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by rmurphy195
21 Sep 2018, 7:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: NEW HERE....need advice please
Replies: 32
Views: 620

Re: NEW HERE....need advice please

Sounds as if a Hybrid, with low gears, straight handlebars and gears/brake levers that are easy to reach. Mudguards to keep the mud off you, and maybe a pannier rack at the back to strap a picnic bag/waterproofs/lock to should do fine for you. Get one with one or two water bottle cages if you can, o...
by rmurphy195
21 Sep 2018, 7:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... what these signposts mean?
Replies: 8
Views: 406

Re: ... what these signposts mean?

I think the odd circular bits usually refer to something local and significant/historical.
by rmurphy195
21 Sep 2018, 11:25am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: All Things Are Possible ....
Replies: 11
Views: 366

Re: All Things Are Possible ....

I can remember towns and villages that were traffic-free. In Northern Ireland in the late 60's and 70's When travelling to see relatives in Donegal it was often simply not possible to explore the local towns and villages on the way from the ferry from the mainland, stop off for breaks etc. nor pop i...
by rmurphy195
21 Sep 2018, 11:16am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’
Replies: 132
Views: 6380

Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

I have to ask - given the title of this thread, and its location (Campaigning and Public Policy) - is it the OP's intention to kick off a campaign to ban "Drive-Cycling"?
by rmurphy195
20 Sep 2018, 1:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GCSE Project - Hi-Vis / Safety
Replies: 46
Views: 1238

Re: GCSE Project - Hi-Vis / Safety

Humans eyesight is tuned to detecting relative motion (being predators). Just think how easy where's wally would be if he was waving at you. So how about a light or other high vis accessory which spins or shakes side to side while flashing enough to "jump" out at the motorist.maybe even o...
by rmurphy195
19 Sep 2018, 10:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Keeping bottles sterilised
Replies: 59
Views: 1078

Re: Keeping bottles sterilised

Miltons every time for me for water bottles/caravan water supplies etc.

Works well for removing tea/coffee stains from mugs as well!
by rmurphy195
19 Sep 2018, 5:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Using spray degreaser
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Re: Using spray degreaser

Petrol works well and then evaporates. There are plenty of alternative solvents to petrol as a degreaser. Diesel, paraffin, or white spirit, all have higher flash points and would be safer options. Totally agree. I use white spirit, more easily available off-the-shelf (along with meths) than the al...
by rmurphy195
19 Sep 2018, 5:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any Point Me Going Tubeless
Replies: 6
Views: 289

Re: Any Point Me Going Tubeless

You'd best consider the practicalities of tubless - special rims perhaps, and maybe some interesting techniques for blowing up the tyres - I've heard that like car tyres they need an initial blast of air to get the tyres to seal against the rim. maybe someone who uses them can expand on this. Not su...
by rmurphy195
18 Sep 2018, 6:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A positive thread
Replies: 449
Views: 80588

Re: A positive thread

An odd one this - maybe ... When I started work in the 1960's one of my first purchases was a sports bike, nice and shiny and new. Made by Raleigh it was green, with chrome fork ends and nice green mudguards, centre pulls, 10-speed and above all - beautiful (to my eyes) large-flange hubs, which you ...
by rmurphy195
18 Sep 2018, 1:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GCSE Project - Hi-Vis / Safety
Replies: 46
Views: 1238

Re: GCSE Project - Hi-Vis / Safety

gbnz wrote:
+1. Only this morning was I looking at Wilko's cheap reflector pedals for winter use (Nb. Wouldn't bother trying to fit reflectors to my shimano spd pedals)


I've put strips of reflective self-adhesive tape on mine.
by rmurphy195
18 Sep 2018, 1:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GCSE Project - Hi-Vis / Safety
Replies: 46
Views: 1238

Re: GCSE Project - Hi-Vis / Safety

A) The What I have a number of highly-visible items of clothing, which I wear depending on circumstances 1) A lightweight yellow rainproof shell, with a couple of reflective bits across the back, for summer use 2) A proper breathable waterproof in yellow, again with a couple of reflectives on it for...
by rmurphy195
17 Sep 2018, 4:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Never using an adjustable torque wrench again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1355

Re: Never using an adjustable torque wrench again!

I assume the torque spec' varies with how/if the thread has been lubed (dry, oil, grease, anti-seize etc..) is a c. 20% tolerance enough to cover this? Torque is usually specified dry. A lubricated thread will show a lower torque than the "real" value, and so overtightening will occur. By...
by rmurphy195
17 Sep 2018, 9:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Never using an adjustable torque wrench again!
Replies: 41
Views: 1355

Re: Never using an adjustable torque wrench again!

Hmm. Have you eliminated the possibility of a material flaw in the bolt? Seems an unusual failure: I'd normally expect overtorquing to first cause damage to either the head or the thread in the crank arm. Quite agree - whenever I've overtightened a bolt its always been the thread that's stripped, e...
by rmurphy195
15 Sep 2018, 8:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Building a touring bike for my boyfriend- clueless and need help!
Replies: 45
Views: 1668

Re: Building a touring bike for my boyfriend- clueless and need help!

Do you have a piccy of the bike he built and had stolen? Maybe that will provide a clue as to what sort of frame to buy. There is a but thought - frames come in different sizes and materials, so making a decision could be difficult. You may have to tease some info out of him methinks! But it is a wo...
by rmurphy195
14 Sep 2018, 12:34am
Forum: On the road
Topic: When a younger guy challenges you at the lights ...
Replies: 37
Views: 1333

Re: When a younger guy challenges you at the lights ...

Let them go ahead and shield me from the wind, saves energy! (at 68 its useful)