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by Secret Sam
7 Oct 2009, 1:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pashley Guv'nor
Replies: 82
Views: 22835

Re: guv'nor; oh what a fabulous bike

ewwww, no, absolutely not my cup of tea - why buy a 50s throwback in the noughties????
by Secret Sam
7 Oct 2009, 1:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Modernising old frame
Replies: 12
Views: 878

Re: Modernising old frame

OK, thanks - sounds like down tube stops are the solution there - money saved!!! The front brake was marginal for the current 57mm+ drop brakes, so should be able to fit a long drop modern brake there - but at the back it's probably more like 60mm drop (the frame was built in the late 80s, so was se...
by Secret Sam
7 Oct 2009, 11:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Modernising old frame
Replies: 12
Views: 878

Modernising old frame

Am considering getting my old 531 resprayed, and modernised at the same time, ie new braze ons, etc. Thoughts I was having were: -Gear cable guides: current bike has old-style braze on gear levers: are there guides that screw on to these or am I dreaming? -Allen key brakes: most caliper brakes these...
by Secret Sam
7 Aug 2009, 4:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Indexing on an old bike
Replies: 1
Views: 209

Indexing on an old bike

If I'm right in thinking... I have an old bike frame with a modern (ish) 105 9 speed hub rear wheel I have a recent (9 speed) Sora gear to fit on the frame has braze on mounts, so it strikes me the chepest way to get indexed is to buy some down tube shifters - eg CRC have the 7700 series Dura Ace 9 ...
by Secret Sam
7 Aug 2009, 4:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: powder coating
Replies: 15
Views: 2032

powder coating

In the latest CTC mag (which I've lost...durrhhh) there was a review of a powder coater's firm in London - can anyone give me the name again, as I may use them for my old 531 if it's not too far gone (surface rust getting serious so needs some TLC)
by Secret Sam
1 Jul 2009, 11:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: removing / moving grips
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: removing / moving grips

If you don't mind my suggesting it, though, it might be better to move the grips inboard and riding like that for a couple of weeks anyway; cutting a handlebar has an air of finality to it! Ah, already sussed this, have moved controls (brake/gears) in and it feels so much better - my commute is in ...
by Secret Sam
1 Jul 2009, 11:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: removing / moving grips
Replies: 9
Views: 491

removing / moving grips

I've got a Spesh Sirrus that I use for commuting, and the bars are stupidly long :(

I want to chop them using the age-old hacksaw, but first I need to move/remove the grips (they are horrid so may replace)

They are firmly on - any top tips?
by Secret Sam
11 Mar 2009, 1:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clicking BB
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Re: Clicking BB

Thanks for all the advice, but in the light of the BB, pedals et al being 20 years old I replaced the lot as a precaution :lol:

The old pedals simply refused to part company with the old cranks anyway, WD40, brute force and all that failed to shift them
by Secret Sam
6 Mar 2009, 4:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flats or SPDs
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: Flats or SPDs

Actually, am wondering if a gallon of WD40 poured onto the crank/pedal join would be the solution
by Secret Sam
6 Mar 2009, 3:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flats or SPDs
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Flats or SPDs

Old bike Needs new pedals - current flats and clips have died (frozen to old cranks) Given that I sometimes need to ride in plain shoes and also have another bike with flats and clips, do I get some SPDs with normal shoe compatability or do I get some more flats? Or do I use a gallon of WD40 to rele...
by Secret Sam
27 Feb 2009, 2:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clicking BB
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Hmmm...dunno, it's a definite clunk and you can feel it, maybe when new chainset arrives and I take the whole thing to bits I'll be able to find out for sure

BTW- while I'm asking daft questions, what tools do I need to remove an old style BB (taper, sealed, c1987)

Ta (again)
by Secret Sam
27 Feb 2009, 9:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clicking BB
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Clicking BB

Bike has developed a noticeable 'click' when I put the hammer down Thought it was the cranks loose, tightened them, no good Bike has old BB with taper crank, new crankset on the way but do I need a new BB at the same time? It's an oldish sealed unit but not done that many miles Apols for noddy query...
by Secret Sam
9 Feb 2009, 7:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campag chainset and shimano gears
Replies: 5
Views: 483

Right - so I'd be OK up until I went indexed...the point being I may want to use the bike more (though have just come off it on black ice :cry: )
by Secret Sam
9 Feb 2009, 7:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can I user a shimano cassette with campagolo gears?
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Holdsworth Elan...what a blast from the past...sweet bike, always wanted one, the forerunner to modern sportive type bikes. One option would be to look out a decent set of second hand wheels, got mine from CTC forum for my old 531, paid £45 for some Mavic rims on Shimano 105s with 9 speed cassette.....
by Secret Sam
7 Feb 2009, 11:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campag chainset and shimano gears
Replies: 5
Views: 483

Campag chainset and shimano gears

I've got an old hack bike I use to get to the station, which uses shimano gears (sora reat to 9 speed cassette on 105 hub). Because the bike is old and I am skint, I've not got the gears indexed (I use D/T friction shifters) My old Stronglight 99 Chainset (antique?) is nearly worn out, so could I fi...