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by mattsccm
18 Oct 2021, 6:12am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Petty annoyances on the road....
Replies: 69
Views: 1612

Re: Petty annoyances on the road....

The road closure things has featured on my commute for a fortnight. To a school smack between two closure signs. What is not mentioned is wher the road is actually blocked and there is no account for the smaller ajoining roads between the signage.
All it needs is "at???????"
by mattsccm
18 Oct 2021, 6:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Two punctures in one week on Marathon Plus, after 3,000+ miles getting away with it
Replies: 11
Views: 382

Re: Two punctures in one week on Marathon Plus, after 3,000+ miles getting away with it

Whilst 3000+ miles isn't a huge amount , it may be that the tyre is past its best. Even if the tread is still deep it may not have the same features as new. Carcase as well.
by mattsccm
17 Oct 2021, 7:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres,tubes,sizes
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: Tyres,tubes,sizes

Tubeless :wink:
by mattsccm
17 Oct 2021, 10:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres,tubes,sizes
Replies: 12
Views: 275

Re: Tyres,tubes,sizes

700c is really 622 so as long as the tube is not way too big ( a 50mm one won't go in a 25mm tyre) they are all interchangeable. A 25mm tube will happily work in a 50mm tyre although it will be a bit stretched out and thus maybe a bit fragile. Cheapy ones may not cope as well. Just pick what ever you can get that sits roughliy in the middle if you want to fit two bikes, erring on the narrow side.
Re the farmers. Their lively hood comes way before our recreation. You could always pick up the bike and walk a bit.
by mattsccm
15 Oct 2021, 9:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Today's tip
Replies: 21
Views: 889

Re: Today's tip

Those bikes with mudguards in my shed all have long mudflaps made of damp course membrane. Easy to rip of and makes perfect tyre repair material.
by mattsccm
13 Oct 2021, 1:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Has cycling's 'new golden age' been and gone?
Replies: 35
Views: 2132

Re: Has cycling's 'new golden age' been and gone?

Someone above asks how we will challenge climate change.
As a society we won't until something serious happens and by then it will be too late. By serious I mean cities like London flooding catastrophically and permanently.
I actually believe that it is a lost cause but have little faith in the human race.
by mattsccm
12 Oct 2021, 6:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?
Replies: 53
Views: 1220

Re: what is your oldest piece of cycling kit?

Clothing: Orange long sleeved jersey with world champs stripes. Bought from Halls , Eastgate street Gloucester in 1979/80. A touch tight round the tummy now but wearable.
Wool tights with proper embroidered Campagnolo logo on thighs. They did a have a proper chamois liner until it died. Bought them from Barry Davies in Bangor in 1983. Pair of leather soled shoes bought at the same time. Only worn with my 1983 Raleigh. Still got but rarely use a pair of leather and crochet track mitts from 1979.
by mattsccm
11 Oct 2021, 6:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Petty annoyances on the road....
Replies: 69
Views: 1612

Re: Petty annoyances on the road....

I'll agree with the event signs. I ran a 100 mile motorbike event a few years ago. Arrows went up in the morning as the event started and the course closers took them down on the heels of the last man. Fail to see why not every event.
by mattsccm
10 Oct 2021, 7:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Petty annoyances on the road....
Replies: 69
Views: 1612

Re: Petty annoyances on the road....

General lack of indicator use including by cyclists.
Anyone not me!
Today, 16 miles of tarmac that felt like Pave. Perhaps I noticed the 110 psi in my tubs on my TT bike after a month off it.
Women cyclists, sorry but it is them, with their helmets on the back of their head.
My club mates who think that the tiny mudflap on their mudgaurds is good enough.
by mattsccm
10 Oct 2021, 7:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What did you buy today?
Replies: 94
Views: 2560

Re: What did you buy today?

2 chocolate oranges.
by mattsccm
10 Oct 2021, 2:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?
Replies: 28
Views: 883

Re: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?

Halfords do something similar under 50 quid. Brilliant.
by mattsccm
10 Oct 2021, 2:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What To Wear In Winter
Replies: 50
Views: 1382

Re: What To Wear In Winter

This keeps me going all year, commuting at 6:45 am for an hour and the reverse at 4pm on.
Vest. (why all this modern twaddle calling it a base layer?) Poly prop thing. All much of a muchness and I have tried stacks over the last 40 years. Cycling jersey as it has pockets. Short sleeves in summer, arm warmers if needed and swap to long sleeves when the arm warmers are used for both trips. Wind proof gilet thing. Waterproof jacket. Often used for the first downhill mile even in the summer. Removed as I warm up and before the long hill on the way to work. Add thicker gloves in winter.
Shorts, knee warmers in the same way as arm warmers. 3/4 bibs when knee warmers are a fixture. Full legs when my feet are starting to freeze.
by mattsccm
6 Oct 2021, 6:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Roundabouts
Replies: 28
Views: 997

Re: Roundabouts

Of course all roundabouts are diffwrent but generally I take the same lines as I do on a motorcycle. In priciple I make myself a bloody nuisance> it gets me noticed.
by mattsccm
6 Oct 2021, 6:43am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Delivery riders - dangerous riding
Replies: 27
Views: 1138

Re: Delivery riders - dangerous riding

I have little respect. If they are breaking the laws and standards or decency then they are beneath respect.
I suspect that this is supported by the idea that I despise the whole industry. The principle is all wrong. It is lazy, uneconomical and environmentally sound.
Stuff peoples choice, there is too much of that about nowadays.
by mattsccm
5 Oct 2021, 6:45am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Paris Roubaix
Replies: 64
Views: 1514

Re: Paris Roubaix

Generally speaking there are enough medics or team cars near enough. A severe head injury won't see a rider getting back on. If they do and pedal away happily they won't be injured enough for them to need immediate (life saving) attention.
Of course there will always be the tiny chance that something rare happens but life is like that and we must never reduce risk at the expense of human endeavour. Ultimately we sign up to what we do and it is our responsibility to deal with the consequences.
I do wonder why the UCI have such limits on womens events. If parity between women and men is desired then level the playing fields.