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baguette

Member since Apr 2014 • Last active Jun 2022
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    A side note to the F-16s to Poland conversation, I'd be surprised if the Polish, or any, Air Force didn't have significantly more pilots trained on any one type than the total number of aircraft available.

    When I learnt to fly at my then (Naval) gliding club, a USN F/A-18 pilot was over on secondment 'flying a desk' with the Fleet Air Arm. He told me with lament that even with all the planes the USN have the pilots are on 3 (or 6, I can't quite remember) year cycles of being a 'front line' pilot and then doing some other role, only flying enough to keep current. The result being far more qualified pilots bashing about than seats in cockpits. I guess it's a way to keep a number of reserve yet current pilots on roster if they're needed.

    All this plane geekery is interesting and all, but it gives me chills to think there are normal people like me out there in Ukraine and other wartorn parts of the world on the receiving end of what these planes and pilots are designed and trained to do.

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    100% Yes! I'm now convinced I'm going to low rent carbon copy this on my Randonneur. A paint job will be nice but I also kind like it in it's characterful 'worked-on' look.

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    Nice project! I've got an earlier Randonneur so am watching what you do with great interest.

    RE those top tube cable guides; they're up top on my unmodified frame because there's a pump peg below the top tube. If the cables were down below they'd get in the way. Also, I find it useful having them out of the way for shouldering the bike up steps/over stiles & gates CX style. It's a good thing!

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Another thought - I don't know how wide the movement of the front (looks to be) Simplex derailleur is, it might not swing far enough for a triple up front. No personal experience of those.

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    Should add, don't mean to naysay your dreams for that bike. If you really love all other aspects of it every issue I just posted about can be surmounted, just might take a bit of forethought

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    A word to the wise; watch out for French threads.

    That rear wheel has a 4 speed (by the looks of it) freewheel on it, not a cassette, and will most likely be the weird French size. An English freewheel will wind on 3/4ish of a turn and then bind. Ask me how I now and I'll reply in Atom/Maillard/Normandy tinged curses.

    Pretty sure old French frames will also have French sized & threaded bottom bracket shells too, which could be pertinent if you're thinking of swapping to a square taper Stronglight/TA crankset. Oh, and don't forget about French pedal threads too... Oh boy!

    All that aside, the Stronglight/TA cranks have a properly narrow P factor, so you shouldn't actually have an issue with the big ring being miles out from the smallest cog in terms of chainline. But you might have an issue with the 3rd inner chainring fouling the chainstay, depending how tight it is already, which would lead to the need for a longer bb axle (entre: bb du Fran├žais issues) and then that outer chainring-small cog chainline could become an issue!

    (Edited: Saw you already said it is a French bike)

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    The Mack Workshop rack bags don't have any 'internal structure' like a rando bag does, it's just the material giving it form - like a backpack. No easy way to put any plastic board or whatever in it to give any rigidity as the floating liner is stitched in at the top.

    I couldn't get it to work with my SJS small canti-rack, but that's my fault as it's really designed for a rack that's full width/a basket.

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    Here's the Stumpjumper page from the '94 catalogue if you're curious.

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    My 94' Specialized catalogue shows all the MTBs with QR seatpost bolts. Why not just get a nice anodised/polished nut and bolt if you don't fancy QR? Doubt there's a bike specific binder bolt out there that'll bridge the gap (other than the pitlock above!)

    edit: Pro-bolt do nice looking stuff for motorbikes - might suit.

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    Just read the whole thread on this grey Sunday: I'm into it.

    You live the bike life I aspire to. Does this make you a rad influencer? Better add a #danglemug to be sure.

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