Author Topic: New Audax on the way . . . .  (Read 6960 times)

lewis noble

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Re: New Audax on the way . . . .
« Reply #75 on: May 21, 2018, 03:26:45 PM »
Hello Geo - I only spotted this post after writing up my weekend ride, so back here now.

Bar end shifters . . . mixed, really. For me, a 37 mile / 3 - 4 hr ride as on Saturday would have been very difficult with STIs, as I reckon my arthritic hand joints and an old injury would have played up rotten. I find the twisting movement required on STIs very uncomfortable.

But there is no doubt in my mind that STIs are more convenient, and fall more easily to hand. Moving down to change gear on bar-ends can induce a slight wobble, for me anyway, and so I find I tend to 'block-shift' (i.e. 2 - 3 cogs at once rather than individually go up and down reacting to road surfaces etc as people often do with STIs).  I tend to settle down on a cog and stay there.  My shifters still feel stiff - but I think the resistance can be adjusted with the centre screw (keeping tight enough to stop it slipping) so I will experiment with that.

For me, bar ends are the more comfortable and on the longer rides I hope to do, the best solution, but I can understand people being unhappy with them. 

The Thorn brochure goes on about bar-end shifters being more reliable / longer lasting.  Why is that?  Is part of it that people change gear less frequently??  I suspect also that there are also mechanical factors - STIs, especially the ones where the gear cables follow the bars, have a lot of stressed components in small spaces, whereas the mechanics of bar end shifters look unbreakable . . . A very experienced cycling friend, he's built and ridden dozens of road bikes over the years, suggests that the more basic STIs (i.e. the gear cable coming out at right angles to the lever assembly) are more reliable, though they look less 'tidy' and make fitting a bar bag more difficult.

Are you still thinking / dreaming about an Audax??  No hesitation in recommending the bike.  My Audax was a real leap in the dark for me, no experience on drops for almost 50 years, but I feel safe and secure on it.  For urban riding, I think my Sherpa will still be first choice, larger tyres which are good on our potholed roads (despite the controversial PFI road mending deal!!), hands near brakes all the time etc . . . .but for most touring rides, I'm more or less converted to drops . . .

My last drop bar bike was a Witcombe road bike I found in a Gloucestershire junk shop in 1965.  Fitted like a glove.  5 speeds, with a downtube shifter.  I learnt how to fix / maintain it, I fitted a double chainset (called a double clanger in those days) and bar end shifters, and by accident the ratios worked out on a 'up on cassette, down on rings' or vice versa, so I steamed along on 10 close ratios. I did some long rides on it, from Liverpool where I was at University into N Wales etc. . . . . . but it was stolen a few years later.  Thereafter, the MTB craze got hold . . . .

Regards

Lewis
 

geocycle

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Re: New Audax on the way . . . .
« Reply #76 on: May 21, 2018, 05:16:55 PM »
Thanks Lewis, most informative and helpful.  Sorry to hear of the arthritic hands, must be difficult for you and I can understand why bar ends might be better.  i can also imagine wobbling while changing being so out of practice with drops.  My last drop bike was a Viking superstar 5 speed which I loved as a teenager, since then I have had flat bar bikes including my wonderful RST. My son's Raleigh cycle cross styled bike has STIs.  I do have an n+1 itch and an audax is definitely interesting as it is different to the RST.  i had previously been lusting after a mercury but I think it would overlap with the RST quite a bit. 
 

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Re: New Audax on the way . . . .
« Reply #77 on: August 27, 2018, 09:11:41 PM »
Hi Lewis,

Since your last post I was thinking there's been a long hot summer, and wondered how the Audax is going now?

All the best.
Joe

lewis noble

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Re: New Audax on the way . . . .
« Reply #78 on: August 29, 2018, 05:21:45 PM »
Hello Joe . . . V limited signal where I am so brief reply. Still going v well, no issues at all, no repairs other than minor adjusts to gear cables/limit screw as components bed in. Now settled on Schwalbe One 700-28 tyres, 32 Supremes too tight in my view and now on wife. Her bike that is. I enjoy riding it. Not a carbon lightweight but comfortable on mixed surfaces, and climbs well. Lewis
 

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Re: New Audax on the way . . . .
« Reply #79 on: August 29, 2018, 07:54:30 PM »
Many thanks, Lewis. Much appreciated

All the best.
Joe

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Re: New Audax on the way . . . .
« Reply #80 on: August 30, 2018, 12:15:55 AM »
told you so joe  ;)
i reckon 700x28 tyres are plenty enough for most surfaces unless your really going off road  but sure who's gonna do that not this ould bird. 8)

The audax will take  panniers no problem can't remember the weight i had in my rear panniers when i toured with bikepacker but put it like this i wasn't short of anything the bike was only class never missed a beat unlike the pilot  :'( :'(
highly recommended.

anto.
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Re: New Audax on the way . . . .
« Reply #81 on: August 31, 2018, 02:05:57 PM »
Didn't doubt you for a minute, anto, but you can never have too much information on a prospective new bike!  :)