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by Philip_Rogers
6 May 2013, 9:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Options for new touring bike
Replies: 35
Views: 2958

Re: Options for new touring bike

Thanks Colin. No not confused, but it was easier when everything was 72 degrees, 531 and a horizontal crossbar! The Spa 57cm Ti is 72 degrees and has a 590mm effective top tube whereas the 58cm Amazon is 73 degrees and only 566mm so is perhaps a bit steeper and loses reach in the process. Good way o...
by Philip_Rogers
6 May 2013, 6:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Options for new touring bike
Replies: 35
Views: 2958

Re: Options for new touring bike

Thanks for all the feedback. I'm still undecided and have been looking at frame geometries to get an idea of what'll fit ahead of a measurement. The VN Amazon looks as it it has a very short effective top tube. Despite being only just over 6ft, I would need the 60cm frame to get the reach right. Thi...
by Philip_Rogers
29 Apr 2013, 11:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Options for new touring bike
Replies: 35
Views: 2958

Re: Options for new touring bike

Re Ti finish; I've owned several bikes with different Ti finishes and the one I thought I wanted (polished to a mirror finish) is by far the most likely to show marks and need buffing back to a good state. Some Ti frames are supplied with a near matte finish that can be cleaned etc using a simple s...
by Philip_Rogers
29 Apr 2013, 11:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Options for new touring bike
Replies: 35
Views: 2958

Re: Options for new touring bike

I think it depends on how you feel about money....are you of the "cheapest I can get it for" or the "don't spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar" persuasion? Latest Spa project is a 725 tourer, so when all the prototypes are assembled as test bikes, you will be able to do a back-...
by Philip_Rogers
29 Apr 2013, 7:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Options for new touring bike
Replies: 35
Views: 2958

Re: Options for new touring bike

Go with the 9 speed STI, I would say. New Tiagra is 10 speed, so its not compatible with MTB rear mechs. 10 speed Tiagra road mech. will now handle 30T rear sprocket, but I like my 34T rear with an MTB rear mech.......a bail out gear when you are shattered. Obviously you would need to get the STIs ...
by Philip_Rogers
28 Apr 2013, 10:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Options for new touring bike
Replies: 35
Views: 2958

Re: Options for new touring bike

I love my Spa Tourer :) I hated the brakes (cantis) when I got it, and was going to try to and replace them with discs or something...till I replaced the pads with koolstops - and now they're absolutely wonderful, and better than the V's on my old mountain bike (which also has koolstops and Spa whe...
by Philip_Rogers
28 Apr 2013, 3:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Options for new touring bike
Replies: 35
Views: 2958

Re: Options for new touring bike

Thanks for the contributions. I like the Hewitt, but just get uncomfortable on a long ride. Tyres? Tyre pressures? It could be the H/duty fork,as it's made to carry a load. Schwalbe Marathon Racers 700/30 at about 90psi It is well finished and is quite light. The Spa Ti looks good value BUT the fra...
by Philip_Rogers
27 Apr 2013, 10:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Options for new touring bike
Replies: 35
Views: 2958

Re: Options for new touring bike

Thanks for the contributions. I like the Hewitt, but just get uncomfortable on a long ride. It is well finished and is quite light. The Spa Ti looks good value BUT the frame seems quite "industrial" and not polished up. I find Spa great for components, bags etc but it'd be an overnight sta...
by Philip_Rogers
26 Apr 2013, 5:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Options for new touring bike
Replies: 35
Views: 2958

Options for new touring bike

I'm currently ride a Hewitt Cheviot SE which is a shade too small for me. I have a 25mm layback seatpost and a 130mm stem on a large Hewitt frame and I still could stretch out a bit more. I bought the bike used, so no reflection on Hewitt's fitting service which I understand to be great. This time r...
by Philip_Rogers
13 Jan 2012, 8:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: rear light for luggage rack
Replies: 27
Views: 3715

Re: rear light for luggage rack

One from this range http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bus ... uery=Busch Muller available from many local shops or online dealers. Get one of these plus a smaller flashing Cateye to go on the seat post just under the saddle.
by Philip_Rogers
31 Dec 2011, 11:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Insurance claim - advice sought
Replies: 15
Views: 2020

Re: Insurance claim - advice sought

Thanks for the advice everyone. Insurers have finally agreed to pay a cash settlement for the damaged bike as they can't buy a replacement from their suppliers. Now have to think about the best replacement. Am tempted to go down the Brompton route given the way the Dahon handlebar post broke open on...
by Philip_Rogers
21 Dec 2011, 11:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Insurance claim - advice sought
Replies: 15
Views: 2020

Re: Insurance claim - advice sought

Thanks for the advice. Bike is now officially irreprable so insurers will consider a settlement based on age (3 years). However, at this point, my dentist's estimate of up to £8K to repair damaged front teeth is of an order of magnitude greater problem. :cry:
by Philip_Rogers
19 Dec 2011, 8:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Insurance claim - advice sought
Replies: 15
Views: 2020

Re: Insurance claim - advice sought

Thanks for the advice. The bike's not repairable as Dahon are not importing spare parts into UK at the moment. Raleigh, the new importer have no idea when they'll receive stock or bikes. Need to see what insurers do next....
by Philip_Rogers
10 Dec 2011, 2:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Insurance claim - advice sought
Replies: 15
Views: 2020

Re: Insurance claim - advice sought

Thanks. Have left it with AVC, who will try to do an estimate to help. However, there is a problem in getting hold of Dahon parts at the moment as there has been a change of UK supplier, so may not be able to fix for several weeks anyway. Ho hum...
by Philip_Rogers
9 Dec 2011, 5:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Insurance claim - advice sought
Replies: 15
Views: 2020

Insurance claim - advice sought

I had a nasty fall commuting home on Tuesday evening. Facial injuries and broken front tooth aside, I have severely damaged the front end of my 2008 Dahon Speed TR: broken brake lever (spectacular and probably explains some of the holes in my face at the time!) smashed IQ Fly which I added to the bi...