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by SleepyJoe
27 Mar 2018, 10:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tragic incident on bike ride
Replies: 21
Views: 2934

Re: Tragic incident on bike ride

I had an incident last Friday on my commute to work. Cycled underneath the new Taw Bridge in Barnstaple when I heard lots of shouting. Looking back, loads of people were looking over the barrier and I realised someone had jumped. This is a 30ish m drop and fortunately the tide was in. I turned back ...
by SleepyJoe
7 Feb 2018, 9:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The future of the Bristol Railway Path
Replies: 19
Views: 1987

Re: The future of the Bristol Railway Path

It’s not only the Bristol-Bath cycle lane which people have an eye on. The is also the Tarka Trail between Braunton&Barnstaple which some people want to convert to a tram line http://www.taw-link.org.uk Both ex-railway tracks converted to excellent and well used shared use paths which are alread...
by SleepyJoe
17 Nov 2017, 11:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 835
Views: 135661

Re: A positive thread

Had a cracking commute home tonight, dry, windless and not a bad sunset
Nuff said
by SleepyJoe
22 Jan 2017, 10:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dang and blast...
Replies: 16
Views: 1820

Re: Dang and blast...

The exactly the same thing happened to me on Thursday- shamano single sided spd pedal, flat on other side. One bolt missing with damaged thread and second bolt sheared off with stub left in pedal. I only noticed when I got off the bike and my right shoe was somewhat taller than the left! Time to loo...
by SleepyJoe
6 Sep 2016, 8:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Expanding foam in a carbon frame?
Replies: 31
Views: 2076

Re: Expanding foam in a carbon frame?

Hollow carbon frames do make a lot of sound! Using expanding foam might be an issue as the typical one part, builders expanding foam relies on water to set. In an enclosed space, it tends to expand and then slumps down to a gooey mess. I have experienced this in a previous job trying to make an insu...
by SleepyJoe
1 Sep 2016, 7:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: and he is allowed to keep his job?!?
Replies: 20
Views: 1639

Re: and he is allowed to keep his job?!?

First of all the video does show a terrible bit of driving. However, i can also understand why this driver might have made this mistake. As he approaches the roundabout, the road sign clearly shows a separate feeder lane for vehicles turning left and another lane for turning right. However the actua...
by SleepyJoe
16 Aug 2015, 5:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: collapsed wheel beware!
Replies: 7
Views: 1167

Re: collapsed wheel beware!

I hate to admit it, but I have had a front wheel fail in a similar way. I was part way down a 1in 4 hill on Exmoor at the time (heading towards Hunters inn). The whole edge of the rim peeled away on one side. I managed to stop using the rear break only along with lots of swearing! I check my rims a ...
by SleepyJoe
26 Jul 2015, 11:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Foot cramp
Replies: 14
Views: 2806

Re: Foot cramp

I think your problem is the use of trainers. They have flexible, cushioned soles which mean your feet are flexing when you pedal. Most cycling specific shoes have stiff soles to avoid this. You could try cycling in an ordinary pair of shoes with stiffer soles and see if this makes any difference. Ul...
by SleepyJoe
19 Jun 2015, 12:54pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Moulton New Rear Brake
Replies: 10
Views: 15390

Re: Moulton New Rear Brake

When I modified my mk2, I fitted a front & rear derailleur with a small, 12tooth rear. I found that the chain rubbed against the brake caliper so ended up fitting it underneath the rear suspension arm. If I remember correctly, that also moved the brake cable to the left hand side and avoided any...
by SleepyJoe
19 Jun 2015, 12:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Military Quadricycle
Replies: 10
Views: 850

Re: Military Quadricycle

That military bike for 8 looks like it could be fun to ride! However, I thought most tandems had the pedals in synchronisation at avoid clashes of feet The chap at the rear seems to be about 90 degrees behind the other 3 chaps in front. Just looks a bit odd & don't know if there is a reason why-...
by SleepyJoe
19 May 2015, 1:43pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Different segregation....
Replies: 15
Views: 2564

Re: Different segregation....

Just to have a different view on abuse compared to mjr, I have had a couple of occasions when I have had specific abuse from car drivers because I was on a road and not using the totally separated cycle track. This was on the Braunton-Barnstaple road with the Tarka Trail running roughly parallel but...
by SleepyJoe
13 May 2015, 1:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Summer / winter tires
Replies: 20
Views: 1269

Re: Summer / winter tires

I commute in rural North Devon all year round and most winters I don't see any snow. I use a road bike during decent weather and a mountain bike fitted with studded tyres for roughly 3 months (Dec, Jan, Feb) I can't be bothered switching bikes depending on the weather forecast (it isn't particularly...
by SleepyJoe
22 Apr 2015, 8:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to choose a bike saddle?
Replies: 41
Views: 2582

Re: How to choose a bike saddle?

I had 2 San Marco Rolls saddles. First one came fitted on my 12 year old Dawes Audax. Second one was a warranty replacement after the rails broke. Very comfortable to ride but I gave up when the second one broke the rails as well. This might have something to do with my riding style or possible burr...
by SleepyJoe
11 Apr 2015, 5:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Aldi on Sunday 12/4/15 inc. Garmin Edge 200
Replies: 46
Views: 4578

Re: Aldi on Sunday 12/4/15 inc. Garmin Edge 200

The Garmin Edge 200 has two odometers built into the unit, so you can record total distance for 2 different bikes. In addition, if you download All your rides onto the garmin website, this will give you detailed info about each ride (map route, mileage, altitude, speed, weather, calories....) and it...
by SleepyJoe
24 Mar 2015, 7:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Utility Pannier Bags
Replies: 16
Views: 9034

Re: Utility Pannier Bags

I have gone down a similar road as Monkeytennis and modified an ex-army webbing haversack - heavy duty duck cotton about A4 size and permanently bolted to my rack. Waterproof ish, robust and cheap (about £6 each). Just needed some bent metal hooks and coroplastic liner. Smaller shoulder bags are als...