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by soapbox
28 Jan 2020, 8:33pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: My objection to Gift Aid
Replies: 54
Views: 2859

Re: My objection to Gift Aid

This isn't my area of expertise. I contribute the minimum I have to to my company pension, and obviously don't have a say in the contributions I make towards a state pension (which aren't for me, but to pay for those who are already drawing state pension; I will benefit from the next generation of ...
by soapbox
26 Jan 2020, 11:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Do I need a new bike?
Replies: 23
Views: 987

Re: Do I need a new bike?

I stand and rejoice everytime I see a woman ride by on a wheel the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood. HG Wells eileithyia, it was Susan B Anthony who wrote that, not H G Wells. Did Wells not say something like "Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I despair a little less for the human ra...
by soapbox
26 Jan 2020, 11:42am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: which Pump
Replies: 56
Views: 1479

Re: which Pump

Zefal HP frame pump gets my vote, if for no other reason than its reliability. They're heavy and unfashionable, and not all frames can take them, but whenever I'm out with anyone who gets a puncture, it's the Zefal that gets us back on the road the quickest.
by soapbox
26 Jan 2020, 11:36am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling Advocacy group named on counter terrorism watch list
Replies: 49
Views: 1171

Re: Cycling Advocacy group named on counter terrorism watch list

The Home Office has lost the plot. Hard to disagree. Thankfully, at present, the courts still offer protection. They ruled against the Met over banning XR, for example. But Johnson wants to stop this in his charge that the courts are politics by the back door. Last year on R4, in the Reith Lectures...
by soapbox
1 Jan 2020, 10:11am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: My objection to Gift Aid
Replies: 54
Views: 2859

Re: My objection to Gift Aid

Interesting soapbox. Does this mean you also don't contribute to a pension due to the tax relief on that; don't have any ISAs, etc? The government uses tax exemptions as a means of social engineering, encouraging us to have pensions, save money, give to charity. I think we can rest assured that the...
by soapbox
29 Dec 2019, 4:20pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: My objection to Gift Aid
Replies: 54
Views: 2859

My objection to Gift Aid

On page 12 of the December/January issue of Cycle, there's a column inviting members to agree to Gift Aid, following a campaign over the summer, because it pulls in more revenue for Cycling UK. I never tick the box for Gift Aid when I give anything to charity and here's why: I'm giving money to char...
by soapbox
26 Dec 2019, 10:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carbon forks on my Croix de Fer
Replies: 18
Views: 840

Re: Carbon forks on my Croix de Fer

The utility cyclist wrote:Oh, one other thing, carbon forks are stronger than the vast majority of even modern steel forks, less likely to fold or break in most impacts/incidents...


That simply isn't true.
by soapbox
20 Dec 2019, 1:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Survey about user requirements for a sports/cycling water bottle
Replies: 6
Views: 539

Re: Survey about user requirements for a sports/cycling water bottle

No need for a survey. Just buy an Elite water bottle, and an Elite cage. Try to improve on that, if you can.
by soapbox
15 Nov 2019, 9:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Planning an Outer Hebrides tour
Replies: 30
Views: 2256

Re: Planning an Outer Hebrides tour

For car parking for any length of time, consider sgaying on a campsite and asking the owners if you can leave the car there. Offer to pay -some campsites break down charges, and the overnight cost of a car is usually reasonable, and reasonably safe and secure on a campsite.
by soapbox
4 Nov 2019, 5:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seatstay chain peg
Replies: 39
Views: 1460

Re: Seatstay chain peg

I found some thin wire, and wrapped it tightly, then soldered it. I nut and bolted the spoke and stay together to get the alignment spot on. Not easy soldering with a small soldering iron, though I heated the thing up with a heat gun to assist. Still not a neat job, but it's solid and strong and ri...
by soapbox
3 Nov 2019, 11:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seatstay chain peg
Replies: 39
Views: 1460

Re: Seatstay chain peg

Mick F... Do you want this? It's one I made last year for a trip to Scotland, putting my bike on the back seat of my mate's car. I'll probably not use it again, and I'll just knock another one up in the unlikely event that I do need one. It's not dissimilar to the Park tool that you linked into your...
by soapbox
25 Oct 2019, 1:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New chainring. How muuuuuch...?...!!!
Replies: 32
Views: 1388

Re: New chainring. How muuuuuch...?...!!!

Insane. Even for top-end Record and Dura Ace level. There's surely an opening for a company like (I was going to say Hope, but they're not exactly cheap, either) Superstar Components (who mostly make mtb stuff, but also make some road components) to make cheaper, compatible chainrings than that.
by soapbox
25 Oct 2019, 1:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How did I bend my wheel in half!
Replies: 33
Views: 1959

Re: How did I bend my wheel in half!

I've had occasion to use the extreme wheel-truing technique, which I learned on a clubrun, years ago (one of the benefits of clubs with experienced riders, who have seen pretty much everything there is to see on a bike). It takes a degree of confidence and a careless degree of brute force. The attit...
by soapbox
24 Oct 2019, 8:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Planning an Outer Hebrides tour
Replies: 30
Views: 2256

Re: Scotrail bike carriages

I saw this: https://road.cc/content/news/267921-scotrail-unveils-forthcoming-west-highland-line-carriages-space-20-bikes?fbclid=IwAR1aGGCwbCnpW4I98JmSvXlLmlPoxjXIrLpYllVwG3RxZehTSG8TI-nSXYc Great move, obviously. Especially for me with my planned trip to the Outer Hebrides. Looks like space for at ...
by soapbox
8 Oct 2019, 4:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?
Replies: 14
Views: 1131

Re: what you call the spacers to fix across the dropouts?

Local bike shop? They throw them away for fun. A bit of plastic or card works for disc brake pads when I transport my mountain bike with the wheels out.