My New Bike

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richardfm
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My New Bike

Postby richardfm » 12 Jul 2019, 10:02pm

This is what I collected from St John Street Cycles in Bridgwater today
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I rode it about ten miles to my daughter's house today. Tomorrow I have a 50 mile ride planned

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fossala
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Re: My New Bike

Postby fossala » 12 Jul 2019, 10:10pm

Sherpa?

I had a raven that is the same frame but with rohloff gearing. If you want a rugged tourer that just plods on you couldn't have picked a better bike.

richardfm
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Re: My New Bike

Postby richardfm » 12 Jul 2019, 10:12pm

fossala wrote:Sherpa?

I had a raven that is the same frame but with rohloff gearing. If you want a rugged tourer that just plods on you couldn't have picked a better bike.

Yes, it's a Sherpa. I'm really looking forward to doing some longer rides and camping trips. My wife is saying she'll never see me again

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Re: My New Bike

Postby phil parker » 12 Jul 2019, 10:15pm

Congratulations! A great bike...it will take a few miles to soften that saddle :lol:

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Re: My New Bike

Postby simonhill » 13 Jul 2019, 9:22am

Nice bike, black and red go well together. Much better looking than the Thorn's with those sloping top tubes. Good choice.

Not sure why they always have so much exposed seatpost and stem, my bike has about half to a third of that. Any reason?

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Re: My New Bike

Postby mercalia » 13 Jul 2019, 10:53am

like this one?
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/bikes/thorn ... -bike-new/
so you have bought a toruing bike
https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=131194
seems like they read the thread and changed the advert :lol:
How much did you pay?

Answer my own question
http://www.sjscycles.com/thornpdf/Thorn ... oHiRes.pdf

re exposed seat and handlebar tubes. Well if you are tall to have a much larger frame makes one that flexs rather - When I had a Dawes Horizon with 25" frame little old weak me could flex the frame. So tall people have to just put up with it if they want a frame that dont flex
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Re: My New Bike

Postby brynpoeth » 13 Jul 2019, 11:00am

Looked at the link from mercalia
Spelling mistake, no pedals, what use is a bike with no pedals? :?
Do I have to pay GBP 250 for chater-lea pedals?
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Re: My New Bike

Postby Sweep » 13 Jul 2019, 11:02am

mercalia wrote:re exposed seat and handlebar tubes. Well if you are tall to have a much larger frame makes one that flexs rather - When I had a Dawes Horizon with 25" frame little old weak me could flex the frame. So tall people have to just put up with it if they want a frame that dont flex


Is this the reason then?

Am aware that they have a brilliant reputation but I do see a lot around that do look damn odd to me.

Wasn't aware that they were always ridden by tall folk.

Eye of the beholder I suppose for unlike one poster above I prefer sloping top tubes - for practical (for me) reasons.

enjoy your bike richard - what are those bar ends? - they look interesting from what I can see here.
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Re: My New Bike

Postby brynpoeth » 13 Jul 2019, 11:14am

The frame is 'too small' (has many advantages) or rather: most normal frames are too big :?
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Re: My New Bike

Postby mercalia » 13 Jul 2019, 11:17am

well if you look at the smaller sizes it is much less pronounced in some cases?. I suppose if you want a larger frame you would need extra tubes to stop flexing? esp on a toruing bike carrying heavy loads
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Re: My New Bike

Postby reohn2 » 13 Jul 2019, 11:25am

Richardfm
HAPPY NEW BIKE!,
I hope you enjoy many thousands of happy miles on it :D
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Re: My New Bike

Postby matt2matt2002 » 13 Jul 2019, 12:59pm

Raven/ Rohloff rider here.
Your bike looks great and comes from an excellent company.
My Raven has never let me down in the 6 countries I have toured in.
2018 Ethiopia.5 weeks.
2018 Marrakech 2 weeks.
On a Thorn Raven/Rohloff hub.

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Re: My New Bike

Postby fossala » 13 Jul 2019, 2:01pm

mercalia wrote:How much did you pay?

The number on the till would be about right?

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Re: My New Bike

Postby PH » 13 Jul 2019, 2:54pm

simonhill wrote:Not sure why they always have so much exposed seatpost and stem, my bike has about half to a third of that. Any reason?

You might notice the stem is angled downwards, this allows the steerer to be left uncut until the rider has decided on the right position, reversing the stem would mean getting rid of a few spacers with the bars in the same position. Thorn also have a return policy (14 Days?) but you can't do that if the steerer has been cut.
A lot of riders will decide to leave it that long, but it isn't compulsory, my Raven started out looking like that and once I'd sorted the position it had no more spacers than my other bikes and looked like this
ImageRaven by Paul, on Flickr

BTW - They do have a sloping top tube :wink:

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Re: My New Bike

Postby richardfm » 13 Jul 2019, 4:40pm

reohn2 wrote:Richardfm
HAPPY NEW BIKE!,
I hope you enjoy many thousands of happy miles on it :D

Thank you. I did a short ten mile ride after collecting it yesterday and have just returned from a 50 mile ride with my son. I enjoyed every minute of it, even the hills! It's the longest ride I have done for many years.