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mutsj

Member since Apr 2014 • Last active Mar 2019
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    @multiburst it's metallic grigio with black lug lining

    @everyone else, thanks for the thumbs up :)

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    @Tallboy from what we have read it's apparently pretty great. reasonable quality roads, very few cars and the cars that are around are apparently are very considerate to cyclists! I will be sure to report back! The 30 degree heat might limit our daily mileage though!.

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    12 months later, i'm taking bob to Cuba next week. Moving to Chicago about 8 months ago meant I haven't been getting on as many cycle trips as I would like. But on the plus side, i've been able to commute to work each day by bike! It was a little bit nippy in the middle of January when we were hitting -20C most days!

    Anyway, back to bob. In preparation for Cuba I took the opportunity to replace the stem with a Nitto Dynamic stem. I also replaced the seatpost with a Nitto Crystal Fellow. The original stem I picked was way too short, and the thomson seatpost didn't really suit the bike in my opinion. Having swapped a few bits out and re doing the cabling, I have finally got round to taking some more pictures of the bike...

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    @M_V thanks for the detailed explanation. I went ahead and ordered some, will see how i get on! From the image it looks like i might have to reduce the thickness of rectangular lug that sits in the length of the dropout.

    @853Superfly I went down a rabbit hole yesterday and spent many hours looking through all the builders here http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/buiĀ­lders.html I haven't managed to find any lugs that look similar.

    The frame takes a 26.2mm seatpost.

    Heres some pictures from the seller before I had the frame powdercoated:




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    @853superfly the dropouts intrigue me, as you have noticed they aren't forged. But the rest of the frame has fiddly fancy lugs. Seems odd! I guesstimate that the frame is from the 50's but have no evidence to support this. I bought the frame stripped of paint so know nothing about it. It has 531 stamped on the seat tube and a serial number on the bottom bracket shell, but that info has never helped me identify it.

    The original headset cups had on OD of 30.7mm. Which apparently, according to sheldon brown, means its either Austrian or East German.

    I agree tugs will likely be a pain, but will see how i get on.

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    @popdown you have to take credit for finding me such a nice frame!

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    So it appears that my non drive side rear dropout isn't flat. So depending on my chain length my wheel alignment goes from being ok to being a complete mess.

    heres some images to illustrate whats going on:
    Starting off pretty flat, happy days...

    ...Oh, that doesn't seem right.... that's a lot of light.

    ... still all over the place here...

    ... ok right at the back.

    for good measure heres a snap of the drive side. all ok on this side:

    I commute to work daily on the bike, currently running with the axle right near the front of the dropouts. All seems OK, but I would be much happier if i could have it seated further back. I'm unsure whether to:

    a) leave it the hell alone, its working OK
    b) maybe approach a frame builder to see if anything can be done to fix it. Does anybody have experience of anything like this? Maybe some material could be welded on and then machined until flat again?
    c) put a big washer between the wheel nut and the outer surface of the dropout to span the recessed bit? This doesn't sound sensible, but maybe somebody has some experience either way.

    finally heres an image of my bike for "context":

    grateful of your thoughts. thanks. josh.

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