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by wearwell
18 Jun 2019, 4:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?
Replies: 26
Views: 908

Re: What preparation & training for a 1200-1300 mile tour ?

Preparation - just do as much cycling as you can fit in. Simple! My experience of long trips is of gradual enfeeblement over the first few days but gradual improvement thereafter, until by the end you are as fit as a flea. Plan for a rest day. Carry as little gear as you can. Don't have front pannie...
by wearwell
2 Jun 2019, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loose seatpost - Spa Aubisque frameset
Replies: 67
Views: 3997

Re: Loose seatpost - Spa Aubisque frameset

Rest of the frame looks OK but I've not checked alignment or dimensions TBH. So far efforts to sand down a 27.4 'post to fit haven't been particularly successful. I'll be taking the bike back to the shop in June. What other issues did you find with your frame? My frame seemed perfect* until I had a...
by wearwell
28 May 2019, 5:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Loose seatpost - Spa Aubisque frameset
Replies: 67
Views: 3997

Re: Loose seatpost - Spa Aubisque frameset

Spoke to Spa today and will take bike back to shop next time I'm in the area (June) for them to take a look. measured seat tube at 27.31mm diameter, one nominal '27.2' seatpost was between 27.02 - 27.08mm and the other around 27.14 - 27.18mm. So it seems the seatpot I bought for the bike is a littl...
by wearwell
21 May 2019, 8:26pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 612
Views: 346268

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

[ S.... What are you hoping to achieve with the repetition? We noted your message the first time. I forgot to say - the reason I'm still going on about it is because I am still ****** off about it! Specialist shop failed miserably with their specialist flagship product, not just a few brake blocks. ...
by wearwell
16 May 2019, 2:30pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 612
Views: 346268

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Samuel D wrote:S.... What are you hoping to achieve with the repetition? We noted your message the first time.
Just a reminder!
Do we run threads in support of other bike shops? If not why not?
I got some excellent brake blocks from Wiggle, by the next post! Marvellous! Over the moon! Miraculous! I'm sooo excited!!
by wearwell
15 May 2019, 8:06pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 612
Views: 346268

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Spa is OK as a rule, no better or worse than many others. But I got let down badly with a thoroughly crap deal on a new Spa Titanium Audax. A lot of things about it were wrong - worst being sand-blasting sand left in the frame which didn't make itself apparent until the steering started seizing, pot...
by wearwell
16 Mar 2019, 6:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers
Replies: 22
Views: 1934

Re: Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers

Bought and fitted. They work perfectly well. Very helpful particularly on long descents where the drop position can be a strain on my slightly arthritic hands.
by wearwell
19 Nov 2018, 11:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers
Replies: 22
Views: 1934

Re: Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers

Thanks for all the detailed replies - I'm on the case, Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers here I come!
by wearwell
18 Nov 2018, 6:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers
Replies: 22
Views: 1934

Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers

I've just discovered "Secondary Cross Top Brake Levers"
Could be the answer to my hand prob (arthritis etc) - I can't easily grip from down on the drops.
Are they a good idea?
Any probs fitting to a conventional old style drop bar set up i.e. normal brake levers with bar-end gear levers?
by wearwell
30 Jul 2018, 8:05pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 612
Views: 346268

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

...certain things such as the chainsets, Spa brand leather saddles and their own bikes and frames are pretty much in the unique category. I got their cheap triple chainset. It's OK except it doesn't pick up too well from middle ring to high. A bit clunky. Nothing unique about their frames. Spa's bi...
by wearwell
30 Jul 2018, 7:59pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 612
Views: 346268

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Very boring this thread.
Spa shouldn't be getting any special credit for just providing a normal service i.e. delivering goods ordered in a reasonable time - just like every other half successful mail order business!!
by wearwell
24 Jul 2018, 8:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier Advice
Replies: 53
Views: 2483

Re: Pannier Advice

I always take a compass for the reason TBH i've never found a compass to be of much use on a bike, roads rarely go very far in a single direction, my routes certainly don't! There is a compass app on my phone if I really need the function. I find it easy enough to use the map for orientation and on ...
by wearwell
18 Jul 2018, 9:26pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 612
Views: 346268

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

If I understand correctly, you’ve had this bicycle for many years and are now expecting a new bicycle because you don’t like SRAM Apex gears? Plus the sand, of course. I think that ship has sailed, mister! You don't understand correctly. I don't expect a new bicycle now, but with hindsight it was a...
by wearwell
16 Jul 2018, 7:46pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 612
Views: 346268

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

If I understand correctly, you’ve had this bicycle for many years and are now expecting a new bicycle because you don’t like SRAM Apex gears? Plus the sand, of course. I think that ship has sailed, mister! You don't understand correctly. I don't expect a new bicycle now, but with hindsight it was a...
by wearwell
16 Jul 2018, 6:50pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)
Replies: 612
Views: 346268

Re: Spa Cycles (Harrogate)

Well i finally got around to complaining about my Spa Titanium Audax SPA 0023. Basically it had very many little niggly faults and two big ones; sand in the frame tubes causing seizing steering, SRAM Apex gears total crap. Took too long to for all the faults to show (partly cos I was out of cycling ...