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by chris_suffolk
26 Sep 2021, 8:51pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Solar panels
Replies: 12
Views: 481

Re: Solar panels

toontra wrote: 17 Sep 2021, 7:04pm I'm in the same position - gas, leccy and FIT from SSE. I want to change provider but keep SSE for FIT so there's no complications with tariff (fixed at 2010 rates :wink: )

Still have conventional meters. I'm also slightly worried about screw-ups if I move to smart meter - quite a few scare stories of smart meters not working well if you have solar panels.
Exactly the same position as you a couple of years back, Moved gas and electric to Octopus - no smart meter needed, or even suggested, and FITs payments still being made by SSE.

SSE, and other large providers, are legally obliged (so far as I know) to take a FIT customer, especially if their Gas / Electic supplier doesn't do FIT payments - so no issues.
by chris_suffolk
22 Sep 2021, 3:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New seatpost
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: New seatpost

531colin wrote: 22 Sep 2021, 11:41am
chris_suffolk wrote: 21 Sep 2021, 7:31pm My current seatpost, on my road bike, uses a single bolt to clamp the saddle rails. As a result adjusting the angle / tilt is quite crude, and can only be done in (quite large) incremental steps.

Can anybody recommend a seatpost that gives finer control over the tilt, without costing the earth? Current post is alloy, 27.2mm, and I'm quite happy not to go carbon. There seem to be so many to choose from, I really don't know what's good and what's not.

Thanks
Is this a post with ratchet-type notches? In sensibly-designed posts, if you rotate the cradle holding the saddle rails half a turn on the seatpost top, then you get saddle angles intermediate between the previous angles you got.
Unfortunately, they are not all sensibly designed.
Not tried that one, but I will now - thanks
by chris_suffolk
22 Sep 2021, 9:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New seatpost
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: New seatpost

WOT wrote: 22 Sep 2021, 7:31am In my experience both the Thomson masterpiece / Thomson Elite and the Nitto NJ72 W44 have excellent 2 bolt clamping. I’m a big lump and have run my course with single bolt seat posts.

In 27.2mm you should have plenty of options including the likes of Bontrager if you have a Trek shop close by. They have a 2 bolt / 27.2mm fitted to many bikes. Second hand may be an option to keep costs down.

Have a look at some of these for options:
https://www.bike-components.de/en/compo ... 520mm=27.2
Thanks for the info. From what I can find, (and thnk I read a whileback) bike-components have stopped shipping to the uk. Certainly UK / GB / England isn't on their list of countries to choose.

Will search other sites
by chris_suffolk
21 Sep 2021, 7:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New seatpost
Replies: 8
Views: 441

New seatpost

My current seatpost, on my road bike, uses a single bolt to clamp the saddle rails. As a result adjusting the angle / tilt is quite crude, and can only be done in (quite large) incremental steps.

Can anybody recommend a seatpost that gives finer control over the tilt, without costing the earth? Current post is alloy, 27.2mm, and I'm quite happy not to go carbon. There seem to be so many to choose from, I really don't know what's good and what's not.

Thanks
by chris_suffolk
28 Aug 2021, 8:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Editing gpx files
Replies: 24
Views: 524

Re: Editing gpx files

by chris_suffolk
28 Aug 2021, 6:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Editing gpx files
Replies: 24
Views: 524

Re: Editing gpx files

They can be a bit of a pain. I usually create a new bit of track where I want to deviate, then insert it and delete the old section.

I use MapSource, which is an old bit of software orginally shipped with Garmin eTrex units, but does the job

Alternatively, try importing to Cycle.Travel, tweaking it, and then download back to the device / pc.
by chris_suffolk
15 Aug 2021, 8:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycle routes North Somerset
Replies: 12
Views: 507

Re: Cycle routes North Somerset

May not be to your liking, but Cheddar Gorge and Burington Combe are well worth the effort. Can go up one and down the other in a loop.
by chris_suffolk
29 Jul 2021, 6:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bearings for bottom bracket
Replies: 7
Views: 362

Re: Bearings for bottom bracket

Depending on the system, e.g. External HollowTech or press fit, you can't normally change the bearings - just fit new. Square taper, normally can change.
by chris_suffolk
8 Jul 2021, 7:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ribble Gran Fondo - views?
Replies: 6
Views: 567

Ribble Gran Fondo - views?

I've a friend after a new (to him) road bike, and he's managed to find a Ribble Gran Fondo. It's looks it good condition, and well looked after - going to see it in the flesh on Saturday.

Does anybody have any views about them? Good, bad, specific things to look for (other than general stuff when buying second hand)

Thanks in advance.
by chris_suffolk
8 Jul 2021, 7:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Aaaargh! Drivers!
Replies: 29
Views: 1589

Re: Aaaargh!

Approaching a T-junction today, where I'm turning right. As I get to about 50m to go, and having moved to the center of the road, the only car behind me decides to over-take. Not enough time for him to pull in, so ends up stopped in the opposite lane. I can see that I can get out, being slightly ahead of him, but he can't and pulls into the path of an on-coming car that has to stop. Then, still alongside me, he has to pull into the path of another on-coming as we pass parked cars on our side - I dont need to go over the white line.

Complimenting him on his over-taking ability, he tells me I should have stopped to allow him to pass (only he wasn't quite that polite). At the same time as he has to pull in to allow more on-coming cars to pass, and I just cycle off and leave him behind.

Do drivers SERIOUSLY think I should stop to allow them to over-take me? I'd never get anywhere.
by chris_suffolk
2 Jul 2021, 9:59pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Holidays and Tours to Cease Trading
Replies: 49
Views: 3235

Re: CTC Holidays and Tours to Cease Trading

PH wrote: 2 Jul 2021, 8:32pm
chris_suffolk wrote: 2 Jul 2021, 8:09pm Legal Cover (which I would consider essential) on a household policy will be at no cost in terms of a %. That's why you pay an additional up front cost to cover it. Do you know a household policy that takes a % of the final amount?
I think we're talking about different things, I'm referring to when you have a claim against someone else, in this case specifically in relation to a cycling accident. The ATE insurance you can take out at the start of a claim is to protect yourself against paying the other parties costs if you lose. You could read here for starters, but as it has nothing to do with CTC Holidays, maybe you'll start another thread if you still don't accept what I've stated
https://hsfnotes.com/litigation/jackson ... insurance/
It's not a question of accepting, or otherwise, what you are saying. I was initially responding to the many people that were saying that the CTC did little for them except provide insurance - which incidentally also has nothing to do with CTC holidays, so perhaps they should all start a seperate thread too.
by chris_suffolk
2 Jul 2021, 9:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Holidays and Tours to Cease Trading
Replies: 49
Views: 3235

Re: CTC Holidays and Tours to Cease Trading

GPC wrote: 2 Jul 2021, 9:28pm
chris_suffolk wrote: 2 Jul 2021, 5:43pm Not been on a CTC tour, and doesn't look like I'll get the chance now.

It's interesting that a number of responses above mention that one of the main reasons for joining the CTC is for insurance. Do these people not have household insurance, which (in all cases I've seen) covers liability insurance for the whole household? Just wondering why the CTC insurance is so much better than the cover I get effectively for free, as I'm going to buy household insurance anyway.
Does your household insurance cover you for driving a car and potentially injuring a 3rd party or do you need separate car 3rd party cover? If not, it may not cover you for doing the same on a bicycle away from your home.
Cars and bikes are fundamentally different, and insurance works differently for them too. Most household insuarance covers third party liability, and thus covers damage caused whilst riding a bike - well at least all the ones' I've ever had do.
by chris_suffolk
2 Jul 2021, 8:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Holidays and Tours to Cease Trading
Replies: 49
Views: 3235

Re: CTC Holidays and Tours to Cease Trading

PH wrote: 2 Jul 2021, 8:02pm
chris_suffolk wrote: 2 Jul 2021, 5:43pm Just wondering why the CTC insurance is so much better than the cover I get effectively for free, as I'm going to buy household insurance anyway.
A better reason, one you might be unfortunate enough to benefit from, is the personal injury conditional agreement. Usually the success fee paid to the solicitor out of your compensation is up to 25% (For smaller claims it isn't usually less), so a £5,000 settlement could cost you 26 years subscription. CUK and BC (Possibly others, but not usually household legal cover) have agreements where this isn't taken.
Legal Cover (which I would consider essential) on a household policy will be at no cost in terms of a %. That's why you pay an additional up front cost to cover it. Do you know a household policy that takes a % of the final amount?
by chris_suffolk
2 Jul 2021, 5:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: CTC Holidays and Tours to Cease Trading
Replies: 49
Views: 3235

Re: CTC Holidays and Tours to Cease Trading

Not been on a CTC tour, and doesn't look like I'll get the chance now.

It's interesting that a number of responses above mention that one of the main reasons for joining the CTC is for insurance. Do these people not have household insurance, which (in all cases I've seen) covers liability insurance for the whole household? Just wondering why the CTC insurance is so much better than the cover I get effectively for free, as I'm going to buy household insurance anyway.
by chris_suffolk
29 Jun 2021, 6:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: slip in pads won't come out
Replies: 20
Views: 1204

Re: slip in pads won't come out

Have you tried putting the brakes on, and then trying to turn the wheel so that the pads are forced out? Has worked for me in the past.