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by lowrider
6 Aug 2012, 11:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Build your own bike
Replies: 12
Views: 2368

Re: Build your own bike

In fact the difference is so great that in some cirumstances, especially if you include labour charges, it is almost better to buy a brand new bike than service your old one. I would assume the OP has a reason for doing this such as he already has the parts or wants something different, if not then...
by lowrider
6 Aug 2012, 11:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice
Replies: 24
Views: 7553

Re: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice

by revenup » Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:37 pm Thanks for all the info, I will have a look at my budget and have a look around to see whats what, and lowrider, I'm below average on height, although bikes are not rare they aren't the typical second hands. To be honest I have always ridden bikes that have bee...
by lowrider
6 Aug 2012, 11:04am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice
Replies: 24
Views: 7553

Re: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice

by revenup » Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:37 pm Thanks for all the info, I will have a look at my budget and have a look around to see whats what, and lowrider, I'm below average on height, although bikes are not rare they aren't the typical second hands. To be honest I have always ridden bikes that have bee...
by lowrider
6 Aug 2012, 1:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Build your own bike
Replies: 12
Views: 2368

Re: Build your own bike

Hi Hybrid frames are thin on the ground try chain reaction they seem to have about 4 here is an example http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=74563 The Kona Doctor Fine. You may have to use a cyclocross or MTB frame however. Another place to try is Planet X bikes they have cyclocros...
by lowrider
5 Aug 2012, 3:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice
Replies: 24
Views: 7553

Re: Cheap Used Touring bike for complete Novice

A cautionary note on second hand, if you are towards the extremes on size too small or too tall you may have difficulty finding a bike of a suitable size. If you are it may be more fruitful to get a brand new bike correctly sized as the search for second hand may be lengthy.
by lowrider
2 Aug 2012, 9:55pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: New Suspension forks with V mounts
Replies: 5
Views: 34028

Re: New Suspension forks with V mounts

If you got a cable disc then you could leave the brakes on each fork (disc on sus and Vs on rigid) and use the same brake lever to operate them...although you might have to change the brake cable when you swap forks but that's pretty easy. Thanks for the input, It would be a cable disc I would go f...
by lowrider
31 Jul 2012, 8:43pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: New Suspension forks with V mounts
Replies: 5
Views: 34028

Re: New Suspension forks with V mounts

Thanks for the reply The forks look ok but they are actually disc only, the photos wrong. The bikes fairly new but has a rigid fork (suspension corrected) which is suitable for V brake only. The new fork would be for occasional use say 3 months of the year, the rest of the time the current fork will...
by lowrider
31 Jul 2012, 6:04pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: New Suspension forks with V mounts
Replies: 5
Views: 34028

New Suspension forks with V mounts

Hi

Can anyone recommend a reasonable quality replacement fork that has v mounts it will be for cross country rather than anything severe. All I seem to see is forks towards the lower end of the market.
by lowrider
27 Jul 2012, 12:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike for 5' lady?
Replies: 20
Views: 3610

Re: Bike for 5' lady?

You have never mentioned the intended usage of the bike but you have mentioned fitting guards and a rack. This would imply you have a utility/commuting/leisure use with the versatility to do light of road canal paths etc a general purpose bike. A tourer or trekker would be ideal for that and be much...
by lowrider
26 Jul 2012, 1:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike for 5' lady?
Replies: 20
Views: 3610

Re: Bike for 5' lady?

Wow a picture is worth a thousand words the look of it must be at least worth a couple of extra pounds. I am tempted by the Islabikes 700 because it could do my son when he outgrows his current Beinn 24 and would be easy to sell if need be. It seems to be the path of least resistance, albeit that it...
by lowrider
26 Jul 2012, 11:27am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Which bike to better my Trek 7.3fx?
Replies: 14
Views: 6613

Re: Which bike to better my Trek 7.3fx?

The bike you have would be suitable for long distance a touring bike will offer little extra other than perhaps a bit more comfort from different positions available and some from the frame material which is debatable as some do some dont. You are obviously looking for a small light weight tourer or...
by lowrider
25 Jul 2012, 8:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike for 5' lady?
Replies: 20
Views: 3610

Re: Bike for 5' lady?

Hi You do not state what type of tourer that is desired I assume by tourer this means a drop bar type. Lighter may be achievable but I think you should start with the position, sit up and beg is less than optimum for anything other than riding at a gentle pace. I am not saying you need an aggressive...
by lowrider
22 Jul 2012, 10:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Whether this is a crack in my frame
Replies: 18
Views: 3321

Re: Whether this is a crack in my frame

If the surface at one side of the mark is higher than the other I would say its a crack. If the surfaces on either side are the same but the mark has a raised level then that would be a score. The down tube is under tension the top tube is under compression if there was a fault in the manufacture of...
by lowrider
13 Jul 2012, 12:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Inverness - Ullapool
Replies: 2
Views: 3604

Re: Inverness - Ullapool

I have never seen that road very busy I think day trippers from Inverness may be more of an issue. There is only one sailing on Sunday and thats at 18.15 so you may be there well before the sailing and the associated traffic if you leave early enough. The ferry has space for 114 cars so if they all ...
by lowrider
12 Jul 2012, 10:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Convert MTB suspension fork to rigid fork
Replies: 10
Views: 3253

Re: Convert MTB suspension fork to rigid fork

You can get cheap rigid forks but they will be not of use to you. You will need a suspension corrected fork these are much more expensive the cheapest I saw were around £60 twice that for a budget non corrected fork. I found these on the net but there may be others but these are the cheapest I have ...