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  1. My view is why advertise for team sponsors (Sky,...

    My view is why advertise for team sponsors (Sky, etc) if you're not getting paid for it? If you want the professional cyclist look, fine, but personally I find all that team replica kit a little bit...
  2. Kayaking on the River Avon and later, an evening...

    Kayaking on the River Avon and later, an evening string quartet recital in a tiny church with Anglo-Saxon (circa 5th century) origins.
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    I'm turning into a retro-grouch. Gone back to...

    I'm turning into a retro-grouch.

    Gone back to wearing casual shorts, with a liner and no padding. I'm riding a brand new Brooks Professional, which is rock hard, but I tell you what... my sit...
  4. Wear what you like, but here's a thought. I just...

    Wear what you like, but here's a thought. I just built a couple of steel framed road bikes with big tyres - the antithesis to high performance carbon - so I can get back to riding as slow as I like...
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    SPA Cycles, UK - the good and the bad

    The bad.

    I'll start by saying I'm not a troll, I'm a grown up and I don't normally post anything negative about dealers with bad service... we all make mistakes.

    However, I should warn anyone...
  6. Thanks guys. I'm on with the first build and have...

    Thanks guys. I'm on with the first build and have just installed the 9-speed Dura-Ace DT shifter levers.

    Can anyone reassure me that the right/rear lever is quite stiff in indexed mode? When I say...
  7. Another Shimergo question - mixing 9 and 10 speed parts

    I'm building a VO Campeur that was going to be completely Campagnolo, but it makes more sense for me to use 9-speed Shimano, at least at the rear end, since it has a 135mm spaced rear hub (for Deore...
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    I just got a good deal on some Vittoria Voyager...

    I just got a good deal on some Vittoria Voyager Hypers in 35c. Bought my wife (yeah, really) a Campeur, in the same size (now that's fortunate) as my Pass Hunter! All the bits are now trickling in by...
  9. Quite happy to be anachronistic (maybe I should...

    Quite happy to be anachronistic (maybe I should transfer to 'Classic & Vintage'). Still seems like a perfect way to ensure trim on the chainrings, with a shifter that would never have to be used in a...
  10. Why not use both a brifter and a DT shifter? ...

    Why not use both a brifter and a DT shifter?

    I'm thinking of building my latest bike with a downtube friction shifter for the front mech and a brifter for the rear. It's a bit goofy, but I think...
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    Lovely build guys - a week or so ago I'd decided...

    Lovely build guys - a week or so ago I'd decided to build one, but drifted off momentarily to check out Surly... I came back. ;)

    Can anyone tell me what the biggest tyre is, without fenders? Will...
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    Thanks John. Sold the Bianchi last night, so I'll...

    Thanks John. Sold the Bianchi last night, so I'll get building. Will report back in a few weeks' time with pictures.

    Happy cycling.
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    John... you really don't need to qualify your...

    John... you really don't need to qualify your comments to me. Please don't be offended, but I'm not asking about how other people like to ride their bikes, just for some general thoughts on a couple...
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    I guess you don't wholeheartedly buy into the VO...

    I guess you don't wholeheartedly buy into the VO philosophy then... or my choice of saddle... :D

    vintage Brooks leather SADDLE for restoration bicycle veteran ?motorbike springs | eBay
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    '... a nice carbon fork...' :eek: Not sure we're...

    '... a nice carbon fork...' :eek: Not sure we're entirely on the same page here John, but thanks for your thoughts!
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    Yes, Google VO (edit: I see badger has kindly...

    Yes, Google VO (edit: I see badger has kindly linked, above) - that's partly what I based my change of mind on. Compared to the Campeur: shorter chainstay, but still not race-bike short, less BB...
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    Thought I'd report back and say that I've decided...

    Thought I'd report back and say that I've decided to buy a VO Pass Hunter. Slightly more sporty frame than the Campeur, which I think (as John suggested... tell my wife, I DO listen!!!) might just be...
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    I don't know what's happening here with my...

    I don't know what's happening here with my posts... did I send that bit above as a PM John??? Confused.

    Anyway, I take your point, thanks. Apologies if our posts are crossing and that I'm...
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    Interesting that you're concluding that the VO is...

    Interesting that you're concluding that the VO is an out-and-out touring bike... that's not what I've read, or what I read into the specs. Definitely not the conclusion of the reviewer, linked above:...
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    Haha... you're not so far off there osco... I was...

    Haha... you're not so far off there osco... I was looking at a recumbent a few weeks ago, but the price for a nice one is pretty off-putting. I promise you I'll add one to the stable one day. :thumb:
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    I've been checking out the suggestions guys, but...

    I've been checking out the suggestions guys, but I keep coming back to the Campeur - I think this illustrates why:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eccentricvelo/10945696103/in/photostream/

    ...
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    Mercian - one of many UK frame builders, not...

    Mercian - one of many UK frame builders, not unreasonably priced compared to some custom builders, but at around 850.00 for their cheapest frame, twice what I really want to pay.

    I think someone...
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    Hmmm... who suggested Genesis... gotta say, the...

    Hmmm... who suggested Genesis... gotta say, the Equilibrium frameset looks super-nice.

    http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/img/bikes/xl/equilibrium-frameset.jpg
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    Thanks guys. Lots of suggestions there. (First of...

    Thanks guys. Lots of suggestions there. (First of all I've moved to Cheltenham... must update my profile... not that that changes anything.)

    Should probably have said that I want a horizontal (ie....
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    Nostalgia and a life in the slow lane

    Hello ladies and gentlemen.

    I'm a fit 56 year-old (57 if you're reading this mid-May) that's had a string of nice performance road bikes over the last 10 years (mtb before that), yet never raced...
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