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by Milfred Cubicle
1 Sep 2019, 9:48pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 608
Views: 344958

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

From what I have read, bike thieves fall into two categories. Those who nick bikes and have no idea what they are...and those who are quite savvy about their trade and recognise quality. They steal because they know quality components can be stripped off the bike, whatever the name.
by Milfred Cubicle
1 Sep 2019, 7:05pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 608
Views: 344958

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

I guess the downside is accepting an aluminium mass produced frame against a titanium frame made in limited numbers. However I'm not sure if the Elan frame is in any way handbuilt; probably still made in a factory to Spa's specifications. Then there's the whole longevity/finish/durability thing too....
by Milfred Cubicle
1 Sep 2019, 4:45pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 608
Views: 344958

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Good guess on the Genesis Vagabond...I already have one of those. That was the bike I was going to lighten up with the carbon forks. It's a brilliant bike, but saving weight on the forks is like eating a kebab but ordering a diet drink... pointless. In the end I got a Pinnacle Arkose R2. Evans knock...
by Milfred Cubicle
24 Aug 2019, 5:07pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 608
Views: 344958

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

I get the point that everyone has a bad day every now and then. But looking back at these posts, it would appear that one bloke at Spa is having a bad decade! :D I know exactly what you mean about some artificial customer service; it's just words with little behind them. The shame is that as many ha...
by Milfred Cubicle
17 Aug 2019, 12:54pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 608
Views: 344958

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

I've always had excellent service from Spa Cycles. Something must have happened since then after my recent experience. I called last week to make enquiries about a fork. A very pleasant lad explained that he wasn't an expert, but that he would try to help. He explained that the people in the know we...
by Milfred Cubicle
3 Mar 2019, 3:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can you recommend all steel 700c disc brake big clearance frame?
Replies: 75
Views: 5720

Re: Can you recommend all steel 700c disc brake big clearance frame?

Re: 2inch plus tyres... maybe I was overestimating there. There's only one way to find out though. I've got a Schwalbe Big Apple in the shed...going to give it a go.
by Milfred Cubicle
28 Feb 2019, 11:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can you recommend all steel 700c disc brake big clearance frame?
Replies: 75
Views: 5720

Re: Can you recommend all steel 700c disc brake big clearance frame?

Despite not being the lightest, the Genesis Vagabond is a superb bike/frame. I usually run mine with 32mm Tourguard tyres, but it works superbly with 2 inch tyres aswell. I'm pretty sure you could get away with 2.25 slicks AND mudguards. All the eyelets you could need, and nicely finished. Of course...
by Milfred Cubicle
23 Oct 2016, 8:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hardest UK climb?
Replies: 246
Views: 28224

Re: Hardest UK climb?

I've ridden a few of the 'biggies' this year, and conclude.... Bealach Na Ba...tough, but more relentless than steep. The mid section saps your strength before the final steep section. Hardknott...vicious gradient. Harder to keep cranks turning, poor surface in corners adds to difficulty. Wrynose......
by Milfred Cubicle
23 Oct 2016, 8:23pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Hope - service
Replies: 0
Views: 3444

Hope - service

More than a few years ago I bought an expensive front light from Hope. It has done 1000s of miles and hours, and had more than its share of knocks. It developed a fault last week, WAY out of warranty. I called Hope, spoke to a real person (you could hear machines in the background), and he said to s...
by Milfred Cubicle
24 Jul 2016, 9:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba
Replies: 15
Views: 2325

Re: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba

Thanks for the replies folks. Gearing wise, I'll be on at least 28x36, and may even fit a smaller (24) granny ring, so should be o.k. I'll just be carrying two small Ortlieb planners, so not too heavy. The object is to crack the climb, and east-west seems like the best option. I think I'll ride in f...
by Milfred Cubicle
23 Jul 2016, 8:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba
Replies: 15
Views: 2325

Re: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba

Yep, whichever way I do it, I'm in for a long, tough day. Upwards of 80 miles at least. Thankfully I will be going light with only overnight things. Looking at it, it may be wise to fit the triple before I go.
by Milfred Cubicle
23 Jul 2016, 6:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba
Replies: 15
Views: 2325

Re: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba

Thanks for the responses....especially regarding the contour of the road from Shieldag. These small coastal roads are either as flat as the shore, or as you say, quite lumpy. I'm starting out from Torridon hostel, and ending the day in Ratagan. Via Shieldag seemed the obvious route, but now I'm thin...
by Milfred Cubicle
23 Jul 2016, 5:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba
Replies: 15
Views: 2325

Applecross peninsula/Bealach Na Ba

After years of trying to find the time, I'm booked up for a ride of this big beast. Has anyone any experience of the best way round to approach the pass? Most reports seem to describe tackling it east-west, finishing in Applecross. I'm wondering if it is an equal challenge in the opposite direction,...
by Milfred Cubicle
22 Jul 2016, 9:29am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Genesis Vagabond is nice...
Replies: 57
Views: 11710

Re: Nice...

I managed to get one quite early, so have had mine around six months. One of the best bikes I've ever owned. It's spent most of its time in touring mode so far, but has been off road a bit. Really stable loaded, discs come into their own when carrying extra weight. Despite the slack angles and the f...
by Milfred Cubicle
17 Jul 2016, 6:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: York-Harrogate cyclepath
Replies: 3
Views: 886

York-Harrogate cyclepath

Hi, Can anyone point me in the right direction for a scenic route between Harrogate and York? I'm ideally looking for a traffic free/quiet route for a mini tour with kids. Looking at the Sustrans maps, a combination of routes 66+67 might work. Has anyone ridden these recently, and are they as real o...