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gbj_tester

Member since Nov 2009 • Last active Oct 2021

Supplier of round objects to the forum

https://grafixbyjorj.co.uk/

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    spare very cheap/free 27.2mm seatpost?

    If nobody closer can help, I have a beater grade silver Kalloy SP-248 (scratched to hell and chopped from 400 to 300 by previous owner) you can have for postage

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    Medium gear?

    I haven't actually counted the teeth, might be even less as I think it was last used to go to a reunion lunch rather than a race, either all Preston Park alumni or maybe former Prestonville Nomads

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    funny nut sizes might well be Whitworth

    Maybe, the 17/32" wrench is also used for 5/16" fasteners on some old British cars, but they could just as easily be 24 or 26TPI CEI (trivia point; a year later the CEI thread was formally adopted as a national standard to become the BSC we know and love, and which is often wrongly referred to as BSA in bottom bracket discussions). The thread form and pitch isn't relevant at this stage, I just need something easy to carry which will fit both ends.

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    I’ve some nice Universal 68’s

    Pretty sure there's some of those in the parts bin, but as jeff80 says, effective is going to trump stylish when it comes to stoppers.

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    don't even think about it if there's even a sniff of rain

    In general, I don't even think about it if there's even a sniff of rain. I'm certainly not going to be getting this old steel wet.

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    Minor annoyances:

    I can't just drop my modern wheels into it. Skinny axles (5/16" front and 3/8" rear) and 110mm OLN at the back prevent that. Also, the nut sizes are fucking weird, still waiting for the 17/32" socket for the front and I had to buy a 19/32" for the rear.

    I haven't tried to undo any other bolts yet, but may not have to as my fit has been pretty much the same as the original owner's since about 1985

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    postage stamp on the receipt? What’s that about?

    Standing in for a seal as a kind of security, apparently it was quite common at the time on substantial transactions, nearly always the 2d stamp in the immediate post war years.

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    As I said, #tartmode

    Aside from the flashy paint and half-crome stays and fork, we have Chater-Lea cranks, Brampton B8 pedals, Brooks B17 Sprinter, the fashionable adjustable "Major Taylor" stem (although it was called an extension back then) and the then brand new Bayliss-Wiley Continental hubs. As projects go, it's obviously very nearly there. Works planned are a bit of clean up, new tape, brakes with less corrosion, fresh clips and straps and some tyres which (F) roll a bit better than a Wolber Invulnerable and (R) hold air. There should be some spare rings and sprockets somewhere to adjust the gear to something a bit more racy.

    I've mostly been shopping brands which existed at the time, more or less. Parts acquired are:

    Vittoria (est. 1953) Strada tubs. They're basically Rallyes with slightly different branding and seem to be exclusive to Decathlon. A solid "buy" recommendation at £14.99 each, even though that's 4p more than the frame cost 🙂

    Christophe clips and straps (same manufacturer since 1922)

    Velox (est. 1903) tub and bar tape

    Fibrax (est. 1902) cables

    Then we go a bit off piste with some some no-brand levers with suitable retro styling and the necessary ⅞" clamps and some Tektro R525 calipers because have you tried finding anything else in short-reach-nut-fixing-silver apart from maybe some NOS Weinmann 500s?

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