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by freiston
27 Nov 2019, 4:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heights of lights.
Replies: 18
Views: 817

Re: Heights of lights.

I'd guess it's for the Penny; they've been around a bit longer, there's lots more of them, and some high-wheelers are way higher than 1.5m anyway Can't be. According to Halfords * cycle lighting has only been a legal requirement since 1988. *So it must be true :wink: Also from the same link, "...
by freiston
27 Nov 2019, 3:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: sweating
Replies: 26
Views: 979

Re: sweating

I sweat a lot too. For cold (dryish) weather, I have an oldish winter cycling jacket from Aldi (Crane brand); It is windproof on the arms and the front of the torso but on the back it is smooth on the outside, slightly fleecy on the inside and extremely breathable (it's like it's not there when I ho...
by freiston
27 Nov 2019, 1:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: sweating
Replies: 26
Views: 979

Re: sweating

Bonefishblues wrote:Perhaps drop a line to Prince Andrew for advice?













Too soon?


Too soon - meaning that you beat me to it! :wink: :lol:
by freiston
5 Nov 2019, 5:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Downtube Shifter
Replies: 20
Views: 965

Re: Downtube Shifter

Will any LH friction downtube shifter work with a Shimano Tiagra 4500 front mech? A friction lever/shifter will work with any front mech,or rear mech FTM. Aren't there some mechs that require a total cable pull (to get the full range of gears) which is greater than some friction shifters can manage?
by freiston
5 Nov 2019, 2:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Running / Cycling shoes
Replies: 11
Views: 701

Re: Running / Cycling shoes

As well as a stiff sole being desirable for efficient pedalling, surely you need a sole stiff enough on a SPD shoe to spread the pressure and wouldn't this make the shoe unsuitable for running (as distinct from walking), even if the shoe looks like a trainer/running shoe? If the sole isn't too stiff...
by freiston
30 Oct 2019, 4:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Does anyone collect saddles?
Replies: 26
Views: 1199

Re: Does anyone collect saddles?

My saddle collection is purely a result of looking for something better with a cheap price tag - so it's not a very big or interesting collection (I stopped at the Navigator Passport - a Charge Spoon type). I took a look at your weblog and found the Middlemores of Coventry interesting as I had never...
by freiston
22 Oct 2019, 1:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hi vis and reflective jacket
Replies: 10
Views: 446

Re: Hi vis and reflective jacket

How about a hi-vis tabard (the sort that you can breathe through the fabric quite easily) over the top of any jacket of your choice?

Personally, I'm not convinced that hi-vis will keep you alive.
by freiston
17 Oct 2019, 10:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur guard
Replies: 14
Views: 558

Re: Rear derailleur guard

Thanks for your reply, Brucey - very informative and it confirms my suspicions re.transferring the forces in a way that could be potentially more of a problem than damaging the RD or hanger. My hanger is part of the steel dropout - which I understand should be capable of being bent back into alignme...
by freiston
17 Oct 2019, 8:52am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur guard
Replies: 14
Views: 558

Re: Rear derailleur guard

In more than fifty years of regular cycling I have never damaged a mech in a fall, so I'd give that piece of ironmongery a miss. I put a gouge into a brand new rear mech first time out with it. It was rather silly and embarrassing - I went to a stretch of uphill on a little lane I know to test out ...
by freiston
17 Oct 2019, 12:26am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur guard
Replies: 14
Views: 558

Re: Rear derailleur guard

Thank you everyone for your inputs.
by freiston
16 Oct 2019, 5:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur guard
Replies: 14
Views: 558

Rear derailleur guard

What are people's thoughts on these ( link to example here )? I noticed one on a photo today and it got me thinking. I've had a couple of tumbles in the past where my bike has gone down and the rear changer has got hit by the road. On one occasion, I suspect the derailleur might have gotten slightly...
by freiston
10 Oct 2019, 9:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?
Replies: 59
Views: 3142

Re: Can anyone recommend to me a breathable, brightly coloured & reflective waterproof jacket?

PJ520 wrote:Yet another downside to bike capes appears to me to be the puddle that forms between your arms.

A downside! The puddle (and knocking the water out) is part of the fun of wearing a cape for me - it's a bit like the satisfaction of hearing the rain on your flysheet when you are dry in your tent.
by freiston
29 Sep 2019, 1:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Initialisms
Replies: 47
Views: 1523

Re: Initialisms

Posting in threads on bulletin boards, text-messaging and other social media is different to more formal or traditional written communication. It's more like conversation but without all the non-verbal stuff that helps manage conversation and clarify context, intent, etc.. In any real conversation, ...
by freiston
29 Sep 2019, 10:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Initialisms
Replies: 47
Views: 1523

Re: Initialisms

No, they aren't wrong, dictionaries themselves change with popular use/acceptance in modern language, thus they are correct in changing the meaning of acronym as people adapt and accept it in common use. This is what nirakaro was saying. Brucey did not say the dictionaries are wrong; indeed he put ...
by freiston
29 Sep 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Initialisms
Replies: 47
Views: 1523

Re: Initialisms

I like self-referencing acronyms - like the Linux facility for running Windows programmes: "WINE" which stands for Wine Is Not (an) Emulator. That particular example is classified as a recursive backronym by Wikipedia.