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veloham

Member since Jul 2018 • Last active Jan 2021
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    It has an expander bolt and as far as I can tell that is original. Diameter is between 22mm and 22.2mm depending on where I measure it :D Clamp a little over 25.4 but untightened.

    I do wonder about older alloy components failing, specifically handlebars. I searched the internet a lot on the topic a few years ago and found plenty of people saying they wouldn't risk it, but very few reports of it actually happening. One considered write-up I read said they would be very unlikely to fail catastrophically, more like warp and bend.

    No problem being told stuff I know. There's plenty of stuff I don't know, so better to risk it!

    Pretty much everything about that advert is great. I'm not sure if many would pack 'shaving tackle' or a fountain pen for a cycling holiday these days. Also interesting to read cyclists were covering their steel components with vaseline in the winter!

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    Apart from the risk to your tweeds, I take my hat off, well done. [Gauntlet thrown down 😬]

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    Cotter Pins

    Thanks @clubman and @Jonny69 all great stuff, although I can't say it fills me with enthusiasm for fitting cotters! I have a BSA set to fit to a 1948 Hobbs so it's in my future nonetheless and I'm sure that'll all be helpful.

    Reynolds Stem

    I've recently got hold of a Reynolds 2 bolt stem, it looks like a really early one to me, wanting to share details and pick anyone's brain that cares to pitch in. I've not seen markings like this before, only the version with "Reynolds" in the recessed bit of the projection. I guess the patent number 1121-36 means a 1936 patent date, which makes sense with the advert I found on Graces Guides from July of that year. [I hadn't realised that R.R. 56 was the Hiduminium alloy rather than a Reynolds model name - details here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiduminium­.] I have no clue what the markings on the non-drive-side of the clamp mean.

    Got a worrying feeling this means I need a 1930s bike to go with it.

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    Well done. I feel your pain re breaking the vice and also your DA pedals. My own vice is a piece of crap and I have also broken that. I also damaged my Shimano Ultegra pedals idiotically trying to service them. You can get new spindles https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/pedals-cleat­s/shimano-duraace-spdsl-pdr9100-pedal-ax­le-assembly-left-yl8898030/ However I don't think I bought new spindles, can't quite remember what I damaged but think it was cosmetic and I learnt to live with it when I saw the price of spindles :D

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    Love that pic!

    @absurdbird thanks for the tip, I had assumed wd40 was what people meant by penetrating oil, never checked it.

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    I didn't say he helped, just he's got a fuck-off big bench vice :) That's the one I used to bang out cotters on. He was into motorbikes before having kids ruined it all and one of his favourite quips is telling my grandpa (mum's dad) that "if he had enough time to polish his spokes he wouldn't spend it polishing spokes" :D

    Funny having kids now I realise jut how annoying it was for me to play around with his tools all the time.

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    Not quite the same thing but I had a Harden alloy nut stuck on a steel hub axle recently (in the shell and needing to come out). After brute force I tried wd40, cooling it in the freezer and popping it in a hot oven - hoping that the steel and aluminium would expand and contract at different speeds. I bought some soft vice grip jaws to try and hold the axle but they just got chewed up. In the end I tightened two steel nuts together at the same end of the axle and used brute force again, maybe all the cocking about loosened it. I did pinch the threads slightly doing that sob

    I have recently seen a post where somebody removed a stuck stem by tipping the frame upside down and pouring evaporust down the headtube and letting it soak overnight.

    Looks like there are flats on your pedal axle though. Can you get those in a big bench vice? [I know easier said than done sometimes - I have to go to my dad's. Good old dads and their fuck-off big bench vices. He inherited it from his dad so maybe one day it will be mine :)] Then make a bigger lever of your crank with a pipe or something and apply brute force?

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    Oh man, bummer.

    Made me sit and ponder whether I could handle differently chamfered cranks of the same model. I concluded you probably were and would live a richer and fuller life :D

    And I’d already been knobbing on about dome headed nuts in the dms. Lols

    What have you tried to get them out? I cracked a rib trying to get the fixed cup out of that Gillott and gave up and took it to Argos.

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    These are quite something, can’t remember where I’ve read about them before, but never seen a set. Looks like they’ll go for an eye watering price ...
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Quali­ty-Engineering-Products-Ltd-1950s-Disc-W­heel-Spindle-Nuts-Bicycle/133647524133

    Edit: adding some pics for posterity.

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