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by tatanab
26 Oct 2021, 2:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: i'm no longer comfortable on the roads
Replies: 9
Views: 246

Re: i'm no longer comfortable on the roads

Aged 70, so I have grown with it. I like cycling in the lanes in darkness, and at other times too. I do not like narrow A roads which so often seem busier than they should be. e.g, why is the Axx quieter than the Axxxx. Very aware that some of the roads I use have sharp bends with limited visibility, so I do not hang around at those points. Usually when cycling, I am going somewhere with a purpose - be it to the café or on tour.

I cannot imagine being confined to an indoor trainer, if I had one. That is not cycling (regardless of what Rapha types say) it is exercise.
by tatanab
26 Oct 2021, 9:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crown race extender spacer to increase AC length??
Replies: 20
Views: 388

Re: Crown race extender spacer to increase AC length??

colin54 wrote: 26 Oct 2021, 9:26amMy apologies for my lax use of terminology. I should perhaps have said 'axle to fork crown race bearing seat distance', which is what I meant, and what I've always understood (perhaps mistakenly) ,the abbreviation AC in the context of this thread to mean, tho' I would normally abbreviate it as A-C length/distance myself .
No fuss. I had never come across this abbreviation in 55 years of club riding across almost all disciplines. I thought this might be yet another home brewed abbreviation. As you say "in the context of the thread" is why I thought it might be "above crown"
by tatanab
26 Oct 2021, 7:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crown race extender spacer to increase AC length??
Replies: 20
Views: 388

Re: Crown race extender spacer to increase AC length??

colin54 wrote: 26 Oct 2021, 7:21am Axle to fork crown distance.
But the fork crown has not moved, only the bearing surface. I thought it might mean Above Crown. Can the OP point to the source of this abbreviation?
by tatanab
26 Oct 2021, 7:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crown race extender spacer to increase AC length??
Replies: 20
Views: 388

Re: Crown race extender spacer to increase AC length??

What is AC in this context? Not a cycling abbreviation I have seen before.
by tatanab
24 Oct 2021, 8:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Adding Cable Stops to Steel Frame
Replies: 27
Views: 605

Re: Adding Cable Stops to Steel Frame

Silver solder , not brazing rods. You will get enough heat in with a propane torch for small parts - eventually. Better with Mapps gas.

What with cleaning up the burned areas afterwards, I would say, too much of an investment in new equipment for what you are describing, better use clamp on parts or stay with full outer. Unless of course you really want to try.
by tatanab
21 Oct 2021, 8:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling Mittens
Replies: 25
Views: 726

Re: Cycling Mittens

^^^^^^^^^^^ I have a pair like those, bought during the very cold winter about 10 years ago. They come in two flavours, one with a side opening/closure for Shimano washing lines and one without for Campag. I bought the ones with side openings even though I use Campag because it is useful to have flexibility in ventilation. I found that even in that cold winter I did not need other gloves, but thin ones are still good to wear because the neoprene of the "mittens" is odd against bare skin. Disadvantage is that you are locked in pretty much one hand position, but that is a small price to pay. The brand I bought is Bar Mitts, and almost twice the price.
by tatanab
21 Oct 2021, 12:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Roundabouts
Replies: 47
Views: 1451

Re: Roundabouts

Similarly the one on the SE edge of Heathrow. I've never cycled around it/them but drove that way several times 20 years ago. https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4676553 ... a=!3m1!1e3
by tatanab
18 Oct 2021, 2:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain length wrong
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Re: Chain length wrong

gerry84 wrote: 18 Oct 2021, 2:19pm The chain got wrapped round the bottom gear sprocket, and fouled the seat stay, and the bike stopped dead.
I imagine you mean the top gear sprocket i.e the little one since bottom gear is a long way from seatstays. I also imagine you were in the small chainring and the chain was hanging slack. Small/small is not a good combination.

I have a couple of machines where the chain would hang slack if I were to use such a combination, but I have done that for a purpose and cannot imagine using that combination anyway.

I also imagine you probably hit a bump to cause the chain to be able to jump off.

Advice - don't bother trying to calculate chain length with respect to chainstay length, simply set the length according to the manufacturer's instructions for your rear mech.
by tatanab
14 Oct 2021, 8:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Today's tip
Replies: 21
Views: 1010

Re: Today's tip

That is an old trick in countries whose "paper" money was not actually paper, decades before ours changed. I came across it in the USA in the early 90s where it seemed to be commonly known.

Nevertheless - -- a good post to inform UK riders who may not otherwise be aware.
by tatanab
12 Oct 2021, 3:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?
Replies: 65
Views: 1690

Re: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?

I have lots of parts from the 1960s/70s. Campag hubs, saddle pillars and tools ---------- yes, and a Brooks Pro with a Vilosport attachment for it. Of course I have a Carradice Camper Longflap saddlebag from 1973 which is in daily use.

Clothing - I have at least one top from 1990. It was only a couple of years ago that I ditched a winter top from the late 80s.
by tatanab
11 Oct 2021, 8:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Footpump recommendations please
Replies: 27
Views: 664

Re: Footpump recommendations please

danfoto wrote: 11 Oct 2021, 7:26pm
rotavator wrote: 11 Oct 2021, 7:13pm ... I get the impression that most if not all footpumps that are currently available are of dubious quality ...
Exactly. That's what I've found. Hence the question, to which I hope we might both soon get a useful reply.
Me too. That is why I peruse eBay on the look out for a "vintage" one that I can strip and maintain, just like I did years and years ago unlike the modern rubbish I have right now. I also prefer a screw on valve fitting rather than the push fit with a lever which I find wears out after about 10 years.
by tatanab
9 Oct 2021, 11:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Raleigh bike
Replies: 4
Views: 330

Re: Raleigh bike

18/23 is not the size, it is frame tubing. It is a mixte frame with low end equipment. If perfect, perhaps £100. One on ebay at £95 which is probably worth no more than £50.
by tatanab
7 Oct 2021, 9:21am
Forum: Offered for Free
Topic: Hann Trailer (now reserved)
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Hann Trailer (now reserved)

FREE -- FREE -- Pick up only from Worcester area
Does anybody have a use for a Hann trailer (a copy of the old original Rann trailer). It is part of a bundle I collected recently. Looks perfectly reasonable, but the saddle pillar is seized ----------- no surprise there.
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by tatanab
2 Oct 2021, 11:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spokes and tyres for vintage rims
Replies: 12
Views: 382

Re: Spokes and tyres for vintage rims

In the days of rims like that it was routine to file the spokes down after truing the wheel. Spokes were galvanised (aka rustless) and therefore not as tough to file as stainless. Also in those days, spokes and nipples were in imperial lengths :P

Tyres - hooked tyres generally stay in place, but certainly not at modern pressures. You would have to run them at something like 60-70 psi. I learned that one 20 years ago when I wondered why my 27" tyres were lifting off the rim.