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Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #50 on: March 22, 2012, 06:48:24 pm »
sigh. 

p'raps I need to try a different rack on the back of my pompino to see if I can get the panniers a bit further back..

You're supposed to be justifying an n+1, dammit.


Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #51 on: March 22, 2012, 07:29:43 pm »
I'm with 'zilla. Commute on a fixie- you're not going far enough/over enough hills for it to be a problem.
A quibble: fixed =/ single speed.
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Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #52 on: March 22, 2012, 08:20:29 pm »
sigh. 

p'raps I need to try a different rack on the back of my pompino to see if I can get the panniers a bit further back..
Big saddlebag/rackpack?
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You're supposed to be justifying an n+1, dammit.
You need a touring bike. Just not for commuting on. Justification enough?

I'm with 'zilla. Commute on a fixie- you're not going far enough/over enough hills for it to be a problem.
A quibble: fixed =/ single speed.
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Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #53 on: March 22, 2012, 08:34:38 pm »
essex, aktually..  the highest point in essex! 

clarion

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Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #54 on: March 22, 2012, 08:37:00 pm »
Nowt wrong with commuting on a touring bike.  Comfortable and no problems carrying clothes & kit.  Enjoy your ride!
Getting there...

Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #55 on: March 22, 2012, 09:38:42 pm »
I'm with 'zilla. Commute on a fixie- you're not going far enough/over enough hills for it to be a problem.
A quibble: fixed =/ single speed.
He lives in Cambridgeshire!
Highest point 146 metres.

Essex is 147.  ;D
"A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Type-Writer Girl, 1897

Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #56 on: March 22, 2012, 09:45:17 pm »
I'm with 'zilla. Commute on a fixie- you're not going far enough/over enough hills for it to be a problem.
A quibble: fixed =/ single speed.
He lives in Cambridgeshire!
Highest point 146 metres.

Essex is 147.  ;D

mountains, I tell you! 

my commute:



Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #57 on: March 22, 2012, 09:54:03 pm »
Three of the four bikes I ride have disc brakes, I am convinced they are the way forward: powerful but smooth and work well in the wet but can be a bit noisy.  They can be a git to set up sometimes but if you've access to a decent LBS get them to do it.

Don't oil them, they don't like it.  It will cost you c£40 in new pads and rotor cleaning stuff.  No need to ask how I know this, it's cos I'm a tit  ;D

Might make us a pair of tits. I can't say I feel for you without getting a slap can I?


I did get out of my pre-disc habit of spraying GT40 liberally quite quickly.

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Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #58 on: March 22, 2012, 09:59:24 pm »
Despite your aversion to discs I'd recommend a Peregrine. If you get them set up BB7s, probably the only option for drops are great. The Peregrine's really versatile: geared, hub gear, fixed, singlespeed.

Plus it's a really comfy ride and looks great.

Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #59 on: March 24, 2012, 03:51:15 pm »
I'll recommend cross check with appropriate rack for heel clearance. Lots of tyre clearance and the fork will be more comfortable than the one on Kaffenback. I only say that because  I have one I use for  daily commute, child hauling and short tours. In fact it's my only bike ATM used for pretty much everything. If I had a space though I would like a dedicated commuting bike with hub gears. But cross check is very good in this role nonetheless. Oh, and regarding Road Rat, I heard many reports that it's very noodley under load, so may not be ideal for touring.
Marcin

Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #60 on: March 24, 2012, 08:10:54 pm »
How many wows is that?
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Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike.. - Now, what lighting?
« Reply #61 on: April 02, 2012, 09:22:34 pm »
we have a winner! (and it's **ugly**  ;D)

http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17.msg1200458#msg1200458

So, what lighting would you go for?

Dynamo hub + [   ] ?
bottle dynamo + [   ] ?
Battery light and try not to ride in the dark too often?

I'd like to be able to charge my phone & GPS from a hub, but sounds like there isnt a simple, idiot proof solution yet.

clarion

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Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #62 on: April 02, 2012, 09:23:35 pm »
Shimano N72 or 80 and Cyo.  No question.
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Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #63 on: April 02, 2012, 09:33:44 pm »
I was pleasantly surprised by my B&M IQ Fly last Wednesday evening though a Cyo is slightly brighter.   Different models have a different beam pattern I believe so choose with care.  I'd say Schmidt rather than that new-fangled japanese Shimano stuff for the hub every time!   :P

Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #64 on: April 02, 2012, 10:06:30 pm »
What *are* bottle dynamos like now?  Havent used one in about 30 years..

I've got an N72 on another bike and MrsMike has a schmidt which I'm sometimes allowed to borrow.  One does spin slightly easier but I cant tell the difference when I'm going along.. 


Kim

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Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #65 on: April 02, 2012, 10:45:42 pm »
What *are* bottle dynamos like now?  Havent used one in about 30 years..

Got an Axa on barakta's trike (for which the only hub dynamo option is an even more expensive than usual Schmidt), which cost all of about 20 quid.  It's driving a (non-R) Cyo and a pair of Spanninga Pixeos.



Current impressions, based on a relatively small amount of mileage, but quite a lot of which required lights:
  • The system works, in exactly the way I expect a dynamo lighting system to.  The main functional difference between it and a SON Delux + Cyo is that the output is disappointing at low speeds.  You need to be doing 10mph or so to get decent light-to-see-by (though there's plenty for being seen while crawling up hills at walking pace).  We've been doing a lot of Sustrans path type riding while barakta builds up some cycling fitness, and performance in the slow fiddly bits is significantly less good than my DH-3N80/Cyo-R setup on the Dawes.  However, I found it fine while riding the trike myself at normal road speeds.
  • It's not silent, but the noise isn't all that noticeable at normal cruising speeds while riding the trike (where it's tucked in behind the seat - I'd expect it would be annoying on the front wheel of an upright bike).  It's more apparent to the rider behind.
  • We haven't experienced any problems with it slipping.  It's been wet (plenty of puddles, pissy rain and a couple of runs through a ford), and mildly muddy (towpath type stuff), but not through snow slush or anything.  I chose the Axa specifically because it had a good reputation for noise and traction.  (This is with a Marathon Plus tyre, which incorporates a dynamo track)
  • The electrical contact on the dynamo connectors went intermittent at one point, so I re-did them.  Not had any problem since.  May have been my fault.  If it turns out to be dodgy again, I'll replace the no-tools vampiric plastic arrangement with spade connectors or solder or something.
  • The dynamo incorporates a voltage limiter, at 8V.  This is suboptimal for powering loads that can make use of higher voltages (LED front lights like the Cyo, the better USB chargers).  I suspect it also means the dynamo is wasting significant power when not electrically loaded.  Obviously this is less important in a bottle dynamo, as it can be mechanically disengaged.
  • The case is glued shut, preventing me from non-destructively knobbling the above limiter circuit ;)

All things being equal, it's really not bad for 20 quid.  I'd especially recommend them as an interim measure where the up-front cost of a dynamo wheel in addition to lights is unreasonably expensive (make sure you buy the hub dynamo versions of lights, which includes a switch, though).  We'd already broken the bank with the trike, and the SON was an easy thing to leave out - it's a wheelbuild and simple wiring job to retrofit if barakta ends up being a serious tourist / night rider.  As is, the bottle dynamo is fine for irregular use.
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Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #66 on: April 03, 2012, 08:55:15 am »
What *are* bottle dynamos like now?  Havent used one in about 30 years..

Current impressions,


Puntastic!  ;D

Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #67 on: April 03, 2012, 05:04:01 pm »
That AXA dynamo doesn't look as if it's changed since I had one on my utility bike in the 1990s. It survived a few years of round town riding before dying.
"A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Type-Writer Girl, 1897

Kim

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Re: spec me a commuting / touring bike..
« Reply #68 on: April 03, 2012, 07:45:50 pm »
Good to know.  There's not a lot to a bottle dynamo, really, so I suppose other than the wheel wearing out, it's corrosion that eventually gets them.
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