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by GOHughes
12 Apr 2014, 1:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Norman Invader frame
Replies: 0
Views: 815

Norman Invader frame

I have a Norman Invader frame, which I rescued from a neighbour who was taking it t the tip. I offered him some cash for it but he said he was happy enough to give it to me to save himself a trip. I would like to restore the frame and build it up into a hub geared bike with north road style h'bars. ...
by GOHughes
12 Apr 2014, 12:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres for Kinetix Pro wheels
Replies: 0
Views: 779

Tyres for Kinetix Pro wheels

What are the widest tyres I can fit on Kinetix Pro 20" wheels? I have a MU SL (the old '406' version , not the new '451' version) which currently has Schwalbe Kojaks. I know that this bike is intended to be ridden fast, hence the slick, narrow tyres. However, I wanted a very light folder for ca...
by GOHughes
11 Apr 2014, 9:37am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Paisley Freight (Couriers for transporting bikes)
Replies: 10
Views: 16661

Paisley Freight (Couriers for transporting bikes)

I am posting this to let others know about an unfortunate experience that I and a vendor had when using Paisley Freight. They have been recommended by others on the forum as they provide a flat rate for a bike, offer collection and next day delivery and insurance, which would seem to be a good deal....
by GOHughes
17 Jul 2013, 2:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Suspension forks or fat tyres
Replies: 21
Views: 1344

Suspension forks or fat tyres

I have a pain in my elbow, which the doctor says is tennis elbow. I find that it is worse after riding to and from work (about 8 miles each way). I have a Dawes Sonoran, for which I remember that Dawes used to offer an upgrade of a suspension front fork. I was toying with this or alternaqtively fitt...
by GOHughes
30 Aug 2011, 6:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Norman 'Invader' frame
Replies: 2
Views: 537

Norman 'Invader' frame

I have been given an old frame by a neighbour, which I am thinking of restoring and using as a town bike with hub gears and 'North Road' handlebars. The frame has the name 'Norman' on the down tube and 'Invader' on the seat tube. It has a chromed fork crowm and a very shallow fork rake. There is a f...
by GOHughes
3 Feb 2011, 5:07pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Dawes Nomad
Replies: 29
Views: 9237

Re: Dawes Nomad

It seems odd that this bike so over-geared for a touring bike, let alone a an expidition bike. The Alfine range offers chainwheels with 39T or 45T. Dawes have gone with the 45T, which gives a lowest gear of about 35" The lowest gear that you could achieve with a 39/20 set up would be 26" w...
by GOHughes
3 Jan 2011, 3:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lower gears for Dawes Sonoran
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Lower gears for Dawes Sonoran

I want to lower the gears on My Dawes Sonoran, changing to a Shimano Alivio 22/32/42 chainset. I know that I will need a Shimano UN53/UN54 square taper bottom bracket. Can anyone tell me which size B/B? The spec. on the Dawes website does not give the size for the B/B so I don't know which size to o...
by GOHughes
10 Mar 2009, 3:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cheaper light weight Brompton
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Cheaper light weight Brompton

Here's an idea - a single speed, steel framed Brompton that weighs the same as a super-light with the titanium frame. If you chose a 3 speed with the titanium frame this would give a weight saving of 1000g. A standard steel frame with a titanium seat post and a 44/15 single speed gearing would give ...
by GOHughes
31 Jan 2009, 1:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...know if Bromtpon bars are interchangeable?
Replies: 4
Views: 329

Brompton bars

The riser stems have a different curvature tp give a more forward riding position on the S type, so changing the bars only means that the bike will not fold properly.