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by LuckyLuke
21 Dec 2019, 9:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm
Replies: 14
Views: 649

Re: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm

Hi, my commuter is a Surly CrossCheck. It has the 70mm hub dynamo drum brake. 700 x 38 Panaracer Pasela tyre fitted. I really rate this hub. I've used / use V brakes, short reach calipers, long reach calipers, canti brakes and roller brakes before. Braking is similar to a good canti. Modulation is g...
by LuckyLuke
20 Nov 2019, 3:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes - excessive pad wear
Replies: 32
Views: 1296

Re: Cantilever brakes - excessive pad wear

Brucey, McShroom, Ta for feedback on the light mount. Good to know. I built up the bike for a now ex gf, so will let her know. The version of the light bracket I used had a hole in the flat, horizontal section. As this section actually rested on the steel mud guard I drilled a hole in the guard, so ...
by LuckyLuke
20 Nov 2019, 10:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cantilever brakes - excessive pad wear
Replies: 32
Views: 1296

Re: Cantilever brakes - excessive pad wear

IIRC there might be such a thing as a combined uphanger and dynamo light mount....? cheers Hi, I've not seen a combination of the two. Would've helped me out on one build. I used a light mount like the one below in conjunction with a separate uphanger. https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/lighting-spares/bu...
by LuckyLuke
29 Oct 2019, 11:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rotrax Frame - info & valuation sought
Replies: 18
Views: 1294

Re: Rotrax Frame - info & valuation sought

It is a beautiful looking frame. I love the decals and paint job. Looks immaculate as you say. Best of luck with the sale.
by LuckyLuke
29 Oct 2019, 11:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rotrax Frame - info & valuation sought
Replies: 18
Views: 1294

Re: Rotrax Frame - info & valuation sought

Hi Clara, while it is a niche frame, it could have a wider appeal amongst urban hipsters. I live & work in Hackney, North London & old bikes seem very popular. Where are you based? You may have more success selling it to non timetrialists. Just like most Chelsea Tractors never go off-road, a...
by LuckyLuke
23 Oct 2019, 7:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hand built wheels.
Replies: 19
Views: 1246

Re: Hand built wheels.

Decision is do I use tiagra hubs or novatec? Will be best summer wheels so no extra load and only me at 70kg spinning not honking!! Cheers James Hi James, Have used 32H versions of both hubs in 700c wheels, front & rear. I'm 63kg and a spinner. Both were on summer audax bikes. The Novatec hubs ...
by LuckyLuke
16 Oct 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear cable inner for Brompton.
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Gear cable inner for Brompton.

Hi Brucey,

Ta for all the intel. Yes, sounds like it will be quicker & easier to buy the complete cable kit. I was just being a tight-ar5e 'cos I have a bunch of outers already. :lol:

Best wishes,

Luke
by LuckyLuke
16 Oct 2019, 9:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear cable inner for Brompton.
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Gear cable inner for Brompton.

HI all, I'm fixing up a Brompton for a pal. It's a ~2005 M handlebar version, with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub. It needs new cables and I see online that cable kits are available. I've got loads of cable outers so thought I'd just buy the inners. Anyone know what size nipple & cable are require...
by LuckyLuke
1 Sep 2019, 8:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mount that allows front lamp to tilt on the go (dipped versus full beam)
Replies: 21
Views: 1078

Re: Mount that allows front lamp to tilt on the go (dipped versus full beam)

Hi, I'very not tried this personally, but the blurb suggests it allows one to make adjustments on the fly.
https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop/co ... ght-mount/
by LuckyLuke
14 Aug 2019, 8:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Things we need not invented yet
Replies: 91
Views: 2868

Re: Things we need not invented yet

I would like cars to have black boxes / supercomputers, like in the sci fi film The Fifth Element. (Bruce Willis' taxi early on). Traffic offences are automatically recorded & punished, & drivers receive points & bans there and then. Similarly, motor vehicles to have sensors that detect ...
by LuckyLuke
14 Aug 2019, 8:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bar conversion, 25.4, short reach? vbrakes
Replies: 10
Views: 409

Re: Drop bar conversion, 25.4, short reach? vbrakes

Hi, Tokyobike sell Nitto compact drop bars for 25.4mm clamps. These have a short 75mm reach. I brought mine in Spring this year. They didn't have any in stock so I had to wait weeks for them to come from Japan. I still haven't got around to fitting them... :roll: :lol: https://www.tokyobike.co.uk/fa...
by LuckyLuke
4 Feb 2019, 9:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed not so good
Replies: 29
Views: 2427

Re: shimano cassettes - 7-speed good : 8-speed no so good

I've done something similar ish to zenitb above. (After being inspired by the great forum threads on splitting cassettes over the years Thanks all.) I've brought 9 spd 11-32 & 11-34 cassettes. I've drilled & punched out the pins & reassembled with used 8spd spacers. I discard the 11T &am...
by LuckyLuke
3 Feb 2019, 1:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: fixed frame with big clearances
Replies: 22
Views: 2104

Re: fixed frame with big clearances

Hi, I have a Cross-check frameset. Deffo takes 700 X 38 tyres with guards. Probably 40s but I've not tried it. Great frameset. So versatile, I've run it with drops, flatbar, hub & derailleur gears, drum & rim brakes, as a tourer & commutter. My 60cm frame is a nice ride. My 58cm LHT fram...
by LuckyLuke
3 Feb 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fork replacement needed for Alan CX frame - recommendations please
Replies: 10
Views: 2017

Re: Fork replacement needed for Alan CX frame - recommendations please

Hi Des, I can recommend Winston Vaz, framebuilder, in Hither Green, South London. I've used him several times for repairs / braze ons etc over the years and he's always done a grand job. He's ex-Roberts amongst others.
Best wishes,
Luke
by LuckyLuke
28 Sep 2018, 12:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Vagabond
Replies: 59
Views: 4260

Re: Genesis Vagabond

I've used compass tyres in the past. I think they are worth the extra. As with anything in cycling, put your money where you feel there is a noticeable advantage. For me that is tyres, handlebars and saddle. +1 Hi folks, I use / have used Compass tyres on road in the following flavours: 700 X 28 (o...