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by JohnW
19 Sep 2020, 8:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hercules, Any Info?
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: Hercules, Any Info?

Look up Brian Robinson (cyclist) on Wikipedia. You'll find a British professional of the 1950s, the first British rider to win a stage in the Tour-de-France, and to finish the 'Tour'. He rode for the 'Hercules' professional team. Brian is still alive and lives in Yorkshire. I don't know whether he s...
by JohnW
15 Sep 2020, 12:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....
Replies: 67
Views: 5582

Re: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....

The campag seat pin cradles are -when steel- matt chrome finished. The upper and lower cradles look at first as if you can swap the upper parts front to back, and the lower parts left for right. In fact you can do neither thing if you want to get a Brooks saddle as far back as possible; with the cr...
by JohnW
15 Sep 2020, 12:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....
Replies: 67
Views: 5582

Re: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....

The Campag seatpin - lower cradles definitely steel - as my magnet is my witness. It is probably finished to mimic alu, and it's certainly well done - it surprised me - I'd never imagined that. The problem with it was that it didn't lay-back far enough for Brooks saddles. You've gone further with a ...
by JohnW
14 Sep 2020, 4:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Lights in Daylight
Replies: 104
Views: 3319

Re: Front Lights in Daylight

....................My opinion is that every battery light I've used has given me little-to-no confidence that: i) I will be seen by cars ii) I'll be able to see where I'm going at speed in the dark, and iii) The batteries won't run out at some inopportune time and leave me in the dark................
by JohnW
13 Sep 2020, 4:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....
Replies: 67
Views: 5582

Re: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....

Hmmmm - Brucey - you're triggering memories to doubt my memories :roll: . I've found the 6" nail, and indeed it is an 8" nail - but my memory is more Campag than Maillard. :? There's racking of brains going on here..........trouble is that it's such a long time ago, and the world goes roun...
by JohnW
13 Sep 2020, 11:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....
Replies: 67
Views: 5582

Re: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....

Brucey - Discussions with cycling companions from those days (they're still cycling companions) have jogged me to remember. We're talking early 70s, so some hubs would be survivors from the late 60s. As an aside, I'd ridden through the late 50s and early 6os on the old built-up steel small-flange hu...
by JohnW
13 Sep 2020, 12:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....
Replies: 67
Views: 5582

Re: Normandy hubs; maillard in many guises....

That's interesting Brucey. As mentioned previously on this thread, I've removed these bearing cups several times in the past, but for the life of me I cannot remember how. I do remember that usually the block-side bearing cup has self destructed miles from home, once with loaded panniers on the bike...
by JohnW
8 Sep 2020, 11:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame damaged on first ride
Replies: 55
Views: 2131

Re: Frame damaged on first ride

Have a quit ride and see if it's ok. If you're going to do that, be very careful. You know it's not OK. I agree with fastpedaller - I certainly wouldn't do that! You'll know whether you've tried to repair/had someone else repair it. At a guess, you haven't had a repair done, so I wouldn't give it a...
by JohnW
7 Sep 2020, 11:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame damaged on first ride
Replies: 55
Views: 2131

Re: Frame damaged on first ride

Update: was just looking at the chain and it looks like the connecting pin has been put in badly - it isn’t flush with the side of the link, in other words it hasn’t been pushed all the way through. I’ve included a couple of pictures of the inside/back of the chain link. The link feels loose and lo...
by JohnW
7 Sep 2020, 8:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame damaged on first ride
Replies: 55
Views: 2131

Re: Frame damaged on first ride

Although this relates to a bike, a cycling forum may not be the best place to get advice over what is essentially a consumer protection problem when a purchase has been made. The fact that most experienced cyclists know what can go wrong, what to look out for and how to fix it shouldn't affect the ...
by JohnW
7 Sep 2020, 8:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame damaged on first ride
Replies: 55
Views: 2131

Re: Frame damaged on first ride

Buying on-line gives you a lot of protection. You have a right to change your mind and send it back up to 14 days after you receive it. See here : https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/regulation/consumer-contracts-regulations and 30 days for faulty goods. https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/...
by JohnW
7 Sep 2020, 3:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame damaged on first ride
Replies: 55
Views: 2131

Re: Frame damaged on first ride

That there be your problem! That should not have been missed by QC after building but might have looked absolutely fine before it left the retailer.Luckily you haven't suffered a more serious issue :x Quite - a very good point - imagine climbing a steep hill in heavy traffic.........and the chain s...
by JohnW
7 Sep 2020, 3:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame damaged on first ride
Replies: 55
Views: 2131

Re: Frame damaged on first ride

I submit that this can be typical of buying a ready built (or thrown together) bike on-line. How many people have posted on this forum with similar problems? i.e bikes sold in a defective condition - not fit for purpose - not safe? I ride our local greenway very frequently, and often meet people, ne...
by JohnW
6 Sep 2020, 6:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Yet another "what bike to buy?" query from a confused newbie
Replies: 12
Views: 511

Re: Yet another "what bike to buy?" query from a confused newbie

Its a lot of cash to spend n a guess as to fit etc. Buy a secondhand bike for now, then you'll be in a much better position to know what you want when the shops have restocked. TAKE NOTICEOFTHIS CHAP!!!!!! HIS IS THE VOICE OF EXPERIENCE!!!!! (Grey ing beard - mine's white!). If you get hold of a se...
by JohnW
29 Aug 2020, 2:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: making helmet sponge replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Re: making helmet sponge replacement

Don't laugh about this, but I buy replacement foam pads (or whatever they're called) from the LBS where I bought the helmets. The Giro pads were very easily available until about three or four years ago, when some LBSs stopped selling Giro. Someone told me that it was because the importer/distribute...