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by spoonful
11 Jan 2013, 7:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Fogging up glasses
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Fogging up glasses

My eyesight is pretty poor, so I wear strong glasses. Unfortunately due to the thick lenses, they don't tend to heat up with my face...so when I stop at a junction for more than 20 seconds or so, they fog up completely. I can't see a thing at night, it's just a mass of blurred light and mist so I ha...
by spoonful
10 Jan 2013, 10:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Behold mortals and tremble!
Replies: 68
Views: 2416

Re: Stupidly bright front lights.

Yep. One end of my commute is a short 2 mile cycle on unlit country roads. I have a reasonably bright AA LED torch fitted with a dipping front lens so there's a nice sharp cutoff, and a much less powerful, less focused LED flasher to get seen. I've seen people with two immensely bright undipped LEDs...
by spoonful
7 Nov 2012, 7:01pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: From a van driver's point of view...
Replies: 182
Views: 11367

Re: From a van driver's point of view...

I was tempted to sarcastically echo spoonful. But I thought better of it, and decided instead to explain, nicely. 8) It can be quite difficult for a cyclist to get going again on a hill. In fact, some cyclists may not be at all able to start again. I have a friend who has a muscular weakness in one...
by spoonful
7 Nov 2012, 6:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: From a van driver's point of view...
Replies: 182
Views: 11367

Re: From a van driver's point of view...

I have only pulled in to those passing places something like twice a year, almost never do any vehicles wait for me to reach them before attempting an overtake. If I ever have a vehicle stuck behind me for a minute it feels intense, three minutes is an eternity to have a vehicle stuck behind you an...
by spoonful
7 Nov 2012, 6:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: From a van driver's point of view...
Replies: 182
Views: 11367

Re: From a van driver's point of view...

It was a good 20 mins at about 10mph, dropping to 7-8mph as the cyclist got tired. It's a long, bendy gentle uphill between Guildford and Godalming where a car could nip past safely, no problem. Doing the same in a heavy truck is risky though...even dropping a gear and flooring it didn't mean I wou...
by spoonful
7 Nov 2012, 4:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: From a van driver's point of view...
Replies: 182
Views: 11367

Re: From a van driver's point of view...

It was a good 20 mins at about 10mph, dropping to 7-8mph as the cyclist got tired. It's a long, bendy gentle uphill between Guildford and Godalming where a car could nip past safely, no problem. Doing the same in a heavy truck is risky though...even dropping a gear and flooring it didn't mean I woul...
by spoonful
7 Nov 2012, 3:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: From a van driver's point of view...
Replies: 182
Views: 11367

From a van driver's point of view...

I've been reading this forum for a while, and can't help but feel that a lot of aggression towards van/truck drivers is because most people simply aren't aware of the size, blind spots, slow acceleration etc. I drive a long wheelbase 3.5 ton van and sometimes a 7.5 ton truck as part of my job at a P...
by spoonful
22 May 2011, 6:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mounting Kryptonite Locks
Replies: 16
Views: 4259

Re: Mounting Kryptonite Locks

I have the same lock and I agree, it's awful. Seems to be very badly made with huge tolerances - mine's far too tight around the lock, whereas others say it's too loose. I had to use two hands to pull the lock out once releasing the catch. After three uses, the plastic cracked and fell to bits...use...
by spoonful
12 May 2011, 9:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl Cycling Kit
Replies: 9
Views: 985

Re: Aldi Cycling Kit

Pump looks a lot like the slightly more expensive Canyon one...wonder if they're identical internally or if the Civit is a copy? http://www.lidl.co.uk/cps/rde/xchg/lidl_uk/hs.xsl/index_20896.htm http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CANYON-TWIN-BARREL-DUAL-STAGE-TECH-BICYCLE-PUMP-/300534837595 Incidentally, I actua...
by spoonful
11 May 2011, 9:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear wheel rubbing on frame
Replies: 17
Views: 3433

Re: Rear wheel rubbing on frame

Thanks for the help. I bought a spoke wrench, read a bit of that guide on Sheldon's site and re-dished it myself with a DIY jig. Seems to be true to within 1mm or so, I'm happy! Best of all, it doesn't touch the frame.
by spoonful
10 May 2011, 3:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear wheel rubbing on frame
Replies: 17
Views: 3433

Re: Rear wheel rubbing on frame

It rubs the other side when flipped, so I guess that means the wheel's out of dish. I've did a very unscientific tug test of spoke tension, and all the spokes on the rubbing side are a lot tighter than the ones on the other. I guess a cycle shop uses a jig to accurately set the dish?
by spoonful
10 May 2011, 12:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear wheel rubbing on frame
Replies: 17
Views: 3433

Re: Rear wheel rubbing on frame

Just got off the phone from him - unfortunately his son now lives in New Zealand (lucky sod! :D ) so it's not really practical to ask him. Apparently it was ridden frequently until he moved, and it sat in the garage ever since. To his knowledge, it hasn't been touched. Any suggestions would be great...
by spoonful
10 May 2011, 8:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear wheel rubbing on frame
Replies: 17
Views: 3433

Re: Rear wheel rubbing on frame

Thanks. I'll give him a ring this afternoon. It looks like it was ridden but looked after though - the rims have wear marks from the brakes, and the pedals/bar ends are slightly scuffed from the odd spill...
by spoonful
10 May 2011, 8:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear wheel rubbing on frame
Replies: 17
Views: 3433

Re: Rear wheel rubbing on frame

Yep, it rubbed before I took it apart too. When I bought it, the seller said it was his sons, who had long since left home. It had been hung up on his garage wall for the past decade, covered in cobwebs! Unfortunately I don't think there's a practical way to trace its history past there... The tubes...
by spoonful
10 May 2011, 8:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear wheel rubbing on frame
Replies: 17
Views: 3433

Re: Rear wheel rubbing on frame

Good thinking! Just checked it…perfectly straight though. It's rubbing constantly throughout the full rotation of the wheel, so I don't think it's a warped rim either. Unless it's become uniformly warped…does this happen?