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    Thanks for the comments, I do appreciate your...

    Thanks for the comments, I do appreciate your taking the time to make them. I have some experience, I have built to date about 8 bikes. but these were mainly old school that I had experience of. I've...
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    which to buy first - new build

    After buying (and selling!) incompatible equipment during my last build (and posting several queries on this forum) I thought I'd start properly. I've just bought a modern Saracen road frame to build...
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    Thanks for all the replies. I wrote in partly for...

    Thanks for all the replies. I wrote in partly for an amusing query, but the more I thought about it the more I was curious. You've all pretty much confirmed my thoughts, but I'm glad I asked.
    Thanks...
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    How long does lycra last?

    Just a thought to worry some of you, or perhaps not - I love wearing my lycra shorts and snazzy racing vest in the summer. I sometimes go out on my bike in them too.... But I've had them a couple of...
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    Thanks for the advice. I think my problem was...

    Thanks for the advice. I think my problem was that I bolted the mech to the frame, set the limit screws by sight and set it up as normal. the mech would only run from the small cog to the fifth. I...
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    Aagh! I should have read this post a few days...

    Aagh! I should have read this post a few days ago. I thought that STI shifters worked with all Shimano rear mechs and bought a used Altus 8 speed. After spending an hour trying to get the chain to...
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    Wow, what a response. Thanks for the replies....

    Wow, what a response. Thanks for the replies. They are dropped bars, I would like to fit compact bars but they all seem to have an oversize (31.8mm) middle section. I have a quill stem, or rather my...
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    Can you bend alloy bars...safely?

    This is just out of curiosity, I wouldn't dream of doing it but - can you safely bend alloy handlebars? With my bars fitted to my satisfaction the last 6" of the lower bar end points diagonally to...
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    Can you bend alloy bars...safely?

    This is just out of curiosity, I wouldn't dream of doing it but - can you safely bend alloy handlebars? With my bars fitted to my satisfaction the last 6" of the lower bar end points diagonally to...
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    I've just bought a Raleigh with Sora shifters and...

    I've just bought a Raleigh with Sora shifters and double chainrings and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was possible to trim . the last bike I had with Sora, 3 or 4 years ago, I don't...
  11. Just have two huge dork discs fitted, one each...

    Just have two huge dork discs fitted, one each side of the wheel. This will protect the wheel, and look really cool if you write Sky Carbon Disc on it
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    I've always wrapped a piece of masking/or other...

    I've always wrapped a piece of masking/or other tape around a tube. If the tape meets the other end exactly then it is correct, on a round tube. Hacksaw takes very little time even going carefully,...
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    I would just like to add that the keyed ring on...

    I would just like to add that the keyed ring on my Somec has worn slightly allowing the top of the headset to loosen ever so slightly. This hasn't been a great problem but is really irritating 'cos...
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    Thanks for all the advice. I suspected that it...

    Thanks for all the advice. I suspected that it would be OK to fit most Shimano rear mechs, it was nice to have it confirmed.
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    Are all shimano rear mechs the same?

    Basically I've bought a used bike for my son which has Sora shifters (STI?) and front mech. The rear has a cobbled together arrangement - an unknown mech with hanger attached, bolted through the...
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    I have Shimano 600 groupset on my (1980's?)...

    I have Shimano 600 groupset on my (1980's?) Somec. 53/39 and 13/23 on sprints. I couldn't find a compact chainset that would fit without swapping the bottom bracket so stuck with the 53/39. I...
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    Hi, Dunno if I've put my name down here before...

    Hi, Dunno if I've put my name down here before (memory's slowing....), I'm from Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK. Only been out 4 times in the last 4 months, so bloody cold! Went out yesterday in nice,...
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    wheelbuilding, chainsets, bottom brackets

    Thanks to all the help I've had on this forum I've built my wheels. I'm quite proud of them (considering the number of times I found spokes in the wrong holes....). these are for my old (1980's?)...
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    Ah, thanks for the replies. I'm sorry to have...

    Ah, thanks for the replies. I'm sorry to have misled you, I took the rear wheel measurements late last night and when I took them again this morning I realised I'd made a mistake! My eyeball...
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    another spoke length question

    To recap, I used Spocalc express and DT Swiss calculators (both gave the same result), I then taped my new rim to my old wheel, the hub flange hole diameter is the same as my new hubs, and measured a...
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    Thanks all for the replies. My hubs arrived today...

    Thanks all for the replies. My hubs arrived today so I'll play around with the calculators until I pick the optimum length - I'll tape my new rim to my old wheel to see if the calculations look...
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    I like that idea, but the glue is a bit lumpy....

    I like that idea, but the glue is a bit lumpy. Also I want to sell them so I'd like them as good as I can get them. I'm replacing them with the wheels I shall be building.... I hope ;-)
  23. Thread: spoke length

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    I suppose what I was really concerned about was...

    I suppose what I was really concerned about was if the spoke was a tad too long the nipple could run out of thread when tightening. Is the thread length standard with all manufacturers (I sense a...
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    how to clean cement from sprint rims

    I want to clean my sprint rims, nothing seemed to work in the past that easily. Someone suggested petrol?
    What would any of you guys use, I don't want to ruin them?
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    spoke length

    I intend to build a pair of wheels. Never done it before but I fancy having a go. I've read several articles and for simplicity Sheldon's page is the one I'll probably follow. I've looked at the...
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