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by RickH
21 Jan 2020, 12:51am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Are bike carriers safe?
Replies: 9
Views: 237

Re: Are bike carriers safe?

We have a towbar, I think it cost around £300 - Brink (used to be Thule but they sold off that part of the business as a separate company). I use a Thule Xpress 970 rack (I think now superceded by the Xpress 2). I've found it works well & is secure, being clamped to a towball. I also use a roof ...
by RickH
20 Jan 2020, 9:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gear upgrade choices - general and gotchas
Replies: 11
Views: 183

Re: Gear upgrade choices - general and gotchas

...9 speed brifters mean washing lines, which with a barbag meant I ran tge gear cables through noodles, which works, but more drag. So I have reasons to change most of it, rather than one or two bits. So....? Cure or replace? We had sort of standardised on 9 speed, but the format is dying (I think...
by RickH
20 Jan 2020, 2:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Unicycling: Why? Why not?
Replies: 30
Views: 779

Re: Unicycling: Why? Why not?

My son is a very good unicyclist, Giraffe ( the 6' one with a chain ) plenty of stunts (skipping) .He has been doing it for about 17 years. I did have a concerted go at learning myself about 14 years ago but it wasn't happening for me. Didn't think mt shuns could take much more. I do ride Trikes re...
by RickH
20 Jan 2020, 2:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred's Way
Replies: 37
Views: 1429

Re: King Alfred's Way

If you google wayfarer berwyn centenary rsf … you will see a somewhat broader demographic (-: Yes that was definitely an eclectic mix. Plus it was a big group, around 50 IIRC. I was there on my Kona Sutra, my friend was on her touring bike. There were MTBs, both hard tail & full sus, at least o...
by RickH
20 Jan 2020, 1:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred's Way
Replies: 37
Views: 1429

Re: King Alfred's Way

... I've never knowingly seen any "Rough Stuff Fellowship" riders so that's not useful info to me... If they are like the local group I occasionally go out with they are almost all riding mountainbikes these days. A group of (mostly) old (mostly) guys on MTBs is what you are most likely t...
by RickH
20 Jan 2020, 10:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best source of past weather information
Replies: 15
Views: 669

Re: Best source of past weather information

JohnW wrote:Oh, I can tell you - if you were on the bike, it rained!

That reminds me of a cycling magazine, called Bicycle Action, I used to read. It had a "weather forecast" each month that simply said "it will rain". It was pretty accurate! :D
by RickH
17 Jan 2020, 10:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Glazebrook Trail
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: Glazebrook Trail

I agree with Pete Owens. The ride a cross Astley moss is very duable on an MTBh or gravel road bike,but then you have the traffic problems from Irlam and the back lanes to Altringham aren't that pleasant at rush hour. The scenic route is the Bridgewater canal which is flat and fast as far as the Ma...
by RickH
14 Jan 2020, 11:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle Facility of the Month?
Replies: 18
Views: 968

Re: Cycle Facility of the Month?

...... Also it's only on one side of the road. Yes, that is something that bothers me about cycle facilities sometimes, having to cross the road to get to them.[...] Since 2016, UK highways departments can use the Dutch solution: two parallel give-way markings across the road to connect a cycle lan...
by RickH
14 Jan 2020, 3:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them
Replies: 50
Views: 1980

Re: pedal bearing designs and morons writing about them

NOTE,It's also worth noting when undoing the plastic sleeve on initial disassembly to slacken in the thread direcrion clearly maked on the sleeve intself,as any attempt to undo it the wrong direction the end of the sleeve will just break off leaving the pedal unable to be stripped unless the remain...
by RickH
14 Jan 2020, 2:06pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: USB Power Meter Tester On A Power Bank?
Replies: 10
Views: 249

Re: USB Power Meter Tester On A Power Bank?

I still don't see how weighing helps without knowing case weight. A bit of metal and it'll meet any minimum. Most people won't have any idea on the weight of batteries needed for a given capacity. Or what a given capacity will perform like for that matter. Makers of most cheap units are unlikely to...
by RickH
13 Jan 2020, 12:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain wear; another spot on the graph?
Replies: 21
Views: 1840

Re: chain wear; another spot on the graph?

I've been riding a Kona Sutra Ltd (2016 model) since Feb 2017 with a SRAM Rival 1 setup (10-42 11 speed cassette & 36T chainring). The bike gets used throughout the year in all weathers both on & off road. My cleaning regime isn't exceptionally rigourous. The chain gets cleaned maybe every 2...
by RickH
12 Jan 2020, 5:53pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Travel question!
Replies: 769
Views: 112574

Re: Cycle Travel question!

I don't know how long it's been there but I noticed fairly recently that you've added different map renderings (including satellite view for contributors). The extra map detail, especially when planning off road routes, is useful at times. Thanks. :D
by RickH
11 Jan 2020, 11:44pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: My objection to Gift Aid
Replies: 30
Views: 1691

Re: My objection to Gift Aid

I've raised this question with someone I know who is manager of a charity shop. He confirms that there is no actual reconciliation of gift aid claimed with tax paid by an individual. There may be no automatic reconciliation of all donations between the charity claim & the donor but there are ce...
by RickH
11 Jan 2020, 5:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: replacement pedal dust caps
Replies: 19
Views: 569

Re: replacement pedal dust caps

By the side of london surburban roads I often see those small fnger size alloy gas cyclinders things. sometimes load and loads in in one spot. What are they used for? soda syphons? I was wondering if they have any use, shame to see them go to waste? they are steel and when I first saw them I though...
by RickH
11 Jan 2020, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alu post stuck in alu frame
Replies: 22
Views: 886

Re: Alu post stuck in alu frame

If you can do so, get hold of some liquid nitrogen serious stuff; I used to work on Liquefied Natural Gas ships (methane), carrying the product at around minus 163 degC. You wouldn't want any of that splashed on your appendages. Likewise liquid Nitrogen at minus 196 degC..........could do some seri...