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Bikes For Sale / eBay Thorn Ventura
« Last post by in4 on Today at 02:01:32 AM »
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274446919905

Bit of a rarity and perhaps frame made in UK?
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Wanted / Re: Cable Spliter (1 to 1)
« Last post by martinf on August 03, 2020, 10:12:38 PM »
Checked my spares, I have two, one is for a brake cable, the other for a gear cable. About 37 mm and 30 mm long respectively. Black.

I suppose you could use the brake cable one for a gear cable, not so sure the other way round.

If you want them, you can have them for the postage from France, should be about 3 euros.
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Rohloff Internal Hub Gears / Re: Power-servicing your Rohloff
« Last post by Danneaux on August 03, 2020, 09:08:31 PM »
Quote
Dan once posted on cleaning the EXT box thoroughly before changing grease types.
Yep!

...and when touring in the desert, I do a wipe-down of the hub each night and use a (clean, washed, used) mascara brush between my exposed chain links to remove the desert playa before relubing the chain. You're absolutely correct about the composition of grinding paste and without some periodic care, that's what forms naturally as I ride in the desert.

Best,

Dan.
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Wanted / Re: Cable Spliter (1 to 1)
« Last post by martinf on August 03, 2020, 08:39:17 PM »
I wonder if Moulton are still in the bicycle business?  Their items were of a quality that inspired confidence but their prices alway caused a sudden inhalation of air into my lungs.

They are. The "proper" Moulton prices are way outside my price range. The ones subcontracted out to Pashley (used to be the APB range) are more reasonably priced.

Martin, do you miss that Moulton at all?

I had a total of 3, first of all two old 1960's Stowaways with 16" wheels, found by my brother in the grounds of a house were he was working as a gardener. I restored these two to working order and used them quite a lot. Very nice to ride, but difficult to get a decent range of gears with the narrow rear forks and finding decent brakes that would fit was also a challenge. The splittable frame meant that they could be used as semi-portable bikes to combine trains and cycling.

After the forks broke on one while I was riding I donated the frames, forks and all the original parts to real Moulton enthusiasts, with warnings about the forks.

I then got a modern APB frame, set up with DualDrive gearing for a wide-range gear spread, theoretically 24 speed, but with some overlap. This was also nice to ride, and a very stable load platform, but for long-distance touring a bit limited in luggage capacity and not very good off-road with the relatively small wheels. With the 20" wheels, the APB wasn't so convenient as my old Moultons as a semi-portable.

For the portable (multi-mode) use I now have a couple of Bromptons, which are much easier to take on trains, buses, cars, etc. They don't ride as well as my old Moultons did, but are generally much more useful.

For touring, I replaced the Moulton/Pashley APB (sold to a Moulton enthusiast at a reasonably good price) with a Raven Tour with nice fat tyres, which suited me overall a bit better than the APB - better off-road and luggage capabilities, no suspension parts to wear out, longer-lasting tyres, much lower maintenance on the transmission (Rohloff and Chainglider), but not quite so comfortable and less fun on day rides.

And more recently I got a Raven Sport Tour frameset, which I built up with lightweight parts to use for lightly-loaded day rides on good roads.

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Wanted / Re: Cable Spliter (1 to 1)
« Last post by julk on August 03, 2020, 08:38:09 PM »
Beware,
if you are using this in between the arms of a rear V brake then use the shortest one.

My first Thorn was initially set up with a longer one and when the brake blocks wore down on a tour I was left wondering why the rear brake was no longer working well. The cable splitter was bottoming out on 1 arm of the rear V brake!

Easily fixed by fitting a new rear brake cable, blocks and a shorter cable splitter.
Julian.
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Member's Gallery / Re: Simeon's ride photos
« Last post by fisher on August 03, 2020, 07:32:21 PM »


The view looking along the cycle path at Crook n'Lune
by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 26th July ride up Roeburndale and Littledale at this link www.thebrewstop.co.uk/july-2020/26thjuly.htm
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Wanted / Re: Cable Spliter (1 to 1)
« Last post by Pavel on August 03, 2020, 07:28:33 PM »
I too have some of those left over from my long since gone Moulton and seem to remember that they were the same, the Rohloff and the one for the rear brake.

I wonder if Moulton are still in the bicycle business?  Their items were of a quality that inspired confidence but their prices alway caused a sudden inhalation of air into my lungs.

Martin, do you miss that Moulton at all?
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Member's Gallery / Re: Jay's Raven Tour
« Last post by Pavel on August 03, 2020, 07:14:45 PM »
That is a very nice looking bike that you've put your own stamp on. 

I'd be highly interested in more details on the wiring of your lights.  It seems a very well thought out run of wire and the connectors look to be a good touch, and of good quality.  Who manufactures them? Details on the thinking behind the setup would be greatly appreciated. 

To me the bars seem like just what I may need, as I always feel stretched out even on a short frame one size two small.  What has stopped me in the past is my passion for a bar bag, the Carradice super C in my case, and it is important for me to have easy access to the bag with one hand while on the go.  How is the bar/bag combo so far?
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Rohloff Internal Hub Gears / Re: Power-servicing your Rohloff
« Last post by Andre Jute on August 03, 2020, 06:34:32 PM »
Can't see what harm the Blance method does. If I rode those dusty roads on which he shows his and his wife's bikes on tour, I too would want some extra oil in the box to mist out and prevent the ingress of dust. After all, grinding paste is nothing but mixed dust and oil. The thing would be to find a balance between enough free oil to do the job, and so much that a quick daily wipedown becomes an impossible job of cleaning off caked-on dust. 7ml of free oil after he extracts the excess of 18ml in the second round sounds like a lot.

I'd like to know whether he returns the 18ml of excess oil he extracts to the canister... It seems to me there's a risk of contamination. Dan once posted on cleaning the EXT box thoroughly before changing grease types.
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