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Thorn General / Re: Any colour you like as long as itís black
« Last post by leftpoole on Today at 11:34:56 AM »
Grey? Horrible in my opinion.
I have a satin black Sherpa. With black saddle and other parts I think that it looks fabulous.
John
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Cycle Tours / Re: Cooking on the move
« Last post by leftpoole on Today at 11:33:36 AM »
Excellent if only to inform that I too have too many stoves!
Favourite Trangia mini over all the rest including Trangia full sized.
John
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Thorn General / Re: Who is the fairest of them all ?
« Last post by Andre Jute on Today at 09:41:37 AM »
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For me I love the look of the black nomad 2. I love the white font.
... it took me awhile to adjust to the sloping top tube and large-diameter frame tubing coupled with 26in wheels and TiG-welded construction


It's oversized aluminium and mountain bike frames becoming virtually generic in your run of the mill LBS what done it. People start associating "bicycle" with a chunky, purposeful bike, like a bulldog, whereas the previous instant assumption was whippy and lean but tall like a greyhound. Eventually even classicists too came to share at least part of the new assumption of form. Some of us were just insisted on steel, or returned to steel after the new format was well established and had worn-in a niche of acceptance like two metal components grinding together.

I'm not surprised that "ghost silver" photographs white. I like it even better in the outline version that makes it hard to see, especially in places that are, shall we say, inadequate policed. When I first saw a Thorn bike, I had been inspecting it for at least thirty seconds before I spotted it was a Thorn, because the maker's name was effectively semi-obscured by the dirt of a hard ride to the pub I saw it at.

I give the marketing phrase "ghost silver" to Robin Thorn free of charge.
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Thorn General / Re: Who is the fairest of them all ?
« Last post by PH on Today at 09:24:00 AM »
I hope I don't get to regret it, but I've just been browsing the current brochures and although my opinion hasn't changed, the 650b Nomad in blue is also a very attractive bike IMO.
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Thorn General / Re: Who is the fairest of them all ?
« Last post by Danneaux on Today at 03:34:10 AM »
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For me I love the look of the black nomad 2. I love the white font.
When I was perusing brochures, I too was sure the lettering was white. However, the lettering on both my 2011 Sherpa Mk2 and 2012 Nomad Mk2 proved to be matte silver in color.

While I prefer my matte black bikes to be "murdered out" ( https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=murdered%20out ) and equipped with all-black components, the silver lettering opens the door for some nice mixing of silver components for contrast.

Pics of my bikes here:
Danneaux's Nomad gallery: http://thorncyclesforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=4523.0
Danneaux's Sherpa gallery: http://thorncyclesforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=3896.0

While I now think my Nomad Mk2 is as beautiful as any of the 15 bikes in my stable, it took me awhile to adjust to the sloping top tube and large-diameter frame tubing coupled with 26in wheels and TiG-welded construction because it was such a contrast to my randonneur/touring bikes with horizontal top tubes, "traditional" road bike tube diameters, handcut lugs and 700C wheels. I like the aesthetics now but what really has always made the Nomad beautiful for me is its functional aesthetic -- it perfectly meets my needs and preferences and there's many a time I've been grateful for that steeply sloping top tube when dismounting into a deep pothole on a rough logging road.

For a study in contrasts, see the photos pairing my Nomad Mk2 with one of my rando-tourers, attached below.

Best,

Dan.
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Cycle Tours / Re: Cooking on the move
« Last post by trailplanner on November 28, 2020, 11:20:32 PM »
Some nice recipes - I need to up my game. I like a good restaurant too, but I am trying to keep costs down on the longer trips.
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Cycle Tours / Re: Cooking on the move
« Last post by UKTony on November 28, 2020, 09:22:41 PM »
An extract from one of my favourite armchair cycle touring websites,

https://www.cycletourer.co.uk/cycletouring/food.shtml

Your touring site is way up there too!

Incidentally Iím pleased to report that the burnt out car on NCN41 where it goes under the M49 in Avonmouth was removed (into a neighbouring field where no doubt itíll become a wildlife haven)  in late 2018 - an email to Bristol City Council ccíd to Sustrans had the desired effect! Sorry it wasnít able to be removed before you rode through....

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General Technical / Re: Chainglider on Mk 3 Mercury
« Last post by PH on November 28, 2020, 09:13:58 PM »
A mudflap on the front mudguard may help keep the muck off your crank and legs/trousers. See the discussion passim on this forum.
This could just be an excuse to post another photo of my bike  ;)
But yes, the longer the better, just stiff enough to not waft about, but not so rigid as to cause problems if caught on something.  At the end of a recent(ish) club ride, a fellow rider (With mudguards) couldn't believe how clean me and the bike were compared to him and his.
river by Paul, on Flickr
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Thorn General / Re: Who is the fairest of them all ?
« Last post by PH on November 28, 2020, 08:59:34 PM »
I had a Raven Tour, 2003, it was bought for a purpose and certainly did the job, but I never had much love for it, though was soon thoroughly convinced by the Rohloff (I now have three  :o)
Some part of that was probably the aesthetics, 26" wheels on large bikes (I'm 6'2") always look out of proportion to me.
To me the nicest looking bike in the range is the Mercury, particularly with the sleek  853 forks, I like my bikes functional but minimal, though some posts on here show that's not a universal theme.
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Thorn General / Re: Any colour you like as long as itís black
« Last post by PH on November 28, 2020, 08:53:10 PM »
Probably not, you could get one custom painted, you'd probably loose the ED and batch painting is usually better quality than one off.  The Imron is also a step above most paint finishes, deep gloss and pretty robust.
Have you seen the grey in real life?  You might like it, though no it isn't black.
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