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by martin blain
10 Jun 2015, 8:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Calais to Montpellier
Replies: 12
Views: 509

Re: Calais to Montpellier

Keep to the right.
by martin blain
18 May 2013, 9:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What's the best riposte to somebody who..........
Replies: 60
Views: 3137

What's the best riposte to somebody who..........

I've a work colleague who whenever I see him takes great delight in always tells me about the latest cycling accident that he's heard about supposedly to encourage me to abandon my bike for the joys of a car. Needless to say he's got a 42 inch beer gut and drives his BMW the 4 miles to the office. W...
by martin blain
2 May 2013, 9:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How much is a tatty brompton worth?
Replies: 31
Views: 3112

Re: How much is a tatty brompton worth?

I forgot to say it's a 5 speed so it's pre-2000 as Sturmey Archer stopped making the 5 speed hubs at that time.
by martin blain
2 May 2013, 9:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How much is a tatty brompton worth?
Replies: 31
Views: 3112

How much is a tatty brompton worth?

I'm being offered a tatty Brompton for £250. Is it worth it? It's been donated to a bike fixing charity and has been checked over by volunteer mechanics, new cables, brake blocks, chain, lubricated front hub and it's now in good mechanical condition however the paint work is fairly tatty. It's not d...
by martin blain
27 Mar 2013, 6:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Grrrr Garmin!!!
Replies: 142
Views: 5815

Re: Grrrr Garmin!!!

I've renamed my Garmin 800 the GREMLIN! I find Garmin to be a very customer unfriendly organisation and not at all easy to use in respect of their maps and online services. The device itself has had many mad moments when it's wanted to send me off on pointless detours, it even displayed a figure of ...
by martin blain
19 Mar 2013, 9:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rohloff vs Derailleur on the hills
Replies: 88
Views: 4191

Re: Rohloff vs Derailleur on the hills

Somebody has commented that the "bobbing" caused by the Moulton's front suspension would also contribute to losses of efficiency whilst climbing. I'm aware of this one and on any hilly ride I always clamp the front suspension down tight so that the front wheel is rigid. It means you can st...
by martin blain
18 Mar 2013, 3:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rohloff vs Derailleur on the hills
Replies: 88
Views: 4191

Re: Rohloff vs Derailleur on the hills

Hufty, The Rohloff was on a Moulton with Shwalbe Durano tyres, it's no Thorn carthorse, I was able to keep pace with all of the carbon fibre racers both downhill and on the flat and managed 38 mph as a maximum speed. It was just going up the hills where I seemed to be loosing out which got me wonder...
by martin blain
18 Mar 2013, 2:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rohloff vs Derailleur on the hills
Replies: 88
Views: 4191

Rohloff vs Derailleur on the hills

As most of my riding is in my own company I rarely get a chance to compare my athletic performance with other cyclists. However this weekend I cycled a particularly hilly sportive (6200 feet climbing in 65 miles) using a Rohloff hub and I seemed to be loosing out to the majority of other cyclists wi...
by martin blain
6 Mar 2013, 8:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Radon Rohloff
Replies: 8
Views: 954

Re: Radon Rohloff

My experience suggests that the Thorn will also hold it's value better than a lesser known brand which is a factor worth considering if you ever want to change it.

A rohloff equiped Thorn is a popular bike and will sell easily if advertised on the forum here.
by martin blain
29 Jan 2013, 1:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where can I buy 20inch Sun Rhyno rims?
Replies: 3
Views: 319

Re: Where can I buy 20inch Sun Rhyno rims?

Thanks for your help.

I love the CTC!!
by martin blain
28 Jan 2013, 8:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where can I buy 20inch Sun Rhyno rims?
Replies: 3
Views: 319

Where can I buy 20inch Sun Rhyno rims?

Hi,

I need a pair of new 20 inch rims for a Moulton.

Saint John Street cycles are promising April restocking for Rhyno Rims which is no good for me.

I've done some web research and found nothing so I need help, can anybody point me towards a source of supply?

Thanks.
by martin blain
4 Oct 2012, 2:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What happenned to this bendy bike ?
Replies: 6
Views: 2634

What happenned to this bendy bike ?

Somebody emailed me this article which is a couple of years old. It shows something that appears to have some bike benefits particularly of easy storage and possibly security. http://www.tuvie.com/collapsible-bicycle-by-kevin-scott/ Does anybody know if anything commercially ever happenned? Did it g...
by martin blain
26 Jul 2012, 12:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Registration schemes...useful or not?
Replies: 0
Views: 253

Bike Registration schemes...useful or not?

What experience have members had with Bike Registration schemes? Having purchased the bike of my dreams I am starting to panic at the idea of somebody nicking it and consequently I've wondered if these schemes are worth bothering with. Here are a few I've found; https://www.bikeregister.com/ http://...
by martin blain
26 Jul 2012, 12:12pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Garmin Edge 200 - for navigation
Replies: 7
Views: 51550

Re: Garmin Edge 200 - for navigation

Garmins are not also known as "GREMLINS" for no reason. :twisted:

I've found their technical support and website as unhelpful as anybody could possible imagine, I wish I'd bought something else.
by martin blain
24 Jul 2012, 10:51am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New cycle show....
Replies: 126
Views: 35573

Re: New cycle show....

I agree with pretty much everying thing already said about the programme. It was awful. Wooden. Unengaging (is that a word?). Stupid. Uncomfortable. Disappointing. Advertising. My personal gripe was that it lacked any depth. The piece when a guy was taken for a "safer cycling" ride was a m...