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by IanW
22 Aug 2017, 1:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: ADVICE FOR CYCLISTS (from an employer)
Replies: 30
Views: 3742

Re: ADVICE FOR CYCLISTS (from an employer)

Why can't the cyclist gain access? If it's the usual car park barrier for employees only, then we had to present our pass to a sensor to get the pole to go up. So did the motorcyclists. Why not the cyclists? And why ist it such a big problem anyway? You'd be amazed what "the planners" can...
by IanW
7 Aug 2017, 5:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycle roof rack failure
Replies: 45
Views: 2937

Re: Cycle roof rack failure

A very long time ago (> 30 years) while transporting 3 bicycles on a roof-rack I managed to drive under a low obstruction (don't ask!) which managed to clear the roof of 3 bicycles, still attached to 3 (inverted-transport) bike mounts which were themselves still attached to the roof rack. The roof r...
by IanW
18 Jun 2017, 12:37am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tool kits
Replies: 100
Views: 4013

Re: Tool kits

With every (bi)cycle I always carry 1 (or more) locks because you never know when you might be forced to abandon your bike (think personal illness or injury or extreme mechanical failure). Similarly with every cycle I always carry sufficient tools to fix a puncture (i.e. tools to remove a wheel, tyr...
by IanW
27 Mar 2017, 12:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS time?
Replies: 18
Views: 889

Re: GPS time?

Timestamps are often (but not always) recorded as a number of seconds elapsed since the start of some arbitary start-of-epoc. There are several different epochs used across modern accurate time-keeping / timestamping. This URL might give you some context http://www.leapsecond.com/java/gpsclock.htm ....
by IanW
11 Feb 2017, 10:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Riding on the hard shoulder
Replies: 47
Views: 3154

Re: Riding on the hard shoulder

Bmblbzzz wrote:Yes, you have to leave the road to avoid the motorway. There are others like that but I can't think where right now.

The A14 transitions into the M11 here and again "Prohibited Traffic" must leave at the next exit.
by IanW
9 Feb 2017, 11:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Good email client for Windows 8.1/10
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: Good email client for Windows 8.1/10

well has your MS outlook account been updated to the new protocol as it broke Live Mail - MS did bring out a patch and some got it to work but it didnt for many and MS quickly removed it and it not available now. Certainly my copy of Live Mail wont connect any more with my (updated ) hotmail accnt....
by IanW
8 Feb 2017, 6:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Riding on the hard shoulder
Replies: 47
Views: 3154

Re: Riding on the hard shoulder

The A23 here just becomes the M23. You don't actually "join" the motorway, and there's no indication that non motorway users shouldn't proceed past the junction I'm afraid that there is an indication that non-motorway users should not proceed past the junction. Just follow Google Maps the...
by IanW
8 Feb 2017, 5:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Good email client for Windows 8.1/10
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: Good email client for Windows 8.1/10

I'm still using Windows Live Mail on Windows 10 and successfully using with @outlook.com, @gmail.com and @ntlworld.com email accounts.

I know I will have to move on eventually but while it ain't broke, I ain't fixing it.
by IanW
30 Dec 2016, 12:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclists in Stealth Mode.
Replies: 137
Views: 9470

Re: Cyclists in Stealth Mode.

I drive on my local country roads and I know what catches my eye. It is a reasonable assumption that these things also catch the eye of other drivers. Things that really stand out for me will probably stand out for less careful drivers. A set of bright lights on a pitch dark road stand out a lot. T...
by IanW
12 Dec 2016, 8:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Better brake lever designs?
Replies: 32
Views: 2759

Re: Better brake lever designs?

I have short fingers but a reasonably strong grip so I never got along with dropped bars and riding on, and particularly braking from, the hoods. So I long ago did the "invert the dropped bars and saw them down" thus: Inverted Drop-Bar Brake Levers (1).jpg And Inverted Drop-Bar Brake Lever...
by IanW
10 Dec 2016, 4:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tool Kit for day to day use
Replies: 198
Views: 19100

Re: Tool Kit for day to day use

Interesting. What does the 58 grams include? The 58 grams covers the spanner itseld and both screwdriver bits and the plastic carrier for them (but does not include the 5 mm allen key that I added just for a demonstration). I am not sure the 5 mm socket is wrongly orientated for using the spanner. ...
by IanW
9 Dec 2016, 4:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tool Kit for day to day use
Replies: 198
Views: 19100

Re: Tool Kit for day to day use

Just in case anyone was interested, I speculatively bought a TrueUtility "HandSpan" TU203 which is basically a small adjustable spanner minus a handle. Pictured here: IMG_0002_10.JPG It includes cross-head and flat screwdriver bits which fit into a 5 mm hex socket in the non-moving end of ...
by IanW
6 Dec 2016, 3:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: modern cycle light
Replies: 71
Views: 7650

Re: modern cycle light

So does the boil light have anything on it to help align it? I don't know those two specific lamps, but the Axa and Crivit K-marked ones have flat surfaces that can be aligned easily with a small spirit level or phone app. I choose to use German StVZO approved (front) lights. But it is defintely st...
by IanW
26 Nov 2016, 1:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tool Kit for day to day use
Replies: 198
Views: 19100

Re: Tool Kit for day to day use

I do not have the need to distinguish "valuable" from "non valuable" tools, in fact while on the road every tool I carry has a reason to be there, so they are all "valuable". And to be honest, if (IF) I have to leave my bike away from sight I am certainly not worried f...
by IanW
25 Nov 2016, 6:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tool Kit for day to day use
Replies: 198
Views: 19100

Re: Tool Kit for day to day use

I am also not a fan of "multi-tools" precisely because it is not easy to pare them down to just the tools that: a) you need for any given [bi]cycle b) you are capable of using c) you need on this particular trip or range of journey d) you are prepaired to carry around with you when separat...