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Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

17 August 2015 - 10:29pm
S1h wrote:pete75 wrote:Will soon find out what they're like. Thought I'd have a go at trying out a Rohloff hub so, mainly on a whim, bought a Fahrradmanufaktur TX400 on Friday. It's coming from Osnabruck so should arrive sometime this week. Seems well equipped with Tubus carriers front and rear ,Magura brakes, SON 28 dynamo and B&M lights amongst other supposedly quality kit. Most of the parts seem to be made in Germany. At not much over £1400 delivered it seems very reasonably priced for the level of kit.

The poster above is correct , the tubing used is called 4130 by the Septics.

Hi Pete I'll be interested to see what you think of these, as the reviews I've read all sound good. Am looking for a bike to do some long distance next year and my preference is rohloff so along with that and the tunes racks it seems a no brainer.

Where did you purchase it from at that price, as I've seen some on eBay but they were around £1600.

Thanks

Got it from here http://stores.ebay.co.uk/bikepark-disse ... 7675.l2563 . It was on at 2,099 euros or offers with 59 euros for postage to England. I made an offer below that and they accepted. The frame has a small scratch so it was reduced. There are more on their website than Ebay http://bikepark-dissen.de/products/trek ... order=DESC

Re: Bath to Oxford: route advice into Oxford please

17 August 2015 - 10:18pm
What is the surface like into Oxford?

Re: Coast to Coast and back again

17 August 2015 - 9:59pm
Good luck, hope the weather holds.
If you aren't used to hills then you might find Hartside, heading for Alston, a bit of a challenge. If you are staying at hostels I'd go off route and prefer Cockermouth to Keswick.

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

17 August 2015 - 9:43pm
pete75 wrote:Will soon find out what they're like. Thought I'd have a go at trying out a Rohloff hub so, mainly on a whim, bought a Fahrradmanufaktur TX400 on Friday. It's coming from Osnabruck so should arrive sometime this week. Seems well equipped with Tubus carriers front and rear ,Magura brakes, SON 28 dynamo and B&M lights amongst other supposedly quality kit. Most of the parts seem to be made in Germany. At not much over £1400 delivered it seems very reasonably priced for the level of kit.

The poster above is correct , the tubing used is called 4130 by the Septics.

Hi Pete I'll be interested to see what you think of these, as the reviews I've read all sound good. Am looking for a bike to do some long distance next year and my preference is rohloff so along with that and the tunes racks it seems a no brainer.

Where did you purchase it from at that price, as I've seen some on eBay but they were around £1600.

Thanks

Coast to Coast and back again

17 August 2015 - 9:30pm
I'm still fairly new to all this touring but its Monday evening, the bike is checked and the panniers packed and tomorrow I'm heading up towards Newcastle for this years mini adventure: Hadrian's cycleway from South Shields towards Workington (stopping overnight in Carlisle), then back along the C2C via overnights in Keswick and Alston towards Sunderland.



Being a mere southerner who normally rides along coastal flat lands this could be a couple of hills too far but I've been doing some extra training and reckon I'm about as ready as can be so wish me luck!



Cheers

Re: Bath to Oxford: route advice into Oxford please

17 August 2015 - 9:24pm
+1 for the K&A route

Re: Bath to Oxford: route advice into Oxford please

17 August 2015 - 9:22pm
Not really, I'm familar with the path to Devizes and do on my mountain bike, but I'll be on a road bike so wouldn't want to risk the wheels

Re: Bath to Oxford: route advice into Oxford please

17 August 2015 - 9:13pm
Would you consider going down the K&A to Devizes?

Bath to Oxford: route advice into Oxford please

17 August 2015 - 9:02pm
Hi

I'm cycling from Bath to Oxford (Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 8JD (Peartree roundabout)) on Saturday and back on Sunday, and need a little route advice on getting into Oxford

From Bath (just south of Bath to be precise), I was think of going to Devizes, then either Avebury or Marlbrough, but after getting past the M4 and heading towards Oxford all the roads look busy. Can anyone recommend a good route?

Re: Wales: Lost Tour details

17 August 2015 - 8:50pm
I am not sure if you can see this image or not, but this is the 'nice' part of the Taff Trail, looking back at the way I came. You can see its a dirt road but it gets a lot rockier further down. Otherwise, the rest of Wales and NCN 8 was fine. One or two roads with some loose gravel down the middle, but the overall quality of the roads was much better than I expected. Irish roads were terrible - pot holes, gravel, large chip-seal, very rough to ride. The Welsh apparently like having nice smooth roads. Since the roads are on quiet country lanes, I only had to squeeze my vehicles a few times but there are usually small indentions in the hedges for cars to pass eachother periodically along such lanes.

Re: european bike express

17 August 2015 - 8:18pm
Bogawski wrote:Beeb, your mate might have been picked up by "The Yorkshire Bikeliner". Now that is a crate!

Hmm - we used Simon's BikeLiner to get from Calais to the Loire Valley in 2013 - 13 of us .... it did look a bit past its prime, but no problem at all (all PSV/HGV vehicles have to undergo stringent tests and whilst the bodywork may not be brilliant the mechanicals should be OK)

Rob

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

17 August 2015 - 8:02pm
I've just cycled LeJoG on on a VSF T400 without the Rohloff and it is a great bike that is comfortable all day and can carry lots of kit.

Re: Help to plan a route : Inverness to Didcot

17 August 2015 - 7:33pm
Try the CTC journey planner, you have to enter several sections as it won't do lots and lots of miles in one go but it may give you some ideas.

Re: Help to plan a route : Inverness to Didcot

17 August 2015 - 7:30pm
We are doing Cape Wrath to Southampton next month and including Inverness to visit friends. Our route will take us from Inverness - Kingussie - Pitlochry- Stirling- Lanark - Lockerbie- Penrith - Leyburn - York- Oakham- Castle Ashby - Oxford and on down. Have reckoned it's just over 800 miles the entire route so you may have to do a detour or 2 if you want to do 700 miles. Have fun.

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

17 August 2015 - 7:22pm
Looks a lot of bike for the money, if you're looking for a robust tourer with all the kit I can't see you going far wrong with this.
As for the steel, people get too het up about the names and numbers, when what really matters is what's been done with it, diameters and wall thickness is what determines the way it rides.

Re: VSF Fahrradmanufaktur

17 August 2015 - 6:59pm
Will soon find out what they're like. Thought I'd have a go at trying out a Rohloff hub so, mainly on a whim, bought a Fahrradmanufaktur TX400 on Friday. It's coming from Osnabruck so should arrive sometime this week. Seems well equipped with Tubus carriers front and rear ,Magura brakes, SON 28 dynamo and B&M lights amongst other supposedly quality kit. Most of the parts seem to be made in Germany. At not much over £1400 delivered it seems very reasonably priced for the level of kit.

The poster above is correct , the tubing used is called 4130 by the Septics.

Re: North Sea route Germany

17 August 2015 - 6:05pm
Ron wrote:oneten wrote:Can you tell me roughly how many miles /km from Hook of Holland to Cuxhaven? Thanks!
460Km
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=dista ... DuqE6RgYyA

I looked at that and thought strange - To the Wischhafen ferry from hoek I did 732km without going out of my way (I had to check gpx track to be sure) - Google makes Wischhafen from Hoek about 500km

Re: european bike express

17 August 2015 - 5:40pm
Beeb, your mate might have been picked up by "The Yorkshire Bikeliner". Now that is a crate!

Re: North Sea route Germany

17 August 2015 - 4:41pm
oneten wrote:Can you tell me roughly how many miles /km from Hook of Holland to Cuxhaven? Thanks!
460Km
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=dista ... DuqE6RgYyA

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

17 August 2015 - 2:36pm
Even in bad years you can luck out.
I had the first two weeks in June for Oban/Uists/Harris/Lewis/Skye/Oban. The weather to start with was horrid so I took my time getting to Oban (arrive Weds evening), and mostly had good weather - a bit windy the first 4 or 5 days, & hot sun thereafter. The late start meant I didn't get to do Lewis, but last time I was there it was horrid in the Uists so I just whizzed through, and nice in Lewis.

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