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by Gower
10 Mar 2015, 1:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Disabled Cyclist - riding ebike on footways (pavement)
Replies: 35
Views: 3976

Re: Disabled Cyclist - riding ebike on footways (pavement)

I have a similar situation to Chief Dai. I am partially disabled and can only walk 50 yds with the aid of a stick. I have had an ebike for 7 years now and the problem of riding in pedestrian areas has arisen many times. My home city has a great number of pedestrianised roads and to pass through the ...
by Gower
5 Mar 2015, 11:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Growing interest in electric bikes?
Replies: 46
Views: 2952

Re: Growing interest in electric bikes?

I'm in full agreement with tatanab . I'm a 75 year old who has been a member of the CTC since the age of 13. I have always been partly disabled (polio) but have put in quite a few miles over the years, both home and abroad. At about 60, I stopped riding as it was becoming too hard on my weak legs. T...
by Gower
1 Mar 2015, 2:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling to Brecon. Train back? Advice?
Replies: 8
Views: 2185

Re: Cycling to Brecon. Train back? Advice?

I'm sure the Brecon/Merthyr line closed under the Beeching Plan in the 1960's. I used to cycle to Brecon with the CTC Cardiff group via Newport and Abergavenny on a regular basis as a teenager in the Fifties riding a heavy Hercules roadster (disguised as a proper bike with dropped bars and GB alimin...
by Gower
1 Mar 2015, 1:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to get garish stickers off rims
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: How to get garish stickers off rims

The chief cleaner in our household swears by WD40 (or similar) to remove adhesive from jam jars, plastic containers etc. I've just acquired a 1980's trike with very modern stickers on the rims. I'll let you know how she gets on :roll:
by Gower
17 Feb 2015, 12:17am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Different sized legs
Replies: 14
Views: 1849

Re: Different sized legs

I had polio as a child and my left leg is some 2" shorter than the right. In the old days of steel, I used to cut shorten and weld The left crank. I did the same with a TA alloy crank but the weld gave some years later and I spoke with a sqeeky voice for a week! :D Now I buy a shorter left cran...
by Gower
11 Feb 2015, 7:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal blocks
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Re: Pedal blocks

Thanks for replies. Fortunately, I changed the saddle for my old Brooks B17. The frame was obviously of different dimensions and lo, perfect fit.
I was about to find an old style seat post and bracket as suggested. Thanks again.
by Gower
10 Feb 2015, 11:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal blocks
Replies: 4
Views: 812

Pedal blocks

My recently acquired tricycle is slightly to big for me by 1/2". The seat tube cannot be shortened and I wonder if anyone has come across commercially made pedal blocks as opposed to home made wooden ones. I would prefer not changing the crank arms for shorter ones. Any other suggestions (polit...
by Gower
2 Oct 2011, 11:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why do people pack up cycling?
Replies: 185
Views: 14613

Re: Why do people pack up cycling?

"Can someone explain the term Weekend Warrior and why it appears to be used in derogatory context?" Eileithyia, your description of CTC days of yore - Sunday runs, YHA Weekends and midweek meets if work permitted described my fond memories of CTC life in the fifties and sixties. Wonderful ...
by Gower
25 Sep 2011, 12:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why do people pack up cycling?
Replies: 185
Views: 14613

Re: Why do people pack up cycling?

I am in my early seventies and returned to cycling after a long period of disability albeit on an electric bike but the behaviour of many cyclists makes me despair. Some of my non cycling pals take great delight in relating the latest transgression by cyclists and I find it very difficult to defend ...
by Gower
28 Jun 2011, 4:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brompton mirrors
Replies: 5
Views: 2045

Re: Brompton mirrors

Thanks for response but a bar end type mirror will not fit as the right hand grip contains the rotating throttle for the Nano motor.
Sorry, I should have mentioned that. Just had a thought, I've never tried a left hand mirror on a bike. Might be better than nothing!
Jim
by Gower
27 Jun 2011, 8:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Introductions - tell us about yourself
Replies: 1116
Views: 319672

Re: Introductions - tell us about yourself

Real name Jim. Aged 71, a retired engineer and I live in Cardiff. Started cycling with the Cardiff Section of the CTC in 1954 on a heavy Hercules with 3 speed Sturmey. Every Sunday rain or shine, met at the Museum of Wales steps. Great days! Did several cycle tours with my family (5 of us) including...
by Gower
27 Jun 2011, 8:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brompton mirrors
Replies: 5
Views: 2045

Brompton mirrors

Any one aware of a rear view mirror for the Brompton that doesn't fit into the bar end?
Cheers,
Jim
by Gower
27 Jun 2011, 8:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About Dahon folders?
Replies: 20
Views: 2986

Re: About Dahon folders?

I've got a Dahon Vitesse 7 with an electric hub motor conversion and I'm very happy with it after a 18 months use but I do find the fold a bit grim. Yesterday we bought a Brompton Nano electric for my wife and I took for a test ride today. I was concerned that the ride would be a bit skittish on the...
by Gower
27 Jun 2011, 7:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What was the first 5-speed derailleur?
Replies: 18
Views: 2010

Re: What was the first 5-speed derailleur?

When I was riding with the South Wales DA in the fifties some of my rich pals had derailleur gears made by Simplex.I seem to remember they were 4 speed unless you possessed a 'Double Clanger' ! I was green with envy although I was still able to do 100 mile rides with my trusty SA 3 speed. Strangely ...
by Gower
4 May 2011, 10:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike racks
Replies: 9
Views: 680

Bike racks

I have just changed vehicles and my existing rear rack will not fit the new vehicle. The problem is a rear spoiler on the tail gate. I have been led to believe that an assisted lift roof rack is available but have been unable to trace one on the net. Advancing years means that I cannot lift the bike...