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My Diana Dawes

Post by nordog on Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:49 pm

My old Dawes was a creaking tother day, and this is what I found:

Got the crank off with a little heat, my pullers and a slight tap a hammer.
Found this
After a scrub with a wire brush.
But then after removing the locking ring I had to tap this around as I had no proper tool.

Must have been on this bike for twenty plus years.

As you can see Condor I got the photo sequence wrong, used these puller with a little heat and taped it with me ammer.


No need to catch the ball bears but I did, could find all of then ether.

Now tother side removing the front rings, a fiddle job to get the pullers on in the firm position to pull.
 
What a mess.

Now it has a nice new BB should last me & the frame out.
Some more photos of this mammoth job:
Remove tie that normal hold cable in place so it will work

Luck was on my side to find the right spanner for this cup Condor.
Now a closer close up:

Now looking much tidier:



We have the tecknohow to do this job. Just!

Now she is running smoothly, its just the brakes need replacing soon. bike
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Re: My Diana Dawes

Post by Condor on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:47 am

Mmm...had to do the same to mine two months back. My crank-puller screws into the crank. New, well-greased bearings feel really good when you ride. I use a big shifter stuck in old forks for that 'cup' - same 'spanner' I use for shifting old cogs. It's a metre long altogether.
Good pics there Nordog.
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Post by Condor on Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:49 am

Different axle bar?
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Post by Guest on Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:25 am

"Creaking", huh?  Perhaps a good squirt with cooking spray Pam would have been easier, Nordog? - silly grin!

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Post by honeybee on Wed Jun 25, 2014 9:28 am

wow there are many part to a bike.
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Post by nordog on Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:41 am

Well past that stage Mara, used a sealed Shimano unit Condor, very smooth now but today the Chain would not engage with the inner ring never had that before, it just ran over the top of the teeth.
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Post by Condor on Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:19 am

Ah, the new axle is putting the chainwheel in a slighly different position. Adjust front deraileur screws?

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Post by Condor on Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:22 am

That old Double-Clanger is a good one Nordog; ally cranks with stainless rings, and the joining bolts are tool-steel. Modern triples are oft mild-steel with mild-steel rivets instead of close-threaded bolts - they wear fast. Yours shows little, if any, wear. Good gear.
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Re: My Diana Dawes

Post by Guest on Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:54 am

God bless you and Dave our Gordon, what devoted bike mechanics you both are. I have done the same things, because I have worked on all of my bikes. My Norco has not given me a lick of problems so far.  chuckles


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Re: My Diana Dawes

Post by nordog on Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:14 pm

Condor wrote:That old Double-Clanger is a good one Nordog; ally cranks with stainless rings, and the joining bolts are tool-steel. Modern triples are oft mild-steel with mild-steel rivets instead of close-threaded bolts - they wear fast. Yours shows little, if any, wear. Good gear.
Not heard that phrase since my Falcon days Condor (Double-Clanger) I loved it and thank you for the advice will do the adjustment tomorrow afternoon.  There was a small company in North Wales making hardened rings, my friend Colin French knew them and got some rings etc but they have now retired so I can't get any for my Rocky or my Ridgeback frame, they are good if your doing very long tours, like across Europe or Canada.
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Post by Condor on Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:51 am

Yes, the idea was that different cyclists could put rings to suit the gear size they wanted. Or new rings could be fitted to existing crank arms - £ saving. A good large ring tooth count is 50. Hill-climbers may choose say 46. Time-trialers may fit 52 - 56 for a more speedy gearing.

Strangely, Rich, the older type bikes (around here at any rate) are widely used, so a bit of 'old' knowledge is handy!  Very Happy Bikes are good work for us geriatrics!  Very Happy 

Falcon...good solid stuff...later came under Raleigh.
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