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by rmurphy195
22 Jan 2021, 10:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tubeless tyres
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: Tubeless tyres

Could be lack of grip in the wet, plus the possibility of degradation through wet rot/woodworm?
by rmurphy195
22 Jan 2021, 10:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Levelling up?
Replies: 38
Views: 2139

Re: Levelling up?

This thread starts with the standard comments re relative skills of cyclists v drivers. IME there are good drivers and cyclists, mediocre both, and crap of both - in equal measure. Leads metothink lots of people get off theier bikes and into their cars - and vice versa - and behave the same way. Whi...
by rmurphy195
22 Jan 2021, 10:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bench vice without a bench
Replies: 22
Views: 928

Re: Bench vice without a bench

Small jobs you can get away with a lot. If you want to remove a freewheel then not having the vice bolted to a bench is going to be a bit of a problem!
by rmurphy195
22 Jan 2021, 10:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mechanical disc brake choice.
Replies: 43
Views: 1507

Re: Mechanical disc brake choice.

I have the TRP, had them for 5 years now and not had a problem with seizing but then I don't go out on the salty icy roads these days. Touring bike, they work very well, I don't find adjustment as big a problem as some folk say it is by any means. You get the best performance by following TRP instru...
by rmurphy195
22 Jan 2021, 10:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: bike mirrors?
Replies: 86
Views: 16995

Re: Rear View Mirror

I use a bar end mirror (dropped bars) - fits into the bar end.. I have a horror of taking a tumble and having a mirror mounted near my eye punching through my eyeball! If its on the bike, its always where its needed and away from my eyes
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by rmurphy195
20 Jan 2021, 5:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Indoor bike trainer
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Re: Indoor bike trainer

Jusr use any cheap tyre, a special trainer tyre costs loads of dosh!
by rmurphy195
18 Jan 2021, 1:30pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: what power/speed would you like if no regulations
Replies: 15
Views: 414

Re: what power/speed would you like if no regulations

I'd go with increased speed, up to 30mph - under the same rules as the old mopeds, because you are no longer in the realms of electrical assistance, but in the realms of a powered motor vehicle. Including keep off the cycle paths and out of the cycle lanes etc.
by rmurphy195
17 Jan 2021, 6:28pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: cycling after cataract op advice
Replies: 12
Views: 376

Re: cycling after cataract op advice

Not yet. I had mine done about 6 weeks ago (yes, and what a difference it does make) and went out on the bike for the first time today. I was given a sheet that said what I should be able to do and when (you probably have one, the timescales to avoid bending, strenous exercise etc.). I asked specifi...
by rmurphy195
17 Jan 2021, 6:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Toolbox Inserts
Replies: 15
Views: 608

Re: Toolbox Inserts

I wrap mine in a bit of old cloth tied together with a bit of velcro tape The cloth is then used to wipe things (including oil off fingers) if I have a breakdown, then replaced with a clean piece when I get home. No rattling around in my "water bottle" tool holder
by rmurphy195
15 Jan 2021, 9:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Would you keep your bike(s) in a cellar?
Replies: 41
Views: 1462

Re: Would you keep your bike(s) in a cellar?

I would hope your cellar has some ventilation, otherwise the wooden floor above it would rot! Try putting a greenhouse heater in there, or maybe an oil-filled radiator on its minimum setting, maybe with a time switch, and see how that goes. I used to keep my bikes in a free-standing garage, timber-f...
by rmurphy195
14 Jan 2021, 9:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are Adventure Bikes the reincarnation of Sport Tourers?
Replies: 23
Views: 1295

Re: Are Adventure Bikes the reincarnation of Sport Tourers?

Mine is classed as a Tourer (Condor Heritage Disc) rahter than an "Adventure" bike - it has plenty of clearance for tyres (I'm currently using nominally 32mm tyres but they measure at nearer 35mm). I could probably fit chunkier tyres than the Vittorias I currently use, but have no need nor...
by rmurphy195
12 Jan 2021, 8:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bike insured by your home insurance?
Replies: 8
Views: 287

Re: Bike insured by your home insurance?

Try TSB for house/bike insurance. The automatic cover for bikes on your house insurance disappered years ago, along with automatic cover for mobile phones, and for much the same reason - high incidences of fraudulent claims from people getting upgrades at the insurance compani expense, at a time whe...
by rmurphy195
12 Jan 2021, 11:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguard sizes I’m confused
Replies: 29
Views: 4116

Re: Mudguard sizes I’m confused

Attached are piccies of the front stays on my disc-equipped tourer. You have to be careful of how much you bend them otherwise they won't reach the mudguard!

For the rear, make sure the front of the mudguard protrudes below the BB by bout an inch or so to protect the chainstays from grit!
by rmurphy195
12 Jan 2021, 10:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear changing on 6 speed Brompton
Replies: 22
Views: 739

Re: Gear changing on 6 speed Brompton

What you don't say is how you are changing the rear derailler - is it static, or with the wheels and pedals rotating? The Brompton 6, assuming its like mine, is a combination of a hub gear (which requires hub gear techniques to change) and a derailleur which requires derailleur techniques i.e. pedal...
by rmurphy195
11 Jan 2021, 12:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer
Replies: 53
Views: 1735

Re: The psychology behind using a turbo trainer

amaferanga wrote:Those claiming its too boring on a turbo trainer should try Zwift.


Or simply read a book and listen to the radio while pedalling!!