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Nick_S

Member since Jan 2020 • Last active Oct 2020
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    One is shiny, the other isn't. Shiny is obviously better.

    Yes, but the new version of the Son XS hub is also available in the nice Shiny finish.

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    Thanks, I can see me taking the frame to model and autopart shops trying to get the best match.

    The closest I have seen online is the colour patch Dark Blue Flamboyant on the Mercian website:
    https://www.merciancycles.co.uk/craftman­ship/paint
    but their contact informed me that they mix all paints by eye and only supply paint for collection.

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    I am trying to source a replacement for a 1980s Raleigh RALPAR Accessories Touch Up Enamel code: RTU 078 Electric Blue paint which has dried up and deteriorated over the years.

    Raleigh don't seem to sell touch up paints any more, so I'm looking for information concerning what would be the mapping to a modern alternative, e.g., using the RAL colour scheme or some other paint colour classification. It is actually quiet a dark shade of electric blue.

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    Rough Stuff Fellowship Archive book/Instagram

    Nice photographs. I used to take mine on some similar trips in the Yorkshire Dales and North Wales. When my neighbour recently showed me his new gravel bike and told me what he used it for, I thought things had come full circle. For a time I stayed in Dunoon when I would cycle to Loch Striven, Scotland. One evening I went to pitch my tent and I decided as a precaution to choose the uphill side of the single track road. Next morning I awoke to view the downhill side and the entire road all under water, after the highest spring tide for years!

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    Great, thanks for the links that was an interesting read. From what I can see the frame differences between the Routier and Countryman in that brochure are:

    • frame angles: 73°/73° for Routier, 72°/72° for Countryman;
    • frame materials: Reynolds 531 throughout for Routier, Reynolds 531 frame tubes and forks for Countryman;
    • braze on for bottle cage on Routier, none on Countryman.

    Braze on rear rack bosses were present on the shop and review models of the Countryman I saw at the time, and the one I purchased. I guess the original frame sticker might be informative, while measuring the frame angles would be an accurate way to differentiate the two models.

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    That is interesting. I would really like a copy of that scanned brochure. Would you be able to forward me a copy, if I send you my email address as a private message?

    I'm trying to figure out the best way to touch up my frame as the old Raleigh touch up stick that the original shop supplied me with (Two Wheels Good in Leeds) has long has long since dried out. The touch up paint stick says RTU 078 which seems to be a Raleigh specific code.

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    That is a nice restoration. I believe your bike is an Eclipse Countryman. I have owned one from new in flamboyant blue colour and the frame is identical. My understanding is that the Routier model came with cantilever brakes and the corresponding bosses brazed on the frame. The Weinmann brake levers originally had rubber hoods and the nearest equivalent nowadays would be some old stock Dia Compe ones.

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    Hang on, it doesn't mount on the bike?

    Brompton missed an opportunity for making it into an ultralight bag that uses their front luggage mount -- more comfortable to ride with and handy when carrying it off the bike.

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    For future upgrades would the current 3spd integrated brake/gear shifter work with my older hub or would the hub need to be changed as well?

    Yes, but there have been more than a few reports on this thread of reliability problems with Brompton's integrated brake/shifter unit.

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