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ad441

Member since Aug 2007 • Last active Jun 2019

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  • in Current Projects
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    Best thing I did with my custom frame was to scratch it on the second ride - once it was scratched I was free just to get on with riding it. Ideally all frames should come pre-scratched.

  • in Frame Builders
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    Highly skilled but low paid industry is dysfunctional shock...

    When you actually look at the amount of work + skill + raw material costs vs profit vs very high customer expectations; it's not that surprising. I'd guess if people were willing to pay twice as much for a frame then framebuilders could afford to employ more admin people, get extra childcare, etc, etc. But the way things are, I get the impression it's very hard for framebuilders not to take on more work than any one person could cope with so it's not that surprising stuff often goes wrong.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I think if you do the Oise variant of the avenue verte (described a bit here: https://www.freewheelingfrance.com/where­-to-go/avenue-verte-london-paris.html) you get the French bit up to around 250k, you could then do a slightly longer route from Newhaven - go via Brighton or something? You'd then do about the same distance but a lot more enjoyably.
    I'm sure Calais has some redeeming features, but I've not experienced them... Whereas Dieppe has tons of restaurants around the harbour, is easy to navigate, etc, etc.
    Am typing on my phone so hard to look, but there are definitely good gpx files available for all bits of avenue verte.

  • in Rides & Races
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    There are many very good reasons for going via Dieppe instead. Dieppe is much, much more pleasant as a destination (moules frites before the ferry in particular). Calais is grim and hard to navigate. You can do avenue verte to dieppe, which is great - smooth surfaced and traffic free. There's plenty of nice small French villages with excellent bakeries on the way, etc. Then the ride from Newhaven to London is shorter and a bit less awful that riding from Dover (after France the UK leg is generally quite depressing either way). If you want to do a bigger distance there's an alternative longer option for avenue verte, though I've not done it.

  • in Complete bikes and frame & forks
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    Interested in frame, forks and bag depending on price - quite tempted by whole thing but think I'd prefer to convert back to drops.

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    Not local unfortunately, am in South London, but it's actually for my dad who isn't in London. Was the bike new in 2017 then?

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    Size is good - has it ever been serviced?

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    Ok, potentially keen to take it - just need to confirm size.

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    assuming not too late (which is probably is), is dropper post still available?

  • in Photography
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    Ok, definitely interested if I can find a suitable head. Which might take me a week or two. Unless I find something better as a complete tripod. So if anyone else offers to buy in meantime, that's fine.
    Are you anywhere near South London? Should probably have asked that first as postage seems like it would be a bad idea.

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