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by james01
10 Oct 2017, 12:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Safety- wide tyres on deep well rims?
Replies: 4
Views: 382

Safety- wide tyres on deep well rims?

Some tyre brands are incredibly easy to mount on modern deep-well rims without the aid of tyre levers, this seems especially true of fatter "Big Apple" type tyres. While under pressure this is not a problem and the tyres remain firmly mated to the rims. However, what about sudden deflation...
by james01
10 Oct 2017, 11:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cleaning delicate electric contacts
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Cleaning delicate electric contacts

The otherwise excellent-value Pico 30 dynamo headlamp has a problem with damp creating a deposit on the metal pins which meet up with the input socket resulting in unreliable connection. They're deeply inset and rather fragile, so normal mechanical methods of cleaning eg with an abrasive file are di...
by james01
23 Aug 2017, 10:20am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl cycling gear
Replies: 225
Views: 19945

Re: Lidl cycling gear

Front light with integrated Li-Ion battery (1300 mAh) max. light duration 10 hrs Rear light with integrated Li-Ion battery (300mAh) max. light duration: 3-6 hrs I do wonder why the batteries in the front and rear lights, in a set of lights, aren't designed to last the same length of time. I've got ...
by james01
1 Jul 2017, 10:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dramatic bicycle and car crash .. but who had priority?
Replies: 182
Views: 6776

Re: Dramatic bicycle and car crash .. but who had priority?

Sorry about your crash, hope you're soon recovered. I agree with the other comments, but it has to be said that the design of British cycle paths invites this type of accident and you can often be safer staying on the main highway rather than risking a crash at every junction or driveway entrance. I...
by james01
1 Jul 2017, 9:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lidl cycling gear
Replies: 225
Views: 19945

Re: Lidl cycling gear

Going way back in this thread to the USB rechargeable lightset (comprising headlamp Article ref. 14129 XC-195A/ Ll 1 , Li Ion 1300 mAh, plus non-rechargeable rear lamp running on 2 x AAAs).... I bought one of these sets in a Lidl remainder bin a few months ago for £5.99 IRC. I'm a dynamo user myself...
by james01
24 Jun 2017, 1:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: LEJOG on ebike
Replies: 60
Views: 2506

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: 9
Views: 1295

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: Electric bikes
Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
Replies: 29
Views: 7430

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: 630

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: Electric bikes
Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
Replies: 29
Views: 7430

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: 630

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: 630

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: Electric bikes
Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
Replies: 29
Views: 7430

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: Electric bikes
Topic: Electric bike for not-too-keen wife
Replies: 29
Views: 7430

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: 1768

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...

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