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clubman

Member since Jun 2008 • Last active Nov 2020

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    If this had to be done without a general election, I'm sure some obscure back bencher could resign to let Philip Hammond back (or some one like him) to renegotiate.

    Also from my post 27585.

    A 'usually reliable source' informs me that the Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservative Party may be looking for a new candidate after January.

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    Naturally, there will a price to pay - for example, we would have to give up sterling and submit to the euro - if we're very lucky at parity.

    Going back to my post 27585 -

    Well, mentioning the Euro seems to have stirred up a much livelier debate than I expected. I'd just like to make it clear that I'm not particularly in favour of being in the Euro, I just think this would be one result of the folly of Brexit.

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    Great sprints but the frame looks like it's built for those pesky 27.11/4 wheels

    I think this refers to the Ephgrave above.

    Looking a the photos, it strikes me that this is yet another frame with replacement front forks.

    1. The crown does not match the style of the lugs.
    2. The frame has a mudguard stay mounting on the seat stay, the forks have it at the fork end.
    3. The forks are certainly intended for 27's, the frame possibly not - it's clear that the front brake shoes are at the bottom of their slot, whereas on the back brake the shoes are set in the middle of the slot.

    Since Ephgrave was one of the most highly regarded builders, it might be worth having more suitable forks made for this frame.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Once again I'm most grateful to YAL for organising, particularly at a time when the added difficulties would have made a less determined organiser give up.

    I hope to be available as before, although if there's still nothing open (as seems likely) my help probably won't amount to much.

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    could be. It's certainly not a combination of lugs/ fillet brazing you often see.

    I suggest this Carpenter has been repaired with a new top, head and down tube - probably during or shortly after the war when lugs were in short supply. Note that the headset frame races are not set into the frame in the prewar style, but are external and chromed.

    Even if I'm right about this, it's not a reason for rejecting the frame - it looks as though it's had a lot of use since the repair was done, so presumably it should work ok.

    As to 'special order', I would guess that all Carpenter frames were made to order.

    I wonder if the handlebar stem is seized in the steering tube. The vendor has thoughtfully stripped everything else - is he just being generous about the stem?

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    I'm rather hoping fot a no deal brexit.

    When there are empty shelves in the supermarkets I predict it will be impossible to find a single soul who voted for brexit.

    After a few months in the punishment block, I feel confident the EU would welcome us back.

    If this had to be done without a general election, I'm sure some obscure back bencher could resign to let Philip Hammond back (or some one like him) to renegotiate.

    Naturally, there will a price to pay - for example, we would have to give up sterling and submit to the euro - if we're very lucky at parity.

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    If there's no extension, we will have to do a great deal better with our garden harvest next year, or go hungry.

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    Thanks for sharing this, enjoyed reading through the retrobike thread. Many of the highs and lows of effing about with vintage bikes! Seems pretty standard to get your plans straight only to find something like the bottom bracket is incompatible with anything you want to do :)
    (Post 2897)

    The chainset did cause some problems. I had intended to use the Chater Lea set that I had on this frame in the '90's (see pic with rather grumpy looking young son on board). When I came to refit it I found that it was a poor fit on the spindle (too loose) and came so close to the chainstay I would have needed to get it almost perfectly true to prevent it from fouling on the stay. I really can't understand what's going on here, since I don't remember having this problem when I used it before. Copied from my 'Last Build' thread in Current Projects.

    We all suffer from these problems. I still don't understand what happened here - I suppose it's possible that the Chater set has somehow been damaged in storage - although I can't see how this happened. Also I wonder if there could be a slight difference in the size of the spindle (not what you'd expect with CL kit). Perhaps I just tolerated the slackness - I was using a Sturmey hub so the ovality problem was less critical than it would have been with fixed.

    While I'm om the subject, compare the two cranks on the scales - when you take into account another couple of ounces for the left hand Chater crank the difference makes the BSA/TA set about half a pound lighter. I know we're not too concerned with weight in this thread, but all the same, my bikes are for riding, and quite often with others on more modern machines, so I don't want to give too much away!

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    Another try with the 90's pic.
    This is a photograph of a photograph, so I hope the quality is OK.

    As you can see the Chater chainset seems fine. You can also see that the lamp bracket boss which I regret not removing was then in use.

    The small boy is actually les grumpy looking than I remembered, but he was generally not happy near bikes. I'm happy to report that he went on a four day cycling trip with his mates this summer and came back saying he'd really enjoyed himself. It's only taken a quarter of a century!

    This picture, although nothing special in itself, makes an interesting contrast with another showing a rather different use taken a few years later. I will post this soon when I can get it into a postable format.

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