Top service though , eh ?
In other news , I was struggling for a Freewheel . I poured over the internet . All the usual places . Try and get a screw-on , ie old style, non-cassette, freewheel .
It has to be in a decent range of gears . Shimano do a widely available 6 speed one , but it's 14t at the 'tall ' end , and 28t at the low . About a tenner . Looks about a fivers worth though . Nasty . Alan has them on the wall , and I nearly did , but I was hoping a better one would turn up .
I'm sure we used to run 13-30 , but can I find one ?
They also do that silly ' megarange ' one with a dead easy low gear . Apart from the shame and embarrassment , I'd be unable to use that with my rear derailleur . Too much raaaange.
Ebay sellers offer little more choice . At the other end of the price range , a NOS ( new old stock ) Suntour one , identical to the one I angle grindered off , are the best part of £100 . An odd Regina came up . Road ratios .
Anyway , an exhaustive search brought up a ' SunRace ' brand one .
13-28 . Says--- ' chrome plated '. 7 speed .
Not a great pic online .
OK , one tooth at the taller end is a bit better at least . I thought " in for a penny , in for a 14 quid . posted "
A bit of an impulsive purchase , but if it wasn't quite right , it'd fit one of the kids bikes .
Strictly speaking the Muddyfox is six speed ( ie 18 spd ) , but , the spacing's the same , and my shifters are 7spd . Non indexed Campy ones . They'd probably work with 10 speed !
I replied to an ' importance of originality ' type post the other day on the retrobike forum . Life's too short . And there's no way Jose is paying £100 for a six block .
Anyway , it came this morning . Looks ace . Proper shiny shiny . Clicky clicky . More modern style profiled teeth .
So , a blog post praising both the local retailer and the wonder of the internet . For that obscure hard to find stuff , It's tough to beat . That said , I'll be pointing them out to Alan as an option to stock over them nasty shimano ones . They look ten times better , for another 2 quid .
And that said , it's hard to beat the local bike shop for a wheelbuild .
Nipping into town later to collect them . I'll put some pix up . Deffo need to get some paint on that damn frame .
Right now , I'm building a mailorder wardrobe , which is the other , dark , depraved side of the internet .....
Wheels look superb . Plain gauge Stainless spokes , Silver brass nipples . Straight and true .
I'll have to order them overpriced Araya stickers now .
Shiny cassette . Just looks a ton better than one of those generic shimano ones .Rim tapes .