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by al_yrpal
3 Jun 2010, 11:58am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Galaxy
Replies: 18
Views: 3701

Re: Dawes Galaxy

I like the look of Asterisk's bike too.....apart from those drops. But, I know its a personal choice and depends on whether you have a largish gut like me!

Al
by al_yrpal
3 Jun 2010, 10:46am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Blagging friends and neighbours for charity
Replies: 33
Views: 2081

Re: Blagging friends and neighbours for charity

I am the OP. I note what people say in defending sponsorship. I am retired and spend at least one or two days a week working as an unpaid volunteer for a local charity running and driving our community bus. There are lots of active retired folk around here but to find anyone who is prepared to give ...
by al_yrpal
2 Jun 2010, 10:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dawes Galaxy
Replies: 18
Views: 3701

Re: Dawes Galaxy

I think the Galaxy is a great touring bike and did many long tours on mine which had 27" wheels. On an Isle of Wight bridleway I broke my old Brooks saddle at the nose, the leather just split. To avoid snakebite punctures you had to inflate the tyres pretty hard if you are 14stone like me, it w...
by al_yrpal
28 May 2010, 9:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier racks and disc brakes
Replies: 8
Views: 1335

Re: Pannier racks and disc brakes

Its really very simple! You need this: http://www.topeak.com/products/Racks/ExplorerTubularRack_discMount I have one it fitted my MTB and now I have it fitted on my Carrera Subway 2. This rack is made so that your heels don't catch any panniers on short chain stay bikes. I have the slide in Trunkbag...
by al_yrpal
28 May 2010, 9:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: 700c wheels, bike dimensions, discs and ally vs steel
Replies: 0
Views: 275

700c wheels, bike dimensions, discs and ally vs steel

Reading the comparison of the Thorn Nomad and the Santos Travelmaster Expedition Bikes in the article in this months CTC Cycle mag, the reviewer Dan Joyce seems to come out in favour of 700c wheels on the basis of the rolling ability on choppy surfaces and loose gravel. It was also quite interesting...
by al_yrpal
22 May 2010, 12:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Uncomfortable saddle,stumped.
Replies: 23
Views: 1771

Re: Uncomfortable saddle,stumped.

I am delighted with my 1960's White saddle which was literally donated by Georgew from this forum when I ran out of funds. The White is a pre-Brooks saddle from the 1960's (Brooks took over Whites). It looks incongruous on my new Subway 2 Tourer, but it has proved to be very comfy indeed. http://far...
by al_yrpal
21 May 2010, 11:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres - effect of diameter and pressure on ride?
Replies: 41
Views: 2194

Re: Tyres - effect of diameter and pressure on ride?

On my new 'Halfords special' tourer I replaced the no name tyres with Pasela Tourguards (26" x 1.75"). Although I once had a explosive blowout on 32mm Paselas on my Galaxy (misaligned brake block wore through the thin sidewall before I noticed!) , I think these tyres offer an ace solution ...
by al_yrpal
21 May 2010, 11:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What can I expect/aim for?
Replies: 15
Views: 1015

Re: What can I expect/aim for?

When I was 64 (some years ago), I returned to cycling after a 47 year 'pause'. Four weeks later I cycled around Arran. Kintyre, Islay, Jura and Bute in a few days. I am not a fitness freak, but a slightly fat ordinary guy. Just go for it and do it. All of a sudden fitness will appear and hills and d...
by al_yrpal
20 May 2010, 3:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Car satnav on a bike?
Replies: 6
Views: 504

Re: Car satnav on a bike?

I use a Road Angel navigator 7000. If you can pick up a Road Angel Adventurer, they are waterproof . Both are no longer made, but they turn up on EBay, and some places still have them. I use Memory Map on it too, great for planning and reviewing routes, and locating paths and bridleways off road. If...
by al_yrpal
18 May 2010, 1:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Blagging friends and neighbours for charity
Replies: 33
Views: 2081

Blagging friends and neighbours for charity

I dislike turning my tours into events which blag friends and neighbours for charity, and, I won't contribute to anyone who is doing such events either. Some are a bit put out. I am just not comfortable putting others under an obligation because I am setting off on a jaunt that I am enjoying, it jus...
by al_yrpal
14 May 2010, 11:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres - effect of diameter and pressure on ride?
Replies: 41
Views: 2194

Re: Tyres - effect of diameter and pressure on ride?

Its all explained here: http://www.schwalbetires.com/tech_info/rolling_resistance At the SAME pressure a wider tyre has a lower rolling resistance. Rolling resistance decreases with increased pressure, so narrower tyres, which can be inflated to higher pressures, roll easier. But... you get a harshe...
by al_yrpal
13 May 2010, 8:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie - but which touring bike?????????????????????
Replies: 39
Views: 3172

Re: Newbie - but which touring bike?????????????????????

"Well I found my average speed on the Subway down about 4mph on longer rides compared with the Overbury " I think my Subway is about 0.3 mph slower than my Galaxy, its much more comfortable and can go practically anywhere.. If I had a bike that was that slow it would be straight in the ski...
by al_yrpal
13 May 2010, 8:19pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Frame Geometry
Replies: 21
Views: 2035

Re: Touring Frame Geometry

Colin, Its easy to adjust saddle height, reach and saddle position, but chain stay length, wheelbase and fork rake and offset don't vary very much. To me, the variations in dimensions seem to be tiny but obviously they probably have more significance than I think they do. Wouldn't it be interesting ...
by al_yrpal
13 May 2010, 2:35pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Frame Geometry
Replies: 21
Views: 2035

Re: Touring Frame Geometry

All interesting stuff. Al_yrpal, don’t these dimensions depend on frame size? My Thorn Raven 26" tourer has a stated chainstay length of 415mm and a measured (since that's another Thorn secret) wheelbase of 1030mm, less than any in your table. So on paper it's quite short but I don't have a pr...
by al_yrpal
13 May 2010, 12:23am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Newbie - but which touring bike?????????????????????
Replies: 39
Views: 3172

Re: Newbie - but which touring bike?????????????????????

Niggle, On the Subway I have 1.75" Paselas pumped up to 65psi and I think there is a little extra rolling resistance compared with the 27" 32mm Paselas inflated to 80psi on the Galaxy, but its hard to tell exactly. I seem to achieve roughly the same average speed, although it feels slower?...