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by nsew
28 Jan 2020, 5:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 279
Views: 7194

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

reohn2 wrote:
nsew wrote:The Aussies were on it a bit earlier. 1914 Trans Continental winning bike. No tarmac back then.

Nice relaxed angles :shock: :wink:


The seat post probably negated 5 deg of the slack.
by nsew
28 Jan 2020, 5:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 279
Views: 7194

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Yes, bikes like this were definitely around in the 50's and 60's. I had a custom Jack Taylor built with 26" wheels in 1967 using 26 x 1.3/8" tyres. It rode beautifully, very comfortable and fast enough for 100 mile club runs and great on rough stuff rides. Jack had been influenced by a vi...
by nsew
28 Jan 2020, 3:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 279
Views: 7194

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

The Aussies were on it a bit earlier. 1914 Trans Continental winning bike. No tarmac back then.
by nsew
25 Jan 2020, 11:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 279
Views: 7194

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Must get me a modern disc brake bike that will stop me better. All those chunky cables and corrected forks and stays. I don’t know how people ever stopped before, they’re amazing. Canti’s and Vs are rubbish because I used to have them and I couldn’t stop in time and fell off. . At the base of mount...
by nsew
25 Jan 2020, 11:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 279
Views: 7194

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

I was just messing about. If I was hammering about off road, or on country lanes, through the winter months, then I’m fairly certain my rims would benefit from discs. I used to keep two bikes, now keep one. I ride that morning to night, 6-7 months of each year and perform a total overhaul on return....
by nsew
25 Jan 2020, 7:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Off the Shelf or Self Build
Replies: 33
Views: 987

Re: Off the Shelf or Self Build

That Miyata is a gorgeous timepiece. Odd that there’s only the one bottle cage mount. If the OP is patient enough, there’s superb value to be had on eBay with used bikes. Saw a lightly used Dave Yates Wanderer recently go for £250. Strip all the extra stuff off, fit cross tyres and that’s a cross bi...
by nsew
24 Jan 2020, 10:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 279
Views: 7194

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Must get me a modern disc brake bike that will stop me better. All those chunky cables and corrected forks and stays. I don’t know how people ever stopped before, they’re amazing. Canti’s and Vs are rubbish because I used to have them and I couldn’t stop in time and fell off.

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by nsew
24 Jan 2020, 9:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ten into seven will go.
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: Ten into seven will go.

On a recent trip Loctite 243 failed at all three points of application due to either spells at altitude (several 2000m ascents) or heat (a month or so of 35-42deg). I suspect the heat. NDS bottom bracket and both pedal lock nuts. Cleaned it all off, anti seize on BB and smidgen of grease on pedal ax...
by nsew
23 Jan 2020, 7:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring in France - book ahead?
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: Touring in France - book ahead?

I always book ahead but have had little luck with anyone picking the phone up
by nsew
19 Jan 2020, 7:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 279
Views: 7194

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

All the pics below from 1987-1991. The “gravel” bikes of today and their components sure won’t be around to be admired in 30 years time. There are some very nice big money niche builder examples out there but so much of the new product is soulless and throwaway after a relatively short period. Excel...
by nsew
18 Jan 2020, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 279
Views: 7194

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

mercalia wrote:seems like my Dawes 1-Down may be ok with 1.75" ( 45mm) Marathons?


Absolutely. It’s got to be a British frame on this side of the pond.
by nsew
18 Jan 2020, 9:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 279
Views: 7194

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

Drew inspiration from this Bridgestone MB1 posted on one of those threads mentioned above.
by nsew
18 Jan 2020, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 279
Views: 7194

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

An American thing. Mid to late 80s Grant Peterson/Bridgestone, Cunningham/Potts/WTB. Became popular again with conversions of 70s/80s/early 90s mtb frames in the late 2000s. 2” tyre clearance, dirt drop bars, off road, fast. October 2010 mtbr.com “The single consolidated official drop bar thread“ ht...
by nsew
14 Jan 2020, 7:58pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Camping togs for men Guardian Style
Replies: 39
Views: 932

Re: Camping togs for men Guardian Style

Perhaps you could take yourself off to the London, Paris & Milan fashion weeks to vent your fury at the assembled fashionistas. I think that would be a more appropriate setting than the Cycling UK camping sub-forum.
by nsew
12 Jan 2020, 4:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.
Replies: 49
Views: 1624

Re: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.

Here’s a rain damaged, sweat damaged B17. Personally I don’t much like “new” leather saddles, they look a bit naff.