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by markjohnobrien
29 Apr 2019, 9:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?
Replies: 33
Views: 1639

Re: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?

I paid £400 on e-bay for a blue Reynolds 708 Randonneur, Deore LX, but with a Son dynamo hub. Toured, fully loaded, from Newcastle to Berwick upon Tweed and thence onto Edinburgh through the Borders; fantastic bike. Only thing I changed on the bike, as it had light use, was improve the original 28 c...
by markjohnobrien
18 Mar 2019, 9:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: To lube or not to lube?
Replies: 21
Views: 2969

Re: To lube or not to lube?

There is an amazing replacement for the Hollowtech axle .... longevity, low cost and ease of maintenance .. I think it's called "Square Taper axle" ... so i have been told .. ... :) Agree: have square taper on most of my bikes and, as I have a proclivity to buy second hand older bikes, al...
by markjohnobrien
19 Feb 2019, 8:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brightest Rear Light for Daytime Use
Replies: 22
Views: 1939

Re: Brightest Rear Light for Daytime Use

CyclingGuy wrote:I have a couple of sets of See.Sense Ace lights and swear by them.


V nice lights as well: have Ace2 on Kickstarter discount preorder - not as bright as the Dinotte but a lot cheaper.
by markjohnobrien
19 Feb 2019, 8:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brightest Rear Light for Daytime Use
Replies: 22
Views: 1939

Re: Brightest Rear Light for Daytime Use

I'm interested to hear what fellow members consider to be the brightest rear lights for daytime riding? The other day I was in my car and noticed two cyclists quite a distance ahead who both had very bright identical flash patten rear lights, unfortunately they took another route before I could rea...
by markjohnobrien
4 Feb 2019, 12:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kool Stop vs. Swissstop?
Replies: 31
Views: 5724

Re: Kool Stop vs. Swissstop?

Interesting article, although quite clearly marketing, however, it piqued my interest and I've added some Fibrax extreme blocks on my winter bike - Dawes One Down with cantis (v brake holders) and they are far superior to the standard blocks the Tektro 720's came with. Oh yes, I bought them direct f...
by markjohnobrien
4 Feb 2019, 12:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kool Stop vs. Swissstop?
Replies: 31
Views: 5724

Re: Kool Stop vs. Swissstop?

I agree: I use the same lexicon myself although, don't forget, that brake blocks are used in V brake holders as well on canti brakes on touring bikes. I'm with Brucey on this. Blocks are inserted into holders and used in calliper brakes. Pads are used with disc brakes. Shoes are in drum brakes. Comp...
by markjohnobrien
1 Sep 2018, 7:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Chiltern railways - bikes - in practice
Replies: 18
Views: 868

Re: Chiltern railways - bikes - in practice

I've used Chiltern hundreds of times from Risborough to Wembley or Marylebone and back and never had a problem. The key is get on the train first, as first come first served, and ideally get the space next to the toilet ahead of the hordes behind you. I once waited for a train at Wembley (after a We...
by markjohnobrien
17 Aug 2018, 9:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Custom Wheel Builders
Replies: 36
Views: 1725

Re: Custom Wheel Builders

Harry Rowlands is a superb wheelbuilder :D
by markjohnobrien
17 Aug 2018, 9:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...how easy or difficult it is to make money in the cycle trade?
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Re: ...how easy or difficult it is to make money in the cycle trade?

I helped a friend set up a shop in the 90s. he was paint sprayer for a car rental company with no real experience or indeed a cyclist. he was a bit younger than me but still around 27 or so when he started things going just over 20 years ago. competition was harsh in york with several large establi...
by markjohnobrien
30 Jul 2018, 7:11pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?
Replies: 33
Views: 1892

Re: Best option for rack mounted reflector rear light - road legal for light and reflector?

MikeF wrote:
gaz wrote:Spanninga Elips XB. I have the Philips version (dynamo) from which it was spawned, happy with mine.
I have two of the Philips version and I thought they have only one led. The Elips has 6. :shock: I don't don't know how much current it draws.



Fantastic rear lights.
by markjohnobrien
29 Jul 2018, 11:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pannier Advice
Replies: 53
Views: 2493

Re: Pannier Advice

Great panniers - mine have been in use for around 18 years in green.
by markjohnobrien
4 Jul 2018, 8:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring tyres question
Replies: 8
Views: 723

Re: Touring tyres question

I'd second the marathon supremes: great tyres. Maybe pick some NOS on e-bay.
by markjohnobrien
28 May 2018, 12:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubus rear racks: Cargo vs Logo
Replies: 41
Views: 3373

Re: Tubus rear racks: Cargo vs Logo

Never heard of that rack - seems like a bargain - the "expedition" label implies that it is strong, as you would expect from Tubus. Anything I have missed/anything wrong with it? I don't see it listed on Tubus' website, so maybe it's a limited edition/exclusive model, possibly an enonomy ...
by markjohnobrien
8 Apr 2018, 10:53am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb panniers - which colour?
Replies: 10
Views: 1113

Re: Ortlieb panniers - which colour?

Had dark green for donkeys years - :D
by markjohnobrien
16 Feb 2018, 5:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo system choices
Replies: 138
Views: 6695

Re: Dynamo system choices

This is where we disagree then Brucey. Due to the extra around 500grams (approx, depending on exact dynamo, IRC the B+M weighs 120grams,) you always carry with a hub dynamo... for £65 you can buy a hub generator that weighs between 360 and 390g depending on who you believe. This is only ~225g heavi...