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by papacojones
15 Nov 2009, 1:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel building
Replies: 11
Views: 860

Re: Wheel building

I had always been a bit fearful of building my own wheels but decided to take the plunge last year. This book was my starting guide and I would recommend it highly.
Cheers
P
by papacojones
15 Nov 2009, 12:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Constant Puncture's - UPDATE GETTING THESE TYRES
Replies: 56
Views: 3162

Re: Constant Puncture's - UPDATE GETTING THESE TYRES

I was wondering if I should go for the 1.5" or 1.75" any suggestions? My tyres are currently 1.95" on 26" wheels and I only use my MTB for commuting on London roads. I would go for the 1.5 myself. This is the widest tyre I would even consider for any road use except heavy tourin...
by papacojones
5 Nov 2009, 6:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Normal or Rapid Rise Rear Derailleur
Replies: 10
Views: 918

Re: Normal or Rapid Rise Rear Derailleur

Yes, until the spring weakens Agreed.MTB racers who swear by low normal probably change springs every race anyway. I know that titanium replacement springs are genarally available for Shimano rapid rise to save 0.002 microgrammes also. Could make the difference between winning and winning while wei...
by papacojones
5 Nov 2009, 9:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike to work scheme, but has to be from Halfords
Replies: 22
Views: 1609

Re: Bike to work scheme, but has to be from Halfords

would point out that comments about disc models by Papacojones do not apply here


Just for clarity my comments were on derailleur geared cable disc model.
Subway 8 has, as Niggle correctly points out, a type of roller brake of which I know little.

Cheers
P
by papacojones
4 Nov 2009, 7:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Normal or Rapid Rise Rear Derailleur
Replies: 10
Views: 918

Re: Normal or Rapid Rise Rear Derailleur

Are there any circumstances when it could be an issue which type of rear derailleur you use or are the two types basically the same? Low normal is useful in certain types of mtb riding as rapid changing down may be required under strong pedal force to make the difference between getting up a sudden...
by papacojones
3 Nov 2009, 1:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: proletarian classics
Replies: 18
Views: 996

Re: proletarian classics

up to quite posh stuff.


Comrade,
In the spirit of the thread title, these should surely be bourgeois classics.

Comrade P
by papacojones
3 Nov 2009, 9:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shorter cranks for women
Replies: 31
Views: 1378

Re: Shorter cranks for women

papacojones wrote:I know this is an old thread but heres an option if you haven't got your short cranks yet. http://www.roseversand.de/output/contro ... tail2=1429 I'd be a bit cautious of that, unless you weren't interested in ever replacing the rings. According to the specs given, the "hole ...
by papacojones
2 Nov 2009, 10:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian or Bob Jackson or some titanium bling?
Replies: 21
Views: 6977

Re: Mercian or Bob Jackson or some titanium bling?

Last I heard Vernon was a one man band,


I spoke to Vernon on phone a while back and he was still building recently. Worth a ring-- he is good for a chat and honest advice even if you don't use him. An old school gent.
by papacojones
2 Nov 2009, 4:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which make of bike is best?
Replies: 8
Views: 661

Re: Which make of bike is best?

The great cyclist Sean Kelly, when asked this question, replied " Whichever one I was being paid to ride". Badges mean little in my opinion and there will be a million answers to this question. I have a Carrera Subway V spec which cost about 200 quid new and its my favourite round town bik...
by papacojones
2 Nov 2009, 3:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any info on Fuji Valite tubing.
Replies: 0
Views: 381

Any info on Fuji Valite tubing.

Any info on Fuji Valite tubing. I have been given an early eighties American Fuji 12 speed.(Made in Japan) Tubing is marked Valite. I have gatered from web that it was their own tubing of vandium alloy steel and they claimed it was equivalent to certain Reynolds or Columbus tubesets at the time.It c...
by papacojones
2 Nov 2009, 2:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: proletarian classics
Replies: 18
Views: 996

Re: proletarian classics

They also represent a cheap way into usable sub 12mph cycling, They certainly do represent that but I have a friend who is near 40 and uses one for club training runs. He stays with them most of the way too (embarrassing the odd 4 grand carbon wonderboy in the process) He is a womble by nature and ...
by papacojones
1 Nov 2009, 7:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: proletarian classics
Replies: 18
Views: 996

Re: proletarian classics

Just had a chance to look some more at the pics on that site. I reckon with a good polish my one could easily win bike of the month. My friend went to a going away party for an American girl who was going home. She had a few drinks and was lamenting the fact that she couldn't afford to take the bike...
by papacojones
1 Nov 2009, 6:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: proletarian classics
Replies: 18
Views: 996

Re: proletarian classics

Excellent again. I intend all my mods to be of the period. Its paintwork is immaculate- maroon with a real metal badge on headtube. Flat bars and levers will be eighties and I have found a short upward sloping quill stem NOS on ebay. My wife will look fifteen again. Come to think of it-It might take...
by papacojones
1 Nov 2009, 6:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: proletarian classics
Replies: 18
Views: 996

Re: proletarian classics

Excellent. I have just been given an early eighties Fuji 12 speed in mint condition so I am feeling a bit nostalgic for this era atm. Unfortunately the Fuji is tiny- 18 and a bit inch seat tube and it'll probably end up with flat bars for wife.(Top tube is too long for drops any way). Has Fuji Valit...
by papacojones
1 Nov 2009, 5:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shorter cranks for women
Replies: 31
Views: 1378

Re: Shorter cranks for women

He suggests inside leg crank length Its an old chestnut I know but I would argue that this guide (and others like it) are heavily weighted towards the middle ground because manufacturers tend to produce cranks in this range.Again for profitability purposes.If short and long were more generally avai...