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by djnotts
21 Aug 2008, 10:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brakes on a Galaxy - and more!
Replies: 44
Views: 5245

I assume that someone has simply replaced the original cantilevers with side pull calipers. The levers would no doubt pull the former - but almost certainly NOT vs. If you are keeping the d/t shifters, then "all" you need are some of the drops for Vs mentioned above!
by djnotts
20 Aug 2008, 11:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What bike should I get for Xmas?
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Point taken! Simply that the only bits of any bike (within reason!) that I find repeatedly and without warning fail are the damn inner tubes - and NO expense will end that! Hub gears - yes! For the last 5 winters I've cycled near enough every day. Most used and most reliable has been fixed or single...
by djnotts
19 Aug 2008, 8:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh Classic tourer
Replies: 24
Views: 8947

I don't think that "worksop built" of significance really. After all, Raleigh (and thus TI) had owned Carlton for many years by time of closure!
by djnotts
19 Aug 2008, 3:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is this a good price?
Replies: 10
Views: 1028

"In the winter you can pick up a good racer for the price of a round of drinks."

Expensive round then! Rare for owt worth having to sell for less than a ton these days (these parts, anyway).
by djnotts
19 Aug 2008, 3:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: paramount cycles in mansfield
Replies: 2
Views: 956

There's been one for sale in local Notts Ad Mag for some weeks! Last time I noticed it, it was down to a ton!
by djnotts
19 Aug 2008, 3:00pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What bike should I get for Xmas?
Replies: 8
Views: 982

IF determined to go with the expense and (alleged) longevity of a Rohloff then IMO really might as well go the whole way and have titanium!

Personally I can't imagine anything more boring than a bike for life but each to thier own.
by djnotts
19 Aug 2008, 2:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh Classic tourer
Replies: 24
Views: 8947

Don't think built at Worksop in 1984: "The Worksop Guardian for 29th May 1981 had the following: No more will the famous Carlton be made in Worksop. Carlton Cycles, one of Worksop's oldest factories, finally ground to a halt on Friday. And now the building on Kilton Road which in its heydey was...
by djnotts
19 Aug 2008, 2:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear mech for 12 speed bike
Replies: 13
Views: 1248

The rear mech doesn't know how many sprockets it is operating (in almost all cases indexing is in the shifters, not the mech). I suppose the cage/jockey wheels on a 10 speed rear mech might not accept a 5 speed chain because of the thicker side plates, but apart from that usually the stops will sort...
by djnotts
19 Aug 2008, 2:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is stem length critical to steering?
Replies: 19
Views: 2212

"I vote "depends on the bike (and the rider)"."

FWIW, I go with this view. Quite apart from tech/geometrical aspects, it will presumably alter overall front/rear weight distribution (which I admit does not seem to get much attention nowadays).