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by Ross K
8 Oct 2020, 10:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How bright is too bright
Replies: 40
Views: 1400

Re: How bright is too bright

I must say the reason I shudder is that as a driver, if I'm in one of the two converging cars with a cyclist in the middle, at night, I've very often found the cyclist far from easy to see. Add in rain and more than one oncoming car, and it's even worse.

Rather you than me! :o
by Ross K
8 Oct 2020, 9:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How bright is too bright
Replies: 40
Views: 1400

Re: How bright is too bright

I ride only on unlit rural roads, so I rarely see cars on night rides, but my retina-burning Exposure Toro is such a potential hazard to oncoming drivers that I make the courteous action of dipping my light whenever a car approaches, swivelling it right down for a few seconds. I have the bracket set...
by Ross K
24 Sep 2020, 10:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front & rear mech for 8 speed friction shifter
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: Front & rear mech for 8 speed friction shifter

For reference on the rear derailleur, I've been using an 8-speed chain for years with a 105 5700 (10 speed) rear mech on non-indexed friction levers with no issues. The front mech is an original Shimano 105 circa 1985!
by Ross K
1 Sep 2020, 10:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Lights in Daylight
Replies: 104
Views: 3341

Re: Front Lights in Daylight

Battery lights are only good for people who rarely ride in the dark IMO. The reality is the complete opposite of your opinion. Many brands, especially British-made Exposure, combine state of the art LED and battery technology to produce headlights on a par with automotive lights, some with road-spe...
by Ross K
31 Aug 2020, 10:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front Lights in Daylight
Replies: 104
Views: 3341

Re: Front Lights in Daylight

I use a small bright flashing led which lets drivers see from hundreds of yards away on a clear road that there are cyclists in front of him so if he was considering an overtake he would need to take care This is the best bit of advice to come out of this thread. All my riding is rural. A flashing ...
by Ross K
24 Aug 2020, 10:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: LED verses incandescent bulbs front lamp
Replies: 74
Views: 5302

Re: LED verses incandescent bulbs front lamp

I just realised the thread is from 2012.

I have no connection to Exposure (USE), I'm just a big fan.

Mind you, even their 2012 lights would blow many modern LED lights out of the water, or should that be, off the road?
by Ross K
24 Aug 2020, 10:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: LED verses incandescent bulbs front lamp
Replies: 74
Views: 5302

Re: LED verses incandescent bulbs front lamp

The state of the art of LED bike lights is found in the British Exposure brand. Ignore the numbers, watts, lumens or whatever. These things are as good as riding your bike with a car headlamp attached, if you ever get a shot of one you will be astounded. In the road-specific model, the Strada, you g...
by Ross K
17 Aug 2020, 6:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10086

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

My carbon bikes, like many riders' carbon bikes, are used in dry weather only and in wet weather/winter I use only my 531c bike. My second "winter bike" had a bonded alloy/carbon fork so I retired it to the turbo trainer for these same safety reasons. So the steel bike is more durable tha...
by Ross K
17 Aug 2020, 11:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10086

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

We live in a world that relies on more and more crap being bought with an ever shorter service life, and an ever greater impact on the planet. This needs to change, and plastic bikes are part of the problem, not part of the solution. I agree with this. Having said that, my two carbon bikes were bou...
by Ross K
16 Aug 2020, 4:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10086

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

Not trollish I think, nor misleading If you say so... :lol: What do others think? I learnt a bit about carbon frames here, +1 Did pick one up once, seemed absurdly light in weight :wink: My point is that there are umpteen similar forum threads out there with similar sensationalist titles that are s...
by Ross K
16 Aug 2020, 2:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10086

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

Cyril Haearn wrote:
Ross K wrote:To the OP......good thread title for a troll-type thread - a tad provocative and misleading, maybe?
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Not trollish I think, nor misleading


If you say so... :lol:
by Ross K
16 Aug 2020, 2:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames
Replies: 278
Views: 10086

Re: Yet another reason to avoid carbon frames

To the OP......good thread title for a troll-type thread - a tad provocative and misleading, maybe? I regularly ride each of my bikes, all of them high mileage and getting quite old, each one of them. They are each made, framewise, of either steel, aluminium or titanium and two carbon, one being a T...
by Ross K
10 Aug 2020, 3:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem Headset: 1 1/8" threaded type: tpi?
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Tandem Headset: 1 1/8" threaded type: tpi?

26tpi is the default thread pitch in this size. I don't think I've seen 24tpi in fact. If you want to check the pitch for yourself, you can use a thread pitch gauge or alternatively you just need an example of both 26tpi and 24tpi male threads that can be offered up alongside the steerer. So for ex...
by Ross K
9 Aug 2020, 11:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tandem Headset: 1 1/8" threaded type: tpi?
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Tandem Headset: 1 1/8" threaded type: tpi?

My 1992 Galaxy Twin Tandem needs a new headset. I've not dismantled it yet but the quill stem (an ugly, clunky-looking angle-adjustable type) seems to measure 25.8mm by my vernier calipers, at the top of the stem where it disappears into the top headset locknut (it's slammed down quite far), so I pr...
by Ross K
8 Aug 2020, 8:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Five speed freewheels; then and now.
Replies: 47
Views: 1881

Re: Five speed freewheels; then and now.

The photo sequence seems to be the opposite of the actual job....I'll remember that when I post photos in future! This is a Suzue hub. The axle was bent quite badly. It simply involved buying a new axle from SJS for £20 and then adding an extra outboard bearing which sits right at the outside end of...