togglechaintour bikes

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby fossil » 23 Jul 2010, 11:23pm

hubgearfreak wrote:the biggest frame is 58cm? :shock: have they not been to the netherlands? :shock:


and my boss is 6'3" :shock:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 23 Jul 2010, 11:32pm

fossil wrote:and my boss is 6'3" :shock:


i'm 6'2", and i wouldn't have less than 60cm 8)

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 24 Jul 2010, 5:11pm

I've finally got the James how I want it. The 'moustache' bars are what I've been missing my whole life - they're superb :D

Naturally, there's not enough handlebar tape on a roll to go right to the stem, so that bit still looks a bit pants :evil:

The new blackened wheels look good too, but I chose cheap rims and I jujst can't get the tyre bead to sit evenly all the way round, so I have a flattish spot on both :evil: But bizarrely, I bought a complete front wheel for 20 squid for the hack bike, and that had Weinmann rims and the tyre sits perfectly :evil:

Graham - wots facing having the wheels rebuilt for the third time :evil: and wots really hacked off :evil: and wot treated himself to a new Carradice Junior to lift his spirits a bit :D but wot looks too new :| so wots gonna leave it in the chicken shed for a few weeks to 'weather' a bit :roll:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 24 Jul 2010, 9:03pm

Grahjam. Send me the nice new Carradice :mrgreen: and I'll send you pre-weathered one that Tim sent me :D All part of the service

Also its time you started building your own wheels. After SA hubs it like a walk in the park!

Twiggy's new Honey Brooks B17 finally arrived and is now her crowning glory on an alloy seat post. A test ride down to the bakery and its really comfortable needs no breaking in and not super slippy like my last one. A profitable trip too. I found a brand new inner tube in the middle of the road on the way back. Of course I had to rescue it, otherwise it would have been destroyed by the next car. If anyone here dropped it please PM me with the size, make and the road they lost it and I'll return it. Otherwise I'll keep it safe! Its exactly the right size for my tandem :D

Rebuilt Holly's front suspension this morning - that's all today as I went sailing this afternoon :D
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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 24 Jul 2010, 9:40pm

GrahamNR17 wrote:The 'moustache' bars are what I've been missing my whole life - they're superb :D


yes. 8) i wonder why bikes don't come with them?
what reverse levers did you use?

don't worry about the carradice, it's soon look less new if you leave it in a dusty place.

now, where are the pics? <that includes you mike. :wink:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 25 Jul 2010, 8:44am

hubgearfreak wrote:
GrahamNR17 wrote:The 'moustache' bars are what I've been missing my whole life - they're superb :D


yes. 8) i wonder why bikes don't come with them?
what reverse levers did you use?

don't worry about the carradice, it's soon look less new if you leave it in a dusty place.

now, where are the pics? <that includes you mike. :wink:

They are el cheapo Dia-Compe, the only ones I could find that were all black and not hideously expensive http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Dia-Compe-188-Reverse-Cycle-Brake-Levers-retro-fixed-/190395232518?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_sportsleisure_cycling_bikeparts_SR&hash=item2c5470b106#ht_500wt_928

I got the bars from the same place http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Moustache-Handlebars-like-nitto-fixed-singlespeed-RETRO-/200469791082?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_sportsleisure_cycling_bikeparts_SR&hash=item2eacee416a#ht_500wt_928

I shall get the camera out today. I'd forgotten how important photos are to this thread, shame on me :oops:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 25 Jul 2010, 10:07am

As expected, the handlebar tape didn't reach the end so has to be re-done :evil: Ditto the rear brake cable :evil: The cable-ties are there to hold things until completion etc.

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby Millhouse » 25 Jul 2010, 10:12am

Wow graham, what a gorgeous, handsome, clean looking bicycle, I want one !! :D

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 25 Jul 2010, 10:34am

Millhouse wrote:Wow graham, what a gorgeous, handsome, clean looking bicycle, I want one !! :D

Thankyou :D It's taken three other incarnations to reach this point, but I'm really pleased with it all now. I think the biggest difference was discovering my tyre pressure gage was over-reading by 13 psi :shock:

Graham, wots been running soft for two years :oops:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby hubgearfreak » 25 Jul 2010, 3:03pm

Millhouse wrote:Wow graham, what a gorgeous, handsome, clean looking bicycle, I want one !! :D



yes. very. very nice. loveley, i'll bet you're delighted - i'm pleased you managed to take some photo's. :D
it's like a 3/4 scale christine :lol:

i think i may need some reverse levers too :roll: have you got anything in the pipeline for holding brake cable to fork? :wink:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby fossil » 25 Jul 2010, 5:22pm

that's a crack'in looking bike Graham :D :D :D

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby Roadstersrevenge » 25 Jul 2010, 7:55pm

No other word for it Graham, stunning, just gorgeous. I was a bit resistant to your "mucking about" with the james, feeling it ought to be kept roughly to roadster spec, but you've swung me on that and it's a real beauty!

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby Greybeard » 25 Jul 2010, 8:47pm

Nicely done, Graham. I think that as the unofficial (or was it official?) TCT scrotumeer, I can confidently state that this machine has passed muster :P

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby GrahamNR17 » 25 Jul 2010, 10:33pm

Thanks chaps 8) It's all Christine's fault. I think that was the first bike I fell for when I first came to this forum, and desperately wanted something like it. Mine's not as good as Christine, but it'll do me 8)

The problem now is that I want to use it all the time, and it might get dirty - I'm assured by my mates that I'm too old for dirty ol' bikes :shock:

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Re: togglechaintour bikes

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 25 Jul 2010, 11:07pm

Graham has raised the bar yet again. My Raleigh is looking decidedly 2nd rate now :mrgreen:

Twiggy is finished for now. I would like to find some good looking pedals that are flats one side and SPDs the other. After 40+ years with clips I can't ride flats for any distance and toeclips would look just wrong on a F frame Moulton! Also when fundsallow I'd like a new 5 or 8 speed hub, but for now Twiggy ze var is over!

Slow progress on Holly due to boring things like Sunday cycling and Saturday sailing. I have now assembled the frameset - 2 sets of forks front and rear suspension and headset. Just the BB to fit and I can start hanging components off her. The 46 year old TDC BB cups are in excellent condition and of far higher quality than the new ones I bought, so theyre going back in. I have 3 axles to choose from so will fit the the best.

I'm going to need some advice from the cottered crank appreciation society - I had a right game with the Raleigh I have some nice quality cotter pins so I want to get it right this time! I have a NOS mattress saddle, NOS rubber pedals. I have bought new pinch bolts and barrel adjusters for the original brake calipers so we'll see how they come up. If they' don't pass muster I've found them at £15 a pair from Cycles of Yesteryear.

One unexpected problem is the bars. They are OK but the chrome is worn. I thought it would be dead easy! All I want is a nice new pair of All Rounder bars, but if you Google it there hundreds of different shaped bars called allrounder or that the makers think are all rounders! I'll try the the Wanted on this forum.

Meanwhile does anyone know where I can get white cable outers?
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1971 Raleigh Mercury
2010 Condor Fratello
1980 Peugeot Tandem
1989 MBK Aventure MTB
195? Viking Severn Valley
1951 Raleigh Lenton Sports
See them here http://tinyurl.com/Mikewsmiths-Bikes