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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:28 pm 
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One thing you might find with tyres: 35mm may or may not fit without fouling mudguards and/or frame. Worth considering.

32mm is probably going to be alright, and will make everything far comfier.

And the Union pedals fitted to it currently are a really good choice; very hard wearing and because they're big offer lots of support for people that won't wear special shoes for cycling.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:20 pm 
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Ive got a mixte here, And ive had a few others... Whats the real reason for a mixte frame? Are they womens bikes or more of a unisex thing?

The one here now is a Raleigh , Mid 80's... Gonna get it up together and maybe sell it soon....


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 4:43 pm 
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I would just buy a pair of rims and a set of spokes to rebuild your wheels, or get a LBS to do it for you rather than changing old wheels for old wheels.

Nice bike by the way.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:55 pm 
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Thanks for all the positive comments guys.

@kanzlr I think its just a basic steel frame - I think the stickers we designed to look like Reynolds stickers ;)

Happy to use the friction shifters - though I'm struggling to find any wheels that have or would take a 5sp freewheel. Anyone got any spare?! :) As its friction shift could I stick a wheel with a 7sp cassette on?.

@tevevw Hadn't really considered getting the wheels rebuilt on the old hubs - I thought that would be really expensive. Is it a cost effective option? And if so, does anyone know if there is there anyone worth talking to around Birmingham?

Thanks for the tip on the tyres @chris667 - She wants cream delta cruisers I think - should look great. Was going to replace the pedals - one side doesn't want to screw in - looks like the thread has been damaged somewhere along the line and the one that does screw in is really stiff to rotate. Figured what with everything else I need to do to the bike I'll drop some new pedals on and see if I can fix the ones I have later.

@etrowagen1234 Why a Mixte? They look nice :) I don't think there is any structural advantage over a normal dropped bar frame and cost more to make, but the strong diagonal line across the frame looks great. From what I understand they are uni-sex frames, but this one is for my girlfriend.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:31 pm 
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The Delta Cruisers are a big tyre, even for 700x35 (they are all slightly different sizes even though they're labelled the same). I'd get a pair of Michelin World Tours in 700 x 32, for £5.99 each at Chain Reaction Cycles.

A new set of cables, a new chain (£3.99 in your local ASDA) and you're in business.

If it were me I wouldn't go further with wheels until your girlfriend has ridden the bike and decides she likes it. But when the time comes, a wanted ad here will provide a pair of good freewheel wheels with alloy rims.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:22 am 
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Michelin World Tour Tyre
700 x 32c Wire White - Black

at the risk of sounding stupid, these are white walls, yeah?


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:10 am 
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If you can find 28mm tyres in the design you like wheels and rims will be easier to find.

Here is one I did for my son's girlfriend.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:10 pm 
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Thanks for all the tips :)

Cracking on with the project now!

Do you think these wheels are salvageable? And if so - are they worth saving? Can't see anything on them to tell me what they are, but they are pretty heavy.

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Looks like the freewheel is fine, just the chain that was rusted badly so I either need to clean these up or find a new pair that will take a 5sp free wheel.

Cheers!


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