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Bikes For Sale / Re: THORN AUDAX 853 EBAY
« Last post by Neil Jones on July 21, 2019, 07:49:53 PM »
Sorry to hear that you are selling your Audax John, you have done a fantastic job on the restoration. Good luck with the sale, someone is going to get a very special bike indeed.

Regards,
Neil
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Thorn General / Re: Thorn Gravel Bike?
« Last post by aggs on July 19, 2019, 01:25:50 PM »
I own a Club Tour and used it for over  2 years in gravel spec , i.e  stripped down of racks and mudguards  and with 35mm or  40mm more gravel orientated tyres.
It was very capable in this spec and I trained for  and rode the Dirty Reiver 200km on it around kielder Forest. (mines in the pic in the brochure. )
I bought mine with Cantilever brakes, and found them ok, but  I did push the boundaries of where the bike could be ridden and thus braking too which could be fun in the wet!!
I would say stick with 700c wheels , there is loads of clearance on the Club Tour, and you could even leave mud guards on as well.
My Club Tour is now back in road spec as its used as my commuter and shopping bike/ Touring bike/Winter Audax bike , and I bought a disc brake gravel bike, I very nearly bought another Club Tour , as was going to have one in road spec and gravel spec, but with mudguards on it will do both jobs really well and did ride it like this for a while with gravel tyres on.
Its not particularly sporty feeling , but its not supposed to be.
An alternative could be a Mercury , I had one of these, it rides really  well, feels sporty handling, and the Roholf would suit gravel dirt,
I had mine built up as a lightweight build and without discs , and wish I had chosen a heavier build and discs, my rim brakes would not take tyres above 28mm . But the Rolholf is not a sporty gear change unless you go for the new trigger shifters so descending fast on a gravel road taking the hands of to change gear not that easy, fine on tarmac. I do miss this bike.
I sold the Mercury and a mtb and cx bike to fund a gravel build,  at the end of the day any bike can be ridden on gravel as long as the tyres are over 35mm to 40mm, having the low gears on a Tourer should not be underestimated esp if you plan to carry any kit, something most current gravel bikes miss completely.
( My cx bike was carbon and so stiff it was a not ideal for gravel riding but good fun and was great for short rides  , a great bike did the True Grit in Yorks  on it a few years back on its first running , , but was a touch too small for me frame wrong size and on Cantilever brakes too ) , but riding the steel frame after this bike made me realise how comfortable the Club Tour is.)
Hope that helps a bit.
The Club Tour is a really versatile bike.


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Bikes For Sale / Re: Nomad 565L 600 miles
« Last post by cycling slopes on July 19, 2019, 10:34:15 AM »
Bike is now sold no longer available
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General Technical / Re: What forks for my frame?
« Last post by rualexander on July 18, 2019, 10:07:03 PM »
Email or phone Thorn/SJSC and ask them.
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General Technical / Re: What forks for my frame?
« Last post by PH on July 18, 2019, 08:46:36 PM »
Frame size is probably on the bottom of the BB part of the frame if I thatís any help
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General Technical / What forks for my frame?
« Last post by Cycle Tramp on July 18, 2019, 08:13:50 PM »
Hello There,
I've just bought a second hand thorn raven mk1 frame with the old conical style tubing.  I'll really like to build it up and get it on the road.  However, its come with a set of unicrown front folks  which I believe have come from a tandem.
What I'd like to do is to replace the forks with some slightly more forgiving thorn raven forks.
The trouble is, i don't know the frame size, so i don't know what fork offset I need to look for.  Can anyone help?
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Thorn General / Re: hydrolic shifters
« Last post by mickeg on July 18, 2019, 12:45:16 PM »
I tried several different locations for the Rohloff shifter on my bike, happiest with it using the Hubbub adapter to mount it on the handlebar end.  But I have used bar end shifters on bikes for decades so it is natural for me to reach down to the bar end to shift on derailleur bikes, so perhaps that is why I like that option the best.

I do not recall the details, but I think I bought the longer version of the adapter and had to cut it down to length.

One thing I like about that position for the shifter is if I am going really slowly over difficult terrain or climbing a hill slowly, I can have both hands on the handlebars far from the stem for better ability to steer while I also have one hand on the shifter.
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Bikes For Sale / Re: 2013 Thorn Sterling For Sale - Rohloff
« Last post by Inbred on July 18, 2019, 10:52:39 AM »
Hello!
I've just sent you a message about the Sterling.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Cheers! 🙂👍
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Thorn General / hydrolic shifters
« Last post by pinkbunnyok96 on July 18, 2019, 10:20:55 AM »
been using the giles bothard grip shift for the last few thousand miles better than the rohloff but still horedous to use anyone used the bpod psh r hydrolic shifters and where in the u,k, is the best place to go
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