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by jon.k
30 Jun 2020, 3:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Frame Restoration
Replies: 29
Views: 1011

Re: Mercian Frame Restoration

Peetee, I’ve pm’d you some photos of my Mercian lugs. Hope it will give you an idea either way.
by jon.k
29 Jun 2020, 9:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mercian Frame Restoration
Replies: 29
Views: 1011

Re: Mercian Frame Restoration

I was delighted with the service and quality of work on the refurb of an 80's tandem mercian frame by mercian, so much that we went back and bought a new single bike too. To my non-expert eye the repairs and finish were beautifully done. This is only my personal experience but as has been suggested ...
by jon.k
23 May 2020, 9:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 996

Re: Pannier Advice

Ortlieb front roller classics on a tubus fly rack work well for me. I also have a tubus airy rack which is slightly smaller and made of titanium - this looks good, although to clear my heels the panniers have to have their rearmost clip right at the end of the rack, on the curved bit. The front roll...
by jon.k
16 May 2020, 10:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem Tyre Choice in 26 x 2.0 ?
Replies: 79
Views: 1984

Re: Tandem Tyre Choice in 26 x 2.0 ?

Another vote for duremes here. Bought from SJS, they roll ok and cope well with light off-road tracks. Confusingly, for a tandem on 2.00" tyres, Thorn/SJS themselves recommend 50 / 58 psi front / rear, with "absolute max" of 80 psi. http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/ThornRavenTwinBroH...
by jon.k
15 May 2020, 10:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can a modern day bike have longevity or do changes in standards make them obsolete or hard to maintain in the long run?
Replies: 63
Views: 2521

Re: Can a modern day bike have longevity or do changes in standards make them obsolete or hard to maintain in the long r

Our 40 year old tandem has been back once in the 90s to the manufacturer to have the frame widened to accept a modern-width cassette, and at the same time it had a new derailleur and other bits and pieces. Then, another 20 years later it went back for its second refurb, with repairs made to the fram...
by jon.k
10 May 2020, 12:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: welsh coastal route
Replies: 10
Views: 502

Re: welsh coastal route

The section you have there between Barry and Bridgend is good cycling and with nice views of the coastline. Well worth including- probably the most popular cycling roads in the area.
by jon.k
10 May 2020, 10:18am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: welsh coastal route
Replies: 10
Views: 502

Re: welsh coastal route

I would be tempted to get on the train to beyond Swansea, after which your ride will be hilly, but quiet and scenic. There are plenty of good cycling roads around South Wales but not necessarily conducive to touring and actually getting places. NCR4 looks ok in that it avoids Cardiff and Newport but...
by jon.k
7 May 2020, 8:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mercian frame number
Replies: 14
Views: 690

Re: Mercian frame number

Mick F wrote:That was before the fire that destroyed all their records.
As I said before, mine dates from 1986 and when I took it back for a refurb in 2007, they had no record of it.



I went in 2016 and they had the sales receipt from the early 80s so it may still be worth asking.
by jon.k
5 May 2020, 10:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mercian frame number
Replies: 14
Views: 690

Re: Mercian frame number

I’d say it’s worth ringing Mercian themselves. When I took my early 80s tandem in for refurb they could even remember who they sold it to (I know this sounds unlikely but they were completely accurate!) Grant who runs the company sold it when he was the Saturday boy. They’re really nice and helpful ...
by jon.k
23 Apr 2020, 10:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: van for bikes and camping
Replies: 19
Views: 1188

Re: van for bikes and camping

The Kangoo, Berlingo, Doblo etc come in long wheel base versions that would give a bit more space than the standard ones. As has been said above though, it's quite nice to be able to pull up somewhere and just sleep in the back of the van with your stuff. I have a standard panel van with insulation ...
by jon.k
16 Jul 2019, 10:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Casual t-shirts?
Replies: 24
Views: 1332

Re: Casual t-shirts?

Chapeau are a bit hipster but do sell these.
by jon.k
15 Jul 2019, 12:31am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: rear pannier advice needed
Replies: 83
Views: 10422

Re: rear pannier advice needed

I love my Ortlieb panniers. The oldest set has dealt easily with 12 years of commuting. I have front and back rollers (and various other bags) in the classic shiny material, although the newer material is apparently lighter and stronger. I’ve stick to the old type to create a garish patchwork effect...
by jon.k
4 Jul 2019, 11:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.
Replies: 46
Views: 1969

Re: 'Sprintech' rear view cycle mirrors.

My sprintech has never hit my knee on the tandem even on tight turns. It has the advantage over other mirrors I looked at of not increasing the width of the bike. I want a mirror for our thorn with ergo grips but the sprintech won’t fit, which is a shame because we can’t afford to make that any wider.