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by james01
26 Nov 2018, 2:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Driving to stop in distance you can see
Replies: 28
Views: 1375

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: 1375

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: 327

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: 327

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: 694

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: 552

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: 552

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: 1330

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: 281

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: 1049

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 ...
by james01
22 Sep 2018, 2:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: some wins for London
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Re: some wins for London

Positive news. I visit London rarely, but in recent years the improvement in cycle routes, and consequent number of cyclists, is remarkable. I recently cycled from Paddington to Tower Bridge via Hyde Park, Westminster and Victoria Embankment in the rush hour and felt almost cosseted by all the facil...
by james01
30 Aug 2018, 11:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why do shopping centres detest two wheels?
Replies: 22
Views: 1097

Re: Why do shopping centres detest two wheels?

I've got mixed feelings about bike parking facilities. Like most experienced utility cyclists I have an "instinct" for where I feel happy to leave my bike parked while shopping. All too often the official parking area is in a discreet corner where thieves can operate without being overlook...
by james01
1 May 2018, 12:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2018 update
Replies: 263
Views: 40148

Re: Lidl cycling gear March 2018 update

since you have been using them for some time how has the battery held up over rechargeing? as we all know they lose capacity over time and recharging. its a shame they didnt increase the mah of the battery, as the increase from 40 to 50 must mean less time? I'm mostly a dynamo user so don't use the...
by james01
24 Mar 2018, 11:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl cycling & Camping gear April 2018 update
Replies: 263
Views: 40148

Re: Lidl cycling gear March 2018 update

[quotesince you have been using them for some time how has the battery held up over rechargeing? as we all know they lose capacity over time and recharging. its a shame they didnt increase the mah of the battery, as the increase from 40 to 50 must mean less time?[/quote] I'm mostly a dynamo user so ...