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by Jezrant
11 May 2019, 11:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.
Replies: 77
Views: 2714

Re: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.

Crikey, what a saga.

BTW, for anyone thinking of boldly going forth to buy a small (or very large) frame, I'd highly recommend a read of Tony Oliver's still very valuable book.
by Jezrant
11 May 2019, 11:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.
Replies: 77
Views: 2714

Re: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.

Careful now, I said 'some' not all old school British framebuilders still use steep seat tube angles on small frames. I know at least two who have evolved with the times. And even Colnago has learned to relax their racing frames, slightly. :lol:
by Jezrant
11 May 2019, 11:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.
Replies: 77
Views: 2714

Re: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.

Custom frames? :lol: Now there's a real can of worms. Don't see any geometry tables or specs on his website either. :roll: Course, but you'd hope that as it's custom, they would have deeper discussion with you on enquiry and before order. At least what you currently ride, etc. Unless you do a CAD a...
by Jezrant
11 May 2019, 11:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.
Replies: 77
Views: 2714

Re: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.

Ah, you're caught me there. There's something still a bit of mystery. You clearly know an awful lot about how to get a proper fit on a bike. Why didn't you ask for detailed information about the frame's geometry before handing over your hard-earned cash?
by Jezrant
11 May 2019, 10:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.
Replies: 77
Views: 2714

Re: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.

Don't see any geometry charts on Hallett's website either. :roll:
by Jezrant
11 May 2019, 2:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.
Replies: 77
Views: 2714

Re: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.

We'd have to see the frame to know for sure, but I agree that if it really is a 76 deg seat tube for a 21" audax frame, that's OTT. That's even more than my 54cm Colnago (75 deg seat tube).
by Jezrant
11 May 2019, 12:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.
Replies: 77
Views: 2714

Re: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.

If you want to reduce toe overlap, and you don't want to think about it, you can simply move the front wheel forward, leaving the fork offset and head angle unaltered; essentially, just moving the whole of the front of the bike forward. This will of course give greater reach, but you can reduce the...
by Jezrant
10 May 2019, 3:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.
Replies: 77
Views: 2714

Re: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.

I almost feel sorry for the poor sods. :lol:

Somebody should start a sticky listing the 'do's' and 'don't's' of buying a frame.
by Jezrant
10 May 2019, 12:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.
Replies: 77
Views: 2714

Re: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.

I'm afraid you are making a false assumption about some 'industry-wide' standard. Traditionally, many framebuilders in the UK actually used steep seat tube angles on small frames for the reasons Brucey explained up-thread. It was the exception who found another way of dealing with toe overlap on sma...
by Jezrant
10 May 2019, 10:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.
Replies: 77
Views: 2714

Re: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.

Professional cyclists who were on the small side rode bikes with steep seat angles on long multi-stage races like the Tour de France for decades. I still occasionally ride a vintage Italian racing bike like that. With a bit of tweaking you can sometimes improve the fit, but it sounds like you will n...
by Jezrant
10 May 2019, 9:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.
Replies: 77
Views: 2714

Re: New frame. Steep seat angle. Unrideable.

I hope you can get a refund from them as you're clearly unhappy with the frame. I would have thought with enough persistence, they will take the frame back and refund your money. You do sometimes see frames that have been returned by customers hanging up on the ceiling in the shops of framebuilders....
by Jezrant
28 Apr 2019, 12:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?
Replies: 33
Views: 1355

Re: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?

I suspect that the shimmy described above is a feature of all the earlier 531st Randonneurs. I haven't tried them all of course, but there have been mutterings on this site and elsewhere; it's probably significant that the later Reynolds 708 versions had an oversized top tube (same diameter as the ...
by Jezrant
28 Apr 2019, 9:40am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?
Replies: 33
Views: 1355

Re: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?

I suspect that the shimmy described above is a feature of all the earlier 531st Randonneurs. I haven't tried them all of course, but there have been mutterings on this site and elsewhere; it's probably significant that the later Reynolds 708 versions had an oversized top tube (same diameter as the ...
by Jezrant
26 Apr 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?
Replies: 33
Views: 1355

Re: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?

it handled as well as my old custom-built Woodrup. You would have to pay many times more for a similar frame today (with comparable tubing). It's what used to be called a 'fast tourer'. The handling is much more nimble than today's heavy, over-built, steel touring bikes like a Surly et al. For day ...
by Jezrant
26 Apr 2019, 12:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?
Replies: 33
Views: 1355

Re: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?

As someone who has owned and just recently sold a Raleigh Randonneur frameset on here, I thought I'd contribute my 2 cts. The frameset I just sold here I had bought from another CTC member some years ago. He had originally listed it as a complete bike and was asking something like £375 (can't rememb...