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by mark a.
21 Oct 2020, 2:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Grey lever on Deore derailleur
Replies: 7
Views: 400

Re: Grey lever on Deore derailleur

Well, it's certainly quieter. I'm not sure the clutch has ever been on until now. Thanks everyone.
by mark a.
20 Oct 2020, 9:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Grey lever on Deore derailleur
Replies: 7
Views: 400

Re: Grey lever on Deore derailleur

Thank you. I'll flip it back on. I was struggling to get the wheel back on after fixing a puncture (some lovely person scattered thumb tacks over the cycle path this morning) so perhaps I'd had the clutch on.

The bike is a Tern GSD with a long chain (and a chain guide pulley halfway along the top run) and small wheels, so I imagine the clutch is actively useful with all that chain flapping around.
by mark a.
20 Oct 2020, 3:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Grey lever on Deore derailleur
Replies: 7
Views: 400

Re: Grey lever on Deore derailleur

Ah, so it's a clutch mechanism. Great, I just never knew I had one.

Which is the on position?
by mark a.
20 Oct 2020, 2:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Grey lever on Deore derailleur
Replies: 7
Views: 400

Grey lever on Deore derailleur

Can anyone tell me what this lever does on the Deore 10-speed derailleur?

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It moves up (in the direction of the arrow shown) but it's not obvious that it does anything.

I've only had the bike for over a year :D and I've only just noticed it. Sincere apologies for the mech not being spotlessly clean :)
by mark a.
20 Aug 2020, 10:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Noisy rear hubs: functionality or fashion?
Replies: 35
Views: 1525

Re: Noisy rear hubs: functionality or fashion?

I rather enjoy the noisy Hope hub on my mountain bike. It's fun. But then I also enjoy the quiet Shimano hubs on my other bikes. The difference keeps things fresh and fun. IIRC correctly, the Hope hub (Pro 2, I think) is much easier to service.

If I had to choose, I'd go with silent and use a bell for pedestrians, but I'm not going to bin a wheel just yet.
by mark a.
12 Aug 2020, 12:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: BBC: War on Two Wheels
Replies: 33
Views: 1819

BBC: War on Two Wheels

A lovely BBC Radio 4 program by Lois Price about cycling (and motorcycling), and how it should be a normal thing. I'm not sure if she's a CyclingUK member, but her message is very familiar. We should be able to call ourselves "people who get around on bikes", and not just identified (often disparagingly) as "cyclists".

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000llw4

The blurb:

Lois Pryce argues that bicycles need to be reclaimed as simply a mundane means of transport - and cycling needs to be uncool again.

As a passionate advocate of two-wheeled transport, whether it's powered by an engine or her own legs, Lois is tired of disapproving looks. And she thinks that in the case of bicycles, it's partly because cycling has turned into an identity. She wants to revert to the time it was just a way of getting around.


Well worth a listen, I thought.
by mark a.
8 Aug 2020, 9:56pm
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: Membership rates
Replies: 215
Views: 14220

Re: Membership rates

To me, that wording is much clearer than previously, and fairer. No undefined "Unwaged" and it filters out wealthy retirees.
by mark a.
8 Aug 2020, 9:54pm
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: Membership rates
Replies: 215
Views: 14220

Re: Membership rates

Mick F wrote:In the UK, anyone at 68yo is on the state pension.
They could be millionaires or otherwise.

Are the "new" membership payments going to be means tested?


Might as well link to the FAQ:

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The key wording being "sole income from state pension" (my emphasis). So millionaires, those with work pensions etc won't be eligible for the concessionary rate. I've no idea what proof would be required.
by mark a.
6 Aug 2020, 2:18pm
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: Membership rates
Replies: 215
Views: 14220

Re: Membership rates

I had a different problem with the current / outgoing (?) rates. I was a mature student for a while, so the membership department moved me onto the cheaper Unwaged fee. That was great for me, but it was never clear what "Unwaged" actually meant. Since it was undefined, in theory I could have stayed on it forever (plus no-one ever checked). I chose to return to the more expensive Adult membership since I didn't want to disadvantage a club / charity that I cared about.

To be honest, it gave the impression of a disorganised and inefficient organisation that was losing money unnecessarily. At least now with this proposed fee structure the categories are much more explicitly stated, so it's much clearer.
by mark a.
1 Dec 2019, 11:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick unclog of mudguards?
Replies: 63
Views: 2457

Re: Quick unclog of mudguards?

Thanks all. You're probably all correct in that the hosepipe is the best option (before the gunk dries) but in reality I think I'll make use of a tyre lever or similar scraper type thing.
by mark a.
30 Nov 2019, 9:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Quick unclog of mudguards?
Replies: 63
Views: 2457

Quick unclog of mudguards?

It's the time of the year when leaves and mud really like to clog the mudguards during my regular cycle route (a bit of road, a bit of woodland, mostly canal towpath). It's not major clogging, just annoying with the sound and a bit of extra resistance. So when I get back home I'd like something quick and simple to get rid of the worst of the gunk as I put the bike away.

What do people do as a daily unclog technique? I'm not talking about getting out the pressure washer or leaving things spotlessly clean - if it requires significant effort it won't get done. I was thinking along the lines of a giant pipe cleaner, bottle brush or something like that.
by mark a.
5 Nov 2019, 12:42pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Trustee elections 2019 - deadline for applications extended
Replies: 17
Views: 3400

Re: Trustee elections 2019 - deadline for applications extended

Indeed. She's looking forward to the first meet-up later this month.
by mark a.
3 Nov 2019, 6:11pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Trustee elections 2019 - deadline for applications extended
Replies: 17
Views: 3400

Re: Trustee elections 2019 - deadline for applications extended

Well, I'll be. That was a nice surprise while we were on half-term holiday.
by mark a.
15 Oct 2019, 7:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar + bell
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Re: Handlebar + bell

reohn2 wrote:Can the Bosch E controller not be moved to the middle and the bell mounted on the left side?


I suppose it could, but it's quite nice to be able to easily flick it in and out of higher power modes when zipping up a hill or through traffic.
by mark a.
15 Oct 2019, 5:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handlebar + bell
Replies: 7
Views: 580

Handlebar + bell

My new school run routine takes us along the canal towpath. It's a pretty and popular route, so I'm having to use my bell way more than I ever have in the past. The bell that came with the bike is just out of comfortable reach of my thumb. Any ideas on how to improve it?

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The bike is a Tern GSD e-cargo bike - it's fantastic. As you can see, though, the handlebars are pretty busy already, with the gear shift indicator on the right and the Bosch control unit on the left, and, crucially, the bell quite far inboard from the right (Ergon) grip.

Will one of the silicon-band mounts squeeze under the gear indicator, does anyone know? Is there such a thing as a long-reach bell striker? All the bells on my other bikes are on the left, but I can't see how I would fit one with the big Bosch thing in the way, unless anyone has any good ideas (the bend in the bars would prevent me from moving the unit too far anyway).

Bonus points for brass bells (they sound nicer) and ones that sound decent even in the wet (this one barely works with rain on it). Thanks!