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by markjohnobrien
28 Jul 2020, 8:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...how easy or difficult it is to make money in the cycle trade?
Replies: 19
Views: 1611

Re: ...how easy or difficult it is to make money in the cycle trade?

I helped a friend set up a shop in the 90s. he was paint sprayer for a car rental company with no real experience or indeed a cyclist. he was a bit younger than me but still around 27 or so when he started things going just over 20 years ago. competition was harsh in york with several large establi...
by markjohnobrien
26 Jul 2020, 11:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: looking for UK cycle saddle refurbisher ?
Replies: 16
Views: 564

Re: looking for UK cycle saddle refurbisher ?

Brooks offer an excellent refurbishment service for their own saddles - had a titanium saddle refurbished with a new organic leather top.
by markjohnobrien
15 Jul 2020, 3:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: THOUGH AXLES
Replies: 26
Views: 1031

Re: THOUGH AXLES

I’ve both heard of them and used them - lived in London since 2000. Normally promoted by local authorities.
by markjohnobrien
15 Jul 2020, 3:34pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in the time of C-19
Replies: 22
Views: 1261

Re: Touring in the time of C-19

nsew wrote:Hand gel & mask. By the M40, wet night, stupidly forgot to check tarp for tie outs. No panniers.


Last photograph looks like the Oxford tube bus stop lay-by at Hillingdon, near Ickenham: used to cycle in that area a lot when I lived in Ruislip.
by markjohnobrien
13 Jul 2020, 4:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Off road climbs chilterns and/or ridgeway
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Re: Off road climbs chilterns and/or ridgeway

Hill Road is a real stinker - especially the bit at the bottom- but I included it in one of my normal, regular, routes. I find Chinnor Hill easier - although the sharp left near the top is nasty.

Actually, is the path near the Chinnor post office up Chinnor Hill rideable? I wonder.
by markjohnobrien
13 Jul 2020, 8:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The Worst Bike Shop Review Ever
Replies: 67
Views: 5106

Re: The Worst Bike Shop Review Ever

I remember being slightly intimdated by the guy behind the counter at a cycle shop in Kilburn, name and exact location (I think it was on the north side of Willesden Lane, just up from the junction with Kilburn High Road and was a Campagnolo dealer) hazy in the mists of time. He appeared pained whe...
by markjohnobrien
12 Jul 2020, 10:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are steel bike prices rising?
Replies: 24
Views: 1125

Re: Are steel bike prices rising?

Nice. Both very expensive and very nice. If you meet up with them, pictures of the bikes would be good. My Woodrup custom frame, built by Kevin Sayles to my spec for 650B wheels. Reynolds 725 a mix of .7/.4/.7 and .8/.5/.8 guages. I built the wheels. It's not a good shot for frame details but it's ...
by markjohnobrien
11 Jul 2020, 10:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are steel bike prices rising?
Replies: 24
Views: 1125

Re: Are steel bike prices rising?

Nice. Both very expensive and very nice.

If you meet up with them, pictures of the bikes would be good.
by markjohnobrien
9 Jul 2020, 7:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are steel bike prices rising?
Replies: 24
Views: 1125

Re: Are steel bike prices rising?

Slightly different model, but this years Surly Disc Trucker is £750 at Spa: wince... And have you seen the increase in Surly Ogre/Troll, etc and all Salsa frames in the last couple of years. Eye watering price increases with some now £800. Not a surprise as Surly and Salsa are owned by the same firm...
by markjohnobrien
6 Jul 2020, 2:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is this style of Low rider safe?
Replies: 25
Views: 945

Re: Is this style of Low rider safe?

I’d feel a lot happier and less concerned if they had a stabilising and reinforcing loop/hoop over the wheel.

Maybe I’m being over cautious as others have said they should be fine.
by markjohnobrien
5 Jul 2020, 1:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 47c vs 35c tyres - differences in speed?
Replies: 27
Views: 888

Re: 47c vs 35c tyres - differences in speed?

I found the current Greenguard version of the Marathon Original to be an uncomfortable tyre. It may have rolled OK, but I could never get the sweet spot for the pressure. Too hard and like riding on concrete, too soft and it felt slow. For many years I used the 2 previous versions of the 'Original...
by markjohnobrien
4 Jul 2020, 1:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: CUK supports BLM
Replies: 289
Views: 5307

Re: CUK supports BLM

And the irony is that Black Lives Matter Marxist aims (both UK US; and worldwide) such as: Abolishing the Police Abolishing the nuclear family Would make black peoples lives far worse, and significantly impacted negatively, as law abiding black people would be preyed upon by criminals and gangs ( w...
by markjohnobrien
4 Jul 2020, 12:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: CUK supports BLM
Replies: 289
Views: 5307

Re: CUK supports BLM

And the irony is that Black Lives Matter Marxist aims (both UK US; and worldwide) such as: Abolishing the Police Abolishing the nuclear family Would make black peoples lives far worse, and significantly impacted negatively, as law abiding black people would be preyed upon by criminals and gangs ( wh...
by markjohnobrien
3 Jul 2020, 10:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame Building Courses
Replies: 24
Views: 719

Re: Frame Building Courses

It was Dave Yates course - I thought he retired a while back - a shame if he has as a top, top, frame builder who ran a brilliant course. Contact him to find out as he may only be semi retired. Ellis Briggs - the original and long-standing firm went into liquidation and the new firm received a lot o...
by markjohnobrien
3 Jul 2020, 2:58pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring or gravel frame?
Replies: 38
Views: 1368

Re: Touring or gravel frame?

I would have thought a Surly LHT, disc or otherwise would be a definite option. Tough bike; good for carrying heavy loads; OK handling off road; reasonable performance on road; fat tyres (or as they say, fatties fit fine); etc. Agree they are nice but have you seen the price increases in the last ...