togglechaintour bikes

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 18 Sep 2011, 10:21am

GrahamNR17 wrote:
MikewsMITH2 wrote:I hated my 5 speed. there was so much friction in 1st there was little advantage over 2nd like pedalling through treacle.

To be fair, you had it fitted to a Moulton. The AW three-speed felt equally treacle-like on my Moulton. Two hubs can't be wrong; the bike with all that soft rubber stopping power transfer was the problem.

The similar 5-speed on my Pa... is fine, nothing treacly about it.


True I haven't tried one on a conventional bike, but the FW felt fine. Then again when Iwas using the FW the rear suspension was seized. As you are riding with tyres made from vulcanised treacle anyway. How would you notice?
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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 18 Sep 2011, 3:15pm

GrahamNR17 wrote:The similar 5-speed on my Pa... is fine, nothing treacly about it.


the 5-speed also works beautifully on an old galaxy, good enough for 112miles in a day anyhow 8)

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby Greybeard » 18 Sep 2011, 5:26pm

hubgearfreak wrote:[quote="GrahamNR17" good enough for 112miles in a day anyhow 8)


So was the AW ----------- and it was running on a pair of Schwalbe 26 x 1 1/4 too :wink:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 18 Sep 2011, 5:59pm

Greybeard wrote: and it was running on a pair of Schwalbe 26 x 1 1/4 too :wink:


and with quite a load, might i add :P

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby robc02 » 18 Sep 2011, 8:49pm

Rob why such big tyres on your tour we only run 32 mm on our tandem.?


'cos they were £9.99 each from Chainreaction and they would fit the frame. Very cheap for Marathon Racers (not what I was going to buy - but the price did it). The tour route was also going to use some bridlepaths so I thought the extra width would be handy, oh - and they were cheap. :)

The frame originally had clearance for 28mm and mudguards, so I had to apply pressure to create the necessary width between the chainstays, and heat, brass and steel to the front dropouts to create vertical clearance :twisted: . I did this initially to fit my Marathon Winter tyres which are also 35mm.

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby robc02 » 18 Sep 2011, 8:53pm

I paid a visit to Coventry transport museum during the week. As you will all know, Coventry was a major centre for cycle manufacture and the museum has quite a good collection of old bicycles, including several shaft driven models.

Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby littleman » 19 Sep 2011, 5:35pm

Again a small update........

Really just a post to say I'm still enjoying this and I'm now ready to go out with genuine intent - hence my recent investment in a little bit bit of stowage......

Firstly a shot from the front featuring the Zip-Roll. Handsome and very handy.............

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And then around the back a Barley. Nicely balanced and Worthwhile................

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And then from a above [best I can manage] to give a fuller idea of the layout............

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Personally I think they work well together - look decidedly handsome, compliment the character of the bike and will be a very useful addition for my particular needs.

Hope you agree? - Wouldn't like to have made some kind of style faux-par? Although I've pretty much resigned myself to ploughing my own furrow - such as it is.


PS............. Still riding - keeping it realistic, but enjoying it tremendously ........... sit-bones are a lot happier!

PPS .......... The colours harmonize a lot better in the flesh - the flash is distorting them a bit - but perhaps I'm the only one to fret about such stuff????


OH! - and PPPS .......... bags were made by Sue and Janet respectively ................. thanks girls.

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 19 Sep 2011, 7:21pm

littleman wrote:Personally I think they work well together


yep, looks perfect :mrgreen:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby Roadstersrevenge » 19 Sep 2011, 7:29pm

Littleman, that looks gorgeous, I'm almost converted. I'm another huge fan of Carradice, I only have the one though sadly.

On a separate note, I dont suppose it was one of you lot that snaffled this from under my nose?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190574892255? ... 500wt_1156

If so, I'd love a photocopy/scan please!

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 19 Sep 2011, 8:33pm

Littleman that looks bang on to me. I can't understand why saddlebags went out of fashion. I use mine all the time :mrgreen:
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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 19 Sep 2011, 9:09pm

MikewsMITH2 wrote:I can't understand why saddlebags went out of fashion.


i didn't realise they did ? :shock:

in any event, they're de rigueur amongst toggler types - unless you've got wicker or wire work :wink:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 19 Sep 2011, 10:36pm

hubgearfreak wrote:
MikewsMITH2 wrote:I can't understand why saddlebags went out of fashion.


i didn't realise they did ? :shock:
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Well I suppose not for those still living in the golden days
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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby corshamjim » 19 Sep 2011, 11:35pm

Those Carradice bags look just like they belong on that bike. I especially like the front one.

I can't help thinking you ought to have some hand-grenades hanging off the D-rings of the rear one though. :D
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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby robc02 » 20 Sep 2011, 9:16am

I dont suppose it was one of you lot that snaffled this from under my nose?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190574892255? ... 500wt_1156

If so, I'd love a photocopy/scan please!


One or two of us have managed to dismantle Raleigh/Humber locks without keys. In my case it took several - no, many :x - attempts to get the plunger, spring and ball bearing back into the frame. I would love to see Raleigh's recommendations. If you manage to get a copy would you please pass one to me?

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 22 Sep 2011, 8:29pm

i've just spoke to greybeard on the phone, and we'd like to propose Newark as next year's TCT, in sept, the w/e immediately after kids are back in school

it's got flattish countryside. it's almost the centre of the country - well served both by rail and road. we've already got a 40 mile ride sorted out & well tested for the saturday (with ice cream parlour), and can both easily get there before to work out other routes, where to drink, where to eat and where to camp.

does this sound OK to all who are likely to attend?