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by SimonCelsa
11 Jan 2020, 4:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alesa aero rims
Replies: 9
Views: 339

Re: Alesa aero rims

If the rims are pure track rims


That was one of my initial reservations although the seller reckons they are not really track specific. He used them on road with a front rim brake. If I hear nothing to scare me off them I will build them up and see!!
by SimonCelsa
11 Jan 2020, 4:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alesa aero rims
Replies: 9
Views: 339

Alesa aero rims

I am slowly building up an 80's Raleigh Record Ace frameset for use as a low maintenance commuter/general runaround. As I have 4 other bikes plus a tandem then I don't want to spend too much on this project. Am aiming for fixed gear with a front hub brake, and am not too fussy on the aesthetics of t...
by SimonCelsa
8 Jan 2020, 8:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tektro RL520V Drop Bar Brake Lever
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Re: Tektro RL520V Drop Bar Brake Lever

Less than a tenner at Planet X at the moment, pretty good deal;

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/BLTEKRL52 ... ake-levers

Cheers
by SimonCelsa
8 Jan 2020, 5:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 9 speed rear disc hub, 135mm 36h
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Shimano 9 speed rear disc hub, 135mm 36h

I think there is some relevant info on this thread:

viewtopic.php?t=119720

Cheers
by SimonCelsa
5 Jan 2020, 4:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: replacement pedal dust caps
Replies: 19
Views: 592

replacement pedal dust caps

Just a quick one; I recently lost the dustcap/endcap off one of my DMR V8 pedals (old design with loose bearings). Anyone have any bright ideas for a simple and effective substitute. I know you can buy a service kit for around £14 but this seems a little excessive for my requirements. All I can thin...
by SimonCelsa
4 Jan 2020, 5:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SA front drum brake conversion
Replies: 64
Views: 2524

Re: SA front drum brake conversion

Thanks for all the previous info regarding fitting the SA front hub brake. Hopefully this will see me good for a smooth transition into drum brake fitting and operation. I've still to buy all the parts and build the wheel but hopefully should be in operation before the end of the month.
by SimonCelsa
4 Jan 2020, 6:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SA front drum brake conversion
Replies: 64
Views: 2524

Re: SA front drum brake conversion

Does the orientation of the drum braked hub make any difference? Can you fit the reaction arm to either fork or is there a specific set up? How easy is it to remove the front wheel with this set up, for instance to repair a puncture. It seems like the SA hub has a 'slide fit' reaction arm and hence ...
by SimonCelsa
4 Jan 2020, 5:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stuck seat posts, industrial service?
Replies: 27
Views: 896

Re: Stuck seat posts, industrial service?

Could a seat post be fitted with an expander bolt, like a stem?


Some comments here:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=123718&hilit=quill+seatpost
by SimonCelsa
24 Dec 2019, 6:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm
Replies: 14
Views: 653

Re: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm

Yes, thanks for that ebay link - £99 a little over budget. I've got a suitable rim & can source new spokes for less than a tenner so am looking at building something up for around £50. Just have to be patient. Slowly slowly catchy monkey and all that.

Cheers, Simon
by SimonCelsa
23 Dec 2019, 8:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carbon forks on my Croix de Fer
Replies: 18
Views: 837

Re: Carbon forks on my Croix de Fer

Sheesh........£349!!!!..........Sheesh.

It's good to be frugal.
by SimonCelsa
22 Dec 2019, 9:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Two favourite poems.
Replies: 49
Views: 982

Re: Two favourite poems.

I like the Johnny Cash version: I hurt myself today To see if I still feel I focus on the pain The only thing that's real The needle tears a hole The old familiar sting Try to kill it all away But I remember everything What have I become My sweetest friend Everyone I know Goes away in the end And yo...
by SimonCelsa
22 Dec 2019, 4:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm
Replies: 14
Views: 653

Re: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm

All good info. I want to build this wheel once only and have it last into retirement so will go for the Sturmey Archer 70mm option.

Decision made, for now!

Cheers.
by SimonCelsa
22 Dec 2019, 6:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm
Replies: 14
Views: 653

Re: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm

Thanks for the replies & differing perspectives, think I'll wait until a reasonable 70mm one turns up on eBay and try my luck there. I'm looking to put together a basic commuter (max 10 mile/day - no big hills), minimal maintenance, high reliability, probably fixed rear hub, max budget £200 for ...
by SimonCelsa
21 Dec 2019, 5:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm
Replies: 14
Views: 653

Re: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm

The regular X-FD offers excellent performance, particularly after the initial break-in period. The only justification I could make for the 90mm drum brake is for particularly hilly terrain, a tandem bike, or a very heavily loaded cargo bike. For everything else, the 70mm is more than sufficient, an...
by SimonCelsa
21 Dec 2019, 5:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm
Replies: 14
Views: 653

Re: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm

It would be for an eighties Raleigh Record Ace with 531 fork blades.

Would this see me doing a face plant as the forks give way........should I opt for the 70mm.

Any views appreciated.

Cheers