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by cycle tramp
16 Feb 2020, 9:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How low can you go? Gears.
Replies: 60
Views: 2581

Re: How low can you go? Gears.

Absolutely, but the people having to replace half the components on their bike weren't sold a bike with unnecessarily low gears as the post above mine suggested. If fact it's the opposite. Edit and if the solution to the lack of a low enough bottom gear was get off and walk then people wouldn't nee...
by cycle tramp
16 Feb 2020, 4:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How low can you go? Gears.
Replies: 60
Views: 2581

Re: How low can you go? Gears.

Nothing wrong with getting off and walking but engineering in a gearing that compels it isn't always necessary. Absolutely... whenever I build I bike, it's based around both its use and the conditions and topography in which I expect to use in (within 20 mile radius of my home) and I would imagine ...
by cycle tramp
16 Feb 2020, 9:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How low can you go? Gears.
Replies: 60
Views: 2581

Re: How low can you go? Gears.

How long is big hill which you climb? In 2014, I was part of a group cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats, it was day 3 and we had Dartmoor to climb, the day was unseasonably warm and there was no wind.. At the very bottom I got of to walk... wishing my fellows a good days ride.... half way up th...
by cycle tramp
16 Feb 2020, 8:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How low can you go? Gears.
Replies: 60
Views: 2581

Re: How low can you go? Gears.

Well, yebutt... 6 mph is a 10 minute mile which is a relaxed running pace. Assuming your legs, knees and feet are up to even relaxed running. I've used walking to increase fitness in the past, but 4 mph is about as fast as I can comfortably go after some building up days. I have difficulty visualis...
by cycle tramp
14 Feb 2020, 5:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How low can you go? Gears.
Replies: 60
Views: 2581

Re: How low can you go? Gears.

I can plug away happily at around 2.5 mph, weaving a little if necessary, and it still seems faster than anyone who has to get off and walk. Given that 3 mph is a comfortable walking pace on the flat, 2.5 mph up a steep hill pushing a bike probably isn't that comfortable. As with all things, walkin...
by cycle tramp
1 Feb 2020, 9:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 6 speed upgrade options
Replies: 11
Views: 539

Re: 6 speed upgrade options

I’m completing a refurb of a 1984 Raleigh Record Ace, with its original 6 speed Campagnolo rear gears and a 52/42 Sugino GS chainset, original 27” wheels. I suspect the 28t max at the back won’t be enough. Is it simple to switch to a larger 32t 8 speed freewheel and mech? If the chainrings of the c...
by cycle tramp
1 Feb 2020, 8:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SA front drum brake conversion
Replies: 64
Views: 2533

Re: SA front drum brake conversion

whenever I've had a drum brake sticking on my ICE Qnt it's been the cable at fault. Water gets in at the drum end and tends to sit in the bend (rusting or freezing). I now lubricate with 'Silicone grease' and pack the rubber worm/cover with it. This helps to seal the lower end of the cable & al...
by cycle tramp
30 Jan 2020, 6:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SA front drum brake conversion
Replies: 64
Views: 2533

Re: SA front drum brake conversion

Gritters are out frequently in Norfolk. Hub brakes are working fine. The front did stick on last winter but that was solved by replacing the cable. The brake may be nearly immune to salt but the cable is even more exposed to it. Well, that's good to hear. I think I'm going to run my brakes until th...
by cycle tramp
26 Jan 2020, 1:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" mudguards?
Replies: 12
Views: 376

Re: 26" mudguards?

send them back they aint for 26". Maybe they have an inventory error or labeling error in the store. I bet the person who replied to you only looked at the inventory code not the actual mudguards Absolutely - the radius is far too big. I think the 1971 goods and services act may be your friend...
by cycle tramp
25 Jan 2020, 10:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SA front drum brake conversion
Replies: 64
Views: 2533

Re: SA front drum brake conversion

I have to say that this hasn't been my experience. I've been using them for 3 and a bit years, the drum brakes have got stronger, and there's been very little wear - indeed I've only had to tension the brake wires once ir twice to take up the stretch... even better during that time I've suffered no...
by cycle tramp
25 Jan 2020, 1:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 7663

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

But just as anyone who wishes to ride an old BSA A10 complete with it's 'interesting' drum brakes, can do. So can anyone stick to so called traditional cycling equipment Indeed, my father had one.... and one of the great things about the 'interesting' drum brakes was the quick detachable rear hub, ...
by cycle tramp
25 Jan 2020, 12:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 7663

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

The down side for some people is that the manufactures quite rightly see no point making things to last fifty years when no one will buy them after five. Added to which if the products don't look different than last year all the media industry that has been built around it will consign them to the ...
by cycle tramp
24 Jan 2020, 11:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Off the Shelf or Self Build
Replies: 33
Views: 1061

Re: Off the Shelf or Self Build

A self build, built quickly using new parts will cost more than a bike bought off the shelf.... ..however a bike built over a longer amount of time from second hand parts may be cheap, especially if you have to spend some time getting those parts cleaned, de-rusted and painted. ....personally speaki...
by cycle tramp
24 Jan 2020, 11:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SA front drum brake conversion
Replies: 64
Views: 2533

Re: SA front drum brake conversion

Just for completeness. I finally fitted the brake. I’ve used it for three commutes so far. It’s ok - I assume it will significantly improve as the pads wear-in. (I realise the fork looks a bit ugly in this frame.) F81A4F8E-8165-41E0-8212-2E166CF3B7E1.jpeg That looks good - the brake performance wil...
by cycle tramp
24 Jan 2020, 11:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SA front drum brake conversion
Replies: 64
Views: 2533

Re: SA front drum brake conversion

I did this several years ago. I wouldn't do it again. I found the front shoes wore quickly - they didn't last as long as a good set of pads. I had to strip the whole thing down after one winter because the cam siezed and the brakes wouldn't release. After a certain wear point, the front brake would...