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by Des49
16 Jul 2020, 3:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer F-XDD front wheel - best way to set spoke nipple angle
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: Sturmey Archer F-XDD front wheel - best way to set spoke nipple angle

Excellent, thanks Brucey! That post you linked to answers my queries. My only worry is that I have done a partial stress relief already so have put some set on the spoke ends already. Hopefully further stress relief will remove any residual stresses from this. Will now undo each spoke in turn and se...
by Des49
16 Jul 2020, 2:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer F-XDD front wheel - best way to set spoke nipple angle
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Sturmey Archer F-XDD front wheel - best way to set spoke nipple angle

Hi, If anyone has built with one of these hubs I would be grateful for some advice. I am building up the above hub which is a hub brake with dynamo model, 36 hole on a 26" rim, 3 cross. It is quite a large flange at 90mm dia. and this is giving me a bit more of a spoke/nipple angle than I would...
by Des49
6 Jul 2020, 11:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Garmin 520 plus vs 530 vs Wahoo options
Replies: 5
Views: 248

Re: Garmin 520 plus vs 530 vs Wahoo options

I got a Garmin 520P after a 500. Whereas following a route on the map screen is so much better than the turn by turn directions on the 500 the map view is a touch small, and you cannot zoom out to see a wider view, if you do the detailed roads vanish! Getting the unit to work a route out is not that...
by Des49
4 Jul 2020, 9:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?
Replies: 68
Views: 3596

Re: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?

This landed in my inbox yesterday https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/brittany-bans-bikes-whats-story Cheers, Keith That's a useful article thanks. No trips with Condor at the moment, they are meant to resume sailing Jersey to St. Malo next Friday, this weekend's planned sailings cancelled due to yet...
by Des49
2 Jul 2020, 3:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BMC GF02 chainstay crack?
Replies: 7
Views: 445

Re: BMC GF02 chainstay crack?

Still worth a try through a local agent. BMC have a reputation to protect. I brought a big brand name 2nd hand MTB many years ago, after racing it hard for a couple of years the frame cracked. Happened to mention it at a shop and they arranged for me to have a new frame!! It was a lower model and I ...
by Des49
1 Jul 2020, 8:39am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?
Replies: 68
Views: 3596

Re: Post-Covid-19: Could some ferry operators ban cyclists?

On top of the uncertainty of cyclists being able to book, for those wanting to use St. Malo there is a further issue. A few days ago St Malo Manutention (SMM) the sole stevedore company in the port went into liquidation after years of industrial disputes and disruption. This is already proving to be...
by Des49
30 Jun 2020, 9:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Frame Restoration
Replies: 29
Views: 1026

Re: Mercian Frame Restoration

but it’s the problem with the soft modern paint finishes that aren’t durable that’s the issue. I used to own a Roberts and it was resprayed by Colourtech around 2014 (who did all of their frames): absolutely beautiful work, dazzling to look at, but soft as .... Exactly my experience too. I had a fr...
by Des49
30 Jun 2020, 8:14am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff
Replies: 46
Views: 1443

Re: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff

I think there's a potential for damaging the chain stay with that stand clamped to it especially with loaded panniers, just my opinion. This is an important point you have picked up on, there are many threads on here where frames have been damaged/cracked due to stands. In fact this one does seem e...
by Des49
29 Jun 2020, 10:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff
Replies: 46
Views: 1443

Re: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff

Looks like a great bike for touring to me. MTB frames from that era make up very practical bikes. My old MTB is now a general purpose/touring bike. It is a Roberts White Spider (possibly towards 30 yrs old), had rack eyes on the back so could fit mudguards and a rack easily. But the front forks had ...
by Des49
29 Jun 2020, 9:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Outrigger bearings; about three decades too late...
Replies: 5
Views: 648

Re: Outrigger bearings; about three decades to late...

Thanks Brucey. This is a valuable reference, I will bookmark it and will have a go at this in due course for a couple of rebuilds that use Campag freewheel rear axles. May be a bit of trial and error to make things fit but will be well worthwhile to avoid axle and potentially frame damage. I experie...
by Des49
29 Jun 2020, 1:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rusty 531 frame
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: Rusty 531 frame

Des 49, I'll ask him for a pic. G Thanks! I ride a 30 yr old seel frame most days, plus will rebuild an older racing frame for my wife sometime. It is the latter that suffered most when hanging in a shed unused for years, it has been resprayed and is ready for when I find time to rebuild it. There ...
by Des49
29 Jun 2020, 12:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rusty 531 frame
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: Rusty 531 frame

I knew someone with an Italian frame, Columbus Aelle tubing. After 18 months from new the paint started to bubble. Took it back to the shop who said they would take a look at it and had it sand blasted and the frame was like a pepper pot and wasn't good for anything but scrap. Was this around the t...
by Des49
29 Jun 2020, 12:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rusty 531 frame
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: Rusty 531 frame

Agreed the damage was probably accumulating from a long time ago, water gets into frames and the conditions the bike is stored in matter a lot. The fork failure is especially concerning. A frame is fairly easy to protect internally with a spray treatment, but forks are inaccessible to apply anything...
by Des49
28 Jun 2020, 7:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A Medley Of Mavics; Module <E>, Module <E2>
Replies: 13
Views: 506

Re: A Medley Of Mavics; Module <E>, Module <E2>

...the rear axle will be revised to include an axle-saving outrigger bearing.... I would be really grateful if can you post details about what the outrigger arrangement will entail when you get to that stage. I have a couple of projects that will use Campag Corsa Record and Chorus freewheel hubs, f...
by Des49
28 Jun 2020, 11:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A Medley Of Mavics; Module <E>, Module <E2>
Replies: 13
Views: 506

Re: A Medley Of Mavics; Module <E>, Module <E2>

I am surprised what good condition the finish and eyelets are in. Rims that I have from the eighties are nowhere near this condition, I looked at an unused 40 hole MA40 recently and noted corroded eyelets and lots of pitting through the anodised layer, some of these pits are quite deep. Wish I had r...