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BobbyBriggs

Member since Jan 2014 • Last active Sep 2020
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    Second those comments about the schwalbe- they are the only feasible option for 597 rims these days.
    I use them on my daily commuter - which is a 1950s Raleigh Lenton- and it usually sees 2,500 miles annually (pre Covid that is...). I get through one rear tyre a year and the fronts tend to last several years.

    Reasonable tyres to be honest. Not the most puncture resistant but I’d hazard a guess I get no more than 8 every 2,500 miles which isn’t bad considering the state of London’s roads.

    As for converting to 700c, my aunt’s 1950s Carlton has 700cs and the drawback is that the max width tyre she can use with mudguards is 28mm, which some might find too narrow but I guess it all depends on the look and riding experience you’re going for. Other frames may well give more clearance anyway so it’s always worth double checking first.

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    Ohh yes please! Will PM

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    That’s neat, glad it worked for you!

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    This one I think: https://www.screwfix.com/p/victorian-let­ter-plate-polished-chrome-306-x-97mm/922­86

    Taking this photo has helpfully reminded me that I need to touch up the shrunken paintwork and wipe off the ancient Coca Cola stain

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    Depends on your budget. Something like this would do the trick in terms of a solid but still decent enough touring bike: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274485989141

    Or this https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/264857687504

    Budget another £50-£100 for servicing and any adjustments you might need- eg saddle, shorter reach etc.

    Remove the rack and guards and such bikes are reasonably nippy as well (but obviously nothing like a modern carbon road bike).

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    Why not have two bikes? One for competition and one more robust.

    ^what was said above about mudguards, + To my eyes they look like they could be tubular tyres on that bike, which are not a practical choice for winter commuting. My eyes may be mistaken tho.
    If you want to stick to one bike you could get another set of wheels 650b in size for winter which will allow you to run thicker tyres and full mudguards, and then take them off when it comes to spring and/or training. You’d also have to swop out the brake callipers for longer drops, but it might be worth it if storage space is at a premium.

    Personally I’d just get another extra bike tho!

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    Although cheap, my Screwfix chrome letterbox is just dandy, pleased with it so far in terms of quality (tho the postman complained the spring was too strong to begin with!)

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    Here’s some servicing information for the hub if you’re feeling ambitious!

    https://hadland.files.wordpress.com/2012­/07/saam.pdf

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    I know my way around AW hubs very well, having rebuilt a few recently. Happy to take a look .

    Edit: soz just saw you said AM rather than AW. While the approach will be similar I haven’t ever taken one of these apart before, so you might be better with someone more au fait with them

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