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by Bowedw
8 Sep 2020, 2:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: More drivers cleared after rider's death.
Replies: 53
Views: 1255

Re: More drivers cleared after rider's death.

Seems more like a reckless close pass to me. If the person who initially hit the cyclist with her wing mirror, had driven from her home, she would have been driving into the sun almost all of her journey. Granted that the uphill from Bow Street might have tilted the car more into the glare of the su...
by Bowedw
1 Sep 2020, 7:23pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: SOLD Dawes Super Galaxy 59cm SOLD
Replies: 9
Views: 1068

Re: Dawes Super Galaxy 21.5 inch, price reduced

I have a Galaxy of about the same year and Dawes frames where measured centre of bottom bracket to top of seat tube in cms. Mine is a 54 cm and the top tube and down tube at their junction with the steerer just allows two fingers to be placed in the distance apart. something like 20 to 24 cm as a gu...
by Bowedw
30 May 2020, 7:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ...why indexing isn't done by the derailleur?
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: ...why indexing isn't done by the derailleur?

My MTB had a bottom normal derailleur when I bought it second hand, soon changed for a top normal one. I had no idea that such a thing existed and it certainly did not inspire confidence when changing down going up hills, the lack of feel was unnerving.
by Bowedw
13 May 2020, 8:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike recommendations for tall heavyset man
Replies: 4
Views: 218

Re: Bike recommendations for tall heavyset man

Personally I would look at the refurbished Post office Pashley bike from Elephant bikes. I have one and its seriously good fun even thought I would be like a dwarf standing alongside you. You could always progress onto something else at a later date depending how well you progress.
by Bowedw
13 Apr 2020, 8:38am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Panic buying, hoarding
Replies: 888
Views: 22318

Re: Panic buying, hoarding

We had not seen eggs of the colours shown in the photo, until that is about four months ago, when every box since we have had from our neighbour, looks like that. One was a large double yoke one in the last lot. Rich coloured yokes probably from the free range grazing?
by Bowedw
10 Apr 2020, 2:05pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?
Replies: 1851
Views: 43268

Re: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?

Several groups of four plus cyclists, pass my house on their way on a single track road, tall hedges both sides and very steep. Most of them shoulder to shoulder, laughing and joking as if all was well with the world. As a life long cyclist I personally despair at this sort of behaviour. Knowing tha...
by Bowedw
1 Apr 2020, 10:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Induction hobs - your experience(If you have one!)
Replies: 42
Views: 1141

Re: Induction hobs - your experience(If you have one!)

Had our for about 10 years, Cannot fault it in any way, Minimum cleaning and still looks as good as new, Had to buy compatible saucepans, etc when we bought it but worth it. One thing we have found that, the cheaper saucepans take much longer to heat the contents, luckily apart from one or two odd o...
by Bowedw
2 Feb 2020, 6:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 6 speed upgrade options
Replies: 11
Views: 648

Re: 6 speed upgrade options

Your Sugino may be 110mm bcd, in which case it will accept an inner ring down to 34 tooth. If 130 bcd, then a 38 is available, or 39 if 135 bcd. A 38/39 will give you a gear similar to a 32, this was a common route to take in the era of your bike. A 52 ring would also for most of us be better replac...
by Bowedw
22 Jan 2020, 8:34am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What Vintage Raleigh Bike Model is this?
Replies: 8
Views: 944

Re: What Vintage Raleigh Bike Model is this?

Raleigh produced bikes to suit most levels of peoples income, what we have here is a basic lugged frame using on of the lower quality bicycle tubes. It is no more rubbish than many of the current frames, sold with poorly welded joints and poor frame alignment. If you have a use for the bike, then as...
by Bowedw
12 Jan 2020, 2:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alesa aero rims
Replies: 9
Views: 455

Re: Alesa aero rims

Have you given any consideration to the hub you are going to use? track hubs are 120 wide and your Ace will most probably be 126mm. From personal experience, a pair of wheels with a screw on freewheel hub and an alloy adaptor from ebay, with thread lock to prevent it unscrewing will give the correct...
by Bowedw
11 Jan 2020, 12:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.
Replies: 49
Views: 2128

Re: Rain damaged Brooks saddle.

Presumably the leathers are coloured somehow, black, blue, green etc. I would think a saddler or shoe repair person would be able to help or at least offer advice. Some upholsterers also refurb leather for cars. Maybe an internet search could offer some help. Regular proofhide seems to have kept min...
by Bowedw
7 Jan 2020, 10:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 64
Views: 3245

Re: Crank length

I have 165mm cranks which I feel suits me as I have short legs. In theory it needs a lower gear but with a multi gear option and the fact that roads are seldom flat I could not pin point any difference in effort now. What really converted me was a pair of 160mm cranks that I had taken off a bike ,ye...
by Bowedw
7 Jan 2020, 7:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Campagnolo Daytona gear alternatives
Replies: 15
Views: 719

Re: Campagnolo Daytona gear alternatives

Hi for me I find a 34 does not really work on the hills and is dead loss for a decent pace in other conditions. A spa triple with something like a 28/38/48 enables me to spin along fine for most rides on the 38. The amount of cyclists I see with the 34, seem to have to use the 50 plus ring which slo...
by Bowedw
21 Dec 2019, 4:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm
Replies: 14
Views: 763

Re: Sturmey Archer front hub brake: 70/90mm

My Audax bike is a 1984 Record Ace, I do like your idea, but personally would not on put a drum brake.Only with an emergency stop will you be able to test them fully. I did have an accident with my Thorn with 531 fork blades, I dropped the front wheel into a ditch and it was the fork crown that fold...
by Bowedw
13 Dec 2019, 5:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heights of lights.
Replies: 21
Views: 1403

Re: Heights of lights.

I seem to remember reading that it became a legal requirement or maybe only a recommendation,that the back mudguard was to be painted white at the rear during the war.