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Thorn General / Re: THORN Raven Sport Tour
« Last post by martinf on November 11, 2019, 08:22:53 PM »
I am very fond of my Raven Sport Tour, it is now my "go to" bike for fast day rides.

But it is a luxury I didn't really need. I have a Raven Tour that can do the same job when unladen, albeit at a slower pace. And my old derailleur lightweight  can do the same job slightly faster, but with more thought needed for gear changes, plus more cleaning and fiddling with adjustments.
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Non-Thorn Related / Re: Best bicycle component you ever bought?
« Last post by martinf on November 11, 2019, 08:17:13 PM »
I think my best single item was a Sturmey-Archer S5/2 hub.

Over the 40-odd years since I started noting my cycling distances I've done about 110,000 kms (slightly less than half the total) on hub gears, mostly on S5/2 hubs.

The S5/2 showed me that there was a viable alternative to derailleurs for cycling, at least in moderately hilly areas, and eventually led to me getting my first Rohloff 7 years ago.
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Rohloff Internal Hub Gears / Re: Using different shifter cable for EX
« Last post by SurlyDiscTrucker on November 11, 2019, 07:54:45 PM »
Thanks to all of you for posting all this info about this subject: I actually need to replace my housing/cables.
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General Technical / Re: Is this advice still relevant ?
« Last post by julk on November 11, 2019, 06:02:46 PM »
I have had old GB alloy handlebars break whilst riding - I was lucky as I was commuting out of Edinburgh at night and landed on the pavement getting just scrapes and a cracked rib.
I have also had an alloy stem and a steel pedal spindle break with no warning, but these were some time after a horrendous sudden stop caused by a 6 inch nail in the rear wheel over stressed these items. Again I was very lucky and survived these breakages.

I now change my alloy handlebars every 5 years, I am far too risk averse!
I may change to steel when I go for an even more upright position as old age creeps on - ‘North style' bars beckon.

The give away for a handlebar problem is a visible crack and or creaking noises starting when you pull on the bars.
Not something which happens very often.
Julian
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Non-Thorn Related / Re: Best bicycle component you ever bought?
« Last post by John Saxby on November 11, 2019, 05:11:48 PM »
Good question, Andre, and some interesting answers too.

For me, the best single item remains my Rohloff, for all the reasons justly celebrated on this forum.
 
Clustered more or less together, but a step behind the Rohloff, are my Brooks B17 Champion, my Velo Orange Grand Cru rando bars, my Marathon Supremes, and my Cygolite battery-powered headlight (replenished by my SON28 dynahub).
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Thorn General / Re: THORN Raven Sport Tour
« Last post by Matt2matt2002 on November 11, 2019, 04:30:34 PM »
https://pbase.com/leftpoole/image/170028676

Nice picture. A great looking bike.
Any thoughts on adding a Chainglider?
I'm a big fan. I have had one on my Raven Tour for 4+ years.
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Non-Thorn Related / Re: Best bicycle component you ever bought?
« Last post by Andre Jute on November 11, 2019, 03:33:58 PM »
From my personal perspective the biggest improvement I have seen in my riding lifetime is the introduction of led lights both battery and dynamo driven.
The latest ones are just fantastic in light output performance and low current draw.
Julian.


Absolutely. We can probably point to the very day bicycle lamps matured by looking up the day BUMM launched the first series CYO.
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Thorn General / Re: THORN Raven Sport Tour
« Last post by geocycle on November 11, 2019, 02:36:36 PM »
Another great bike John, I think the RST is one of Thorn's finest rohloff bikes.  Utterly solid but not as dead a ride as the RT (the latter can be a positive of course). I keep contemplating 'upgrading' mine to a mercury although I'm not yet convinced the difference is worth £3k! Love the red.
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Thorn General / Re: THORN Raven Sport Tour
« Last post by leftpoole on November 11, 2019, 02:15:43 PM »
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Non-Thorn Related / Re: Best bicycle component you ever bought?
« Last post by leftpoole on November 11, 2019, 11:42:31 AM »
Continental Gatorskin tyres!
John
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