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by Secret Sam
11 Feb 2010, 3:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Super Galaxy Renovation Project
Replies: 15
Views: 766

Re: Super Galaxy Renovation Project

Dunno about the rest, but the bolt on the side of the forks is probably a braze on for a front light bracket, which indicates this one's from the 80s at the earliest
by Secret Sam
11 Feb 2010, 11:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Going indexed - advice please
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Going indexed - advice please

Am considering converting the old 531 to indexed gears, but am not willing to spend £100+ on STIs, so was thinking of using Down Tube shifters instead - various places have these at £40 per pair (and get some cheap new brake levers) I've got a nine speed block at the back - is there any problem with...
by Secret Sam
13 Jan 2010, 3:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reynolds 501
Replies: 40
Views: 20666

Re: Reynolds 501

York Commuter wrote:Secret Sam

regarding 501 forks I briefly owned a British Eagle frame and forks - the frame was 531CS (now that's another story) and the forks were 501.

By the style and few original componants that it had i'd say it had been a cyclo-cross bike

rgds

Stephen


What's 531CS?!?!?!?!!
by Secret Sam
13 Jan 2010, 11:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Long drop brakes
Replies: 14
Views: 937

Re: Long drop brakes

whoops wrote:Secretsam, would a pair of Weinmann 730 stirrups do the job you want? PM me if they will do, and I'll sort some out for you.


Muhahaha nah, I want brakes that work, if it was old ineffectivce Weinmanns that I wanted I'd put my old CPs back on

BTW - anyone want them? They are going spare
by Secret Sam
12 Jan 2010, 3:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Long drop brakes
Replies: 14
Views: 937

Re: Long drop brakes

Long reach, nut fitting Alhongas fitted 3 years and 8,000 miles ago. Going fine, I only wish I could get more of the pads that were on it, they were better than the Shimano's, Jagwires and something else that have been on since. They get a bit of surface rust quite quickly but after the first prope...
by Secret Sam
12 Jan 2010, 3:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Galaxy 1986
Replies: 13
Views: 3177

Re: Dawes Galaxy 1986

I've got a similar dilemma - old bike old bits but mine were worn out so have replaced them over time Frame has same clearance issues BUT I didn't have a problem getting modern ROAD spec wheels to fit (130mm spaced) - touring wheels are 5mm more so more of an issue. My frame was 126mm spaced, roughl...
by Secret Sam
12 Jan 2010, 2:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Long drop brakes
Replies: 14
Views: 937

Re: Long drop brakes

How about canti's? If you're having a respray anyway. Some marketeer has re-invented the old-fashioned sort that stick out the side and work with road levers. Grumpy old Colin. (Well, I'm entitled to be grumpy. What's the point in being retired when theres too much snow + ice to go out riding?) £25...
by Secret Sam
12 Jan 2010, 2:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Long drop brakes
Replies: 14
Views: 937

Re: Long drop brakes

It's a conundrum, obviously some marketeers have got in on the cycling game. On the one hand, it's nice that you can get things done when you go to an LBS, but on the other hand when you raise a question of a remotely technical nature you get a blank stare, OK, the old boy who took 3 months to buil...
by Secret Sam
12 Jan 2010, 12:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Long drop brakes
Replies: 14
Views: 937

Re: Long drop brakes

Just wondering why you think the won't "last forever" and that a swankier, allen bolt pair might. If anything the cheapness might weigh in their favour, because as the price goes up people want to see the weight come down. That people still run Resilion cantilevers from the 30's might all...
by Secret Sam
12 Jan 2010, 12:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Reynolds 501
Replies: 40
Views: 20666

Re: Reynolds 501

I'm sad and have a good memory...so here goes: 501 was a response to the wave of new chro-mo frames from Japan and the USA, partly driven by the new MTB craze in the mid 80s. Reynolds needed a cheap tube to compete that was easy to build. 501 was it - they also did a MTB version for a while. It was ...
by Secret Sam
12 Jan 2010, 12:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Long drop brakes
Replies: 14
Views: 937

Long drop brakes

Right, now my old 531 is being submitted to Argos for renovation, I've an issue with brakes: it's got huge clearances, designed for 27" wheels with wide tyres, so have fitted some cheap long drop (58-73mm) dual pivot (nut fitting) calipers. Trouble is, they won't last forever, so what do I do? ...
by Secret Sam
12 Jan 2010, 12:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stronglight A9 alloy or steel?
Replies: 19
Views: 3857

Re: Stronglight A9 alloy or steel?

Current A9 headsets, steel or alloy, now have ball-bearings not the roller bearings they used to have which never wore out. For durability I would look for rollers. Really? I've got an A9 on my 531 (About to be renovated) and think it's worn out - may be the cups rather than the bearings, however. ...
by Secret Sam
12 Oct 2009, 9:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Getting bar grips off
Replies: 9
Views: 392

Getting bar grips off

OK, so someone on here wants to put his grips on...I want mine off so I can shorten my bars...any suggestions? They seem welded in place...
by Secret Sam
12 Oct 2009, 9:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Modernising old frame
Replies: 12
Views: 814

Re: Modernising old frame

THese brakes will do the rick and are excellent. I have them on my old Raleigh http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/product.asp?pf_id=79&src=froogle Ah - nut fitting - already have something similar on my frame (unbranded jobbies from Condor) Have just fitted a new rear mech and noticed that following a ...
by Secret Sam
7 Oct 2009, 4:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pashley Guv'nor
Replies: 82
Views: 22216

Re: guv'nor; oh what a fabulous bike

ewwww, no, absolutely not my cup of tea - why buy a 50s throwback in the noughties???? I think that the trick is to take the good bits that such old bikes had and mate them with the good bits that modern bikes have to make the best of both worlds. For instance, the old slack angles are great when r...