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by Vantage
30 Nov 2018, 12:16am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wider tyres !
Replies: 18
Views: 943

Re: Wider tyres !

My experience in going from 32mm tyres to 38mm is in stark contrast to The utility cyclist. I noticed an immediate improvement in comfort and very little in the way of performance losses. If anything, the bike rolled better on UK roads. This going up a size using the exact same brand and model of ty...
by Vantage
17 Nov 2018, 1:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: If these (mystery, unidentified, Ebay frames) are any good?
Replies: 14
Views: 700

Re: If these (mystery, unidentified, Ebay frames) are any good?

These have been selling on ebay for ages an could be an alternative (to buy not source of OPs frame). https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rsp-Raleigh-700c-Touring-Frame-All-4130-Cromoly-D-Butted-Vintage-Nos-Retro-New-/231277328320 That looks good also. Strangely some of the photos show the fork has both can...
by Vantage
15 Nov 2018, 3:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Overshoes
Replies: 10
Views: 438

Re: Overshoes

A few weeks ago I picked up some Decathlon BTwin waterproof overshoes for £20. They've a rubbery outside and thin fleecey inside. They might have been old stock/end of season ones as I'm unable to find them on the Decathlon site but defo worth a look as ime they do work. Mine are a size 7/41 and apa...
by Vantage
15 Nov 2018, 3:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A kickstand has killed my touring bike...
Replies: 72
Views: 3383

Re: A kickstand has killed my touring bike...

<snip> Said advice was followed and my old Vantage had a single legged stand without damage for its life of 7 years till I killed it. Not through the stand. The current Spa has a twin leg stand and Pletscher supplied a rubbery resin spacer of sorts to further reduce the chance of damage. <snip>. Ah...
by Vantage
14 Nov 2018, 10:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What colour for my tourer upgrade & other bits
Replies: 21
Views: 779

Re: What colour for my tourer upgrade & other bits

First off, I went with the metallic british racing green paint option that was offered on my frame&forks when I bought them. The bike never fails to get admiring glances and compliments from people. It's gorgeous. I had the same issues you have with your cantis and eventually ditched them and th...
by Vantage
14 Nov 2018, 9:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A kickstand has killed my touring bike...
Replies: 72
Views: 3383

Re: A kickstand has killed my touring bike...

I read an instructional that advised tightening of the kickstand bolt enough to stop the stand moving about, no more. I also read that the wedge shaped bracket that Pletscher use is less likely to crush stays as it spreads the clamping load. Said advice was followed and my old Vantage had a single l...
by Vantage
14 Nov 2018, 9:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Your Favourite Saddle
Replies: 55
Views: 1728

Re: Your Favourite Saddle

B17, laced with a perennial cut out.
by Vantage
4 Nov 2018, 11:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!
Replies: 23
Views: 1347

Re: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!

No it has nothing to do with the CTC. You need to be a member of the Caravan&Camping Club which is around £39 per year. As a member you do get cheaper rates at C&CC sites but it isn't much and the savings don't really amount to more than the club fees unless you camp alot. A heck of a lot. T...
by Vantage
4 Nov 2018, 9:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa or Surly, help me decide
Replies: 12
Views: 342

Re: Spa or Surly, help me decide

I've not gone over it with a fine tooth comb but the only downside to the Aubisque that I can see is the limited tyre size regarding offloading. Don't be mistaken in thinking a tourer is only good for touring...quite the opposite really. Mine have served as road bikes as a club member, as mountain b...
by Vantage
3 Nov 2018, 1:08pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!
Replies: 23
Views: 1347

Re: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!

Thank you very much @HobbesOnTour :D
by Vantage
3 Nov 2018, 10:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!
Replies: 23
Views: 1347

Re: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!

Thanks @carlislemike
by Vantage
3 Nov 2018, 10:52am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!
Replies: 23
Views: 1347

Re: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!

Thanks HobbesOnTour. All up I had 6kg up front and 8kg on the back. Including my Aldi chair :D This one didn't snap! I read somewhere that having most weight up front was a good way to load but that to my mind would result in the tail wagging the dog. A couple days before the trip I'd managed to get...
by Vantage
2 Nov 2018, 4:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Four bike choice (so far) Spa and Surly
Replies: 48
Views: 2243

Re: Four bike choice (so far) Spa and Surly

Way back when I used my Dawes Vantage I'd have recommended it if someone asked for a sub £600 700c touring bike. Now I'm running a Spa Touring in steel and would recommend that if someone was after a 26" wheeled tourer. Make of that what you will. However...it seems I'm not alone in having noth...
by Vantage
1 Nov 2018, 4:01pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!
Replies: 23
Views: 1347

Re: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!

Thanks @simonhill. 45miles outbound and 28 back as I wussed out in Stretford. It wasn't serious shimmy but a little unnerving considering what a nice ride the bike normally gives. It only raised its ugly head at speed and when a bit of wind was heading towards me so there may well be something in th...
by Vantage
1 Nov 2018, 7:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!
Replies: 23
Views: 1347

Re: Bills Epic Round the World Tour!

Sorry about my 'colourful' language regarding the bird incident @Graham. I've gotten used to the slightly more relaxed rules on another forum. :? Thanks @reohn2. Having a second look at my setup at home I've knocked off a good 2kg which in turn means I might be able to get away with losing the front...