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by mattraisin
16 May 2012, 2:04pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Why Wick and not Thurso way?
Replies: 10
Views: 11080

Re: Why Wick and not Thurso way?

I did a long route, started similar as the route link above and down the valley which is one of Britain's only if not the only singe track with passing places A road, and it is empty. Really nice ride scenery. However, Going west turned out to be directly into winds that even the locals called menta...
by mattraisin
17 Aug 2011, 10:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Claud Butler 50 odd years partial restore/clean up.
Replies: 12
Views: 1272

Re: Claud Butler 50 odd years partial restore/clean up.

Took it our for a quick 13 mile ride today and up quite a steep hill. This is not a bike for hills!! I knew the first gear was high but now I know how high it really is. Was criss crossing all the way up at about 3 MPH. Still it is a good ride and felt stable at 35mph. Anyone got thoughts on install...
by mattraisin
17 Aug 2011, 1:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Claud Butler 50 odd years partial restore/clean up.
Replies: 12
Views: 1272

Re: Claud Butler 50 odd years partial restore/clean up.

On a budget Halfords tyres. I would replace the rear mech with a more period one but would rather get the tape and brake housing done first and as I am pretty much peniless it will take time.
by mattraisin
14 Aug 2011, 4:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Claud Butler 50 odd years partial restore/clean up.
Replies: 12
Views: 1272

Claud Butler 50 odd years partial restore/clean up.

I have recently finished doing a mild clean up of a very old CB. It has GB bars and stem, Butler 531 forks and frame, Williams cottered chainset 49T, Brooks Blue B17 Standard (New), Shimano 105 rear mech (non original obviously), Mafac Brakes and levers, Suzue front hub on Weinmann rim (very, very n...
by mattraisin
14 Aug 2011, 4:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Scratch or fracture?
Replies: 8
Views: 501

Re: Scratch or fracture?

As you have no mudguards that is a place stones and other debris will rattle arround so scratch isn't unusual there but its the length that is confusing, could your foot of slipped out and scratched it with the cleats? I would say it doesn't look like a fracture as any stress in that area would go a...
by mattraisin
14 Aug 2011, 4:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First successful test
Replies: 12
Views: 744

Re: First successful test

oh and I picked up a shimano hub dynamo built into a shimano rim for 50 quid on ebay brand new and it worked without hickup and was decent quality.
by mattraisin
14 Aug 2011, 4:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: First successful test
Replies: 12
Views: 744

Re: First successful test

For my JOGLE last year many attempts were made to make this work and ended up being unable to. The best we got were false starts where it appeared to be charging a battery pack and then the phone but on long distant rides it was obvious it wasn't. would be good to have circuit diagram to see where w...
by mattraisin
14 Aug 2011, 2:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame Friction Shifter Problems
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Re: Frame Friction Shifter Problems

What it was doing was sitting on top and not engaging. Replaced the freewheel with a different one that I know not to be very worn and the problems seem to have gone. It was obviously a not very worn chain when I got it but there is a posibilty that it is the wrong speed chain and the wear on the ot...
by mattraisin
14 Aug 2011, 3:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame Friction Shifter Problems
Replies: 6
Views: 380

Frame Friction Shifter Problems

I have an Old 5 Speed Claud Butler racing bike that I have been cleaning up and recently I have struggled with the Frame Shifter. It will go into gear and then slip off and sit between two of the rings and repeat. With some very sensitive adjusting I can get it to sit in gear but I am afraid of putt...
by mattraisin
14 Aug 2011, 3:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Play in headset problems.
Replies: 12
Views: 1647

Re: Play in headset problems.

I had the bearings the wrong way round, thanks for all the help it is perfect now. The bearings both face the same direction in that headset though.
by mattraisin
8 Aug 2011, 1:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Play in headset problems.
Replies: 12
Views: 1647

Re: Play in headset problems.

Thanks for the help, will return when I have tried out the advice. Also, which would be the correct way up for bearing retainers?
by mattraisin
7 Aug 2011, 11:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Play in headset problems.
Replies: 12
Views: 1647

Play in headset problems.

I have a 50 odd year old Claud Butler racing bike. I have done a basic clean and regrease and I cant for the life of me get rid of the play in the headset. I either have it overtightened with the rotation feeling lumpy and stiff or I have it loose with clear play when rocking on the front brake. The...
by mattraisin
1 Mar 2011, 1:38pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Mozzies on west coast route
Replies: 18
Views: 1646

Re: Mozzies on west coast route

Have done a West Coast JOGLE and have a friend who lives in Fort William. The Avon skin so soft forms more of a barrier rather than actually repelling them and as you are on a bike this leads to loads of midges stuck on your arms and legs and face. I recommend Jungle Formula. Any high percentage DEE...
by mattraisin
17 Feb 2011, 11:59am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Jogle, what to take???
Replies: 20
Views: 1902

Re: Jogle, what to take???

I posted a kit list for a jogle a while ago. There is lots of advice underneath and as I can't find my final kit list you might wan't to look at this thread and the advice. viewtopic.php?f=22&t=34478
by mattraisin
17 Feb 2011, 11:54am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Jogle worst parts???
Replies: 47
Views: 3870

Re: Jogle worst parts???

On my first two days in Scotland (I started at JOG) I had disastrously strong head winds and It destroyed my progress. It was unrelenting leaving me with a days cycling done in two days. The wind was bad enough to make it a struggle to reach 10 mph downhill never mind averaging at 10. The worst part...