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by cricklewood_graeme
15 Nov 2020, 4:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rear light mounting problems
Replies: 57
Views: 2218

Rear light mounting problems

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For my regular weekly/weekend rides I have a wedge bag attached to my seat-post and no carrier. I wonder if anyone knows of a way of attaching a rear battery light to the mudguard or the seat-stays. Most lights I am aware of seem to be designed to be attachable only to the seat-post. I don't recommend the Newboler wedge bag BTW. It's difficult to mount and difficult to access. But that's for another post to this forum. :evil:
by cricklewood_graeme
13 Nov 2020, 4:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Halfords 6 function wireless computer
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Halfords 6 function wireless computer

Curses! My trusty Halfords 6 function wireless computer has just run out of battery after I don't know how many years.
Of course I can't find the instructions anywhere now that I have forked out the princely sum of £1.20 for new batteries. Does anyone still have a copy? I have looked everywhere on-line, under my bed, in all by old expired bike bags to no avail.
I can't bear the thought of throwing it away.
by cricklewood_graeme
19 Jun 2018, 6:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Raleigh Record Ace early 80s - paint!
Replies: 3
Views: 735

Re: Raleigh Record Ace early 80s - paint!

I had a Raleigh Record Ace purchased around 1984 brand new and I remember the thing that sold it to me was the lovely champagne / metallic beige colour. Roll forward 34 years and I guess colour is still subliminally affecting my tastes but I am much more interested in what the frame is made from.
The RRA got nicked somewhere in the late 80s and I eventually replaced it with a Raleigh Royal made from Reynolds 708 touristique tubing - £100 from a LOOT magazine listing and count myself very lucky to own it. I am not totally sure but I think this one was probably made here in England at their special products division. The original owner purchased it from Pearsons in 1996. Its frame number is G33149 - I don't know if anyone out there can confirm its provenance?
by cricklewood_graeme
21 Mar 2018, 8:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Heritage - when built?
Replies: 15
Views: 1681

Re: Condor Heritage - when built?

You are on the right track Murphy. I have met the guy trying to sell it and he hasn't a clue. If you search www.bikeshd.co.uk for the word "condor" you will see that he has advertised it several times on Gumtree for amounts as low as £399 and since I visited him and pointed out that his advert was a cut and paste from the latest Condor Heritage model, he has steadily INCREASED the price rather than lowering it. Baffling.
by cricklewood_graeme
18 Mar 2018, 3:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Heritage - when built?
Replies: 15
Views: 1681

Condor Heritage - when built?

I saw a nice Condor Heritage bike with a 64cm Reynolds 631 frame for sale on Gumtree London today and was wondering if anyone knows when Condor built these? Condor's current frames badged as Condor Heritage are Italian made Dedacciai triple butted jobs and look nothing like the older Reynolds frames which I suspect were made here in their London workshop. (https://www.gumtree.com/p/bicycles/cond ... 1291282643)
by cricklewood_graeme
14 Mar 2018, 1:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Attaching rechargeable rear light
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Re: Attaching rechargeable rear light

Thanks Brian. SJS cycles certainly have a comprehensive range of stuff and were ace over the phone.
by cricklewood_graeme
14 Mar 2018, 8:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Attaching rechargeable rear light
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Attaching rechargeable rear light

I am looking to replace the Reelight attached by a cable tie to my rear mounted wire basket. The cable to this light broke where it enters the back of the light and there is no way of opening the light to re-attach the cable. This is very annoying considering how expensive these lights are. My next idea is to find a USB rechargeable rear light with a sensible way of attaching the light to the basket. I have not had much luck so far on-line and a visit to a local branch of Evans was worse than useless. Does anyone have any ideas?
by cricklewood_graeme
17 Dec 2017, 7:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to make an old frame shine like new ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1579

How to make an old frame shine like new ?

Has anyone got any tips on how to make a jaded frame and guards shine like new? I have a hobby based in Sweden selling second hand bikes at a street market and as there is a lot of competition from other vendors I want my bikes to stand out from the crowd. I had wondered whether T cut polish would work but haven't had the nerve to try in case it makes matters worse. I once ruined a car by using T cut which I later learned should never be used on metallic paint jobs. I guess most bike paint jobs are not metallic but I might be out of date on that.
by cricklewood_graeme
17 Dec 2017, 7:16pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Primping, pimping, tarts & coffee
Replies: 34
Views: 845

Primping, pimping, tarts & coffee

EDIT : Graham : This is a copy of the original topic that digressed somewhat from the intended question. I have retained it for any further contributions in (here) the Tea Shop . . . . . . .

Has anyone got any tips on how to make a jaded frame and guards shine like new? I have a hobby based in Sweden selling second hand bikes at a street market and as there is a lot of competition from other vendors I want my bikes to stand out from the crowd. I had wondered whether T cut polish would work but haven't had the nerve to try in case it makes matters worse. I once ruined a car by using T cut which I later learned should never be used on metallic paint jobs. I guess most bike paint jobs are not metallic but I might be out of date on that.
by cricklewood_graeme
22 Jun 2017, 11:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear facing front brakes
Replies: 14
Views: 926

Rear facing front brakes

I noticed a very tasty Condor bicycle for sale on eBay today that has rear facing front brakes. I have never come across this before and wonder if anyone has any comments. I guess they help improve the aerodynamics a little but otherwise what is the advantage?

Here it is : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Condor-Baracchi-1981-Reynolds-531-SL-Campagnolo-Classic-Road-Bike-updated-/222522819718?clk_rvr_id=1238916162008&rmvSB=true
by cricklewood_graeme
5 Apr 2016, 7:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Trip across Holland
Replies: 12
Views: 1047

Trip across Holland

I am planning a trip from Hoek van Holland to Emmerich on the German border. Can anyone tell me if this follows a recognised cycle route and if so which maps to recommend.
by cricklewood_graeme
23 Feb 2014, 8:43am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Has anyone done coast to coast in the US?
Replies: 40
Views: 13607

Re: Has anyone done coast to coast in the US?

I cycled from Los Angeles to Vancouver in 1981 on the then recently marked Pacific Coast Bicycle route. Took me 8 weeks of cycling roughly 50 miles a day. Two of us going against the prevailing wind met everyone else coming the other way. Camped (mainly) in forest parks where if you turned up on a bike the fee was 50c and there were hot showers but the tent had to be struck at dawn otherwise officious park rangers would be shaking the tent. It was a great experience and we did meet cyclists who had come across from the east coast following the original bikecentennial route. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bikecentennial). Consensus was that the Pacific route was more interesting. Got fed up with eating at Denny's though.
by cricklewood_graeme
23 Nov 2013, 9:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Viscount bicycles!!
Replies: 2779
Views: 389451

Re: Viscount bicycles!!

I am pretty sure this Sprint kids bike was being produced at Potters Bar Trusty Viscount factory when I worked there in 1980 or thereabouts.
by cricklewood_graeme
22 Jul 2012, 10:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Canti's vs V's
Replies: 16
Views: 2840

Re: Canti's vs V's

I agree with Swallow: V brakes look awful and the cheaper ones can fail suddenly when the noodle end pulls through the metal stirrup.Having said that I have low profile cantilever brakes on my touring bike and they are poor cf V brakes for stopping power.
by cricklewood_graeme
21 Apr 2012, 8:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wheel sizes
Replies: 1
Views: 1837

Wheel sizes

I have an old 3 speed steel frame bike that serves me very well but the chrome plated steel wheels take 26 X 1 1/4 tyres.
At some stage I would like to replace these wheels with alloys because they are lighter and better in the wet. Also tyres of this size are very hard to come by. I don't think I can buy alloy wheels this size off the shelf any more. Not even sure I can get wheels made up for me as I don't know where I would get alloy rims this size. What options do I have (apart from ditching the bike).