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by jrclimber
1 Dec 2014, 11:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Vogue restoration
Replies: 10
Views: 1442

Re: Dawes Vogue restoration

Many thanks networkman. Great to have the history.
by jrclimber
30 Nov 2014, 8:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thread repair. Did a wrong 'un
Replies: 17
Views: 1736

Re: Thread repair. Did a wrong 'un

I did the same thing. Took the bolt out but forgot the washer. Tried every way to get the crank off without success (though I don't have a hub puller). Eventually took a hacksaw to the crankarm and unbolted the chainrings which I'll be putting on a new crankarm (£20 from Spa)
by jrclimber
30 Nov 2014, 5:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Vogue restoration
Replies: 10
Views: 1442

Re: Dawes Vogue restoration

Thanks networkman. I'd love a scan of the picture and spec though if you were able to pdf the whole brochure I'd read it avidly!
Was it available in any other colours? Frame needs a respray and I'd consider an original colour other than the pink.
by jrclimber
26 Nov 2014, 6:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Vogue restoration
Replies: 10
Views: 1442

Re: Dawes Vogue restoration

horizon wrote:It appears in the 1991 catalogue in a fetching grey with white handlebar tape. It's for "weekend cycling" rather than "heavy-duty touring" so I trust you use it in the spirit of its intended use. :wink:

It was new in 1991 and doesn't appear in 1993 so at a guess yours is the 1992 model in the new colour for that year.


Many thanks. As neither gaz or I could find online catalogues I guess you are lucky enough to original printed copies?

I have used it for "credit card touring" which I suppose is somewhere between weekend cycling and heavy duty touring :)

With help of Dave at Spa cycles have found a Zenith hub that will nicely do the job on new rear wheel with 6sp freewheel.
by jrclimber
25 Nov 2014, 10:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Vogue restoration
Replies: 10
Views: 1442

Dawes Vogue restoration

I bought this bike 5 years ago after my brother persuaded me to enter the Etape Caledonia after a 30 year absence from road riding. It has been ridden on several sportives, the Way of the Roses, a week tour of the Lot and 2 week tours of Corsica and Spain. Although I now have 2 other road bikes I have become attached to it and wish to restore it including respray. I have tried but failed to find the history of this model. Searching the net and this forum give only brief references to ladies' bikes with this model name. Back Dawes catalogues that I can find online from 80s and 90s don't mention it. I'd be interested in any information forum members may have.

The only changes I have made so far are changing the bars (original too narrow) and replacing the Weinmann brakes and levers. It has a 3x6 setup with Sachs Rival derailleurs and downtube shifters (rear indexed).

Pictures here [https://www.flickr.com/photos/16293691@N05/sets/72157649474393755]

Would like to keep the Sachs derailleurs as shifting fine but would prefer to replace rear hub when rebuild wheels. Will I be able to get a 36h rear hub that will take a 6sp freewheel? An initial trawl has only turned up a 32h one from Spa.
by jrclimber
21 Oct 2014, 11:00pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cadiz
Replies: 16
Views: 45339

Re: Cadiz

Just back from this trip (Malaga to Seville) so wanted to say thanks again to all who gave advice.

We approached the coastal section by taking the train from Jimena de la Frontera to Algodonales and riding first to Tarifa. Had intended to use the tracks south of the main road but would have taken a lot longer and weather not great so in the end wnet by main road - not too bad as, like many Spanish roads a decent width of tarmac outwith the vehicle surface. Sadly could only just see Africa through the mist.
From Bolonia (Roman ruins worth a visit), 1.5km off road section worth finding to connect to Zahara.

Approaching Cadiz from the south was, as expected, a challenge. Heading N out of Chiclana there is a gravel track to the West of the road that leads to San Fernando but it isn't easy to find because they are building (though no work going on currently - I suspect another of Spain's stalled infrastructure projects) a new railway between Chiclana and San Fernando. You need to leave the road by Aldi - if you get as far as the roundabout with a boat in it you won't be able to get across the new railway. Once on it this track takes you to the S edge of San Fernando - head N to Bahia Sur station and pick up the track to Cadiz near here. In the end we and bikes got on a train at Bahia Sur to whisk us in to the centre of Cadiz.

Leaving Cadiz via the Rota ferry was a great trip and enjoyed the ride along the via Verde to Sanlucar (stopping off in Chipione) as recommended.
From Sanlucar to Seville the ride on surfaced cycle path through the Algaida pines was lovely, the subsequent road/track along the Guadalquivir less so due to poor surface. We diverted to Lebrija and took the train the rest of the way to Seville.

Getting to Seville airport for an early morning flight was interesting - we were told in the tourist office that it was impossible to cycle there. The city itself has a good network of cycle paths so getting to the outskirts was no problem. Once there there is a service road to the N of the motorway that you can ride on before walking the last 300yds the wrong way up the exit road.
At Seville airport put my bike in CTC bag as usual but was told by baggage handler that it was too big for belt/XR machine and was forced to unpack it, take front wheel off, tape to frame and take saddle off, then repackage (just had enough tape!) - first time that's ever happened.

Thanks again for advice and can provide further tips re other bits of route if anyone interested.
by jrclimber
21 Oct 2014, 9:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Map(s) Hebrides & West Coast
Replies: 7
Views: 1068

Re: Touring Map(s) Hebrides & West Coast

For walking on the Black Cuillin Harvey's do a great map 1:25000 and 1:10000 of main ridge. Remember compasses are unreliable on the Cuillin and on the main ridge it is very easy to take the wrong route - one rock looks much like another in the mist! Study the routes in a guidebook carefully before you go. Hopefully the sun will shine out of clear skies for you.
by jrclimber
21 Mar 2014, 5:31pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cadiz
Replies: 16
Views: 45339

Re: Cadiz

Only just come back to this after 2 months (of being overworked!) so just wanted to say thanks to Chris. Am sure you are right about missing out Jerez. I'll just pray for a dry spell before the day between Seville and Sanlucar.
I am sure you are right about being on the coastal side of the road but unfortunately I've now booked the flights... You live and learn. Most of our tour is inland though.
by jrclimber
21 Mar 2014, 5:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Corsica it is
Replies: 18
Views: 10264

Re: Corsica it is

Great choice! We had a leisurely (ie several rest days) 15d tour to Corsica (North and West)in Sept 2012 flying in to Bastia and out of Nice (ferry from Bastia). From Bastia airport make sure you take the minor roads (away from town initially) along the lagoon rather than head into town on the dual carriageway.
From Bastia we went round Cap Corse to St Florent (2 days), across Desert d'Agriates to Ile Rousse (stop at Peraiola - beautiful beach ?campsite - if you stick to the corniche road you can get back on the N197 by pushing along a path for 100m at the W end), then Calvi and down the W coast to Galeria. Then follow the tour de France route in reverse up and over col de Palmerella - steady but not steep - with beautiful views over Golfe de Girolata. Still on tour route the next bit to Piana via Porto through the Calanches was our favourite bit. We then headed S to Ajaccio and got bus (in 2012 train stopped taking bikes but buses will put them in the boot, think train was planning new rolling stock with bike spaces, not sure if got it yet) to Ponte Leccia (could go all way back to Bastia) and cycled through the castagniccia (chestnut forests) back to Bastia.
Have a great tour!
by jrclimber
18 Jan 2014, 5:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cadiz
Replies: 16
Views: 45339

Re: Cadiz

Many thanks for this. Certainly not the most direct route but worth it to stay off dual carriageway/motorway. I wonder if I could ask some more advice from anyone who knows this area. Have planned 10 day route from Malaga to Vejer but want to get from there to Seville via Cadiz, Jerez and Sanlucar. Don't really want to go right inland to Arcos as per CJ's post 2012 (viewtopic.php?f=16&t=68225). Looks like we could go inland to Medina Sidonia then head back to San Fernando to pick up this path. From Sanlucar am assuming we can follow the river inland most of the way to Seville.
by jrclimber
11 Jan 2014, 9:50pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cadiz
Replies: 16
Views: 45339

Re: Cadiz

megilleland wrote:
At the time I tried to go over on the pedestrian walkway attached to the side of the bridge, but found it obstructed by a steel bar at the top where the control point is for opening the bridge. The walkway is narrow and I could not turn my bike round or get it over the crash barrier, so I had to push it all the way backwards to get off the bridge. I ended up using the causeway again to get out of Cadiz. The locals said that I should have just ridden over the bridge and ignore the "no cycling" signs, but I wouldn't recommend it. The bridge has lane reversal on it now so there are two lanes in and one out in the morning and the opposite in the evening all with no central barrier!


Just looking at Google Street View and note that the footpath attached to the bridge is now closed off with no access from the road The new bridge is on course for opening 2011, but no cycle provision. However there will be a cycle link across the salt flats by the end of 2010. Article in El Pais, August 2009 states (roughly translated):

Cadiz and San Fernando will be connected by bicycle without danger. A path of 6.270 meters, also for pedestrians, passing close to the dunes, free from cars, and over the river Arillo, passing through the Torregorda military area and marshes of the nature reserve of Cadiz bay has been drawn up and is now ready to implement. The first section will be from the city centre to the restaurant El Chato, next to the Cortadura beach, by way of a service road running paralell to the CA33 causeway. The CA 33 is the only route into Cadiz where cyclists risk their lives daily! The authorities also want to reduce the number of cars parking in this area which is threatening the state of the dunes.

The next section comes up to Torregorda's military zone. This part is more complex to construct. The last section of marshes, which lead up to San Fernando, includes a bridge on the river Arillo and gang ways of concrete to cross various piple-lines.The path will be four to five metres wide, and enable cyclists to pass in both directions with a section for pedestrians. Recycled material will be used, at the request of ecologists to make the structure, which has raised the final budget to over seven million euros. Once contracted the works will last 12 months.


Does anyone have any updated info on this - planning a trip later this year. Will be approaching from the South so don't really want to go to El Puerto de Santa Maria for the ferry. If this cycle path now exists where does it start?
by jrclimber
31 Oct 2013, 10:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Flying with bikes.
Replies: 3
Views: 2503

Re: Flying with bikes.

Would also recommend the CTC plastic bag. Flew to Corsica last year with Easyjet. Had to sign disclaimer on way out (not way back) - bit disconcerting but no damage. Rode to Gatwick so did the bike prep in the departure hall - pedals off, rear hanger unbolted and zip tied to chainstay, handlebars turned and bits pipe insulation on most of frame. Bought a fold up holdall (about £20 and folds to app 20x20x2cm) - 2 panniers in this as 1 piece hold luggage, other 2 as 1 piece hand luiggage each. At destination assembled bikes in arrivals hall, pipe insulation and plastic bags bungeed to top of rear rack, ride to first place to stay. We planned a circular route staying in same hotel 1st and last nights so left plastic bags, tape, pipe insulation in the fold up holdall with them but all are lightweight so could carry with you.
Happy touring
by jrclimber
31 Jan 2013, 10:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimergo front shifting
Replies: 28
Views: 1897

Re: Shimergo front shifting

So clarification is needed as to whether these shifters are 2011/12 or 2013 - I was under the impression (assumption) that they were 2012.


Part no is EP12-ATB1C so I guess they are 2012. Have ordered a Centaur front mech so will see how I got on.

Many thanks for all the input.
by jrclimber
29 Jan 2013, 8:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimergo front shifting
Replies: 28
Views: 1897

Re: Shimergo front shifting

If I get a new campag triple FD (seem to be about £60), which, especially if shift ratio on new levers has changed, would be most likely to be compatible with my levers would the cage be too narrow for my 9 speed chain, given that it would be designed for 10 or 11 (11 if Athena) speed chain??
by jrclimber
28 Jan 2013, 10:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimergo front shifting
Replies: 28
Views: 1897

Re: Shimergo front shifting

Thanks for advice.

Exact components are http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=56107 and http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=13626

When I disconnect cable and pull on it there are 6 clicks up (finger lever) and 2 clicks down (thumb)

Does this mean that if I go out and buy a shimano MTB or Campy mech and fiddle around with the cable routing I might get it to work?

Only other thing I can think of is to put the ergo levers on ebay and find some 3x9 Tiagra or 105s but I am reluctant to abandon the ergos unless I really have to.