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by andrewk
12 Oct 2016, 12:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie looking to commute to work
Replies: 51
Views: 2573

Re: Newbie looking to commute to work

To me cycling is an inclusive activity and should never be viewed as an exclusive activity requiring all sorts of specialist kit, you should be able to just get on your bike and ride 2-3 miles to the shops, park, work etc...... Specialist kit is a deterrent to that ideal... I wholeheartedly agree w...
by andrewk
10 Oct 2016, 1:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flat bar touring bikes (particularly the LHT)
Replies: 75
Views: 6611

Re: Flat bar touring bikes (particularly the LHT)

Since you have decided on a steel frame flat bar tourer that is what you should be looking for not a compromised drop bar bike that has had its bars swapped out. Problem is that such bikes aren't mainstream in this country so most bike shops won't carry them or even deal with the right suppliers. I ...
by andrewk
7 Oct 2016, 10:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie looking to commute to work
Replies: 51
Views: 2573

Re: Newbie looking to commute to work

Lock Not mentioned yet...be sure to get a GOOD D lock eg. Kryptonite Evolution 4, Abus 540, Kryptonite New York plus a secondary lock or cable. Ignore eye watering bike shop prices... between a Google search and Amazon you should be able to get both for within £50.. Oh yes I did, suggesting if poss...
by andrewk
7 Oct 2016, 9:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie looking to commute to work
Replies: 51
Views: 2573

Re: Newbie looking to commute to work

Lock Not mentioned yet...be sure to get a GOOD D lock eg. Kryptonite Evolution 4, Abus 540, Kryptonite New York plus a secondary lock or cable. Ignore eye watering bike shop prices... between a Google search and Amazon you should be able to get both for within £50. At the risk of stating the obvious...
by andrewk
1 Oct 2016, 8:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Consumer Law pertaining to a " Lemon Giant Bike"
Replies: 22
Views: 2166

Re: Consumer Law pertaining to a

Your contract is with the LBS and also with your credit card company if you bought the bike using a credit card. Giant do NOT come into it. Having decided what remedy you want; full refund, replacement you have to inform the supplier of what you want and give them a time limit to comply (say 1 week)...
by andrewk
1 Oct 2016, 8:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tyres
Replies: 11
Views: 849

Re: Tyres

650 b

Schwalbe Fat Franks are a higher quality replacement tyre of the same size for the Kenda original fit ones.
by andrewk
25 Sep 2016, 11:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: is it usual...to pay prior to testing bicycle
Replies: 52
Views: 3270

Re: is it usual...to pay prior to testing bicycle

RickH wrote:
The only test ride I did have (with no intention of buying) was a Moulton in Edinburgh in the late 80s when Rohan had them in store. I left Mrs H & the kids in the shop as collateral! 8)


Run off with the bike....cheaper than a divorce and you get a bike thrown in....
by andrewk
25 Sep 2016, 5:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CX or Road for Central London. <£1400
Replies: 18
Views: 942

Re: CX or Road for Central London. <£1400

So I've been riding MTBs all my life. Terrain was terrible, trails everywhere and I was young and reckless. Now though, I've been using my cheap MTB to commute in central London and love riding over taking public transport. I have a budget of about £1400 but I honestly can't decide between a CX bik...
by andrewk
15 Sep 2016, 10:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Getting into Cycling / loosing weight
Replies: 56
Views: 2978

Re: Getting into Cycling / loosing weight

TrevA wrote:If you want new, then Decathlon do a couple of road bikes in your price range. You can go for flat or drop bars depending on preference.

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/C-359113-road-bikes

There's a Decathlon out Dartford way - just off the M25.


And another Decathlon in Wandsworth.
by andrewk
9 Sep 2016, 3:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Electronic Shifting
Replies: 204
Views: 11038

Re: Electronic Shifting

Electronic shifting seems to have been well recieved by the pro pelethon. So it works and works better than cable pull actuated shifting and requires less fiddling with...no real surprises here. But I am sceptical of the technology's transfer to the inexpensive mass market for a number of reasons. P...
by andrewk
7 Sep 2016, 12:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Beretta rims?
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: Beretta rims?

Could be linked, don't forget BSA - British Small Arms diversified into bicycle manufacture. :wink: BSA was a short lived company, Beretta is the oldest industrial company in existance and the oldest arms manufacturer in the world, BSA never came close in quality, innovation, profitability or longe...
by andrewk
6 Sep 2016, 2:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Beretta rims?
Replies: 6
Views: 757

Re: Beretta rims?

Bought a cheap single wall 26" rim made in Italy by Beretta- any history there and any connection with the firearms manufacturer? Highly unlikely to be connected with the gun co. The giveaway being "cheap single wall", Beretta make very high quality guns, were they to diversify into ...
by andrewk
1 Sep 2016, 9:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Relative beginner - advice on new hybrid
Replies: 5
Views: 542

Re: Relative beginner - advice on new hybrid

The main disadvantage of inexpensive suspension forks is the amount of one's pedalling energy that they absorb, this is IMO more significant than their weight penalty. Personally I like suspension forks as I find them useful for the mix of riding that I do BUT only if they are good quality forks whi...
by andrewk
1 Sep 2016, 9:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Unused bikes
Replies: 15
Views: 1388

Re: Unused bikes

I read somwhere that Halfords once said that most of the bikes they sell end up with less than 15 hours of actual use before they are forgotten at the the back of a shed or garage. In which case the quality and longevity of the machine is unimportant since they are in reality selling a dream of ridi...
by andrewk
29 Aug 2016, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer 5 Speed
Replies: 34
Views: 4267

Re: Sturmey Archer 5 Speed

Why specifically Sturmey Archer? SA are not what they once were, in fact the present SA has nothing in common with the SA of old. Have you considered using Shimano and SRAM IGH's?