Some serious canvassing going on this month on the vote thread.
I never intended my comments to be a vote raising exercise, just the telling of the tale of how I came to choose Clelands over mainstream mountain bikes.
It is however fairly commonplace for people who have never even seen a Cleland to comment on how bad they must be. And how they would only be suitable light off road duties like towpath riding etc. Long experience has taught me that it is impossible to change such opinions through the use of words alone. But here, instead of resigning myself to the futility of the exercise, I decided to give the arguments an airing. Thanks for the support
. I hope that nobody minded too much.
With the commitment and highly impressive workmanship and attention to detail of the top entries I never expected the Clelands to be "in the medals" especially with their vote split two ways. 8% of the vote for Clelands is not bad if you consider that if the Cleland had achieved 8% of UK mountain bike sales in the 1980's it would have changed mountain bike history. The UK may have developed a sizable mountain bike touring fraternity, and cycling in wet conditions would not require that the rider gets soaked or mud splattered.