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by Des49
21 May 2020, 3:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rims for Audax Bike with Dynamo Hub
Replies: 16
Views: 482

Re: Rims for Audax Bike with Dynamo Hub

How much do you weigh and how wide are the flanges of the dynamo hub? The Archetype is shiny but also very stiff for its weight, which allows high spoke tension (around 130 kgf). Ten-speed hubs aren’t as bad as 11-speed. Unlikely you’d strictly need an asymmetric rim with 36 spokes and a 10-speed h...
by Des49
21 May 2020, 2:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Dura-Ace FD-7410 NOS time capsule
Replies: 35
Views: 1382

Re: Shimano Dura-Ace FD-7410 NOS time capsule

THIS is a useful page for anyone interested in delving further into the 74xx phase of the history of Dura-Ace. Thanks for that link, interesting stuff. So really I have 7401 as mine is 7 speed with the cassette hub. I have a spare chainset I think, plus one with a cracked arm. It was virtually as c...
by Des49
20 May 2020, 9:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Dura-Ace FD-7410 NOS time capsule
Replies: 35
Views: 1382

Re: Shimano Dura-Ace FD-7410 NOS time capsule

Lovely kit! 7400 was 7 speed, the groupset I fitted to my racing bike in 1987. Was still racing the same bike up to 2 years ago, with the original Dura-Ace equipment. Got the frame resprayed and haven't rebuilt it yet. Decided that the frame and kit was now too precious to race and needed looking af...
by Des49
20 May 2020, 8:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: best way to carry Kite-surfing equipment by bicycle
Replies: 10
Views: 400

Re: best way to carry Kite-surfing equipment by bicycle

I had seen a chap cycle down to the beach locally with a board on his bike.

This morning the surf was good and saw his bke up against the wall as I went past so took a few pics in case these may be helpful to you. Take care when it is windy!
by Des49
16 May 2020, 8:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vitus 979
Replies: 22
Views: 724

Re: Vitus 979

I have an Alan Super Record. Similar bike but tubes are screwed and glued and I think the Super Record had thicker tubes to make it stiffer. My frame is 52cm and also rides beautifully. 02-IMG_8190.JPG I have been slightly put off riding it by the stories of fork failure. I do not suppose there is ...
by Des49
16 May 2020, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vitus 979
Replies: 22
Views: 724

Re: Vitus 979

If you want a steel frame from the era of the Vitus 979 then Columbus SLX is a good tubeset to look out for. It gives a light classic looking frame, the tubing has a spiral ribbed pattern inside which can be felt if you feel inside the seat tube from the bottom bracket. SPX was a slightly heavier ga...
by Des49
15 May 2020, 10:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vitus 979
Replies: 22
Views: 724

Re: Vitus 979

I loved my 979, my first dedicated racing bike. To be honest I didn't notice the flex, but wouldn't know much better then. I was very strong and remember being told by the person behind me at the start of a hill climb that they were amazed the frame didn't break on the line as I it twisted so much a...
by Des49
13 May 2020, 9:39pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Handy stuff to have in your camping kit
Replies: 55
Views: 2627

Re: Handy stuff to have in your camping kit

Cable ties -- you can't go wrong bringing a few cable ties and of course a pair of side cutters to cut them again. You can now get re-usable cable ties, the ones I have are wider than the normal ones, but secure and seem to have a long life. My front panniers are secured by a combination of old Kar...
by Des49
11 May 2020, 8:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32h training wheels.
Replies: 14
Views: 526

Re: 32h training wheels.

i have the same combination on the rear of my geared bike and they're very tight to get on. the question is - is there a comparable tyre that fits more easily onto a chrina? i'd most likely get one as i ride that bike to commute in the summer. michelin something or other? I have used Chrinas for a ...
by Des49
10 May 2020, 7:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32h training wheels.
Replies: 14
Views: 526

Re: 32h training wheels.

cheap and light? Ryde chrina, remaining stocks being sold off at £16.99 @ SJS. They are nothing like as heavy as 590g (more like 500 or 520 IIRC) but they do come up a bit large sometimes. If you like using contis, expect them to be incredibly tight. cheers Yep, I use some Chrinas with Conti GP4 Se...
by Des49
10 May 2020, 7:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 32h training wheels.
Replies: 14
Views: 526

Re: 32h training wheels.

How about DT Swiss RR440, for the rear you can get an asymmetric rim which makes a big difference in getting a better balance in spoke tension if using 10/11 speed hubs. I built up a nice pair of training wheels with these on Ultegra hubs. Wish they came with 36 holes too. I do like the Son Archetyp...
by Des49
8 May 2020, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Single speed / fixed gear ratio?
Replies: 30
Views: 1308

Re: Single speed / fixed gear ratio?

47x19 for me, about 67". We don't have long steep hills here but I can just about get up what I need to for now. The bike is not the lightest, with full mudguards, lights and dynamo. Sometimes exposed windy sections can be a real effort in a gale. Edited to add - if i use this bike for a group ...
by Des49
7 May 2020, 5:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Etrex 20x a worthy upgrade ?
Replies: 15
Views: 620

Re: Etrex 20x a worthy upgrade ?

Etrex 30x available for £108 currently through Sports Pursuits. No idea how this compares with normal and what maps are included.

https://www.sportpursuit.com/catalog/pr ... id/2025046
by Des49
7 May 2020, 9:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Bike is Ready!
Replies: 45
Views: 1712

Re: New Bike is Ready!

Very beautiful!

Looking up their site I see you have probably had a fair wait and have a fairly exclusive bike.

Lovely detail and colour, not too detailed or flashy, just how I like things.

Enjoy the bike.
by Des49
5 May 2020, 8:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Punch, drift, chisel set for bicycle use. Maybe hammers too
Replies: 19
Views: 670

Re: Punch, drift, chisel set for bicycle use. Maybe hammers too

For a hammer how about Abbey Bike Tools Titanium Hammer!!

https://www.abbeybiketools.com/collecti ... sue-hammer

Only a cool $180!

Only joking. A good heavy hammer is useful for headset removal I will admit, mine used to belong to my grandfather so quite a special tool to me.