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Re: Should I buy this bike? King of Mercia

9 August 2015 - 7:24pm
thank you! I also have a carry freedom trailer so maybe it would bo ok. Good enough to get back in to it I guess, then I could sell it once I felt the need for something sturdier?

Will it handle tow path kind of stuff?

Re: Specialized Awol

9 August 2015 - 7:22pm
My friend bought the 2015 bike in April and is very pleased with it. It is a long frame so check the sizing. It is about 14kg.

Re: Should I buy this bike? King of Mercia

9 August 2015 - 7:18pm
King of Mercia is more of a light tourer/audax bike, so you are not comparing like with like. It will only take calliper brakes which limit the size of tyre to around 28mm, so if you are wanting to do full blown touring with heavy panniers then it's not the bike you need, but a KoM would make a perfectly good bike for day rides and light, credit card touring. I broke the frame on mine but then I'm a big, heavy, powerful rider. Mick F of this parish has had his for 30 years and tours with a Carry Freedon trailer attached to his Mercian.

I would not buy a new one because the frame alone costs around £800, but if it's in decent nick and suits the type of riding that you want to do, then go for it.

Re: New Route Planner

9 August 2015 - 4:27pm
That would be great, thanks Richard. Enjoy the hols

Re: New Route Planner

9 August 2015 - 4:17pm
On holiday at the moment but will tackle TCX when I'm back shortly!

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

9 August 2015 - 2:12pm
eileithyia wrote:Clegs never worried me, but midges!!!!! Ugh!!! They were bad last time i was up there due to a mild winter.....

But agree, forecast is often gloomier than weather turns out, i tend to adopt a wait and see policy if at home, or just do it anyway....

They are normally just an occasional problem but I got 4 bites from the 1 fanged vampires this time and no midge.

Re: Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

9 August 2015 - 1:35pm
I have an earlier version of that rack in stainless steel (Luna or Fly ) and I use Ortlieb roll top panniers.

I've no idea what they weigh in £-s-d but subjectively they don't seem heavy. Mine are the smaller ones which can be used front or rear. They are as near as bombproof as you might hope for in bike luggage. Above all, they are very adjustable - which accounts for a bit of any weight. Being able to fit them on your rack seems to be the main criterion.

Lightweight pannier suggestions for Tubus Airey rack

9 August 2015 - 1:21pm
I have had a Tubus Airey rack since Xmas time, but have struggled to pair it with some lightweight AND rubust panniers for a month long tour. The challenge is that the top of the rack is very small and most panniers that I have tried don't fit.

The lightweight panniers that I have tried (Arkel, Altura, etc) simply don't seem like they would last

I'm looking for a pair of panniers with robust fittings that weigh less than a kilo for the pair, otherwise I'm better off with my existing rack and panniers

Any suggestions?

Re: A night on the South Downs - Once in a Blue Moon

9 August 2015 - 1:00pm
One of my favourite circuits! Did you go up Sailors Lane to Beacon Hill?

Re: Scottish weather has me freaked out!

9 August 2015 - 12:43pm
For the last 18 years or so I've been heading up to North West Scotland in May to either walk or in recent years cycle. This year was not good! My planned trip was Skye, the West coast and the Hebrides. I gave up after 4 days, had to change plans due to cancelled ferries, got totally battered by the wind and the forecast was showing worse to come! Oh and it was cold, made touring no fun at all, couldn't even stop for any length of time due to the cold wind. I was camping and the prospect of having to sit out bad weather in my small tent did not appeal at all.

We returned (to Islay) in July for a week. This time we had a holiday cottage as a base, and although it was still pretty windy (most days) and wet (for three days), we managed to get out on the bikes every day. Being able to retreat back to the cottage (and watch the progress of the TdF every night) made a huge difference.

Good luck to anyone touring up there at the moment (especially if you are camping). I'll be keeping an eye on the weather in September and may try and dash back up for a short tour then!

Re: New Route Planner

9 August 2015 - 11:42am
geocycle, yeah, I can use gpx fine just not tcx. Its not the end of the world, but I started using tcx because it also gave me a little write up on the bottom of the screen, which I liked. Like I said, I can use tcx on ridewithgps, but not on this planner. Which is a shame because I much prefer the routes this one uses.




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