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Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by biggs682, 30 Jun 2017.

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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    yes a nice walk across town in the dark
     
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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Ten minutes of tinkering this morning and hey presto normal service is resumed .

    I found an old 5 speed block in my spares pile and promptly removed the faulty one and fitted it .

    And a quick 3 mile road test later the old girl is up and running again . ^_^
     
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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    A great 26 miles this morning on this now 5 speed machine .

    An absolute pleasure to ride no matter what the condition .

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  4. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    Location:
    London
    A dodgy freewheel is so annoying isn't it? The one on my horrible old "vintage" Apollo hack kept intermittently sticking and throwing the chain, despite having had a light oiling. As a last resort yesterday, I absolutely drowned the cluster, rear mech, and chain in engine oil and immediately went off on a road test. It got better and less sticky the more I rode. After an hour I was getting discomfort which was telling me the handlebars were too low, so I came back and raised them as far as they would go. Back out for another road test and much better, ended up being out for 2 1/2 hours including tinkering time. Freewheel is perfect now and doesn't need removing after all!
     
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  5. southcoast

    southcoast Well-Known Member

    What’s idea behind the chopped back handlebars?
     
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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Reduce weight :laugh:

    Being honest that's how they came to me , and seeing as i don't ride on the drops i just left them like that
     
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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    Nice pre work 11.5 miles this morning thought i would use this machine seeing as it was my winter machine and the conditions are wet underfoot with smatterings of snow still lying here and there .
     
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  8. mikeymustard

    mikeymustard Veteran

    I think it's a hill climber's trick to lose weight (as in the sport of hill climbing not just some randomer riding up a hill)
     
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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    A cracking 47 miles this morning on this old girl .

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    Loads of climbing for Northamptonshire is 2200 ft . All managed on a 5 speed set up .

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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    A couple of more rides on this old girl this weekend totalling a mere 37 miles but they were all good one's .

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    biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
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