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by markjohnobrien
7 Apr 2017, 8:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Which Panniers Should I Buy?
Replies: 25
Views: 1984

Re: Which Panniers Should I Buy?

I have Ortlieb and Vaude rear panniers; Vaude front; Ortlieb bar bag; and the quality of Ortlieb and Vaude is superb. I have an older Ortleib rear from 2000 and it's just starting to get tatty and with a small hole from lots of use. I prefer the Vaude catch/attachment mechanisms as they are more sec...
by markjohnobrien
28 Mar 2017, 6:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: pretty place to go for a nice ride outside of london
Replies: 14
Views: 892

Re: pretty place to go for a nice ride outside of london

Why not get the Chiltern Line to Princes Risboro' and do the Phoenix Trail? An out and back off road ride following a disused railway. Thame's at the other end and plenty of lunch/snack choices. http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/route/phoenix-trail-princes-risborough-to-thame Great choice- off roa...
by markjohnobrien
25 Mar 2017, 3:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe Marathon Alternatives
Replies: 14
Views: 2180

Re: Schwalbe Marathon Alternatives

I think you will find just as many​ complaints about the Greenguard as the M plus. I used them for a short while and hated them. I now use the Supremes, but as said the sidewalls are thin. Just coming up to 8,000 kms on my Supremes and still going strong. Rode some nice red tropical dirt today, no ...
by markjohnobrien
25 Mar 2017, 3:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone tried Colour-Tech in Dartford?
Replies: 18
Views: 2525

Re: Anyone tried Colour-Tech in Dartford?

As far as I know they were Roberts paint shop. Roberts told me that and did say I could deal with them directly myself instead of through Roberts. I had 3 frames resprayed, through Roberts about 3 to 4 years ago. The first one took months, not sure who to blame for that, the framer blamed the spray...
by markjohnobrien
17 Mar 2017, 1:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story, BBC4 Wed 2100
Replies: 23
Views: 877

Re: Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story, BBC4 Wed 2100

I noticed that it didn't cover the end of Sturmey Archer in Nottingham - slightly odd as the company was given prominence earlier in the doc. Pressure of time I suppose. Both the sale of sturmey archer and the closing of the Raleigh factory ( including the legendary designers and production at Rale...
by markjohnobrien
13 Mar 2017, 11:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story, BBC4 Wed 2100
Replies: 23
Views: 877

Re: Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story, BBC4 Wed 2100

It's a repeat thread but not a repeat programme - it's a new programme and even some of the Raleigh staff are interested and will be watching.
by markjohnobrien
12 Mar 2017, 11:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rosebikes wheelset sari rims
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Rosebikes wheelset sari rims

I've got three of these wheels (sari with LX) and they've been great - very good price and no issues at all.
by markjohnobrien
7 Mar 2017, 6:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike lights ???
Replies: 54
Views: 3306

Re: Bike lights ???

In answer to your previous question I will be riding in a mixture of areas so would need a light that is adaptable to different lighting ? In which case I would grab this quickly. https://www.rutlandcycling.com/335211/products/smart-lunar-60-front-and-1-2-watt-rear-bicycle-lights.aspx As a beginner...
by markjohnobrien
25 Feb 2017, 12:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Odd old Dawes? 1-Down? What is this?
Replies: 172
Views: 13552

Re: Odd old Dawes? 1-Down? What is this?

I see there is another dawes 1-Down look alike on ebay for £100 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dawes-expedition-touring-bike/272562050352?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D41396%26meid%3Dc6ee517f0c454abda51a8cp9d6cb56e9e%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D1%2...
by markjohnobrien
24 Feb 2017, 6:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SICK OF IT - GEARS AND THINGS
Replies: 82
Views: 3339

Re: SICK OF IT - GEARS AND THINGS

Good point from Gloomyandy re 36 cassette.

Two of my bikes have been upgraded to 36 cassettes and it makes a hell of a difference when your feeling tired and hung over the next morning with two full panniers. One has 22/32/44 chainset and the other has 26/36/48.

The rest have 32 and 34's
by markjohnobrien
24 Feb 2017, 11:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SICK OF IT - GEARS AND THINGS
Replies: 82
Views: 3339

Re: SICK OF IT - GEARS AND THINGS

I have: 3x10 on Pearson Compass 3x 9 on Litespeed Blueridge 3 x 8 on Dawes 1 Down 3 x 8 on Bob Jackson Audax ( still trying to sell). 3 x 9 on Raleigh titanium touring bike - upgraded from 7 speed as rings on XT triple were the rare and expensive 94 and 58 bcd. 3 x9 on Raleigh Randonneur 3 x 9 on Da...
by markjohnobrien
20 Feb 2017, 7:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Dawes Sardar: Britain's best ever bike?
Replies: 41
Views: 8983

Re: The Dawes Sardar: Britain's best ever bike?

Yes, a very nice bike as I had one from 2001 to last year when I sold it on this forum. Paint finish was lovely to look at, as I had mine respayed a few years ago, by Colourtech of Dartford, who painted all of ROBERTS bikes, when I had the bike refurbished by Roberts, but it was very fragile. Fantas...
by markjohnobrien
19 Feb 2017, 3:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The Dawes Sardar: Britain's best ever bike?
Replies: 41
Views: 8983

Re: The Dawes Sardar: Britain's best ever bike?

I love my 1Down (use it as a winter bike), agree with all of the positive comments, and it's definitely a keeper and has lots of use,but it (or the Sardar) certainly wouldn't be Britains best ever bike (touring) although in top 3 or 4 as it's very, very, good. That honour is bestowed on the Raleigh ...