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by backnotes
7 Feb 2020, 6:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How do I test an electronic sensor ( on a rowing machine ) - NOW FIXED!
Replies: 11
Views: 314

Re: How do I test an electronic sensor ( on a rowing machine )

If you open it up again, then waving a loose magnet (e.g. off a bike with a cycle computer) near the sensor and seeing if the display wakes up might show if it is working / sensing a passing magnet. I'd have thought a magnet would be on the flywheel rather than somehow attached to a drive belt, but ...
by backnotes
7 Feb 2020, 1:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How do I test an electronic sensor ( on a rowing machine ) - NOW FIXED!
Replies: 11
Views: 314

Re: How do I test an electronic sensor ( on a rowing machine )

At the risk of stating the obvious, have you tried replacing the batteries in the “computer” with fresh ones if the machine has been in storage? There might be enough juice to activate the display but not enough for the sensor to do its thing. Then, it might worth checking that the leads that go fro...
by backnotes
7 Jan 2020, 12:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone identify this head badge?
Replies: 36
Views: 1920

Re: Can anyone identify this head badge?

There's a "Dawes roadster ladies rod brake bike" listed on eBay at the moment that suggests that Dawes may have once made "everyday" bikes with rod brakes and what looks like a transfer rather than a metal badge on the head tube. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1945-55-RARE-LOOP-FRAME...
by backnotes
6 Jan 2020, 9:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike storage in van without front wheel - QR bracket mounting?
Replies: 16
Views: 540

Re: Bike storage in van without front wheel - QR bracket mounting?

I've had this gathering dust in the garage - we left the house it never got used in 12 years ago! Ecolatch Pic.JPG It would probably need to be raised up on a block of wood to raise the back of the front mudguard, and it is simply an alloy clone of the block of wood with a hole through it for a QR s...
by backnotes
16 Dec 2019, 5:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New Inner tube bursts on first inflation !
Replies: 11
Views: 516

Re: This might be a stupid question about tyres and inner tubes

You’d be surprised how big you can get an inner tube to go, before it goes bang. Inner Tube.jpg This is what CTC Cambridge did for entertainment in the 1930s - an inner tube bursting competition. Taken from this site https://ctccambridge.org.uk/ctccambridgein1930s#ontheroad. Apologies in advance fo...
by backnotes
5 Dec 2019, 10:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front light with bar bag?
Replies: 20
Views: 1002

Re: Front light with bar bag?

If you are as lacking in foresight as me, and habitually turn your bike upside down to mend punctures, then with the extender bars that stick up above the bag, you may realise for the first time that you can't do this as easily, or at all, the first time you have a puncture! It's not a deal-breaker,...
by backnotes
30 Nov 2019, 4:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front light with bar bag?
Replies: 20
Views: 1002

Re: Front light with bar bag?

Ortleib do these https://www.ortlieb.com/uk/ultimatesix-adapter that give a mounting above or below the bag without taking space on the handlebar (how well it works above / below will depend on how deep the bag is etc.). My Carradice bar bag came with a light bar like this https://www.gbcycles.co.uk...
by backnotes
16 Nov 2019, 10:24pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Future of CUK - survey
Replies: 24
Views: 1545

Re: Future of CUK - survey

Not quite. Turns out these are two different questionnaires about two different things, each sent to different subsets of members. The first is broadly about how to market Cycling UK, and the second is asking about a new membership package. (a local member asked Cycling UK and this was the answer th...
by backnotes
14 Nov 2019, 5:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help with tyre punctures
Replies: 21
Views: 1278

Re: Help with tyre punctures

Sorry - I was typing while julk was saying the same thing about checking the inside of the tyre!

At least we aren't saying two different things.
by backnotes
14 Nov 2019, 5:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help with tyre punctures
Replies: 21
Views: 1278

Re: Help with tyre punctures

Could be caused by farmers giving their hedges an autumn haircut? Our road was done the other day and the road is now covered in thorny twig fragments. You can get the ends of black-ish thorns caught in a tyre. They break off flush with the outside of the tyre, and sit just poking through the Kevlar...
by backnotes
5 Nov 2019, 3:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Track Pump
Replies: 49
Views: 1475

Re: Best Track Pump

Quite possibly. Someone asked if this make of pump was any good, and all you can go on is your own experience. I haven't done a systematic review of all makes of track pump, such as the SKS Airworx you mentioned that is £1 cheaper, and I'm sure that's good as well / possibly better. There's probably...
by backnotes
5 Nov 2019, 11:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Best Track Pump
Replies: 49
Views: 1475

Re: Best Track Pump

+1 for the Topeak Joe Blow Sport 3. You can generally get this for £26 (e.g. at a local Halfords using click and collect) rather than the £35 advertised in the link above. So that's already down to £2.60 a year over a decade! I had a yellow Joe Blow that worked for 12 years and then the gauge stoppe...
by backnotes
17 Oct 2019, 10:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders
Replies: 54
Views: 2179

Re: Statistics for insurance claims against ride leaders

There were some CTC guidance notes on this area. I can't find my copy, but there is one linked from here: https://trurocycling.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/lawandliabilityforcycleactivityproviders.pdf I have no idea if this is current or has been updated. The bit that stood out for me was section 5.2...
by backnotes
22 Sep 2019, 6:03am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Has anyone ever made a full chain of missing links for a laugh?
Replies: 10
Views: 491

Re: Has anyone ever made a full chain of missing links for a laugh?

You just need to wait a few months, and then get a ShelBroCo Sram deluxe kit https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html for $249.95, which is all made of power links.
by backnotes
13 Sep 2019, 9:11am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Harmful 'phone calls
Replies: 43
Views: 1467

Re: Harmful 'phone calls

The other way if you don't have the time to wind them up is to say your phone number is registered with TPS, and ask them for their name and company name as they shouldn't be calling you. Outbound callers do seem to be scared of TPS and know what it is, and immediately say they will remove you from ...