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by Kenn
18 Oct 2017, 8:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mobiles are a menace
Replies: 54
Views: 3720

Re: Mobiles are a menace

Thanks for all the very interesting replies and views on my original post. Maybe I could have been clearer in my wording so a couple of points. I was not complaining about having to slow or stop. I often stop anywhere in the village just to chat to friends - one of the key benefits of a bike. I was ...
by Kenn
3 Oct 2017, 2:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mobiles are a menace
Replies: 54
Views: 3720

Re: Mobiles are a menace

Reading through comments I think a bit of clarification would be useful. The road where this happened is downhill and mostly single track due to parked cars on the right. There is not even room for a car and bike to pass on some bits. The road carries light traffic. Most cars/vans do up to maybe 20m...
by Kenn
2 Oct 2017, 2:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mobiles are a menace
Replies: 54
Views: 3720

Mobiles are a menace

This morning a pedestian with his back to me and mobile glued to ear stepped sideways into the road right in front of my bike without any warning. I always slow down on that bit of road, which is single track due to cars parked on the right, so I just managed to stop. He was still oblivious and talk...
by Kenn
15 Aug 2017, 8:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Freewheel Recommendations
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: Freewheel Recommendations

I use a 14-32 6 speed IRD block from SJS cycles on my 1986 Mercian. Works perfectly.
by Kenn
19 Apr 2017, 10:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Self righteous cameramen
Replies: 163
Views: 25732

Re: Self righteous cameramen

Perhaps the real problem is that human beings are both physically and mentally ill-equipped to drive motor vehicles. Our reactions are slow. We get tired, our eyesight deteriorates, some people drink and drive etc. We have a short attention span, we are easily distracted and some drivers even look f...
by Kenn
8 Mar 2017, 6:39am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mobile Phones at the Wheel
Replies: 93
Views: 4168

Re: Mobile Phones at the Wheel

I used to work for a mobile phone manufacturer and had access to research studies on driver distraction. It seems to be the case that mental distraction is a bigger problem than physical interaction with a device. The research showed that a hands free kit was only marginally better than holding a ph...
by Kenn
10 Sep 2016, 6:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Old TA chainset
Replies: 17
Views: 773

Re: Old TA chainset

This looks identical to the TA Cyclotouriste that I still have on my Mercian.(except that is a double). It is 30 years old and works perfectly. Very low Q factor. Spa still offer rings on their website -smallest is 26T.
by Kenn
9 Sep 2016, 5:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... about Bart's 1/2" maps?
Replies: 40
Views: 4835

Re: ... about Bart's 1/2" maps?

The Oxord Bike Works' website says that they have a long term plan to supply equivalent maps to the Barts series. I don't know what timescale they mean by long-term, but it looks promising.
by Kenn
8 Sep 2016, 7:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Pedal Reflectors - let's allow some alternatives
Replies: 29
Views: 3099

Re: Pedal Reflectors - let's allow some alternatives

A couple of years ago I was driving from Newton Abbott towards Teignmouth. It was completely dark, that section of road was narrow, winding, unlit and it was raining - visibility very poor. I saw the slightest orange flash ahead and braked hard, just missing the cyclist with no lights and dark cloth...
by Kenn
15 Jul 2016, 8:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: lubricate your chain with WD40.
Replies: 40
Views: 2454

Re: lubricate your chain with WD40.

I think WD stands for water displacing. I believe the original objective was to formulate a water displacing lubricant and the 40th formula worked best. I used it as chain lube for many years. Quick spray every few days, or after a wet ride, and wipe excess off with a rag, removing surface dirt at t...
by Kenn
14 Jul 2016, 10:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what are the headphones which drown traffic noise?
Replies: 37
Views: 2460

Re: what are the headphones which drown traffic noise?

I use a pair of Bose quietcomfort 25s to listen to music in noisy surroundings (but not on the bike). They cancel out a lot of noise (especially at low frequencies) and give very good sound quality, but may be a bit big for cycling. Bose now make a bluetooth wireless model 35. There are also in ear ...
by Kenn
28 May 2016, 6:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brooks v Spa saddles.
Replies: 9
Views: 1046

Re: Brooks v Spa saddles.

Grant Petersen, of Rivendell Bikes, suggests preventing sag by shaping a piece or pieces of high density furniture grade foam to fit tightly in the space between the saddle top and rails. He reckons it lasts far longer and works better than lacing. I have never tried it, but I have found a suitable ...
by Kenn
1 May 2016, 11:50am
Forum: On the road
Topic: and you thought you had a heavy load?
Replies: 6
Views: 1089

Re: and you thought you had a heavy load?

Owning a bike can make a huge difference in Africa. If you have an unused bike in the shed Re-cycle charity has a lot of collection points for bikes most of which get shipped there. (Some unsuitable ones are re-furbished and sold.)
by Kenn
27 Apr 2016, 7:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Death of diesel cars?
Replies: 491
Views: 9723

Re: Death of diesel cars?

I think the good MPG figures in town are down to the fact that the average speed is low and the battery + regen bring the MPG fairly close to that which would be achieved at a low constant speed. In town the engine is only on for part of the time when the battery needs to recharge or speed increases...
by Kenn
27 Apr 2016, 5:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Death of diesel cars?
Replies: 491
Views: 9723

Re: Death of diesel cars?

Three years ago we went along to the Toyota dealer intending to swap our 2.2 litre diesel Verso for a 1.4 litre diesel Auris estate. Test drove the petrol, diesel and hybrid versions and then bought the hybrid. We wouldn't go back to a diesel or petrol only car. The car does 50 mpg (motorways in win...