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by Alport
2 Mar 2019, 8:07am
Forum: On the road
Topic: BBC Bias again
Replies: 35
Views: 6287

Re: BBC Bias again

I like You and Yours, but found this item excruciating. The interviewer seemed determined to bait the guy representing cyclists, really not listening to his answers. He did hold his line and I felt dealt with the questions admirably. Perhaps it's me, but BBC interviews are not always what they were!
by Alport
31 Aug 2017, 6:47pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: PSA Test & Cycling
Replies: 41
Views: 4799

Re: PSA Test & Cycling

I was told to avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours. The test result came back low. I think two weeks seems rather over cautious.
by Alport
13 Apr 2017, 8:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Osmand free and paid
Replies: 59
Views: 11076

Re: Osmand free and paid

I'm finding my way through this at the moment. Like you I used Google Drive and had no luck. It did work though with Dropbox! I can't explain why...but it did work.
by Alport
25 Feb 2017, 6:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Schwalbe Mondial vs XR tyres
Replies: 14
Views: 955

Re: Schwalbe Mondial vs XR tyres

The Mondials are tough, but if you're going to be mostly on road then they are slower. Schwalbe Supremes are good on road and reasonably resilient, but not so good in mud! Thorn Cycles also warn that Mondials really only come into their own on tough off road touring. Mind you, I've appreciated them ...
by Alport
8 Jan 2017, 5:13pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles Steel Tourer
Replies: 31
Views: 16835

Re: Spa Cycles Steel Tourer

Hello Sorry for the delay, only just caught up with your request. The Tourer is still going strong and I can definitely recommend it. Although not the lightest of bikes it is certainly my most comfortable, even with the Spa saddle which does take longer to break in than a Brooks. I am glad I kept th...
by Alport
20 Apr 2016, 3:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 835
Views: 135577

Re: A positive thread

Hi Reohn
Think you were right - they were swallows.

Looked here
http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/discoverandlearn/birdguide/name/s/swift/identification.aspx

and these were definitely able to sit on telephone wires!
by Alport
19 Apr 2016, 8:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 835
Views: 135577

Re: A positive thread

Cycling through Derbyshire lanes on a beautiful spring morning, it's a Tuesday and I no longer have to go to work!
Saw, for me, the first swifts of the year, and many, many bluebells.
by Alport
15 Apr 2016, 3:05pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles Steel Tourer
Replies: 31
Views: 16835

Re: Spa Cycles Steel Tourer

Horizon – it’s a 54. I’m 5’10” with an inseam (to floor) of 33”. I chose to keep the steerer uncut as you can see so that I can, if I want, raise the stem in the future. The stem is 90mm. Making the choice was definitely made easier by the geometry charts on Spa’s Web site, and in particular by 531C...
by Alport
14 Apr 2016, 7:10pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles Steel Tourer
Replies: 31
Views: 16835

Re: Spa Cycles Steel Tourer

Some photos here:

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First ride
by Alport
14 Apr 2016, 5:28pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles Steel Tourer
Replies: 31
Views: 16835

Spa Cycles Steel Tourer

I travelled to Starbeck from Derby just over a fortnight ago to collect my new steel Spa Cycles Tourer. After months (no, years :wink: ) of dithering, the excellent review in Cycle and the positive comments on this forum swayed me from its rivals (predominantly Thorn and Surly). There was also the s...
by Alport
6 Apr 2016, 6:54pm
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: Name Change
Replies: 135
Views: 65919

Re: Name Change

So impressive I had to go back and check...that worked then.
by Alport
20 May 2013, 6:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Yes, sorry, it is another which bike question
Replies: 9
Views: 844

Re: Yes, sorry, it is another which bike question

Thanks everyone My heart does indeed say Spa - I like the understated appearance of the bike, the fact that it's produced by a shop which clearly knows its business, and that it's designed by a very knowledgeable chap as well! I guess I wanted to see if there were any obvious factors I was missing b...
by Alport
19 May 2013, 8:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Yes, sorry, it is another which bike question
Replies: 9
Views: 844

Yes, sorry, it is another which bike question

I'm sorry that it's another which bike question - (although maybe it will help others to decide as well) For more time than is healthy I have been considering (dithering and going round in circles) an Audax style bike with a titanium frame and it seems to me that the most likely contenders are: Spa'...
by Alport
14 Apr 2013, 8:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: best cycling touring mag.
Replies: 39
Views: 2983

Re: best cycling touring mag.

Jags I think that CTC's magazine is about the best at the moment. Like others have said I got fed up with the " mean and lean" type magazines which just seem to rotate content on an annual basis. I've looked at the American journals on line and they are very attractive - and very American!...
by Alport
14 Apr 2013, 7:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Double Chainring & low Gearing
Replies: 36
Views: 3507

Re: Double Chainring & low Gearing

Thanks both
I've still got the original BB - (5500) 118.5mm length. The FD though is a Tiagra double and not the original triple 105. I'll give it a go.