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by rotavator
8 Jul 2019, 11:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tyres for a family holiday?
Replies: 21
Views: 686

Re: Tyres for a family holiday?

I like Schwalbe Marathon Supremes and used them on a recent mini tour. They are very comfy and they cope with rough roads although knobbly tyres would be better if you are going to do more rough roads than tarmac. Some bloggers recommend the Marathon Mondial tyres which have more treads on them but ...
by rotavator
30 Jun 2019, 2:33pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know
Replies: 42
Views: 2926

Re: Bikes on Trains UK - what do I need to know

Reading this thread just confirms my thoughts about the disjointed, unhelpful, and woeful state of bike provision on our railways. I gave up on them years ago, despite it being easier to take a bike on a train in the north west than in other parts of the country. Very sad that people who are prepar...
by rotavator
26 Jun 2019, 9:27am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: THE RIBBLE ADVENTURE 725 -
Replies: 33
Views: 2117

Re: THE RIBBLE ADVENTURE 725 -

Another minus point that I spotted was the poor clearance between the front derailer on the 2x10 Deore showroom model and the rear tyre so a rear mudguard would be a tight fit. The 1x versions would of course avoid this problem at the expense of a smaller gear range or you could retrofit a more comp...
by rotavator
25 Jun 2019, 1:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: THE RIBBLE ADVENTURE 725 -
Replies: 33
Views: 2117

Re: THE RIBBLE ADVENTURE 725 -

That really is remarkably ugly, even compared to the functional aesthetics of adventure bike competitors like the light blue Darwin, Brother big bro, various Surly frames. Its looks will certainly divide opinions but then some people are looking for something that is a bit different, may be to stan...
by rotavator
25 Jun 2019, 1:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: THE RIBBLE ADVENTURE 725 -
Replies: 33
Views: 2117

Re: THE RIBBLE ADVENTURE 725 -

Some adventure where your hands are stuck in one place on the bars for hours on end, day after day, week after week, month after month. If I was in the market for a touring bike that can do it all, I’d be knocking on Stanforth’s door. To be fair it has Jones loop style bars so there would be more t...
by rotavator
25 Jun 2019, 11:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Canal towpaths from London to Manchester or Preston
Replies: 17
Views: 984

Re: Canals

I have cycled most of the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal and especially recommend the section from Pontypool to Abergavenny because of the good views to the east. Mudguards rec if it has been raining.
by rotavator
24 Jun 2019, 11:26pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Sunscreen - what to think
Replies: 11
Views: 674

Re: Sunscreen - what to think

I use sunscreen and a wide brimmed hat when hiking in the summer because I want to cut down the risk of sunburn and skin cancer. Hopefully this doesn't make me defficient in Vitamin D or kill any corals.
by rotavator
24 Jun 2019, 11:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: THE RIBBLE ADVENTURE 725 -
Replies: 33
Views: 2117

Re: THE RIBBLE ADVENTURE 725 -

I saw one at Ribble's place near Preston and I would say that the paintwork looks even better "in the metal" than on screen but it won't be everybody's cup of tea, neither will the dropped seatstays but if you like it , why worry! Unfortunately they would not let me test ride it because it...
by rotavator
23 Jun 2019, 7:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Well I never...the hipsters steed!
Replies: 54
Views: 2110

Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

It looks nice. I am not sure why you'd buy one of these when you could get four or five bikes of similar design and equal quality for about the same price though. Are you thinking about second hand bikes? If not can you point out some new similar bikes going for £110-£137.50? Just interested, not l...
by rotavator
23 Jun 2019, 6:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gravel Bikes Advice Required
Replies: 46
Views: 1908

Re: Gravel Bikes Advice Required

Or same spec, cheaper: https://www.alpkit.com/sonder/bikes/sonder-camino-al-sram-apex1-hydraulic-V2 I went to my first go to,seatube angle.It's daft. That said I couldn't find any geometry figures for the Op's suggestions :? Arkose'e geometry here: https://static.evanscycles.com/production/pdf-medi...
by rotavator
22 Jun 2019, 8:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best bike for novice cyclist??
Replies: 10
Views: 450

Re: Best bike for novice cyclist??

How much are you willing to pay? If less than ~£400 it would probably be best to look for a used bike, may be from a local community bike recycling/refurbishment place or if you have a bike-savvy friend, get them to help you to check out some bikes advertised on Gumtree etc. Also see if LBSs stock a...
by rotavator
19 Jun 2019, 11:39pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Choosing a bike - Opinion and advice needed
Replies: 9
Views: 477

Re: Choosing a bike - Opinion and advice needed

Just comparing the size of the chainring with the sprockets suggests that the gearing is way too high for touring unless you are only restricting your tours to Flatlandia or you are super fit and strong
by rotavator
8 Jun 2019, 8:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?
Replies: 42
Views: 2093

Re: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?

Back in 2007 I did my first contract, after quitting my "proper" job, in Copenhagen which is very bike friendly. I bought a cheap ~£180 Chinese bike from a supermarket for commuting and pottering around in the evenings and at the weekends. It had a hub gear and a back pedal brake which wer...
by rotavator
8 Jun 2019, 8:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New budget touring bike 2019? Asking for a friend.
Replies: 18
Views: 1100

Re: New budget touring bike 2019? Asking for a friend.

Where are you off to??!!! Flat and boring trip across the Netherlands to Germany so wind resistance is probably more important than climbing ability. :D In that case you don't need to worry about finding a bike with low gears and just about anything which is in reasonable nick, the right size and c...
by rotavator
8 Jun 2019, 2:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New budget touring bike 2019? Asking for a friend.
Replies: 18
Views: 1100

Re: New budget touring bike 2019? Asking for a friend.

Decathlon have an XL B'twin Triban 500 for £350 which they say fits someone 6'3" to 6'7" tall, however bottom gear as supplied is ~32" and it has a 6061 T6 Al alloy frame and CF fork. I have used a 520 on a tour after changing the gearing to get a 22.5" bottom gear and my only gr...