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Old 14 Aug 2018, 22:27 (Ref:3843681)   #2281
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I would hazard a guess that about a half of the engines or parts thereof in the mid 60s came from nefarious sources. Somebody would just say to you that I've got a brand new this or that sitting in the shed/garage and it's yours' if you cross my palm with silver.


Receipt? What's a receipt, guv'nor?
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 16:55 (Ref:3844269)   #2282
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I've finished my winter project (well nearly - it needs bottle cages and mudguards).
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 17:34 (Ref:3844282)   #2283
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Doesn't need mudguards
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 17:51 (Ref:3844285)   #2284
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Doesn't need mudguards

It does if you are not completely committed to getting covered in road dirt.


However, surely it needs a change of gear mechanism.


I saw this reported recently and thought it looked interesting.


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I think Alan would make a great test rider for it.
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 18:07 (Ref:3844288)   #2285
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Pah! Mudguards are for whimps.
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 18:31 (Ref:3844300)   #2286
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Pah! Mudguards are for whimps.
If I was on my own I'd just use an ass saver but if you're riding in a group in unpleasant conditions it's not nice to get mud, grit and used horse food in your face because the person in front has chosen not to be a whimp.

The device Grant has flagged up is interesting. It's being promoted by a ceramic bearing company and uses at least 26 ceramic bearings - quelle surprise!

It also suffers from the unfortunate feature of the "gear teeth" facing outwards, ready to slash the calf of anyone unfortunate enough to have a crash.

I'm new to cycling but thoroughly enjoying it. I'm amazed by how cheap good quality engineering is. The bike in the picture was built from a mixture of parts I had, second hand Ebay purchases, some cheap Chinese carbon fibre parts and a new aluminium frame with carbon forks that cost £108. The whole thing owes me about £350 and weighs 8.3Kg.

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Old 17 Aug 2018, 18:39 (Ref:3844301)   #2287
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If I was on my own I'd just use an ass saver but in a group in unpleasant conditions it's not nice to get mud, grit and used horse food in your face because the person in front has chosen not to be a whimp.
Difficult to post pics from a phone but all of that plus rat pee is available here.


No mudguards. But I tend to agree, that line of black stuff isn't attractive.
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 18:49 (Ref:3844304)   #2288
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If I was on my own I'd just use an ass saver but in a group in unpleasant conditions it's not nice to get mud, grit and used horse food in your face because the person in front has chosen not to be a whimp.
Very nice looking machine Alan! Mudguards ruin any bikes looks but sometimes you have to be sensible- especially in the winter......

I remember many many moons ago a mate and me tagging onto the local CTC group evening ride. For anyone that doesn’t know, CTC stands for ‘Cyclists’ Touring Club’, and so the members cycles tend to be optimised for touring- including being fitted with mudguards. Well, our bikes were not so equipped, and of course it rained, and we were extremely unpopular! Suffice to say that we weren’t invited to ride with them again....
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 19:14 (Ref:3844312)   #2289
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I agree about mudguards ruining the look of a bike. I'm planning on fitting some that will be easily removable.

Took it out for a quick 10 mile shakedown today. I can't believe how smooth it feels, despite 23c tyres.
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 19:31 (Ref:3844316)   #2290
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 19:41 (Ref:3844321)   #2291
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I can't believe how smooth it feels, despite 23c tyres.
This brings back to the power to weight ratio.
Really nice bike you built but the frame should be named. May I suggest something like Charade Chpezial or Black Carrot ?
While you are here, you could use one of the new electronic shifting system. It brings nothing, could add some unwanted technical issues, be sensible to crashes, not really aesthetic…*In modern language its a must!
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 21:47 (Ref:3844361)   #2292
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I agree about mudguards ruining the look of a bike. I'm planning on fitting some that will be easily removable.
I have some easily removable guards on my elderly Raleigh Trail bike - never used these days.

Cheap, light, easily fitted and removed and do the job.

I can't recall when it was I bought the bike. Must be 30 years ago - maybe more (shudders to think about that!). Does that make it Historic? It must be close to qualifying as a barn find these days.

Would I benefit from new tyres? (I know the engine could benefit from a significant rebuild ...).

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This brings back to the power to weight ratio.
Really nice bike you built but the frame should be named. May I suggest something like Charade Chpezial or Black Carrot ?
While you are here, you could use one of the new electronic shifting system. It brings nothing, could add some unwanted technical issues, be sensible to crashes, not really aesthetic…*In modern language its a must!

But do you buy the shifting system before or after the 2 sets of Lycra uniform?
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Old 17 Aug 2018, 22:05 (Ref:3844365)   #2294
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the frame should be named
It does have a name - Brand X

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Old 18 Aug 2018, 05:23 (Ref:3844402)   #2295
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I've finished my winter project (well nearly - it needs bottle cages and mudguards).



Looks like a nice build, 6800? Can't ID the the frame but so many these days.

Should have read to the end of the thread I guess....
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