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by RobC
6 Apr 2015, 10:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tarting up old Holdsworth. Hub gear advice?
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Re: Tarting up old Holdsworth. Hub gear advice?

Quick update to this - I now have the bike. It's a mistral model and the frame number is 30524. Does anyone know how to date this? I'm stripping it of components today and will be taking it to be resprayed tomorrow. The chainstays are quite rusty but hopefully not too far gone. I'm hoping they will ...
by RobC
1 Apr 2015, 4:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguard dimensions
Replies: 4
Views: 1968

Re: Mudguard dimensions

Dumb question perhaps, but do 700c mudguards also fit 27" wheels? If not are there 27"-specific guards anywhere?
by RobC
10 Mar 2015, 5:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tarting up old Holdsworth. Hub gear advice?
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Re: Tarting up old Holdsworth. Hub gear advice?

Thanks again for the advice, lots to think about. I've got my siblings to pledge enough money to get this project going. Dad is fine with drop bars (we went on a long tandem tour last year and he was captain for most of it, with drop bars, aero brake levers, and bar end shifters), but he does like t...
by RobC
12 Feb 2015, 4:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tarting up old Holdsworth. Hub gear advice?
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Re: Tarting up old Holdsworth. Hub gear advice?

Thanks a lot for the advice, plenty to think about. The frame is dark blue with black bands. On reflection I think grandpa must have just bought the frame and built up the rest from what he had lying around, because I'm pretty sure the brakes are old steel calipers, which I doubt would have been spe...
by RobC
11 Feb 2015, 11:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tarting up old Holdsworth. Hub gear advice?
Replies: 14
Views: 2486

Tarting up old Holdsworth. Hub gear advice?

Hello, it's another one of those posts about rejigging old bikes. My dad's (formerly his dad's) late 60s Holdsworth hangs forlornly on his garage wall, unused. There's a fair amount of surface rust on the chainstays which needs addressing and the paintjob as a whole is pretty tired. It has always ha...
by RobC
10 Nov 2014, 10:33am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Protest & Die-In: National Funeral
Replies: 15
Views: 4202

Re: Protest & Die-In: National Funeral

There are no words to describe how stupid and counter-productive this campaign is.
by RobC
18 Sep 2014, 3:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar repairs
Replies: 13
Views: 988

Re: Handlebar repairs

4 or 5 years? I'm still using the original GB alloy bars on my Claud Butler Challenge.

Should I be worried?
by RobC
16 Sep 2014, 12:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken sturmey AW hub
Replies: 5
Views: 572

Re: Broken sturmey AW hub

Ahh good - hopefully just a case of readjustment rather than removal then.

The mystery of these magic contraptions is slowly eroding as I find out more about how they work - doesn't diminish my appreciation of the engineering though!

Thanks for your help.
by RobC
16 Sep 2014, 10:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken sturmey AW hub
Replies: 5
Views: 572

Re: Broken sturmey AW hub

Thanks for the advice. I stripped it down properly and discovered that the axle had slipped towards the LH non-drive side by about 3mm, and because it was all a bit gummed up down there, had become stuck. Anyway have cleaned it all up and put it all back together and it's running super smooth. Howev...
by RobC
11 Sep 2014, 2:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken sturmey AW hub
Replies: 5
Views: 572

Broken sturmey AW hub

Hello, I'm renovating an old Raleigh Sports for a friend. All going swimmingly but... The rear hub was very sticky, so at 11:30pm when I should have called it a night I decided to take it apart to clean and relube. Silly me must have taken it apart in the wrong way: upon reassembly it is practically...
by RobC
14 May 2014, 10:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I am out of my depth - 1980 Raleigh Wheels
Replies: 5
Views: 1268

Re: I am out of my depth - 1980 Raleigh Wheels

If it was a 5 speed, chances are it was only 120mm. I have a 120mm frame, but running with a 6 speed freewheel, that I keep meaning to get cold set to 126 or even 130. At the moment I have to spring the forks open each time I change the wheel, which is getting annoying... Anyway as ever, Sheldon hol...
by RobC
9 May 2014, 1:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What bike - All-rounder for petite lady
Replies: 14
Views: 2425

Re: What bike - All-rounder for petite lady

Find a 19-20" mixte 531 frame on ebay for £100 or so, and build it up to spec. Easily doable under £400, and will last a lifetime.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RETRO-RALEIGH ... 19ece69b90
by RobC
8 Jul 2013, 4:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Restoring 1936 Merlin frame
Replies: 16
Views: 1858

Re: Restoring 1936 Merlin frame

Whoop!

Found some old Weinmann alloy rims in 26 x 1 1/4, 40h/32h, which I shall rebuild with the Sturmey hubs.
by RobC
24 May 2013, 4:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Restoring 1936 Merlin frame
Replies: 16
Views: 1858

Re: Restoring 1936 Merlin frame

Going slowly but so far I've had the frame blasted and powder coated (sorry, couldn't afford enamel!), and had the forks rechromed. Sourced two logo decals for the head and seat tubes from that chap on flickr (thanks for the link), and working with a graphic designer friend on getting a template for...