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by helmbarrie
24 Sep 2020, 10:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Helmets with radio contact
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Helmets with radio contact

Any one with experience of helmets with blue tooth wi fi ? A friend of mine has taken up cycling with his wife and he wants to stay in touch whilst riding together. He thinks wi fi helmets are the thing rather than talking more loudly. Anyway because I am regular cyclist he thought I would know abou...
by helmbarrie
24 Sep 2020, 7:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Good quality cycling cap?
Replies: 27
Views: 1137

Re: Good quality cycling cap?

A few years ago my brother bought me a Rapha winter cap for Christmas, I remember thinking it must be expensive and I would not have bought it being a skinflint, so the perfect Christmas present and it was. I where it always when riding locally without a helmet. It has a band that folds down over th...
by helmbarrie
15 Jun 2015, 11:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: noise from cassette
Replies: 42
Views: 2140

Re: noise from cassette

Can anyone tell me why the more expensive road bikes have cassettes that are noisy. Cheaper ones in my experience are silent. The one advantage of the noisy one is freewheeling is as good as a bell to alert walkers on towpaths.
by helmbarrie
15 Jun 2015, 11:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What is the point of Ti?
Replies: 84
Views: 3573

Re: What is the point of Ti?

Well my Spa Ti frame is so comfortable compared with my old 531 steel bike and it has 25 mm tyres at 100 lbs pressure
by helmbarrie
17 Apr 2014, 6:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Browning bike
Replies: 0
Views: 470

Browning bike

Rummaging in the loft the other day and I found a box of old new Cyclist mags from the late 80's and 90's. a great magazine. Mike burrows tested a Browning bike that had suspension. It did look very interesting. I cannot find any information about browning bikes on the net. Well an American bike is ...
by helmbarrie
5 Jan 2014, 11:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bromptons - Not Impressed
Replies: 120
Views: 22871

Re: Bromptons - Not Impressed

Neither am I. I borrowed a friends when I needed to take a very small car for repairs and could not fit my proper bike in it. The Brompton fit in the car a treat, but riding it just 3 miles home was not a treat for me. I take my hat off to those who ride for miles on them. For me there use would be ...
by helmbarrie
18 Oct 2013, 1:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: £50 fixed penalty notce for cycling on pavement
Replies: 45
Views: 7578

Re: £50 fixed penalty notce for cycling on pavement

If you were on the pavement for just 10 sec you could contest the penalty. Perhaps you were avoiding a hazard in the road which may be a defence. Go to the Police Station to discuss your options. I would not be surprised to see you receive a caution.
by helmbarrie
27 Aug 2013, 12:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Spa Titanium Audax v Sabbath September
Replies: 26
Views: 6112

Re: Spa Titanium Audax v Sabbath September

I am really interested in this thread. I have promised myself a new titanium bike soon and I was impressed with the positive press that the Spa machine has received. It is clearly very well designed. However since I will be spending so much on it I want the bike to be pleasing to my eye, it has to l...
by helmbarrie
29 May 2013, 10:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: When are you too old?
Replies: 49
Views: 2825

Re: When are you too old?

I went out with the Autumn Tints group last week. The pace was quite quick. On one of the first hills I went past a chap. I was pleased with myself untill on chatting at the top I found out he was 80. I am 63. Further into the ride he overtook me and I could not stay with him on the climb. I need to...
by helmbarrie
30 Jan 2013, 5:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Saddlebags -- Our Carrdice the only ones?
Replies: 6
Views: 600

Saddlebags -- Our Carrdice the only ones?

I have a 20 odd year old Carridice Overlander. I am thinking of replacing it soon since it is saggy nylon and I would like something a bit smarter. It has served me really well for shopping and short tours. I have got myself a pair of panniers ( Halfords) that I use for touring now. I have thought a...
by helmbarrie
18 Oct 2012, 4:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Breeches/pluses?
Replies: 27
Views: 7223

Re: Breeches/pluses?

I got one of those peaked caps from my brother for Christmas last year. It is a Rapha and I think they are expensive but is really brilliant. Keeps my head warm, does not blow off and would fit under a helmet.
by helmbarrie
18 Oct 2012, 4:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hub straps
Replies: 33
Views: 6578

Re: Hub straps

Just put one on my rear hub. I got it off an old bike my son's friend has. It is slowly cleaning the hub up nicely. I will transfer it to the front soon!
by helmbarrie
25 Aug 2012, 5:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle policy on trains advice
Replies: 21
Views: 3948

Re: Cycle policy on trains advice

First off congratulations to the Brompton rider doing LEJOG in 7.5 days. I find riding a Brompton very challenging especially going up hill. In regard to train policy if you ring up they tell you book. However turning up and just getting on has never given me a problem, even when there were more bik...
by helmbarrie
9 Jul 2012, 5:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: When are brake blocks worn out?
Replies: 24
Views: 1416

Re: When are brake blocks worn out?

Wilkinson's sell blocks for my cantilever brakes for under £2. A year ago they were £1.50. How good are they? Well they stop the bike OK and don't sqeak. What more do you need.
by helmbarrie
10 Apr 2012, 6:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Thatcher
Replies: 235
Views: 19462

Re: Thatcher

Many of the comments here give the impression that cyclists are a smug set of champagne socialists. I ride a bike, don't hate cars or their drivers and thought Thatcher had faults like all politicians but the country needed a change from the useless Labour Party at the time of Callaghan.