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Re: New Audax on the way . . . .
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2017, 02:47:11 PM »
Hi Lewis,I live in Ilkeston

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Re: New Audax on the way . . . .
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2017, 08:47:18 PM »
Updates, Lewis? :D

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Re: New Audax on the way . . . .
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2017, 08:59:40 PM »
New Audax no longer on the way - arrived!

Delivered to my son's work in a huge box yesterday late afternoon - only just managed to squeeze it into the campervan to get it home.  No signs of damage, though some penetration type injuries to box. (Box now being enjoyed by grandchildren!)

No photos yet, I'm afraid, I set the bike up, rode it round the block a couple of times, now in garage as the weather is bad tonight, forecast to get worse . . . and we're off for a long weekend away so it's secured up.

First impressions - beautifully made, everything works v smoothly.  BRG is a deep rich green - I would have been happy with any colour except fuschia, but especially wanted one of the Imron finishes - supposedly stronger?? The Supreme tyres (700 x 32) are a tight fit, but it all works, and I have been very impressed with these tyres on Sherpa - I may swap them to something else in the summer weather.  My spare Thorn Velo saddle fitted - suits me well enough. 

The bike is very comfortable and lively, ok on a short stretch of cobbles near where we live.  Riding position fine, though I think I will be flipping the stem to get the bars marginally higher and, in the future, cutting down the steerer tube - once I'm sure! I think the flipped stem will suit me better - may need to be shorter, I have a few alternatives in spares box - and will enable me to make it look better proportioned.  But it was amazing how accurate the basic set-up was, Thorn always seem to get it right in my experience. 

The Tubus Airey rack looks good, and is in fact wide enough on the top for a small pencil-case sized bag I often use - with some thin bungee cord I will make up. 

I reckon I may review the bars - the drop seems too low, the vertical  distance between hoods and drops too great - but not much alternative available on the Thorn list as far as I can see.  For review, no rush.  My main concern is how I will get on with drops, especially in urban riding - I last rode drops in 1968!! apart from a few short trials on borrowed / loaned bikes . . . I seem to have to get down too low too operate the brakes properly, but I am of course used to the Sherpa with my fingers on / near the levers and able to apply brakes strongly and instantly - but these are things I will have to try out - I hope the weather improves.

Photos will phollow on my return from holiday . . . . will be working from a phone so unlikely to respond to comments for a few days after tomorrow.

Lewis
 

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Re: New Audax on the way . . . .
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2017, 09:39:55 PM »
Congratulations and thanks for the followup, Lewis!
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(Box now being enjoyed by grandchildren!)
I'm guessing they are enjoying it as much as you are the bike! ;D
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I reckon I may review the bars - the drop seems too low, the vertical  distance between hoods and drops too great...
I found the same and a switch to short-reach/compact drops and a change in stem length did me fine. A nice set of randonneur 'bars as I have on my three rando bikes isn't a bad choice, thanks to the nice upward bend on the tops and slight flare on the shallow/compact drops.

Looking forward to photos when you return, Lewis.

All the best,

Dan.

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Re: New Audax on the way . . . .
« Reply #19 on: December 08, 2017, 01:16:25 PM »
My main concern is how I will get on with drops, especially in urban riding - I last rode drops in 1968!! apart from a few short trials on borrowed / loaned bikes . . . I seem to have to get down too low too operate the brakes properly, but I am of course used to the Sherpa with my fingers on / near the levers and able to apply brakes strongly and instantly - but these are things I will have to try out - I hope the weather improves.


I know what you mean!  I really struggled with the drop bars on my son's bike after 30 years of not using them.  I find it much easier to ride one handed and brake on flat bars while signalling than on drops.  As you say this is more of an urban issue.  There is also that worrying moment when you grab for fresh air!  Looking forward to seeing the pictures.