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by vorsprung
27 Jan 2011, 2:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Specialized Roubaix Elite SL2 2011
Replies: 2
Views: 1323

Re: Specialized Roubaix Elite SL2 2011

I bought a 2011 Roubaix Comp with a triple a few months ago It is very good at soaking up bumps and road noise I have replaced the factory wheels on it with my own and fitted crud roadracer mudguards The steering is quite slow it is very stable, I see this as a good thing Despite the way it absorbs ...
by vorsprung
24 Jan 2011, 3:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: penzance to dover? anyone got a link to a route map
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Re: penzance to dover? anyone got a link to a route map

Ask MickF for directions from Penzance to Exeter, there are some good routes for the LeJoG based on the old A30 Crossing Devon is always nasty, after Exeter you could do something like B3181 to Willand, cut across to just N of Ilminster then it's fairly flat for a bit, head for Castle Cary. Then you...
by vorsprung
14 Jan 2011, 11:42am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: LONG TRIPS SADDLE SORENESS
Replies: 16
Views: 1820

Re: LONG TRIPS SADDLE SORENESS

Sensible stuff above on moisture control, using cream and cleanliness I'd add weight distribution. If your bars are too high or there is some other reason that there is too much weight on your backside then this can contribute to discomfort. Weight should be spread out between feet, saddle and bars ...
by vorsprung
14 Jan 2011, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Audax Bike Options
Replies: 13
Views: 6540

Re: Audax Bike Options

Hi, I have just got a new Audax bike for PBP/qualifiers. It is actually a Specialized Roubaix with different wheels/seatpost. But when I was considering which bike to get and looking at frame geometries etc I did find a couple of other options you might find of interest. The Ridley Aeron TR frame is...
by vorsprung
11 Jan 2011, 3:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bike lights at £50, £100.... really?
Replies: 82
Views: 6138

Re: Bike lights at £50, £100.... really?

When you can get a front-and-rear pair of very bright LED lights for £2, are the much higher-priced ones really worth it? One thing noone has mentioned is build quality and reliability I alway have a good quality light as my main light and the back up light Cheaper lights do have a habit of falling...
by vorsprung
23 Dec 2010, 3:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: studded tyres have limitations
Replies: 19
Views: 1986

Re: studded tyres have limitations

I set off yesterday on my new Marathon Winter tyres, in a about 4-5 inches of snow; first ungritted road had car tracks of compacted snow which was able to come away in plaques: the tyres slid more than I expected ! What did you expect? A miracle? The Winter Marathons grip on hard packed snow or bl...
by vorsprung
23 Dec 2010, 3:11pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: JOGLE ROUTE June/July 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 1300

Re: JOGLE ROUTE June/July 2011

Some comments on my patch on "Day 11" The Sustrans bike paths to the SE of Bridgwater are fairly awful with poor surfacing and hazards like bollards. Could be ok if you just want to go slow. A route for big tyres. I would guess that it pretty much all like this all the way to Taunton. I te...
by vorsprung
14 Dec 2010, 2:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Much difference in price between Wiggle and CTC shop?
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: Much difference in price between Wiggle and CTC shop?

I've been looking at buying a lock from the CTC shop but it doesn't seem to stock the size I want. The ones on Wiggle seem to have 10% discounted anyway, so there's only 2% difference from being a CTC member Yes, it is the case that the maximum discount available as a CTC member is 12% on the "...
by vorsprung
14 Dec 2010, 2:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 40 mile commute possible ?
Replies: 29
Views: 4587

Re: 40 mile commute possible ?

My partner has a new job but its 20 miles away which is a bit of a trek for cycle commuting. Years ago he commuted a similar distance and cycled once a week but despite his job being mainly office based he never managed twice a week as it was too tiring. So I guess he will do this once a week or le...
by vorsprung
10 Dec 2010, 3:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Conti Ultra Gatorskins versus Grand Prix 4 seasons-thoughts?
Replies: 15
Views: 5570

Re: Conti Ultra Gatorskins versus Grand Prix 4 seasons-thoughts?

I used 28mm Gatorskins for a couple of years and 28mm 4 Seasons for a couple of years. I don't use them now, either type The Gatorskins are good for 5,000km+ and then the carcass appears through the casing and they puncture easily. They are fast but not very grippy. They aren't heavy like a Schwalbe...
by vorsprung
10 Dec 2010, 2:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lighter bikes a waste of money???
Replies: 50
Views: 4586

Re: Lighter bikes a waste of money???

Any cycle-computer enthusiasts with year round data here? Do people see a seasonal swing? Funnily enough I am getting times of about 2 hours 30 minutes now in the winter instead of of 2 hours exactly in the summer I put this down to riding my steel bike with 35mm Winter Marathons instead of an Alu ...
by vorsprung
7 Dec 2010, 4:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Titanium Frame
Replies: 58
Views: 6204

Re: Spa Titanium Frame

I bought a cheap Ti frame to ride PBP on in 2007 The ride quality is much better than steel or Aluminium for long distance road riding. I know it is difficult to tell but it is my impression from lots of miles on a Ti bike that the frame material does soak up some road noise in a way that other mate...
by vorsprung
2 Dec 2010, 11:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Improved Specialized Roubaix
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Re: Improved Specialized Roubaix

CREPELLO wrote:The link goes to your blog but 'error 404' is displayed.


fixed the link above, sorry about that
by vorsprung
1 Dec 2010, 3:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are 900 lumin lights necesary for a semi rural comute?
Replies: 28
Views: 1918

Re: Are 900 lumin lights necesary for a semi rural comute?

I have a generator running a B&M IQ Fly light for my 15 mile journey via lanes Mrs Vorsprung has just switched jobs and is now able to cycle to work. It's about 5 miles also much of it in the real dark. Rather than a Magicshine I got her a battery powered B&M Ixon. B&M stuff usually has ...
by vorsprung
1 Dec 2010, 11:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Improved Specialized Roubaix
Replies: 3
Views: 367

Improved Specialized Roubaix

The Specialized Roubaix was developed to be a comfortable but fast long distance road bike. It is intended for going a hundred miles or more at a brisk pace, it isn't a tourer for dawdling on. It's named after a race so for audax it needs some changes. I've removed the standard issue wheels and repl...