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by geocycle
20 Feb 2020, 8:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thorn Audax Mk4 or Spa Elan (steel)
Replies: 31
Views: 1216

Re: Thorn Audax Mk4 or Spa Elan (steel)

This is all very helpful - alas the test ride may be the crux of it then I saw this https://www.condorcycles.com/collections/sale-bikes/products/condor-bivio-gravel-52cm-road-bike-2019-50#size-chart - Ive always wanted a Condor and as they offer a cycle to work scheme and I often pass through Londo...
by geocycle
17 Feb 2020, 5:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thorn Audax Mk4 or Spa Elan (steel)
Replies: 31
Views: 1216

Re: Thorn Audax Mk4 or Spa Elan (steel)

I have both Thorn and Spa bikes in my garage and both are good. But you get a lot more for your money with Spa. So do I. I test rode a Spa Ti elan in a relatively heavy build and would describe it as a very solid workhorse of a bike with huge build flexibility. For me it felt very similar to my Tho...
by geocycle
17 Feb 2020, 4:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thorn Audax Mk4 or Spa Elan (steel)
Replies: 31
Views: 1216

Re: Thorn Audax Mk4 or Spa Elan (steel)

I have both Thorn and Spa bikes in my garage and both are good. But you get a lot more for your money with Spa. So do I. I test rode a Spa Ti elan in a relatively heavy build and would describe it as a very solid workhorse of a bike with huge build flexibility. For me it felt very similar to my Tho...
by geocycle
15 Feb 2020, 2:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Lancaster to Burton in Lonsdale
Replies: 10
Views: 419

Re: Lancaster to Burton in Lonsdale

Brilliant location for cycling. I’m not far away. As well Bowland, you are right on the edge of the Dales. Dentdale, Malham, Wensleydale, Garsdale are all reachable. Just avoid the A65.
by geocycle
8 Feb 2020, 8:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Marmalade
Replies: 28
Views: 624

Re: Marmalade

A visit to Dalmain House, Cumbria is called for. They have an annual marmalade competition that includes international entrants. The shop has a good selection throughout the year. It is also well placed for some great cycling.
by geocycle
8 Feb 2020, 1:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brucey
Replies: 35
Views: 2226

Re: Brucey

You couldn't be worse on screen than the chap who presents the Park tools pieces, yet he remains watchable because he's very clear and repeats bits that might be complicated. The legendary Calvin! He is indeed very clear and conveys authority. I increasingly find myself looking for videos rather th...
by geocycle
6 Feb 2020, 1:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: sportives before my sportive?
Replies: 32
Views: 1069

Re: sportives before my sportive?

For 100 miles around Norwich your current training sounds fine. Fellow riders help give you the last bit of motivation for the last bit of long rides. The only thing I'd avoid is going off too fast, it really isn't a race. I only ever eat normal food on bike rides and take water in my bottles, other...
by geocycle
6 Feb 2020, 1:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mont St Michel ?
Replies: 27
Views: 938

Re: Mont St Michel ?

Back in 2014 I did the Tor de Manche and stayed at Hotel Verte, Rout de Mont Saint Michel, Le Mount St Michel. Location was good and I used the shuttle to the Mont itself. I went in the evening and got some great views. Seem to remember the hotel was OK and had a mix of camping an motel style accomm...
by geocycle
5 Feb 2020, 5:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?
Replies: 72
Views: 4152

Re: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?

I’ve got the Gore C3 posted by Dim. It works great in terms of waterproof and not causing excessive sweating. I just wish it had side pockets. Ok not aero for the racing crew but very useful!
by geocycle
28 Jan 2020, 6:57pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What is the story behind your nom de plume ,alias here?
Replies: 42
Views: 892

Re: What is the story behind your nom de plume ,alias here?

rotavator wrote:A bit dull but true: I was thinking about hiring a rotavator to do my allotment when I signed up to this forum but then decided not to bother and used a spade as usual.


Brilliant! I love that train of thought.
by geocycle
20 Jan 2020, 4:20pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel Question
Replies: 786
Views: 114032

Re: Cycle Travel question!

One very nice thing about cycle.travel is just how easy it is to cobble together a route from A to B, dragging it to refine it, and seeing how possible amendments alter the profile. Is that severe looking hill necessary? Let's try dragging the route onto this alternative lane to see how it affects ...
by geocycle
14 Jan 2020, 1:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crunchy small sprockets
Replies: 18
Views: 737

Re: Crunchy small sprockets

I'm switching to 13-up cassettes on my winter and commuting bikes in future, hopefully they will last longer, tolerate slightly-worn chains better than an 11T and also wear the chain slightly more slowly as less chain articulation is required around the larger sprockets. But the larger sprockets wi...
by geocycle
14 Jan 2020, 9:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: General degreaser
Replies: 44
Views: 2013

Re: General degreaser

How 'environmentally friendly' is the screwfix stuff? Can it go down the sink?
by geocycle
13 Jan 2020, 9:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crunchy small sprockets
Replies: 18
Views: 737

Re: Crunchy small sprockets

Thanks everyone, I've now had chance to tighten the lockring and found that it has improved things. Not perfect however. I'm now working on the notion that chain is probably already a bit worn whereas the three smallest sprockets have been little used. I've just got a new chain so will give that a g...