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by JakobW
13 Dec 2020, 8:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Book Recommendations for Christmas Presents
Replies: 9
Views: 672

Re: Book Recommendations for Christmas Presents

Leaving it till the last minute as usual but has anybody read the following books and do you think they would be suitable for a mildly enthusiastic cyclist - the ones I am looking at are Kings of the Road: A Journey into the Heart of British Cycling by Robert Dineen https://ebay.to/3nf5FBB and Velo...
by JakobW
13 Dec 2020, 7:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Winter jacket - recommendations please
Replies: 36
Views: 1223

Re: Winter jacket recommendation (again)

IME most softshell jackets do provide a fair amount of warmth; if you look at the specs, most of them say they're suitable down to high-mid-single digits Celsius with a baselayer, and down to about freezing with a baselayer and jersey underneath. This is obviously dependent on how hot you run/hard y...
by JakobW
9 Dec 2020, 8:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Telling the time at night
Replies: 30
Views: 1812

Re: Telling the time at night

My first instinct would be to get a cheap watch and a long strap to strap it on over my jersey/jacket; as long as it's not pitch black and it's got a reasonably legible face you should be fine. If you wanted a clock on the bars, I'd probably try the motorbike clock mentioned upthread and see how leg...
by JakobW
6 Dec 2020, 11:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'standard' pedal bearings
Replies: 33
Views: 1023

Re: 'standard' pedal bearings

Worth mentioning that running-in creates wear debris, so arguably the time to service the bearings properly is after six months use or so. Prior to then you can adjust the bearings, and add better grease if you want to. Both these things can be done without taking the pedal completely apart. The ou...
by JakobW
5 Dec 2020, 5:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'standard' pedal bearings
Replies: 33
Views: 1023

Re: 'standard' pedal bearings

This thread is timely: I recently bought a new pair of MKS Touring pedals, and was going to strip and re-grease them with a proper all-weather grease. I note that the instructions say to add some preload, but aren't particularly clear on how much; what's the best adjustment when new? I'm assuming I'...
by JakobW
30 Nov 2020, 8:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Re-proofing wax for Carradice cotton duck
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: Re-proofing wax for Carradice cotton duck

The Carradice wax is rebranded (literally - with a Carradice label stuck on the tin lid) Millerain reproofing wax, but it's about the same price elsewhere. I just used Barbour wax, because I had half a big tin of it in the back of the cupboard.
by JakobW
25 Nov 2020, 8:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bells
Replies: 114
Views: 3236

Re: Bells

The 1880s solution: 'the cyclist's road-clearer'...

https://www.acmewhistles.co.uk/acme-siren-147

(Fun though these are, actual use on the road would be enough to mark oneself as an irredeemable Mr Toad...)
by JakobW
25 Nov 2020, 7:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bob Jackson's is shutting up - IT IS NOW (sob) !!
Replies: 111
Views: 5663

Re: Bob Jackson's shutting up

Good news! Bob Jackson Cycles have the great pleasure to announce that they will no longer be closing as planned on the 18th December. Additional investment and support has been secured to ensure the iconic brand of Bob Jackson Cycles will be continuing well into the future whilst thankfully remaini...
by JakobW
26 Oct 2020, 9:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Minimum distance for wearing Lycra on a commute ?
Replies: 39
Views: 1481

Re: Minimum distance for commute

I did a 3.5 mile commute in civvies on a town bike. If doing short commutes in civvies, I suppose the main consideration as to whether to walk or cycle would be the availability of secure cycle storage. If I can just lock up in a bike shed at work, then I might even cycle down to a mile or so, at le...
by JakobW
26 Oct 2020, 6:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo lamp reliability
Replies: 32
Views: 995

Re: Dynamo lamp reliability

In the event of no deal, I'd expect the pound to drop at least 10% against the Euro (i.e. German lights will become at least 10% more expensive); tariffs will be the least of our worries...
by JakobW
26 Oct 2020, 9:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supercommuter?
Replies: 119
Views: 21619

Re: Supercommuter?

Interesting findings about the chain, given discussion in the other thread about cheap chains and Shimano fakes. Looks like for 9 speed there are two Shimano chains, CN-HG53 and CN-HG93. Both claim to have chromed pins, and through the vagaries of pricing appear to be available for less than CN-HG71...
by JakobW
23 Oct 2020, 9:22pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycle Jacket, Breathable & Waterproof
Replies: 53
Views: 2304

Re: Cycle Jacket, Breathable & Waterproof

The Gore Shakedry stuff is supposed to be brilliant, but it's relatively fragile (so no rucksacks), and is very expensive.

I run hot, so just resign myself to being warm and wet rather than cold and wet - I don't bother with waterproofs unless it's chucking it down.
by JakobW
23 Oct 2020, 8:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lights for a London commuter at night
Replies: 18
Views: 496

Re: Lights for a London commuter at night

As mentioned above, you can't hope to win the lighting arms race against motorised traffic; unless you're bright enough to dazzle people, you'll likely blend in against the urban background at least some of the time. At night fluoro colours don't do anything, but retro-reflectives will show up under...
by JakobW
21 Oct 2020, 4:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CarraDry Saddlebag - Opinions
Replies: 20
Views: 809

Re: CarraDry Saddlebag - Opinions

IMO if you're just going to pack everything in for one journey and not disturb it, then saddlebag or seatpack doesn't matter, but if you want to repack and/or add shopping, etc, then the easier access of the transverse saddlebag comes into its own. The Carradry saddlebag looks to be very similar to ...
by JakobW
17 Oct 2020, 3:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bob Jackson's is shutting up - IT IS NOW (sob) !!
Replies: 111
Views: 5663

Re: Bob Jackson's shutting up

In discussion elsewhere I've seen it mentioned that apparently BJ had sold their building, and so were going to be faced with rental costs if they continued into the new year; this seems to have been a factor. Though they no longer did customs in recent years, their frames were still heavily underpr...