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by the snail
15 Feb 2020, 11:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is Black Sludge (rim brake question)?
Replies: 41
Views: 1374

Re: What is Black Sludge (rim brake question)?

It's rim material. If it was pollution from traffic, then it would be all over the bike rather than just the rims, and concentrated around the brake pads,
by the snail
15 Feb 2020, 10:00am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 250 Miles
Replies: 42
Views: 1390

Re: 250 Miles

You might have a suggestion as to how, with an injured back and no public transport (or a four hour three bus plus walk) I get to a hospital appointment. Typical edge-case argument. Most people are not injured/disabled, and it's really not that difficult to see how those who are could be accommodat...
by the snail
8 Feb 2020, 11:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Compact quality bike lock
Replies: 3
Views: 419

Re: Compact quality bike lock

If you google mini u lock, there are mini locks from abus etc. Bear in mind that a mini lock will restrict what you can lock the bike to. Also a u lock in your jersey pocket could give you a nasty injury if you fall off.
by the snail
23 Jan 2020, 11:22pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Homemade electric tricycle
Replies: 13
Views: 537

Re: Homemade electric tricycle

Golfer4588 wrote:Regarding the stability, I was hoping the fact that Dad will never go faster than walking pace and no sharp turns, 24 inches should be ok.

Sounds like what he needs is an off-road mobility scooter?
by the snail
23 Oct 2019, 10:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What LED lights for AXA HR Traction bottle dynamo?
Replies: 14
Views: 643

Re: What LED lights for AXA HR Traction bottle dynamo?

Surely you would have the option of tapping into the output from the battery, and connecting lights directly? As far as I can tell, the Axa HR is rated 6V 3W, same as a hub dyno, so you should be able to run any standard dyno set-up, e.g. B&M IQX, CYO premium etc
by the snail
23 Oct 2019, 10:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What LED lights for AXA HR Traction bottle dynamo?
Replies: 14
Views: 643

Re: What LED lights for AXA HR Traction bottle dynamo?

I think you'd be better off running lights off the battery. If there isn't provision for running the lights off the controller, then you should be able to run lights directly from the battery (B&M and others make DC versions of their lights), or possibly from a USB connection on the battery. htt...
by the snail
10 Oct 2019, 4:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Teasi One
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Re: Teasi One

Hi, I have the teasi one. IIRC it comes with maps for all of Europe, but you can download all maps for free. I removed all the maps except UK, as it was a bit slow to load all the maps at start up. I think the maps are OSM based. As a basic no frills device with a nice colour display I can't fault it.
by the snail
20 Sep 2019, 8:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pebbledashed Seat Tube Safe to Repair?
Replies: 8
Views: 461

Re: Pebbledashed Seat Tube Safe to Repair?

Looks fine to me, but I'd have a good look at the more critical areas, like around the bottom bracket and fork crown. Also worth seeing if the seat post will move.
by the snail
1 Sep 2019, 9:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you ever phone up Any Answers?
Replies: 23
Views: 898

Re: Would you ever phone up Any Answers?

I think that's part of the function of phone-ins. There's a temptation to assume that most people are sensible and think like you. Listening to these programs is a reminder of how ill-informed, stupid and bigoted a lot of people are.
And no, I cba to phone in.
by the snail
1 Sep 2019, 9:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Retouching frame finish
Replies: 10
Views: 557

Re: Retouching frame finish

You can buy primer for aluminium/non-ferrous metals, to apply with brush (hammerite/rustoleum?) from somewhere like Halfords or B&Q. I wouldn't want to use a spray can for such a small/awkward job.
by the snail
16 Aug 2019, 9:58am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Energy on longer rides
Replies: 32
Views: 1663

Re: Energy on longer rides

I don't think the issue here is food/nutrition, it's fitness. The OP rode for a couple of hours, and was tired out due to pushing too hard for their level of fitness. Eating more food won't help. I think the best advice would be to ignore your average speed and pace yourself, concentrate on building...
by the snail
16 Aug 2019, 8:56am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tampering with locks: wet rag on it?
Replies: 42
Views: 3390

Re: Tampering with locks: wet rag on it?

I think there's a tactic where they disable your lock, in the hope that you are forced to leave your bike unlocked. If you leave a lock in a public place, then there are people with nothing better to do than target it, I think you would be wise to buy a new lock.
by the snail
14 Aug 2019, 11:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: TV personality driving ban reduction
Replies: 68
Views: 2981

Re: TV personality driving ban reduction

36 in a 30 :roll: Why is this even being discussed :lol: Banned? 60 in a 30 yes a ban.36 in a 30?No. Obviously his Lawyer is useless :roll: I've been on 3 "Speed awareness" courses and they really are a waste of a day :roll: He wasn't going to be banned for 36 in a 30, he got three points...
by the snail
25 Jul 2019, 11:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 105 derailleur - short/medium cage ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1200

Re: 105 derailleur - short/medium cage ?

Might be worth trying the 32t cassette with your SS mech, it may work ok with some adjustment of the b-screw. The model no. is usually stamped on the inside, so you have to look from the other side of the bike.
by the snail
25 Jul 2019, 10:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist killed at Carlisle - hit by lorry
Replies: 16
Views: 5082

Re: Cyclist killed at Carlisle - hit by lorry

Herts police website states that no witness/no video camera footage equals no investigation and simply compiled for data purposes Well, without evidence/witnesses, how can there be a conviction, given that they would have to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt? OTOH, if you don't investigate, there...