
> way. A lot more
> > abrasive surface, and very flexible, so it works
> better and faster.
> > The
> > disadvantage is that the ball hones don't
> accommodate the range of size
> > as do the hones with the pads on little hinged
> arms. Rather, they are
> > sold in various sizes. I think I have 1" and 1
> 1/8", which covers most
> > of the bases. They work great. In fact, I
> usually do this as general
> > practice when prepping a frame prior to a build.
> Helps keep stem and
> > seat post scuffing and scratching to a minimum.
> > Gearing up for Westminster!
> > Wayne Bingham
> > Lovettsville VA
> > I just last night used a newly purchased Brake
> Cylinder Hone to clean
> > up
> > the inside of an old Steel seat tube and fork
> tube. The cylinder hone
> > is about 9-10" long mounts to a hand drill, is
> adjustable starting from
> > a minimum of 27/32" diameter to whatever, and is
> made up of three
> > carborundum ? rectangles at the end of three arms
> pivoting out from the
> > center, with an adjustable spring loading. Cost
> was less than $10 at a
> > local auto parts store and it does a beautiful job
> of cleaning up the
> > rust and old grease and burrs inside a seat or
> fork tube, allowing a
> > clean insertion without the zig zag marking that
> so many posts and
> > stems
> > seem to get. A few seconds with the hand drill, a
> little cleanup
> > afterwards, some fresh grease on the post or stem
> and Viola! Maybe
> > some
> > of you out there think this is old hat, but I'm
> totally new to this
> > one.
> > What a great tool!
> > Regards, and happy wrenching. My newly
> repurchased 30+ year old
> > Woodrup's ready for its shakedown. Life is Good!
> > Dan Artley in Sunny Parkton, Maryland<<<
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