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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 24 Jun 2011, 11:58pm

I'm putting my hand up for Schwalbe. Contis may be pretty but IMO they are p*nct*re magnets. I have a pair of Blizzard Sports I couldn't even give away on this forum. GP4000 Black Chilis may be the fastest clincher on the planet but that doesn't account for the time spent on the side of the road changing tyres
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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 25 Jun 2011, 8:28am

robc02 wrote:Schwalbe, Continental?????

I always recommend Raleigh Records - especially for off-road. Bit pricey at seven quidish each - but then you generally have to pay that bit extra for the very best. :mrgreen:

Ah at last, a voice not only of reason, but utter common sense. :mrgreen:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 25 Jun 2011, 9:40am

Talk of tyres, I've just obtained two pairs, a pair each for the Sunbeam and AMC's 1920s Raleigh Popular. They are Raleigh Roadster tyres in 28" x 1 & 1/2" (635-40 to you moderno's). They're all black, have a traditional tread pattern, and no stupid coloured badges. Coupled with the Schwalbe inner tubes (with plain steel Woods valve) they really look the part 8)

Also important is the cloth rim tapes I obtained new. You obviously can't see those, but just knowing they're there makes all the difference :D

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby steve browne » 25 Jun 2011, 12:10pm

I do like puncture resistant tyres for the back of the roadsters with full chain cases as it is such a fiddle getting the rear wheel out (in the workshop or at the roadside). I toyed with the idea of removing the reflective strip from the tyres to improve the look of the bike, but as I actually do ride it home from the pub after dark this seemed like a step too far. I have also put on Kool Stop salmon brake blocks which are completely the wrong colour but work better than alternatives. And LED lights that actually work. Sacrificing originality for safety and function has given me a bike I enjoy using. Running the tyres at 80psi also speeds things up somewhat!

If anyone has an old Cyclo chain tensioner they would sell me I'd be grateful - it is to use with a Sturmey Archer hub secured by wing nuts which I am loath to overtighten. I have to hold back on the power at present to avoid the axle shifting in the rear drop out.

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 25 Jun 2011, 12:38pm

steve browne wrote:Sacrificing originality for safety and function has given me a bike I enjoy using.

Oh, that old safety chestnut :roll: :wink:

I suppose if it means you ride it, you can be forgiven a little bit :roll:

Talking of safety, I just added a front light to the Sunbeam. You can't be too careful when it comes to seeing and being seen :wink:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby Edwards » 25 Jun 2011, 12:50pm

Graham how do you get the candle in? :lol:
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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 25 Jun 2011, 12:52pm

Edwards wrote:Graham how do you get the candle in? :lol:

:roll: You ol' silly! It's one of them new-fangle paraffin ones :roll:

Graham, wot's gone all modern wiv one o' them new-fangle paraffin ones :mrgreen:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 25 Jun 2011, 1:03pm

Pretty lamp but totally out of period for the Sunbeam. They were advanced machinery and would have had dynamo powered lights See this 1915 example. Electric bicycle lights were already commonplace in the 1890 s and no self respecting Sunbeamer would have sullied his bike with a smelly paraffin lamp
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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 25 Jun 2011, 1:11pm

MikewsMITH2 wrote:Pretty lamp but totally out of period for the Sunbeam. They were advanced machinery and would have had dynamo powered lights See this 1915 example. Electric bicycle lights were already commonplace in the 1890 s and no self respecting Sunbeamer would have sullied his bike with a smelly paraffin lamp
http://blackcountryhistory.org/collections/getrecord/GB149_P_3472/

That has a plastic Sturmey rear light on it from the 1960s/70s. Marston had their own range of paraffin lamps well into the 1920s :roll:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 25 Jun 2011, 1:19pm

MikewsMITH2 wrote: I have a pair of Blizzard Sports I couldn't even give away on this forum. GP4000 Black Chilis may be the fastest clincher on the planet but that doesn't account for the time spent on the side of the road changing tyres


you're now discussing tyres of 28mm wide, and even thinner :shock: ? i wouldn't know what's best there...but those tour rides (37 or 42) are c.tenner each and only puncture i've had is a 1.5" hawthorn and a drawing pin

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 25 Jun 2011, 2:27pm

Marston had their own range of paraffin lamps well into the 1920s


Quite true for the less developed territories like Africa India and Norfolk

Mike wot finks Graham just wants an excuse to play with shiny brass things....and fire :twisted:
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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 25 Jun 2011, 2:51pm

MikewsMITH2 wrote:
Marston had their own range of paraffin lamps well into the 1920s


Quite true for the less developed territories like Africa India and Norfolk

Mike wot finks Graham just wants an excuse to play with shiny brass things....and fire :twisted:

I'm ignoring you cos you have more than one Raleigh :roll:

Graham, wot reckons anyone wiv more than one Raleigh's gotta be ignored :roll:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby Greybeard » 25 Jun 2011, 7:31pm

Edwards wrote:Graham how do you get the candle in? :lol:


I'd be pleased to help - especially if it's one o; those really gert bigguns like wot they have in churches
:twisted:

Steve (wot thinks Graham wouldn't be able to read by tallow light until his eyes stopped watering :shock: )

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 25 Jun 2011, 7:43pm

Greybeard wrote:
Edwards wrote:Graham how do you get the candle in? :lol:


I'd be pleased to help - especially if it's one o; those really gert bigguns like wot they have in churches
:twisted:

Steve (wot thinks Graham wouldn't be able to read by tallow light until his eyes stopped watering :shock: )

Please keep ya mucky fantasies to ya'self :roll:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby Greybeard » 25 Jun 2011, 7:51pm

GrahamNR17 wrote:Please keep ya mucky fantasies to ya'self :roll:


I have done ---- for wicks on end (or is that wick in, wick out?) :wink:

Anyway, polished up the lady's superbe today and it's come up a real treat. It looks all of a year old now :P I've had to spoil it by fitting Schwalbe tyres though as the Raleigh Records had partly dissolved and orange sidewall glue ain't nice.
13yr old daughter has been having a spin on it and she's impressed. Her indoors has been 'too busy gardening' to have a proper go but says she likes it :?

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