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by spanner48
6 Aug 2012, 2:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What brakes with a very long drop?
Replies: 11
Views: 1578

Re: What brakes with a very long drop?

I should be a bit careful of the AlHongas. I put them on my son's road bike, to give him 'modern' braking on a classic frame. But they're cheap and nasty. The arms bend - a lot - under heavy braking. The little lining bock between the spring and the peg on the arm wears out, or falls out; then there...
by spanner48
18 Jun 2012, 7:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: chrome spokes
Replies: 17
Views: 3681

Re: chrome spokes

DON'T, whatever you do, buy chrome-plated spokes. They are a disaster. They were a fad in the 1970s/1980s. It didn't last long - bacause the spokes didn't last long. Simple: 1: Chrome is a harder metal than steel [technically, it has a higher Young's Modulus - at 280 gPa, than steel, at 200gPa]. So,...
by spanner48
5 May 2010, 8:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 27" cantilever points but riding 700c's
Replies: 21
Views: 1125

Re: 27" cantilever points but riding 700c's

That being said, in increasing order of price (I've set it for four rims): • Schurmann 630-16 VS, at £60 for 5 (£50 minimum order), post free, from http://www.bikester.co.uk • Weinmann 215, at $80 for 4, from http://www.bikepartsusa.com • Alexrims X404, at $109 for 4, from http://www.aebike.com • Su...
by spanner48
4 May 2010, 2:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 27" cantilever points but riding 700c's
Replies: 21
Views: 1125

Re: 27" cantilever points but riding 700c's

Do you have a source for decent quality 27" rims? That would help lots of people to keep classic British bikes going without long drop sidepulls ect. http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/category-Rims--27-%28630%29-170.htm seem to be ok. Well, it's not straightforward. And I did say ''good-ish''; we're ...
by spanner48
3 May 2010, 9:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 27" cantilever points but riding 700c's
Replies: 21
Views: 1125

Re: 27" cantilever points but riding 700c's

I had this problem some years back and was able to modify some cantis to fit. A couple of weeks back I scrapped the bike, and took some photos to sell the relevant bits. Here is a shot of the brake set up, minus front tyre. I will post soon on the for sale board. http://nj6qlg.blu.livefilestore.com...
by spanner48
3 May 2010, 8:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 2nd hand stuff
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: 2nd hand stuff

Most local recycling centres won't let you take stuff away. That would be re-using rather than re-cycling. Still there's no harm in asking. Most local (authority) recycling centres won't let you take stuff away because the people there have a nice little sideline with second-hand dealers in all sor...
by spanner48
3 May 2010, 5:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what type of Carrier for period 1960s lightweight
Replies: 19
Views: 1143

Re: what type of Carrier for period 1960s lightweight

Beware! The Amazon ad says ''Pletscher type''. There a lot of ''fake Pletschers'' around. The design was so good that, when Pletscher itself stopped production [in favour of more 'modern' systems racks], some Far Eastern copiers set up to make them. But from what I've heard, neither the alloy, nor t...
by spanner48
2 May 2010, 8:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: RELUCTANT DUSTCAPS
Replies: 3
Views: 391

Re: RELUCTANT DUSTCAPS

A couple of pointers: 1: Any dustcap that seizes on is made of the wrong material. Part of its spec. should be that it can't seize to what it's embellishing. Since you're concerned about affecting the metal of the crank with a blowtorch, I'm assuming the dustcap itself is metal? 2: Pin drive is fund...
by spanner48
1 May 2010, 11:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: can you decipher campagnolo hub inscription please?
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Re: can you decipher campagnolo hub inscription please?

Thanks Fixer; you've just described mine to a 'T' (they're L/F [low flange]).

So, problem solved: they're 1985-86 Nuovo Record.

Thanks again, everyone.

G
by spanner48
1 May 2010, 3:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what type of Carrier for period 1960s lightweight
Replies: 19
Views: 1143

Re: what type of Carrier for period 1960s lightweight

There is one, and one ONLY correct period carrier: Pletscher. They are/were made in Switzerland [by Gnomes, up an Alp, whilst serenading Snow White . . . . . ]. All in forged alloy, except for the springs [which are really well-galvanised]. Virtually indestructuble; very light, extremely rigid. They...
by spanner48
1 May 2010, 3:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: can you decipher campagnolo hub inscription please?
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Re: can you decipher campagnolo hub inscription please?

Here's another Campag hub hieroglyphics question. I have a pair of maybe 1970s alloy L/F hubs. They LOOK like Record: they have Record-type oiler holes and circlips, and Record type ''Darth Vader'' nuts on the Q/Rs. But on the hub barrel there is neither the Record 'Globe' nor the 'Winged C'; just '...
by spanner48
23 Apr 2010, 12:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: carlton corsa
Replies: 19
Views: 6910

Re: carlton corsa

Thanks, Greybeard and cjc both. You're right, it can't be a Continental. So I wonder what it is? The hubs, the chainset and the Huret front and rear mechs are not the originals; but the Weinmann centre-pulls and the Brooks Competition saddle are. Anyone out there recognise it? Because I've scoured t...
by spanner48
22 Apr 2010, 8:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: carlton corsa
Replies: 19
Views: 6910

Re: carlton corsa

My Carlton is finished It was this post that spurred me on to restore it, so here's the result viewtopic.php?f=15&t=3832&p=231249#p231249 Steve Greybeard Steve, What was it like before the rebuild? I'm looking at what I THINK is a Continental, from that 1968-72 period (Crespera lugs). It has...
by spanner48
2 Feb 2010, 10:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Super Galaxy
Replies: 17
Views: 1969

Re: Super Galaxy

"Technical innovation"? From Shi*mano?? Errmm . . . Remind me just what technical innovation they've produced: • Indexing? That was SunTour, back around 1967 • The slant parallelogram? That was SunTour, in 1964 • Bushingless chain? That was Sedis • Aero brake levers? Weinmann • Ergo brifte...
by spanner48
31 Jan 2010, 7:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Super Galaxy
Replies: 17
Views: 1969

Re: Super Galaxy

Re. using your old SunTour mech with XT/XTR shifters. It CAN work, if you know what the Shift Ratio of your mech is, and match that to the cable pull from the shifters. If your mech is 1987 or later, it should be 'Accushift' compatible (though, see my post lower down on strange Shift Ratios at SunTo...