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clubman

Member since Jun 2008 • Last active Jun 2019

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    I have got away with 49 x 18 and a 23 mm tub in the past. Possibly the checker realised I wasn't going to do much of a ride so it didn't matter much (he was right!).

    Would it not be worth having forum records? Medium gear records would seem an ideal place to start.

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    I know what you mean by your 'Hounslow WLRS record' but I'm not sure everyone else will understand. I think you should explain a bit more.

    You might well mention Alf Whiteway and his enthusiasm for low fixed gears.

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    Quite a learning curve here!

    Yes, and whereas when I was learning there were plenty of these standard parts to smash up*,
    now there's the risk that something unobtainable gets damaged.

    That's partly why I keep posting here on these little problems.

    • I did plenty of damage myself!
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    Not to my knowledge.

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    A little worry about Richardshills BB.

    I think you have had this frame resprayed, so presumably it's been shotblasted.

    Have you put a liner around the bearings and spindle? I ask because there is usually some shot blast grit left inside the frame tubes which will, almost inevitably, get ito the bearings and ruin them in no time flat.

    I had this experience, but a long time ago when you could go to any bike shop and buy a new spindle for 25p. so it was just a nuisance, not a major expense.

    There used to be ready made plastic liners for this purpose, but you will be lucky to find one now since sealed bearings have been the norm for such a long time. I recommend improvising with a round plastic bottle and a pair of scissors.

    I've just seen your comment about removing cotter pins. Since you've only just put them in they should come out easily. Support the crank, make sure you hit the pin squarely when using the hammer and don't forget to leave the retaining nut just flush with the top of the cotter pin thread. They should fall out with a single blow.

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    The tool you need is known as a'peg spanner'. Naturally there is more than one size - I have what may be described as an 'adjustable' version which is a springy U shaped tool with a peg on each end of the U.

    It's usually possible to do this job with the corner of a flat bladed screw driver, but the cup is probably harder than the screwdriver which may get chipped, and it can be tricky to keep the adjustable cup in place while you tighten the lock ring - but Ive done this successfully in the past.

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    ** Ken Ryall track frame**

    Thanks for the thought, Falconvitesse, but I've already got more frames than I can use.

    I wonder if this really is a Ken Ryall. I note it has no head badge, which suggests it's been resprayed. As I said, Ken liked to be sure that his frames would be recognisable from the front in case they got into a 'Cycling' photo (preferably on the front cover obvs.). So I suspect this may be a case of some one having a handy set of KR downtube transfers.

    However, it looks a perfectly good frame and, as the vendor says, Ken's frames came from various sources so what does it matter? Incidentally I think all Ken's good frames had a frame number hand stamped under the bottom bracket starting 'K' and ending 'R', the number being the date, so they are easy to identify.

    Even if this is a Stan Pike, I think the asking price is daft.

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    Stuart Benstead

    Last Wednesday.

    Stuart may not be well known here, but he was an important promotor of road races, particularly The Pernod International (AKA The Archer Grand Prix), which was certainly the most important West London event, and arguably the best single day race in the national calendar.

    There is already a proposal to rename the Hillingdon circuit after him.

    I don't know of any obituary as yet, but when it comes up I'll put a link to it here.

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    I notice this 'Minson' is fitted with Allez pedals, which I mentioned quite a few posts above. They must be the first pair I've seen for about 40 years.

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