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by james01
24 Jun 2017, 1:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: LEJOG on ebike
Replies: 17
Views: 438

Re: LEJOG on ebike

Suggestions: Some hotel proprietors will be unfamiliar with power consumption of bike chargers, and may be a little concerned. It would be a good idea to bring with you a simple printed statement of the electricity cost of a full recharge. Our Carrera Crossfire E bike, for example, has a stated maxi...
by james01
24 Jun 2017, 10:40am
Forum: On the road
Topic: OMG result of close pass altercation..!
Replies: 8
Views: 552

OMG result of close pass altercation..!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-c ... -car-crash

Amazing that no-one seriously hurt. I've slapped a couple of close-pass cars in my time but I've never had such spectacular results!
by james01
30 May 2017, 11:55am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
Replies: 27
Views: 6815

Re: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife

Took the plunge and ended up with Carrera Crossfire E from local Halfords, partly because of lure of nearby after-sales service but also good reviews. Very pleased, my wife can now accompany me on longer hilly rides and I make her carry all the luggage! Some notes about the Carrera which may be of i...
by james01
19 Apr 2017, 1:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A34 Newbury by-pass cycle lanes-advice please
Replies: 7
Views: 562

Re: A34 Newbury by-pass cycle lanes-advice please

Ended up riding through Newbury centre, all OK and quite pleasant. Went for a stroll over a pedestrian bridge near Donnington over the A34. OMG! I see what you mean about the so-called cycle lanes. Not only were they ridiculously narrow, they effectively disappeared when any road-narrowing feature l...
by james01
19 Apr 2017, 1:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
Replies: 27
Views: 6815

Re: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife

Thanks. And yes, still looking! Still a bit wary about which bike to choose. Have just found out that Halfords also do free half hour test rides, most bigger branches have test machines ready on a turn-up-and-go basis so we'll be giving them a try.
by james01
3 Apr 2017, 1:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A34 Newbury by-pass cycle lanes-advice please
Replies: 7
Views: 562

Re: A34 Newbury by-pass cycle lanes-advice please

Thanks folks, sounds as horrific as I suspected!
I was hoping to whizz around Newbury, I'll now plan a tedious but safer route through the town.
by james01
3 Apr 2017, 11:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A34 Newbury by-pass cycle lanes-advice please
Replies: 7
Views: 562

A34 Newbury by-pass cycle lanes-advice please

Google maps shows this dual carriageway as having dedicated cycle lanes. Streetview shows what seem to be extremely narrow lanes painted next to the road. Is this really all we get or am I missing something? Could the Streetview perspective make the lanes look narrower than they actually are?
by james01
4 Jan 2017, 1:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
Replies: 27
Views: 6815

Re: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife

Having just got myself a conversion kit I have to suggest at least looking at that as an option... Drop in front wheel replacement, battery on the seat post or the bottle brackets... Throttle and/or pedal assist. Could be an option, I'm pretty handy with bikes and could easily pick up an old MTB on...
by james01
4 Jan 2017, 12:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
Replies: 27
Views: 6815

Electric bike for not-too-keen wife

We're getting on a bit and looking for a bike for my wife who likes cycling but is finding hills more and more off-putting, any advice most welcome. Requirements: 1. Not small-wheel, pref 26". 2. Fully street-legal. 3. Rideable within reason when battery is flat (Can motor be physically disenga...
by james01
6 Dec 2016, 2:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Improving 'long drop' caliper brakes
Replies: 27
Views: 1653

Re: Improving 'long drop' caliper brakes

Recently I was refettling an old bike and had the opposite problem to the OP, I needed more pull-through. I went through old brake levers in my spares bin and measured the distance between the pivot and the cable nipple holder. I was surprised at the variations in this distance - some of my levers w...
by james01
29 Nov 2016, 11:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I'm not not normally worried about having the latest fad or technology but .......
Replies: 43
Views: 2841

Re: I'm not not normally worried about having the latest fad or technology but .......

Remember that we're all equipped with a handy emergency supply of warm fluid (36deg C) which can successfully thaw out frozen parts (bike cables, car door locks etc). Best applied in deserted country areas, not city streets :oops:
by james01
29 Nov 2016, 10:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Charging AAA batteries on housephone handset
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: Charging AAA batteries on housephone handset

A few years ago I was having battery trouble with an old digital set. Can't remember the name now but I think they were Seimens. Searching at the time I discovered the maH issue. A quick look this morning and I can't find the same site I was looking at but I found this one similar in information. h...
by james01
29 Nov 2016, 7:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Charging AAA batteries on housephone handset
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Re: Charging AAA batteries on housephone handset

Our phone just sits there until it's used. It's been there for years , and the batteries still work. They are a pair of 650mah AAA. Sometimes, the handset is sitting on the cradle for weeks on end as we rarely use the land-line phone. I can't believe that the phone manufacturer would put the batter...
by james01
28 Nov 2016, 4:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: One solution to tailgating?
Replies: 61
Views: 25340

Re: One solution to tailgating?

Tailgaters are so obsessed with sticking to the back of the car in front that they fail to note the bigger picture, eg traffic a few cars ahead slowing . Funniest incidents were when I used to drop off a friend regularly ,indicating and pulling carefully into the kerb to let him out. Many a tailgate...
by james01
28 Nov 2016, 4:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Charging AAA batteries on housephone handset
Replies: 9
Views: 622

Charging AAA batteries on housephone handset

I use pairs of rechargeable AAAs in rear lamps to supplement my dynamo lights. A simple method of recharging is to put exhausted batteries in handsets, assuming they use this size of battery, and put the fully charged ones in the lamp. We're a 3 handset household so there's always a ready supply of ...

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