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by ransos
25 Feb 2015, 2:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: True to Size 28mm gravelly-type tyres on Open Pros
Replies: 16
Views: 1658

Re: True to Size 28mm gravelly-type tyres on Open Pros

I've used 28mm Panaracer Paselas on Open Pros, which are ok for gravelly fire roads and tow paths. They *just* fit in narrow SKS guards and Shimano deep drop calipers on my Thorn Audax. I had a look at those. Good price and light weight, but I've read too many reports of sidewall blowouts. And they...
by ransos
23 Feb 2015, 3:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: True to Size 28mm gravelly-type tyres on Open Pros
Replies: 16
Views: 1658

Re: True to Size 28mm gravelly-type tyres on Open Pros

I've used 28mm Panaracer Paselas on Open Pros, which are ok for gravelly fire roads and tow paths. They *just* fit in narrow SKS guards and Shimano deep drop calipers on my Thorn Audax.
by ransos
25 Jun 2012, 2:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Routes in Brittany and the Vendee
Replies: 5
Views: 4134

Re: Routes in Brittany and the Vendee

I'm back...thanks for the tips There's some nice cycling around Pont L'Abbé - parts of the local GR route are accessible by touring bike, as is the route round the lake at Moulin Neuf, though it was rather muddy after recent heavy rain. Rocheserviere in the Vendee was close to lots of dedicated cycl...
by ransos
7 Jun 2012, 11:34am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Routes in Brittany and the Vendee
Replies: 5
Views: 4134

Routes in Brittany and the Vendee

Hi All We're taking a family holiday this summer - one week in Pont L'Abbe (near Quimper) in Brittany and the second week in Rocheserviere, south of Nantes in the Vendee. Does anyone know of routes suitable for towing a baby trailer? Day trips only and I would prefer towpaths/ forest trails rather t...
by ransos
25 Apr 2012, 11:57am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good road rims 23c - 25c
Replies: 20
Views: 3598

Re: Good road rims 23c - 25c

I would not use the existing spokes. My thoughts are appropriate rims and new spokes. I think I have a set of Ultegra hubs on Rigida rims. they work well. I think they may be Chrina but I can't check for you right now. Hope this helps? Thanks for the reply. Why do you say that? Would the buckling h...
by ransos
25 Apr 2012, 11:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good road rims 23c - 25c
Replies: 20
Views: 3598

Re: Good road rims 23c - 25c

I hope people don't mind a slight hijack... I had an accident on Saturday, which resulted in both wheels being buckled beyond repair. They're Mavic open pros on Ultegra 6500 hubs, about 7 years old. I want to keep replacement cost down (this is for my Winter bike), so I was wondering about replacing...
by ransos
27 Mar 2012, 2:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: PENNINE BRIDLEWAY - SETTLE TO DERBY
Replies: 8
Views: 7332

Re: PENNINE BRIDLEWAY - SETTLE TO DERBY

Having ridden the whole Pennine Cycleway from Derby to Berwick I would suggest that your choice of touring bike will be waaaay better than a mountain bike or hybrid. IIRC the only really rough off-road bit was just south of Buxton - can't remember exactly where but it was after Parsley Hay going N ...
by ransos
11 Oct 2011, 11:45am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Final Section from Glencoe to JOG
Replies: 16
Views: 2076

Re: Final Section from Glencoe to JOG

I turned off the A82 at Ft. Augustus and took the minor roads south of the Loch to Inverness. It was a stiff climb, but well worth it for the views and virtually traffic free too. As mentioned, the Great Glen Way is rough in places (we went from Ft William to Clunes, on to forest tracks until near I...
by ransos
11 Oct 2011, 11:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Worst town for cycling in Britain?
Replies: 61
Views: 6818

Re: Worst town for cycling in Britain?

Nutsey wrote:I find Bolton pretty bad when visitting. But perhaps I'm not expert enough to know the best roads to use. Preston too. Oh and Bury.


Bury is fine - but I think that local knowledge is necessary.


I nominate Warrington - it seems to consist of dual carriageways linking retail parks, and little else.
by ransos
10 Oct 2011, 4:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wheel builder - South West. Recommendations ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1436

Re: Wheel builder - South West. Recommendations ?

A further update for info - I used Ross Taylor (Taylored cycles) in Bristol for my road wheels - they've been perfect so far, and he's reasonably priced too. You can source your own components and he'll build them for a fixed fee.
by ransos
14 Apr 2011, 11:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Charge Spoon
Replies: 12
Views: 3590

Re: Charge Spoon

I haven't used mine for touring, but I've done some long day rides (up to 8 hours) and haven't had any discomfort at all. In fact, it's the most comfortable saddle I've ever used.
by ransos
28 Mar 2011, 4:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring wheel for road bike - advice?
Replies: 6
Views: 492

Re: Touring wheel for road bike - advice?

I did a LEJOG with a similar amount of luggage, with 32 spoke Mavic open pros on Shimano hubs. No problems whatsoever.
by ransos
28 Mar 2011, 4:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: NEGITIVE PRESS
Replies: 26
Views: 1580

Re: NEGITIVE PRESS

So we learn from the article, that this "journalist" is berating someone younger, prettier, faster, fitter and better-dressed.

Jealousy is a terrible thing.
by ransos
18 Mar 2011, 10:00am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Powder coating
Replies: 33
Views: 5115

Re: Powder coating

+1 for using a motorcycle powder coater. They will make a proper job of masking up all the threads before coating. Well worth paying the small amout extra over a standard industrial powder coater. I removed the old powder coat from my Thorn using nitromoors, which worked very well, if somewhat time ...
by ransos
17 Mar 2011, 10:38am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: polishing aluminium Components
Replies: 19
Views: 3319

Re: polishing aluminium Components

Anodising can be removed from alloy components with caustic soda, and then polished up with brasso or autosol. I've done the seatpost, cranks and bars on my bike. It can - I've done it with a hub shell, followed by polishing with Silvio wadding and then a spray laquer. Just be careful and wear glov...