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Bikes that 'Don't want to be built'
« on: August 07, 2020, 02:23:49 pm »
Does anybody else get the syndrome where a bike seems to be fighting against you trying to build it?

I've wanted a proper touring bike for a long while. I bought a Dawes Galaxy frame (with a number of parts) a few years ago and have had several attempts to complete it. It always seems to be harder work than any other bike I have built.

I thought I wanted it as a flat bar bike - built it up with mostly late 90's XT stuff (because it works well and I had some) - it just didn't feel right.

I bought 3x8 road levers so I could use drops - this meant changing from the 'V' brakes, so I bought some good quality modern canti brakes  - the front canti bosses were too close together to use them.  >:( - luckily I had been tidying the workshop, and had found some older 'wide stance'  (Shimano BR AT50) cantis that I didn't realise I had.

While building it, every little thing seemed to be against me - putting the brakes on - first I hd got the left and right springs mixed up (so the brakes sprung on rather than off), then I had one of the spring ends in the wrong hole on the canti boss, each time the screws had to be undone and redone, and the whole assembly seemed to go in a similar manner.
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Re: Bikes that 'Don't want to be built'
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2020, 02:36:24 pm »
It's not green is it? Not known much to stump you old thing.
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

Re: Bikes that 'Don't want to be built'
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2020, 04:56:18 pm »
Yes, green.

I took it for a roll around the block, but had to replace a bottlecage that had snapped - that's a brand new, unused bottlecage.  >:(

I made a dymano to USB system for it. Can I find it - can I buggered...  >:( >:( >:(

Pictures when it's finiished - maybe never...   >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

Re: Bikes that 'Don't want to be built'
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2020, 05:29:09 pm »
John, have you read your strapline recently?

Re: Bikes that 'Don't want to be built'
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2020, 06:03:56 pm »
Green eh....Oooooooo
Get a bicycle. You will never regret it, if you live- Mark Twain

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Re: Bikes that 'Don't want to be built'
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2020, 09:25:37 am »
I am supposed to be turning my Revell Romany back into a geared bike for shopping.  I have some bits.  Handlebars, stem, brake levers, thumb shifter, derailleur and possibly a freewheel if I can get it off the manky old wheel it's currently attached to.  Current progress: 0.
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Re: Bikes that 'Don't want to be built'
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2020, 11:21:56 pm »
^ Because gears suck n anything that isn't laidback or made for racing.  I pulled the twins + trailer on a fixed and the cargo bike would be better without gears*.

I spent about a decade trying to turn a second hand bike into something that I would ride.  It's now FS.

* My wife suggests this may be a lie.
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Re: Bikes that 'Don't want to be built'
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2020, 10:21:56 am »
I do have both a Perfectly Good Gentleman's Fixed-Gear Bicycle and a Perfectly Good Gentleman’s Mountain Bicycle, but neither of them can tow my Yak BoB trailer.  And it's uphill all the way back from Mr Sainsbury’s House of Toothy Comestibles, and I'm a fat idle bastard in a very poor state of repair.
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Re: Bikes that 'Don't want to be built'
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2020, 06:55:23 pm »
The Gharge Grater that was going to be my ebike* has finally emerged from the car crash of lockdown as a conventional Alfine 11 with TRP HyRd brakes. I can't find any love for it whatsoever. Along with the Fisher 229, Giant OCR, a pair of Trek 950s and anything else i use to be proud of. I just don't want to ride any more...



*Having spent around 5 years looking for a reliable, consistent source of ebike conversions I've given up. They're shite, spares are like getting blood out of a stone and when the punters break them I can't fix them again.

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Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Re: Bikes that 'Don't want to be built'
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2020, 05:55:16 pm »
The front light on the Galaxy kept pinginging apart, so I took the opporunity to fir a connector, bridge rectifier, and brighter LED light. It all worked, but after I took it for a nightime test ride, The rear didn't.

I took the rear lamp apart today, and it smelled of magic smoke.  :(

Bunged some red LED striplight in the casing instead of the buckpuck and single LED.  :thumbsup:

Also found the charging unit and am able to charge USB power-banks from it.  :D

...and took some pictures for those that Can-hardly wait.  ;D



...yes, that's a 63cm frame.  :o







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Re: Bikes that 'Don't want to be built'
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2020, 06:46:53 pm »
I do have both a Perfectly Good Gentleman's Fixed-Gear Bicycle and a Perfectly Good Gentleman’s Mountain Bicycle, but neither of them can tow my Yak BoB trailer.  And it's uphill all the way back from Mr Sainsbury’s House of Toothy Comestibles, and I'm a fat idle bastard in a very poor state of repair.

You need to have Words with Mr Sainsbury.  He put our toothy comestibles emporium at the top of the hill, which (as I had cause to explain to a recent e-bike convert who was gawping in disbelief at the amount of shopping I was loading into the trailer) is a much better arrangement.
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Re: Bikes that 'Don't want to be built'
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2020, 09:58:10 pm »
I just took the Galaxy out for a nighttime tryout, and the rear, dymano powered light has failed again.  >:(
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...