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by cycle tramp
18 Feb 2019, 6:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 20" aluminium mudguards
Replies: 45
Views: 1298

Re: 20" aluminium mudguards

Hi, All looks a bit of a mess, I would think about making the rear mudguard in two parts. Joining Either side of the rear brake. Make a U shaped bracket to fix on the brake Boss, Over or under the brake, fix mudguards to either end of bracket. Aluminium or stainless I think will be even more prone ...
by cycle tramp
9 Feb 2019, 11:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?
Replies: 86
Views: 6283

Re: Is there a perfect bike for commuting?

Gosh, yes.. .there is for you.... and it will probably be entirely different from the bike that i ride.... which is a good thing. There would be nothing more boring if we all rode the same sort of bicycle! However in order for you to find your perfect commuting bicycle you may have to try alot of di...
by cycle tramp
9 Feb 2019, 10:55pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Does anyone know the LeJog statistics?
Replies: 13
Views: 1653

Does anyone know the LeJog statistics?

Does anyone know the number of cyclists who complete the lands end to John o'groats tour every year? Andl if so are the figures displayed anywhere? (One of my local towns could be considered 'on route and the council is looking to invest in better cycling facilities. If I can prove to the council th...
by cycle tramp
9 Feb 2019, 10:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Can i increase the stopping power of my rear drum brake by.....
Replies: 2
Views: 778

Can i increase the stopping power of my rear drum brake by.....

Can i increase the stopping power of my SA 70 mms rear drum brake by increasing the length of the brake arm, from pivot to cable anchor point?
by cycle tramp
3 Feb 2019, 5:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguard heating - deforming to fit
Replies: 12
Views: 1292

Re: Mudguard heating - deforming to fit

Yes, you can do this.... probably... I once reduce a set of chromoplastic mudguards designed for a 26 size wheel to cover a pair of 20 inch size wheels. Rather had using a heat gun i used boiling water* in a steel sink. Dipped the bit of the mudguard that i wanted to bend into it - at which point it...
by cycle tramp
29 Jan 2019, 7:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclists banned from using local recycling centres
Replies: 29
Views: 2648

Cyclists banned from using local recycling centres

H'mmm..... It appears that in some parts of England cyclists and walkers are prevented from using their local recycling centres.... ....personally speaking this is rather sad. I've been dropping stuff at my local tip by bicfor the cle for the last ten years or so, and i find in quicker than using th...
by cycle tramp
28 Jan 2019, 6:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Increasing cyclist numbers?
Replies: 44
Views: 3367

Re: Increasing cyclist numbers?

lots more motor miles as they drive to their rides. Don't get me started! As a cyclist & pedestrian I'm banned from my local recycling centres (Nb. Not withstanding this I routinely drop the recycling in, on my four mile walk to catch a train - get some very disapproving looks from the "ou...
by cycle tramp
28 Jan 2019, 6:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Increasing cyclist numbers?
Replies: 44
Views: 3367

Re: Increasing cyclist numbers?

Definitely seeing more 'sporting cyclists' on the Somerset levels..... many it appears aren't even carrying any tool kit,
However i've also spotted one gentleman who know does his weekly shop by trailer and bicycle. Brilliant!
Haven't had a recent traffic survey in this area for years. Sorry
by cycle tramp
22 Jan 2019, 2:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: aluminium bars - 3 year life?
Replies: 41
Views: 1711

Re: aluminium bars - 3 year life?

I thunk my own views on alloy 'bars are well known... generally I'll swap them out for steel handlebars. It's easy for me to do this because I use flat bars and companies like Oxford products and Humpert produce a good range.... ...sadly it is less easy if you like drop bars... ..something i thought...
by cycle tramp
10 Jan 2019, 7:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Absoulute Black- non round chain rings
Replies: 14
Views: 578

Re: Absoulute Black- non round chain rings

I guess that oval chainrings found new popularity as part of the 'single chain ring' trabsmission - after all there was no front mech to worry about... .... all of themanufacturers are repoting that there customers should be able to climb in a higher gear, with less gear changes and with less latic ...
by cycle tramp
6 Jan 2019, 10:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ergon GE1 or GP1 for long on road cycling?
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Ergon GE1 or GP1 for long on road cycling?

Oh, nice bars. Whenever i see a pair of handlebars like that i think about getting some in steel for myself. lt must be at least 6 or maybe 7 years since i started to use my GP2 - i adopted them after riding my Dahon TR which had them fitted as standard. I really like the way that the grip supports ...
by cycle tramp
30 Dec 2018, 10:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Plus Ca Change...
Replies: 95
Views: 3239

Re: Plus Ca Change...

So i wheeled my bike out of the garage and looked at it for a bit.... ...well, the friction thumb lever came from a bike that my Dad bought me in 1982... ...the alloy platform pedals (with the grease ports that i fited) are still going strong from 1996 and are as smooth as they've ever been... ..the...
by cycle tramp
18 Dec 2018, 11:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer Hub Brakes
Replies: 51
Views: 1855

Re: Sturmey Archer Hub Brakes

9494arnold wrote:Drum brakes can be a bit fierce , I am the current custodian of a trike, the previous owner broke the original forks with a hub brake.


H'mmm, that's a little worrying... you wouldn't know the grade and material from which these forks were constructed?
by cycle tramp
18 Dec 2018, 10:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why you need aero wheels
Replies: 91
Views: 3697

Re: Why you need aero wheels

Its possibly just me.. but i feel there's always a sense of irony in being called a luddite when i've failed to support developments such as carbon wheels, electronic gear shifting and carbon frames... ...i understand that such equipment is allowed by certain sporting bodies, but actually the attitu...
by cycle tramp
17 Dec 2018, 10:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer Hub Brakes
Replies: 51
Views: 1855

Re: Sturmey Archer Hub Brakes

That's a great looking bike! I guess a 90mm hub brake in a 20 inch wheel is possibky all the front brake you'll need .. especially if you use a compressionless outer cable. Thanks for posting it :-)