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by Anglian
10 Jan 2013, 5:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cambridge-St.Ives Guided Busway/cycle path
Replies: 21
Views: 4790

Re: Cambridge-St.Ives Guided Busway/cycle path

On the minus side; it was late. It was over budget. It floods. It floods really badly . The buses are something of a menace. There are no white lines, so riding in the dark is a bit sketchy. The Busway road surface is smooth (and getting smoother) concrete. There appear to be developing problems wi...
by Anglian
8 Jan 2013, 5:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aftermarket Chain Cases
Replies: 6
Views: 598

Re: Aftermarket Chain Cases

Since my town bike has hub gears, it would make sense to put on a chain case to help my bike and my trousers. However, I haven't found any for sale in any of the usual online bike shops. The only option seems to be the Hebie Chainglider. So my questions are: 1) Where are they for sale (preferably l...
by Anglian
7 Jan 2013, 2:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How does that left-handed thread on bottom brackets work?
Replies: 10
Views: 894

How does that left-handed thread on bottom brackets work?

Hello, This is probably the kind of question which I'll regret asking, once it's been explained to me. So I've learnt that the drive side of a bottom bracket, on the right side of a bike, has a left-handed thread, and unscrews clockwise. This stops the component from unscrewing as one cycles along, ...
by Anglian
4 Jan 2013, 5:45pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Using a whistle whilst cycling
Replies: 50
Views: 3181

Re: Using a whistle whilst cycling

I don't understand the opposition to bells. A high pitched ping travels further than a voice, and immediately identifies you as a bike. A voice behind could be a pedestrian. When walking, (or cycling for that matter) I much prefer having a bell ping behind me than someone shouting 'on your right' o...
by Anglian
4 Jan 2013, 5:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle lanes for undertaking buses
Replies: 13
Views: 980

Re: Cycle lanes for undertaking buses

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/cycle-lanes-for-undertaking-buses-8428588.html OK, so cycle path takes us 'round the back of the bus stop then it creates a danger as we re-enter the road in front of the bus? If there's room to build that little road for bikes to the left of the bus stop, then...
by Anglian
4 Jan 2013, 5:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: And another fatality
Replies: 47
Views: 2692

Re: And another fatality

Anglian: how do you feel they do react? Firstly, I'm not the one casting aspersions about the callousness of the (people who work at the) Highway Authority without providing any evidence. Generally I find that Highways Authorities are interested in reducing road casualties, and work in a profession...
by Anglian
2 Jan 2013, 4:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: And another fatality
Replies: 47
Views: 2692

Re: And another fatality

As things stand, none of this will happen: ..., the Highway Authority will laugh itself silly and the next death will happen. What on Earth do you mean? What a patently ridiculous thing to say. What grounds do you have for asserting that the Highway Authority will laugh about the death of a cyclist...
by Anglian
14 Dec 2012, 12:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain lube - wet or dry?
Replies: 99
Views: 18552

Re: chain lube - wet or dry?

actually WD40 is derived from fish oil or something, I am told. Told by someone reliable? This sounds highly unlikely. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WD-40#Formulation): ⋅  WD-40's precise formulation is a trade secret, and it's not patented to avoid having to disclo...
by Anglian
13 Dec 2012, 3:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain lube - wet or dry?
Replies: 99
Views: 18552

Re: chain lube - wet or dry?

can't decide if should use wet lube or dry lube for my chain (regular city commute only) ... also seen a spray on aerosol dry lube. Too many choices! Any hints? Many thx The important thing is that one doesn't let the chain become too dog-eared: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegall...
by Anglian
12 Dec 2012, 2:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Re-spacing the rear axle
Replies: 31
Views: 4400

Re: Re-spacing the rear axle

Surely it LESS faff to spread the frame,non? Hello breakwellmz, I don't think so. Although I'm having to think about the consequences of respacing, and understand how various aspects of the bike's geometry will be affected, if it can be done this way, then I think it's not much work to unscrew the ...
by Anglian
12 Dec 2012, 2:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Re-spacing the rear axle
Replies: 31
Views: 4400

Re: Re-spacing the rear axle

B&Q or hardware shops have a good selection of washers.Replace the 12mm on the none driveside with the appropriate number of washers to give 130mm spacing.Alternatively cut or grind 5mm off the 12mm spacer on the none driveside. You may need to redish the wheel which is easily done with the whe...
by Anglian
12 Dec 2012, 10:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Re-spacing the rear axle
Replies: 31
Views: 4400

Re-spacing the rear axle

Hello, I'm trying to replace the rear (26", solid-axle) wheel on a bike with 130mm rear dropout spacing (the bike uses a six-speed freewheel, and is a perfectly adequate workhorse, more-or-less a hack bike). The replacement wheel has an over-locknut distance (OLD) of 135mm, so I can get it into...
by Anglian
6 Dec 2012, 2:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Turning bike upside down. Social death for a cyclist..
Replies: 57
Views: 7295

Re: Turning bike upside down. Social death for a cyclist..

Who exactly decided this was social death for a cyclist? Jobst Brandt, partially: http://sheldonbrown.com/brandt/upside-down.html Nothing can be done to a bicycle upside-down that cannot be done better with it right-side-up, except to spin the rear wheel while hand cranking the pedals. In fact, tha...
by Anglian
6 Dec 2012, 1:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Unfair treatment of British cyclists.
Replies: 14
Views: 1856

Re: Unfair treatment of British cyclists.

The first weekend of December and I was out cycling around the countryside on a cold and wet weekend, after the frosts had melted, with extra layers and a pair of ski gloves. Meanwhile, a cousin in Austin, Texas (who doesn't cycle) posted pictures of the barbecue he had with family and friends in t...
by Anglian
29 Nov 2012, 5:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: From a van driver's point of view...
Replies: 182
Views: 11313

Re: From a van driver's point of view...

The point about pulling over on hills again is legitimate - I'd rather have the large vehicle in front of me than up my chuff! Unfortunately for the sake of self-preservation we have to cycle defensively! johncarnie: from a safety point view it is much more important to keep the lorry behind you , ...