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Show us your Titanium....

Discussion in 'Photo Gallery' started by potnoodle, 3 Jun 2010.

  1. Foghat

    Foghat Veteran

    This is the latest addition to the commuting stable: a Spa Ti Tourer frame built up with Columbus Tusk Trekking fork and mainly components from the Roberts commuter, which has had various items from old racing machines installed in their place. Has a few new bits, such as the Shimano CX70 cantilever brakes, which are very powerful compared with some cantilevers - nearly as good as the latest Shimano dual-pivots if using New Super SLR pull ratio levers.

    Hefty tyre clearance was the main rationale for this, for optimal winter tyre selection, plus a paint-free, corrosion-resistant frame. I contemplated going disc-braked but, having 6 pairs of quality 10-speed wheels to wear out after going 11-speed on various other bikes, I decided on the Spa which can ultimately become a second (lighter) touring bike when I do eventually go disc for commuting.

    So with winter here, I now have the following tyred wheelsets all ready and waiting for immediate swap-in when required, depending on conditions:
    1. Continental Gator Hardshell 32mm - actually 30mm; general spring/autumn/winter tyre, and best for hedge-cutting season.
    2. Continental Top Contact II 28mm - nice tough, grip-like-buggery touring tyre with excellent tread, chosen when the roads get covered in mud and gravel, which is often on Cotswoldian lanes, and when leaf fall gets bad
    3. Continental Top Contact II Winter Premium 37mm - actually 31mm wide and 33mm tall; special winter compound tyre, good for frosty and quite-icy-but-not-too-much conditions
    4. Schwalbe Winter 30mm - studded, and best for snow and severe ice, but monumentally slow and hard work (adds at least 15 minutes to each one-way commute)
    In 'summer', the Top Contact II Winter Premium tyres get replaced with '32mm' Continental Gatorskins and the Schwalbe Winter studded wheels get consigned to the loft. I don't like to go lighter or less robust than a Gatorskin when commuting, even in summer, and opt for good tough fit-for-purpose tyres the rest of the year, as punctures on an unlit and at times remote 20-rural-miles-each-way-five-days-a-week commute are not an option.

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  2. stumpy66

    stumpy66 Über Member

    IMG_0966.JPG Lynskey Viale disc
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  3. jowwy

    jowwy The bearded Powerhouse

    No......put it in the steel thread
  4. Rustybucket

    Rustybucket Über Member

    My next bike is going to be Titanium, might have to wait 3 years until I can afford it thou!
  5. Shadow

    Shadow Über Member

    It will be worth waiting for - you wont be disappointed!
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  6. Rustybucket

    Rustybucket Über Member

  7. simon.r

    simon.r Person

  8. My all new Wittson Custom Ti Cycles.



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  9. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming

    Very nice.
    Can you please do and post a plain side on shot, so we can get a good look at your lovely bike.
  10. Thanks! here's a plain side shot ;)

  11. KEEF

    KEEF Veteran

  12. Afnug

    Afnug Yining & Yanging but mostly Yanging

    The Boardman Titanium SLR 9.4, not mine but thought it deserved a viewing on here.

  13. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming
    The forks look wrong for the bike. And painted Ti. No no no.
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  14. Houthakker

    Houthakker Senior Member

    Lancashire coast
    Love the look of these Ti frames, but they all seem to have (I assume) carbon forks which seem at odds with the frame. Showing my ignorance now, but can you not get Ti forks? Is it not a good material for the stresses for a fork?
  15. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming

    You can get Ti forks but most of the bikes come with Carbon jobbies. Ti forks are much more expensive. So it's mainly to keep the price down on what is already a hefty purchase in most cases.
    I have been looking at Ti forks myself. Burls do a very nice set.

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