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by Ant
18 Feb 2013, 5:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Looking for my first touring bike
Replies: 26
Views: 2779

Re: Looking for my first touring bike

Have you seen the Raleigh royal in the classifieds? An excellent bike for not much money...
by Ant
14 Feb 2013, 9:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: a little bike for the little lady...
Replies: 7
Views: 802

Re: a little bike for the little lady...

Thx to all responses. We're still looking at various ideas...

Anyone have any knowledge of these:
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=74632

Seems an awesome bike for the price. Just not sure if 48cm will fit. CRC didn't really know either!
by Ant
13 Feb 2013, 10:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: a little bike for the little lady...
Replies: 7
Views: 802

Re: a little bike for the little lady...

Hi Brucey Thx for your response. The back pain is unfortunately fairly longstanding and likely to remain so as it it a confirmed disc problem. I think you're right about the stance most bikes will put her in, I think I was just looking for someone else to say it too! I will be looking at some Dutch ...
by Ant
13 Feb 2013, 9:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: a little bike for the little lady...
Replies: 7
Views: 802

a little bike for the little lady...

Any advice on small bikes gratefully received... My GF is 5 foot 2 with a 27 inch inside leg length. I am looking for a new bike for her and to complicate matters further she has some persistent lower back pain. She finds leaning forwards on a bike (in what I would consider a relaxed and upright pos...
by Ant
3 Feb 2013, 7:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tensioning a Brooks Swift Titanium saddle
Replies: 12
Views: 1377

Re: Tensioning a Brooks Swift Titanium saddle

Typical of a British firm to do things differently!
by Ant
3 Feb 2013, 6:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tensioning a Brooks Swift Titanium saddle
Replies: 12
Views: 1377

Re: Tensioning a Brooks Swift Titanium saddle

Lefty loosey, righty tighty...
by Ant
20 Jan 2013, 4:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How important are cable disc brakes?
Replies: 82
Views: 3970

Re: How important are cable disc brakes?

I'm not sure I would agree that the difference is not significant. The difference in comfort between and disc equipped fork and a steel fork designed for rim brakes is noticeable to me between otherwise similar setups, I.e. same tyre type, width and pressure... However if you are changing your fork ...
by Ant
20 Jan 2013, 10:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How important are cable disc brakes?
Replies: 82
Views: 3970

Re: How important are cable disc brakes?

Hi I would advise trying different pads or different rim brakes first. You will find the CDF fork very stiff and consequently relatively uncomfortable compared with the current fork on your equilibrium. This is needed because of the forces generated at the hub by the disc brake. End result, more jar...
by Ant
19 Jan 2013, 7:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: just found this
Replies: 4
Views: 1231

Re: just found this

I'm a little nervous about googling that!
by Ant
19 Jan 2013, 9:56am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Spiked Tyre?
Replies: 5
Views: 428

Re: Which Spiked Tyre?

I have conti spike claw 120 on 26 inch rims. The difference between them and the 240 is that the studs on the 120 are only on the outer edge, therefore only effective when turning or if traction is lost. The 240 is presumably more useful where snow and ice is more severe and/or more frequent, wherea...
by Ant
17 Jan 2013, 6:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Current weather
Replies: 58
Views: 2253

Re: Current weather

I'm using continental spike claw 120 tyres, which have a regular mtb tread with studs in the outer tread, such that in none snow conditions you can run them at a reasonable pressure and they are just like any other mtb tyre, albeit with a soft grippy compound. When snow or ice appear you let a bit o...
by Ant
17 Jan 2013, 1:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Current weather
Replies: 58
Views: 2253

Re: Current weather

I have to admit I have been looking forward to some snow for weeks as I have recently bought some studded tyres for my mtb. Very impressed with them on frozen canal towpath and icy roads. Personally I like cold weather and haven't really struggled yet, although yesterday was pretty bitter...
by Ant
14 Jan 2013, 8:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Raleigh Airlite 300 Tiagra 2012 - buy?
Replies: 45
Views: 5479

Re: Raleigh Airlite 300 Tiagra 2012 - buy?

Actually, the model I tried was not the 2012 model, so frame geo might have been different. It migHt be the same, I just don't know for certain... So probably back to suggesting finding a stockist, sorry. Although the 59cm is the biggest in the range, and the range has 4 cm jumps between. Logic says...
by Ant
14 Jan 2013, 8:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Raleigh Airlite 300 Tiagra 2012 - buy?
Replies: 45
Views: 5479

Re: Raleigh Airlite 300 Tiagra 2012 - buy?

Hi again Unless you have gorilla arms the 560mm effective top tube should be fine for you. Also the head tube is quite tall which means that you won't have a ridiculous drop to the bars even if you have plenty of seatpost showing. I can only reiterate that I found the 55cm fitted well and my inside ...
by Ant
14 Jan 2013, 1:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Couldn't find my seal skin cap....
Replies: 4
Views: 569

Re: Couldn't find my seal skin cap....

Forgot my gloves one dry cold winter morning. Before long the cold was too much too bear and needing functioning fingers I ended up taking my socks off to warm my hands. Cold toes and funny looks when I got to work but certainly made my hands feel better...