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by Chris the Sheep
6 Mar 2016, 5:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: E bikes - do you secretly want one?
Replies: 130
Views: 7806

Re: E bikes - do you secretly want one?

I agree, this is one of the least condescending / patronising ebike threads I've ever seen - and shows how attitudes are changing. In the past most threads would have had a tone implying they should only be allowed if someone NEEDS an ebike, I'm not seeing that here. I swap between a conventional bi...
by Chris the Sheep
25 Nov 2015, 8:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How daft is this?!!
Replies: 21
Views: 1592

Re: How daft is this?!!

What stands out to me in the image linked by the OP is that the cycle lane markings are being interpreted - whether consciously or not - as the boundary of the 'parking space'. All of the cars are neatly inside the white line, regardless of the fact it leaves virtually no footpath to walk on!
by Chris the Sheep
29 Oct 2015, 7:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: pedal power
Replies: 8
Views: 903

Re: pedal power

A reasonably positive article - but as usual the only ebikes that grab the press's attention are the outlandish / gimmicky / branded-by-a-car-maker ones. There are loads of really good quality ebikes out there that are more like conventional bikes - just as cheap and easy to maintain, as long as the...
by Chris the Sheep
11 Aug 2015, 9:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: No longer fashionable to say Hello?
Replies: 30
Views: 6809

Re: No longer fashionable to say Hello?

I've got a flat bar bike that I recently converted from drops - no difference as far as I can see. But my 'other' bike is electric and it's just replaced an older ebike. The older one had a front hub motor, so it was obviously electric. Barely any acknowledgement from anyone. The new one is a crank ...
by Chris the Sheep
24 May 2015, 11:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Pavement Cycling? Time for some sort of idenification?
Replies: 209
Views: 7343

Re: Pavement Cycling? Time for some sort of idenification?

Latecomer to this thread but I thought I'd add a little bit of local knowledge to this case, as this road is on one of my routes home from work. First, I don't think I've ever seen a cyclist riding on the pavement here so it's far from normal; there are several sets of traffic lights where some hop ...
by Chris the Sheep
26 Apr 2015, 6:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling to work - employer barrier
Replies: 45
Views: 10636

Re: Cycling to work - employer barrier

I've experienced similar things to the OP but I don't own a car - with my current employer (DWP) that's not a problem because there's a strong preference for hiring a car and private mileage is strictly limited, but my previous employer (private sector) would have expenses 'clampdowns' where pre-app...
by Chris the Sheep
4 Apr 2015, 1:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The end of unpowered cycling?
Replies: 132
Views: 12178

Re: The end of unpowered cycling?

What a refreshing change this thread is - as an ebike / pedelec rider I'm used to cycling forums being full of hate for them, or posts supporting the bikes 'for the disabled' or whatever. I'm 50 and in good health, and I've been cycling to work (20 miles return) for nearly five years now - but on wi...
by Chris the Sheep
14 Feb 2015, 2:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube
Replies: 16
Views: 2170

Re: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube

A quick update on this thread, I hate it when things are left open-ended! I did contact Halfords but when they eventually got back to me it was to tell me to go to my local store who would be able to order me a frame, but I would have to pay for it. Didn't seem worth the bother. So instead I bought ...
by Chris the Sheep
20 Jan 2015, 7:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube
Replies: 16
Views: 2170

Re: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube

"A sexier option would be their Pompetamine frame, which is intended for hub gears such as the Alfine 8 and disc brakes. They have only size Large at the minute, and you would want new 700c rims and tyres for that one. You could end up with a very nice bike though.... Discounted to frame £130, ...
by Chris the Sheep
18 Jan 2015, 11:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube
Replies: 16
Views: 2170

Re: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube

Thanks - I'll write to Halfords before I do anything drastic - might at least get a discount off something else. The seat post is original - I can't recall exactly but I think it's stamped 31.6 or something of that order. I'm relatively heavy but not huge, I've not ridden it off road, and as far as ...
by Chris the Sheep
17 Jan 2015, 3:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube
Replies: 16
Views: 2170

Re: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube

Thanks gerrymcm - this is actually an Alfine hub, not a Nexus - hence why I'm keen to re-use it. The 20" frame is such a good fit I'm not sure I'd want to go smaller; but I'm tempted if the idea of upgrading the pedelec won't work. I'm not in any rush to do this, I've got another (non-pedelec) ...
by Chris the Sheep
17 Jan 2015, 1:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube
Replies: 16
Views: 2170

Re: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube

Thanks gerrymcm - I'd been on the on-one site but hadn't spotted that.

Ideally I need horizontal dropouts (the Subway has an eccentric bottom bracket) but I assume I'd be able to fit a chain tensioner if I went down this route.
by Chris the Sheep
17 Jan 2015, 12:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube
Replies: 16
Views: 2170

Re: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube

Thanks both - beardy - good points, I think the only bit of this bike that I definitely must save is the Alfine hub because it's not cheap to replace and it's working absolutely fine. 531Colin bike's four years old and from Halfords, definitely out of warranty. I've just thought of one thing though ...
by Chris the Sheep
17 Jan 2015, 11:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube
Replies: 16
Views: 2170

Carrera Subway 8 - cracked seat tube

I was one of the fortunate people who got hold of a Carrera Subway 8 from Halfords for £320 back in 2011 (see http://forum.ctc.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=50290&hilit=ultimate+commuter+carrera+subway&start=75#p426496 ) - it's been a great bike but I've noticed that the seat tube is cracke...
by Chris the Sheep
10 Nov 2014, 9:56am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Re, Idiots on bikes
Replies: 36
Views: 5011

Re: Re, Idiots on bikes

If the account is true, then shouting at people marching is inexcusable - however how many times have we all encountered 'road closed' signs, only to find that actually the road is passable for bikes? It's normal for cyclists to be forgotten when temporary road closures and/or traffic lights are set...