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by james01
28 Mar 2019, 3:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A red rag to the motoring lobby
Replies: 100
Views: 5897

Re: A red rag to the motoring lobby

The "indicating only when necessary" thing seems to be from police driver training techniques which were continued in the Institute of Advanced Motorists (whose examiners were all police driving trainers.) It's one of the things that's easy to test so it became accepted as good driving. I...
by james01
26 Mar 2019, 3:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: E-bikes and 737 Max
Replies: 2
Views: 1309

Re: E-bikes and 737 Max

Good point, these things can happen.
However I reckon that if my wife's street-legal 250 watt e-bike suddenly went berserk the rider's natural reaction to slam on both brakes would soon overcome the unruly motor!
by james01
26 Mar 2019, 2:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Risks of buying old alloy-framed road bikes ( 15 years+ )
Replies: 20
Views: 2435

Re: Risks of buying old alloy-framed road bikes ( 15 years+ )

You could find a bargain, but there are risks. At worst a catastrophic fork failure.
Have you considered an entry-level new bike? https://www.decathlon.co.uk/rc100-road- ... 77732.html ...this at £250 should at least give the assurance that it's not going to collapse!
by james01
11 Mar 2019, 6:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Truly Awful Brake Performance
Replies: 9
Views: 895

Re: Truly Awful Brake Performance

Another possibilty: is the rim significantly wider or narrower than the others?
by james01
9 Mar 2019, 3:03pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Must I buy from Halfords?
Replies: 1
Views: 289

Must I buy from Halfords?

Looking to buy a spare battery (36v, 11.6ah) for my wife's Carrera Crossfire in order to do an extended tour. The only supplier appears to be Halfords, £400 (although I assume my CUK discount will get that down to £360). Does anyone know of a cheaper source? Maybe an alternative make of battery whic...
by james01
26 Nov 2018, 2:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Driving to stop in distance you can see
Replies: 28
Views: 1444

Re: Driving to stop in distance you can see

The Police were in attendance, and only one party is being charged, and I guess we have to go with that as the best indicator. But can we trust the police conclusion? Maybe in this particular case. But I do read of more and more incidents where police don't charge drivers who have ploughed into sta...
by james01
23 Nov 2018, 1:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Driving to stop in distance you can see
Replies: 28
Views: 1444

Driving to stop in distance you can see

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/motors/2018/11/13/top-gears-chris-harris-crashes-porsche-into-pick-up-truck/ There seem to be more and more cases like this. While not knowing the exact details of this case, it seems to confirm that the official line is that it's acceptable to drive at a speed wh...
by james01
19 Nov 2018, 5:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B & M Cyo, wiring the tail lamp
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Re: B & M Cyo, wiring the tail lamp

So, I don't see any reason why you can't wire as you propose provided the dynamo has another means to be switched off. I should have said - it's a sidewall dynamo, so a switch is irrelevant. The only reason for wanting to avoid wiring via the headlamp is that the dynamo is at the rear and it seems ...
by james01
19 Nov 2018, 4:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B & M Cyo, wiring the tail lamp
Replies: 4
Views: 343

B & M Cyo, wiring the tail lamp

I've always wired front and rear lamps independently directly to the dynamo. However, if the headlamp comes fitted with rear lamp feed wires must I use them? Can I not tape them off and feed the rear lamp directly from the dynamo ?
by james01
6 Nov 2018, 2:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bar Tape
Replies: 13
Views: 738

Re: Bar Tape

I've heard of people using old inner tubing as an underlay, then wrapping new tape of choice on top. Very comfortable, apparently.
by james01
6 Nov 2018, 2:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Early 1950s road safety documentary
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: Early 1950s road safety documentary

The Morris Minor convey was a giggle, : Those Morris cars were being driven to the docks for export. The infamous "running-in" period meant that drivers of brand-new cars were instructed not to exceed 30 mph for at least the first 500 miles to allow the engines to bed-in. Hence the slow c...
by james01
5 Nov 2018, 1:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Early 1950s road safety documentary
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Early 1950s road safety documentary

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/wat ... AQOV35rwlo


Fascinating. And plenty of cyclist-blaming even then!
by james01
25 Sep 2018, 12:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.
Replies: 25
Views: 1432

Re: Hub Dynamo for winter commute.

Decathlon offer the Shimano dynohub in both 700c and 26" wheels for an amazing £29.99 - surely a low-risk introduction to dynamos. I agree comments about Bush & Muller lights as a safe choice, although I've been impressed by much cheaper offerings from Pico and Union (Taylorwheels website) ...
by james01
23 Sep 2018, 4:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trimming when on the inner of a triple (STI shifters)?
Replies: 9
Views: 285

Re: Trimming when on the inner of a triple (STI shifters)?

Why do people use indexed shifting for the chainset? Old-fashioned friction is infinitely trimmable.

Actually I confess to fitting one of our bikes with indexed front - it's for my wife who possesses no mechanical sympathy and would happily ride for hours with the front mech rubbing the chain.
by james01
23 Sep 2018, 3:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Torch Mount For A Broke Student
Replies: 33
Views: 1092

Re: Bike Torch Mount For A Broke Student

Nip into a plumbers and get a suitable size "O Ring" loop over torch, under handlebar and over torch ... sorted for e few pence Agreed, this makes a perfectly solid mount. It's also easy to manually tilt while on the move to get fine adjustment. Personally I use tent-rubbers from camping ...