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Diamond_Supercool

Member since Jan 2010 • Last active Feb 2022

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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Decided I really want one of these Gazelle trolley tokens. For the integrated lock on my Tour Populair. Anyone got one?

    https://www.reallyusefulbikes.co.uk/gazeĀ­lle/gazelle-trolley-token

  • in Current Projects
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    You should never remove rim tape, should you? Ignorance being bliss and all.

    Some of these spokes are protruding 3mm beyond the nipples. All the nipple washers are badly rusted. Some rusted all the way through. Then at the hub end, some of the spokes are almost pulling through the eyelets.

    Going to replace all those oval washers and add some hub-end washers to the most dodgy looking spokes.

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    Not sure there's much left to break or replace.

    Aaaaaand....three broken spokes on the rear wheel.

    Can bikes get coronavirus? Coz if they can, this one will.

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    Yep. 9mm nuts fit snug. So there you go, kids. Don't mistake a 3/8in nut for a 9mm nut. That 0.525mm makes all the difference.

    How long before the next breakdown I wonder? Not sure there's much left to break or replace.

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    Bastard rear wheel slipped a few weeks back. Think I've solved that problem by tightening my nuts. (Did it outside the Vauxhall Tavern, on my commute back home; weak pun intended).

    Then last week the bastard front wheel slipped in the dropouts. Wheel nut and axle threads both look a bit worse for wear. Could be because the wheel nuts were 3/8in (not actually sure) on an axle designed for 9mm. Difficult to tell until some new 9mm nuts arrive in the post.

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    I scarcely dare say it .... but I think this bike might be finished. And finally the gods of bicycle restoration smiled on me.

    I tentatively wired up a cheapo new bottle dynamo to the original (and fabulous) headlight and the new (and ugly) tail light, then spun the front wheel obviously expecting absolutely nothing to happen. After all, the internal wiring had been redundant probably for the best part of 30 years. It was bound to corroded. Or broken. Or incomplete. Or something. Because everything on this bike was broken.

    But no! Light! Electricity! Be still my beating heart! My bike produced actual electricity! Honestly, if my one-year-old daughter started walking tomorrow, I don't think I'd feel the same level of pride and relief as I did at that moment.

    So, time for some finishing touches. A little Gazelle badge at the bottom of the rear mudguard (I was clearly too excited to drill the holes straight) and some totally garish pipe-cleaners around the hubs, for that authentic Dutch touch. In orange, obviously.

    No, the tail-light I bought doesn't fit under that protection loop thingy. Shoot me.

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    Ha, I come to this thread for the monostay and what do I find? A picture of myself chatting Gazelles. Good memories! I totally recall meeting you by the side of the road when that rear mech snapped too.

  • in Components and clothing
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    Bump for a really helpful seller (from an unhelpful non-buyer)

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