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by AM7
8 Feb 2020, 11:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices
Replies: 38
Views: 1634

Re: recommendation for simple bike GPS? and a warning about Garmin devices

Does anyone have a recommendations for a simple handlebar device? I don't need map reading Take a look at some of the Bryton devices, they get some pretty good reviews and are a good alternative to Garmin. Thanks. I’ve got a Bryton Rider One , which does everything you ask except altitude, that you...
by AM7
21 Dec 2019, 7:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm
Replies: 14
Views: 655

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

I’ve been using a 70mm X-FDD Dynamo drum brake hub on my 1984 Raleigh Classic 15 531, which is basically the same frame as the 80s Record Ace, for the last few years. Good stopping power and no other dramas.
by AM7
3 Nov 2019, 3:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixie: Why? Why not?
Replies: 107
Views: 6891

Re: Fixie: Why?

+1 to all of that Si. After three years of riding fixed, I’m at the stage where riding a bike with a freewheel just feels wrong :D
by AM7
30 Oct 2019, 2:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo Victory Crankset Bottom Bracket compatibility
Replies: 11
Views: 508

Re: Campagnolo Victory Crankset Bottom Bracket compatibility

good spot! IIRC the obvious differences are that a) the Victory comes with self-extracting crank bolts b) the triomphe has narrower spider arms c) the triomphe spider arms come to a 'waist' before the shoulder (whereas victory ones are at their narrowest at the shoulder). And based on the two chain...
by AM7
30 Oct 2019, 1:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixie: Why? Why not?
Replies: 107
Views: 6891

Re: Fixie: Why?

brynpoeth wrote:I understand fixed hub gears with two or more ratios are available, anybody used one?


I've used a Sturmey S3X three speed fixed and didn't like it all. Loads of lash and heavy, it was neither fish nor fowl IMO. I took it off the bike after one ride.
by AM7
30 Oct 2019, 1:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo Victory Crankset Bottom Bracket compatibility
Replies: 11
Views: 508

Re: Campagnolo Victory Crankset Bottom Bracket compatibility

Are you sure you definitely have a Victory chainset? I ask because the Campagnolo Triomphe chainset looks very similar to the Victory but requires (IIRC) an asymmetric 114.5 bottom bracket. See the picture below - Victory chainset on the left and Triomphe on the right. campag.jpg I have a Triomphe c...
by AM7
14 Aug 2019, 3:24pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 2020 Audax LeJog
Replies: 53
Views: 13391

Re: 2020 Audax LeJog

charliepolecat wrote:After Andy's disastrous lack of organisational skills for the Inverness 1200, I doubt very much if he will be foolish enough to put this one on.


That sounds ominous. Care to elucidate?
by AM7
6 Aug 2019, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh bottom bracket
Replies: 5
Views: 765

Re: Raleigh bottom bracket

I’ve got a 1984 Raleigh Richmond and it definitely has a standard ISO 24tpi bottom bracket (as do the 1983 Raleigh Royal and the 1984 Raleigh Classic 15 that I also own). I think by the 80s, only the very bottom rung Raleigh’s still used their proprietary 26tpi threading.
by AM7
7 Jul 2019, 8:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Opinions - 531c frame okay for loaded touring?
Replies: 49
Views: 2060

Re: Opinions - 531c frame okay for loaded touring?

Re: Brakes - The only options are calipers made for BMX or cruisers, or to braze on canti bosses...so, yes, What about drum brakes. I’ve fitted Sturmey drum brakes to my 1984 531c Raleigh Classic 15 (which I believe has a pretty much identical frame to the 80s Record Ace) and they work just fine. w...
by AM7
4 Jul 2019, 8:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Opinions - 531c frame okay for loaded touring?
Replies: 49
Views: 2060

Re: Opinions - 531c frame okay for loaded touring?

Salade_Lyonnaise wrote:Re: Brakes - The only options are calipers made for BMX or cruisers, or to braze on canti bosses...so, yes,


What about drum brakes. I’ve fitted Sturmey drum brakes to my 1984 531c Raleigh Classic 15 (which I believe has a pretty much identical frame to the 80s Record Ace) and they work just fine.
by AM7
20 Jun 2019, 9:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gear for Moulton TSR2
Replies: 10
Views: 478

Re: Hub gear for Moulton TSR2

I fitted a Sturmey XRC5(W) [EDIT - actually an SRC5 hub as pointed out by Brucey below] to my TSR2 a few years ago. Fitted with the under bar ‘rapidfire’ type shifter, it was a nice upgrade. Out of the box it was spaced at 127mm but it wasn’t too much hassle to get it down to 122mm which I was able ...
by AM7
24 May 2019, 12:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bikes on London-Cambridge Greater Anglia trains?
Replies: 31
Views: 1937

Re: Bikes on London-Cambridge Greater Anglia trains?

However, during all this messing around one of the station staff at Liverpool Street told one of our group that later this year - maybe quite soon - that no cycles will be allowed on any of the London Cambridge Trains! Cycles are already not allowed on any Stanted airport trains even though they ar...
by AM7
16 Aug 2018, 9:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Custom Wheel Builders
Replies: 36
Views: 1725

Re: Custom Wheel Builders

It's far easier than you think. Yes, but how do you work out what spoke pattern to use? What about calculating spoke length? Are the spokes on either side of wheel the same type. Surely, it can't be that easy? You buy Roger Mussen's wheelbuilding e-book for £9 which tells you everything you need to...
by AM7
16 Aug 2018, 8:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: spreading rear stays - mixte
Replies: 16
Views: 682

Re: spreading rear stays - mixte

I tried the threaded rod method on our Mixte, but it was better IMHO to lie the frame down and stand on the dropout and tug the other one upwards by hand. Trial and error and checking the alignment did it perfectly and easier than the rod method. 126mm to 130mm. Yep that's exactly how I did my 531 ...