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EvilDMP

Member since Aug 2013 • Last active Jun 2021
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  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    Hey, I'll gladly take the saddle if you're willing to post to the Netherlands

    I am travelling to Leiden from the UK on the 20th June - if that solves a problem, I don't mind being a saddle courier.

  • in Wanted Adverts
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    For a triple chainset, in case that makes any difference, and ISO pedal threads (older ones had French threads).

  • in General
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    Vintage Dia-compe hoods are a perfect fit on Weinmann levers, and they
    can still be found as new-old-stock.

    That would make sense, since many Weinmann brakes were made by Dia-Compe.

  • in General
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    How well do different hoods fit Weinmann levers? It would be pretty annoying to have loose hoods because they were not quite the right shape.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    These things (not just about bikes) come and go for me too. It seems normal, and as you hint, a bit sad to know that something once gave you a lot of pleasure but no longer lights up anything in you.

    I think it has a melancholy in it because it's like seeing something that was important in your childhood, and remembering the feeling but no longer having it, and that's a recognition that part of your life has gone and won't come back.

    I also think that the past 18 months have washed the light and enthusiasm out of many people for many things. For me, I'm hoping that some of those will come back when this all passes.

  • in Frame Builders
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    I decided against having downtube shifters in the end, and decided to go for a Campagnolo groupset throughout, because I couldn't be confident enough about the compatibility of a modern 9/10/11-speed cassette with friction shifters, and couldn't find any conclusive information about how well they work together.

    I can always experiment later at my leisure if I feel a burning need to have friction levers; this way I will start out with something that I know works.

  • in Frame Builders
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    What's Steve's current 'expected'waiting time?

    He said it would be ready for September (and I've just booked a passage Plymouth-Santander for a week in the mountains, so I hope so!).

  • in Frame Builders
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    Also if it were mine I'd use modern brake hoods for comfort and
    aesthetics, even if using a quill stem.

    That's the trouble, that such a lot of the pleasure of riding a bicycle is aesthetic pleasure in the machine itself.

    I actually like the look of old-style brake hoods with the cables curving over, and the way a handlebar bag fits inside them. (The tucked-away Campagnolo cables on my Bianchi make for an elegant profile too - but the gear cables that shot out sideways from the Shimano hoods on my stolen Dawes tourer, no, not pleasurable to look at).

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