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by TT
24 Oct 2012, 8:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone ever imported a bike and saved lots of money?
Replies: 4
Views: 3170

Re: Anyone ever imported a bike and saved lots of money?

Also be aware that if you import a new bike from a legitimate builder or trader outside the EU there is still the issue of the anti-dumping duty and VAT which will add about 47% to the price paid. And Customs will not let you get your hands on the bike until they have been paid.
by TT
14 Oct 2012, 6:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Stop riding your Bike Friday Tikit
Replies: 0
Views: 3843

Stop riding your Bike Friday Tikit

Hi Folks

As a Bike Friday Tikit owner I was alerted by Bike Friday to stop riding the bike. Just in case any members have one they are using and haven't been contacted, you should read what Bike Friday have to say here http://www.bikefriday.com/momentum/tikit_stem
by TT
8 Oct 2012, 7:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best bike shop in or near Lincoln
Replies: 8
Views: 6949

Re: Best bike shop in or near Lincoln

Many thanks folks - some useful pointers.

hubgearfreak - the main thing is someone who has the technical skills to do the things that I usually mess up or that need expensive tools - for example, I wouldn't dare try to service my Alfine 8 speed hub!
by TT
7 Oct 2012, 9:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best bike shop in or near Lincoln
Replies: 8
Views: 6949

Best bike shop in or near Lincoln

My wife and I are just about to move to Bardney just east of Lincoln. Which is the best local bike shop - ie one which offers a combination of good prices and service (and doesn't patronise you if you aren't 18 with no body fat :D )
by TT
6 Jul 2012, 5:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clipless pedals with LOTS of float and suited to Touring
Replies: 29
Views: 2782

Re: Clipless pedals with LOTS of float and suited to Touring

Time ATACs work for me. Easy to walk in MTB shoes, plenty of float and long lasting without any need for maintenance
by TT
21 Jun 2012, 1:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ultimate reliable bike
Replies: 66
Views: 6250

Re: Ultimate reliable bike

Since getting a Tout Terrain Metropolitan in September it has certainly met my requirements for an almost zero maintenance 365 days a year commuter. Review here: http://www.combingmyhair.com/?p=1075 However, it wouldn't do for audaxing as it is way too heavy. I think the combination of hub gear, bel...
by TT
18 Oct 2011, 3:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gates Carbon Drive
Replies: 18
Views: 2334

Re: Gates Carbon Drive

Have now had a chance to measure the tension using the iPhone App. Really straightforward. Just ping the belt like a guitar string and the IPhone picks up the frequency. Did it three times and got almost identical readings averaging 63 Htz. So I am leaving things as they are and can now ride reassur...
by TT
13 Oct 2011, 8:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gates Carbon Drive
Replies: 18
Views: 2334

Re: Gates Carbon Drive

'One of the good things about this forum is the shared pool of knowledge and experience.'

Quite agree thirdcrank.

I have an android phone, so will have to wait until I see a friend on Monday who has an iphone to test the tension - will report back
by TT
13 Oct 2011, 7:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gates Carbon Drive
Replies: 18
Views: 2334

Re: Gates Carbon Drive

Thank you GatesTech, precisely the information I was looking for.
by TT
12 Oct 2011, 8:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gates Carbon Drive
Replies: 18
Views: 2334

Re: Gates Carbon Drive

Yep, I was surprised that for an all weathers bike there were no mudflaps, could be my first modification
by TT
12 Oct 2011, 8:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gates Carbon Drive
Replies: 18
Views: 2334

Re: Gates Carbon Drive

Hi thirdcrank You could be right that I am overworrying - the belt isn't showing any signs of slipping - so everything is working fine and initial impressions are all good, see http://www.combingmyhair.com/?p=1075 That said, after buying the bike I learnt (forget where) that if the belt tension is i...
by TT
12 Oct 2011, 9:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gates Carbon Drive
Replies: 18
Views: 2334

Re: Gates Carbon Drive

Thanks jb and slidingpillar, I think I will: - get a spring gauge to check the 5-10lbs and 1/2 inch deflection approach immediately, and - chase Bikefix where I bought the bike to see if they can get a response from Tout Terrain The deflection method strikes me as pretty rough and ready given that t...
by TT
11 Oct 2011, 9:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gates Carbon Drive
Replies: 18
Views: 2334

Gates Carbon Drive

I have just got a Tout Terrain Metropolitan as my 365 days a year bike. I love it, hub gears, hub dynamo, integrated rack, hydraulic brakes and a Gates carbon belt drive. But I have one question and seem incapable of getting an answer from official sources. Apparently the tension on the belt is impo...
by TT
5 Oct 2011, 9:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Schwalbe Marathon Plus your thoughts please .
Replies: 37
Views: 3744

Re: Schwalbe Marathon Plus your thoughts please .

Have been using them on my folder for over 3 years - not a single puncture. For a standard bike with derailleur gears and quick release wheels, I would second the vote for Continental 4 Seasons - far smoother and faster ride and very robust.
by TT
19 Aug 2011, 2:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacement Campag screws
Replies: 8
Views: 811

Re: Replacement Campag screws

Have got them - from ebay - but have not had a chance to fit them - look like they will work - private message me with your address and will send you a couple

Gareth