Andy

  • Andy replied to the topic 2019 General Election in the forum Chat Forum 11 hours ago

    binners

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    Are any of you Corbynites going to actually voice a defence of your messiah?

    Or are you just going to abuse those of us pointing out the obvious?

    Agreed. This result is horrific for a traditional Labour supporter like me but entirely predictable and Corbyn/Momentum need to own this and not just blame it on the horrible tory…[Read more]

  • Andy replied to the topic Turner spares from US in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Following this. Need to replace bushes on my Sultan at some point.

  • Andy replied to the topic What's this little tool called? in the forum Bike Forum 3 weeks ago

    essel years ago I worked with someone nicknamed “the gimlet” because he was a small boring tool

  • Andy replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    Let it go Trail_rat 😁. Five years ago you were saying all you need is a Berlingo to sleep in. Sorry mate I cant keep up with what is the latest gospel? Tiny or massive? Tbh I do sleep incredibly deeply and have been known to sleep through shit loads, I did wake up during the Edale incident and suspect the shock of me stopping snorring prompted…[Read more]

  • Andy replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    Pointless if they get through the chain.

    Nope. As D locked to wheel as well as chained so would need to cut both, or cut frame twice.

    get rid of the bench seat up front

    I did that for those exact reasons. Also means you can walk from front to rear without leaving van.

    Have a pop top that rises higher at the back

    Thats a really good thought!

  • Andy replied to the topic Nicest steel ride? in the forum Bike Forum 1 month ago

    @jameso wise words, think “Nicest” is very subjective. One persons steel is real is another persons noodly and also very dependent on rider weight and type of riding / terrain.

    For me. 90kgs and mostly SE XC two modern bikes that really stand out now are my Stanton Sherpa and Fairlight Secan, both have that springy feel but dont feel noodly. The…[Read more]

  • Andy replied to the topic Hambini's GXP roast in the forum Bike Forum 1 month ago

    Telling people they should go and kill themselves makes me uncomfortable.

    Very much this, and some of the sexist “bucket” comments really put me off as well. Shame as a lot of what says is good common sense. Happy with my Snowflakery here 😁

  • Andy replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    trail_rat

    Member
    Strapping (good)bikes on outside on view defeats the purpose of a camper for me.i Would not relax when I leftthe van anywhere/slept on while on my trips.

    Solution if trailer/bigger van makes you LOL Leave bikes at home.

    I can sleep in my double bed inside my little T5 van with 2 bikes inside if I need to. Admittedly its tight…[Read more]

  • Andy replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    phil5556

    Member
    Don’t think tow bar racks are any more secure than the swanky VW things

    It’s lower down so easier to run a chain to somewhere solid and can tilt out the way to get in to the boot. I use a big chain around the tow bar, but yes the locks on the rack itself I wouldn’t trust.

    Agreed. When I do leave my bike outside overnight I use…[Read more]

  • Andy replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    Oh yeah and I did have the swanky VW bike rack fitted but took it off. They look good but aren’t brilliant bike racks and I felt vulnerable with bikes stored outside. Only really used it when north of Glasgow. Might get a towbar thing in the future.

  • Andy replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    ashat I agree with your thinking. If you keep the down stairs simple to start, it gives you flexibility to work out what works for you. The other option for down stairs is one of those simple long benches that have a full length slidey out bit to double their width. Pop top, leisure electrics, swivelly front seats, slidey out thing with cushions.…[Read more]

  • Andy replied to the topic Are campervan pop tops cold? in the forum Chat Forum 1 month ago

    Same issues as you when converted my SWB T5. Main thing for me was didn’t want a second car, so mine needs to work as a daily driver. I don’t put big miles on it, so I dont think am wasting the investment.

    Down stairs I wanted to be able to have a bed and also have 2 bikes inside if needs. Went through all kinds of permutations and settled on the…[Read more]

  • Tbf I also have a couple of gravel bikes and a Ti hardtail I use for touring/bike packing. This was built mainly for local riding to friends / pub / post office / supermarket. Means I rarely use my van these days. I had a Swift before but much prefer the ride of the Stanton. You could use carbon forks and go without the pizza rack to save a chunk…[Read more]

  • Well done Neil. It sounds like you have really worked hard to move your business in a positive direction. I wish you every success in the future and it will be great if UK bike companies opt for your products on their bikes.

  • I converted my Mk1 Sherpa (2nd frame, first one cracked) into something similar. Salsa rigid forks with 3 pack bolts, 29er WTB KOM i23 wheels running WTB Riddler 45s and a Spesh Pizza rack. Jones Non Loop bars. Its brilliant for relaxed all day riding at a reasonable post and would be perfect for a tour. Would need to add a 2nd set of bottle…[Read more]