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by the snail
20 Sep 2019, 8:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pebbledashed Seat Tube Safe to Repair?
Replies: 8
Views: 331

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: 860

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: 527

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: 1228

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: 41
Views: 2631

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: 2678

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: 1190

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: 12
Views: 4461

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...
by the snail
5 Jul 2019, 7:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Commuter for touring or tourer for commuting?
Replies: 47
Views: 1672

Re: Commuter for touring or tourer for commuting?

Personally, my tourer was perfect as a commuter, reliable, robust, low-maintenance, comfortable and practical. My requirements in a tourer or commuter are actually quite similar. If you've got a nice triple chainset then there shouldn't be any need to change gearing. If you start to overthink things...
by the snail
30 Jun 2019, 10:57am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front wheel locked while cycling: disc brake or mudguard?
Replies: 72
Views: 2535

Re: Front wheel locked while cycling: disc brake or mudguard?

Still not a satisfactory response. IMO they should replace all damaged parts, refit mudguards properly, and compensate you for your injuries. This was a nasty incident, which could easily have been fatal, IMO caused by their negligence. I notice they haven't fitted the plastic end caps for the stays...
by the snail
26 Jun 2019, 6:14pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Surly LHT e-bike conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 714

Re: Surly LHT e-bike conversion

+1 for the mid-drive, like the tongshen. They will handle hills/weight better than a hub drive. You shouldn't need a triple with the motor, but I think it's possible to fit a double to the tongshen if you need to.
by the snail
29 May 2019, 11:44am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?
Replies: 45
Views: 1987

Re: Is it legal to cycle whilst using phone?

Lance Dopestrong wrote:I can't fathom why anyone would spoil a wonderful bike ride by having a tiresome conversation on a mobile phone while doing so.

probably posting to twitter/facebook
#onmybike
#intheambulance
#incasualty
by the snail
16 Apr 2019, 4:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carrera Crosscity Folding Electric Bike 2017 - Splitting Cracked Rims
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Re: Carrera Crosscity Folding Electric Bike 2017 - Splitting Cracked Rims

Can't really say what has happened there, but it's certainly possible to wear out rims pretty quickly if you ride in wet/gritty conditions, dont keep rims/pads clean - I wore out a pair of 28" rims in a few weeks when I didn't know better, and small wheels on an electric bike will certainly hav...
by the snail
11 Apr 2019, 2:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders
Replies: 117
Views: 4782

Re: Painted cycle lanes may make roads more dangerous for bike riders

Absolutely unsurprising conclusion, and that's before you take into account lanes that disappear without warning, shepherd you into the path of traffic or into the dooring zone. Surely the passing distances you quote are wrong though? I mean, I know 4x4s are a menace, but a mean passing distance of ...
by the snail
4 Apr 2019, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kuota kebel Loose front mech hanger...Help!!
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: Kuota kebel Loose front mech hanger...Help!!

Not familiar with that bike, but if it's ally/carbon frame, then it's probably a rivnut type fitting, probably easiest o take it to a bike shop if you don't have the tool for it?