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by printedland
17 Aug 2020, 3:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing headset cups and headbadge
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Re: Removing headset cups and headbadge

Brucey wrote:cups in the head tube can be shifted using a long brass rod as a drift.

cheers


Thanks for that. As a matter of interest; is there a special reason why the rod should be brass? Simply because it's softer (and therefore will not mark)?
by printedland
17 Aug 2020, 1:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing headset cups and headbadge
Replies: 4
Views: 277

Removing headset cups and headbadge

A spot of advice please: Re-spraying a frame. How does one remove the top and bottom headset cups, and the headset race from the fork crown? They seem to be push-fit, but don't budge at all. Any top tips? Also, if I do end up having the frame professionally re-sprayed (in case my own bodge job looks...
by printedland
6 Aug 2020, 1:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Brackets
Replies: 11
Views: 472

Re: Bottom Brackets

If you currently have a crank extractor it may be compatible with both ST and Octalink BBs. For whatever reason I ended up getting a fiddly little ‘plug’ to use with my ST extractor: TL-FC15. Something to consider... They cost a fiver now :shock: I have one bike with the Octalink BB. I needed to bu...
by printedland
4 Aug 2020, 7:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Sick of Mars bars....
Replies: 28
Views: 1193

Re: Sick of Mars bars....

Fantastic! Thanks very much......
by printedland
4 Aug 2020, 7:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Sick of Mars bars....
Replies: 28
Views: 1193

Re: Sick of Mars bars....

reohn2 wrote:Mrs R2's rocket fuel cereal bars :)

Can we have a recipe for those please? Might need a whole new category in the forum index.....
by printedland
4 Aug 2020, 6:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Sick of Mars bars....
Replies: 28
Views: 1193

Re: Sick of Mars bars....

Flapjack. In fact, any kind of cereal bar (but oat-based ones are the best). Bananas. Salted peanuts. My current fave are some pressed fruit bars from Aldi, which are simply pressed apples and pears and nothing else. Delicious.
by printedland
3 Aug 2020, 12:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Renovation and thanks
Replies: 15
Views: 560

Re: Renovation and thanks

Valbrona wrote:It is far too large for you.

I would be far too kind to sell anyone a bike that is too big for them.

Hearing the truth is sometimes not very nice.


Sorry - I didn't quite understand. How is it too large for me? And how do you know how large I am?
by printedland
3 Aug 2020, 12:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Renovation and thanks
Replies: 15
Views: 560

Re: Renovation and thanks

That's a fine piece of detective work - thanks Brucey. I'll go with you on the Suntour hubs and agree that Pete Matthews must have supplied whole new wheels. Of course, they are one of the reasons that the bike is so lovely to ride - a lucky addition.
by printedland
3 Aug 2020, 11:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Renovation and thanks
Replies: 15
Views: 560

Re: Renovation and thanks

Very nice, and I envy you a frame of that era in such good condition. Is that the original quill stem? Does it have an extra long shaft, given how high it is? Interestingly, the frame was in pretty poor shape - quite a few scrapes and knocks. I sanded them off, painted any patches with red oxide pr...
by printedland
3 Aug 2020, 8:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Renovation and thanks
Replies: 15
Views: 560

Re: Renovation and thanks

1987 used those colours, brakes etc. Not sure about 1988. If the hubs are (sachs-) maillard then they will have a date mark on them with the year and week number. Bike looks nice! minor quibble; front mudguard should be fastened to the rear of the fork crown, not the front, and you might want to fi...
by printedland
2 Aug 2020, 9:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Renovation and thanks
Replies: 15
Views: 560

Re: Renovation and thanks

That looks lovely. I sold a lot of those in the 80s and I'm trying to date yours. I would put as a late 80s model. It was only later on that the Galaxy got proper touring ratios. Previously only the Super Galaxy got the 48/36 chainset and a 32t at the back that you have. The galaxy got a 50/40 I be...
by printedland
2 Aug 2020, 6:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Renovation and thanks
Replies: 15
Views: 560

Renovation and thanks

I've asked an awful lot of questions on this forum over the past few weeks, and always received really detailed and accurate answers. I thought it might be nice to show the finished product: IMG_0227.jpg It's a 1987 (?) Dawes Galaxy, bought from a kind forum member, who was incredibly helpful over t...
by printedland
30 Jul 2020, 1:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Trying to find a suitable bike at 27st?
Replies: 38
Views: 1513

Re: Trying to find a suitable bike at 27st?

if anyone else has any reccomendations i'd be happy to hear them :) Hand-built wheels have been mentioned further up the post. I've had both whole bikes and replacement wheels from Spa Cycles, who will build to your requirements. For example, strong rims like the 36-hole version of these: https://s...
by printedland
28 Jul 2020, 11:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old bike in dry shed, unused for 30 years. How to revive it ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1283

Re: Old bike in dry shed, unused for 30 years. How to revive it ?

I'm just doing something similar on a 1987-ish Dawes Galaxy. What I found is: It's worth stripping down as much of the components as possible to be able to give everything a thorough clean and re-grease. If in doubt, photograph and/or take notes of which order things go in, or how they are fitted. I...
by printedland
27 Jul 2020, 6:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...about lead times for custom builds?
Replies: 23
Views: 1032

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

Just to keep on the original topic: Have you considered building up from an off-the-peg frame from somewhere like Bob Jackson's? According to their website: Please note that due to high volume of orders the current lead time for our off the peg range is approximately 4 weeks from receipt of order. I...