Spudh wrote: busaste wrote:
MKS make really good 70's style pedals. Highly recommended.
Ok guys, thanks for the good advice so far. The postie was busy Friday and I had a good tinkering weekend, fitted the Paselas and the Sylvan pedals with strapless toe clips. Riding really well now.
I'm still in a small spot of bother with the crank though. I got some new SS 5/16 BSF bolts and they're a good fit therefore since I was happy to put a bit of tension in the crank bolt, I went about alignment. With a bit of fettling I got the crank running +/_ 0.5mm and tightened it up good and tight. Took it out for a spin and it was running lovely and smooth until I put the hammer down going up a hill. Then came the familiar sound of the chain wheel hitting the front derailleur again.
Not as bad as before (it hit both sides when I first got it) but its still showing misalignment. The crank was running about +/-1.5mm. I can take both sides of and rotate them through 90degs and refit but is there anything else I can do bar look for a new crank?
Hmmm, that's a pity. There is no harm in rotating the cranks to see which side gets the best fit. Hopefully that will do it.
If not then it looks like there is an issue with the cranks, BB spindle or both. I've just recently had a Viscount crank decide that it does not want to stay on the BB spindle any more. No matter how tight I do it up it wont have it...
I suggest replacing the spindle first because I suspect that is the issue. It pains me to say it but the soft metal BB Viscount spindle has a tendency to round off a bit over time. Plus who knows how many miles it has done? I'm a bit of a fan of old SR cranks (which I seem to remember are fitted to your Viscount) - they are tough forgings!
If you look back on this thread you will see that I have posted a variety of options for Viscount Aerospace BB woes (I think we have all had them!!!). My current favourite is a stainless steel Phil Wood BB spindle. Why? It is superbly made, will outlive all of us, comes in a variety of tapers and lengths so getting a good match with the OE BB spindle is easy and you keep the original BB concept. The spindle is held in place with Loctite RC 680. The attached photo shows one before fitting to an Aerospace frame. Feeeeeeeel the quality!
The Shimano 600FD has a pretty narrow cage. A simple fix to your problem may be achieved by fitting a Shimano Titlist FD which was standard on Aerospace Pro's and GP's anyway. It has a wider cage which might just be enough to give you the clearance you need. I have a few of these. You can try one of them. If it does not work just return it to me. All I ask is that you pay the postage. If it works you can have it for nowt.
Regarding frame stickers I have:
OEM 'Viscount' for the down tube
OEM 'Aerospace Sport' for the top tube
OEM 'Aerospace GP' for the top tube
If you want any of these please PM me.
A few years ago I got a company called The Image Works
(here's a web link http://www.bike-stickers.com/homepage.htm
) to make up some copies of OEM Viscount frame stickers. Just ask for Graham. The stuff they did was EXCELLENT and covered the following:
Viscount head and seat tube 'shield'
Top tube 'Aerospace Pro'
Silver, white, gold coloured bands that wrap around the seat tube
The frame tubing specification that goes at the top of the seat tube
The attached picture shows some of them in place:
By the way, the frame in this picture is benefitting from some high quality powder coating. The tricky area between the two seat stays (have you see how poorly it was done by Viscount on their frames?) was done to perfection. The whole job cost £40 with a 1 day turnaround! I cannot recommend this company enough: http://fastlinecoatings.co.uk/
All the best!