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by Bowedw
2 Feb 2020, 6:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 6 speed upgrade options
Replies: 11
Views: 543

Re: 6 speed upgrade options

Your Sugino may be 110mm bcd, in which case it will accept an inner ring down to 34 tooth. If 130 bcd, then a 38 is available, or 39 if 135 bcd. A 38/39 will give you a gear similar to a 32, this was a common route to take in the era of your bike. A 52 ring would also for most of us be better replac...
by Bowedw
24 Jan 2020, 6:26pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: San Marco Caymano saddle and 145mm triple chainset.
Replies: 0
Views: 279

San Marco Caymano saddle and 145mm triple chainset.

I bought this saddle on ebay but its to narrow for my upright ridding position. Its approx 135mm wide and 280mm long with immitation black leather cover, carbon fibre base. It's nice and light. Bought as described as new, seller needed glasses as it has the some wall contact rub marks and some gener...
by Bowedw
22 Jan 2020, 8:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What Vintage Raleigh Bike Model is this?
Replies: 8
Views: 786

Re: What Vintage Raleigh Bike Model is this?

Raleigh produced bikes to suit most levels of peoples income, what we have here is a basic lugged frame using on of the lower quality bicycle tubes. It is no more rubbish than many of the current frames, sold with poorly welded joints and poor frame alignment. If you have a use for the bike, then as...
by Bowedw
12 Jan 2020, 2:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alesa aero rims
Replies: 9
Views: 340

Re: Alesa aero rims

Have you given any consideration to the hub you are going to use? track hubs are 120 wide and your Ace will most probably be 126mm. From personal experience, a pair of wheels with a screw on freewheel hub and an alloy adaptor from ebay, with thread lock to prevent it unscrewing will give the correct...
by Bowedw
11 Jan 2020, 12:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.
Replies: 49
Views: 1676

Re: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.

Presumably the leathers are coloured somehow, black, blue, green etc. I would think a saddler or shoe repair person would be able to help or at least offer advice. Some upholsterers also refurb leather for cars. Maybe an internet search could offer some help. Regular proofhide seems to have kept min...
by Bowedw
7 Jan 2020, 10:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 64
Views: 2778

Re: Crank length

I have 165mm cranks which I feel suits me as I have short legs. In theory it needs a lower gear but with a multi gear option and the fact that roads are seldom flat I could not pin point any difference in effort now. What really converted me was a pair of 160mm cranks that I had taken off a bike ,ye...
by Bowedw
7 Jan 2020, 7:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo Daytona gear alternatives
Replies: 15
Views: 577

Re: Campagnolo Daytona gear alternatives

Hi for me I find a 34 does not really work on the hills and is dead loss for a decent pace in other conditions. A spa triple with something like a 28/38/48 enables me to spin along fine for most rides on the 38. The amount of cyclists I see with the 34, seem to have to use the 50 plus ring which slo...
by Bowedw
21 Dec 2019, 4:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm
Replies: 14
Views: 654

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

My Audax bike is a 1984 Record Ace, I do like your idea, but personally would not on put a drum brake.Only with an emergency stop will you be able to test them fully. I did have an accident with my Thorn with 531 fork blades, I dropped the front wheel into a ditch and it was the fork crown that fold...
by Bowedw
13 Dec 2019, 5:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heights of lights.
Replies: 21
Views: 1254

Re: Heights of lights.

I seem to remember reading that it became a legal requirement or maybe only a recommendation,that the back mudguard was to be painted white at the rear during the war.
by Bowedw
3 Dec 2019, 4:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trike v low step through battery cycle
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: Trike v low step through battery cycle

There is a similar thread to this in the wanted section, various advice has been given but no response from the originator of the post. A trike does not have to be a racing one, there are plenty of Pashley type ones available and some with battery drive. With regard to learning it just need consider...
by Bowedw
10 Nov 2019, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Updating an old Dawes Galaxy
Replies: 23
Views: 955

Re: Updating an old Dawes Galaxy

Is that a so called biopace chainset? Get rid of those rings and put on some proper round ones. Just my opinion which I am sure many will disagree with.
by Bowedw
10 Nov 2019, 9:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixie: Why? Why not?
Replies: 107
Views: 6870

Re: Fixie: Why?

Many years ago a very knowledgeable bike shop owner suggested I convert my bike to a fixie, daily commuting was taking a toll on my drivetrain and my wallet. Freewheels where on average pretty poor life wise. At the time I thought he was being silly and did not give it a second thought. Fast forward...
by Bowedw
10 Nov 2019, 8:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Updating an old Dawes Galaxy
Replies: 23
Views: 955

Re: Updating an old Dawes Galaxy

I did a similar conversion on my wife's Raleigh, a similar bike. I left the front changer gear lever alone as it's not used that often. neither is the bike unfortunately, but not because it's conversion is unsuitable. The galaxy is a fine bike and well worth upgrading to make it suitable for your wi...
by Bowedw
10 Nov 2019, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Updating an old Dawes Galaxy
Replies: 23
Views: 955

Re: Updating an old Dawes Galaxy

Rotating gear changers in six speed are relatively cheap but an indexed rear derailleur and freewheel plus new chain probably necessary. Add some rubber grips and pull back type bars plus a rear view mirror. New cables and adjusters to replace the gear levers should produce a much improved riding po...
by Bowedw
2 Nov 2019, 9:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on replacement commuter/light touring bike
Replies: 14
Views: 886

Re: Advice on replacement commuter/light touring bike

I tend to agree with Brucey and just add that changing to Shimano Cx50 cantilevers on my Galaxy which is a few years older than yours transformed the setting up of the brakes and their longer term performance without constant fiddling.Wheels with minimum of 36 spokes and strong rims would be good as...