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by spanner
2 Jun 2011, 11:18pm
Forum: Stolen, Lost, Found, etc.
Topic: stolen Bromptons on eBay and Gumtree
Replies: 19
Views: 55118

Re: Stolen bikes on Gumtree!

I've never looked at Gumtree before, but I just did and what an awful and depressing experience. I found what sounds like a Dawes Super Galaxy "complete with mirrors on handlebars valued at over one and a half thousand quid" beings sold for £120, and other beautiful bikes going for a song...
by spanner
2 Jun 2011, 11:07pm
Forum: Stolen, Lost, Found, etc.
Topic: scrap collectors theft
Replies: 5
Views: 1477

Re: scrap collectors theft

I do know in my friends area, the local council have a contract with the local scrap yard for removing bikes from railings. They go round at the same time every night and slice through locks with a petrol grinder. Doesn't matter if you've been there 10 minutes or ten hours, doesn't matter if you're...
by spanner
2 Jun 2011, 10:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spoke Wars
Replies: 31
Views: 4159

Re: Spoke Wars

If you refer to a thread some time back, CJ explains why DB/Plain on the rear is A Good Thing. We await an expert! I don't like to call myself an expert (ex: a has-been, spurt: a drip under pressure!) but here goes. Spokes slacken when the bit of rim they're attached to gets pushed upwards by the r...
by spanner
1 Jun 2011, 10:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A vintage wheel rebuilder in London, Bucks or Essex ?
Replies: 9
Views: 1298

Re: A vintage wheel rebuilder in London, Bucks or Essex ?

try alf webb at bike inn in wragg marsh in lincs he does wheelbuilding courses and can also supply spokes worth giving him a phone for advise do you know what size spokes you need? if so am sure alf can supply the correct sizes for you for one wheel tell him Donald from cupar fife suggested you cont...
by spanner
1 Jun 2011, 10:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to get Fit on a Bicycle?
Replies: 86
Views: 285659

Re: How to get Fit on a Bicycle?

i do a lot of cycling but when i first joined the vcc found i really struggled on runs and someone told me to get my stamina level up that that would help basically you cycle up a steep hill until it feels like your heart and lungs are going to burst out your chest i did this and the next run i did ...
by spanner
1 Jun 2011, 9:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why some cyclists would not greet you when they overtake you
Replies: 59
Views: 4976

Re: Why some cyclists would not greet you when they overtake

im a member of the veteran cycle club and we ride a variety of bikes from old roadsters of pre 1920 vintage to 1940's to 1980's lightweights (racing bikes) on the runs ive been on most cyclists coming the opposite way usually wave or say hello to us a group even mountain bike riders we also get a go...
by spanner
1 Jun 2011, 8:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I broke the saddle that broke my friend.
Replies: 28
Views: 1126

Re: I broke the saddle that broke my friend.

i bought a b17 four years ago and it took over a year before it bedded in what i found helped was to leave my bike out in the rain and allow the saddle to get soaked with water then when the rain stopped put on my waterproof trousers and went for a run of 10 miles by which time when i had returned h...
by spanner
1 Jun 2011, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Change from freewheel to freehub/casette advice needed.
Replies: 13
Views: 786

Re: Change from freewheel to freehub/casette advice needed.

i built a pair of wheels for my peugeot aspin which i took off one of my other bikes i hadnt used for ages mavic ma 2 alloy rims on pellisier large flange q/r hubs and had to buy new tyres for them the wheels are 700c and i got 700x23c size and had a hell of job getting the tyres onto the rims even ...
by spanner
1 Jun 2011, 8:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Galaxy Bottom Bracket Replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 3251

Re: Dawes Galaxy Bottom Bracket Replacement

Hi there, I just signed up for this board hoping that somebody might be able to help me out with my old 1970(?) Dawes Galaxy (see attached picture). I bought it off craigslist 2y ago and built it up. Now the bottom bracket/crank arms have become a bit loose and worn out. So I thought I would change...
by spanner
1 Jun 2011, 8:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How do you get off a crank with a stripped thread?
Replies: 33
Views: 132710

Re: How do you get off a crank with a stripped thread?

It helps to put a very light smear of Copaslip (or Alumslip is better if you can get it) onto the axle before fitting. Is Permatex AntiSieze acceptable? I use it on my pedals and they always come off a treat but my LBS guy doesn't like it, says it migrates into the bearings and does harm, which fra...
by spanner
31 May 2011, 10:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How do you get off a crank with a stripped thread?
Replies: 33
Views: 132710

Re: How do you get off a crank with a stripped thread?

if the bb axle is the type with the bolt that goes into the axle its possible to shock it off by taking the left hand crank off first then the bb cup and lock ring then using a drift that fits in the hole where the bolt screws in on the chainwheel side and keep whacking it with a heavy hammer and it...
by spanner
31 May 2011, 10:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Snapping spokes.
Replies: 34
Views: 3155

Re: Snapping spokes.

i build my own wheels this came about because i was charged £5 YES £5 for one spoke found Bike-Inn in wragg marsh spalding lincs on the internet run by Alf and Theresa Webb they do bike mechanic courses and wheel building courses. they also do an instructional(at that time) video now available on dv...
by spanner
29 May 2011, 5:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mounting Kryptonite Locks
Replies: 16
Views: 4050

Re: Mounting Kryptonite Locks

use the original mounting bracket and then use a couple of toe straps to hold the lock to the frame so that it doesnt rattle might work then again maybe not but worth a try
by spanner
29 May 2011, 5:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mounting Kryptonite Locks
Replies: 16
Views: 4050

Re: Mounting Kryptonite Locks

use the original mounting bracket and then use a couple of toe straps to hold it in place so that it doesnt rattle might not work but always worth a try
by spanner
29 May 2011, 5:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help in how to identify an old Dawes frame
Replies: 10
Views: 3192

Re: Help in how to identify an old Dawes frame

i got a dawes debonair frameset and pair of wheels today for nothing its got its bb axle and cups and seat post but nothing else frame is a bit scruffy but it could build up into a reasonably good bike im building up a dawes jaguar frameset at the mo got it a few years ago off a vcc member for nothi...