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by speedsixdave
24 Oct 2020, 10:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 178
Views: 5511

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

the main reason why the flexitor design didn't appear before it did in a Moulton bicycle was because Dr Moulton had sold an exclusive license to a car maker. He had to wait for this to expire before he could use his own invention in his bicycles. It is very clever of course but it doesn't offer tru...
by speedsixdave
24 Oct 2020, 9:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 178
Views: 5511

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

Hi, Alternatives to telescopic are heavy, and unsprung weight affects handling. If not then lateral stiffness, too many moving parts adds to complexity and cost.........then there's maintenance..... The former may be a compromise but works well..........enough.... Apologies, Moultons again... Neith...
by speedsixdave
18 Oct 2020, 11:08am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rohan sale
Replies: 43
Views: 1483

Re: Rohan sale

It was from my dad's Rohan catalogue in about 1986 that I first came across Moultons. They seemed an appropriate brand pairing at the time - both high-tech alternatives, both rather idiosyncratic, both quite expensive, both utterly derided by non-believers!
by speedsixdave
17 Oct 2020, 10:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 178
Views: 5511

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

Hi, Ha I never thought of that :wink: At a pinch a nut and bolt with a suitable size head can get you out of trouble if you have a spanner to fit. a good option here is a single M5 connector nut; https://cdn.aws.toolstation.com/images/141020-UK/800/28559.jpg 'hollowed for lightness' too... :wink: c...
by speedsixdave
17 Oct 2020, 10:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bob Jackson's shutting up
Replies: 70
Views: 2903

Re: Bob Jackson's shutting up

Quite sad about this. I had them build a frame for my wife for her 40th birthday, and they were really helpful throughout the whole process with useful advice about what tubing upgrades were worthwhile etc. The wife 'had her colours done' a few years ago...... She now has a very nice 631 open frame...
by speedsixdave
17 Oct 2020, 10:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rohan sale
Replies: 43
Views: 1483

Re: Rohan sale

I like the pictures on the Swrve website with a bloke halfway up a ladder. It reminds me of a bit by possibly P.G. Wodehouse about a guy buying a suit after seeing an advert with a very stylish man climbing the steps of an omnibus, and then finding that the suit looked absolutely awful except when c...
by speedsixdave
17 Oct 2020, 10:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rohan sale
Replies: 43
Views: 1483

Re: Rohan sale

I have had a fair bit of Rohan stuff over the years, with varying degrees of satisfaction. I like their breeches, which they don't do anymore, and their slim Newtown t-shirts, but some of their stuff is not very flattering. What I do like is that they publish weights, pack size and drying times for ...
by speedsixdave
17 Oct 2020, 9:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bob Jackson's shutting up
Replies: 70
Views: 2903

Re: Bob Jackson's shutting up

Quite sad about this. I had them build a frame for my wife for her 40th birthday, and they were really helpful throughout the whole process with useful advice about what tubing upgrades were worthwhile etc. The wife 'had her colours done' a few years ago, which means a person peers at you and consid...
by speedsixdave
14 Oct 2020, 10:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes to stop making the Galaxy due to lack of demand...
Replies: 120
Views: 4337

Re: Dawes to stop making the Galaxy due to lack of demand...

Although recent Galaxies were not what they might have been (and my wife's 1982 Galaxy is a pretty terrible touring bike for a number of reasons) this is quite sad news I think. I don't know if people still go into bike shops to look at bikes and consider what they might buy but not that long ago Ga...
by speedsixdave
12 Oct 2020, 2:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New £13k Specialized audax bike
Replies: 81
Views: 2463

Re: New £13k Specialized audax bike

Interesting graph indeed. I expect much of the increase between 1920 and 1960 was better road surfaces or at least more widespread decent road surfaces. Tarmac is the cyclist's best friend!
by speedsixdave
11 Oct 2020, 9:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New £13k Specialized audax bike
Replies: 81
Views: 2463

Re: New £13k Specialized audax bike

Bmblbzzz wrote: veblen


Not come across the term before but a quick google reveals a most useful concept and name for it. Thanks Bmblbzzz!
by speedsixdave
11 Oct 2020, 12:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New £13k Specialized audax bike
Replies: 81
Views: 2463

Re: New £13k Specialized audax bike

Clearly much of the attraction of a £13000 bike is the fact that it costs £13000,[ and the justification for this massive cost is the measurable fact that it is apparently the world's something something something . Go on, prove that, clearly you can't, yet again someone failing to grasp why someon...
by speedsixdave
10 Oct 2020, 11:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Blatt - another year on
Replies: 24
Views: 937

Re: The Blatt - another year on

Can I ask how you find the performance of the 70mm drum brake? Not enormously whelming, but: (a) they've not been on terribly long, so may bed in further with time. Apart from the fairly flat pottering around South Derbyshire that we normally do on the tandem, which doesn't require a lot of serious...
by speedsixdave
10 Oct 2020, 9:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Blatt - another year on
Replies: 24
Views: 937

Re: The Blatt - another year on

How is the horn? :D Am I right in thinking the f&f are Thorn? How do you think the forks are coping with the 90mm hub brake? I ask with selfish interest as I recently put a Sturmey X-FDD dynamo / 70mm hub brake on the front of our Thorn tandem in addition to the Magura rim brake. Mostly i use it...
by speedsixdave
10 Oct 2020, 9:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yellow sunnies?
Replies: 16
Views: 593

Re: Yellow sunnies?

Yellows are a bit like cocaine - the world seems a much brighter and sunnier place when you're wearing them. But when you take them off, as you inevitably have to do at some point, everything looks emphatically dull and grey... I like to stock up with the glasses with three sets of interchangeable l...