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adam77

Member since Dec 2010 • Last active Jun 2021
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  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Thanks @M_V and @atk - that is super helpful. I don’t know why I hadn’t come across that surly info before... I’d certainly done a lot of searching about it. My hunch would’ve been that they were the same hub shell, so it’s good to know that that’s not the case.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Thanks... that's good to hear. I know Archetypes are wider than most skinny rims but they're still apparently not recommended for 35c+ tyres as far as I can tell. My feeling is that they'll be fine.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    I've stripped the threads of the rear hub on my Cross check from overzealous resistance braking / underzealous lockring tightening, so am going to have a get new one. Which is really annoying. The current one, which I think came stock with the bike (I acquired it secondhand) is 135mm - their 'ultra new mountain' fixed/free I guess. A short while ago, I swapped the stock crankset for a Sram S300, which has a narrower (GXP) BB, and though it's worked fine, I never could resolve the chainline, which even with a BB spacer was apparently (maths-wise, not eyes-wise) quite a way out.

    Buying the 130mm ('road') fixed/free hub instead should bring my chainline back towards something approaching normal/good. I know the Cross check is spaced at 132.5 to accept either 130 or 135mm hubs - so my question is... is there any reason why it would've been specced with the 135 as stock to begin with, or will the road hub be just as good? The only thing I could think of was that perhaps it's better to spread the frame a little from 132.5 -> 135 than to have to close it up - when riding fixed at least, as it might help to keep the axle firmly in place?

    The second question is: if I get a new hub, I'm going to get a new rim to replace the bombproof but super heavy touring rim I'm using at present. Thinking of H+Son Archetype, but want to carry on using my 40mm tyres if possible. I've seen arguments for and against going that wide with those rims - does anyone have any thoughts?

    thanks for all and any insights!

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Great, thanks!

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    That’s a better solution, thanks. Could work...

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    ^ it's STI, yes - early DA brifters.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    thanks for the links - I've come across those and they are a solution, but they are bit on the ugly side. Would work for the time being, I guess, to test things out.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Hi, I wonder if anyone can help me decide what to do with my Donohue...

    It was set up singlespeed when I bought it, but came with the original Dura Ace groupset (minus brakes) ready to reinstall if necessary - apart from someone had ground off the downtube shifter bosses, which is really annoying. I'm quite keen to try it geared, but to do it properly would mean having bosses brazed back on. There's a guy locally who will do this - and I think used to work with Paul Donohue perhaps - but then it'd need repainting, so it's a potential money pit.

    So, I have a few options:
    (a) keep as is, maybe swap the rear wheel out for a fixed/free one I have sitting around, and ride it singlespeed / fixed;
    (b) convert back to geared, get the bosses rebrazed, get the frame repainted, install the DA groupset;
    (c) convert back to geared as above, but sell the DA and instead install a more modern groupset;
    (d) forget the whole enterprise and sell!

    The DA groupset is fine but the chrome on the brifters is pretty flaky.
    There's some surface rust on parts of the frame which restoring and painting would help to sort out.

    I really love it, even though I'm not sure it's totally practical, with max tolerances of 25mm or so - I'm pretty much over skinny tyres. But it's super light, fast, the colour is great, the forks are sublime...

    oh and my other question: does anyone have any clue what model it'd be? It's a bit of an enigma to me as it features the thin straight forks that I assumed were more common on PD track frames, yet has regular dropouts - and it has standard round-section tubing rather than ovalised. It's 853 throughout (I assume - there's nothing to indicate the forks are any different).

    Pics should be here. Excuse the weird angle of both garden and saddle.

    thanks, Adam

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    Hi, did the Nike ACG boots sell?

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