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  • The bearings in the jockey are quite bizarre, a combination of roller and ball bearings to give smooth rotary, linear and angular motion... very clever


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  • Made a bit of progress during the week - it's starting to take shape


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  • I was a bit concerned about the wheels, they were in a pretty rough state. The spokes are completely seized the axles didn't turn in the hub and the rims were pretty rusty.


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  • I couldn't do anything to tighten the spokes but I've ridden on worse.
    The wheels are the original Bayliss Wiley and once they'd been stripped down and degreased run surprisingly well - very smooth indeed.
    I also found the @clubman approved Schwalbe HS130 at the LBS near my office (Cycleman, Ashford) - they run at up to 85psi which is pretty good for a 32-597. A right pain to fit though!


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  • @falconvitesse kindly donated a Bayliss Wiley no14 bb axle which gives reasonably good chainline with a 3-pin chainset


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  • It's a pretty horrid chainset (Solida 3pin from a crap 70's 10-speed) but it looks the part.
    I'm not sure how I'll get on with 1x3 on a 52T either - no doubt I'll be looking for something smaller fairly soon!


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  • The back wheel has a fantastic hub, it's the Bayliss Wiley Unit, a 1930's forerunner of the cassette hub

    source: https://utahrandonneur.wordpress.com/201­8/07/05/bayliss-wiley-free-wheel-unit-hu­b/


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  • The back tyre looked to be in reasonable condition so I gave it a test inflation to see how well it held air - this did not go well and the results were rather deafening


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  • near my office (Cycleman, Ashford)

    I better hide the Harry O. It’s looking sad in the shed with a snapped seatpost and a lazy owner

  • Haha, A true classic of the ratbike genre - good to hear it's still alive though

  • It was never much more than that...
    are you based around sunbury / ashford?

  • Ashford/Staines.

    I’d love to get it mended, my old man loves the history and keeps banging on to get it done but it was never the right size and my gooch still hasn’t forgiven me

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