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by Mick F
23 Jan 2019, 3:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel sizes vs Handling
Replies: 12
Views: 341

Re: Wheel sizes vs Handling

Yes.
Twitchy but just about ok.
by Mick F
23 Jan 2019, 3:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Unscrewing presta valve after pumping
Replies: 34
Views: 2932

Re: Unscrewing presta valve after pumping

Just measured my Park Chain Brute chain tool and it does indeed fit Schreader valves at 4mm across the flats.
It's a chunky item to fit between the spokes though but it would be fine to tighten up the core with a bare inner tube before fitting.
by Mick F
23 Jan 2019, 3:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel sizes vs Handling
Replies: 12
Views: 341

Re: Wheel sizes vs Handling

No, I don't think that's it, though there must be some element in it as well.

Moulton is the extreme. Small wheels are twitchy to steer as the wheelsize vs handbars is small.
700c are bigger of course, and 27" bigger again.
The bigger the wheel, the more the effort to swing it side-to-side.
by Mick F
23 Jan 2019, 3:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I set off.....
Replies: 23
Views: 681

Re: I set off.....

We have the opposite problem here in the valley.

Outside yesterday at +5degC but at the top of the hill is was only +1degC.
Sometimes, it's the other way round, so I rarely know what to wear when I go out cycling, or if it's even worth it!

There's snow up on Dartmoor, but +8degC out here now.
by Mick F
23 Jan 2019, 3:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Unscrewing presta valve after pumping
Replies: 34
Views: 2932

Re: Unscrewing presta valve after pumping

PS;
I use Lezyne pumps and they have screw-on heads and they are brilliant. Not stupid at all.
by Mick F
23 Jan 2019, 3:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Unscrewing presta valve after pumping
Replies: 34
Views: 2932

Re: Unscrewing presta valve after pumping

I use a 7BA spanner and it fits fine.
Not perfect as it's a sloppy fit but there's only two flats so it's ok.

7BA is just over 4mm, so the 5mm Park Tool won't fit Shreader as it'll be too floppy.
by Mick F
23 Jan 2019, 3:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel sizes vs Handling
Replies: 12
Views: 341

Re: Wheel sizes vs Handling

The Dawes Mixte 501 came with the 27" wheels. They are the originals.
Centre-pull brakes too.
by Mick F
23 Jan 2019, 2:26pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Stuff you already knew...
Replies: 5
Views: 350

Re: Stuff you already knew...

:lol: :lol: :lol:
Just hearing Jame's Burke and his Connections. Sloppy writing I reckon, and often found on our illustrious R4.
I was only half attending, but he said that when Columbus set sail he found America that nobody knew was there.

Rubbish!
by Mick F
23 Jan 2019, 2:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TV licensing...
Replies: 763
Views: 43114

Re: TV licensing...

Yes, in the 405 line VHF and 625 line UHF TV days, the audio was frequency modulated (FM) and the video amplitude modulated (AM) in one combined radio signal. You could indeed listen to either of them with the correct waveband radio. The video was just a buzz. From memory, I think the audio and vide...
by Mick F
23 Jan 2019, 2:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wheel sizes vs Handling
Replies: 12
Views: 341

Wheel sizes vs Handling

Just been fettling our daughter's bike. Dawes Mixte 501 with 27" (630) wheels. 5sp freewheel and a double chainset. Took it for a test ride. First thing I noticed, was how the bike handled. I have two regular bikes - as many of you no doubt know - a Mercian with 700c (622) wheels, and a Moulton...
by Mick F
23 Jan 2019, 1:07pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TV licensing...
Replies: 763
Views: 43114

Re: TV licensing...

:lol: :lol: :lol: I raised the "blind" subject and the "watching" subject due to a conversation we were having with one of our daughters. She said she knows loads of people who don't have a TVL because if they watch anything at all, it's on a mobile device away from the home. She...
by Mick F
23 Jan 2019, 9:08am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Parish Churches
Replies: 155
Views: 5979

Re: Parish Churches

Planning some rides from Truro and researching where the parish churches are, as they aren't always in the middle of towns and village. It take a bit of research individually and then to construct an efficient route of the right length and duration, let alone trying to find a route without too many ...
by Mick F
22 Jan 2019, 10:51pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TV licensing...
Replies: 763
Views: 43114

Re: TV licensing...

And another thing ..............

If you're over 75 and in perfect physical health, you get a free TVL.
If you're in your 20s or 30s and utterly blind, you only get 50% off.

Where's the fairness in that?
by Mick F
22 Jan 2019, 10:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TV licensing...
Replies: 763
Views: 43114

Re: TV licensing...

Do profoundly deaf people get a 50% discount just like blind people?

Oh, sorry ........... the TVL is to WATCH telly, and listening or hearing is besides the point.
by Mick F
22 Jan 2019, 10:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: TV licensing...
Replies: 763
Views: 43114

Re: TV licensing...

Just thinking ................... A TV Licence is a legal permission to install or use television receiving equipment to watch or record television programmes as they are being shown on TV or live on an online TV service, and to download or watch BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV, on B...