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by iron legs
13 Nov 2013, 10:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Online BookRreview - Winener Mechanicker Rader
Replies: 0
Views: 2362

Online BookRreview - Winener Mechanicker Rader

Just found this book review of a German language illustrated history of bicycle makers working in Vienna
Austria in the 50 years 1930 - 1980. Reviewer has linked to publishers website. Has anyone else heard of this
book?

Link to review is here:- http://grubb1937.blogspot.co.uk/
by iron legs
30 Sep 2013, 12:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Identification of vintage road frame
Replies: 18
Views: 4218

Re: Identification of vintage road frame

From photographs the frame looks to be 1930s or 1940s. MERLIN was the brand name of E.A. & A.L. Merlin, 219 Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, London. They were in business before Bob Jackson and were associated with the Polytechnic CC. Would explain why Bob Jackson didn't recognise the frame number.
by iron legs
3 Sep 2013, 5:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.
Replies: 155
Views: 17768

Re: All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.

Hmmm. Been reading about a NATIONAL Strategy. Surely the devolved assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should be lobbied as part of any National strategy as they have the final say in their respective areas??? Or does National now = regional, i.e. England only?
by iron legs
29 Aug 2013, 12:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Claud Butler
Replies: 5
Views: 3033

Re: Claud Butler

Original Claud Butler frames had the frame number usually stamped on the bottom bracket shell. There should be two numbers, one above the other. One is the date code and the second the consecutive frame number. It may be hard to read because of the paint. Use tracing paper and a soft pencil to go ov...
by iron legs
29 Aug 2013, 12:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Non-messy oiling of SA 3
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Non-messy oiling of SA 3

Take your hub gear to a bike shop which can service a S.A. hub gear. The Tiwanese who now own Sturmey Archer produce a specific grease which should last between services (and is capable of being converted to oil lubrication if necessary). It is advisable to clean and renew the grease when the hub is...
by iron legs
16 Apr 2013, 5:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why small cycle builders have such poor websites
Replies: 36
Views: 2379

Re: Why small cycle builders have such poor websites

I see Peter Weigle, probably one of the best frame builders in the US doesn't have a website either. His best advert is his work......

How did people manage to buy, or research anything, or indeed make an informed decision, before the advent of the internet?
by iron legs
20 Jan 2013, 1:36am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: CTC Launch Women's Race Team
Replies: 162
Views: 54649

Re: CTC Launch Women's Race Team

It is sad to see CTC members who have contributed a lot to the CTC Club over the years, like Freeman1901 above, being treated in such a fashion, but the CTC is now much improved by becoming a Charity. As such it will seek to maximize (SPIN) all the publicity it can. The rise in membership to £41 is ...
by iron legs
16 Oct 2012, 10:44pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Proposal for Compulsory Cycling helmets in R.O.I.
Replies: 13
Views: 1114

Proposal for Compulsory Cycling helmets in R.O.I.

Just heard from a friend in Donegal at the weekend that the Road Safety Authority in the Republic of Ireland are proposing the introduction of compulsory cycle helmets. Cycling Ireland require all their licence holders to wear a helmet and failure to do so invalidates their cycle insurance cover. If...
by iron legs
13 Sep 2012, 2:03pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: The new website!... sort of
Replies: 17
Views: 105858

Re: The new website!... sort of

Regions pages are very slow to load. It is now interesting to see how much relevant local information is posted on the respective regions pages. A bit of padding to take away from the lack of content. Good to see the CTC is still working hard in Northern Ireland and offering value for money on the s...
by iron legs
27 Jun 2012, 1:16am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: membership
Replies: 77
Views: 147575

Re: membership

Just caught this thread. I have to agree with some of the earlier posts about the CTC from disillusioned members. Current 'Cycle' magazine does not compare well with club magazine when I joined and like other correspondents, I don't even bother to read it anymore. I will not be renewing my membershi...
by iron legs
20 May 2012, 11:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 27" a thing of the past?!
Replies: 50
Views: 3439

Re: 27" a thing of the past?!

531colin wrote: How can you "endorse" peoples experiences of "their local LBS"? Do you use all their LBSs?..... Because you "don't have to use any of the (the) LBS in my area"? 9&10 speed chains are liable to break if joined by re-using a rivet instead of the joini...
by iron legs
11 May 2012, 6:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 27" a thing of the past?!
Replies: 50
Views: 3439

Re: 27" a thing of the past?!

Have to endorse what hubgearfreak wrote: as for better frames, saddles, gears, brakes....that's subjective. you know nothing about what bikes the OP has, nor the budget he may have to replace them with. if he's got a Lenton, a Sunbeam, a PX10 and he's going to take your word for it and replace them ...
by iron legs
11 May 2012, 5:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: E A Bolt Cycles
Replies: 4
Views: 1418

Re: E A Bolt Cycles

The company was E A Boult, spelled with a U. He was a London base builder and sold frames through agents throughout the country. The business was taken over by Ernie Witcomb in the late 1940s and became Witcomb Cycles.
by iron legs
27 Dec 2011, 8:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dyno hubs
Replies: 11
Views: 1560

Re: Dyno hubs

Anyone experience of the Novatec hub? Thinking of building one into a front wheel for my winter bike.
by iron legs
27 Dec 2011, 8:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Witcomb Frame Numbers
Replies: 4
Views: 1390

Re: Witcomb Frame Numbers

Previous posts on Witcomb frame numbers are correct. Witcomb usually put their frame numbers on the bottom bracket shell. 613 would suggest that the frame number is a) either incomplete or b) it is a number put on the frame by a refinisher in the past. I have found frames with this in the past. If t...