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  1. charly h

    which spd pedals, recommendations please!

    Hello I have had the very annoying experience of buying some 2nd hand clipless pedals which have turned out to be total ****!!! :mad: First off I couldn't clip in to them, then when I tried loosening the cleats so that I could one of the screws fell off and won't go back in! They are VP pedals...
  2. charly h

    fixie conversion lockring question!

    Hello I have a 1970s era Dawes 5sp bike that is on its way to becoming my first fixie conversion. Exciting!!! :D I have a threaded rear hub and would like to remove the 5sp cassette and just get a sprocket to go on to that for minimum hassle and also cheapness! However I don't want to ride it...
  3. charly h

    slightly baffled by clipless pedals!

    Hello everyone I want to buy a pair of clipless pedals, but I'm not really sure what to go for, and I'm getting confused! Can I use any sort of shoes with any pedals, is the cleat the bit that needs to be compatible? Or do I have to be locked into one particluar system? For example, is it...
  4. charly h

    help needed removing brake levers

    Hello!! I want to get my handlebars off to trim them down and then move my brake levers up a bit, but how do I get the levers off so I can remove the bars? I can't see any screw anywhere. Also, once I have got the bars off, is the clamp thing that keeps the brakes fixed securely on the bars...
  5. charly h

    changing wheel sizes - can i?

    I am quite new to bike mechanics, but finding them very fun already! I have a knackered 25 yr old racer and I'd like to change the wheels at some point as they are a size that is a bit obsolete now (and a bit rusty) and it's hard to find a selection of tyres for them. I think they are 27 x1 1/4...
  6. charly h

    info wanted on old Dawes chevron racer!

    Hello Just wondering if any bike buff can help me ... I've bought an old Dawes Chevron racer which looks a bit knackered but is still a really nice comfy ride. It has 5 speed Huret gears, Weinmann brakes, and is nice and light - lighter than a quite a few current cheap racers! I think it may...