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by GrahamG
23 Oct 2008, 5:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Design Against Bicycle Theft
Replies: 23
Views: 1926

Probably not what you want to hear as design/art students but where you lock it is equally as important (if not more) than how or to what! Busy areas, overlooked by cctv if poss, not right by a loading bay where a white van can pull up and clear a whole section of stands etc. etc.
by GrahamG
22 Oct 2008, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Short reach drop handlebars
Replies: 10
Views: 2787

I'm loving my FSA omega compact handlebars (reasoning: short arms, small hands), it's really quite a revelation to be able to get into the drops with such ease.
by GrahamG
19 Oct 2008, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wahey! I am going to Mercian at last!
Replies: 202
Views: 33561

Just caught up with this after a weekend away. How bizarre is this - I know exactly how you feel! I have almost exactly the same issue with bubbly transfers - this was resolved PDQ when Paul Hewitt got in touch with the company that does his painting and we've agreed that I'll just carry on riding i...
by GrahamG
11 Oct 2008, 1:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wahey! I am going to Mercian at last!
Replies: 202
Views: 33561

I'm checking back to see a Mercian photo!

The bars are FSA omega compacts (Wiggle link), absolutely superb for me as I've got quite small hands.
by GrahamG
9 Oct 2008, 4:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wahey! I am going to Mercian at last!
Replies: 202
Views: 33561

Prices obviously vary according to materials etc. - this was using Columbus Life tubing for the main triangle so fairly high spec - came to £850 F+F which seems a lot for steel frame plus carbon forks but it's pretty good compared to some others (Argos charge £1200 f+f+hs, and many others into 4 fig...
by GrahamG
9 Oct 2008, 12:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wahey! I am going to Mercian at last!
Replies: 202
Views: 33561

Mmmmmm - nice - does Paul Hewitt build his own frames? I believe that the 'off-the-peg' models (Cheviot tourer etc.) are made in the far east and checked/finished here in the UK. He has a frame builder who works for him part-time in the back of the shop to build the custom frames, the only thing th...
by GrahamG
9 Oct 2008, 12:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Birmingham cyclists - Do You Ride Fiveways?
Replies: 12
Views: 712

I've done it a few times - mostly when it was quiet and I was aiming for a personal best on the way to work! (Harborne Road over to Broad Street) Basically only did it if traffic was light enough for me not to have to come to a halt. Even then I had a horn sounded at me once, I can only assume it wa...
by GrahamG
9 Oct 2008, 12:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Luggage
Replies: 85
Views: 14488

That looks great!
by GrahamG
8 Oct 2008, 1:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wahey! I am going to Mercian at last!
Replies: 202
Views: 33561

Interesting - I'd considered ordering a frame from Mercian and followed this and a couple of other threads at the time. I ended up getting a custom audax frame from Paul Hewitt which happened to take less time than originally anticipated! I was measured up and placed the order on 21st June and took ...
by GrahamG
8 Oct 2008, 12:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Experience of ladies giant crs
Replies: 2
Views: 694

My other half has one (can't remember which model - the £250 one) for commuting/general purpose. It's fairly solid but I don't think I'd recommend it for touring, I'll give a run down as to why: 1. Step through frame is very heavy 2. Rear rack had to be fixed to one of those seat-clamp adaptors (alt...
by GrahamG
1 Oct 2008, 12:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Luggage
Replies: 85
Views: 14488

Following my last post, I received a reply from Carry Freedom confirming that the XL bag would be fine on the small Y frame load bed, they also pointed out that the large load bed could (just!) fit onto the small chassis. So I think I'll be going for the large bag - just have to put something betwee...
by GrahamG
18 Sep 2008, 3:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Luggage
Replies: 85
Views: 14488

Looks good. Interesting timing this; after being told it was out of stock from Chain Reaction Cycles, a small Carry Freedom Y frame appeared on my doorstep earlier this week so now I've the same dilemma. I've emailed Carry Freedom to ask about the rack pack bags because if you look at the dimensions...
by GrahamG
16 Sep 2008, 12:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Shimano or Campag?
Replies: 36
Views: 2258

Mix and match for the best of both worlds!
by GrahamG
12 Sep 2008, 11:54am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Mount Ventoux
Replies: 7
Views: 1092

There's an article on this in this (next?) months cycling plus with description of the three different routes up. May be of interest to you.
by GrahamG
12 Sep 2008, 11:51am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring IT
Replies: 25
Views: 3328

Asus Eee has everything you need - Open Office though instead MS office (even better IMO!).

http://eeepc.asus.com/global/