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by hoppy58
2 Jul 2020, 9:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 853

Re: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff

BTW would a set of new 26 rigida sputniks make a difference to the ride? I’ve not tried them but by all accounts they’re very good. You could run what you’ve got until they start wearing out and meanwhile look out in the classifieds...good, little-used wheels frequently come up, or have a look at a...
by hoppy58
1 Jul 2020, 3:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff
Replies: 40
Views: 853

Re: Saracen Tange MTB for touring - keep or ditch for touring and rough stuff

Tange tubing is really good quality and the early to mid 90s saracens are quality bikes. I had a hardtrax, which was fairly basic and a protrax, more high end. Both bikes gave me loads of fun and were ideal for touring, off road and other duties as well. I currently have a rigid ‘95 Marin Eldridge G...
by hoppy58
23 Jun 2020, 11:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Questions on a Genesis Vagabond built
Replies: 36
Views: 941

Re: Questions on a Genesis Vagabond built

That looks lovely...love the tyres.
by hoppy58
23 Jun 2020, 10:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Questions on a Genesis Vagabond built
Replies: 36
Views: 941

Re: Questions on a Genesis Vagabond built

Fitting guards to a vagabond takes a bit of fiddling to get the gaps right and also to get clearance at the rear of the seat tube by the front mech. I used a side swing front mech so the only incursion at the rear of the seat tube is the band. This gives loads of space not only for guards but also f...
by hoppy58
14 Jun 2020, 6:04pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Pair of Schwalbe marathon racers 26 x 1.5
Replies: 0
Views: 157

Pair of Schwalbe marathon racers 26 x 1.5

Pair of tyres with very little wear, however one of them does have an abrasion to the tyre wall, pictured. Also a small length of the reflective tyre wall strip is missing on this same tyre. I can’t guarantee that this tyre will be safe, albeit I have used it without any problems and it should be no...
by hoppy58
14 Jun 2020, 5:17pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Schwalbe big apple tyres 26 x 2.15
Replies: 1
Views: 166

Schwalbe big apple tyres 26 x 2.15

Performance line version. Very little use - approx 250 miles in excellent condition

£20.00 collected (Shropshire/N Wales) £26.00 delivered
by hoppy58
4 Jun 2020, 11:26am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: BG Tips
Replies: 1
Views: 187

Re: BG Tips

moderators - I meant to put this in the main section but accidentally put it in this sub-section!
by hoppy58
4 Jun 2020, 11:22am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: BG Tips
Replies: 1
Views: 187

BG Tips

I've been watching this series on you tube. its Barry Godin's practical take on cycle touring with an emphasis on off-road/bike-packing. I find Barry very engaging and entertaining and have enjoyed watching this lock-down special.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGgXOX20fRk
by hoppy58
29 May 2020, 10:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: is my tandem frame scrap?
Replies: 44
Views: 2000

Re: is my tandem frame scrap?

Univega did nice budget cromo tandems in the1990s and these had quite low step over at the rear. I’ve seen a few of these go for silly low prices on eBay etc and they were a very under-rated, good quality brand. May be worth looking out for? https://www.google.com/search?q=univega+tandem&rlz=1CD...
by hoppy58
22 May 2020, 5:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: G-one Allround 700/29 x 2.25
Replies: 13
Views: 451

Re: G-one Allround 700/29 x 2.25

I’m interested to see what you think. Fingers crossed, I have only had 1 puncture, but where I cycle there’s loads of hedges and the cutting season seems to progress right from late summer to early spring these days! ...so I think that’s pretty good, though to be honest I think if you’re careful you...
by hoppy58
22 May 2020, 4:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: G-one Allround 700/29 x 2.25
Replies: 13
Views: 451

Re: G-one Allround 700/29 x 2.25

Cass Gilbert has done a good review on bikepacking.com (https://bikepacking.com/gear/schwalbe-g-one-allround/) albeit for the 27.5 x 2.8s - sound very good. I’ve got the narrower 700 x 38’s on my Vagabond and they’re excellent. Very fast and absorb bumps...run them at 25 and 30psi front/rear. Probab...
by hoppy58
11 May 2020, 10:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mudguards
Replies: 59
Views: 2045

Re: Mudguards

..for off road, I can recommend sks velo guards, fitted with the optional oversize one-piece ‘U’ stays. They’re more rigid than standard sks guards and are very simple to fit. I’ve fitted mud flaps for extra spray protection. With 40mm tyres there’s loads of mud space on my vagabond, they work for 2...
by hoppy58
1 May 2020, 10:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Speccing a Genesis Vagabond Build
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Speccing a Genesis Vagabond Build

If you’re using it off road, I would think that’s a bit too high geared. I run a vagabond with a 40/28 double and a 11-36 rear, which gives a good all round range and I can get up most hills on 28-36. I’ve fitted a front loading(?) front mech so that rear tyre clearance is maximised. Edit..It’s a lo...
by hoppy58
21 Apr 2020, 11:47am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Restoring old Coleman Viper tent
Replies: 13
Views: 579

Re: Restoring old Coleman Viper tent

Ha! It’s very very similar. I think my inner has slightly more mesh and the bottom of the fly is higher off the ground with a scalloped cut (better ventilation, but arguably more draughty!). Other than that the basic design is the same. Looks good value that. Edit-just noticed this is an outer first...