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by fatboy
30 Oct 2018, 9:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tange terious headsets
Replies: 13
Views: 1312

Re: Tange terious headsets

I'm putting together a Steel Audax so am playing with the headset. I've had your problem in setting up and it was caused by the mudguard range fouling on the bottom bit of the headset. Maybe that's your problem?
by fatboy
30 Oct 2018, 9:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which mini vees for a Spa Tourer
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: Which mini vees for a Spa Tourer

I have Tektro RX5 at the front combined with Sora 3400 STIs, which I guess have the same pull as the Tiagra 9 speeds, being the same generation. These replaced CR720 cantilevers because I couldnt get enough braking power, canticables make forkcrown light mounting difficult and an uphanger was calle...
by fatboy
30 Oct 2018, 8:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which mini vees for a Spa Tourer
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: Which mini vees for a Spa Tourer

I've got 2 Spa Tourers (a Ti nice one built by Spa and my steel commuter which is a bitser). The Ti has new SSLR Sora (no washing lines) and the 85mm and it works fine. With my commuter I have old Sora (washing lines and thumb levers) and 80mm mini fees and actually it has a bit too much MA so very ...
by fatboy
10 Aug 2018, 8:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton - ground clearance/stability when rolling in folded state
Replies: 12
Views: 641

Re: Brompton - ground clearance/stability when rolling

I originally used to wheel my B around using the mini wheels. I quickly worked out that the best approach is to unfold and roll a proper bike and then fold up again when needed; since the fold is so quick this works well for me.
by fatboy
1 Aug 2018, 11:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thorn Audax Sizing
Replies: 13
Views: 700

Re: Thorn Audax Sizing

Networkman, interesting about your sizing conclusion being like mine and thanks for the 72 degree head angle. The fork is interesting as I have a compatible carbon fork on my current frame. I may discuss with thorn a fork swap so not needing 270 quid extra but we'll see. Mind you it only saves 200g!...
by fatboy
1 Aug 2018, 6:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Thorn Audax Sizing
Replies: 13
Views: 700

Thorn Audax Sizing

I'm looking to change the frame of my Dawes Century SE (Audax bike) as it has never really fitted me; size issues are too steep seat angle (I have to push the saddle back further than the limits to be comfy) and it's also a bit shorter than I like. My Spa tourers are longer and I find much more comf...
by fatboy
31 Jul 2018, 7:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Cycles' Disc Braked Tourer and Audax
Replies: 89
Views: 6769

Re: Spa Cycles' Disc Braked Tourer and Audax

As an owner of two Spa tourer (steel for commuting (bitser) and Titanium for fun) I find that I hardly ride my road/Audax bike. Yes the audax does accelerate a bit better and the steering is a bit more "fun" but the Ti one in particular is my go to bike. It feels fast and since it's so sta...
by fatboy
31 Jul 2018, 9:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saving Weight on a Spa Steel Tourer
Replies: 65
Views: 2562

Re: Saving Weight on a Spa Steel Tourer

I take my rack off for audaxes. I've also swapped to Marathon Supreme tyres
by fatboy
14 Jul 2018, 7:52pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 548
Views: 318418

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

I've bought loads from them and continue to do so. When I ordered my tourer the process was brilliant. There were a few issues (forgot to pack the pedals and a wheel had got bashed so was out of true) which all got sorted and they gave me discount on my next order.

Ti tourer is brilliant BTW
by fatboy
20 May 2018, 2:47pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA booking discount
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: YHA booking discount

Blurb as per website and magazine
by fatboy
20 May 2018, 11:26am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA booking discount
Replies: 6
Views: 439

YHA booking discount

All Cycling UK blurb talks of 10% YHA booking on-line but nothing explains how! Anyone know the magic incantation needed for success!
by fatboy
19 May 2018, 10:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly
Replies: 25
Views: 1744

Re: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly

Interesting to hear someone else having similar issue.

I ordered a replacement spa ring and they sent a stronglight one!
by fatboy
14 May 2018, 7:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Canti brakes/self-energising suntours
Replies: 14
Views: 851

Re: Canti brakes/self-energising suntours

I have them on my hack tourer. They are a faff to set up but are OK (not super powerful just ok). My old Horizon had a semi compact with an awful cable run. Switching to continuous cable run on top of the crossbar made Oryx better.

SE suntours are very cheap so worth a punt!
by fatboy
8 May 2018, 6:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly
Replies: 25
Views: 1744

Re: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly

New Spa ring on order. Gone for silver, maybe it'll be better!
by fatboy
8 May 2018, 7:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Zicral chainring - wearing abnormally quickly
Replies: 25
Views: 1744

Re: Spa Zircal wear

I wonder if I got a duff one! Brucey suggested that a possible cause would be poor heat treatment.