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by horizon
21 Sep 2020, 9:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: End of train franchises
Replies: 24
Views: 604

Re: End of train franchises

Have just been looking at various journeys over Southwestern trains. For journeys, I stress, during the week, NOT at weekends or sundays, when one might expect SOME engineering works. Whatever I have tapped in so far returns a caution that part of the journey may be by bus. Durlng the week! I consi...
by horizon
15 Sep 2020, 1:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s
Replies: 40
Views: 1367

Re: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s

AFAICS, we have looked at all the likely suspects from 1984 through to 1994. The only year I can't see is 1989 and that actually is a very possible year given the colour scheme and type of bike. Does anyone have access to the 1989 catalogue?
by horizon
15 Sep 2020, 11:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s
Replies: 40
Views: 1367

Re: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s

I've just done a two week tour on the Sardar in eastern and southern England. I indulged myself and went for comfortable camping with 25 kg of well-balanced luggage fore and aft. The low gears that I installed plus its brilliant (IMV) handling meant that the trip was a breeze. But what impressed me ...
by horizon
14 Sep 2020, 9:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s
Replies: 40
Views: 1367

Re: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s

the Sardar has a different frame design, different wheelbase, different angles, different frame construction and is designed to accept dropped bars as well as flats. The countryman shares the wheel size and the ability to take a load with the Sardar, and not much else. cheers Sure, but the whole th...
by horizon
14 Sep 2020, 8:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s
Replies: 40
Views: 1367

Re: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s

This is the 1985 catalogue with the Countryman in it. Everything is correct bar maybe the actual colours (the catalogue appears to be faded so I can't be sure) but the arrangement is also wrong so I'm going to withdraw on that one. I think what is interesting is the fork - the whole bike is a Sardar...
by horizon
14 Sep 2020, 8:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s
Replies: 40
Views: 1367

Re: Dawes MTBs from the 1980s

does anyone recognise the model/year? cheers I would put my money on a 1985 Dawes Countryman. The fork (non-unicrown), stem and brakes (cantilevers) are correct for the 1986 version as is the two-tone colour scheme except they use two different colours. It doesn't appear in 1987 so I'm assuming tha...
by horizon
21 Aug 2020, 10:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help! RD510, 11-34, 22T Impossible?
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Re: Help! RD510, 11-34, 22T Impossible?

Thanks Brucey. I put the wheel from another bike with a 32T on mine but the problem persisted so it wasn't the capacity. I put my wheel back on, shortened the chain by two links and hey presto! Voila! etc, problem solved. So I now have a working 11 - 34. I didn't realise an overlong chain could have...
by horizon
20 Aug 2020, 9:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help! RD510, 11-34, 22T Impossible?
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Re: Help! RD510, 11-34, 22T Impossible?

Thanks for that Brucey. Yes, apols it's an M510. I did wind the B screw well in earlier but this didn't solve the problem. There may be a tiny bit of play left though. If it is a capacity issue, I have a 32t cassette standing by and it's no big deal to swap them over (faff or loss of gearing). It's ...
by horizon
20 Aug 2020, 8:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help! RD510, 11-34, 22T Impossible?
Replies: 4
Views: 288

Help! RD510, 11-34, 22T Impossible?

I've renewed parts of the drive train on my Sardar. It's looking like this: Original Deore RD510 from about 2002 New Shimano 9 speed cassette 11 - 34 Deore front triple 22 36 44 New 9 speed chain 114 links Friction front shifter I thought this was a workable set up but the chain won't change down fr...
by horizon
26 Jul 2020, 11:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe is open - who's going?
Replies: 55
Views: 2520

Re: Europe is open - who's going?

So, 14 campsites in 14 days across France, down to Bordeaux and beyond by bike and then trains back stopping in all the cities along the way. I hadn't cycled properly in France for years so it was great to be there again. Went, like others, via Newhaven to Dieppe. Campsites were generally fairly emp...
by horizon
7 Jul 2020, 5:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour
Replies: 27
Views: 952

Re: Fitting Bob Yueh Low-riders to Thorn Club Tour

For those who wondered how this ended, I found a pair of Blackburns and fitted those instead. They went on a treat and actually feel really solid. I compared them to the Bor Yeuh and found that the Bor Yeuh, although the same size, had the middle bar about .5 cm lower and this obscured the braze-on ...
by horizon
2 Jul 2020, 9:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front fork braze-on bolts
Replies: 20
Views: 759

Re: Front fork braze-on bolts

….. Now here's my question. Is the hole on each side of the fork blade tapped with a right hand thread (requiring a short standard bolt to wind in from each side) or is it threaded to receive one long bolt all the way through and out the other side?...…. Perhaps I am missing something obvious here ...
by horizon
27 Jun 2020, 11:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front fork braze-on bolts
Replies: 20
Views: 759

Re: Front fork braze-on bolts

oneten wrote: Perhaps I am missing something obvious here ?


Possibly in that since the inner arm of the rack must be held in place, there has to be a screw thread on each side. AIUI, they are both right hand threads so I suppose that that is your answer - one long screw won't do it.
by horizon
27 Jun 2020, 3:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: M6 Rack Bolts - Overkill?
Replies: 38
Views: 2345

Re: M6 Rack Bolts - Overkill?

horizon wrote: So I went for this solution in the end rather than mess around with taking a rack off another bike. The head of the bolt fouled the 11T sprocket so I set the limit screw to avoid that. I won't miss the 11T but it isn't a perfect solution. I might consider using a grub screw, with a s...