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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest65 View Post
    And another question, when did the front brake lever move to the left side?
    You’re in Europe now my friend; the rule here is, front-brake on the left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest65 View Post
    Ok all you bike experts, what is this? About 2" longest dimension, made of plastic, got one with both mine and the wife's new electric bikes. Nothing that I can find in any of the literature about it.

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    Can’t help with this, but for what it’s worth i don’t think it’s anything to do with the drivetrain (as in, I checked out a parts catalogue for the eBike drivetrains and there’s nothing like that in there!)

    The only thing I could think of is maybe some widget to help bleeding the disk brakes, if they’re hydraulic?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    You’re in Europe now my friend; the rule here is, front-brake on the left.
    Ah, did wonder if it was cos they're forrin, need to learn which one to grab on the downhill bits.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    Can’t help with this, but for what it’s worth i don’t think it’s anything to do with the drivetrain (as in, I checked out a parts catalogue for the eBike drivetrains and there’s nothing like that in there!)

    The only thing I could think of is maybe some widget to help bleeding the disk brakes, if they’re hydraulic?
    OK, thanks.. Will look up the Shimano brake system and see if it mentions it, yes they're hydraulic


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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest65 View Post
    Ok all you bike experts, what is this? About 2" longest dimension, made of plastic, got one with both mine and the wife's new electric bikes. Nothing that I can find in any of the literature about it.

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    that is a spacer for your hydraulic brake when your wheels are off - it stops the pads overextending... you sometimes use them too when you bleed the hyraulics

    Last edited by Redemption; 15-04-21 at 14:30.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redemption View Post
    that is a spacer for your hydraulic brake when your wheels are off - it stops the pads overextending... you sometimes use them too when you bleed the hyraulics
    Brilliant, thanks a lot, knew someone here would have the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forest65 View Post
    Ok all you bike experts, what is this? About 2" longest dimension, made of plastic, got one with both mine and the wife's new electric bikes. Nothing that I can find in any of the literature about it.

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    I've done a few miles this week as I have a week off and been checking out the country pubs as I've passed em. Deffo going on a longer ride tomorrow and stopping off at the one closest to home for a pint.

    Weather has been perfect for cycling this week. Barely a breath of wind, crisp and sunny







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    Quote Originally Posted by eugenboppboppbopp View Post
    I've done a few miles this week as I have a week off and been checking out the country pubs as I've passed em. Deffo going on a longer ride tomorrow and stopping off at the one closest to home for a pint.

    Weather has been perfect for cycling this week. Barely a breath of wind, crisp and sunny







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    Nice one. Been a while since I did anything over 10 miles, anything more and knee is uncomfortable for a few days. Pissed off with it to say the least.


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    Quote Originally Posted by eugenboppboppbopp View Post
    I've done a few miles this week as I have a week off and been checking out the country pubs as I've passed em. Deffo going on a longer ride tomorrow and stopping off at the one closest to home for a pint.

    Weather has been perfect for cycling this week. Barely a breath of wind, crisp and sunny
    The ground is bone dry as well for those that like a bit of off-roading.

    I am off to the Peak District on Monday, hoping the Weather holds up and looks like it will.


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    The latest project is for my parents, they want an olde school folder for the caravan...

    It wasn’t in a good state and I’ve spent hours on it just bringing the paintwork and chrome back to life. The wheels were buggers as well, front axle was shot, now replaced.

    The funky year of 1978!

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    No room at the beer garden. Made do with a bench

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    Cutting it fine but managed to get out today to do the April 3 Speed challenge.
    It consists of 15 miles, one coffee stop, one 7% hill climb, include an off-road section and stay overnight somewhere. Obviously won’t be staying overnight anywhere but did the rest.

    Cracking weather and a pleasant ride

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    I’ll be pleased to see the end of this Folder project, every step has been problematic.

    Went for a test ride and the drive side pedal felt like it was bent, got it back in the stand and tried a different pedal, then noticed the crank arm has the slightest bend in it on the end. Thankfully I had a spare in the shed so swapped that.
    New tyres arrived which were a battle to get on, the old Raleigh Record ones can easily be fitted by hand but these Schwalbe ones require tyre levers and brute force. Then the inner tube on the rear decided it has a puncture on the valve stem
    Of course, nobody stocks 20 1 3/8 inner tubes anymore so I had to order them online as well, more delay.


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    It never fucking ends.

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    Finally finished the bugger, went on a test ride earlier and it rides great. Some kids clocked me and I heard one say to his mate “that blokes on a girls bike”, then they followed me down a few streets shouting “that’s a girls bike”
    They need to join the The Raleigh Twenty Group on Facebook and see what blokes do with these bikes, bless em.

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    30 years ago, almost to the day, I bought this bike. Two years running it took my wife and myself around France and was fantastic at that. I've put almost 30,000 on it in that time. So much has happened in my life since I've had it but I've now just sold it, it wasn't being used enough and I need space in the shed so had to go. Probably would have been a more difficult decision if I hadn't had all that trouble with the tank repair/ re spray, a shit job which only revealed itself after time.
    A sad day but should you feel like that about possessions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk Furtull View Post
    30 years ago, almost to the day, I bought this bike. Two years running it took my wife and myself around France and was fantastic at that. I've put almost 30,000 on it in that time. So much has happened in my life since I've had it but I've now just sold it, it wasn't being used enough and I need space in the shed so had to go. Probably would have been a more difficult decision if I hadn't had all that trouble with the tank repair/ re spray, a shit job which only revealed itself after time.
    A sad day but should you feel like that about possessions?

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    Nice and I can certainly understand why you wouldn’t want to let it go especially with the sentimental value. On the other hand maybe it’s time to let someone else enjoy it if it doesn’t get used.
    I get like that about some of my guitars, there’s a couple I haven’t used for years but one of them was my main guitar before/around the time my daughter was born and another would never be replaced due to how expensive vintage ones have become. So I hang on to them and they continue to sit in their cases.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirk Furtull View Post
    30 years ago, almost to the day, I bought this bike. Two years running it took my wife and myself around France and was fantastic at that. I've put almost 30,000 on it in that time. So much has happened in my life since I've had it but I've now just sold it, it wasn't being used enough and I need space in the shed so had to go. Probably would have been a more difficult decision if I hadn't had all that trouble with the tank repair/ re spray, a shit job which only revealed itself after time.
    A sad day but should you feel like that about possessions?

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    Yes, at least the ones that create memories. There's also a part of you in that bike, whether that's skin off your knuckles, blood or just time spent fettling. My uncles going through a similar experience as he looks to move on some of his bikes and machinery so he can retire to France. Although I'm not letting him sell the GT750 he's had since new in '76 (iirc) atleast not to a stranger, it can come to mine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OK SpidermAndy! View Post
    Yes, at least the ones that create memories. There's also a part of you in that bike, whether that's skin off your knuckles, blood or just time spent fettling. My uncles going through a similar experience as he looks to move on some of his bikes and machinery so he can retire to France. Although I'm not letting him sell the GT750 he's had since new in '76 (iirc) atleast not to a stranger, it can come to mine.
    What sort of condition is the 750 in? I might get on with mine when I've got some more space.

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    In several bits. He took it apart about 20 years ago to rebore and put new pistons in but then started collecting racing parts and it's now, sadly demoted to a corner of the shed. Don't think it's seen daylight in 15 years. Still remember my first go on the back, the sound, the smell, it was one of the reasons I fell in love with bikes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OK SpidermAndy! View Post
    In several bits. He took it apart about 20 years ago to rebore and put new pistons in but then started collecting racing parts and it's now, sadly demoted to a corner of the shed. Don't think it's seen daylight in 15 years. Still remember my first go on the back, the sound, the smell, it was one of the reasons I fell in love with bikes.
    The trouble with working on bikes like that is the cost/ availability of parts and chroming, etc. It's a bit of a mugs game trying to 'restore' them to a high standard, what's the point if it's going to get used as mine would? Mine was ok but by no means perfect when it fell off the side stand, I have no intention of spending a fortune on it now.

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    Suppose it's the value in £ and the value to you. If you made it concurs, you'd never take it out but a nice, gentle resto keeping a bit of patina is better IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OK SpidermAndy! View Post
    Suppose itsthe value in £ and the value to you. If you made it concurs, you'd never take it out but a nice, gentle resto keeping a bit of patina is better IMO.
    Yes I agree.

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    Glorious morning for it!




 

 

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