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by Kevin K
23 Jul 2010, 3:48pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bamburgh Camp site needed
Replies: 2
Views: 303

Re: Bamburgh Camp site needed

Camping and Caravanning Club site at Beadnell Bay. It's a short ride from Bamburgh. Right on the coast and with good local chippy.
by Kevin K
16 Jul 2010, 12:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thorn Club Tour
Replies: 16
Views: 968

Re: Thorn Club Tour

Glueman, how about a 37mm Schwalbe Marathon Supreme at 440g or a 35mm Marathon Racer at 360g?
I use 42mm Marathon Supreme tyres on my 26" tourer and am delighted with them.
by Kevin K
11 Jun 2010, 12:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards: Chromoplastic or stainless steel?
Replies: 40
Views: 4062

Re: Mudguards: Chromoplastic or stainless steel?

Colin63 wrote:No bling for you I'm afraid :?
How about these?
by Kevin K
9 Jun 2010, 1:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Rack Query
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: Bike Rack Query

Stability is fine; the webbing strap holds the bikes very securely when ratcheted up tight. It is easier to load the bikes before hitching the trailer, but this makes it harder to hitch the trailer of course... However, it is really the only option if you have no space on top of the trailer.
by Kevin K
9 Jun 2010, 8:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Rack Query
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: Bike Rack Query

I've used a Maxxxraxx carrier successfully with a trailer. It is a little tight when turning, but perfectly okay if careful.
by Kevin K
4 Jun 2010, 3:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar end gear changers
Replies: 10
Views: 787

Re: Bar end gear changers

Has anyone used the Dia compe ones? They are quite cheap but I have heard that the quality is good but they are not indexed. I think they use the micro ratchet system someone mentioned. It does have the advantage that they are compatible with any number of gears. I just bought a pair off ebay. They...
by Kevin K
3 Jun 2010, 10:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Blowfish or Islabike?
Replies: 10
Views: 4973

Re: Dawes Blowfish or Islabike?

Big T wrote:If you're within driving distance of Ludlow, you can go the Islabikes showroom and test ride an Islabike for size.
Then enjoy a delicious meal in the food centre next door. Highly recommended.
by Kevin K
2 Jun 2010, 3:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Blowfish or Islabike?
Replies: 10
Views: 4973

Re: Dawes Blowfish or Islabike?

They're pretty good in my experience. They also offer a full refund if the buyer changes their mind within 14 days, with collection paid for by them.
I have no connection with Islabikes, other than being a satisfied customer of six machines over the years.
by Kevin K
2 Jun 2010, 3:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Blowfish or Islabike?
Replies: 10
Views: 4973

Re: Dawes Blowfish or Islabike?

Islabikes don't sell through bike shops, only direct to the consumer so the shop will pay the website price.
by Kevin K
2 Jun 2010, 12:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Blowfish or Islabike?
Replies: 10
Views: 4973

Re: Dawes Blowfish or Islabike?

+1 for Islabikes. They also have a high resale value which makes the cost of ownership around the same as a Blowfish, if not cheaper.
by Kevin K
27 May 2010, 6:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards: Chromoplastic or stainless steel?
Replies: 40
Views: 4062

Re: Mudguards: Chromoplastic or stainless steel?

Okay, will try to post a picture tonight. Don't forget, Berthoud mudguards are designed for direct fitting (i.e. no mudguard bridges and bolted to the bottom of the fork crown). It's not impossible to fit them on machines without such bosses, but I imagine it would be more difficult. Peter White cyc...
by Kevin K
27 May 2010, 6:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguards: Chromoplastic or stainless steel?
Replies: 40
Views: 4062

Re: Mudguards: Chromoplastic or stainless steel?

I just fitted Gilles Berthoud mudguards to my bike. I did it mainly for looks (I imagine they'd look really good on a Mercian :D ) and because they are longer and hence give better protection. But I was pleasantly surprised at just how robust they are once fitted. I say "once fitted", beca...
by Kevin K
17 May 2010, 5:52pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Wide drop handlebars
Replies: 8
Views: 1953

Re: Wide drop handlebars

Hubjub do Nitto bars, both Noodle and Randonneur; well under £50 including postage. No idea about stem diameter I'm afraid.
by Kevin K
13 May 2010, 8:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommend me a Cantilever Brake
Replies: 10
Views: 770

Re: Recommend me a Cantilever Brake

If you are using bar end shifters I'd thoroughly recommend v-brakes with Tektro R520 levers like these.
by Kevin K
12 May 2010, 9:19am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Build or buy?
Replies: 8
Views: 597

Re: Build or buy?

I've just built my first bike from the frame up. I reckon it was more expensive, but as others have said, very rewarding, a terrific learning experience and I got exactly the machine I wanted want. So, if you have the time and resource, I'd suggest building your own.