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Old 18 Aug 2018, 07:46 (Ref:3844407)   #2296
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Surprised you buy through a french website though. Do they sell side bumpers together with mudguards? Something like two mudguards bought, one side bumper free!
Grant, I've been told by US chaps that WD could help preserve your knees almost as new, no need o consider a rebuild. Not tested yet…
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Old 18 Aug 2018, 12:39 (Ref:3844433)   #2297
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Surprised you buy through a french website though. Do they sell side bumpers together with mudguards? Something like two mudguards bought, one side bumper free!
Grant, I've been told by US chaps that WD could help preserve your knees almost as new, no need o consider a rebuild. Not tested yet…
WD40 Gerard?


Hmm.

I used some the other day. Both of my spray cans seem to have rather leaky outlets so I ended up with hands covered in the stuff. No positive results noticed in terms of improved articulation. In fact the opposite today although I do not claim any causation.

I do have a protector for the rear gearset on bike. I think it has been useful once or twice over the years.

Looking around on the internet last night I noticed how seemingly sophisticated (and expensive) some of the braking systems have become.

The best brake I can remember having on a bike was my first "proper" bike at age 8 or 9 iirc (I was still using it when I left school).

Bought in Germany it had only a single gear ratio but a back-pedal brake which was brilliant and great fun for skids.

The tyres were some sort of beige coloured rubber-like material and quite wide compared to a typical British bike but lasted quite a long time - I never saw a need to try to change them. That was despite running a friction dynamo for the lights against the side wall of the front tyre.

Front brake was a joke - a rubber block that acted directly onto the tyre are it passed through the forks. But then with such a great rear brake it was hardly of any concern.

Presumably back-pedal brake technology is not compatible with any form of multiple gear ratios?

Ah, memories, memories.
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Old 18 Aug 2018, 16:54 (Ref:3844476)   #2298
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Old 18 Aug 2018, 17:00 (Ref:3844478)   #2299
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That seat appears mightily uncomfortable!
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It is but I changed it for a gel seat.
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Eat your heart out Mike Bell, Alan Morgan, Burble Bob. Here is my Goodwood bike all fixed and ready to go. Even the KERS works.
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I recently built this up from a frame and forks . . . John Spooner was a Peugeot Bike dealer in Worthing and made his own frame and forks as well . . . this ones #136 of around 180 he made before retiring in the late 80's. The shops still there and has been a bike shop for over 100 years. Reynold 531 tubing and Cinelli lugs, and I collected a Campagnolo group set for it as well.

and another little summer project recently completed. I must get back onto my winter project!
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Yes Peter, an early Indian one, upgraded with a long rod stroked crank, reed valve induction, 30mm Dellorto, big bore exhaust and electronic ignition . .about 20 BHP. A hydraulic outboard front disc brake also seemed like a wise move!

I can't seem to turn the bike photo round . . . perhaps when Mike wakes up he can do it
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Old 20 Aug 2018, 09:43 (Ref:3844904)   #2305
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Lots of Vespas here. Always hankered after a SS180.

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I had assumed, wrongly so it seems, that the photos were intentionally posted as they were so as to demonstrate to our Southern Hemisphere readers that the bikes would be compatible in their countries when we can no longer export our tat to Europe.


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I had an SS180 for a few months whilst building a GP in the mid 90's ( they were cheap then!) nice smooth bike to ride, reasonably quick, scary understeer if you tried pressing on . . . . and tiptoe in the wet!
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Last one I rode in the 70s had no brakes. That was even scarier.
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Seeing as we seem to have more cycle projects than cars, here’s mine-

Think I’ve had the frame 18 years, and so far it’s progressed to gaining a headset, forks and stem..... It’s an Ibis, hand made in ti by a bunch of cool dudes on the US West coast. They shut up shop a few years later, then the name was sold and the new Ibis started marketing carbon bikes made in the Far East to their spec. I see now they are now back to making them in CA, which is nice.....

My ‘old clunker’ MTB is also a titanium Ibis, complete with ti stem and bars. I’ve kept the spec period although when I first built it up in ‘96 it had previous model RockShox forks. A few years ago I had to have new wheels as the rims were worn though, but managed to get a Mavic set built up pretty close to the original. Needless to say the bike is kept secured at all times when not being ridden!
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Mike, are you sure your bike is kept secured when you ride it? Really?
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