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by martinn
16 Dec 2020, 10:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Head torches - dazzled by inconsiderate users
Replies: 31
Views: 1230

Re: Head torches - dazzled by inconsiderate users

In the winter I always wear something with a small peak on, so I can slightly dip my head so the direct source of the blinding light is hidden from my direct view. I can still see the road directly in front until the light has passed. I do as well, still didn't help the other day i have far more is...
by martinn
16 Dec 2020, 4:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Head torches - dazzled by inconsiderate users
Replies: 31
Views: 1230

Head torches - dazzled by inconsiderate users

Head Torches....does anyone else have a gripe about people using them? I think they have their place, but not on a road or a path. Off-road when there is no one who will be coming towards you on technical descents, yep great idea, I can really see the advantage. If someone is coming towards you with...
by martinn
16 Dec 2020, 2:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Jumping on a wheel...... musings....
Replies: 43
Views: 2643

Re: Jumping on a wheel...... musings....

If I'm catching someone up, i will ride past when its safe to do so, occasionally, I catch someone slowly, and realise that, i probably cannot get by easily as the speed differential is small. But I generally over take IF I'm still quicker, and say hello or something as I go by. I do remember once, ...
by martinn
6 Dec 2020, 2:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What bike for my Mum?
Replies: 14
Views: 643

Re: What bike for my Mum?

Thanks for all the advice. I looked at the isla bikes website, my kids all have them, so i know they are generally well made. But they are not hub geared... so my mother would refuse, it took me a while to persuade her that the colour didn't matter! in the end I found a Pashley Britannia on gumtree,...
by martinn
29 Nov 2020, 9:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo wiring - advice on more durable wiring around frame
Replies: 62
Views: 1797

Re: Dynamo wiring - advice on more durable wiring around frame

I have a number of bikes with Dynamos, none of which has suffered any cable breakage due to weather. One of the Bikes is a commuter, so gets a lot of weather, and the lights never come off that one. I clip all my wires with cable tidies, and run them along either the brake or gear cables, making sur...
by martinn
29 Nov 2020, 9:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Winter Tyres
Replies: 13
Views: 649

Re: Winter Tyres

In winter the "best" bike has the GP4000 II changed for GP4 seasons. I have on a few occasions noted the person in front slide, when I don't, but I might have just been lucky. For commuting, if its icy, I use spikes... no contest in amount of grip, just need to remember that I don't have s...
by martinn
28 Nov 2020, 2:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: wider tyre on back or front?
Replies: 18
Views: 590

Re: wider tyre on back or front?

ok, would the tyre set up change IF I put extra studs into the wider tyre. the winter has the holes ready to accept studs, so I could put some more in. Then it would have the same amount of studs as the narrower tyre, so on ice, would the potential grip be the same? ( i do have a habit of making thi...
by martinn
27 Nov 2020, 10:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What bike for my Mum?
Replies: 14
Views: 643

Re: What bike for my Mum?

Yes I saw the Pashleys is there anything else? I also saw a Cortina on a Dutch site.
I would happily pay for the going rate for one, if they are worth it.
by martinn
27 Nov 2020, 10:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: wider tyre on back or front?
Replies: 18
Views: 590

Re: wider tyre on back or front?

ok so narrower tyre on the front as it has more studs
wider tyre on the rear, as it has less studs

thanks

Martin
by martinn
27 Nov 2020, 9:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What bike for my Mum?
Replies: 14
Views: 643

Re: What bike for my Mum?

Decathlon Elops https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/elops-520-low-frame-city-bike/_/R-p-145734 right frame but not hub gears or hub brakes. My mother is "technologically challenged".... SA hub gear, she know how it works, she knows how to use it, and she cant be bothered to learn something newf...
by martinn
27 Nov 2020, 9:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: wider tyre on back or front?
Replies: 18
Views: 590

wider tyre on back or front?

Hi all I have bought a new studded tyre in readiness for the winter (So you can all relax now its going to be warm all the way!), so now have a set again They are different, one is a marathon winter plus, more spikes, and I think better puncture protection and the other is a winter. The marathon plu...
by martinn
27 Nov 2020, 9:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What bike for my Mum?
Replies: 14
Views: 643

What bike for my Mum?

Hi all, My mother has taken the advice of my older brother, and realises her 1970s bike needs a few too many parts to fix up, well that's my older brothers view... it would need new brakes saddle wheels mudguards, and there a crack in the frame, so needs a lot of work As the cyclist in the family, I...
by martinn
18 Nov 2020, 4:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo wiring inspiration
Replies: 13
Views: 478

Re: Dynamo wiring inspiration

These are my two current wiring loops, one is much neater than the other, a combination of cable ties and cable tidies


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by martinn
17 Nov 2020, 10:07am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre sizing, can they stretch?
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: Tyre sizing, can they stretch?

Ok thanks Brucey The tyres are a few years old, don't get used very much. last year I ran them at really low pressures to get more traction in the snow, and they worked OK for a day or two, but then failed, so that makes sense about the bead unwinding, probably what happened to them. I was below the...
by martinn
16 Nov 2020, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre sizing, can they stretch?
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Tyre sizing, can they stretch?

Hi all with winter being round the corner, and having played with my dynamo enough for one day, I thought I would put the Snow tyres on the new wheel set that I bought for that purpose. I had a few issues last year with one not seating properly, so I have 3 700cx35 snow tyres. The new wheel set has ...