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by rfryer
21 Jan 2020, 9:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 99
Views: 3327

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

I do find it daft that, given gravel differs from "MTB" riding in being on dryer surfaces (gravel, not mud!), they have been pushed as requiring disc brakes. Disc evangelists are always saying that wet/muddy conditions are the problem that disc-brakes solve. Bizarre ... The 'dryness' of a...
by rfryer
19 Jan 2020, 8:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 99
Views: 3327

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

I'd be interested to know what UK owners actually use them for. I use mine as my go-to recreational bike, unless I'm road cycling with a group where I'm concerned the pace will challenge me. I rarely take it off what the local council laughingly call tarmac. It's not much slower than my road bike, ...
by rfryer
15 Jan 2020, 2:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 90
Views: 2523

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

Like it or not, if sharing that environment, I owe it to myself and my family to be sufficiently visible. I am sufficiently visible. Good for you. I'm not totally convinced that I am, in all road conditions. I do not know how to be invisible. Please could you tell me how to be invisible? Because th...
by rfryer
15 Jan 2020, 2:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 90
Views: 2523

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

In summary, as a result of legally mandated safety standards, we have an environment where drivers will inevitably perceive less personal risk and drive with less care than they would otherwise. Like it or not, if sharing that environment, I owe it to myself and my family to be sufficiently visible...
by rfryer
15 Jan 2020, 1:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 90
Views: 2523

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

I find this subject challenging, and there have been some helpful posts. On the one hand, it is self-evident that road users need to take responsibility for not crashing into stuff. And that includes poorly visible stuff, like trees, animals, accident victims, etc. On the other hand, the powers-that...
by rfryer
12 Jan 2020, 9:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Entry Level v More advanced bike
Replies: 31
Views: 1130

Re: Entry Level v More advanced bike

For that kind of event, your (aero) position on the bike is the most important factor. I'd be looking at that, plus aero helmet, before thinking about the bike. FWIW, I recently bought a sub 1K winter bike to supplement my expensive all-carbon best bike. I've found that I'm not significantly slower ...
by rfryer
6 Jan 2020, 6:54pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster
Replies: 239
Views: 8044

Re: Friendly Cambridge bike path turns into pole-wielding monster

This is all an argument over things we would probably agree on. So I'll summarise. It's bad the op got injured cycling. It's bad there's street signing there which isn't hivviz or lighted to prevent such accidents This shouldn't be the way it is. This is how it is across the country. I bet there's ...
by rfryer
5 Jan 2020, 1:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.
Replies: 39
Views: 818

Re: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.

I was on the verge of giving up and phoning for a lift at the time. I think this is illustrative of one of the major changes in recent decades in cycling culture and in the mindset/outlook of most who have taken up cycling as a leisure activity during that time. There may be some truth in that, but...
by rfryer
5 Jan 2020, 12:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.
Replies: 39
Views: 818

Re: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.

I've had two personal experiences of (ride-affecting) punctures in tubeless tyres. I'm still pro-tubeless, but accept that they have limitations. One was a friend's bike, where his tyre suddenly went soft. A quick re-inflation (with a Fumpa pump) and spin of the wheel, and he was on his way. Big win...
by rfryer
4 Jan 2020, 11:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.
Replies: 39
Views: 818

Re: Help please, first time fitting tubeless.

The problem tyre is quite happy to be inflated, and deflated without any 'pop' whatsoever. Deflated, it is easy to move the beads inside the rim - so it isn't seated in place. Maybe apply soapy water to try and assist seating. I don't want to add sealant until I'm sure its seated properly, since I ...
by rfryer
22 Dec 2019, 7:26am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Goodbye Old England - Jockxit. It's Time We Were Gone
Replies: 229
Views: 5381

Re: Goodbye Old England - Jockxit. It's Time We Were Gone

The SNP's first manifesto promise is Independence. Ergo, a vote for the SNP is by extension a vote for independence. This is most definitely not the case! Although the SNP want independence, they have never suggested trying to make it happen against the will of the people, i.e. without a referendum...
by rfryer
19 Dec 2019, 6:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What considerations for buying a new Brompton bike
Replies: 31
Views: 1332

Re: Introducing myself and question about Brompton bike

Both luggage options work well on the Brommy, I switch between favouring a front bag, and a rear rack bag. The front is more convenient, and gives a nice handle for towing the bike. The rear is more aero, and takes heavy loads better, but risks heel strike. For lighting, dynamo lights are very conve...
by rfryer
19 Dec 2019, 6:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buying front lights ( for bike & helmet ) @ <= £100 each
Replies: 22
Views: 997

Re: front light

... but the B&M Ixon IQ can be used with non-rechargeable batteries. It is also an excellent light with rechargeable batteries! I like battery lights because it's very easy to carry a set of spare batteries, none of the worry about what happens if the batteries run out. So far, they never have,...
by rfryer
19 Dec 2019, 12:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Buying front lights ( for bike & helmet ) @ <= £100 each
Replies: 22
Views: 997

Re: front light

Are you looking for sensible beam
patterns for road use, or retina-seering power for off-road?

Hopefully not retina-seering power for on-road!
by rfryer
17 Dec 2019, 9:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Switching handlebars: Solutions for quick cable interchange
Replies: 33
Views: 1053

Re: Switching handlebars: Solutions for quick cable interchange

I'm pretty sure that Moulton once did a cable separator for the front brake, which had the inner separator inside a cage, effectively creating a short bare cable run. I can't find any evidence of it, though.