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by David9694
22 Feb 2020, 9:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame repair near cambridge
Replies: 33
Views: 963

Re: Frame repair near cambridge

It might be worth weighing the frame, if you get as far as stripping it. Another clue as to frame tubing is the seatpost diameter. I agree about the rear dropouts - stamped, probably. How is the rear mech - you’d have thought it would bend/break before part of the frame? What’s the story on the fron...
by David9694
22 Feb 2020, 5:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame repair near cambridge
Replies: 33
Views: 963

Re: Frame repair near cambridge

I’m surprised that Hewitt’s aren’t a bit more definite about whether the frame is one of their originals - it’s got a frame number, right?
by David9694
21 Feb 2020, 10:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame repair near cambridge
Replies: 33
Views: 963

Re: Frame repair near cambridge

Prices start at £95 for this repair at Argos, then carriage, then you’ve got to respray - hard to imagine this is going to be economic?

Is it damage in transit? Let us know what happens.
by David9694
21 Feb 2020, 9:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: First timer here, what bike should I be buying?
Replies: 31
Views: 1073

Re: First timer here, what bike should I be buying?

Great decision! a few people also make it, but some rush out with some ill-advised / exotic purchase that then becomes shed clutter three months later. The Triban isn’t a bad pick - a good set of gears, takes mudguards, you get a lot of bang for your buck with them generally and an aluminium frame m...
by David9694
18 Feb 2020, 12:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike fitting: why? Why not?
Replies: 22
Views: 960

Re: Bike fitting: why? Why not?

I was getting a range of aches and pains a few years ago and had a bike fit at Primera Sports in Bournemouth. Being somewhat critical, these only really look at you and the bike, when if you’re getting problems, there are likely to be wider factors. Being unfit with a weak and tight core was and is ...
by David9694
14 Feb 2020, 10:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech cable set up query
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Re: Front mech cable set up query - resolved

Sorted with this advice and for £5.39 from EBay - thanks
by David9694
13 Feb 2020, 6:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Changing gear on dropped bar bike hurts my arthritic wrists. Suggestions pls.
Replies: 15
Views: 700

Re: Changing gear on dropped bar bike hurts my arthritic wrists. Suggestions pls.

I developed a weakness in my wrists a couple of years ago where I found my STI brifters hard to use where inward pressure against the spring was needed. It went away. I recommend trying down tube shifters. Presumably you have down tube bosses and so you can go Dia Compe friction or Dura Ace rear ind...
by David9694
11 Feb 2020, 10:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone painted their bikes?
Replies: 17
Views: 984

Re: Anyone painted their bikes?

I’ve made a hobby of this over the past 2-3 years. My MO is to get a tatty 531 frame off EBay. I use “car” aerosol paint, which I get colour matched if I’m recreating say an old Raleigh. This does all take a lot of patience, which I’ve learnt largely the hard way. Holts and Halfords have given me go...
by David9694
11 Feb 2020, 10:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Paintwork problems
Replies: 14
Views: 876

Re: Paintwork problems

So it looks like we might have in the brown corner exterior rust, and the black corner, interior oxidisation (same thing?) The least your paint sprayer can do for you at this stage is supply some matching paint. I’d have a look at the inside of the b/b shell and see what light you can shed on the in...
by David9694
11 Feb 2020, 9:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Paintwork problems
Replies: 14
Views: 876

Re: Paintwork problems

Marcus Aurelius wrote:That leads to corrosion issues on steel / some other alloy frames. Carbon frames don’t suffer the same issues, ergo Carbon is better than steel.


You weren’t expecting to get away with that, surely?
by David9694
10 Feb 2020, 11:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech cable set up query
Replies: 4
Views: 430

Front mech cable set up query

91A2A062-206A-409F-B146-C6CDE95A7B8A.jpeg I’m setting up a refurb I did a few months ago, my foray into coachlining. It must be quite an old frame - e.g. no bottle bosses. There are twin gear cable stops at the bottom of the down tube. For the rear, there is a corresponding stop atop the chainstay ...
by David9694
10 Feb 2020, 12:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Paintwork problems
Replies: 14
Views: 876

Re: Paintwork problems

Salt spray a factor here?
by David9694
5 Feb 2020, 9:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Toolkit pliers?
Replies: 49
Views: 1753

Re: Toolkit pliers?

https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/wilko-plier ... /p/0286614

I always carry miniature pliers and would recommend this to anyone who Cycles - e.g. to release a stubborn Presta valve, or reset a cable. A commonplace inexpensive item.
by David9694
5 Feb 2020, 9:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Reynolds 631
Replies: 26
Views: 1393

Re: Reynolds 631

When you say welded, do you mean fillet brazed? Not being an engineer I'm not too sure of the difference :oops: . I meant lugless. Put simply brazing is used as a glue that runs in to a tiny gap between adjacent surfaces. Welding is a join that melts the adjacent faces together. 531 could be built ...
by David9694
3 Feb 2020, 10:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Reynolds 631
Replies: 26
Views: 1393

Re: Reynolds 631

When you say welded, do you mean fillet brazed?