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Bakfiets rider, beard-and-Carradice CTC member, writer, (semi-)lapsed academic getting pulled back in again...
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Is there anywhere in town likely to have a City Folder M bag in stock that I can examine? I want a bag I can stick on the front of a Brompton that's big enough to take all the crap I cart around with my when I'm delivering training, but the last time I was in Bikefix and Condor they both only seemed to have the Stockport in store.
Some enlightened employers offer bike loans as well (like a season ticket loan I guess?); the tax benefit isn't there, but it may mean you can get a s/h bargain.
Depends on the bike IME - I never really had a problem with a loaded Camper Longflap, but that was on a tourer, and resting on a rear rack rather than suspended on a bagman. But yeah, if it's already a flexy/compliant frame, things can sometimes get a bit wobbly.
As you wish! It's a big frame, so the bags are slightly above the down tube; I haven't yet been out to see how much of a pain it is using DT shifters with the bag in place. They're reasonably roomy - I got a pack jacket, buff, and armwarmers in one side with room to spare.
(@withered_preacher looks about the same thickness as the straps on my Camper.)
What about the ride? A friend's just starting out as a framebuilder and I've been tempted to ask her to build me a towpath tourer/rough-stuffer along these lines.
As a Kickstarter backer, got my Carradice x Rough-Stuff Fellowship Archives top tube panniers (why yes I am a hipster twat, how did you guess?), made by Sue, in the post this morning.
34 x Sue
14 x Priscilla
12 x Andrea
11 x Debby
11 x Janet
8 x Christine
8 x Emma
6 x Susan
6 x Kelly
6 x Margareta
1 x Debi
1 x Gill
1 x Vicky
1 x Sharon
1 x Zaneta
And it's reasonably effective? I just need some bits to protect a Brompton from cable rub etc, so a metre of that looks like it should do the job.
The classic cycling engineering science texts are Archibald Sharp's Bicycles and Tricycles, and Whitt and Wilson's Bicycling Science (both published by MIT press, though as a century-old text the Sharp may have other reprint editions). Both interesting in their own right, will give you pointers for further areas of study, and more likely to sustain interest than a standard engineering statics/mechanics textbook.
That or the Nitto T (which the VO is a copy of)?
In NL (and also I think in Germanophone Europe?) they have metricated version of customary measures, so 'pond' is 500g, 'ons' is 100g, etc. Only ever heard them used for foodstuffs, whether in recipes or ordering at the deli counter.