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by rouleur gentil
7 Sep 2011, 8:08pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Condor Cycles
Replies: 4
Views: 5433

Re: Condor Cycles - cracked Moda Frame

Another vote for Condor from me. They replaced a Pista frame on which there was a problem without even seeing it, just on my description of the fault. A new frame was delivered and the old one collected at no cost to me; if I'd wanted I could have gone into the store and had the swapping-over of par...
by rouleur gentil
7 Sep 2011, 8:03pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Rapha Touring Shorts
Replies: 11
Views: 6804

Re: Rapha Touring Shorts

I generally really like Rapha stuff, but I didn't like these and sold them on eBay. I found they rode around (ha!) while pedalling and weren't comfortable without a liner. And I couldn't see the point of wearing shorts over another pair of shorts. Like all Rapha stuff they were very well made, thoug...
by rouleur gentil
5 Sep 2011, 9:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: considering a turbo trainer for the winter....
Replies: 27
Views: 3897

Re: considering a turbo trainer for the winter....

My tuppence worth, if you're considering rollers instead: I've used both extensively, and would pick rollers every time. You can use the gears to build resistance, and the big positive is that they're much more engaging to ride; also no setting up required; also less harsh on your bike. The winter I...
by rouleur gentil
5 Sep 2011, 9:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano 105 10 speed SRAM Apex cassette
Replies: 17
Views: 2699

Re: shimano 105 10 speed SRAM Apex cassette

I think 9-speed Deore (or any other Big S MTB derailleur will work) fine. 9-speed cassettes are actually fractionally wider than 10-speed ones, bizarrely, so a 9-speed will have enough range of movement. I'm about to try a medium-cage 105 derailleur on an 11-32 Deore cassette and a compact on the fr...
by rouleur gentil
5 Sep 2011, 9:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon Forks for Steel framed bike
Replies: 31
Views: 10566

Re: Carbon Forks for Steel framed bike

Bear in mind that 'good' on a tourer isn't the same as 'good' on a race bike. That said, overall, steel would be my pick on a steel frame, as long as it's a good fork; they don't have to be terribly heavy. The Surly ones are excellent (as no doubt are others). (Alloy forks are always terrible in my ...
by rouleur gentil
5 Sep 2011, 12:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: road triple v mtb one?
Replies: 7
Views: 685

Re: road triple v mtb one?

Quick update: I fitted an XT rear mech and an 11-32 combined with a 34/50 compact chainset, and took it for a ride yesterday afternoon. I think for audax riding or credit-card touring that's going to be fine; big gaps on some of the ratios, but not a problem unloaded. Probably easier than I need, ac...
by rouleur gentil
3 Sep 2011, 10:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: road triple v mtb one?
Replies: 7
Views: 685

Re: road triple v mtb one?

Just been browsing through old threads on this sort of topic, and lots of people seem to end up going round the houses before settling on a Stronglight/Sugino solution! Thanks for the tip. Also for mentioning the chainline issue, which I'd completely forgotten about. I did think about the mountain-b...
by rouleur gentil
3 Sep 2011, 10:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialised Allez "COMP" 2011 model??
Replies: 7
Views: 1078

Re: Specialised Allez "COMP" 2011 model??

Interesting: mine was £999 (reduced from £1499) in 2003! Wouldn't think they'll go much lower than that, if any: if it's available in your size, I'd go for it. I'd be surprised if you don't feel it's money well spent.
by rouleur gentil
3 Sep 2011, 9:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: road triple v mtb one?
Replies: 7
Views: 685

road triple v mtb one?

In the process of building up a Condor Heritage, but stalled on the decision of what chainset to put on it. Rear is currently set up with a 9-speed 12-25 road cassette. Current contenders are: • Tiagra 9-speed or 105 10-speed road triple (10-speed should work OK and be a little bit lighter by virtue...
by rouleur gentil
1 Sep 2011, 8:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Specialised Allez "COMP" 2011 model??
Replies: 7
Views: 1078

Re: Specialised Allez "COMP" 2011 model??

I'm still riding my old 2003 version (still an E5 frame, though), which shows how much I love it! Did change the wheels to Ksyrium SLs, and it's now running a compact chainset. Brilliant bike.