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by Rusty Spanner
6 Oct 2018, 9:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why do bikes look so boring?
Replies: 109
Views: 3768

Re: Why do bikes look so boring?

The trend for black anodised components has very little to do with the fashion preferences of consumers.

It's cheaper for the manufacturers, which is why they do it.
by Rusty Spanner
1 Sep 2018, 10:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front rack for a Surly Disc Trucker?
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Re: Front rack for a Surly Disc Trucker?

Thank you, much appreciated!
by Rusty Spanner
31 Aug 2018, 12:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front rack for a Surly Disc Trucker?
Replies: 2
Views: 278

Front rack for a Surly Disc Trucker?

Hiya. :) I''m a very happy Disc Trucker owner, love the bike, suits me perfectly. For touring I'm happy with my rear rack, panniers and bar bag, but would like to fit a front rack, preferably a low rider, for occasional use when we're out and about with the young granddaughters, shopping, tip runs, ...
by Rusty Spanner
9 Jun 2018, 8:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Sora R3000 Levers
Replies: 2
Views: 241

Re: Shimano Sora R3000 Levers

Came as standard on my wife's Specialized AWOL.

They feel a bit plasticky but work perfectly.

Very quiet and exceptionally smooth changes, much less intrusive than older Tiagra on her road bike.

Lasting well too, has survived a few drops both on and off road.
by Rusty Spanner
27 Aug 2017, 9:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Decline in Forum usage?
Replies: 112
Views: 7074

Re: Decline in Forum usage?

I find this a wonderful resource, but I'm still a bit in awe of the depth of knowledge displayed by the regulars, tbh. I post very infrequently on here and try to only contribute where I feel I can genuinely be of use. Not really drawn to the non bike topics as I spend far too much time in a very si...
by Rusty Spanner
3 Apr 2017, 4:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Giant Revolt 2 OR Dawes Galaxy cromo?
Replies: 12
Views: 1170

Re: Giant Revolt 2 OR Dawes Galaxy cromo?

Having test ridden both, I'd go for the Giant. At that price it's fantastic value. It is a lovely bike, handles very well and feels very comfortable. Will definitely take a rack and guards. My local dealer praised them highly and has one customer who has used hers on extended tours in Asia and Afric...
by Rusty Spanner
25 Mar 2017, 8:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mountain bike pedals with "pins"
Replies: 19
Views: 1291

Re: Mountain bike pedals with "pins"

Off road, with sticky soled shoes or hiking boots, they are wonderful things. Extremely grippy, easy to move your feet around, nice big platform. I found SPD's a bit of a liability off road, much prefer to be able to dab a foot down quickly whenever needed. I think flats improve pedalling technique ...
by Rusty Spanner
7 Mar 2017, 2:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake performance
Replies: 199
Views: 9157

Re: Disc brake performance

With specific regard to the OP, if the levers are compatible, as recommended I would replace the stock resin pads with sintered ones. Check your rotors can be used with sintered pads - a recent trend appears to be the supply of non heat treated 'resin only' rotors on some new bikes. Worth replacing ...
by Rusty Spanner
7 Mar 2017, 2:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brake performance
Replies: 199
Views: 9157

Re: Disc brake performance

Have used hydraulic discs for over 10 years and many thousands of off road miles. Arm pump was a serious issue with V's offroad, so the reduction in physical effort vastly increased comfort, safely and enjoyment on long, steep days out on the hills. The increased power, predictability and modulation...
by Rusty Spanner
27 Feb 2017, 8:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: leeds liverpool canal tips
Replies: 54
Views: 5897

Re: leeds liverpool canal tips

Good luck! The Kingfisher Cafe at Reedley Marina just east of Burnley is a very pleasant place to refuel. You can sit outside with your bike or lock it securely within sight. [url] https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g503927-d5433631-Reviews-Kingfisher_Cafe_Bar-Burnley_Lancashire_England...
by Rusty Spanner
27 Jan 2017, 2:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Fast rolling tires? 26 inch
Replies: 35
Views: 7338

Re: Fast rolling tires? 26 inch

Another happy user of Marathon Supremes. Have tried both widths, very happy with the 2" folders at the moment. Thought they'd be too wide on the road but I'm converted. Lots of feel, fast, can't fault the grip, and it's easy to find a comfortable sweet spot, regardless of load. Not good in mud,...
by Rusty Spanner
27 Oct 2016, 11:42pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Hewitt Cycles: prices and service for touring parts
Replies: 6
Views: 4253

Re: Hewitt Cycles: prices and service for touring parts

My wife recently had a bike fit by Paul Hewitt.

Very productive and good value.
Paul was helpful and patient, explaining each step.
No time pressure at all, everything checked and checked again until right.

Very decent and pleasant people to deal with.
by Rusty Spanner
6 Sep 2016, 11:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Genesis Bikes
Replies: 20
Views: 2141

Re: Genesis Bikes

I'm just over 5''5", my wife just under 5'6". We can both comfortably stand over a 50cm (small) Genesis CdF, but not a 52 (medium). The 50 is a much better fit for me in terms of length too. I honestly don't trust any of the manufacturers geo tables 100%, they all seem to measure standover...
by Rusty Spanner
27 Jul 2016, 11:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 650c Wheels on a Small Frame
Replies: 17
Views: 1596

Re: 650c Wheels on a Small Frame

I think I've ridden that Spa, unless there's an almost identical one a centimetre or two larger? It's absolutely lovely. Handles beautifully, steers neutrally and has a bit of zing. I recently spent eight months trying to ride as many drop bar touring bikes as possible, in order to replace my old MT...
by Rusty Spanner
18 Jul 2016, 1:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: comfortable seatpost
Replies: 13
Views: 840

Re: comfortable seatpost

My wife and I both noticed a considerable difference between posts on our compact framed, hardtail MTB's. She has an alloy frame, I have a steel one, both to the same design, size and geometry. A Thomson post makes either bike feel 'firmer' than the posts we'd used before. The difference between the...