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by Stradageek
19 Oct 2020, 9:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 163
Views: 4932

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

I kind of live in hope that some kind of practical vehicle comes out of these various approaches, but I have a depressing feeling that if it happens it'll be an electric vehicle with afterthought pedals if you are lucky, a two-wheeled Sinclair C5 or something.... :shock:cheers Here's an interesting...
by Stradageek
18 Oct 2020, 9:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 163
Views: 4932

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

Availability being the keyword; recumbents have been with us since the beginning. I'm not a recumbent specialist historian, these are just the dates on the pictures from the literature. Just think where recumbent technology and availability would be now if the UCI hadn't banned them in 1934 just to...
by Stradageek
15 Oct 2020, 12:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Noisy freehubs cause me much distress. Why so noisy ?
Replies: 30
Views: 1026

Re: Noisy freehubs cause me much distress. Why so noisy ?

I briefly watched a GCN review of some new, stunningly expensive wheels. The first thing the reviewer did was spin the wheel and hold his ear closer to the loudly clacking axle and emit a sigh of satisfaction. I think it's purely a fashion statement, if you're 'cool' you have cleats that engage with...
by Stradageek
14 Oct 2020, 12:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC v Sram chains?
Replies: 19
Views: 651

Re: KMC v Sram chains?

KMC every time now, so much smoother running and easier changing than SRAM even though the KMC 'power-link' is a little more prone to open uninvited than the SRAM version
by Stradageek
14 Oct 2020, 8:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Waterproof Trousers
Replies: 24
Views: 769

Re: Waterproof Trousers

If you have to be somewhere that requires you to be clean and dry, does it matter if that's once or a hundred times? When I used to commute, half an hour each way, it was probably less than twenty times a year (I could sometimes delay the ride home) Now I'm committed to an average of twenty hours a...
by Stradageek
13 Oct 2020, 8:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Waterproof Trousers
Replies: 24
Views: 769

Re: Waterproof Trousers

We're mostly car-less and the system we use is: Light rain/short wet journeys - polyester/walking trousers that will dry in a jiffy Heavier rain - cheap Aldi waterproof trousers Torrential rain - wait for it to stop, though when I cycled to school and had no choice I remember that a cape and sou wes...
by Stradageek
7 Oct 2020, 12:56pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Giro d'Italia
Replies: 61
Views: 1968

Re: Giro d'Italia

Norman H wrote:Recorded highlights are available daily at 19:00 on freeview Quest Ch12.

As long as you don't mind commentary in Welsh, you can watch live coverage for free by going to iplayer and selecting S4C
by Stradageek
6 Oct 2020, 6:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is Trump Mad?
Replies: 1049
Views: 41401

Re: Is Trump Mad?

To quote Thucydidies:

“Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.”

And to mis-quote:

The rich do what they want, the poor do what they must
by Stradageek
6 Oct 2020, 8:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How bright is too bright
Replies: 40
Views: 1385

Re: How bright is too bright

It's less about brightness than aim. On my dark country lane commute I invested in dazzling lights to counter dazzling oncoming cars, we often both had to stop. I found the solution was to mount a very bright light really low down on the forks. Regardless of the oncoming brightness I could always se...
by Stradageek
5 Oct 2020, 4:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 163
Views: 4932

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

Sweep wrote:but weren't ALL of the things in that list available way back in 1997?

I was touring in 1974 and I'm not sure how many were readily available then, alloy wheels I certainly envied at the time :D
by Stradageek
5 Oct 2020, 1:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 163
Views: 4932

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

Comparing my early touring days to now I'd say that my favourite innovations are: Alloy wheels - you can brake in the wet Alloy square taper cranks - less weight, no cotter pins Aheadsets - much less trouble than setting up headset lock rings/races and bye bye rusty quill stems Clipless pedals - no ...
by Stradageek
3 Oct 2020, 5:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ginnels, and snickets
Replies: 53
Views: 1444

Re: Ginnels, and snickets

My daughter uses a Ginnel to get to her back door in Sheffield, if it were here in Northampton it would be a 'Jitty'
by Stradageek
3 Oct 2020, 12:11pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: I may have to become Non Standard.
Replies: 9
Views: 392

Re: I may have to become Non Standard.

Hope it works as well for you as it does for me, all the best and keep us updated - Stradageek
by Stradageek
2 Oct 2020, 4:46pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: I may have to become Non Standard.
Replies: 9
Views: 392

Re: I may have to become Non Standard.

How are you lying/sitting propped up in bed while reading a book ?? This position is probably very close to being recumbent on a bike. If you cannot do it for any length of time without it causing you back to stiffen up then a bent probably won't help. Not necessarily, when my back is bad there is ...
by Stradageek
28 Sep 2020, 1:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is my wheel dead (broken spoke nipple).
Replies: 9
Views: 386

Re: Is my wheel dead (broken spoke nipple).

It does vary a lot. I've seen wheels with 6 broken spokes still running true and wheels where riding with a single broken spoke for a couple of miles has "bent" the rim so that trueing was only possible by being cruel to some of the spokes, predisposing them to early failure. If the wheel ...