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by xerxes
2 Jul 2021, 12:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flat Pedals vs Clipless
Replies: 51
Views: 1912

Re: Flat Pedals vs Clipless

I use flat pedals with a toe box on all my bikes. May not be quite as efficient as cleats, but unless you are into serious competition then it's not worth the bother using cleats, i.e. silly shoes that cost a packet and that you can't efficiently use to walk about in when you get to your destination, in addition to the danger of falling over which others have mentioned.
by xerxes
1 Jul 2021, 1:37pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Tour de France 2021 - Spoilers
Replies: 214
Views: 7141

Re: Tour de France 2021 - Spoilers

NATURAL ANKLING wrote: 1 Jul 2021, 10:21am
P.S. Froomey Was upbeat in his interview and he was happy with his performance so far, despite being last in the race
? He's not last, neither in the race nor yesterday's stage.
by xerxes
1 Jul 2021, 1:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Not just any off (multiple broken ribs)
Replies: 58
Views: 2003

Re: Not just any off (split from Giro D'italia topic)

Cowsham wrote: 18 Jun 2021, 10:05pm
I think trying to cycle on week two was a mistake and probably would have been better doing very little.
Having suffered similar injuries two weeks ago I would agree with that - I certainly don't feel like getting on the bike yet, and my injuries were probably not as serious as yours (I had the cracked ribs and minor lung puncture, but collar bone was OK). My accident was not cycling related (mountaineering accident) so it's not a question of being scared of getting back on the bike.
by xerxes
1 Jul 2021, 12:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Wireless cateye interference.
Replies: 14
Views: 616

Re: Wireless cateye interference.

I had this with my cateye wireless when I mounted a Garmin GPS on the handlebars right next to it. Moving the GPS a few inches further away seemed to cure it.

Other external things can also interfere with it. A certain shop I used to go in always caused it to register 'wheel revolution' signals.

If, as someone else asked, it is completely resetting the whole device, this could be caused by the battery connection. I fixed this problem on mine by inserting a tiny wad of paper under the metal clip which touches the battery, to ensure the clip was kept in place and would not break the circuit due to vibrations when, say, riding over a rough stretch of road.
by xerxes
3 Jun 2021, 2:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Muck off Dry Lube- not fit for purpose useless
Replies: 20
Views: 1290

Re: Muck off Dry Lube- not fit for purpose useless

iandusud wrote: 1 Jun 2021, 8:00am Just to add a bit of balance to this thread I really like Muck Off chain lube :)
The dry lube is definitely for dry weather only but is very clean. The wet lube I find is very long lasting. However if you slosh it on it will make a sticky mess that attracts dirt and gums up the derailleur and cassette. If however you apply small drop on each roller of a clean chain, spin it a few times, allow a few minutes for capillary action to draw the lube in and ten wipe off any excess I find that it is brilliant.
One man's meat and all that...
I'm with you on this, I'm surprised to read so many negative comments. With the dry lube I try to avoid cycling in wet conditions, and clean the chain maybe every few weeks, in between just add a bit more lube if I think it needs it. On my other 'general purpose/wet weather' bike I use the wet lube which as you say can make a sticky mess, but so can any other wet lube.
by xerxes
1 Jun 2021, 2:59pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Welcome road signs
Replies: 10
Views: 566

Re: Welcome road signs

Nice one. Could do with being a foot further up the pole, as the vegetation is already beginning to obscure it!
by xerxes
28 May 2021, 2:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Greetings whilst riding
Replies: 35
Views: 3687

Re: Greetings whilst riding

rareposter wrote: 18 May 2021, 8:35pm
Honestly, it's a constant source of amazement to me that some people (a) feel the need to wave at randomers just because they're using the same mode of transport
Yes, rather like VW Beetle drivers who feel the urge to wave at other VW Beetle drivers. A classic example of what Kurt Vonnegut would call a 'granfalloon'.
by xerxes
19 May 2021, 8:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Deliberate Close Passing /Assault and now just too scared to ride to work.
Replies: 47
Views: 4991

Re: Deliberate Close Passing /Assault and now just too scared to ride to work.

TallestTim wrote: 17 May 2021, 9:10pm
The last ride I did i had a Pass Pixi fitted (a speed camera type sign indicating dashcam on board) and even then had 2 pretty terrifying incidents,
Two on one ride? - are you sure your tolerance threshold is not too low? The best way to raise it is to keep cycling.

Are you 'taking the lane' rather than hugging the edge of the road? The latter is far more likely to encourage dangerous overtaking by motorists.
by xerxes
17 May 2021, 3:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Greetings whilst riding
Replies: 35
Views: 3687

Re: Greetings whilst riding

Mike Sales wrote: 16 May 2021, 11:32am This is a hardy perrenial of forum topics.
Indeed - viewtopic.php?f=7&t=138907
by xerxes
15 May 2021, 4:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bad reporting of 'accident' yet again!
Replies: 29
Views: 1662

Re: Bad reporting of 'accident' yet again!

fastpedaller wrote: 13 May 2021, 6:57pm
I was outraged last week when they reported 'Cyclist riding a triathlon time trial bike collides with car' which started a lot of victim blaming talk on disqus.
Perhaps a fairer description would be "Cyclist riding a triathlon time trial bike collides with car designed for travelling at 100+mph on German autobahns".
by xerxes
21 Apr 2021, 4:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Humber Bridge now open to cyclists & pedestrians
Replies: 214
Views: 10859

Re: Humber Bridge closed to cyclists & pedestrians indefinitely

Here's an idea. Until the cycle path can safely re-open, why don't they put a 30mph limit on the bridge, and remove the 'no cycling' signs.

Or would that cause inconvenience to people? :roll:
by xerxes
18 Apr 2021, 3:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Farm Lane Compton Greenfield- Cycle works
Replies: 8
Views: 945

Re: Farm Lane Compton Greenfield- Cycle works

I think some of these schemes are devised simply so that someone can tick a box (relating to provision for cyclists, or maybe environmental considerations) on their performance contract.
by xerxes
15 Apr 2021, 3:25pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Traffic lights giving cyclists a head start - Bristol
Replies: 82
Views: 4495

Re: Traffic lights giving cyclists a head start - Bristol

mjr wrote: 13 Apr 2021, 3:47pm It also reduces the risk of trying to reach an advanced stop box, as the green bike gives a few seconds warning that motorists are about to get a green light.
Yes, I can see how that might be useful. However the onus should really be on motorists to be aware when cyclists are filtering past.
by xerxes
8 Apr 2021, 2:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How do you change the battery on this light?
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: How do you change the battery on this light?

Thanks for your replies, I have now prised it out with a screwdriver. It's a very tight fit!
by xerxes
7 Apr 2021, 3:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How do you change the battery on this light?
Replies: 7
Views: 472

How do you change the battery on this light?

Has anyone got (or had) one of these? My wife found it ages ago and has been using it as a torch until the power ran out. It's obviously quite old, as Amazon shows it as no longer available - see https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edinburgh-Bicy ... B00HEPH1H4. That's the only Google hit for 'Revolution light'. The front part (with the silver band) does not unscrew, only the rear part covering the power button. The only thing I can think of is levering out the plate at the back which has the power button on it, but am loath to do that in case I break something. (Tried removing the fitting bracket at the bottom but that didn't help).
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