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by markjohnobrien
25 Sep 2017, 10:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gilles Berthoud saddles
Replies: 33
Views: 4358

Re: Gilles Berthoud saddles

Brilliant saddles: :D I've used one on my Dawes Galaxy for years.
by markjohnobrien
17 Sep 2017, 10:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A really good weatherproof jacket
Replies: 43
Views: 3125

Re: A really good weatherproof jacket

I absolutely love my Paramo Quito. It has just recently come out of the cupboard after its summer hibernation. It is such a pleasure to wear regardless of rain or shine. The waterproofness isnt like shells, you cant really tell how waterproof it is or isnt but you dont seem to get wet. If the rain ...
by markjohnobrien
27 Aug 2017, 7:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Orbit Gold Medal Frame Snapped
Replies: 15
Views: 1589

Re: Orbit Gold Medal Frame Snapped

Shame it's broken as a lovely looking frame: always liked those colours.

Most important thing, though, is that you are ok.
by markjohnobrien
19 Jul 2017, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Contact details for Avenir panniers
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Re: Contact details for Avenir panniers

Indeed. They are a Raleigh brand.
by markjohnobrien
6 Jun 2017, 8:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Karrimor Panniers any good?
Replies: 19
Views: 2546

Re: Karrimor Panniers any good?

Had some Karrimor panniers in the 90's and, frankly, they were dreadful compared to Ortlieb I've used for 17 years; Vaude for 5; and occasionally I've used Carradice Super C which are very good as well.

Not a fan I'm afraid.
by markjohnobrien
3 Jun 2017, 5:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rutland water
Replies: 13
Views: 3370

Re: Rutland water

I've done the same - nice little ride.
by markjohnobrien
25 May 2017, 8:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Galaxy Classic 531 2016
Replies: 51
Views: 14115

Re: Dawes Galaxy Classic 531 2016

Brucy, Could you elaborate on the "weird geometry" of (some?) Raleigh frames. I should declare an interest; I own a 531st Randonneur that is a delight to ride loaded or unloaded. But put a bar bag on it and an oscillation propagates through the frame making it impossible to ride. It sound...
by markjohnobrien
21 May 2017, 11:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Galaxy Classic 531 2016
Replies: 51
Views: 14115

Re: Dawes Galaxy Classic 531 2016

the bike isn't so very much different from older Dawes Galaxies in that it has a quill stem and a 1" steerer (I think). I can't say what the bike rides like (I have not ridden one) but if the idea is to emulate an older bike then there are many other ways of acheiving this, including buying an...
by markjohnobrien
21 May 2017, 10:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cinelli hobootleg with columbus rustproof steel
Replies: 15
Views: 11279

Re: Cinelli hobootleg with columbus rustproof steel

Cinelli website says "Frame and fork are made by triple butted Columbus Cromor steel with a special protective electro deposition paint treatment inside and outside the tubes for a total protection against corrosion and extreme reliability." http://www.cinelli.it/site/index.php?page=shop....
by markjohnobrien
21 May 2017, 12:13am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cinelli hobootleg with columbus rustproof steel
Replies: 15
Views: 11279

Re: Cinelli hobootleg with columbus rustproof steel

Cinelli website says "Frame and fork are made by triple butted Columbus Cromor steel with a special protective electro deposition paint treatment inside and outside the tubes for a total protection against corrosion and extreme reliability." http://www.cinelli.it/site/index.php?page=shop....
by markjohnobrien
21 May 2017, 12:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Galaxy Classic 531 2016
Replies: 51
Views: 14115

Re: Dawes Galaxy Classic 531 2016

the bike isn't so very much different from older Dawes Galaxies in that it has a quill stem and a 1" steerer (I think). I can't say what the bike rides like (I have not ridden one) but if the idea is to emulate an older bike then there are many other ways of acheiving this, including buying an...
by markjohnobrien
16 May 2017, 10:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres not so good no more, neither.
Replies: 16
Views: 3186

Re: Tyres not so good no more, neither.

Disappointing to hear of this as I swear by Marathon Supreme and have never had any problems. I do, however, run them firm as I'm not light and have read that low inflation can cause side wall issues.
by markjohnobrien
5 May 2017, 8:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Decathlon's 365 Return..
Replies: 22
Views: 5775

Re: Decathlon's 365 Return..

Just visited my local decathlon for the second and I hope last time There is a bizarre mix of very cheap and very expensive items, the bikes are not interesting :twisted: Outside the air is fresh, *too cold* for May, but agreeable. Inside decathlon it is too hot and stuffy. The worst thing is the b...
by markjohnobrien
1 May 2017, 1:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Honjo mudguards and Velo Vitality
Replies: 14
Views: 1177

Re: Honjo mudguards and Velo Vitality

I've e mailed Velo three times about stocking lights and had no reply so not the best response...
by markjohnobrien
29 Apr 2017, 5:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stockpiling components for the future – which strategies make sense?
Replies: 99
Views: 4022

Re: Stockpiling components for the future – which strategies make sense?

mercalia wrote:
Gattonero wrote:For that money I'd expect a better frame tubing, a better saddle and an SP hubdynamo.


or cheaper



Eek, that's very expensive for that spec.