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Singles / Front brake
« on: 20 August, 2017, 07:00:53 »
I was at the Stilton bike show yesterday, met a chap with a B44. We chatted about brake power on british bikes.
He had twin leading shoe conversion, But I was happy with the standard brake on my C15 SS.
This has reminded me of a conversion I did 50+ years ago.
My B33, with Superocket engine fitted, had the standard, one sided drum.
I had noticed the way the Vincent twin front brake worked.
I bought another wheel from the breakers ( About 3 ). I removed the press-fitted drum and the short spokes and fitted them to my wheel.
To work the twin drum brakes, I run the original inner cable to its normal brake arm on the right.
I shortened the inner cable, and fitted it to a home made alloy sheet lever, pivoted at the centre, with another inner cable connected to the left side brake arm.
This gave the normal action to each brake, with normal pressure on  the hand lever , but needed twice the movement.
So the only disadvantage was that the cable needed tighter setting, and more frequent adjustment. It worked perfectly well.

I dont like the heavy cast iron, full width hubs on my C155. I would like to the lighter slim hub type. It is the high cost of spares that stop me!

The Star and Garter / treating rusty rims.
« on: 03 July, 2017, 16:53:24 »
My C15 has many small rust spots on the rims.
Rubbing down with wirewool removes most of the rust, leaving very small  spots.
I will try rubbing over with a rag soaked in silver paint, to disguise the spots, and give some protection.
Is this a good idea, or is there a better way.

The Star and Garter / useless brakes on classic bikes?
« on: 12 June, 2017, 11:51:32 »
It has been often stated that the old British bikes had 'useless' brakes.
I never found this when I rode many bikes in the 1960s.
My present C15 seems just fine.
The rear brake will easy lock the wheel. The front brake seems powerful, I am afraid to use full power
for fear of skidding. At low speed, it can lock the wheel.
Of course, my bike can only scrape up to 70 mph.
Comments, please

The Star and Garter / Balancing on a bike
« on: 25 February, 2017, 08:14:24 »
My C15 ss balances well. I can turn round in my narrow yard, without putting a foot down. (old trials rider).
On my 250 Virago, (My first ride after have a new knee fitted) I was turning round in a side road when forks
reached full lock, and over I went. I was trapped under the bike with the engine revving in gear for a few seconds.
Question - when you reach full lock on a bike, is it still possible to retain your balance?? (remaining seated)

Singles / C15 ss Max speed
« on: 21 February, 2017, 07:55:10 »
Following my previous blog-
My 1964 C15 SS from America, with 10/1 piston, has a disappointing low top speed, 60-65 MPH.
I can find nothing wrong with it.
I wonder if the original road tests 'in the day' were done with the rider  lying flat on the tank, with
the normal handlebars, not clip-ons. How much difference would that make??
I have my bike with higher than normal gearing, which I prefer. This should give more relaxed cruising,
with higher speed available in third gear.
I cant go to a heavier bike. I have not the strength to lift it when it falls over.

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