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Old 03-08-12, 02:43 AM   #1
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Announcement: Twins!

Rowan and Machka are proud to announce the arrival of twins on Monday 5 March, 2012.


Irridescent Blue is 533 mm, and weighs 3.45 kg including the fork with uncut steerer tube.

British Racing Green is 555 mm, and also weighs 3.45 kg including the fork with uncut steerer tube.


Our twin steel Thorn Club Tour frames will be built up over the next few weeks with Shimano components. We have a tentative maiden voyage tour planned for Easter.


And, of course, photos ... http://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...detail/?page=2







Click for more ... and there will be more to follow!!

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Old 03-08-12, 04:19 AM   #2
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Ooooo and ahhhhhh! Very nice!
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Fraternal twins. Congratulations!
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Would be interested to hear how you decided on this frame, where you got them, etc. Weather looks nice where you are,btw.
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Congrats! Cigars? Nah....
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Looking good. I want to buy another bike, but my wife keeps telling me to wait. I say wait for what. Anyhow congratulations on your new twins.
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Old 03-08-12, 07:32 AM   #8
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Would be interested to hear how you decided on this frame, where you got them, etc. Weather looks nice where you are,btw.
It's early autumn here.


Thorn's British ... SJS Cycles.
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/bikes-dept757_pg1/


Back in 2002, before I ordered Machak (my stolen Marinoni Ciclo), I narrowed my choices down to a small handful of companies ... Marinoni, Thorn, Seven, Rivendell, Waterford, and a couple others. I went with Marinoni, but the Thorns were definitely appealing.

Then, when we were looking for a tandem last year, we came very close to ordering a Thorn, but they had stopped manufacturing the type we wanted. Very disappointing! Although we are happy with the Santana we picked up.

So, when we decided to get new touring bicycles, we considered a few options. Marinoni was one of my top choices, but would have cost too much to ship here. But Thorn was high on the list ... and they had what we wanted.
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Rowan and Machka, Nothing like the smell of a new frame, have fun on the build.

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well you may not believe this coming from me but the very best of luck with the new twins there really class.and if i offended you guys in the past i sincerely apologise.
anyway good cycling.
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Water under the bridge, antokelly. Water under the bridge (preferably on a nice tree-lined cycling route with little traffic, lots of sunshine, and that fresh air smell you can only get riding a bicycle).

We'll keep you all posted on the build which all depends on arrival of stuff from Ireland and England (Chain Reaction and Wiggle respectively), plus a few other places.

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So SJS/Thorn dropped the Taiwan sourced frames,
and brought the production back home?
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Congratulations!!

Looking forward to seeing what they look like when you add all the bits...

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So SJS/Thorn dropped the Taiwan sourced frames,
and brought the production back home?
No, I think they're still making them in Taiwan.
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So SJS/Thorn dropped the Taiwan sourced frames,
and brought the production back home?
As I mentioned in another thread some time ago, Thorn closed its frame shop. We were looking to source a tandem frame at the time, so it was at the beginning of last year. There is a sticker/decal on both the new frames that says: Made in Taiwan.

When I inquired about a smaller frame of a particular colour for Machka than the one we sourced, I was told it was not in stock and wouldn't be for six months. I don't think production of Thorn frames will be returning to the UK for some time, if ever.
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Enjoy building them up and riding them
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I hope they don't keep you up all night.
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how are those twins coming along.
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how are those twins coming along.
I'll bet Machka's is built first.

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I'll bet Machka's is built first.

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should be interesting to see
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As a matter of fact ... mine is the one sitting on the trainer right now with wheels, saddle, handlebars, crankarms, pedals and rack.

However, that is for setup purposes ... some of that stuff is borrowed from other bicycles. We did the setup on my bicycle last weekend so Rowan could cut the steerer tube.

Most of the components arrived yesterday from Wiggle, so a lot more of the build can begin soon.
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I'll bet Machka's is built first.

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How perceptive of you!!

We are waiting on a handlebar and some fenders/mudguards plus a couple of other odds and sods from ChainReaction. The Wiggle package arrived yesterday with the LX brakes for each bike, and a new crankset for mine, plus all the cabling. But the brakes aren't much good without the travel agents, so we are awaiting those from St John St Cyclery.

I am, however, having extreme difficulty in getting any communication out of a local bike shop that parades (or should that be charades?) itself as an on-line seller. This is for the Mavic A719 rims, the two Shimano front dynohubs, and the rear LX hubs... do you think they will respond to my order or either of my two emails? It's Cecil Walker Cycles in Melbourne, and it just goes to prove that our LBSs here have a lot to learn about timely response to people's orders. I said to Machka yesterday that if the orders aren't completed by the end of this week, I will cancel and get complete Dyad wheelsets from Velocity through another bike shop. The wheels on Machka's Thorn at the moment are Dyads from my old Fuji Touring and they look quite good.

I am still hoping to have the bikes ready for a shakedown tour by Easter.
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It must have been karma or something. Minutes after I posted the above, I received an email about my order from Cecil Walker Cycles. Again, it highlights the problems with bricks-and-mortar shops trying to play e-sellers. The shop doesn't stock the items on its on-line shop, and instead sources them per-order from the distributors. Now it seems the Mavics aren't in stock with the distributor either, although a shipment is expected this week. Maybe I will get the order late next week. Grrrr!!!
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Sorry to hear of the glitches you´re having, but a BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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Almost a month old now!

Yesterday, I took my new Thorn touring bicycle for a maiden voyage of 3 km ... and I was out again today for 6 km. Feels good ... very smooth.

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...detail/?page=3





It's not quite finished - the wheel, tires, and rear cassette will be changed. But it is rideable!


Rowan's is underway as well, and should be rideable soon too.
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