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by Sweep
28 Sep 2020, 1:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo AA battery charger - do they exist?
Replies: 51
Views: 2914

Re: Dynamo AA battery charger - do they exist?

Charging AA battery's from a dynamo is straightforward. Use a simple bridge rectifier which you can make from 4 diodes and use the rectified output to recharge your batteries. You may need to experiment to see how quickly they charge. Pre led era dynamo runners would rectify the AC dynamo output to...
by Sweep
28 Sep 2020, 10:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo AA battery charger - do they exist?
Replies: 51
Views: 2914

Re: Dynamo AA battery charger - do they exist?

additional note - when I got that flashing alert referred to above when charging in the drybag, the device had actually recharged the batteries to full according to the readout from my garmin.

As I said in a post upthread, I think it's best to use the same small selection of batteries in the charger.
by Sweep
28 Sep 2020, 9:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo AA battery charger - do they exist?
Replies: 51
Views: 2914

Re: Dynamo AA battery charger - do they exist?

What a helpful resurrection, I had no idea such things existed. Could you post a photo of yours now that it's known to work, and a URL for the one you've found, please? Thanks Jonathan Pictures here, along with lots of technical stuff that is somewhat beyond me.. https://lygte-info.dk/review/Review...
by Sweep
28 Sep 2020, 9:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo AA battery charger - do they exist?
Replies: 51
Views: 2914

Re: Dynamo AA battery charger - do they exist?

I thought I'd offer an update on the USB AA/AAA battery charger from IKEA I linked to above. Thanks for that update. I am very tempted to buy one myself. Although it is not a fast charger, it may work very well for topping up the batteries. You could just plug it in overnight and forget about it. I...
by Sweep
26 Sep 2020, 6:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Stuff at Aldi This Sunday 27/9/20
Replies: 12
Views: 771

Re: Bike Stuff at Aldi This Sunday 27/9/20

The description for the lights say ". Lights to be used in line with road vehicle lighting regulations" so I guess they're not K marked and so not sufficient to make you legally lit on their own. Shame. I wish they'd take a page from lidl's book. Yes I couldn't see any meaningful info on ...
by Sweep
26 Sep 2020, 6:06am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter accessories
Replies: 19
Views: 658

Re: Winter accessories

Merino base layers on an aldi special from tomorrow Sunday.
Recommended.
by Sweep
25 Sep 2020, 1:39pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Sportourer saddle
Replies: 2
Views: 189

Re: Sportourer saddle

Might be an idea to give some measurements front to back, side to side at rear.
by Sweep
21 Sep 2020, 5:28pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit
Replies: 63
Views: 1965

Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Cowsham wrote:I bring a plastic microwave safe stuff cos mostly anywhere I'm at, campsites and such, there's a microwave and electric kettle to hand. Don't do much wild camping since it would mean carting a lot more stuff.

a microwave!
I don't even have such a thing at home.
by Sweep
21 Sep 2020, 5:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: End of train franchises
Replies: 24
Views: 604

Re: End of train franchises

Have just been looking at various journeys over Southwestern trains. For journeys, I stress, during the week, NOT at weekends or sundays, when one might expect SOME engineering works. Whatever I have tapped in so far returns a caution that part of the journey may be by bus. Durlng the week! I consid...
by Sweep
21 Sep 2020, 2:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: End of train franchises
Replies: 24
Views: 604

End of train franchises

This

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-54232015

As a keen user of trains, particularly with a bike,am interested in what folk might think of this.

Would rather we didn't get party political as I consider both Labour and Conservatives to have been shoddy with the railways over the years.
by Sweep
20 Sep 2020, 1:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: UN55 BBs not so good anymore?
Replies: 62
Views: 2105

Re: UN55 BBs not so good anymore?

I see that the UN300 is available from Rose for only a shade over £9. Though it seems they only supply it in a very restricted number of spindle lengths. Were you looking at the webpage for the versions designed to be used with a chaincase secured by the BB cup flange? https://www.rosebikes.co.uk/s...
by Sweep
19 Sep 2020, 9:39pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit
Replies: 63
Views: 1965

Re: Essential stuff to have in your camping kit

Plastic bowl and mug which fits inside the bowl but I must have stainless fork knife and spoon. Hate eating with plastic cutlery. I don't like drinking from a plastic mug. I've got a 500ml steel pot with built in handles and comes with a lid. I use it to boil water and then a mug to drink tea. It c...
by Sweep
19 Sep 2020, 3:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 9987

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

I think one of the big differences with carbon fibre is that it doesn't bend much. People love to show snapped CF frames (there are whole websites devoted to it). The trouble is that many impacts that break a CF frame would have wrecked a steel one. You run into a solid object on the CF frame &...
by Sweep
19 Sep 2020, 3:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa versus Van Nicholas titanium frames
Replies: 21
Views: 970

Re: Spa versus Van Nicholas titanium frames

The length of the warranty is a good point to look at but most warranties are worthless if the company ceases trading. I think VN did something for Airborne customers when their frames broke, but they could have been left on their own. Personally I'd go for the VN if I wanted a titanium bike, which...
by Sweep
19 Sep 2020, 11:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: UN55 BBs not so good anymore?
Replies: 62
Views: 2105

Re: UN55 BBs not so good anymore?

Like many I am disappointed that the UN55 is no more. I see that the UN300 is available from Rose for only a shade over £9. Though it seems they only supply it in a very restricted number of spindle lengths. Is it possible that we are all a bit too over-concerned though and that the UN300 is pretty ...