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by john.newell
13 Sep 2021, 2:41pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Wye Valley Greenway
Replies: 12
Views: 1611

Re: Wye Valley Greenway

Please don't forget that the path closes for the winter at the end of September each year.
Even during the summer the opening and closing times for the gates at the tunnel entrance change depending upon the month.
Check the website for details.
by john.newell
13 Sep 2021, 1:01pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Thorn Sherpa review after 25,000 miles
Replies: 4
Views: 827

Re: Thorn Sherpa review after 25,000 miles

I was interested in the replies and agree with what has been said....

Do you think that the problem with 26inch tires is going to be one of dwindling choice rather than availability? The common, popular tires will continue to be available but not the spread that we enjoyed previously?
The Sherpa frame: Unless Thorn did something outrageous, do you think that there is convergence occurring with most main-stream manufacturers aiming at fulfilling a function? Thorn's production runs are probably very low compared to a mass-market bike model but the degree of refinement of modern frames is such that I would think that most production frames would fall in to category of good or very good.... it is precisely the other components that add flavour and variation but it would be hard to say (for me anyway) that one is a "better" bike than another.
Any gin drinkers out there? It is, basically, vodka (ethyl alcohol, I guess) with some flavourings and yet no-one can agree on what is the best....
Any bike that triumphs style over fashion is worth celebrating and I personally love the blend of art and science that is a bicycle. The Sherpa is a rather good example of it. IMHO of course :-)

As a Raven owner I would say that though wouldn't I?
by john.newell
29 Apr 2017, 10:08am
Forum: On the road
Topic: metal barriers alongside a roadway
Replies: 17
Views: 6594

Re: metal barriers alongside a roadway

Post script to this old topic.
There is now a gap at the steps end of the barrier that permits access to the steps.
Hooray!
Thank you road people whomever you are.
by john.newell
6 Jan 2017, 11:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Odd old Dawes? 1-Down? What is this?
Replies: 172
Views: 14215

Re: Odd old Dawes? 1-Down? What is this?

I have been reading this thread with interest.
I think this bike could have been the British Standard Adventure bike of it's day. Sounds like it still has a lot to offer.
Maybe a rude question but what would one these, in good condition, be worth? And what would the modern equivalent be?

Regards
J.
by john.newell
31 Dec 2015, 12:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: metal barriers alongside a roadway
Replies: 17
Views: 6594

Re: metal barriers alongside a roadway

Thanks to all those who have read this thread and even more to those who replied....

700c - some good points made and you obviously know the area, having commuted around here for over 20 years. The increased distance to the local school is not significant - but I am not going that way myself. My own commute of 12 plus miles takes me out past Woodcroft (sorry, boring detail here). As for increased danger of using this section of A48, it looks like we will have to agree to disagree because I think that the hazard of a right hand turn on a 50mph (if drivers stick to the speed limit) road in the wet, dark evenings is a step too far for me, wimp that I am.

Peter - I am not sure that heavy vehicles should be using a footpath.... :-)

RickH - yes, they are the fence type and not the Armco type. i can see the logic of trying to segregate the pedestrians from some of the speed merchants that forget that this is a built up area - perhaps I should campaign for reduced speed limit here as well.... it is that lack of provision for other vulnerable road users that prompted me to write.

Putting an access gateway in may be an excellent compromise - one that opens easily onto the path away from the roadway would fit the bill.

Using the footpath as a shared use path may have been an option too but at present cycling along this path is against the law as far as I understand.
I suppose the wider point is that of information and consultation. I will see how far I get with requesting more information with regard to the use of this section of carriageway by vulnerable road users but i doubt that I will get very far. If, however, more people would care to raise their concerns I am sure it will help with this and future designs.

Seriously, thanks for all the suggestions.
Safe cycling.
J.
by john.newell
24 Dec 2015, 9:35am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Wye Valley Cycle Path proposal (again)
Replies: 3
Views: 775

Re: Wye Valley Cycle Path proposal (again)

You are right, anyone who knows the area would agree: the route would be fantastic!

Even if the bridge of the Wye was not built, being able to get to Tintern would be great and from there the road to Brockweir is OK - traffic should not be too fast through the village, and then on quiet road, lanes and off-road cycle paths to Monmouth and beyond. I had a cracking ride from Chepstow to Skenfrith a little while ago and the ride would have been so much better if I could have used a safer route to Tintern.

I know your donation will be appreciated.
by john.newell
23 Dec 2015, 11:34am
Forum: On the road
Topic: metal barriers alongside a roadway
Replies: 17
Views: 6594

Re: metal barriers alongside a roadway

thanks TonyR - I had not even considered FOIR. Good idea.

J.
by john.newell
23 Dec 2015, 11:25am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Wye Valley Cycle Path proposal (again)
Replies: 3
Views: 775

Wye Valley Cycle Path proposal (again)

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/1 ... ll_happen/
http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/1 ... th/?ref=ar

Dear All,
There is a "call to arms" (and pockets) regarding this cycle path project.....
With renewed focus for the provision of a multi-use path along the route of the old Chepstow to Tintern railway line there has been a further request for donations to fund professional services required to progress the reports and planning application required to make this plan a reality.

Two active campaigners, Nik and Jen, took up the baton with this:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ ... d-use-path

If each person with a registered interest was to donate the equivalent of the cost of a cup of tea and slice of cake then there would be enough money to submit a new application for the path. The path has got to be worth the cost of a cyclist's pick-me-up hasn't it?

Sorry if it appears to be a hard sell - but for those who want to take it further, and Wye not? (Sorry), follow the link here:
http://www.wyecycle.co.uk/donate/

Merry Christmas.
by john.newell
23 Dec 2015, 9:24am
Forum: On the road
Topic: metal barriers alongside a roadway
Replies: 17
Views: 6594

Re: metal barriers alongside a roadway

Thanks for the replies - I have contacted the agencies suggested. The feedback is that it is a safety issue and the "improvements" are as a result of surveys.

I appreciate your view, 700c, and the increased distance is not huge - but one does have to negotiate an unlit right hand turn on the 50mph A48 and the cariageway does reduce in width to negotiate the bridge. But let's not get bogged down in detail.

I have absolutely no confidence that there will be a re-instatement of access and I will have to make alternative arrangements such as negotiating the hazards of cycling through the town centre instead. BTW what is the fine for cycling on a pavement? Just joking of course.

Thanks again.
Merry christmas and safe cycling everone.
by john.newell
18 Dec 2015, 10:34am
Forum: On the road
Topic: metal barriers alongside a roadway
Replies: 17
Views: 6594

metal barriers alongside a roadway

Does anyone know to whom one should write to raise concerns about, and request a modification to, a newly erected metal fence alongside a carriageway?
The newly sprouted barrier has increased the hazard for cyclists at a narrow section of the A48 as it leaves Chepstow and crosses the river Wye by preventing emergency access to the footway alongside the road and excluding legitimate use of a footpath (as a pedestrian of course) to access a road leading to 2 schools nearby. So much for encouraging alternative transport initiatives for an already heavily polluted area during commute times.
If you happen to pass this area do admire another example of joined up thinking...

J.
by john.newell
3 Nov 2015, 4:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: replacement shimano freehub
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Re: replacement shimano freehub

Dear All,
The hub appears to be a m570. I have ordered a freehub for this as the old one was almost certainly beyond my ability to repair.
I take your point PT1029, I very nearly ordered a complete hub too. It was surprisingly close in cost.

Thanks to those who replied.
by john.newell
2 Nov 2015, 10:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: replacement shimano freehub
Replies: 3
Views: 448

replacement shimano freehub

Dear All,
does anyone know if I can fit an alternative model shimano freehub to my shimano LX 8 speed rear hub? Are some tougher than others? Would it be so bad to go to a cheaper model?
I have a nasty case of crunchey rear hub and a a little movement on the cassette so thought a repalcement freehub would be the best way forward.
Any thoughts or opinions?

Thanks
by john.newell
18 Sep 2015, 10:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Biopace and new deore front mech
Replies: 9
Views: 722

Re: Biopace and new deore front mech

Thanks very much for the replies.
There is food for thought here. I have an old xt front mech on my old "trusty (rusty) steed and I think it could be worth moving it over and trying that out as it may accommodate a larger difference than the newer deore one currently fitted to my "new" bike.
I must admit it is not something that I thought of... which, I guess is why I asked for some help and ideas.

more info:
Middle ring is 38 (I think).
Small ring does not appear to be biopace
Std Deore front mech - can't see the numbers on it (guess they are on the inside of the mounting clamp) and there are no other stickers on the face of the mech
Gear shifters are Deore MTB shifters.
Rear mech is Sora with a long or medium cage and just about accommodates the 11t - 34t cassette.

I like the look of Shimano XT M770 Top Swing 9sp Front Mech because it looks as if it will clear the mudguard (another little problem with the current setup) and will examine the spec sheet to compare the Deore and the XT

Hope that helps to give a clearer picture.
Thanks again,
J.
by john.newell
17 Sep 2015, 10:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Biopace and new deore front mech
Replies: 9
Views: 722

Biopace and new deore front mech

Please excuse the newbie question but....

I have bought a nice old bicycle but I am haveing a lot of trouble in setting up the front mech for use with a very good condition shimano 500 series biopace triple.

The chainrings are 48 down to 28 and I have fitted a new chain and rear ( max 34t) shimano cassette.

The front mech has to be adjusted quite high (>5mm clearance frm outer egse of mech to large chainring) to enable the inner edge of the mech to clear the middle chainring and this has been done with the front mech cage set parrallel to the large chainring but I am struggleing to get the full range without the chain touching the front mech cage at the limits (high or low) espoecially when in the middle front chainring. If I adjust for one limit it throws the other into contact with the chain and the same the other way around.....

Does anyone know if the modern front mech is not compatable with the older crankset or is it simply poorly setup?

Thanks
by john.newell
5 Aug 2015, 5:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom bracket for an old Klein attitude
Replies: 2
Views: 1147

Bottom bracket for an old Klein attitude

Dear All,
I have a Klein Attitude Comp with a missing bottom bracket and I need to work out the bb spindle length. I am struggling. I have a crank and have looked up the sizes for it, shimano and Sheldon, but it suggests different spindle lengths for 47.5 and 50mm chainline. How do I know what the chain line should be? Can anyone help with a newbie question? Thanks.