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by David9694
17 Feb 2019, 9:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dual purpose SPD shoes - fitting cleats
Replies: 11
Views: 775

Re: Dual purpose SPD shoes - fitting cleats

The You Tube confirmed my worst fears on this - surgery from inside the shoe, cutting open the sole lining, to install some metal backing plates (I think I’ve got some lying around). The Evans adaptors seem to get pretty poor reviews - and look like they rely on you having activated your two hole sc...
by David9694
15 Feb 2019, 9:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Identify this frame - next Resto
Replies: 9
Views: 967

Re: Identify this frame - next Resto

Thanks Brucey and everyone. So a 26.8mm 400mm seatpost I’ve got starts off loose and then firms up half-way in. I’ve always found this a dark art of trial and error - micrometer and Icetookz cigar gauge don’t tie it down. Front and rear drop-outs are Gipiemme. 126 mm at the back. Nutted brakes. Not ...
by David9694
15 Feb 2019, 7:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dual purpose SPD shoes - fitting cleats
Replies: 11
Views: 775

Dual purpose SPD shoes - fitting cleats

Here is a picture of the soles of my new North Wave cycling shoes. It’s my birthday today and I asked for these as I believe they can take both the Shimano SPD (mtb) cleats or the SPD road system. FCA818F5-DE49-4FF0-8725-7706DE543F2A.jpeg I get on better with the former, although I know these won’t ...
by David9694
15 Feb 2019, 7:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar Tape
Replies: 54
Views: 2606

Re: Handlebar Tape

This could be your set up - the tops ought to be near enough level and the hoods set so you can reach them comfortably. The whole thing may be too long or too low for you - I.e. shift the saddle forward. Conider a riser stem. Unless the OEM tape is really poor and your gloves are made from emery, th...
by David9694
14 Feb 2019, 8:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Identify this frame - next Resto
Replies: 9
Views: 967

Identify this frame - next Resto

It’s a Raleigh, has the seat tube stamps, proably early 1990s. It has a Reynolds 531 “restored” sticker. Maybe it can’t therefore be identified from the colour scheme, but I did find something similar looking on page 7 of one of the old brochures : http://veterancycleclublibrary.org.uk/ncl/pics/Rale...
by David9694
5 Feb 2019, 8:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Seaboard 725
Replies: 7
Views: 1423

Re: Seaboard 725

SimonCelsa wrote:Think there's some comments etc on this thread viewtopic.php?f=5&t=126794&p=1304964&hilit=seaboard#p1304964


Not one of our better exchanges, that one.
by David9694
4 Feb 2019, 2:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Seaboard 725
Replies: 7
Views: 1423

Seaboard 725

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SEABORAD-Rey ... 2090202608

Any experience of these? A 725 frame for £370?
by David9694
26 Jan 2019, 5:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Preparing chrome for paint
Replies: 1
Views: 353

Preparing chrome for paint

My next resto’ project is a 1970s Dawes Mirage frame in blue. The forks are all chrome and the makers have effected a look of a chrome crown and chrome ends by painting the top 3” or so.

Is there any particular advice on cleaning down this existing paint, and preparing this surface for new paint?
by David9694
11 Jan 2019, 11:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?
Replies: 75
Views: 2849

Re: Does anyone still use down tube shifters?

Brifters are very dear and I’ve heard an early pair of 105s pack up after about 12 years and they’re a big part of what ties you in to a set number of speeds. Recent builds of mine have been with the Dura Ace indexed d/t levers, the Dia Compe friction shifters and Shimano 600 band on shifters, all w...
by David9694
7 Jan 2019, 12:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Halfords to sell new 'connected' bike
Replies: 1
Views: 251

Re: Halfords to sell new 'connected' bike

The Boris Bike hits the C21st!
by David9694
1 Jan 2019, 10:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Refurbishment - use of Dremel for hard to reach areas?
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Refurbishment - use of Dremel for hard to reach areas?

A mate suggestered this approach for preparing frames for paint for areas like behind the bottom bracket and the dimples in the lugs, which are hard to reach with wet and dry.

Any suggestions/experience around this and what dremel tool is best?
by David9694
21 Dec 2018, 9:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Plus Ca Change...
Replies: 95
Views: 3252

Re: Plus Ca Change...

You can shoot the messenger all you want, but this a shot across the bows: its not in the spirit of the cycling I grew up with to be so critical of anything new or indeed useful to a new cycling generation bamboozled by choice. Choice is everywhere, it simply didn't exist in the 70's of you wanted ...
by David9694
21 Dec 2018, 8:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Plus Ca Change...
Replies: 95
Views: 3252

Re: Plus Ca Change...

Maybe it’s the rose coloured spectacles, but my teenage 10 speed Raleigh Medale was reliable, in a way that my current 30 and 22 speed mounts don’t seem to be. I’m a better and more diligent mechanic now than then, yet I sometimes feel beset by drivetrain problems, having had some real calamities ov...
by David9694
11 Dec 2018, 8:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What would you do if your derailleur hanger looked like this?
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Re: What would you do if your derailleur hanger looked like this?

Don’t the hanger bolts want a bit of penetrating oil on them?
by David9694
9 Dec 2018, 9:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: refurbishment
Replies: 19
Views: 836

Re: refurbishment

http://www.hse.gov.uk/mvr/bodyshop/isocyanates.htm Anyone thinking of using two-pack should read the HSE advice first. I’ve made some edits back in initial post, so hopefully we’ve now got a peer reviewed set of basic instructions for cycle frame refurbishment in a world or car and motorbike finishi...