Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The Big Wheel Test continues...

A major test this weekend for the new Harry Rowland wheels - towing a Chariot child trailer with baby inside. No problems yet after 4 commutes with alot of curb bumping and the towing. Whilst heavy, the wheels are definitely strong and smooth. I reckon it'll take about 3 months for a full long term test but so far I'm impressed.

As far as the trailer goes, it's amazing! Really comfortable for the baby with good safety harnesses. Folds down and wheels are removable to fit in the boot. It is a bit heavy but that just adds to the training!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Time to get back on the bike

First time that my Thorn commuting bike is back on the road since October last year. I'm giving the new Harry Rowland wheels a big test with all that weight on the back!

Monday, 5 April 2010

New Harry Rowland Wheelset

I've just received a set of handmade Harry Rowland wheels for my commuting bike.  For a while I've been putting up with a set of factory build wheels from SJS Cycles - but they are cheap and of poor quality.  For the weight I carry they have continually broken spokes so I felt it was about time for an upgrade to something a little better.

Harry Rowland is a well-known wheelbuilder - you only have to do a quick Google to find positive comments and reviews of his work.  I had a chat with Harry and he recommended a set of Rigida 36h rims with Sputnik hubs for my weight and commuting requirements.  You can see the wheels in the photos below.  

First impressions are that the wheels are really strong and running perfectly true (as you'd expect).  I'm going to get these on the bike shortly.  With wheels a long term test is required - so i'll post my thoughts in a few weeks time.