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by David9694
15 May 2019, 10:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie asking for advice
Replies: 14
Views: 608

Re: Newbie asking for advice

£100 tops - vendor will be hard put to do any better.
by David9694
15 May 2019, 10:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.
Replies: 77
Views: 2650

Re: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.

srb88 wrote:Bit of an essay, but advice and perspective would be much appreciated. Eek, anyway. Thanks for reading, if you made it to the end.


What’s the latest on this?
by David9694
15 May 2019, 2:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shimano road bike - info sought before sale
Replies: 24
Views: 1095

Re: Shimano road bike - info sought before sale

You’re selling this, right? I think people are under the impression you’re considering buying it. If you’ve owned it for any length of time, you’ll know some of the background. I think the “bent” down tube is an optical illusion brought about by the position of the gear lever and possibly the kerb b...
by David9694
9 May 2019, 9:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1980's Raleigh Royal (531 frame)
Replies: 18
Views: 12568

Re: 1980's Raleigh Royal (531 frame)

I suspect that it's a 1983 model, going by the paint job. Seller's Flickr Album The seller's photo album on flickr shows it built-up. I only bought the frame, fork, bottom bracket and headset. On the fork, there’s a natty transition from paint to chrome - I’ve never got to the bottom of how that is...
by David9694
5 May 2019, 10:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: About chrome
Replies: 2
Views: 182

About chrome

I’m a bit of a magpie, a sucker for chrome. I’ve picked-up a frame with chrome front lugs, and a mostly chromed rear triangle, all in pretty decent condition. The chrome forks need re-doing, they’re really bad. The frame paint isn’t bad, but the decals have worn badly and make it look untidy overall...
by David9694
5 May 2019, 10:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: removing a regina corsa freewheel
Replies: 33
Views: 2342

Re: removing a regina corsa freewheel

Done.

Note to self: always use PlusGas outside - the odour was making me feel crap.
by David9694
4 May 2019, 8:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck stem - removing drilled out remnants of
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Re: Stuck stem - removing drilled out remnants of

Assuming the steerer is steel and the stem body is aluminium the stem can be dissolved out with caustic soda/ water mix. After this the wedge can be given a good douse of release fluid. The steerer is thicker guage at the lower end so the wedge needs a good whack from below to get it up and out. Th...
by David9694
2 May 2019, 6:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck stem - removing drilled out remnants of
Replies: 9
Views: 460

Stuck stem - removing drilled out remnants of

On my current project someone had cut through a stuck stem entirely - pretty desperate measures if the only benefit is separating the forks from the frame. I’ve done some extensive drilling out, 13mm HSS bit and 5mm to get round the sides of the bolt and also attempting to disintegrate the wedge. Th...
by David9694
30 Apr 2019, 10:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: removing a regina corsa freewheel
Replies: 33
Views: 2342

Re: removing a regina corsa freewheel

possibly it will come off if you use a regina freewheel remover. But the two-dog remover is not a strong design, so they often break. NB not all two-dog removers are the same, so don't assume that (say) a suntour one will fit a regina freewheel. You can always knock the lockring off (CW, it is on a...
by David9694
30 Apr 2019, 8:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cyclus head tube reaming and facing tool
Replies: 19
Views: 831

Re: Cyclus head tube reaming and facing tool

I only know about steel - I thought other metals especially titanium were a different kettle of fish on this subject. I can post some info and pics about my headset facer if helpful. I think it’s X Tools. I may have missed it in the above but I thought the main point of the operation was to ensure t...
by David9694
30 Apr 2019, 6:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom bracket tool 6800 Ultegra
Replies: 31
Views: 878

Re: Bottom bracket tool 6800 Ultegra

https://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-16-Notch-Bottom-Bracket/dp/B0127B4YHY Thanks folks. I assumed the idea was for the plastic adapter to work with an existing tool - I’ll try again with this but I am pretty sure it wasn’t playing. The reviewers of the item linked above capture it well. It’s 41 mm I ne...
by David9694
29 Apr 2019, 6:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom bracket tool 6800 Ultegra
Replies: 31
Views: 878

Bottom bracket tool 6800 Ultegra

So they’ve shrunk these from the old 5700 size for which I have the tool. They ship a plastic adapter when new, one that doesn’t fit the 5700 tool and isn’t very amenable to the mole wrench.

The tools I see on-line are vague as to which they fit.

Ideas please!
by David9694
28 Apr 2019, 7:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Views - this wheel trueing stand?
Replies: 36
Views: 1094

Re: Views - this wheel trueing stand?

Tacx has gauges on both sides. Their use of plastic with just a bit of flex in it to mount these and the plastic the tips are made from are well thought out. You flip the feelers on and out and use one side at a time to get a sense of where the most variation is from the noise, and how many spokes w...
by David9694
28 Apr 2019, 12:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Views - this wheel trueing stand?
Replies: 36
Views: 1094

Re: Views - this wheel trueing stand?

I’ve got the Tacx one which is fine for moderate use (repairs, the occasional new build). You get soft indicators for your side to side and a separate one for checking roundness. It clamps to the side of a table or bench, but there is a specific thickness range this will work for. You need a separat...
by David9694
27 Apr 2019, 3:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes 531 fork blade help
Replies: 21
Views: 869

Re: Dawes 531 fork blade help

I am stuck with a bike I’ve been given 'stuck with' is not the phrase I'd use if I'd been given that bike. It looks like a Dawes Mirage (?) from about 1980 -1982. They were quite a nice bike their time and they are still quite a nice bike now. A bit of TLC and I suspect it will be a good bike to ow...