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by speedsixdave
22 Feb 2020, 9:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Nutrak Slick eBay
Replies: 22
Views: 627

Re: Nutrak Slick eBay

No idea Mick but would be interested to hear your report if you do buy some. I've just bought a couple of Contact Speed 28-406s for the Jubilee, almost equally cheap from Germany but obviously there's postage too: Continental Contact Speed Not ridden them yet but they are there for when the rear Dur...
by speedsixdave
15 Feb 2020, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11sp cassette / 9spd freehub / Sturmey X-RDC
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Re: 11sp cassette / 9spd freehub / Sturmey X-RDC

Am pleased to report that the 135 wheel just squeezes between the dropouts of my Jubilee, so we are getting somewhere! The brake side has a massive nut about 5mm thick and I reckon I could get a mm off the drive side without calamity, so I think I will try and thin it down by 2mm or so overall to ta...
by speedsixdave
15 Feb 2020, 10:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Huret Duopar; flawed genius at work?
Replies: 16
Views: 859

Re: Huret Duopar; flawed genius at work?

I had a Duopar Eco on my Raleigh Weekender in about 1986. It was a lovely bit of kit that I used to bang on proudly about (certainly compared to the standard Ecos on most of my friends' 1980s Raleighs), and worked well (inc LEJoG) until I lent the bike to a friend for some sort of charity ride. He p...
by speedsixdave
14 Feb 2020, 8:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11sp cassette / 9spd freehub / Sturmey X-RDC
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Re: 11sp cassette / 9spd freehub / Sturmey X-RDC

I am finally getting somewhere with this! My Sturmey X-RDC arrived from SJS yesterday, built up into a 36h 406 wheel on a Sun CR18 rim. Unfortunately SJS would not re-space the hub to 130mm so have built it as a 135mm wheel and I will have to deal with that along the way. Also on the downside the hu...
by speedsixdave
1 Feb 2020, 11:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Pro One?
Replies: 13
Views: 2292

Re: Schwalbe Pro One?

Thanks very much chaps. Very useful information in there. In the absence of Grand Prix I reckon I'll give them a go and will try and remember to report back after a thousand miles or so. Well I completely forgot to report back so here we go, fairly unhelpfully. In short what I have learned is that ...
by speedsixdave
24 Jan 2020, 1:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in France - book ahead?
Replies: 17
Views: 909

Re: Touring in France - book ahead?

I don't think anyone's mentioned AirBnB yet. This massively increases the options for overnight stays in a bed. I used it extensively touring in France last June and rarely booked more than a day ahead, often booking at lunchtime for the same night. A wide variety of possible berths for the night fr...
by speedsixdave
14 Jan 2020, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11sp cassette / 9spd freehub / Sturmey X-RDC
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Re: 11sp cassette / 9spd freehub / Sturmey X-RDC

Thanks Scott, that's very helpful. The cassette is now on order, the hub will be shortly!
by speedsixdave
12 Jan 2020, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11sp cassette / 9spd freehub / Sturmey X-RDC
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Re: 11sp cassette / 9spd freehub / Sturmey X-RDC

Thanks very much gents. Spa Cycles have that cassette on special offer at the moment so I'm going to give it a go. Will report back with findings, but it may take a while!
by speedsixdave
10 Jan 2020, 11:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11sp cassette / 9spd freehub / Sturmey X-RDC
Replies: 9
Views: 592

11sp cassette / 9spd freehub / Sturmey X-RDC

As part 4007 of the slowest upgrade programme ever, I think I'm about to order a Sturmey X-RDC rear cassette hub brake, in an attempt to solve the rim overheating issues previously discussed here . Currently the bike - a Moulton Jubilee - is running Shimano 105 11-speed (53/36 x 10-32). I don't real...
by speedsixdave
4 Jan 2020, 6:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SA front drum brake conversion
Replies: 64
Views: 2625

Re: SA front drum brake conversion

In particular the height of the reaction arm clip for the front brake makes a big difference to how easy it is to refit the wheel. Also the reaction arms need to be 'set' so that they are not being strained sideways when the wheel is installed; if not then the wheel is less easy to refit and the br...
by speedsixdave
4 Jan 2020, 10:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SA front drum brake conversion
Replies: 64
Views: 2625

Re: SA front drum brake conversion

In particular the height of the reaction arm clip for the front brake makes a big difference to how easy it is to refit the wheel. Also the reaction arms need to be 'set' so that they are not being strained sideways when the wheel is installed; if not then the wheel is less easy to refit and the br...
by speedsixdave
3 Jan 2020, 8:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel prepping + What are some funny quandaries you churn over?
Replies: 17
Views: 1211

Re: Travel prepping + What are some funny quandaries you churn over?

Paulatic wrote:
speedsixdave wrote:Definitely don't forget a corkscrew.


Once had to resort to a wood screw and pair of pliers. :lol:


Good improvisation, That's vastly more cultured than my 'smash the neck off and try not to get too much glass in your mouth' option!
by speedsixdave
2 Jan 2020, 8:15pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Travel prepping + What are some funny quandaries you churn over?
Replies: 17
Views: 1211

Re: Travel prepping + What are some funny quandaries you churn over?

Sounds like a lot of hard work! Don't forget to have some fun and enjoy the ride.

Definitely don't forget a corkscrew. Beer bottles can be easily opened with a screwdriver, key, coin or cigarette lighter, but corked bottles are significantly more messy without an appropriate tool.
by speedsixdave
21 Nov 2019, 7:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Making a bike frame! need answers!
Replies: 9
Views: 499

Re: Making a bike frame! need answers!

By their natural geometry bike frames are stiff vertically but flexible laterally. If you can design a frame which is stiff laterally but more flexible vertically that may prove beneficial to the rider. Good luck!
by speedsixdave
11 Nov 2019, 1:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Belt drive instead of chain..why? why not?
Replies: 42
Views: 1626

Re: Belt drive instead of chain..why? why not?

I used to have a Moulton TSR2 with the belt drive and a Sturmey S2C (later a SRAM Automatix) 2-speed hub gear / coaster. The bike predominantly rode a 5-mile flat commute to my previous office, and sometimes to the shops. It rarely went on journeys of more than ten miles. In this application it work...