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by bretonbikes
16 Jan 2018, 7:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!
Replies: 105
Views: 4864

Re: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!

Think very hard and then think again. Nice mountain-bikes don't come with that size of wheel anymore. And expedition touring bikes, the like of Surly's Long-Haul Trucker, don't sell in large enough numbers, not even when you lump in all the other niche market road-going bikes that have been designe...
by bretonbikes
14 Jan 2018, 11:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!
Replies: 105
Views: 4864

Re: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!

Personally I'd think hard about going to 26" wheels as it makes lower gearing easier. With modern slick tyres they fly along... Think very hard and then think again. Nice mountain-bikes don't come with that size of wheel anymore. And expedition touring bikes, the like of Surly's Long-Haul Truc...
by bretonbikes
14 Jan 2018, 11:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!
Replies: 105
Views: 4864

Re: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!

I bow to your massively superior knowledge CJ but are you sure that you aren't being overly pessimistic on what I think of as 26 inch tyres? After all, how much choice of tyres do you need? 26" is a world standard (unlike 700c) and you'll be able to get touring capable tyres for it in 20 years...
by bretonbikes
14 Jan 2018, 9:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!
Replies: 105
Views: 4864

Re: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!

In fairness there are those who claim that 'this doesn't really matter in this day and age'. All you need, they say, is to be able to contact someone who does have the correct parts (even if they are in another part of the globe entirely) and they can have the parts shipped to you in a day or two. ...
by bretonbikes
9 Jan 2018, 5:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!
Replies: 105
Views: 4864

Re: Touring Gear Ratios for Wimps!

I was wondering if anyone would know the answer to the following- I want to buy a new touring bike but I am struggling to find one which I like the look of and has gearing low enough to allow me to climb hills whilst loaded up. A lot of my fellow cyclists seem to suffer the same problem so I am int...
by bretonbikes
8 Jan 2018, 2:03pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Review of £500 hybrids Dawes Sonoran and VSF T50s
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: Review of £500 hybrids Dawes Sonoran and VSF T50s

There is a typo in the VSF review, near the end.. GBP 5 000 :wink: How many kms did the bikes do, how many p *******s or other breakdowns, do you sell them after one season, may one order VSF in the UK? Merci Sorry - missed the second bit;-) it's hard to estimate the km for each bike, but we're loo...
by bretonbikes
8 Jan 2018, 12:48pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Review of £500 hybrids Dawes Sonoran and VSF T50s
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Review of £500 hybrids Dawes Sonoran and VSF T50s

Hi All After my last review (of the Ridgeback Expedition) generated 13 pages of discussion I thought it time to point to another. This time it's two reviews - both reviews being of Hybrids around £500. These are what I consider to be the minimum standard for a serious touring bike. That's an importa...
by bretonbikes
22 Dec 2017, 11:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?
Replies: 36
Views: 1288

Re: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?

However high or low the 'bars in relation to the saddle height, then a c.4" vertical difference tops to drops. Only 1 of those can be "right". No doubt why I notice folk who never use the drop at all! With flats, at least one choice of hand hold on the bar ends, plus grips, brake lev...
by bretonbikes
22 Dec 2017, 9:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pyrenean cycling holiday
Replies: 20
Views: 1589

Re: Pyrenean cycling holiday

Of course you are 100% correct - it brought me close to a nervous breakdown by the end, but what a strange impression to take from the blog? I could have included the 'nuts and bolts' but the blog was intended to be a celebration of a great fortnight with some special people, not an instruction manu...
by bretonbikes
21 Dec 2017, 5:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?
Replies: 36
Views: 1288

Re: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?

That's not what I understood the OP to mean when he wrote, "I always thought I wanted a road bike, I finally got one to test the concept out, Turns out I don't like road bikes at all since I barely ever drive on tarmac and I don't like at all the position when using the bike". He doesn't ...
by bretonbikes
21 Dec 2017, 4:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?
Replies: 36
Views: 1288

Re: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?

I barely ever drive on tarmac and I don't like at all the position when using the bike.. I like the bike itself, it's rather light and nimble, however... the gear changes /brakes/position= sucks so bad :( As you barely ride on Tarmac it's the wrong bike whatever the bars. Sell it and start again, p...
by bretonbikes
21 Dec 2017, 2:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?
Replies: 36
Views: 1288

Re: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?

Did an article on this a while back... http://www.bretonbikes.com/homepage/cycling-article-blog/63-cycling-in-france-the-death-of-the-drop-handlebar I always enjoy your articles and normally agree with most of what you write, but I think this article is based on a couple of considerable inaccuracie...
by bretonbikes
21 Dec 2017, 1:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?
Replies: 36
Views: 1288

Re: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?

I don't think it's the type of bars that are the issue, it's where they are, even if you replaced those drops with flats there's a lot of saddle-bar drop going on there! I think a great many people have been put off drop bars over the years by them simply being in the wrong place from following the...
by bretonbikes
21 Dec 2017, 12:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?
Replies: 36
Views: 1288

Re: Converting from Dropbars to Straight - Worth it?

Personally I think the first bit of advice - as mentioned by several here is to get a stem with plenty of rise, or even go for an aheadset extender system like this - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Satori-Bike-Heads-UP-Threadless-Extender-Stem-Riser-For-1-1-8-Steerer/302372650735?hash=item4666d07eef...