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by rmurphy195
6 Nov 2018, 10:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike lights when on the pavement.
Replies: 41
Views: 1350

Re: Bike lights when on the pavement.

Thanks for the replies. Good info there! I wonder though, if you are a cyclist riding your "carriage" on the footway, you are already riding in an incorrect place. Does it matter that you have no lights? Pedestrians pushing a pram wouldn't have lights. Pedestrians using a pram are likley ...
by rmurphy195
5 Nov 2018, 7:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clean my handlebar
Replies: 18
Views: 756

Re: Clean my handlebar

For any sticky stuff, I've found "Sticky Stuff remover" works well (I use abottle, not an aerosaol - got it from B & Q or somewhere). I've used it for getting vinyl stickers and such like, and blu tack, off paintwork, plus on plastic car headlamps to get the beam-bender-sticky-residue ...
by rmurphy195
2 Nov 2018, 6:13pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Budget 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 954

Re: Budget 2018

No mention of cycling (or walking) in the speech... but it gets cheaper for drivers: "…we will freeze fuel duties for the ninth successive year… "…bringing the total saving to the average car driver to over £1,000… "…and to the average van driver to over £2,500…" https://www.gov...
by rmurphy195
2 Nov 2018, 6:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Budget 2018
Replies: 16
Views: 954

Re: Budget 2018

Did I read correctly from a recent Cycling UK mailing that current spending on UK cycling was under £1 per head compared with £80 per head on roads? Alas, we have a government that seems completely oblivious to climate change and air pollution ignoring the latest reports from science and health lea...
by rmurphy195
1 Nov 2018, 4:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle insurance
Replies: 18
Views: 835

Re: Cycle insurance

If you don't want to add them to your home insurance (Some have limitations that might not suite you) the TSB do a stand alone policy that looks good value. It's based on the value of your most expensive bike and the rest are then covered, so it's value will vary depending on your bike collection. ...
by rmurphy195
25 Oct 2018, 5:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tourer - 26" or 700c wheel?
Replies: 63
Views: 2208

Re: Tourer - 26" or 700c wheel?

I would "separate the 2 concerns", personally. Choose the rim size depending on what you want, aesthetically, or type of readily available tyre,or where you are (some hints in the other posts). Then sort out the gears as a separate task, miing the chainring and sprocket sizes to get the ge...
by rmurphy195
23 Oct 2018, 12:22am
Forum: On the road
Topic: City centre cycling ban
Replies: 67
Views: 2297

Re: City centre cycling ban

Seems to be the age old problem of just a few idiots riding bikes in a careless way, and which gives all cyclist the bad name, and a ban. Not really sure what the answer is, maybe the Tory government needs to stop reducing police numbers, get more bobbies back on the beat, and perhaps on police bic...
by rmurphy195
22 Oct 2018, 11:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alternative to an E-bike
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Re: Alternative to an E-bike

E-Bikes are, in my view, electric versions of the old mopeds (e.g. Raleigh Wisp) which, I believe, were legally limited to 30mph and usually had small motors which couldn't be souped-up either economically or cheaply. (Modern "mopeds" are a different kettle of fish from what I hear!) E-Bik...
by rmurphy195
18 Oct 2018, 8:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Car Indicators - Is it me?
Replies: 36
Views: 1345

Re: Car Indicators - Is it me?

No,its not just you. Used to be that not only could you see front indicators clearly, but you could see where they were positioned on the car, usually low down below the headlamp. This means you could glance at an approching vehicle, even from an angle, and readily see whaere the indicator was and w...
by rmurphy195
13 Oct 2018, 3:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: squealing cantilever brakes
Replies: 23
Views: 840

Re: squealing cantilever brakes

Could be worn pivots, you shuold be able to check for this by simply trying to wobble them! If the canti's have their own internal bushes that form the pivot bearings, with the inner bush held tight against the mounting post, easier to fix by just replacing the cantis. If the canti's pivot directy o...
by rmurphy195
13 Oct 2018, 3:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Car parking close to the kerb by the traffic light s
Replies: 41
Views: 1810

Re: Car parking close to the kerb by the traffic light s

If it's just teh glass that's broken replacements are available for most common cars at under a tenner on ebay. Fitting is quick and easy. Yup, these stick onto the broken glass with adhesive. HOWEVER if its a heated mirror then it won't operate as well, because of the extra thickness of the glass ...
by rmurphy195
13 Oct 2018, 3:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: tow bar cycle carrier : 7 pin plug / 13 pin car socket !!
Replies: 5
Views: 332

Re: tow bar cycle carrier : 7 pin plug / 13 pin car socket !!

Sounds like a faulty adapter. I've got one on my lightboard & it works as expected. I've also got a 2x7 pin to 13 pin adapter for the trailer tent which works fine too. Totally agree, I have a similar adaptor for the same reason, plug the 7-pin trailer plug into the adaptor,plug the adaptor int...
by rmurphy195
12 Oct 2018, 6:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Chris Hoy speaks out
Replies: 42
Views: 1810

Re: Chris Hoy speaks out

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/oct/11/chris-hoy-calls-for-end-to-cyclist-and-motorist-them-and-us-mentality I think this makes a lot of good sense. There's always far too much unnecessary labelling, often derogatory. Should it be just "road users" across the board? After all every...
by rmurphy195
10 Oct 2018, 10:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Waterproof Spray
Replies: 12
Views: 616

Re: Waterproof Spray

If you know the make of the items - you say Altura?- maybe thier web site will have th care instructions on it. Grangers or Fabsil are the usual products to use. For my waterproof jackets, I wsh them as per the instructions,then when dry put them on a hanger and spray with waterproofer. Goretex and ...
by rmurphy195
10 Oct 2018, 5:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes Galaxy - current status? Still good option?
Replies: 39
Views: 1896

Re: Dawes Galaxy - current status? Still good option?

LittleGreyCat: the Galaxy was certainly a default option but in the past was a single model. It comes now in several variations so you have to choose the one that best meets your needs. Dawes isn't the company it was: the bikes are built in Vietnam and struggle to find much of a place in today's ma...