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by slowster
26 Mar 2020, 2:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Designing a small roadster - Varonha Frameworks
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: Designing a small roadster - Varonha Frameworks

Very, very nice.

Do you know what tube thicknesses were used? All other things being equal, a smaller frame will be stiffer, so I wonder if Winston Vaz used thinner tubes to counteract that. I think Reynolds 853 Pro Team is the name given to some of the 853 tubes with thinner walls.
by slowster
26 Mar 2020, 2:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ridgeback Panorama Deluxe
Replies: 129
Views: 11778

Re: Ridgeback Panorama Deluxe

So you're saying that the long Wayfarer is more like the "normal" frame geometry, at least in Spa's range? See 531Colin's post here . Personally, the option to chop and change between cantilevers/V brakes and discs on the Short Wayfarer is not a selling point for me, i.e. I expect to want...
by slowster
26 Mar 2020, 11:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ridgeback Panorama Deluxe
Replies: 129
Views: 11778

Re: Ridgeback Panorama Deluxe

While you're waiting for 531Colin to reply, I'll chip in with a few comments (although 531Colin might correct me): 1. I don't know about inseam, but I too am 5' 10" (and I think 531Colin is as well). Based on 'normal proportions' I would have expected you to need/prefer a 54cm Spa (that is what...
by slowster
25 Mar 2020, 12:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ridgeback Panorama Deluxe
Replies: 129
Views: 11778

Re: Ridgeback Panorama Deluxe

I'll check with Spa before buying. I would be interested to know what the answer is, so please let us know what you find out. If you do decide on the Spa and the STA is 72 degrees, then presumably you would not need as much layback as the Nitto S84 offers, about which you have another thread. In th...
by slowster
25 Mar 2020, 10:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ridgeback Panorama Deluxe
Replies: 129
Views: 11778

Re: Ridgeback Panorama Deluxe

Interestingly, the STA for the CURRENT Panorama in the size I'm interested in is back to 73 deg, which by my calcs puts the saddle back about 12mm for my height. And is the same as the current Spa Wayfarer. If you are considering getting a Wayfarer and the STA is critical to you, I would point out ...
by slowster
24 Mar 2020, 7:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Rough Stuff Fellowship - some wonderful photographs available online
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Rough Stuff Fellowship - some wonderful photographs available online

For anyone who is not already aware of the fact, the RSF's Archivist is running an Instagram page here , which contains scans of photographs taken by RSF members between the 1950s and 1980s. He is still adding new photographs to the site every so often, so it's worth revisiting the site to check for...
by slowster
24 Mar 2020, 12:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Midlands Velo cancelled
Replies: 16
Views: 758

Re: Midlands Velo cancelled

That's what I thought, but it turns out that's no longer true. Again from the public record, it looks like the parent company disposed of its stake in August 2019. More than 75% of the shares are held by one person, who is now the company's sole director. Interesting. If that is Richard Relton, he ...
by slowster
24 Mar 2020, 11:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Midlands Velo cancelled
Replies: 16
Views: 758

Re: Midlands Velo cancelled

the event is organised by "Active Sport & Entertainment Limited. Company Reg 10225082". You can look them up on the Companies House website and see their accounts for previous years. The last published accounts were for the year ending 31 Dec 2018. Companies House also reveals that th...
by slowster
24 Mar 2020, 11:11am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cattle grids...
Replies: 48
Views: 1318

Re: Cattle grids...

Thinking about it some more, I realise that I do two other things when approaching a cattle grid: - On both sides of the road there is often a fence that runs the full length of the grid - I am always wary of losing control of the bike and falling to my left onto the fence or one of its posts, so I ...
by slowster
24 Mar 2020, 5:04am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cattle grids...
Replies: 48
Views: 1318

Re: Cattle grids...

To add to the advice above: - always ride over them at 90 degrees/perpendicular to the grid, i.e. not at an acute angle: doing the latter effectively increases the size of the gaps and makes it more likely that you will lose control of the bike. Generally the grids are positioned at places in the ro...
by slowster
23 Mar 2020, 2:09pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Panic buying, hoarding
Replies: 619
Views: 12679

Re: Panic buying, hoarding

I'm afraid I increasingly don't have the stamina or muscle to knead properly. If you google "dan lepard no knead bread" you will get a lot of results describing his technique for making bread with very little kneading at all, e.g. just for a few seconds repeated three times with a 10 minu...
by slowster
21 Mar 2020, 7:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to attach litterpicker to crossbar?
Replies: 17
Views: 731

Re: How to attach litterpicker to crossbar?

If it's not essential to carry the litter picker attached to the top tube, I would instead consider some means of carrying/securing it to the forks and handlebars. If you already have a low rider rack and a suitable pannier into which the bottom of the picker can be placed, you would only need an el...
by slowster
21 Mar 2020, 2:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's this for?
Replies: 16
Views: 724

Re: What's this for?

peetee wrote:No water, food

Not even a handful of hot gravel and a piece of damp cloth to suck?
by slowster
15 Mar 2020, 12:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What pre-ride checks & preparation on my New bike ?
Replies: 34
Views: 1290

Re: What pre-ride checks & preparation on my New bike ?

Probably the vast majority of Carrera bikes and others of that price point and type will either be ridden briefly and then left at the back of the garage, or will only experience light use in benign summer conditions. Providing at least the brakes are safely adjusted, the deficiencies in the basic a...
by slowster
13 Mar 2020, 1:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Daughter wants a new bike
Replies: 109
Views: 4318

Re: Daughter wants a new bike

Make sure you include lighting options/preferences in your chat with your daughter, i.e. battery lights can be bought later and fitted to any bike, but dynamo lights may affect the decision about the bike itself, e.g. - new 27" wheels with dynamo hubs unlikely to be readily available/cheap (I g...