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by garibaldi
7 Dec 2018, 10:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle Insurance - any good ones?
Replies: 32
Views: 1872

Re: Cycle Insurance - any good ones?

Just got an online quote from TSB and it came to £471.32 for bike insurance only which... seems quite steep! I'll take the above advice and look into brokers. I don't really mind carrying a gold grade lock when out and about in town or having to use it at home. A bit less keen taking it on long rid...
by garibaldi
6 Dec 2018, 7:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle Insurance - any good ones?
Replies: 32
Views: 1872

Re: Cycle Insurance - any good ones?

Just got an online quote from TSB and it came to £471.32 for bike insurance only which... seems quite steep! Was it a quote from here? https://www.tsb.co.uk/home-insurance/bicycle-insurance/ Do you live in Beirut or Amsterdam? Or have a £20,000 bike? My most expensive bike is just over three thousa...
by garibaldi
6 Dec 2018, 3:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle Insurance - any good ones?
Replies: 32
Views: 1872

Re: Cycle Insurance - any good ones?

Just got an online quote from TSB and it came to £471.32 for bike insurance only which... seems quite steep! I'll take the above advice and look into brokers. I don't really mind carrying a gold grade lock when out and about in town or having to use it at home. A bit less keen taking it on long ride...
by garibaldi
6 Dec 2018, 10:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle Insurance - any good ones?
Replies: 32
Views: 1872

Cycle Insurance - any good ones?

Hi all, I've been looking into bike insurance and it all seems a bit of a minefield. I know most people have their bikes insured under home contents but having looked into that option, premiums and excess seem to always be higher or equal to specialist insurance. :? I've used Tesco's contents insura...
by garibaldi
26 Nov 2018, 1:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The old Campy vs Shimano debate
Replies: 20
Views: 835

Re: The old Campy vs Shimano debate

Thanks all, loads of useful knowledge and advice! If going the compact route, which I think I will, then both do 50/34 chainsets (or 52/36) and 11-32 cassettes (I would maybe favour 12-32 if going campagnolo) BUT shimano do a 34T sprocket (possibly even lower?). Will I need such low gears? I'm very ...
by garibaldi
25 Nov 2018, 3:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The old Campy vs Shimano debate
Replies: 20
Views: 835

The old Campy vs Shimano debate

Hi all, Following up from my Fratello/Spa Audax thread, would you go for 105 or Centaur gruppo? I know it's very much a matter of personal preference but again, I don't have a strong opinion on either. 105 is reliable and widely available; Centaur have those lovely ergonomic levers that just feel ri...
by garibaldi
25 Nov 2018, 2:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 3195

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

I agree that rim brakes may well make more sense on a bike like this. By all means compare the two different bikes to see for yourself but IME there is a good chance that the rim brake model will ride better than the disc brake model. It is liable to work out this way because the loads that the for...
by garibaldi
25 Nov 2018, 2:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 3195

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

I agree that rim brakes may well make more sense on a bike like this. By all means compare the two different bikes to see for yourself but IME there is a good chance that the rim brake model will ride better than the disc brake model. It is liable to work out this way because the loads that the for...
by garibaldi
25 Nov 2018, 2:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 3195

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

Thanks for your thoughts everyone, I've decided to go for the Fratello. I don't think that one bike is necessarily "better" than the other so it all came down to a few maybe minor reasons in the end: Price must be more than a minor difference, but if that's not a problem it doesn't matter...
by garibaldi
25 Nov 2018, 9:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 3195

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

Thanks for your thoughts everyone, I've decided to go for the Fratello. I don't think that one bike is necessarily "better" than the other so it all came down to a few maybe minor reasons in the end: - Condor offer full bike fitting with every new bike/frame. - Condor's shop is easier to g...
by garibaldi
19 Nov 2018, 10:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 3195

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

... I think that the Condor comes with an integrated headset, the Spa certainly doesn't. I'm not familiar with integrated ones but IIRC they may be harder to maintain? Why and integrated headset would be hard to maintain? :?: Indeed, it's a lot easier if you used it with the supplied cartridge bear...
by garibaldi
19 Nov 2018, 9:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 3195

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

Very nice! :wink: Really? The Spa Audax comes across as the Model T Ford of the bike world. I know it's available in other colours but none of them are very inspiring (I've seen them all in the "flesh" in the Spa shop) Beauty in the eye of the beholder and all that! And the paintwork aint...
by garibaldi
18 Nov 2018, 3:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 3195

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

if it comes down to a coin toss, I'd probably take whichever one offered the best mudguard clearances for my particular intended use. cheers There doesn't seem to be much difference in mudguard clearances either. Both claim 28mm tyres with full mudguards and that would be enough for me. However, I'...
by garibaldi
18 Nov 2018, 1:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 3195

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

seeing 99% of my riding will be on tarmac I don't see the need to go over 28mm tyres. In that case you can disregard most of what I wrote, I don't regret writing it, IMO they are things worth considering. Though the 28s may have to be 25s on either bike and tarmac has been a bit scarce on some of t...
by garibaldi
18 Nov 2018, 1:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring
Replies: 52
Views: 3195

Re: Condor Fratello / Spa Audax (Ti) for Audax & light touring

What gearing would you want/need? One of the standard Spa Ti Audax versions comes with a 105 triple, and presumably that would similarly be an option for the Fratello. Would the 30t inner of the Shimano triple be small enough for your requirements/preferences? I seem to recall past threads on here ...