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by robgul
27 May 2019, 1:12pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: SOLD : Dawes Audax Giro 600 - size 57cm
Replies: 5
Views: 680

SOLD : Dawes Audax Giro 600 - size 57cm

Dawes Audax Giro 600 - size 57cm (axle - seat clamp) One of the last Dawes bikes with the frame actually built in the UK - mid 1990s. I bought the machine from an enthusiast about 8 years ago and loved riding every mile on it. It's in very good condition and just serviced at the LBS. Reynolds 531 Co...
by robgul
25 May 2019, 7:54pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?
Replies: 25
Views: 1499

Re: Suitable towbar bike carrier for electric bike?

Towbar mounted carriers are a definite step up from strap-on racks in general. In a big way,I've seen some real accidents waiting to happen on the motorways and one that actually did,not a pretty sight :shock: Yep - and with more and more cars having plastic spoilers over the rear window you can st...
by robgul
22 May 2019, 6:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: C2C Sunderland or Tynemouth for return by rail?
Replies: 15
Views: 519

Re: C2C Sunderland or Tynemouth for return by rail?

I'd opt for Tynemouth as the bit through Newcastle along the quayside - with the bridges, Sage, the flour mill art gallery etc - is better than the rather dull route into Sunderland that I took ... the "big landmark" was the football stadium. Tynemouth is quite quaint for that part of the ...
by robgul
22 May 2019, 7:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another thread about hard tyres to fit and tyre levers
Replies: 20
Views: 710

Re: Another thread about hard tyres to fit and tyre levers

I use these in an LBS - unless just fingers will do the job: Taking them off - Oxford Products plastic coated, steel core (or Park have an expensive equivalent that's a bit longer for more leverage): http://www.oxfordproducts.com/graphics_cache/f/b/9272-tl139-1--.jpg Putting them back on https://www...
by robgul
20 May 2019, 8:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Canal Route Earlswood-Stratford - Towpath Surface
Replies: 9
Views: 405

Re: Canal Route Earlswood-Stratford - Towpath Surface

.gpx sent a few minutes ago for a cycle friendly route from Red Lion at Earlswood to Stratford Marina. I would avoid the canal idea completely - today I was cajoled by a friend to ride from the aqueduct near Bearley to Stratford along the canal - the first section to Wilmcote was like a cyclo-cross ...
by robgul
18 May 2019, 9:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar Bag Klickfix thingy
Replies: 10
Views: 472

Re: Bar Bag Klickfix thingy

I've been using Altura barbags with R&K mounts for years - I've just bought an Ortlieb bag and thought the mount was awful - I've just stuck with the R&K mounts that work perfectly with the Ortlieb to transfer from bike to bike.. ... and if you break or lose the cable a bit of brake cable in...
by robgul
17 May 2019, 9:18pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Looking for an E-bike
Replies: 11
Views: 837

Re: Looking for an E-bike

Second-hand pre-loved bikes might be worth looking at, some people find they cannae get along with e-bikes You could wait till the end of the season to get a discount I would steer well-clear of a secondhand ebike - you don't know how the battery has been treated and replacement could be 30% of the...
by robgul
16 May 2019, 7:12am
Forum: People, Events & Rides
Topic: Velo Midlands
Replies: 25
Views: 1171

Re: Velo Midlands

I endorse the comments made in this thread BUT I've heard lots of reports and experiences this week from Velo riders saying that the "closed road" situation provoked reckless cycling from a minority of TdeF wannabees - annoying and potentially dangerous for the average participant.

Rob
by robgul
16 May 2019, 7:04am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Canal Route Earlswood-Stratford - Towpath Surface
Replies: 9
Views: 405

Re: Canal Route Earlswood-Stratford - Towpath Surface

Thanks for the advice all, looks like the canal is more trouble than its worth - and you've already answered Plan B! I've explored some of the lanes (out to Henley/Lapworth) since moving the Wythall recently, and the info and resources you've pointed me to open up more possibilities thanks. I didn'...
by robgul
15 May 2019, 5:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Canal Route Earlswood-Stratford - Towpath Surface
Replies: 9
Views: 405

Re: Canal Route Earlswood-Stratford - Towpath Surface

I ride around this area a lot (in fact have been today) - our club meets at Earlswood and I live at Stratford My advice would be to stay off the canal towpaths as they are very variable with some "legal no go" sections and "reality no go" bits. I'd head for Hockley Heath, along t...
by robgul
12 May 2019, 8:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Powerlink
Replies: 10
Views: 509

Re: SRAM Powerlink

Here's the answer : https://www.amazon.co.uk/SuperB_ToBe-Ma ... B007E8YO7Q - for opening and closing magic links

Rob
by robgul
9 May 2019, 8:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ridgeback vs B-Twin
Replies: 9
Views: 785

Re: Ridgeback vs B-Twin

The other thing that the LBS likes about Ridgeback is that we don't have big "minimum buy ins" for stock in the shop - if it's in stock at the supplier (Madison/Sportline) it arrives the next day at the shop. I sell loads of 'em! ... and I would concur on suspension - just adds cost, weigh...
by robgul
7 May 2019, 8:05pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: OBREA GAIN D40 (e-bike)
Replies: 90
Views: 8143

Re: OBREA GAIN D40 (e-bike)

Due to lower back issues I am considering an electric road bike to allow me to get up hills and overcome headwinds, which used to be no issue, but now are a bit of a struggle. The Orbea Gain is very tempting, but I am concerned the geometry may be a bit too aggressive. Another option could be a Can...
by robgul
30 Apr 2019, 7:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crank arm came loose
Replies: 12
Views: 833

Re: Crank arm came loose

Assuming it is a SRAM Chainset (it is probably one of the most common cost savings to use a different one) or another of similar construction. If the left crank has come separate or is loose on the axle then I would concur that it is faulty. The axle & left crank are supplied as one unit that s...
by robgul
29 Apr 2019, 8:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Loire Valley Tours this August ....
Replies: 10
Views: 2007

Re: Loire Valley Tours this August ....

I am thinking of cycling the Velo 6 this September and found the above posts interesting. For me the issue is how and where to come back to the UK from? Any thoughts please? Anthony Our club tour is off to the Loire Valley on 4 June - 10 of us so traons are an issue (even French ones) so we're doin...