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by aegelstane
13 Mar 2020, 3:46am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Pothole Perdition...
Replies: 22
Views: 1663

Re: Pothole Perdition...

Private Eye 21st February; "Shropshire Council which spent £80,000 resurfacing a lane leading to a Tory councillor's house while other roads remain pitted with potholes [Eye 1509] has found a brilliant cost-effective solution. It's paying a "pothole consultant" £1,000 a day to,er,look...
by aegelstane
14 Feb 2020, 3:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Anyone painted their bikes?
Replies: 17
Views: 1128

Re: Anyone painted their bikes?

Still have my first handmade frame [by Egar Allen, Ripley Derbys, c1954] hanging in the shed with it's last respray [1970ish] using a glorified jam jar with a plastic handle and a pipe which connected to the wrong end of a cylindrical vacuum cleaner.Thinned cellulose paint of course- must have a loo...
by aegelstane
1 Dec 2019, 3:05am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Orbea Gain tyre problem
Replies: 27
Views: 1137

Re: Orbea Gain tyre problem

One could take refuge in a telephone box :wink: Difficult to fix a tyre in a telephone box. (I imagine, I've never tried) Straitened a buckled front wheel by using a phone box door as a sort of vice - a team effort by a group of Heanor Clarion members on a Whit bank holiday weekend bash, near Apple...
by aegelstane
20 Nov 2019, 2:06am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Penny Farthing record
Replies: 42
Views: 11859

Re: Penny Farthing record

The Road Records Assn was formed in 1888 and the first LEJOG entry reads;1891 G P Mills 4 Days 11 Hours 17 Min Presumably riding a "safety" machine In 1894 he reduced this to 3.05.49 and would have been awarded the Anfield Bicycle Club Shield presented perpetually 1894. In 1895, with T A E...
by aegelstane
31 May 2017, 3:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Puncture proof your tyres - is this is a good idea?
Replies: 33
Views: 7457

Re: Puncture proof your tyres - is this is a good idea?

Surely it's time to reinvent [a more lively version] of the "solid" tyres which were on sale a few years ago. :D
by aegelstane
16 Mar 2017, 3:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sprockets bigger than 22 teeth for Sturmey Archer AW?
Replies: 10
Views: 1664

Re: Sprockets bigger than 22 teeth for Sturmey Archer AW?

SA splined sprocket hub gears were introduced in the late 50s [?] Up to then they were screw on with the same threading as a normal hub. The standard practice re the wide ration three was to fit a threaded driver from the earlier epoch thus allowing much bigger cog to be used
by aegelstane
22 Mar 2016, 12:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: E bikes - do you secretly want one?
Replies: 130
Views: 8891

Re: E bikes - do you secretly want one?

I remarked to my partner recently that Dutch pensioners can be seen having a daily trundle on e-bikes. Here folks of a similar age seem to spend most of their time mooching around garden centres!
by aegelstane
5 Jan 2013, 9:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A childs bike with hub gears ?
Replies: 30
Views: 2294

Re: A childs bike with hub gears ?

Check out the Dutch marktplaats.nl website; This is a far more user friendly version of ebay. There are literally thousands of bikes of all types on there - the range will astound you and most of the stuff is good quality -the Dutch know their bikes. For example; a quick inspection shows a very nice...
by aegelstane
6 Aug 2012, 9:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 757
Views: 157963

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

Finally! Someone has given me a bike with a Shimano 3 and the plastic shield on the twist grip changer is broken. Can I replace with an SA trigger changer - have loads of them in my spares dept!
by aegelstane
26 Mar 2012, 12:56am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Do all cranks have the same thread?
Replies: 10
Views: 4103

Re: Do all cranks have the same thread?

There's a little more to it as I found out when I recently attempted to fit new pedals to a Peugot tandem imported c1980 with Stronglight cranks etc.. My brother who has the benefit of a Rolls Royce apprenticeship behind him explained that the thread profile was correct but there were more/less of t...
by aegelstane
30 Jan 2012, 12:11am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Vitriolic Press Hacks
Replies: 13
Views: 2682

Fearless, "light hearted" scribe strikes again!

Once again Peter Rhodes,columnnist on the West Midlands Star group of newspapers tales a swipe at cyclists Jan 27th; "On the other hand,if the Sandwich Islands are available [to resettle the Britain's 120,000 "problem" families mentioned earlier in the column] there is one group of so...
by aegelstane
23 Jan 2012, 3:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tip - fitting Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyres
Replies: 91
Views: 193300

Re: Tip - fitting Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyres

When I were a sprog on Heanor Clarion clubruns a lady named Hilda whose job was fitting tyres at the Raleigh factory in Nottingham was often present. After a puncture had been patched [most of us were too poor to carry spare tubes] there was no problem in refitting the tyre and levers were not neede...
by aegelstane
6 Jan 2012, 2:39am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Vitriolic Press Hacks
Replies: 13
Views: 2682

Vitriolic Press Hacks

Another Jeremy Clarkson/Matthew Parris clone surfaces! In yesterday's Shropshire Star Peter Rhodes wrote as follows; "In a survey, 40 per cent of motorists believe cyclists should be forced to have road insurance. This is yet another survey which has missed me out, which probably explains why t...