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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2020, 01:12:56 am »
Hmm, I've a Longstaff Compact Audax bike.
Complete with mudguards ( and homemade mudflaps), also it has a Schmidt dynamo. It's a proper Audax bike as per the rules. And Campagnolo  components.
Some people turn up on carbon fibre bikes, no mudguards or dynamo ,no Audax monicker, spray mud and water on me. It's not fair! Also, on the Dunwich Dynamo, most bikes didn't have a dynamo, so shouldn't have even started that race either. 

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #26 on: June 10, 2020, 07:21:03 am »
The problem with threads like this is not that I now lust after <sensible, fast, comfortable bike of choice>, but that I have spent an undisclosed length of time looking up Longstaff and Trykit.  :facepalm:

HeltorChasca - you don't need a Moulton -  you need a fast tandem for team Leaf  :demon:
Hmmm. I have seen some YouTube footage of a Moulton tandem. I did like the tandem you had.


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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2020, 10:26:10 am »
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Some people turn up on carbon fibre bikes, no mudguards or dynamo ,no Audax monicker,

Its a slippery slope and something needs to be done, Brooks, Carradice, Tea and misery is what its all about.  You tell young people today.............

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2020, 10:53:59 am »
I was going to say that for quality comfort and durability Im surprised not to see a Dawes Galaxy in there.  I did the very lumpy Tayside Transgression twice on my Dawes Galaxy 2002/3 my first ever 300s and while I was towards the back of the field, discomfort wasnt a factor. 

But then I just did a google search and see that they now have Aluminium rather than steel frames which rather negates my comment re comfort (and explains why they are cheaper now than almost 20 years ago).  I'm sure somebody will point out that theyve not had steel frames for about a century and I will feel very old.  I gave my Galaxy away to a younger skint colleague who had just bought a flat and was starting to cycle to work. I still see it every now and then.   :thumbsup: 

They've renamed the whole range Galaxy to cash in on the name. The cheapest (which is similar to the old Vantage/Horizon 10ish years ago) is Aluminium, but the higher spec ones are still steel. My favourite Audax bike was my R520 steel Dawes Horizon, which felt quite quick and springy when set up with lighter tyres. I definitely appreciated the 42-32-22 chainset I had in it at one point at end of a 400 ;D
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2020, 11:06:16 am »
These sorts of articles are about the mainstream and most common choices. Audax encourages a wide variety of outlier machines but they are still outliers. The vast majority of audaxers choose carbon or aluminium bikes without mudguards, which is fine. Of course, I do reserve the right to quietly smirk at their choices during grotty events.
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #30 on: June 10, 2020, 11:11:31 am »
The Galaxy/Horizon is a heavyweight tourer designed for lugging 20 kg of luggage up the Karakorum Pass.  Buying one for a day ride around the lanes of England is like packing hiking boots, puri-tabs and an OS map for your half mile walk to the shops.

The Dawes bikes haven't even been the best heavy touring bike for years.  The Surly LHT took that crown long ago, and there are plenty of others like the Kona Sutra that I'd take before the Dawes on a properly long trip.

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #31 on: June 10, 2020, 11:40:53 am »
Hmm, I've a Longstaff Compact Audax bike.
Complete with mudguards ( and homemade mudflaps), also it has a Schmidt dynamo. It's a proper Audax bike as per the rules. And Campagnolo  components.
Some people turn up on carbon fibre bikes, no mudguards or dynamo ,no Audax monicker, spray mud and water on me. It's not fair! Also, on the Dunwich Dynamo, most bikes didn't have a dynamo, so shouldn't have even started that race either.
They might have sneaked in by wearing shirts from Ukraine's premier football club.
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2020, 12:39:08 pm »
Audaxes are not competitions or races; really?
“sportives are for people pretending to race and audax for people pretending not to”


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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #33 on: June 10, 2020, 12:42:28 pm »
We can do all of the old gags in one place just to get them done. We haven't had:-

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #34 on: June 10, 2020, 03:06:14 pm »
Don't think I've ever seen anyone audaxing on a Moulton.
A Moulton was used on the 1st edition of Don't Keep to the Roads.
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #35 on: June 10, 2020, 03:08:58 pm »
My bronze and black Steel Genesis Equilibrium does the job. just broke the World Traveller saddle bolt so a black copper rivet Swallow being broken in. Vintage look Brooks bar bag with spare spokes and rubberised routesheet holder, Carradice cadet is on the back, single compartment. 105 compact 12-30 is enough range. Mavic Open Pro with red hope hubs. Useful as a shopping bike during lockdown.

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #36 on: June 10, 2020, 03:12:38 pm »
Don't think I've ever seen anyone audaxing on a Moulton.
A Moulton was used on the 1st edition of Don't Keep to the Roads.

Yes, that was me on a 'Landrover APB' - all purpose bike with Landrover branding.  Slightly more practical than another participant who was on a racing bike with close clearance frame.

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #37 on: June 10, 2020, 03:38:26 pm »
I have a wood burner that I could sell which would mostly fund a Moulton purchase. I’m on the wrong thread aren’t I?


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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #38 on: June 10, 2020, 03:40:16 pm »
A wood burning Moulton? That beats an ebike in the conversation stakes!
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #39 on: June 10, 2020, 06:05:27 pm »
I have a wood burner that I could sell which would mostly fund a Moulton purchase. I’m on the wrong thread aren’t I?


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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #40 on: June 10, 2020, 06:06:18 pm »
Now if they did a “Top 12 beards for audax” and “Essential sandals for audax”...

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #41 on: June 10, 2020, 06:49:35 pm »
A wood burning Moulton? That beats an ebike in the conversation stakes!
You can get a wood burning phone charger. Take a long time to charge an ebike.


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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #42 on: June 10, 2020, 07:13:47 pm »
A wood burning Moulton? That beats an ebike in the conversation stakes!
You can get a wood burning phone charger. Take a long time to charge an ebike.


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I've got a genius idea. A dynamo-charged ebike! Now, why has no one made one of those yet?  ;)
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #43 on: June 10, 2020, 07:19:26 pm »
A wood burning Moulton? That beats an ebike in the conversation stakes!

Woodn't you need a stoker?

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #44 on: June 10, 2020, 07:45:40 pm »
These sorts of articles are about the mainstream and most common choices. Audax encourages a wide variety of outlier machines but they are still outliers. The vast majority of audaxers choose carbon or aluminium bikes without mudguards, which is fine. Of course, I do reserve the right to quietly smirk at their choices during grotty events.

Yeah, it's not a "Bottom twelve bikes for audax" article, is it?

(Which I'd probably find a lot more interesting, but there you go...)
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #45 on: June 10, 2020, 08:00:07 pm »
A wood burning Moulton? That beats an ebike in the conversation stakes!

Woodn't you need a stoker?
::-) ;D :D
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #46 on: June 10, 2020, 10:35:00 pm »
I do have one of the bikes on this list and have used it for Audax.  It's not my best bike for Audax, which is not on the list, but I guess you can't buy a new Roberts anymore.
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #47 on: June 11, 2020, 08:42:59 am »
I do have one of the bikes on this list and have used it for Audax.  It's not my best bike for Audax, which is not on the list, but I guess you can't buy a new Roberts anymore.

Geoff Roberts is still building.   Based in Sussex these days.

http://www.geoffrobertsframes.co.uk/

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #48 on: June 11, 2020, 09:22:28 am »
Only the Van Nicholas has a Brooks saddle, (what looks like a Cambium), others can't be real Audax bikes, where are the B17.

I can't imagine buying a complete bike 'off-the-shelf', and riding it just as it comes.
Me too...they always fit shite components where they don't show!
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #49 on: June 11, 2020, 09:28:07 am »
A wood burning Moulton? That beats an ebike in the conversation stakes!
You can get a wood burning phone charger. Take a long time to charge an ebike.


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I've got a genius idea. A dynamo-charged ebike! Now, why has no one made one of those yet?  ;)
Thst would actually work, in a regenerative braking manner.  Big dynamo locked out during pedalling, charges battery when freewheeling.  Would take all the fun out of riding, as you'd need to pedal most of the time to avoid sharp deceleration.  Could get you up hills nicely with electric assist, though.
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