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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:00 pm 
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If it's a screw-on freewheel it will be 126mm; even if 130mm the dropouts can take it no problem.

I know it's all a matter of personal taste, but those wheels would be completely out of place on a bike of this period: deep section rims and those decals would be wrong, wrong, wrong!

Yellow tyres on a yellow bike? A bit "mother of the bride"?

If you want a cheap pair of wheels that don't offend the eye, try these, there's plenty of choice.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:13 pm 
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Unindexed downtube shifters will work in any set-up: they're just a lever pulling a cable.

If indexed, then you would want to match them with the freewheel, ie 7 speed shifters with a 7 speed freewheel.

There are these from Spa Cycles or just type "downtube shifter" into Ebay.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:29 pm 
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Thanks the for advise Scilly, I must admit I agree with you regarding the wheels. Maybe they'll work on a future project I have in mind.

I think the wheels you recommended with the following:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6-SPEED-FREEW ... 33529d23f8

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PAIR-BIKE-CYC ... 35c131a94b

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ONE-PAIR-SCHW ... 337c1163db

Will I need a new front and rear deraillier or will my original sachs huret items work with the new freewheel?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:44 am 
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Yup, that will all work and you won't need new derailleurs.

Please note the wheels have solid axles rather than quick release skewers, if that's important to you: I suppose it depends on whether you plan on getting punctures or not!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:34 pm 
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I noticed they didn't have qr's but I presume that I could them in the future.

I now require a crank puller to strip the bottom bracket, any ideas on what would be suitable or should I go to my LBS?

Thanks


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:59 am 
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Where in Kent are you?


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:59 am 
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my local bike shop charged me £20 labour to fit a new bottom bracket on the raleigh kelloggs (they replaced the old unit with the modern cartridge type, which are sealed, the part was about £25), and the labour charge included fitting a new chain (which i supplied) and he had to drill out the rivetted gear cable router off the bottom of the frame to get access.

it sounded like a fiddley job which i didnt want to tackle for the sake of paying £20 labour lol

if i were you i would get wheels with proper QR hubs. on the skinny wheels you will get regular punctures (even with puncture protection tyres). i think you would need to strip the hubs off the spokes to change to QR hubs on those wheels on ebay?

you cant really go wrong with Weinman XR18's, they are very strong, look cool, the CNC machined rim edges make your brakes 3 times better, are not too heavy (965g front, 1148g rear including QR skewers). Parkers of Bolton sell them for £30 each.

ok they arent true retro styling but the aero profile is quite slim. i've been using them on one of my bikes for a few hundred miles in the last few months and they will take some abuse, and they make for a beautiful smooth ride without breaking the bank.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 5:56 pm 
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I'm Ashford Tel, you?

Percy you must be on comission for the the Weinman XR18's! :D

I would love them but this is meant to be a budget rebuild, I suppose the old saying buy nice or buy twice might apply but I need to keep the build to under £100 really. As I would like to start looking at building a single speed as well.

Maybe I'll have an ask around and see if Father Christmas has any Weinman XR18's in stock at the moment, because at this rate I can see it being Christmas before I ride the damn thing!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:31 pm 
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The rear spacing on the banana is 120mm btw.


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You sure? Would have thought it'd be 126mm.

I'm on Sheppey, not a million miles away. If you find yourself over this way feel free to pop in.


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