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by Des49
28 Jul 2020, 9:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...about lead times for custom builds?
Replies: 23
Views: 968

Re: ...about lead times for custom builds?

Blimey, how things have changed! When I bought my Roberts in October 2006 it was 4 weeks from ordering to riding away on it! Wow! How did that happen? My experience over 5 Roberts frames between myself and my wife have been many, many months wait, like plan for next season. These are from 1986 to s...
by Des49
26 Jul 2020, 3:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 50s lightweight frame - 27.0mm seat post?
Replies: 23
Views: 883

Re: 50s lightweight frame - 27.0mm seat post?

deliquium wrote:I have a 1948 Accles & Pollock Kromo SAQ tubed Percy Stallard "Montlhéry" frame which takes a 27.2mm seat post. The lightest and most comfortable (springy) frame I've ever had the pleasure of riding :D


Beautiful bike, thanks for sharing.
by Des49
26 Jul 2020, 2:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advice on triple chain set
Replies: 15
Views: 902

Re: Advice on triple chain set

In my experience a 10" spanner is rarely long enough for the task. As Brucey points out clamping the tool to the cup is very important, otherwise something will slip under force and frame damage could occur. Below are my BB removal tools, note the bolt to secure the removal tool to the cup and ...
by Des49
25 Jul 2020, 10:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: road frame & forks with eyelets and clearance for mud guards
Replies: 15
Views: 618

Re: road frame & forks with eyelets and clearance for mud guards

I too struggled to fit proper mudguards to a Specialized Allez, the main issue was under the fork crown and the brakes closing up on the guard. With all my usual tricks like cutting holes or forming the guard with heat still left things a little too close. However when I fitted a new Shimano 105 gro...
by Des49
24 Jul 2020, 10:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 50s lightweight frame - 27.0mm seat post?
Replies: 23
Views: 883

Re: 50s lightweight frame - 27.0mm seat post?

Yes, I found that surprising too: 2325g v 1966g is a difference. I've ridden an Italian SLX frame and loved it but never tried SPX - unlikely for a 52/53cm frame size. Your old frame is impressively light weight. Just weighed some frames, not to the exact gramme as my scales are for heavier weights...
by Des49
24 Jul 2020, 9:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 50s lightweight frame - 27.0mm seat post?
Replies: 23
Views: 883

Re: 50s lightweight frame - 27.0mm seat post?

This guide to Columbus tubing (albeit from 1988-89) was useful learning for me: it shows butting and weights across their tubesets: http://equusbicycle.com/bike/columbus/columbuschart.htm That's interesting thanks. Does my SPX racing frame really carry such a weight penalty over SLX? I have frames ...
by Des49
23 Jul 2020, 6:17pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Saddle (prostate) advice - not sure what to do.
Replies: 18
Views: 814

Re: Saddle (prostate) advice - not sure what to do.

It may be worth having a chat with Debbie at http://www.dillglove.co.uk, they are the UK agents for SMP saddles which have a very extensive range (too big to understand really!) They do a test scheme so you can try before you buy, well worth it in my opinion. They have helped 2 people I know with de...
by Des49
20 Jul 2020, 11:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Europe is open - who's going?
Replies: 55
Views: 2419

Re: Europe is open - who's going?

I was hoping to pop over to Brittany at some point this summer, but they seem to be experiencing a surge:- https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-cases-soar-in-frances-brittany-region-as-summer-holidays-begin-12030616 Where I am we are clear of cases, so it does seem an unnecessary risk to go anywhe...
by Des49
19 Jul 2020, 1:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo allan keys?
Replies: 24
Views: 740

Re: Campagnolo allan keys?

I think the self-extracting crank bolts on classic C-Record chainsets were a 7mm allen key too. Although I'd have to check. Yes, we have a C Record and Chorus chainsets that need a 7mm key. I purchased a set of Teng allen keys that have a 7mm. Don't even mention the 3 1/2 mm key needed for Campag D...
by Des49
16 Jul 2020, 3:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer F-XDD front wheel - best way to set spoke nipple angle
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Re: Sturmey Archer F-XDD front wheel - best way to set spoke nipple angle

Excellent, thanks Brucey! That post you linked to answers my queries. My only worry is that I have done a partial stress relief already so have put some set on the spoke ends already. Hopefully further stress relief will remove any residual stresses from this. Will now undo each spoke in turn and se...
by Des49
16 Jul 2020, 2:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer F-XDD front wheel - best way to set spoke nipple angle
Replies: 2
Views: 108

Sturmey Archer F-XDD front wheel - best way to set spoke nipple angle

Hi, If anyone has built with one of these hubs I would be grateful for some advice. I am building up the above hub which is a hub brake with dynamo model, 36 hole on a 26" rim, 3 cross. It is quite a large flange at 90mm dia. and this is giving me a bit more of a spoke/nipple angle than I would...
by Des49
6 Jul 2020, 11:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Garmin 520 plus vs 530 vs Wahoo options
Replies: 5
Views: 190

Re: Garmin 520 plus vs 530 vs Wahoo options

I got a Garmin 520P after a 500. Whereas following a route on the map screen is so much better than the turn by turn directions on the 500 the map view is a touch small, and you cannot zoom out to see a wider view, if you do the detailed roads vanish! Getting the unit to work a route out is not that...
by Des49
4 Jul 2020, 9:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?
Replies: 68
Views: 3305

Re: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?

This landed in my inbox yesterday https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/brittany-bans-bikes-whats-story Cheers, Keith That's a useful article thanks. No trips with Condor at the moment, they are meant to resume sailing Jersey to St. Malo next Friday, this weekend's planned sailings cancelled due to yet...
by Des49
2 Jul 2020, 3:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BMC GF02 chainstay crack?
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: BMC GF02 chainstay crack?

Still worth a try through a local agent. BMC have a reputation to protect. I brought a big brand name 2nd hand MTB many years ago, after racing it hard for a couple of years the frame cracked. Happened to mention it at a shop and they arranged for me to have a new frame!! It was a lower model and I ...
by Des49
1 Jul 2020, 8:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?
Replies: 68
Views: 3305

Re: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?

On top of the uncertainty of cyclists being able to book, for those wanting to use St. Malo there is a further issue. A few days ago St Malo Manutention (SMM) the sole stevedore company in the port went into liquidation after years of industrial disputes and disruption. This is already proving to be...