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by Martyn B
3 Oct 2020, 12:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ergon Grips on a Brompton
Replies: 5
Views: 357

Re: Ergon Grips on a Brompton

Simon - I also wanted to fit the same Ergon grips on my Brompton and was fortunate enough to already have a set on my Kinesis Crosslight, so I was able to experiment before purchasing a second set. Unfortunately, as DaveP states, the angle of the stem on the left side renders this nigh-on impossible...
by Martyn B
13 Apr 2020, 2:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help picking a first adult bike!
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: Help picking a first adult bike!

I bought a Marin San Rafael best part of 20 years ago, and although there will undoubtedly have been upgrades on the model since then (disc brakes, perhaps?) I can only say that if you have as much use out of it as I did, then you will not be disappointed! For about 5 years, I did an urban commute o...
by Martyn B
11 Nov 2018, 7:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Planning an Outer Hebrides tour
Replies: 30
Views: 2477

Re: Planning an Outer Hebrides tour

For info, my wife and I and a friend intend to do the Outer Hebrides by Brompton in early June next year. Unfortunately, our friend is not over enamoured with lengthy ferry crossings, so we investigated the possibility of flying from Glasgow to Barra, with the Bromptons as 'luggage'. I spoke with th...
by Martyn B
5 Nov 2018, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Removing Brompton Handkebar Grips
Replies: 4
Views: 825

Re: Removing Brompton Handkebar Grips

Earlier this year I decided to replace the original grips on our 2 Bromptons with some sturdier Ergon grips - the 'two minute job' evolved into a (for me!) mammoth task, because it would appear that they were actually glued on to the bars, and ultimately had to be cut off. Not a problem in itself, b...
by Martyn B
6 Feb 2016, 5:54pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Brompton touring in Belgium
Replies: 15
Views: 1492

Re: Brompton touring in Belgium

A couple of years ago we based ourselves in the northern part of Luxembourg in a town adjacent to the Belgian border by the name of Clervaux, with a view to touring round 'Battle of the Bulge' country on our Bromptons. The idea was take the train from Clervaux up to Liege in Belgium, then over to Aa...
by Martyn B
11 Aug 2015, 1:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Les couteaux... to carry, or not?
Replies: 59
Views: 5775

Re: Les couteaux... to carry, or not?

I had my Opinel confiscated by a particularly unpleasant individual at Plymouth a few years ago, on my way out to Roscoff - a complete jobsworth ,bully and moron, all rolled into one. The guy did his best to provoke a reaction from me, almost goading me into doing something which would have led to m...
by Martyn B
5 Oct 2014, 9:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist
Replies: 11
Views: 1669

Re: Overshoes for non-clipped in leisure cyclist

We did the Way of the Roses east to west on our Bromptons earlier this year, which unfortunately are not (yet) equipped with clipless pedals so we bought a pair of the VauDe gaiters recommended by Nick - we had to use them on several occasions, and on one particular occasion in the Dales the rain wa...
by Martyn B
22 Aug 2014, 1:41pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Way of the Roses coast to Coast
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Re: Way of the Roses coast to Coast

My wife and I did the Way of the Roses earlier this year (May), with a slightly different slant from the norm: we did it east to west, on Bromptons! This was our first cycling tour, although we have backpacked extensively around Europe and different parts of the World, and our principle was basicall...
by Martyn B
24 Dec 2013, 9:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Waterproof for not cycling in?
Replies: 34
Views: 3750

Re: Waterproof for not cycling in?

In spite of owning a large part of the European Goretex mountain, the recommendations for Paramo interest me, but I've been unable to find out much about it. From reading the company's publicity I presume it's made up of some sort of inner wicking layer or layers, with an out fabric layer which dep...
by Martyn B
24 Dec 2013, 9:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Waterproof for not cycling in?
Replies: 34
Views: 3750

Re: Waterproof for not cycling in?

Having unwittingly initiated the durability / waterproofing discussion in my earlier post about the Paramo gear, I feel duty-bound to clarify and to a certain extent justify those comments. When I said I waterfproofed my garments perhaps a couple of times a year, this was a flippant comment not to b...
by Martyn B
23 Dec 2013, 10:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Waterproof for not cycling in?
Replies: 34
Views: 3750

Re: Waterproof for not cycling in?

Yet another vote for Paramo. Like Neilo, I am fortunate enough to own 3 Paramo garments - a mountaineering jacket (as used by the mountain / cave rescue boys & girls), a Velez smock and a recently purchased Quito jacket. For all round use, the Velez wins hands down, in as much as it's as good on...
by Martyn B
9 Dec 2013, 10:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cleats - whats that about then?
Replies: 148
Views: 6084

Re: Cleats - whats that about then?

Cleats, specifically SPDs, get the thumbs up from me. I've been using them for about 15 years, starting with those with a 'flat' side and a 'clip-in' side before graduating after a couple of years to dual sided clipless pedals. I have them on all my bikes except the brompton and I'm currently lookin...
by Martyn B
15 Nov 2013, 8:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: battery charges and rechargeable AAs -hope vision 1
Replies: 53
Views: 16301

Re: battery charges and rechargeable AAs -hope vision 1

I have been using this EXACT combination for a couple of winters now - the charger and the batteries seem to work absolutely fine and the Hope Vision 1 copes superbly with the pitch-black lanes which make up my +/- 14mile commute. I should point out that I don't have a clue about power output / mill...
by Martyn B
8 Nov 2013, 8:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Waterproof Jacket recommendations.
Replies: 19
Views: 5301

Re: Waterproof Jacket recommendations.

I endorse profpointy's viewpoint on Paramo, which i consider to be one of THE top brands when it comes to outdoor clothing. During the last few winters (and on the not-so-warm summer days!) I've been wearing a Velez smock, which has proved to be waterproof, windproof and very warm. Last weekend I pu...