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by velorog
28 Jan 2020, 5:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8249

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

'm thinking that's a 27" wheel touring type frame built with canti bosses moved down a bit for the 650b's,a nice machine for the job though :) You may be right re the frame. I came across this catalogue page listing a Jim Guard CLUBMAN frameset. Just add canti bosses and you have what could be...
by velorog
28 Jan 2020, 4:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8249

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Unfortunately nothing on-line and my scanner is not working. Just to add a bit more info... The man who designed the bike and wrote the article was John Findley Scott from Denver. In the US he is credited with building the world's first known mountain bike in 1953. In the mid 1970s Scott loaned Gar...
by velorog
28 Jan 2020, 2:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8249

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Thanks for digging out the photo. As an aside, I presume the small 'rack' at the back is actually intended (at least primarily) as a saddlebag support rather than to carry a load directly on top? As the author of the article does not mention the rack it is pure speculation as to its use. It looks t...
by velorog
28 Jan 2020, 11:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8249

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

gravel_bike.png This is the gravel bike which first appeared in the September 1963 RSF Journal. The frame was custom built by Jim Guard of Southampton and the design was influenced by both the rough-stuff touring bikes in use at the time, and the French randonneur bikes which utilized wide 650B tyr...
by velorog
27 Jan 2020, 8:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 280
Views: 8249

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Browsing through some back copies of the RSF Journal today I came across an article first published in 1963 which describes what could be the first custom built gravel bike. The contributor was an American living in the “unpaved West” and he describes a rough-stuff bike he built in 1961 for use on t...
by velorog
6 Jan 2020, 4:48pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: 48v 250w motor
Replies: 16
Views: 839

Re: 48v 250w motor

BMS Battery list a 48V option for this motor.

https://bmsbattery.com/central-motor/89 ... oltage-48v

Don't know anything about it but judging by the model number it is probably made by Qute.
by velorog
7 Oct 2019, 2:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another mapping app request
Replies: 10
Views: 497

Re: Another mapping app request

I seem to have an uncanny ability to memorize routes and roads. I just need a few minutes studying the map at the start of a ride and usually can remember most of the route. It may be down to the ability to remember shapes whereas I have a terrible memory for faces. I can meet someone and then fail ...
by velorog
7 Oct 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another mapping app request
Replies: 10
Views: 497

Re: Another mapping app request

I do not need turn by turn navigation. In the UK I am sufficiently familiar with the roads to be able to memorize the route and on the continent I usually follow signposted cycle routes which may require occasional reference to the map. Being able to store the maps on an SD card is more important th...
by velorog
6 Oct 2019, 9:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another mapping app request
Replies: 10
Views: 497

Another mapping app request

When riding in the UK I use Memory Map to record my track. I just set my phone to logging and put it in my bag where it stays for the day. At the end of a day's ride the battery is still at over 50% charge. Last month when riding in the Alps I had downloaded OsmAnd. The battery did not even last a f...
by velorog
4 Jul 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling in the Lake District
Replies: 36
Views: 3593

Re: Cycling in the Lake District

+1 for Mungrisdale. We rode up to the head of Haweswater the other Saturday and had the road to ourselves. Would also recommend the concrete road over to Shap.
by velorog
8 Jun 2019, 7:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Teesdale route via Holwick
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Teesdale route via Holwick

Yes, I had spotted that the track beyond Hield House was marked as a FP, but Google's satellite view does show a farm road as far as Holwick Head House. I'm quite prepared to walk this if necessary. Beyond Holwick Head House there appears to be a short FP accross a field to the bridge. I am hoping t...
by velorog
8 Jun 2019, 8:37am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Teesdale route via Holwick
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Teesdale route via Holwick

Thank you for the info Paulatic. I will report back in due course.
by velorog
7 Jun 2019, 8:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Teesdale route via Holwick
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Teesdale route via Holwick

I shall shortly be riding up Teesdale and over to Alston as part of a weekend tour. As an alternative to the B6277 out of Middleton there appears to be a route through Holwick, crossing the Tees by a bridge at Holwick Head House. Does anyone know whether this route is passable and the current state ...
by velorog
16 Mar 2019, 8:55am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!
Replies: 11
Views: 1333

Re: Commuting e-bike - suspension, panniers and proper mud guards?!

Mark. That is a very neat TSR conversion that you have. I have an APB that I have considered converting. Could you give us some further details of the set-up, maybe on a different thread. Did you convert it yourself, which motor, battery etc. Thanks.
by velorog
3 Feb 2019, 3:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?
Replies: 86
Views: 8755

Re: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?

How do you get a low centre of gravity when the centre of gravity of any bike is what's sat on it? Without wishing to enter into a detailed discussion regarding the location of the CoG, perhaps I should rephrase my comment and say that IMO the bike felt more stable in icy conditions than a big whee...