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by MartinC
21 Aug 2020, 10:06pm
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: Membership rates
Replies: 191
Views: 6309

Re: Membership rates

Which makes my comment harsher than it should be and I apologise for not fact checking first. My underlying feeling remains that CUK is fast becoming a cookie cutter entity in the Charity sector administered by those who see their stay in CUK as largely just an episode in a Charity industry career. ...
by MartinC
21 Aug 2020, 11:46am
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: Membership rates
Replies: 191
Views: 6309

Re: Membership rates

.....As an aside I notice that senior management costs seem to have increased by a very significant amount 2018 to 2019...... Yes, "We're abolishing the Senior rate in the interests of fairness and increasing the rewards for Senior Management 'cos we'll have moved on before there's any comebac...
by MartinC
21 Aug 2020, 11:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 9986

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

..... I entirely agree that in particular geometry especially angles and wheel base important factors.... The stiffness of the tubes will have a bigger effect. The weight of the rider and the size of the frame are part of this too. Tyre characteristics don't just depend on the nominal width either....
by MartinC
20 Aug 2020, 2:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 9986

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

alexnharvey wrote:.....The variance within each group is bigger than the differences between the
groups.


Yes, this, and other threads, is rife with people creating generalisations from their own personal circumstances. The variances due to design and manufacture will outweigh those due to material.
by MartinC
20 Aug 2020, 11:19am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bestest ever bicycle brakes... ?
Replies: 129
Views: 4025

Re: Bestest ever bicycle brakes... ?

Rejection of disk brakes reminds me of rejection of the horseless carriage! :lol: Al I haven't seen a post rejecting disk brakes. I've seen posts pointing out the negative features of disk and other brakes (in the real world everything has positive and negative features. Which leads me on to why is...
by MartinC
20 Aug 2020, 8:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bestest ever bicycle brakes... ?
Replies: 129
Views: 4025

Re: Bestest ever bicycle brakes... ?

pedals2slowly wrote:.....The key is - give value judgements with numbers and added up the scores - disc brakes win hands down.......


.......but only if we use your values. Others may vary.
by MartinC
20 Aug 2020, 8:01am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 9986

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

mikeymo wrote:......Steel and carbon fibre are two different choices, that's all.


Ah, so you did understand my post after all! :)
by MartinC
19 Aug 2020, 12:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 9986

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

@Sweep..........I found a photo of CJ's CF tourer on a 2020 tour of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura,........ I'm sorry, I can't resist posting this any longer. The other day I was browsing an old CTC magazine (Feb/Mar 2006)in which CJ was reviewing a Koga Miyata carbon touring bike. It was, as always, ...
by MartinC
19 Aug 2020, 12:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Erotica and retro-cycling
Replies: 54
Views: 2554

Re: Erotica and retro-cycling

The irony with these events is that they're designed to celebrate a nostalgia for a time gone by that many share but because of their nature they end up as a celebration of pedantry that tries to invent an imagined past. My old racing bike sits in the garage exactly as it was built in 1986 but isn't...
by MartinC
18 Aug 2020, 4:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bestest ever bicycle brakes... ?
Replies: 129
Views: 4025

Re: Bestest ever bicycle brakes... ?

simonhill wrote:A flip flop on the front wheel is favoured in some less well off countries.


I think in engineering terms this a variation of the spoon brake. Avoidance of any toe in with this type of brake is essential.
by MartinC
18 Aug 2020, 11:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bestest ever bicycle brakes... ?
Replies: 129
Views: 4025

Re: Bestest ever bicycle brakes... ?

Caliper, cantilever, disc, drum and roller brakes can all provide all the power and modulation you need, or not, depending on the quality of the kit and the way it's installed and maintained. If you've got other criteria like weight, complexity, tyre clearance, rim wear, mud clogging, thermal effici...
by MartinC
18 Aug 2020, 11:12am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Noisy rear hubs: functionality or fashion?
Replies: 35
Views: 1496

Re: Noisy rear hubs: functionality or fashion?

:D Noisy rear hubs are a mechanism to identify morally deficient people - lazy cyclists who aren't pedalling and those with low tolerance thresholds.
by MartinC
14 Aug 2020, 1:47pm
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: The age concession: a crisis of conscience
Replies: 68
Views: 2460

Re: The age concession: a crisis of conscience

I'll suggest that the underlying case for a senior discount here is expectation......... The reference to Thomas Hardy and Common Law after this was lost on me. I think the expectation is intuitively based on (at least) two things. In sporting or activity based organisations there's a progression f...
by MartinC
13 Aug 2020, 11:54pm
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: The age concession: a crisis of conscience
Replies: 68
Views: 2460

Re: The age concession: a crisis of conscience

I've asked for the arguments in favour of lower fees for older people but TTBOMK haven't seen any. Jonathan Point of order: this was in the OP from Tony - "Not withstanding the popular impression that old age retirement is a blissful time, in reality it is usually a depressing decline into wre...
by MartinC
11 Aug 2020, 11:31am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: KOPS......again.
Replies: 71
Views: 2336

Re: KOPS......again.

My 2d. I've always thought that KOPS is nonsense. It works as a starting point because it just happens to correspond to where you find yourself more or less when seated on a conventional bike. I would suggest starting with the saddle set at midway in it's fore and aft adjustment and make adjustment...