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by AndyK
9 Jun 2021, 10:46am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Bike recommendations please
Replies: 11
Views: 623

Re: Bike recommendations please

Cowsham wrote: 9 Jun 2021, 7:23am This is what you need. All the mounts, hydraulic discs, plus room for good tyres and a bit lighter than a front suspension bike.

https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mob ... prod200882
... though somewhat lacking in the drop handlebar department.

Anyway, I just realised this is a resuscitated post from March so the OP is probably long gone by now.
by AndyK
8 Jun 2021, 11:56pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Bike recommendations please
Replies: 11
Views: 623

Re: Bike recommendations please

The Pinnacle Arkose gravel bike from Evans Cycles is worth considering. It blows your budget at £800 but you'll struggle to find a new drop-bar gravel/adventure bike below that.

Mattsccm mentioned Planet.X: they've gone upmarket lately and the only thing they do at this price level now is the London Road, again at £800, but it's more of a road/training/fast-commuting bike with the ability to take on easy trails rather than an out-and-out adventure bike. Better-equipped than the Pinnacle though.

Both the above are listed as in stock, but how true that is I don't know. There is a big shortage of bikes and bike parts at present so it may be a question of grabbing whatever's available. I hear a lot of stories from people who've ordered new bikes (not necessarily from the two places named above) and then been given lead times of months because of the component shortage.
by AndyK
2 Jun 2021, 4:18pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BSMART helps the Chattanooga police give the local three-foot passing law some teeth.
Replies: 14
Views: 490

Re: BSMART helps the Chattanooga police give the local three-foot passing law some teeth.

thirdcrank wrote: 30 May 2021, 9:01am Let's hope this can be calibrated for different passing distances.

What seems to be the accepted distance in Europe - and those bits of the UK where the authorities bother - is 1.5 metres or a shade under 5 feet. The last thing riders need is official encouragement for drivers to reduce that be a couple of feet

From the manufacturer's website:
User Configurable Threshold Setting enabling custom distance triggers for alarm buzzer and LED indicators
Also...
Right- or Left-Facing Orientation Support for both right-hand traffic (RHT) and left-hand traffic (LHT) countries as well as one-way roads with left or right-passing situations
by AndyK
28 May 2021, 12:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Barrier cream question
Replies: 28
Views: 1244

Re: Barrier cream question

I've used Clover barrier cream with some success - odd pink colour but smells nice, works in well if a little greasy at first, and is great at taking off the oil and grease when you wash later. It quickly dissolves in water though. Cheap and widely available online. I still keep a bottle of it handy because even if I haven't used it in advance, I find that working some into my oily/dirty hands just before washing makes it easier to get the muck off.

These days for my bike-fettling work I mostly wear reusable dipped gloves similar to the ones Jdsk showed in his reply - much tougher and far more long-lasting than nitrile gloves, which also means they're better for the environment. I get weeks of use out of each pair (and I fix other people's bikes, not just my own). They're sensitive enough for most bike work. As a bonus they provide extra protection and grip. . If you know anyone who struggles to get a tyre back on after they've dealt with a puncture on the road, it's worth suggesting they put add a pair of these to their puncture kit. Available in bulk from eBay.

I still resort to bare hands for especially fiddly jobs, though, and nitrile disposables for anything involving Dot 5 fluid.

(Of course back when I worked in the bike workshop, I'd clean my hands with the parts washer. This Is Not Officially Recommended By The Manufacturer!)
by AndyK
27 May 2021, 6:14pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What is CUK doing for us?
Replies: 134
Views: 6001

Re: What is CUK doing for us?

Richard Fairhurst wrote: 27 May 2021, 1:41pm
Richard Fairhurst wrote: 27 May 2021, 12:11pmIn CUK's defence, their new off-road routes have been spectacularly successful
Having been nice about CUK an hour or two ago, I now take it all back having watched their lunchtime webinar on "How to plan a cycle route", which recommended Komoot and Google Maps, claimed that "Komoot uses OS maps so it's very accurate" (er... no it doesn't), and didn't admit the existence of cycle.travel, even after I sent a friendly message to the meeting host. Not the first time that's happened either.

So I think I'll revise my answer to say "CJ is right and CUK is doing nothing for us, please give your money to Sustrans instead". :lol:
In any case, OS maps (or rather, the Landranger and Pathfinder series that walkers and cyclists use) are not always accurate - that's the point of them. Things like junctions are often distorted, enlarged, shrunk or moved slightly to make the layout clearer to the user. Features may sometimes be omitted or shifted to avoid clutter and improve readability. That's part of the art of proper mapmaking.
by AndyK
26 May 2021, 11:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike designs which should be binned
Replies: 151
Views: 5149

Re: Bike designs which should be binned

Stradageek wrote: 26 May 2021, 8:16am
AndyK wrote: 25 May 2021, 11:54pm Sturmey Archer hub gears. That is all.
I really have to disagree. I spend much of my time taking old steel MTB's and rebuilding the rear wheel around an AW3 hub (cold forming the rear forks to get the right OLD) and the result.... the ideal zero maintenance town/commuter bike.
Can't find the "hollow laugh" emoticon. I put it to you that perhaps 80% of the SA gears out there on bikes right now, in the real world of back-of-the shed runabouts, do not work properly. For derailleur-geared bikes I'd say it's closer to 50% and those can often be rectified just by showing the owner where to point the oil spray.

I've worked on a lot of cheap'n'cheerful bikes and if you ask the owner of an SA-geared bike how much they use the gears you'll get a response along the lines of "Oh, that funny little lever? Is that what it's for? All it seems to do is put the bike into neutral, and that's when I can manage to move it at all 'cos it's very stiff. Is it meant to be falling apart like that?" Maintenance free, my saddle contact area. Most of the people who say SA gears are maintenance-free turn out to be people who spend many hours of their life maintaining them.

I mean, hub gears are fine, but the embarrassing truth is that Shimano and SRAM do it better. It's one of those "it must be good, it's BRITISH!" blind spots we Brits have, alongside the likes of Dualit toasters and British Seagull outboard motors. (And it's not even British any more. We can stop pretending now.)

</rant>
by AndyK
25 May 2021, 11:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike designs which should be binned
Replies: 151
Views: 5149

Re: Bike designs which should be binned

Sturmey Archer hub gears. That is all.
by AndyK
25 May 2021, 11:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike designs which should be binned
Replies: 151
Views: 5149

Re: Bike designs which should be binned

Mick F wrote: 25 May 2021, 3:56pm
rogerzilla wrote: 25 May 2021, 2:53pm That's a "driving on the right" thing, though. UK law mandates that a new bike must be sold with the front brake lever on the right.
How long as this been law?
Not arguing, just a serious question.
Well, it's in the Pedal Cycles (Safety) Regulations 2010 -
4.
....
(4) Where the bicycle is fitted with brakes which are intended to be hand operated—
(a)the brake lever intended to be operated by the right hand must operate the front brake; and
(b)the brake lever intended to be operated by the left hand must operate the rear brake.
- but not in the Pedal Cycles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1983.
by AndyK
21 May 2021, 2:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Force PG1170 Cassette Change
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Re: SRAM Force PG1170 Cassette Change

Should be OK then. Good luck with finding somewhere that's got a new chain in stock. :-)
by AndyK
20 May 2021, 7:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM Force PG1170 Cassette Change
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Re: SRAM Force PG1170 Cassette Change

SRAM compatibility chart says yes, and I'm fairly confident that's true. So long as you're sure you've got the long-cage version of the derailleur, not the medium-cage. What size is the current PG1170 cassette?
by AndyK
20 May 2021, 7:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: blanking covers for SPD shoes
Replies: 10
Views: 565

Re: blanking covers for SPD shoes

backnotes wrote: 20 May 2021, 7:02pm Shimano cleat covers?

https://www.allterraincycles.co.uk/shimano-cleat-cover-

The list at the bottom doesn't include your shoe, but I expect they are all the same.
Unfortunately I don't think they are. The recess in the XC3 looks a very different shape from (for instance) the recess in the MT range. Might be worth a try but some judicious carving with a Stanley knife may be necessary.
Top image is the MT30W (with its cover in place), bottom image is the XC3 (XC300W).
screenshot-www.madisonb2b.co.uk-2021.05.20-19_22_38.png
screenshot-shimano-h.assetsadobe3.com-2021.05.20-19_17_51.png
by AndyK
20 May 2021, 6:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: eBay & Counterfeit Shimano
Replies: 34
Views: 1453

Re: eBay & Counterfeit Shimano

geomannie wrote: 20 May 2021, 3:43pm
AndyK wrote: 20 May 2021, 3:05pm
geomannie wrote: 20 May 2021, 10:33am

That description did not apply to the item I bought from a different vendor.
Even with that disclaimer in the detailed description, it's possible to report a product listing like that for infringement of eBay's terms. The seller uses the Shimano brand and Acera trademark in the listing's heading, which is a classic piece of keyword spamming. Report it for "misusing a brand name":
screenshot-ocswf.ebay.co.uk-2021.05.20-14_58_14.png
I have reported some listings like this, and the listing often disappears shortly afterwards. Of course others just spring up again...
Hi AndyK,

Thanks for the heads-up. That is what I was looking for, a way to report and was unable to find one. Could you post a link to the location you reference?

Thanks again
I think it's unique for each listing. if you look at the listing, you'll find a (not very obvious) text link reading "Report item" to the right of the "Description" tab. I've highlighted it in yellow on this screenshot:
screenshot-www.ebay.co.uk-2021.05.20-18_15_39.png
If you're viewing on a mobile device, there's a "Report item" button just below the "More from this seller" box.
by AndyK
20 May 2021, 3:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: eBay & Counterfeit Shimano
Replies: 34
Views: 1453

Re: eBay & Counterfeit Shimano

geomannie wrote: 20 May 2021, 10:33am
leftpoole wrote: 20 May 2021, 10:30am Product Description
Please note that this is a non-standard style, compatible with Shimano, does not affect the use, and is not a genuine product!!!

Description:

Concave guide wheel screw

Smooth/easy operation shifting performance

Wide connection design for precise shifting and durability

Wide connection design, dual servo structure, low-key concept.
That description did not apply to the item I bought from a different vendor.
Even with that disclaimer in the detailed description, it's possible to report a product listing like that for infringement of eBay's terms. The seller uses the Shimano brand and Acera trademark in the listing's heading, which is a classic piece of keyword spamming. Report it for "misusing a brand name":
screenshot-ocswf.ebay.co.uk-2021.05.20-14_58_14.png
I have reported some listings like this, and the listing often disappears shortly afterwards. Of course others just spring up again...
by AndyK
10 May 2021, 10:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: "Pacer" bikes - late 1890s - any historical information
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: "Pacer" bikes - late 1890s - any historical information

Well, this would seem like an obvious place to start:

https://www.millards.org/history

The Millard family business is still selling motorbikes in Guernsey ("the oldest motorcycle shop in the world"), is run by Thomas Millard's great-grandson, and seems to have amassed a fair amount of historical material. Has your friend talked to them?
by AndyK
1 May 2021, 3:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping
Replies: 17
Views: 685

Re: King Alfred Way by bike, cycle camping

The owners of Britchcombe Farm near Uffington have just sold up and it's likely that the campsite will not open this summer, though it may be back next year. (Even worse from my point of view, the tea garden is also closed.) https://www.britchcombefarm.co.uk/

In a way that highlights the cause of your problems. Campsites can come and go (as do B&Bs etc) so it's hard to make a definitive list.