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by kylecycler
6 Feb 2020, 4:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A worrying thought about hand signals
Replies: 38
Views: 1382

Re: A worrying thought about hand signals

For going straight on, I think pointing straight forward would probably be best. I can't think of many situations where it's terribly useful though. The "pointing up for follow me" sign as described by mjr can be useful. As for bells versus voice, I can think of a few occasions where grou...
by kylecycler
31 Jan 2020, 12:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Double ended inner tubes
Replies: 25
Views: 1005

Re: Double ended inner tubes

I can feel the ends of the tube, I think because the air gets “trapped” to the end as you roll forward. That makes perfect sense. The ends of the tube are quite substantial 'plugs', moulded in, so that's what you feel - they don't compress the same as the rest of the tube (also, of course, there's ...
by kylecycler
30 Jan 2020, 9:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: New words/vocab on these fora
Replies: 330
Views: 35939

Re: New words/vocab on these fora

Saw a word I'd never seen before on Annemiek van Vleuten's Twitter yesterday - 'ravitaillering'. I thought at first maybe she'd got her languages mixed up (she's Dutch, of course) but it seems to be a French-derived cycling term like randonneuring, etc. It means refuelling, in this case with mangost...
by kylecycler
30 Jan 2020, 7:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Double ended inner tubes
Replies: 25
Views: 1005

Re: Double ended inner tubes

I fitted one recently to a clubmate's leccy Kalkhoff's rear wheel. I'd helped him fix a front wheel puncture, which wasn't such an issue, but he was fretting about getting the rear wheel on and off if it punctured (he's elderly and doesn't keep so well, and it's fiddly to do on that model), so I saw...
by kylecycler
3 Jan 2020, 4:29pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Nice turn of phrase.
Replies: 7
Views: 296

Re: Nice turn of phrase.

"The Tango Twittertw@t."
by kylecycler
25 Oct 2019, 10:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!
Replies: 50
Views: 2291

Re: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!

Am I the only person to worry about the top tube stretching? Is it made out of toffee? I don't get that either - I can see how the lower frame flexes, but stretch? It would make sense if the top tube was curved, then it would straighten, but it's not, it's straight. Still, I expect they know what t...
by kylecycler
25 Oct 2019, 9:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mountain bike commuting
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Mountain bike commuting

I think Big Bens and Big Apples are basically the same tyre, the surface on the Big Ben is textured but I don't think it makes a difference. All I know is, I got the cheaper version of the 26" Big Apple for about a tenner at SJS and it was a puncture magnet. Ditched them when they were half wor...
by kylecycler
25 Oct 2019, 11:54am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mountain bike commuting
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Mountain bike commuting

For the 27.5" wheel size it would be Big Bens rather than Big Apples - Schwalbe don't make Big Apples in that size, although Big Bens are just the virtually identical equivalent. They still have some tread but they're almost slick and quite fast rolling, although they won't grip well on mud if ...
by kylecycler
23 Oct 2019, 7:27pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Any chance of adding strikethrough?
Replies: 19
Views: 935

Re: Any chance of adding strikethrough?

admin wrote:Use [s]struck-through text here[\s] - it's standard BBCode.


Ok, got it. You can stand down. Thanks. :D
by kylecycler
22 Oct 2019, 6:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!
Replies: 50
Views: 2291

Re: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!

Of course what we should consider when discussing the merits of such a design is that from a manufacturers point of view long life is irrelevant. Not just bikes. Almost everything. Same for many buyers. Therefore to see it as a problem is largely pointless as to most it doesn't matter. Of course it...
by kylecycler
22 Oct 2019, 5:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!
Replies: 50
Views: 2291

Re: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!

....Jeff Jones is a genius, although I read an interview where he said, "All the best info is pre-1930s" - he's apparently a great student of bicycle history and he's just applying principles that were known and established a long time ago. Whatever your leanings, it's seriously worth wat...
by kylecycler
22 Oct 2019, 4:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!
Replies: 50
Views: 2291

Re: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!

... and it's quite likely that Annemiek won DESPITE having to ride with a ridiculous new frame design. Win on Sunday, sell on Monday... Well, considering she was up out of the saddle on every incline, every slope, every hill, far more than her competitors, and for longer, at least as far as I could...
by kylecycler
22 Oct 2019, 4:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!
Replies: 50
Views: 2291

Re: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!

I see that frame as just a joke - gimmick for the sake of gimmick - not the rational, structural logic of the classic double triangle frame. Each to their own though. This is the same principle, though, at the front anyway (you might recognise the bike as Jan Heine's).: EPLNR_0x-L8 Or if you want t...
by kylecycler
22 Oct 2019, 1:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!
Replies: 50
Views: 2291

Re: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!

Funnily enough, I came across this late last night - an animation of rear frame flex as a result of the dropped seat stays on the current Scott Foil. 1_x2fduEuYJVRfWdtl3b4pYQ.gif https://medium.bikehugger.com/scott-foil-smart-and-fast-84d4acd5ff9d Apparently the last Foil gave an awful harsh ride; ...
by kylecycler
22 Oct 2019, 1:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!
Replies: 50
Views: 2291

Re: Dropped seat stays - good bad or ugly?!

From a comfort point of view, they are superb, in my experience, they break the shock pathway up, between the wheel and the seat post to your spine, they also help with aero, and given that you spend 80% of your effort moving air out of your way, whilst cycling, every little helps. They do make the...