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by mattsccm
15 Oct 2021, 9:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Today's tip
Replies: 11
Views: 418

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: 2106

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: 45
Views: 896

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: 52
Views: 1134

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: 52
Views: 1134

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: 82
Views: 2183

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: 814

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: 43
Views: 1074

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: 21
Views: 719

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: 1099

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: 1452

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.
by mattsccm
4 Oct 2021, 6:28am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Paris Roubaix
Replies: 64
Views: 1452

Re: Paris Roubaix

" That sounds to me like being expected to perform in some of the most dangerous conditions with almost no preparation."
Where is the problem with this? It is the same for all of them so no one is at a disadvantage, something that is apparently "unfair" in this silly day and age.
Ultimately it is a shame that the female race was a shorter version. Brilliant though.
by mattsccm
4 Oct 2021, 6:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear wheel twisting in frame when QR done up tight
Replies: 24
Views: 888

Re: Rear wheel twisting in frame when QR done up tight

Apologies about this but you are doing the Qr up correctly, not just using it as a wing nut?
Egg sucking and all that I know but other bits of your posts make me feel that possibly bike maintainence isn't your strong point.
I would sort the wheel bearings out first. Slap some grease in after a clean. set the cones properly (or bung some new cartridge bearings in if you have that type of wheel ) and dribble a bit of oil into the free hub. If the wheel is sweet and clean make sure the axle doesn't protrude through the frame and use a decent Shimano QR.
by mattsccm
3 Oct 2021, 8:46am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Uninsured e scooters seized
Replies: 55
Views: 2004

Re: Uninsured e scooters seized

Methinks that the reason to treat the scooters, assuming legal versions differently is the use they get.
There is a tendency for them to used by kids etc as well as adults and all so often in the same places that kids use normal scooters. That means play ground, pavements, inside shopping centres etc. You wouldn't want that with cycles or ebike so why with e scooters? That puts them on the roads which are not really suitable either.
If their use was only the same as bikes then great but sticking a motor under a 12 year old isn't a good move.
by mattsccm
28 Sep 2021, 9:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disability issue - how to brake with just left hand
Replies: 16
Views: 658

Re: Disability issue - how to brake with just left hand

How about 3 brakes? Two linked to be used with one hand and a spare that fulfills the letter of the law.
I sm sure that the linked could be set up to apply front a touch before back or vice versa.