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by Ant
11 Jun 2016, 4:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help choosing tour bike size - Ridgeback Voyage
Replies: 23
Views: 2528

Re: Help choosing tour bike size - Ridgeback Voyage

I wanted the world journey to be high and tall, as its primary use was for commuting. The Ridgeback does not have a steeply upsloping top tube, so a larger frame size is suitable for me. That said I also have a 58cm Ridgeback frame (a world tour solo, purchased after the 60cm I might add!) and that ...
by Ant
11 Jun 2016, 1:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help choosing tour bike size - Ridgeback Voyage
Replies: 23
Views: 2528

Re: Help choosing tour bike size - Ridgeback Voyage

Yeah, that's the one, 2012 model. I am 183cm with 84cm inside leg.
by Ant
11 Jun 2016, 8:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help choosing tour bike size - Ridgeback Voyage
Replies: 23
Views: 2528

Re: Help choosing tour bike size - Ridgeback Voyage

Do not buy until you try. I have a 60cm Ridgeback world journey. Lovely frame but is quite long. It was 2011 model and I think the geometry is different now. I would not have bought it if I had tried it first, but it was a sale bargain and so cheap I didn't want to pass it up. I had put a shorter an...
by Ant
6 Aug 2015, 4:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie considering cycling in London - help!
Replies: 39
Views: 2878

Re: Newbie considering cycling in London - help!

Many Nokia (and latterly Microsoft) Lumia phones have a really good sat nav app built in which gives verbal directions with or without the screen on. Attach headphones into ONE ear and you are sorted (before anyone whinges - this is perfectly safe even for a relatively inexperienced rider since you ...
by Ant
5 Aug 2015, 7:10pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Red routes, advice
Replies: 2
Views: 6498

Re: Red routes, advice

Never been but check out this footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_mSMvZQeb4 It looks ace, but it is clearly a pretty tough route and for someone new probably not recommended. Blues are a lot more fun for non-experts. Also helmet would be a good idea! I'm not a habitual helmet wearer but on a ...
by Ant
4 Aug 2015, 8:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike to dog attachments - whats good ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3539

Re: Bike to dog attachments - whats good ?

Yes they can be a bit special can't they! But he's making a living so fair play to him. Plus, Stella was very cute.
by Ant
4 Aug 2015, 8:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike to dog attachments - whats good ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3539

Re: Bike to dog attachments - whats good ?

Check out this maniac. He's public enemy number one. He and his crazy dog are a menace to society. Somebody really ought to inform the Daily mail.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3z_uUU1WY0

Oh, hang on a minute. It's fine, he's an American. We're still safe!
by Ant
3 Aug 2015, 9:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike to dog attachments - whats good ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3539

Re: Bike to dog attachments - whats good ?

Fair point but that's obvious really, hence my comment about common sense :D I don't think I would risk a great dane on it, but then a great dane wouldn't enjoy that type of exercise anyway. I wore out a set of brake pads the first time out with my little terrier! Seriously, I can't believe how many...
by Ant
3 Aug 2015, 9:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike to dog attachments - whats good ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3539

Re: Bike to dog attachments - whats good ?

Rubbish! How many of the nay sayers have actually ever used something like this?

I have been using one for years and it is perfectly safe in the right environment. Like anything else, it just depends on the common sense of the user...
by Ant
3 Aug 2015, 9:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike to dog attachments - whats good ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3539

Re: Bike to dog attachments - whats good ?

It has to be the walkydog found at walky.co.uk They are awesome. Attach to seat post and it has an adjustable internal spring damping mechanism. Combine this with a harness and short elastic type lead and you have the safest method of attachment as the dog cannot get in front of your front wheel. I ...
by Ant
5 Jul 2015, 5:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: longer/flatter v shorter/pointier
Replies: 22
Views: 3438

Re: longer/flatter v shorter/pointier

This is doubtless useless information for you, but anyway... On a hilly round trip commute (remembering they give on the downs and take on the ups) of 20 miles I tended to average 15MPH. On a less hilly (it is all hilly around here) round trip commute to another place of 36 miles I averaged 16MPH. I...
by Ant
23 Feb 2015, 12:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can you get attachable side bars for road drop bars?
Replies: 12
Views: 2672

Re: Can you get attachable side bars for road drop bars?

Origin8 drop bar ends on flats bars is a good solution. I have a pair in the garage which I bought to convert a flat bar to drops. Now redundant as replaced that bike with one with drops. As it goes, the Origin8's were a better position for me than the drop bars that replaced them as they are realti...
by Ant
4 Nov 2014, 6:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are Hub Gears really that good OR bad?
Replies: 62
Views: 5891

Re: Are Hub Gears really that good OR bad?

I opened an Alfine 8 after 10000 miles of road riding and it was utterly immaculate inside - this is obviously well in excess of the Shimano recommendation of a check and refresh with magic oil at 2500 miles. I have had Alfine 8 hubs on road and MTB bikes and they have been faultless in both. I don'...
by Ant
8 Oct 2014, 8:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best value touring bike with a £900 budget
Replies: 10
Views: 1278

Re: Best value touring bike with a £900 budget

Hi there have you tried the bike for size? I ask because there has been much talk about the geometry of Ridgeback tourers. Essentially they are quite 'long and low' which means you can feel quite stretched out on them. I have a Ridgeback Journey, which has the same geometry as the Panorama (the 2013...
by Ant
29 Oct 2013, 1:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Replacing Weimann 610 centre pulls
Replies: 13
Views: 4245

Re: Replacing Weimann 610 centre pulls

+1 for the Alhongas. I fitted a pair to an old raleigh touring bike to replace the weinmann centre pulls. No amount of fettling by my very good LBS man could make the Weinmann brakes anything more than terrible. The Alhongas were a massive improvement, look appropriate and are dirt cheap.