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by Jezrant
5 May 2018, 6:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's the point of lowered/shortened seat stays?
Replies: 47
Views: 2371

Re: What's the point of lowered/shortened seat stays?

That may be true in the UK, which is much much less litigious than the US. There have been quite a number of successful personal injury lawsuits in the US against big US bike companies. But have they been out of warranty and not complying with the terms of any such limitations on use? US companies ...
by Jezrant
4 May 2018, 10:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's the point of lowered/shortened seat stays?
Replies: 47
Views: 2371

Re: What's the point of lowered/shortened seat stays?

IMHO good frames are always -to some extent- spring-like. Attempts to make welded aluminium frames 'springy' are perhaps doomed to failure, and are maybe a reflection of the fact that bicycle manufacturers deem it acceptable to sell products into today's market that they know are not properly durab...
by Jezrant
4 May 2018, 8:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's the point of lowered/shortened seat stays?
Replies: 47
Views: 2371

Re: What's the point of lowered/shortened seat stays?

IMHO good frames are always -to some extent- spring-like. Attempts to make welded aluminium frames 'springy' are perhaps doomed to failure, and are maybe a reflection of the fact that bicycle manufacturers deem it acceptable to sell products into today's market that they know are not properly durab...
by Jezrant
4 May 2018, 6:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Velo Orange Campeur
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: Velo Orange Campeur

On apples and oranges, VO say the head tube on bikes like the smaller Surly LHT frames (sizes 50 to 56cm) is longer as they're all 26" with lower fork crowns (the VO Campeur in 51cm is 700c). They also comment, aesthetics aside, that the LHT seems to have a longer amount of tube above the top t...
by Jezrant
4 May 2018, 2:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Velo Orange Campeur
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: Velo Orange Campeur

The head tube is very short so you're going to have a gooseneck stem. Long wheelbase, long rear chainstays, if that suits you I'd go for a Surly Long Haul Trucker. I'd spotted the long chainstays and very short head tube and wondered about the latter. Why would you go for a Surly LHT over this fram...
by Jezrant
4 May 2018, 2:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Velo Orange Campeur
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: Velo Orange Campeur

Apart from the 1Inch threaded headset, is looks (to me) a very similar spec to a Spa tourer. The decider may be the headset size or (more likely) where the potential customer lives (or indeed the price comparison) A 1 1/8" headset wouldn't be a deal-breaker, but said potential customer lives i...
by Jezrant
4 May 2018, 2:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Velo Orange Campeur
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: Velo Orange Campeur

The head tube is very short so you're going to have a gooseneck stem. Long wheelbase, long rear chainstays, if that suits you I'd go for a Surly Long Haul Trucker. I'd spotted the long chainstays and very short head tube and wondered about the latter. Why would you go for a Surly LHT over this frame?
by Jezrant
4 May 2018, 11:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Velo Orange Campeur
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Velo Orange Campeur

What's the collective wisdom about Velo Orange's Campeur frameset for a commuting/touring bike? Size is either their 49cm (26") or 51cm (700c). Details about the frameset can be found here:
https://velo-orange.com/products/vo-campeur-frame

cheers
by Jezrant
27 Apr 2018, 4:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sealed cartridge bottom brackets for Campagnolo Super and Nouvo Record Cranks
Replies: 10
Views: 646

Re: Sealed cartridge bottom brackets for Campagnolo Super and Nouvo Record Cranks

That's why I said fitting a JIS bb to an old Record crank is a bodge. It's not something I'd recommend. It's unclear from you response whether you've actually done this successfully yourself and, if so, what sealed cartridge bb you used. I suspect quite a few old Record cranks have been ruined with ...
by Jezrant
27 Apr 2018, 3:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sealed cartridge bottom brackets for Campagnolo Super and Nouvo Record Cranks
Replies: 10
Views: 646

Re: Sealed cartridge bottom brackets for Campagnolo Super and Nouvo Record Cranks

Does anybody and Brucey know if there is a sealed campag bottom bracket which you can use with the older 1970s NR and 80s SR cranksets? (...)The good news is that (flat breadth aside) JIS spindles are otherwise a fairly close match for the old campag taper and of course ISO spindles fit ISO cranks....
by Jezrant
27 Apr 2018, 10:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sealed cartridge bottom brackets for Campagnolo Super and Nouvo Record Cranks
Replies: 10
Views: 646

Re: Sealed cartridge bottom brackets for Campagnolo Super and Nouvo Record Cranks

I think there was a way to bodge it with a JIS bottom bracket, but I've never tried it. Phil Wood makes sealed bottom brackets for old Record cranks, but they are not cheap. An original Campag bracket from eBay, Hilary Stone, etc. in good condition might be less expensive and can last a very long ti...
by Jezrant
25 Apr 2018, 11:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's the point of lowered/shortened seat stays?
Replies: 47
Views: 2371

Re: What's even the point of the lowered/shortened seat stays?

Naughty, naughty. :D

What was the point of curly stays? Hetchins was brilliant at marketing too.
by Jezrant
25 Apr 2018, 10:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: seat clamp for a rear rack... anything better?
Replies: 49
Views: 2532

Re: seat clamp for a rear rack... anything better?

What I actually said is the way the rear rack attaches to the frame looks to me to be a bad design, hence the OP. The replies that addressed this question were interesting and helpful. :) But as has been posted up thread the position of the seatstays don't help,and are from an engineering POV a bad...
by Jezrant
25 Apr 2018, 10:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: seat clamp for a rear rack... anything better?
Replies: 49
Views: 2532

Re: seat clamp for a rear rack... anything better?

What I actually said is the way the rear rack attaches to the frame looks to me to be a bad design, hence the OP. The replies that addressed this question were interesting and helpful. :)