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by Big John
21 May 2009, 7:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Super climbs
Replies: 71
Views: 2001

Re: Super climbs

Try the Hardknott pass in the Lakes - regularly defeats minibuses, and some land rovers have to take the hairpins in reverse as they don't have the turnng circle to get round!
by Big John
19 Sep 2008, 12:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...If these are any good (mirrors in bar ends )
Replies: 13
Views: 1082

I have these - they're okay, but it's difficult (for me at least) to set them up so that the bar ends are at the right angle and the mirrors are useable at the same time. The mirrors' angles are adjustable, but in set increments. For me, most of the time, these increments are either side of the idea...
by Big John
13 Sep 2008, 11:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: This one takes the biscuit!
Replies: 34
Views: 3510

I think Workhard makes a valid point - its all very well dealing with confrontation on a subjective basis (I can handle what comes to me being my default reaction) - but that doesn't take account of the next cyclist up the road who will bear the brunt of "mr Psycho"'s reaction to his alter...
by Big John
12 Sep 2008, 8:46am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: First impressions EBC Revolution Country Explorer
Replies: 23
Views: 12842

Indeed - they are back on my Christmas card list for the time being :lol:
by Big John
11 Sep 2008, 5:24pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: First impressions EBC Revolution Country Explorer
Replies: 23
Views: 12842

By way of further update Keith who is manager of the Newcastle Store has now phoned me to apologise and to assure me that the missing paperwork will be in the post tonight: I should also get a postal reminder of the initial free inspection. We'll see, but I'm pleased with the way in which they have ...
by Big John
11 Sep 2008, 1:03pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: First impressions EBC Revolution Country Explorer
Replies: 23
Views: 12842

I e-mailed Head office this morning - had an initial response within an hour, with further comments to come from the shop later. I think you're right about the Internet order route - it's just a shame that the shop experience is not what it should be. The bike itself is great! I agree that Evans are...
by Big John
11 Sep 2008, 8:55am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: First impressions EBC Revolution Country Explorer
Replies: 23
Views: 12842

I'm finding a lot of ex-rugby players who have turned to cycling - perhaps because it's kind to non-functioning spines! Sad to report that I am having second thoughts about giving business to EBC. Last Sunday I visited their Newcastle store with Mrs Big John to sort her out a bike - she has finally ...
by Big John
10 Sep 2008, 12:53pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: First impressions EBC Revolution Country Explorer
Replies: 23
Views: 12842

I'm five 11 with short fat legs - I'm an ex rugby player (front row) and have come down from 20st since I started cycling. I shouldn't have too much trouble with the frame sizing as long as the top tube is long enough - because my body is long in comparison with my legs this does cause problems: onl...
by Big John
9 Sep 2008, 8:43am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: First impressions EBC Revolution Country Explorer
Replies: 23
Views: 12842

Thank you! I'm a little (3st) heavier than you so will bear in mind cost of pads... I already have Ortlieb luggage on my commuter so will just transfer that - I suffer a little with numb fingers so would be interested (when you get round to it) to hearing your views on the difference the Phat Wrap m...
by Big John
8 Sep 2008, 8:43am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: First impressions EBC Revolution Country Explorer
Replies: 23
Views: 12842

Hi Workhard - Any update on your shiny new bike? How are things wearing and have you ended up changing anything else on it? I've had a look at this bike with half an eye on next year's Help for Heroes ride, which will be about 400 miles over a week. It looks ideal for my purposes and the gentlemen a...
by Big John
3 Sep 2008, 8:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New hybrid bike - assistance greatly appreciated!!
Replies: 18
Views: 4440

I'd second Urban Manc's recommendations. I've had a Trek 7.3 FX for over a year and 5000 miles and it has performed faultlessly - not bad given I weigh 18 Stone :oops: and am not exactly attentive on the maintenance front. Other here are considerably more knowledgable than me but if your use is most...
by Big John
9 Apr 2008, 8:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake Block Lifespan
Replies: 8
Views: 708

Brake Block Lifespan

I think the weight of the rider and nature of your regular routes have quite a lot to do with it too! I'm 18 stone (and 2 years of daily cycling have done nothing to change that other than making some of my squishy bits a bit firmer :oops: ), and I live at the top of a steep hill, with a five mile e...
by Big John
24 Dec 2007, 10:53am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Big Battlefield Bike Ride
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Thanks Byegad. I'll definitely keep you posted as to progress.
by Big John
21 Dec 2007, 8:57am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Big Battlefield Bike Ride
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Big Battlefield Bike Ride

Morning all I am new to this board but was wondering whether you would be able to help me. My Dad (58, hasn't been on a bike in years, regards 3 miles as a good ride) has signed up for the Big Battlefield Bike Ride in May next year: http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/bbbritinerary.html . Obviously he n...