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by squeaker
17 Feb 2018, 8:21am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Gearing question for recumbents.
Replies: 27
Views: 440

Re: Gearing question for recumbents.

I am not convinced by Tigerbiten's large to large being necessary. I would never run that combination. If you cannot run the big-big combo and shift into it by mistake then something breaks ........ :cry: And you're most likely to make that mistake when you're cold, wet and tired, exactly when you ...
by squeaker
15 Feb 2018, 8:35am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling
Replies: 887
Views: 54810

Re: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling

Interesting you mention HGVs Much of the current thinking is that the latest emission controls on diesel HGVs are actually quite effective and, unlike diesel cars, HGVs more or less do 'what is says on the tin' WRT emissions. SO much so that NOx emissions from a modern truck COULD actually be lower...
by squeaker
14 Feb 2018, 9:43am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why do we need space when being overtaken?
Replies: 31
Views: 1132

Re: Why do we need space when being overtaken?

kwackers wrote:Bruised hip where I banged it and a constant nagging feeling that I should have spotted the hazard...
Hmmm, know those feelings - mend soon!
by squeaker
14 Feb 2018, 9:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Presta valve: how not to lose air after pumping
Replies: 12
Views: 657

Re: Presta valve: how not to lose air after pumping

How much are you unscrewing the presta head? I usually only unscrew about 1 turn - unscrewing more would seem to increase the risk of bending the inner piece?
by squeaker
13 Feb 2018, 12:50pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Sacrilege - rack on a Catrike 700
Replies: 6
Views: 255

Re: Sacrilege - rack on a Catrike 700

Just as long as all those little plastic links connecting it into the headrest frame don't see a serious compression load :roll:

PS: thought you were a weight weenie? :lol:
by squeaker
9 Feb 2018, 10:10am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Minimum Noise Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Replies: 49
Views: 938

Re: Minimum Noise Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Vorpal wrote:I don't want electric vehicles making noise. I like that they are quiet. There is enough noise already.
Quite. If you're that concerned about what's behind you then fit a mirror :roll:
by squeaker
7 Feb 2018, 10:46am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling
Replies: 887
Views: 54810

Re: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling

Imagine if over the next ten years 25% of cars and buses became electric only. What would that do for electricity demand and could the grid cope? Yes, according to a talk from UK Power Networks (distributor for SE England) provided 'smart' charging is used (some local grid reinforcement was needed,...
by squeaker
7 Feb 2018, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: A kickstand has killed my touring bike...
Replies: 43
Views: 1715

Re: A kickstand has killed my touring bike...

Isn't the bottom of the chainstay essentially in tension? Other than possible damage from cold working (and the visual effect), I wouldn't have expected major problems. Personally I'd just clean it up and repaint, maybe with some frame protector squirted in through the nearest orifice?
by squeaker
6 Feb 2018, 10:16am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling
Replies: 887
Views: 54810

Re: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling

Mick F wrote:Given that we have cars, and EV cars are silly money and it'll be decades before they're as cheap as an ICE car.
I'm not convinced about that timescale - see here, for example.
by squeaker
4 Feb 2018, 11:19am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A tougher line on speeding?
Replies: 268
Views: 4745

Re: A tougher line on speeding?

Mick F wrote:Therefore, the better the road surface, the faster the traffic drives. Leave it rutted and rough please!
Similar arguments have been used around here regarding shared use paths :roll:
by squeaker
3 Feb 2018, 5:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: ‘That’s not right...’
Replies: 70
Views: 3314

Re: ‘That’s not right...’

[XAP]Bob wrote:Still struggling to walk, but can ride the tandem... biggest physical issue is mounting it...
I just can’t move my right hip/leg enough.
I'd keep away from the Rapto then, tempting as it might seem :lol:
Heal soon!
by squeaker
3 Feb 2018, 5:47pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A tougher line on speeding?
Replies: 268
Views: 4745

Re: A tougher line on speeding?

IMO the future lies in removing the responsibility for this completely from the police and giving it to the relevant highway authority; apart from anything else, they are not so hung up over antagonising drivers. They are aware of the concerns of a lot of their residents about speeders (even though...
by squeaker
31 Jan 2018, 6:40pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A tougher line on speeding?
Replies: 268
Views: 4745

Re: A tougher line on speeding?

The 10% inaccuracy on standard motor vehicles is simply a matter of finance, to make it any better would cost the manufacturer and of course the consumer more. Until the motor industry are obliged to provide calibrated speedometers for all vehicles the '1 mph' excess speed prosecution can't happen....
by squeaker
31 Jan 2018, 6:19pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: London Underground - damaging the hearing of users
Replies: 12
Views: 477

Re: noise on the tubes

foxyrider wrote:IME it's not really worse than riding in busy traffic, I guess you notice it more in the enclosed space of tunnels - you get a similar intensifying effect in traffic going under bridges.
Not according to this academic study reported in the IoA journal a couple of years ago ;)
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by squeaker
31 Jan 2018, 5:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A tougher line on speeding?
Replies: 268
Views: 4745

Re: A tougher line on speeding?

[XAP]Bob wrote:Pretty sure the margin for error is built into most speedo's.
They are legally not allowed to underreport speed IIRC.
Readout -0% to +10% of actual, IIRC.