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by markjohnobrien
24 Jun 2019, 7:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Halogen / LED Bulb Interchangeably
Replies: 9
Views: 321

Re: Halogen / LED Bulb Interchangeably

gaz wrote:You may also find this thread helpful.

IMO switching to modern LED lamps is a better way forward, particularly for front lighting.


Agree: LED's are far superior in terms of lighting quality and longevity.
by markjohnobrien
3 Jun 2019, 1:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Croggy - a new one on me.
Replies: 80
Views: 5326

Re: Croggy - a new one on me.

Mike Sales wrote:
markjohnobrien wrote:
Great story: I know Pinxton and used to visit regularly.


Thanks. I don't suppose you knew Johnny Moran's bike shop, on Wharf Road? Long gone. He was my grandfather.



No, but my Grandad mentioned it a few times (he was a local cobbler from Langley Mill). Said it was a cracking shop.
by markjohnobrien
3 Jun 2019, 1:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Croggy - a new one on me.
Replies: 80
Views: 5326

Re: Croggy - a new one on me.

I grew up in the E Mids (Notts/Derby border), in the 60s/70s it was always a croggy there! Ay'Up mate gis a croggy! I remember that line from my short childhood stay in Pinxton. It was a tough pit village for a boy straight from a remote Australian island. I had to fight. "Come on Australian y...
by markjohnobrien
3 Jun 2019, 9:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Croggy - a new one on me.
Replies: 80
Views: 5326

Re: Croggy - a new one on me.

I grew up in the E Mids (Notts/Derby border), in the 60s/70s it was always a croggy there! Ay'Up mate gis a croggy! Now living in W. Yorks and a mention of this to my cycling friends resulted in blank expressions! I agree: I'm too originally from the Notts/Derbyshire border in the East Midlands and...
by markjohnobrien
1 Jun 2019, 10:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alternatives To Vittoria Voyager Hypers 38-42mm ??
Replies: 40
Views: 1189

Re: Alternatives To Vittoria Voyager Hypers 38-42mm ??

Sorry, cannot compare to Paselas (as never used any) but I do like Supremes, have used them for a long time, find them very comfortable with good puncture resistance. Obviously, puncture resistance and weight is a trade off but, for a very light touring tyre, the resistance is very good as only had ...
by markjohnobrien
25 May 2019, 7:58am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vintage Raleigh help needed please
Replies: 10
Views: 371

Re: Vintage Raleigh help needed please

Yes, updates would be very interesting.
by markjohnobrien
22 May 2019, 9:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pug 708 Reynolds bike.
Replies: 6
Views: 464

Re: Pug 708 Reynolds bike.

I understand 708 was originally produced for sprinters and for some of the one day classics - hence the internal ribbing to give stiffness. I'm also only aware of two manufacturers to use it a lot: Peugeot for race bikes and Raleigh Special Products for their sublime blue Randonneur and then the las...
by markjohnobrien
16 May 2019, 8:51pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: Sold today - Raleigh Randonneur 60cm
Replies: 3
Views: 831

Re: For sale - Raleigh Randonneur 60cm

Great bike: not 1986 though but early/mid 1990's - I'd say 94 onwards ( without checking online catalogues). The 1986 model was Reynolds 531 in gun metal grey.

Hope you sell as the Reynolds 708 Randonneur was and still is a fantastic bike.
by markjohnobrien
16 May 2019, 1:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cheap reliable commuter wheels (road)
Replies: 8
Views: 638

Re: Cheap reliable commuter wheels (road)

Hi all, another newbie question! I need to replace at least the rear wheel on my Norco Valence, I don't know much at all about bikes & all the technical stuff. I'm looking for help finding the balance between cheap & reliably durable wheels! I'm tending towards a second hand rear wheel or w...
by markjohnobrien
29 Apr 2019, 9:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?
Replies: 33
Views: 1472

Re: Raleigh Randonneur- touring?

I paid £400 on e-bay for a blue Reynolds 708 Randonneur, Deore LX, but with a Son dynamo hub. Toured, fully loaded, from Newcastle to Berwick upon Tweed and thence onto Edinburgh through the Borders; fantastic bike. Only thing I changed on the bike, as it had light use, was improve the original 28 c...
by markjohnobrien
18 Mar 2019, 9:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: To lube or not to lube?
Replies: 21
Views: 2790

Re: To lube or not to lube?

There is an amazing replacement for the Hollowtech axle .... longevity, low cost and ease of maintenance .. I think it's called "Square Taper axle" ... so i have been told .. ... :) Agree: have square taper on most of my bikes and, as I have a proclivity to buy second hand older bikes, al...
by markjohnobrien
19 Feb 2019, 8:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brightest Rear Light for Daytime Use
Replies: 22
Views: 1874

Re: Brightest Rear Light for Daytime Use

CyclingGuy wrote:I have a couple of sets of See.Sense Ace lights and swear by them.


V nice lights as well: have Ace2 on Kickstarter discount preorder - not as bright as the Dinotte but a lot cheaper.
by markjohnobrien
19 Feb 2019, 8:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brightest Rear Light for Daytime Use
Replies: 22
Views: 1874

Re: Brightest Rear Light for Daytime Use

I'm interested to hear what fellow members consider to be the brightest rear lights for daytime riding? The other day I was in my car and noticed two cyclists quite a distance ahead who both had very bright identical flash patten rear lights, unfortunately they took another route before I could rea...
by markjohnobrien
4 Feb 2019, 12:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kool Stop vs. Swissstop?
Replies: 31
Views: 4280

Re: Kool Stop vs. Swissstop?

Interesting article, although quite clearly marketing, however, it piqued my interest and I've added some Fibrax extreme blocks on my winter bike - Dawes One Down with cantis (v brake holders) and they are far superior to the standard blocks the Tektro 720's came with. Oh yes, I bought them direct f...
by markjohnobrien
4 Feb 2019, 12:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kool Stop vs. Swissstop?
Replies: 31
Views: 4280

Re: Kool Stop vs. Swissstop?

I agree: I use the same lexicon myself although, don't forget, that brake blocks are used in V brake holders as well on canti brakes on touring bikes. I'm with Brucey on this. Blocks are inserted into holders and used in calliper brakes. Pads are used with disc brakes. Shoes are in drum brakes. Comp...