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il padrone

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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #15 on: February 24, 2013, 10:07:05 PM »
Thanks Dan.
I'll let you know how I get on with the bars.
Can you throw me a tip for disconnecting the 2 connectors at the rear for the hub?
Is it a push n twist?

I have never used them, as I have the EX box version. But just looking at the photos of the connectors, don't you just rotate them 90 degrees to open the  spring clasps on them? Maybe you need to hold them together a bit but I couldn't imagine it being too tough.

0:35 to 0:44 in this SJS video  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKwpd2VSDP4

The peg idea was for gearoidmuar to connect them, with an injured thumb. Different sort of problem.
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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2013, 11:02:05 PM »
Yes, shft to 1 or 14 first.  Then it's just a twist with the spring doing the rest.  If its still really tight let some cable out at the adjuster on the v brake brazing.  I sometimes have a problem reconnecting when my hands are cold (most common weather for punchers!). In the absence of a peg I use the notch in a spoke key to hold one side.
 

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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2013, 03:13:04 PM »
Front guard fitted this morning. Many thanks Andy for including the cut stays.

Next up rear guard.
Any tips on what bits to fit first? Stays or the frame connection? Is it a bolt on directly job or should I use the bracket supplied?
And there is a middle bracket supplied for the top of the curve. Is this required?

many thanks

matt
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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2013, 03:30:13 PM »
My rear mudguard is bolted to the frame at the chainstays and seatstays. Each has about 1 cm of spacer to hold the guard away from the frame. Looks like a couple of nuts provides most of the space.

Do you have a Thorn rear rack? My mudguard stays are fastened to the Thorn rack rather than the dropout. 

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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2013, 04:25:37 PM »
I'd attach the frame points first so then you can measure the stays. The frame attachments you're stuck with, the stays are much less constrained.

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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #20 on: February 28, 2013, 04:49:47 PM »
Thanks Jim
Problem 1
the bolts will not screw into the lower cross member
pict 1
or the upper cross member near the brakes
pict 2
I am using the bolts supplied by SJS Chromoplastic guards
The threads dont appear correct

Problem 2
The struts of the guards come across at a very bad angle into the 'holes' of the supports for the guards
pict 3
not sure if i can bend them to the correct angle

Any thoughts and ideas much appreciated

Matt
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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #21 on: February 28, 2013, 06:17:52 PM »
Hi Matt

Does it feel like the thread is wrong or the size of the bolts is wrong?

I can probably find the original bolts that were off the bike that Thorn would have fitted.

My suggestion would be to check with Thorn what size and pitch the holes should be and then run a tap set up them.

Dont be tempted to "force" the bolts - a tap will do a much better job

Andy

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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #22 on: February 28, 2013, 06:36:23 PM »
Looking at other Thorn Bikes that are using the rear rack for attaching of the mudguard it looks like they only use the closer holes on the mudguard for the attachment and then cut off the bar so that it does not need to line up with the outer hole.

Not the best solution as it does not let you adjust the mudguard in and out to match different tyre sizes but seems the norm.

Andy

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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #23 on: February 28, 2013, 06:38:14 PM »
Yeah, that rearmost stay is a bit of a cheat - looks like it needs rather precise trimming!

No idea about the bolt size - got to be something very boring like M4. I can pull one out to get it checked if you really get stranded, but probably Thorn will tell you.


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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2013, 06:41:02 PM »
Actually it rather looks as though that stay would clear the bottom of that mudguard fitting if it had been left longer.

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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2013, 06:41:32 PM »
Thanks Jim
I never mind a good cheat if it gets he job done!
 ;)
Nice picture btw
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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2013, 05:05:16 PM »
Managed to remove old bar tape and fit foam over the Hubert bars.
Thanks fr the hints Dan. I used liquid soap and they went on pretty well.
Picture shows the bars. One side a little short.
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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2013, 05:15:18 PM »
Also decided to cover the font and rear bars of the racks with reinforced tubing.

Not sure who it was on here that did it a month or so ago but I liked the idea. So thanks to whoever you are.

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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2013, 05:59:18 PM »
Ooh! Pictures!  ;D

Matt,

I think you did a fine job on the bike, and each addition or change personalizes it for your use and makes it that much more "yours". The foam pads on the handlebars look very nice indeed, the mudguards are in place and ready to go, and the rack padding is done.

Pretty soon, everything will be finished and the bike can start accumulating some real distance under you!

My, what a lovely-looking machine; you can be proud!

All the best,

Dan.

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Re: Matt's old bird
« Reply #29 on: March 01, 2013, 06:33:17 PM »
Hi Matt,

A couple of small points, the front mudguards could do with a few spacers to bring the front down and give more clearance for the brake cable. I might be wrong but you won't be able to fit panniers to the front rack with that tubing on.

Bob