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by steve browne
10 Mar 2011, 5:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
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.... That was easy! Broken axle. It was one of the Sturmey Archer 5 Star hubs, two control cables. I read somewhere that this was a flawed design and am inclined to agree. I shall now see if the S5 internals kindly given by Mike Wynn will fit into the hub or whether the solution is to be more comple...
by steve browne
10 Mar 2011, 1:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

Re: togglechaintour bikes

AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!! My latest five speed hub packed in at the bottom of a steep hill today necessitating a push home. This didn't look too bad on the uphill section but it felt a bit lame pushing it downhill too. I tried freewheeling but there was too much mechanical noise and friction for me to...
by steve browne
13 Feb 2011, 5:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

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You must be getting the timing wrong on your visits. It is usually fairly quiet between midnight and 0400h during the winter months. In the summer it keeps LOCAL roads clear for LOCAL people. You're not LOCAL are you?
by steve browne
13 Feb 2011, 11:09am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

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http://www.trafficengland.com/trafficcamera.aspx?cameraUri=http://public.hanet.org.uk/cctvpublicaccess/html/49545.html This link should give live pictures of our new cycle and pedestrian bridge being lifted into place across the M5 at Exeter. No doubt it could be incorporated into a Devon based Togg...
by steve browne
1 Feb 2011, 5:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

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28 hole hub fitted into 36hole rim, thus avoiding buying new stuff! Not entirely simple - there are four different lengths of spokes. I hope to try it out later this week on a ride with Mike Wynn.

28 to 36 does go!.jpg

crowsfoot spoking.jpg
by steve browne
26 Jan 2011, 11:54am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
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Views: 213352

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rjb wrote:Here's a new hobby for you roadside brewers. Couple of coke cans.
Coke can stove.JPG


That's really neat rjb, but can you HEAR it working? I think the post brew silence adds something to one's appreciation of the tea!
by steve browne
26 Jan 2011, 11:47am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

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I am trying to get my five speed wheel sorted using as little money as possible. As well as bursting through the alloy shell, this S5.2 mechanism has one of the early type axles which won't retain bottom gear convincingly. I purchased one of the newer 5-Star hubs off ebay, knowing it only had 28 hol...
by steve browne
20 Jan 2011, 10:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

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Brasso on his anorak! sounds like a euphemism for some rather sad personal deficiency.
by steve browne
20 Jan 2011, 10:04am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

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Just pondering...
Is there an association between highly polished brassware, weed-free flower beds and ironed socks?
by steve browne
19 Jan 2011, 7:28pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

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Inspired by Greybeard's splendid example of roadside teamaking on the Togglechain tour I now see that making a brew is part of the normal cycling experience. I had remained blissfully unaware of just what finely honed skills are required until I had a go at the weekend. My first mistake was to choos...
by steve browne
16 Jan 2011, 3:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

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Steve, is the low gear ratchet intact? . Yes, minimal scoring from the pawl riding over the ratchet but no mechanical disruption to the steel insert with which the end of the pawl engages. The hole was punched adjacent to the ratchet once the pawl had slipped its moorings (this turn of phrase being...
by steve browne
15 Jan 2011, 6:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

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I'll be dismantling my seized SA XL-RD5(W) tomorrow ... ... I don't think I'll sleep a wink tonight for worry about what I might find! :? :D Good luck with the fettling. If you come across anything which would cause you to disrecommend this hub please post some details as I've been thinking about g...
by steve browne
15 Jan 2011, 3:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

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Post Mortem Report on five speed Sturmey Archer hub (see p 194). hole 1.jpg hole 2.jpg These two pictures show the hole from the inside of the hub. The hole appears to have been punched out by one of the low gear pawls which became partially dislodged from the planet gear housing when the outer end ...
by steve browne
29 Dec 2010, 12:20am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
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Views: 213352

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that's lovely mike :D steve b, if you find another but in a grownup's size, please will you let me know :wink: I'm right out of Lentons at the moment, having just sold the last one. I can do you a very nice gents 1916 Sunbeam with two speed bottom bracket gear, 24" frame, 28" wheels. Steve
by steve browne
13 Dec 2010, 10:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: togglechaintour bikes
Replies: 4848
Views: 213352

Re: togglechaintour bikes

how important is it to use washers at the spoke head on these old steel hubs? If using modern spokes with a slightly longer section between the head and the bend I think the answer is 'fairly important'. This is based on my experience with a K3 hub built into a wheel by my local Raleigh dealer using...