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by Mackiemill
6 Jan 2021, 9:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom bracket for Specialised Sirrus X 5.0
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Bottom bracket for Specialised Sirrus X 5.0

Thanks for replies. Crankset is 'Forged aluminium, 2-piece, 24mm spindle, direct mount chainring' (from the bike's tech spec sheet)
by Mackiemill
6 Jan 2021, 7:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom bracket for Specialised Sirrus X 5.0
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Bottom bracket for Specialised Sirrus X 5.0

Hi - looking to replace the bottom bracket for my Specialised Sirrus X 5.0. On the bike's technical spec online it simply suggests 'BSA for 24mm spindle'. Grateful if anyone could provide an actual make/model I can just buy and fit. Thanks very much
by Mackiemill
20 Oct 2020, 7:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Tourer as a gravel bike?
Replies: 36
Views: 1740

Re: Spa Tourer as a gravel bike?

Turned my 2006 Dawes Ultra Galaxy into a gravel bike this year ...
by Mackiemill
19 Oct 2020, 6:57pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shorts for touring
Replies: 30
Views: 1567

Re: Shorts for touring

Got a pair of Stolen Goat gravel shorts, which are good. Corinne Dennis double comfort shorts, I use as my padded underwear, and work well with the shorts (and indeed longs) - very comfortable
by Mackiemill
30 Aug 2020, 7:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1696
Views: 479081

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

Here is my 2006 Dawes Ultra Galaxy, recently upgraded with bigger tyres, Shimano GRX 810 groupset, Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes. Dream machine on and now off-road/gravel
by Mackiemill
22 Aug 2020, 9:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring or gravel frame?
Replies: 84
Views: 3718

Re: Touring or gravel frame?

Just back from LBS: my 2006 Dawes Ultra Galaxy now gravel-worthy (105 shifters, 2x11 GRX, Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes, Schwalbe Marathon Tour tyres). Didn't want to give up my very comfortable 853 frame, nor pay £2500. Looking forward to a first spin tomorrow
by Mackiemill
8 Aug 2020, 10:29am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Gravel bike choice
Replies: 15
Views: 1007

Re: Gravel bike choice

I agree with a previous posting that 'gravel' is a curious term for the UK-based cycle-tourer: we've been doing it for many years before the US staked its claim to the term. Many parts of Sustrans routes are 'gravel' (a particularly good stretch - the Forest Way - near to me in East Sussex); also ma...
by Mackiemill
7 Aug 2020, 11:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Handlebar bag advice
Replies: 40
Views: 1255

Re: Handlebar bag advice

I use a Carradice Super C which is very good although dispensed quickly with the map carrier - use a Quadlock and iPhone instead to follow OS Maps online/phone data while on the move. Problem is though the bars soon become crowded with brackets aplenty. Super C is roomy and easy to take on and off v...
by Mackiemill
6 Aug 2020, 10:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring or gravel frame?
Replies: 84
Views: 3718

Re: Touring or gravel frame?

Thanks all for guidance about the bars - I'll check out the web tomorrow re the Cowbells...
by Mackiemill
4 Aug 2020, 7:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good iPhone Road Bike holders suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 843

Re: Good iPhone Road Bike holders suggestions

I use the Quad Lock for my iPhone 8+ (decent-sized screen, and access pre-planned OS Maps routes on it can follow as if satnav). Gone now are the days of stopping at frequent intervals to turn the map over in the map case on the bar bag. Have done quite a bit of gravel and so far the Quad Lock has h...
by Mackiemill
4 Aug 2020, 7:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring or gravel frame?
Replies: 84
Views: 3718

Re: Touring or gravel frame?

I'm in the middle of rejigging my Dawes Ultra Galaxy (2006) to make it more gravel-friendly, on account of the fact that nearly all touring/day-rides I do nowadays have quite an element of 'off-road' to them (especially Sustrans routes; country lanes too now have mega-potholes). I love my 853 steel ...