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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:11 pm 
King of the Skip Monkeys
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ahhh ya too short sonny....

Norman Fay is like Bob Jackson, Jeffery Butler, or countless other indeeepnedant frame builders:

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Britis ... ritish.htm

Have a read through this lot.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:31 pm 
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Just out of interest what sort of frame size would I need?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:35 pm 
King of the Skip Monkeys
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something with a top tube about 2 ~ 4 inches away from your nut sack.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:27 am 
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If you're 5'7", you're on the cusp of wanting a bike with 26" wheels.
How about a nice Thorn? If you want new, that's probably the way to go. Failing that, the retro MTB with touring bits is the way to go. I have a Muddy Fox in the for sale section that would do you proud, but there are others.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 11:02 am 
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I'd also recommend a Hewitt Cheviot - similar price to the Galaxy, but Paul Hewitt has rave reviews, especially if you get his bike fitting service (for free when you buy a bike).
The Cheviot is just a bit more sorted than the Galaxy.

I'd also back up LGF's remarks about converting an old early 90's steel MTB. Especially if you are of a compact bulid (I'm the same height as you) then 26" wheels are a good way to go.
I did a drop bar conversion of a 1990 Marin Palisades. It's been like this for 15 years now, done thousands of miles on 4 continents and is rock steady at 45mph with 4 panniers and a barbag.


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BITD I did all my short tours (by short I mean upto 2 week) longer tours on a ORANGE Clockwork.


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rider | rBoTM Winner
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I'd recommend looking at Thorn as well -

www.thorncycles.co.uk

they have a range of 'comfortable' road bikes designed for long distance riding.

PS - Big Cheese - it's Geoffrey with a 'G' not a 'J' :wink:


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