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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 2:12 am 
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Saw this and felt like sharing....





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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 1:03 pm 
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Not normally a fan of bikes that old but that is really nice 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:31 pm 
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It is lovely - but without a rear mech how does the rear gear selection work? Something to do with the pipework?


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 7:24 pm 
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Not a clue...any takers?


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:37 pm 
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Aye, the lever shifts the chain up onto the larger sprocket (like a front changer) and the ratcheted dropout allows the wheel to move forward. And vice versa. It relies a lot on rider technique and the gear to be absolutely spotless.
I had a version of this on my first racing bike - rescued from a pidgeon shed. When it was cleaned up it worked quite well. I had 3 on the back but they were too wide ratios for it to be really satisfactory. I changed the ratios and it was adequate. I used this to ride to Ft William one year with panniers and spindly legs but got rescued by my parents on the return journey!
That bike would be a really nice addition to a collection but its not got the original parts I reckon - its got a bit of a mix of components - maybe they did that in those days but I reckon they went for groupsets even then.
I'm waiting for another one to turn up in a pidgeon shed before I invest in anything like that.
Check the deep bars on that one though - I'm on the lookout for a pair like that for my 'modern' bike. They make a lot of sense - those 'anatomical' things are crap.


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slap shift!

awesome

this is a great book for those interested
http://www.thedancingchain.com/index.htm


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