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clubman

Member since Jun 2008 • Last active May 2018

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    I'm sorry to hear this.

    The Hounslow are not the organisers this year and I hope we would not have allowed this to happen.

    The field is not that small with 35 entrants - mostly Twickenham, a scattering of Hounslow and one enterprising Westerley.

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    Anyone just out for a ride West of London tomorrow (20th May) might like to have a look at our Interclub 25 (Hounslow, Twickenham, Westerley and Weybridge) on the West of Windsor course.

    The HQ is at the Bird's Hill Golf Club, first man off at 9 am.

    The course is two and a half laps of a circuit using the A330, B3o22 (through Cranbourne ) and then Drift road back to the A330 near the Golf Club. The start has been moved from Drift Road to a layby near the top of Hawthorn Hill - a change which should make this slow course significantly faster since it cuts out one ascent of the hill, which many (including me) find tough.

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    Here's my letter (sent a few days ago) about the A63 TRO

    Dear Sir,

    Re: The A63 Trunk Road (North Cave Interchange to Daltry Street Interchange – Prohibition of Cyclists Order).

    I wish to object to the above mentioned Transport Restriction Order.

    The stated reason for the ban – that cyclists cannot keep up with the traffic – could apply to any road, and therefore if applied here could extend to a general ban on cycling.

    While I realise that this is not the intention of this particular TRO, I feel it is important to recognise the principle at stake here. No government claiming any kind of green credentials can support restrictions on cycling.

    Although there always has been and always will be an element of danger in cycling, it is well established that inactivity is more dangerous to life than activity. There is a Latin proverb: ‘Plures convivio quam gladio’, or ‘more die by partying than by the sword’. This situation is a modern equivalent.

    Yours faithfully,

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    Thanks,

    Chris.

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    You were lucky to find those Chater spindles.

    When you re -assemble after refinishing, you must make sure that there is absolutely no possibility of any shot blasting grit getting into the BB. Years ago I fell into this trap and completely ruined the bearing, fortunately it was only a humble TDC and I just went to the shop and bought a new one - I think the spindle cost 25p! Things are a bit different now.

    If I were doing this build, I wouldn't worry too much a bout finding Chater cranks. Aside from the expense, I doubt whether Mr. Chater Lea himself (there was such a person) ever really approved of derailleur gears. As far as I can remember the only Chater double rings I have seen have been on the back of tandems, and they were quite frequently used for that purpose.

    I have a feeling that the rings were only made with even numbers of teeth and if this is so it would mean you are stuck with a four tooth difference between the rings. If you look at a gear table you will see that a three tooth difference at the front gives a much better spacing of gears using a block like yours with two tooth differences.

    If by any chance you have any Chater BB cups surplus to your requirements, I would be interested in buying a pair (or even just one).

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    An interesting project. A couple of points:

    The Chater B.B. needs 5/16th balls. I expect you know this, but not everyone does.

    As I've mentioned elsewhere, I have used 3/32nd chain rings with an 1/8th chain and this caused no problem.

    That block looks like 16 - 22 teeth, so a 48 inner with 26" wheels will give a bottom gear of 56.7" - quite high by modern standards.

    Looking at the photo of the rear mech in post no. 6, it's worth bearing in mind that the nut on the end of the telescopic shaft (next to "4 vit.") is difficult to tighten since it's hard to hold the shaft. If it comes adrift in use the results are undesirable!

    Chroming: If you do have this done, make sure the area to be chromed is not shotblasted first - it is almost impossible to polish out the effect of the blasting.

    Good luck with this - I hope you get to ride many miles on the finished job.

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    P.S. to Skinny:

    When I mentioned 'younger people than me' in my first post on this subject I wasn't talking about actual young people, just those who are younger than me - which includes almost everyone. I was not thinking of competitors - it was writers I had in mind.

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    Couldn't agree more.

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    Even in the days before road racing really existed in Britain (Pre 1942, apart from the Isle of Man and a few closed circuits) I'm pretty sure most of the then young people would have preferred to race en ligne rather than *contre la montre*if they'd had the chance. And as Tester so rightly says that's what young people should want to do.

    Time trialling has many advantages, but for any ambitious young rider it will probably be a sideline. We can't all be Anquetil.

    I'm not sure that many riders have ever been keen to ride a twelve - it's something that's far more enjoyable in retrospect than in anticipation - or when you're actually out there doing it.

    However I am strongly opposed to taking the twelve out of any BAR competition (that, Hippie, was the reason we met as competitors in the 2011 Kent CA event). It might increase numbers to remove it, but it wouls severely detract from the interest. Aside from the fact that it would be an obvious dumbing down, a reduction in standards, it should be remembered that from the 'story' point of view it's the longer events that are more worth writing about. You try to find something interesting to write for a report on a 10! A twelve usually provides some drama because things can go wrong but be overcome by ingenuity or just sheer grit.

    So let's keep the twelve as long as we can.

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    It is sad but true that the BBAR is not what it used to be.

    It is worth remembering that this competition was originally started by 'Cycling' (as Cycling Weekly then styled itself). Naturally there was a lot of coverage in the magazine, which at the time delared itself to be 'the leading cycling journal of the world'. Whether this claim was valid may be debatable, but it would certainly have seemed true to pre-war British cyclists.

    To have full coverage of your efforts every week in such a publication was a tremendous spur to competition generally and the BBAR in particular.

    Since CW has pretty much lost interest, the competition has gradually gone down hill. However in the age of the internet, journalism is at least partially democratised. It's up to us to write about the events that interest us and to publish where ever we can.

    I've done what I could do in recent years but more activity is needed, and from younger people than me.

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