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by squeaker
20 Nov 2018, 3:51pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Schwalbe Tryker
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: Schwalbe Tryker

But I found that they tend to get cut up a lot if you cycle anywhere with glass/flint shards. +1, also lost two with damaged sidewalls (don't go cycling in loose shingle :? ). Prefer Marathon Racers (at least the older ones with a folding bead) or BAs in 406. Schwalbe do like to fiddle with the com...
by squeaker
12 Nov 2018, 10:22am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Electric cars
Replies: 107
Views: 2364

Re: Electric cars

kwackers wrote:A 40kw car will charge from empty to full in 12 hours or so with a 13A plug, so in theory they'd all charge up overnight.
That is, at 100% energy transfer efficiency - which isn't the case, sadly :roll: I also recall reading that slow charging (AKA using the 'granny cable') is notably inefficient...
by squeaker
10 Nov 2018, 7:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Electric cars
Replies: 107
Views: 2364

Re: Electric cars

What will they be encouraging us to drive next? In an ideal world, nothing :lol: That is, discouraging all private motoring due to the costs to the public purse. However, in the real world, we're told that pure electric and hydrogen are the 2 preferred options... We do live in interesting times :ro...
by squeaker
10 Nov 2018, 3:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear mechanical disc brake adjustment on a bike with horizontal rear dropouts
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: Rear mechanical disc brake adjustment on a bike with horizontal rear dropouts

Given the relatively small cost of brake pads, and how far you have got with changing them, I'd just bung the new ones in and put the old pair in a 'come in handy' box for when I forget to check the pads and find they are down to the backing pads and I need to use the bike. Others may have different...
by squeaker
10 Nov 2018, 2:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future
Replies: 102
Views: 1575

Re: Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future

thirdcrank wrote:I fear there's pressure eg in order to keep the UK at the forefront of development for commercial reasons, to allow lowest common denominator standards.
I share that fear!
by squeaker
9 Nov 2018, 10:48am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future
Replies: 102
Views: 1575

Re: Law Commissions open consultation into new rules for UK’s self-driving future

Paving the way for AVs to behave just like monkey controlled vehicles ... Should automated vehicles ever be allowed to mount the pavement? Should automated vehicles ever be allowed to exceed the speed limit within tolerances? Should automated vehicles ever be allowed to edge through pedestrians? .....
by squeaker
6 Nov 2018, 10:53am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Early 1950s road safety documentary
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: Early 1950s road safety documentary

Thanks :D Interesting to see the belisha crossings on roundabout exits (it will never catch on) plus the repeated comments about 'maintaining the traffic flow' :roll: The Morris Minor convey was a giggle, and I note that the NHS had a shortage of beds and nurses :shock:
by squeaker
6 Nov 2018, 8:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear mechanical disc brake adjustment on a bike with horizontal rear dropouts
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: Rear mechanical disc brake adjustment on a bike with horizontal rear dropouts

John_S wrote:...and so in order to tension the chain I pulled the wheel back in the horizontal rear dropouts so that the chain is taught.
OT, but personally I like to see a small amount of slack in such a chain.
by squeaker
29 Oct 2018, 10:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Electric cars
Replies: 107
Views: 2364

Re: Electric cars

I read an interesting article (can't find it now) making the argument that a number of technological and economic factors will radically change personal transport perhaps within the next ten years. The core proposals were that electric self-driving cars hired out in uber style will become the ubiqu...
by squeaker
29 Oct 2018, 9:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alpine double
Replies: 48
Views: 1938

Re: Alpine double

I just can't quite believe that a bike company is supplying touch-up paint. And with a brush! My Kona Sutra came with a little pot of touch up paint, with a brush inside the cap, in the box of bits that came with it. :D Likewise, my gloss black Cotic RoadRat came with touch up paint with internal b...
by squeaker
28 Oct 2018, 8:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tourer - 26" or 700c wheel?
Replies: 63
Views: 2211

Re: Tourer - 26" or 700c wheel?

horizon wrote:
reohn2 wrote:
You and Squeaker are right I'm in a muddle and feeling highly embarrassed as result,apologies.


You have very little to feel embarrassed about!
+1: been there, done that :oops:
by squeaker
28 Oct 2018, 12:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tourer - 26" or 700c wheel?
Replies: 63
Views: 2211

Re: Tourer - 26" or 700c wheel?

Gear inches is usually the measurement of progress and means that for every turn of the cranks the rear wheel will turn X inches ie; on a 50inch gear one revolution of the cranks the bike moves forward 50inches. 'Fraid not: "It is the equivalent diameter of the drive wheel on a high-wheel bicy...
by squeaker
27 Oct 2018, 11:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tourer - 26" or 700c wheel?
Replies: 63
Views: 2211

Re: Tourer - 26" or 700c wheel?

Gear inches is usually the measurement of progress and means that for every turn of the cranks the rear wheel will turn X inches ie; on a 50inch gear one revolution of the cranks the bike moves forward 50inches. 'Fraid not: "It is the equivalent diameter of the drive wheel on a high-wheel bicy...
by squeaker
25 Oct 2018, 10:12am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Route Planner
Replies: 487
Views: 86641

Re: New Route Planner

I have recently noticed a mystery 1000 ft hill has appeared just off the Kessock bridge, Inverness. Southbound on NCN1. I thought we were well outside the ring of fire in the UK. Very strange, I was riding around there this morning and it all appeared flat. Anyone else notice any local discrepancie...
by squeaker
21 Oct 2018, 6:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Decibels
Replies: 21
Views: 608

Re: Decibels

Our council wheelie bin is marked "89 dB" which I assume is part of some official noise rating system. I can see that the information is limited and a test in lab conditions doesn't allow for the way the collection team throw it around, shout to each other or the noise of their lorry at 0...