Getting a bike fit at Paul Hewitt Cycles

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I always assumed that a custom built bike was the surefire way to guarantee a perfect fit. After all, if the frame is built to your specific dimensions, it has to fit like a glove, right?

Fantasy Touring Bike

My touring bike is starting to creak and groan and show its age (its about 20 years old at the frame, the Brooks saddle is much older). It was originally a Marin Sausalito hybrid but only the bars stem and frame remain.

So the question is if you were building a fantasy touring bike from scratch what would you go for?

Touring: Brakes? Disk or what?

My thoughts were that my next bike would have disks. They stop well and the rims don't wear out. It seems that's not so compatible with drop bars or with tourers. I'd need a more rigid fork so losing some of the comfort perhaps, and they may interfere with the rack at the back. I've seen touring tandems with huge rear disks and ridden as a cycle responder on a mountain bike with lots of load, so is that a problem?

Touring: 26 or 700C?

Some touring bikes are now marketed as more "go anywhere" bikes. They have mountain bike wheels rather than 700C roady wheels.

The answer for us may be given by the fact that we have entirely 700C bikes already. Ancient Family Wisdom has been that 700C is better on tarmac and possible unpaved Sustrans tracks. 26 is slower, but stronger.

What is the real difference between the two? Also what effect on the ride of the bike and geometry? Lower I guess. Shorter?

I currently have no plans to go to the sorts of places where 700C spares would not be available.


- Richard

Touring: Titanium or Steel?

Bikes such as the Hewitt Cheviot SE and the Spa Titanium are similarly priced. The Galaxy Titanium costs a lot more (well over budget).

What are the pros and cons of each? I understand that the Spa Titanium is plain gauge rather than butted. Could that be safer with the child seat or is butted OK? (I'm currently using the child seat on a butted aluminium frame so hope butted is OK! Rack mounted child seat?)

Rutland Cycles offer touring events in August

Rutland Cycles, based in Whitwell, have several cycle touring events to interest you this August.

The events kick off next Tuesday, 6 August, with a ride with Frank Burns followed by a talk about his 4,000km challenge, cycling end-to-end New Zealand and from Sydney to Melbourne in Australia.

Sunday, 11 August sees a Cycle Touring Masterclass covering essential kit and maintenance for cycle touring and a Q&A with cycle touring experts.

Cycling to Paris for TdF

I'm planning to cycle to Paris for the final day of the TdF on the 21st July by way of Newhaven-Dieppe, Rouen and Évreux. I'm going solo, so was wondering if there is anyone planning anything similar that wouldn't mind some company along the way?

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FS: Specialized Sirrus Elite 2011

I am selling my Specialized Sirrus Elite - i have chosen Going Going Bike as the marketplace for it as I know the guys there and it is a very trust worthy site.


If anyone is interested either purchase there or contact me here.

Quick Summary:
56cm Frame
Aluminium frame with Carbon Forks
8-Speed 11-32 Deore Rear Derraileur with 48 × 38 × 28T Chainrings with chainguard
Well maintained with new cassette and chain
BG Riva Road Saddle
Mudguards and SPD-SL or flat pedals provided
Great as a commuter or tourer

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