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by Norton
19 Mar 2019, 7:13pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Looking for easily transported recumbent bike
Replies: 2
Views: 1887

Looking for easily transported recumbent bike

Looking for a used recumbent bike that either folds or will comfortably fit tow bar rack (in latter case c. 110 cm wheelbase or less). Origami, Grasshopper, Fiero, ICE B etc or alternatively maybe a folding late model Linear. Must be in excellent to near mint condition. Will also consider frameset. ...
by Norton
16 Mar 2015, 10:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 531-framed bike
Replies: 29
Views: 3903

Re: 531-framed bike

It's Reynolds 725 rather than 531, but a Thorn Club Tour might well suit as a modern Galaxy replacement/upgrade.
by Norton
16 Mar 2015, 6:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: if Shimano road mechanical disc brakes are any good?
Replies: 6
Views: 3094

Re: if Shimano road mechanical disc brakes are any good?

My Bike Friday came with them (R517). as standard. They certainly stop you, but so far I can't get them set up to bite early enough in the lever travel for me and without the pads rubbing the rotor slightly; by contrast I've had no problems with BB7s at all. Maybe I haven't given them enough attenti...
by Norton
16 Mar 2015, 1:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 531-framed bike
Replies: 29
Views: 3903

Re: 531-framed bike

Steve Goff still builds in 531 and with very reasonable pricing (you may have to wait though).
by Norton
16 Mar 2015, 1:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Getting back on bike
Replies: 35
Views: 3016

Re: Getting back on bike

I have no experience with Bromptons but can thoroughly recommend Bike Fridays (have a Pocket Crusoe and a Tandem Traveller)
by Norton
16 Mar 2015, 1:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 11 speed road cassette on XTR 11sp hub?
Replies: 3
Views: 943

11 speed road cassette on XTR 11sp hub?

Does anyone know if, say a 105 or Ultegra 11 speed cassette will fit an 11 speed XTR hub?

Thanks
by Norton
9 Jan 2015, 11:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 20 inch Wheel Road Bikes
Replies: 19
Views: 4019

Re: 20 inch Wheel Road Bikes

I 've been using small wheelers by preference for a few years now, both Moulton and Bike Friday (which I prefer) inc a tandem. Most UK models use small wheels as an intrinsic part of suspended or folding design, but the Japanese Mini Velos you mention tend to be neither (check out Tyrell bikes). Eve...
by Norton
17 Dec 2014, 9:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech for 52/42/30 triple 8sp
Replies: 7
Views: 825

Re: Front mech for 52/42/30 triple 8sp

Many thanks for the advice, I suspect the Claris may not work well.

Sounds like a new old stock Shimano mech might be best.
by Norton
16 Dec 2014, 2:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech for 52/42/30 triple 8sp
Replies: 7
Views: 825

Re: Front mech for 52/42/30 triple 8sp

Many thanks, but in the light of previous problems when deviating even a little from Shimano triple front mech/chainring specs, I was looking for a front mech specified to work with a 52 outer ring, 22t difference overall and 10t difference between outer and middle before parting with my cash. I gue...
by Norton
12 Dec 2014, 1:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front mech for 52/42/30 triple 8sp
Replies: 7
Views: 825

Front mech for 52/42/30 triple 8sp

Need a replacement braze-on front mech to suit 52/42/30 chainrings with 8 speed chain etc. The old mech was a Micrsoshift item - would prefer Shimano, Campag etc instead From what I can see most modern Shimano triples are not designed for this configuration -recommendations as to what will work well...
by Norton
16 Jun 2014, 7:19pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Mercian Cycles
Replies: 17
Views: 53724

Re: Mercian Cycles

It's not unusual for some "bespoke" builders to ignore what the customer wants.....
However, in contrast to a comment above, I wouldn't put Steve Goff in this category. From my experience he will build whatever you specify, providing it's possible.
by Norton
30 Aug 2013, 12:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sporty bike with road suspension?
Replies: 68
Views: 3729

Re: Sporty bike with road suspension?

Why not just test ride a Moulton TSR 30? Suspension F&R, racks and mudguards F&R available, intended for reasonably "fast" use, well priced for what it is and UK made with proper service and spares backup.

You can also get 10% off one at Evans with your CTC card
by Norton
30 Aug 2013, 10:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thorn XTC
Replies: 8
Views: 3277

Re: Thorn XTC

Thorn are having sale of their last stock of bare metal UK built frames -several XTC included (although maybe too big at c. size .590):

http://www.thorncycles.co.uk/forums/ind ... pic=6971.0
by Norton
28 Aug 2013, 8:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thorn XTC
Replies: 8
Views: 3277

Re: Thorn XTC

There are 2 XTC models, I have the lugged "Classic SWB" version which tops out at about 1.4 tyres with mudguards. The more numerous Lugless version should cope with 1.75 tyres and guards.

But check out the brochure archive or post a question on the Thorn forum to make sure.