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by rmurphy195
15 Jun 2019, 8:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brakes, hydraulic versus cable
Replies: 28
Views: 676

Re: Disc brakes, hydraulic versus cable

Thanks for the replies. I feel as if I'm teetering on the edge of an abyss here as all my other four road bikes are rim brakes. I'm looking at a bike for long road rides in all weather (well, wet weather certainly). At present the only thing pushing me to jump into the disc brake abyss is the dread...
by rmurphy195
14 Jun 2019, 9:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schwalbe marathon plus tyres - traction?
Replies: 11
Views: 414

Re: Schwalbe marathon plus tyres - traction?

I have marathons on my Brompton, and tyre pressure makes a huge difference.

As little as 15-20 extra can make a tyre that is noisy(propellor-like, squirmy, amd drags so much you think the brakes are stuck on, and a smooth, quiet, easy ride.
by rmurphy195
14 Jun 2019, 9:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disc brakes, hydraulic versus cable
Replies: 28
Views: 676

Re: Disc brakes, hydraulic versus cable

When my son did his downhill racing some years back, he used Hydraulic disc brakes - Hope on his original bike, not sure what afterwards. They needed the same sort of maintenance as on my car - occasional bleeding, fluid replacement, seal inspection/replacement and so on and were expensive and compl...
by rmurphy195
11 Jun 2019, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How do I find out which brake pads to buy ?
Replies: 10
Views: 447

Re: How do I find out which brake pads to buy ?

Try doing what I do with car parts - take the old one off,and pop along to your bike shop and ask for matching items. Then keep the old ones, or the packaging for the new ones, ready for next time around. Or compare them with the chart on this page https://www.wiggle.co.uk/clarks-sintered-pair-of-di...
by rmurphy195
4 Jun 2019, 10:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Birmingham Road Cycling routes
Replies: 4
Views: 364

Re: Birmingham Road Cycling routes

Don't forget there's also the canal routes out to Wolverhampton etc. Try this link, loads of useful info there that you can use depending on your start point https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/walking-and-cycling-routes/urban-adventures/top-cycle-routes-and-around-birmingham or this http://www.birm...
by rmurphy195
30 May 2019, 10:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite Museums
Replies: 51
Views: 2902

Re: Favourite Museums

brynpoeth wrote:Next you may visit the Watercress Line and learn to drive a steam engine, then you have a choice of careers :wink:


Or Klondike Mill and learn to drive a traction engine or road roller?
by rmurphy195
30 May 2019, 10:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Book recommendations and why?
Replies: 78
Views: 11064

Re: Book recommendations and why?

Sweep wrote:
David9694 wrote:Richard’s Bicycle Book by Richard Bannatine

You left out the why.


Some interesting bits of retro in that one!
by rmurphy195
30 May 2019, 10:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Di2 - A technology too far?
Replies: 90
Views: 2812

Re: Di2 - A technology too far?

If a bike gearchange relies on batteries/servos, instead of a direct mechanical connection, then it is too far IMHO - I don't have to keep the batteries charged in order to cvhange gear with my old-hat setup!
by rmurphy195
26 May 2019, 5:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I drove a normal car yesterday
Replies: 171
Views: 3220

Re: I drove a normal car yesterday

Yesterday, I was driving Daughter1's car. It's a Ford B Max with a manual gearbox. Good car, drove nicely, and was comfortable. No complaints whatsoever ............................. except .................... Having owned and driven a Toyota Hybrid for the past couple of years, it's surprising to...
by rmurphy195
26 May 2019, 5:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite Museums
Replies: 51
Views: 2902

Re: Favourite Museums

If you are in Gloucester, try the waterways museum. Equally interesting in some ways is the Wetherspoons a short distance away, near the mariners church (itself worth a look). I think the building was an old ship repair workshop, there's loads of bits in there that were just left behind and are now ...
by rmurphy195
26 May 2019, 12:22am
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?
Replies: 108
Views: 5934

Re: Keeping your brain alive in retirement - what do you do?

Currently I spend too much tiome converting km to miles so I can understand what people are on about!
by rmurphy195
25 May 2019, 11:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Book recommendations and why?
Replies: 78
Views: 11064

Re: Book recommendations and why?

In read los of books - fiction by my favourite and new (to me) authors, and non-fiction on various subjects. Some are more striking than others.

Most striking recently is "The Tattooist of Auschwitz". A difficult one to put down, that.
by rmurphy195
24 May 2019, 8:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Favourite Museums
Replies: 51
Views: 2902

Re: Favourite Museums

Was reminded of this one when passing through Churchill (NR Hagley) today http://www.churchillforge.org.uk/ Only opens occasionally And the forge miilmuseum in Redditch http://www.forgemill.org.uk/web/ . Info about the lifespan of the workers in the grinding room is scary.
by rmurphy195
24 May 2019, 8:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ADVICE -What Bike!! - Getting back into road bike after several years off !
Replies: 5
Views: 358

Re: ADVICE -What Bike!! - Getting back into road bike after several years off !

The bikes you mention have been de-listed, however from what I can see of the photos they don't have low enough gears. Get something that has, at your stage you need something that has at least 2 rear sprockets that are smaller than the smallest chainring, preferably 3. Honest! Lowest gear around 20...
by rmurphy195
24 May 2019, 8:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Intimidating Motorists?
Replies: 78
Views: 3045

Re: Intimidating Motorists?

Why would you want to intimidate me when I'm driving (or riding for that matter)? If I get in your way, live with it. I don't intimidate cyclists when I'm driving, or when I'm riding or walking for that matter. Legal - by intimidating you mean threatening behaviour, road rage, offensive behaviour et...