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martinf

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MartinF's second Raven Tour
« on: May 01, 2014, 09:51:58 AM »
Finished building up the red Raven Tour clearance frame I bought a month or so ago.

I've set it up for utility use. The wheels have Nexus 8 premium and Son Delux hubs, they came off my old MTB frame.

New Surly stainless steel chainring so I can use a Chainglider.

Steel seatpin with shim, this is so I can pull heavy loads in my old trailer (wouldn't trust an aluminium seatpin for that).

The flat bars and bar-ends came from my trials before buying my first Raven Tour, they should be OK for local use, but I prefer drops for touring and long rides.

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Re: MartinF's second Raven Tour
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2014, 12:17:45 PM »
Looks good and very useable.

That saddle is a long way up on a large frame, too big for me.

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Re: MartinF's second Raven Tour
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2014, 08:10:53 PM »
Martin,

That is a very nice looking bike well done, not get out on it and ride, I like the way you have made the light wires very neat and tidy.

Peter

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Re: MartinF's second Raven Tour
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2014, 08:38:06 PM »
What a lovely build, Martin! I recognize the extended front mudguard.  ;D

Is that a Karrimor rear rack? I always liked those, and lusted after one back in the late 1970s, when they were unobtainable stateside.

It looks mighty fine to me -- terrific result!

All the best,

Dan.

martinf

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Re: MartinF's second Raven Tour
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2014, 08:44:45 PM »
That saddle is a long way up on a large frame, too big for me.

I use 150 mm cranks, so the saddle is 2 cms higher than it would be with 170 mm.

martinf

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Re: MartinF's second Raven Tour
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2014, 09:20:03 PM »
What a lovely build, Martin! I recognize the extended front mudguard.  ;D

Is that a Karrimor rear rack? I always liked those, and lusted after one back in the late 1970s, when they were unobtainable stateside.

Bike uses a mix of new, fairly recent used, and downright old parts.

Bought new mudguards, SKS 65 mm width mounted as close to the frame as possible to allow maximum clearance for studded tyres in the winter. The extended front mudguard isn't quite so neat without a low-loader front rack.

The Karrimor rear rack was salvaged from my brother's old bike and dates from the late 1970s. I have another one of these in more or less constant service since 1977, used it for my 2011 tour to Spain/Portugal and it coped OK. But not as stiff as the current Thorn or Tubus racks.

Pedals are even older. I bought them second hand in the late 1970s and have done about 45,000 kms on them.

The brakes are "Lizard" brand and seem fairly good quality, they came from the box of used spares at my local bike shop.


martinf

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Re: MartinF's second Raven Tour
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2015, 07:33:58 PM »
My Raven Tour "utility", 16 months on. Made a few small changes.

Added a mirror, fitted a 1.5 litre bottle cage on the down tube, fitted Thorn racks front and rear instead of the old Karrimor to make it easier to share pannier bags between this bike and my other Raven Tour, and added a second rack-mounted rear light.

I've left the gearing as built, Nexus Premium 8, 38T chainring and 22T sprocket. The spread of gears from 23" to 71" has proved suitable for local utility use, including pulling my loaded trailer up the hill to the recycling centre. Top gear is sufficient for about 40 km/h, a speed I can only maintain for extremely short distances or downhill.

Though I use mirrors all the time when driving a motor vehicle, on a bicycle I generally rely on hearing and frequently looking behind - this is the first time I have tried mirrors.

I started with one of the little spectacles mirrors, but didn't like it, found it hard to focus on the small mirror. Then two of the larger size B&M bar-mounted mirrors, nearside one for checking position of trailer, offside for overtaking traffic. For the moment I have removed the nearside mirror, and I still have to be careful parking the bike (easy to knock the mirror).

So far, the mirror is most useful when cycling with my wife. She likes to ride behind, but tends to be slower. The mirror lets me adjust my speed without turning my head too often.

Photos show the loaded bike back from a supermarket trip.

 
« Last Edit: September 13, 2015, 07:45:35 PM by martinf »

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Re: MartinF's second Raven Tour
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2015, 08:05:48 PM »
Which 1.5 litre bottle cage is that please? I'm looking for a cage that will take a 40oz stainless bottle and wonder if yours might suit.
Thanks

martinf

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Re: MartinF's second Raven Tour
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2015, 08:57:32 PM »
Basic BBB cage from LBS.

Works well with 1.5 litre plastic mineral water bottles from the supermarket (pretty standard here in France), but I have added an O-ring to make the hinged clip that holds the top of the bottle more secure.


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Re: MartinF's second Raven Tour
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2016, 08:47:17 PM »
An apple a day keeps the doctor away

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Re: MartinF's second Raven Tour
« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2016, 10:16:38 PM »
1.5 litre bottle holder. Purchased mine online via a company called Y FRAMES.  Could work for you as it is adjustable.

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Re: MartinF's second Raven Tour
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2016, 09:45:01 PM »
On my BBB cage, i replaced the original screw by an hexagonal screw, to make it easier when ajusting ..

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Re: MartinF's second Raven Tour
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2018, 03:29:27 PM »
Changed the bars and saddle on my Raven Tour utility bike.

The bars are now "sit up and beg". And, to go with the more upright position, I have fitted a wider B67 saddle instead of the Flyer.