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by fastpedaller
28 Jul 2021, 9:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame with surface rust
Replies: 10
Views: 598

Re: Frame with surface rust

I've had good results using Kurust or similar. The hammerite rust remover is a different type of product and actually removes (rather than converts) the rust. I have also found this product to be successful, however it is a LOT more work and time-consuming than the rust converters, and the result needs to be washed and dried thoroughly before painting in order to shop and further rusting.. Unless it is a real 'labour of love' I'd suggest the rust converters would be the products of choice.
by fastpedaller
27 Jul 2021, 5:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New seven speed 700mm back wheel needed
Replies: 21
Views: 599

Re: New seven speed 700mm back wheel needed

If the rubber boot is 'chopped' it will be ruined.
by fastpedaller
26 Jul 2021, 10:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New seven speed 700mm back wheel needed
Replies: 21
Views: 599

Re: New seven speed 700mm back wheel needed

The one highlighted on Ebay does not have the internal threading - very clear from the latter photos.
by fastpedaller
25 Jul 2021, 9:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ho hum ... (potholes)
Replies: 24
Views: 788

Re: Ho hum ... (potholes)

IMHO one issue (which certainly grates with me) is that repairs seem to be either poor or too late (or both) resulting in abigger repair or multiple repairs of the same hole. Another thing which grates is the huge 'golden handshake' payouts given to some redundant staff - One such payout in Norfolk amounted to nearly £300k IIRC, and the recipient then immediately took up a senior role with a local Charity (and I will boldly suggest she isn't a volunteer). I've no problem with redundancy payments, but they should be (as for most employees) to the statutory maximum of £15750 (if over 20 years service)
by fastpedaller
25 Jul 2021, 7:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ho hum ... (potholes)
Replies: 24
Views: 788

Re: Ho hum ... (potholes)

One problem is that 'their' analysis is one of simple measurement and doesn't seem to take any account of sharp edges, which we know are dangerous. Crazy thing is the longer it's left the worse it'll get - a stitch in time!
by fastpedaller
25 Jul 2021, 7:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ho hum ... (potholes)
Replies: 24
Views: 788

Re: Ho hum ... (potholes)

We were in Hereford (not on bikes though :( last week, and the state of some of the A and B roads was horrendous - pick a slalom course through to avoid wrecking the car suspension!
by fastpedaller
25 Jul 2021, 7:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Ho hum ... (potholes)
Replies: 24
Views: 788

Re: Ho hum ... (potholes)

Psamathe wrote: 17 Jul 2021, 11:56am The ones I really dislike are the "slot shaped" ones that run along your direction of travel (so your wheel gets stuck in them ...)
e.g. IMG_0919 copy.jpg

Yesterday cycling on a single track road, round a sharp blind bend (hedges blocking any visibility round the bend) and suddenly appeared large oncoming SUV so I moved to left edge - but recently surface dressed without repairing potholes so into lose gravel and suddenly a well camouflaged pothole and ... my groin felt the consequences! (SUV was going sensible speed taking sensible road position, etc. - no issue with drivers part)

Ian
Have you reported to Norfolk CC? If it was in Norfolk of course. I had a real rant at them a few years ago about when they surfaced dressed without filling holes, therefore leaving a worse situation (at least the holes were visible before :shock: ). Their answer was that if I'm riding at the correct speed there won't be a problem. I asked them what speed they suggested, given that I'm less likely to fall if going faster, but the consequences (if I did fall) could be worse. They wouldn't say of course.
by fastpedaller
23 Jul 2021, 2:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What premium to support LBS?
Replies: 132
Views: 8709

Re: What premium to support LBS?

Bmblbzzz wrote: 23 Jul 2021, 1:24pm
fastpedaller wrote: 22 Jul 2021, 6:59pm Viewing 'the problem' from another industry I can see the parallels, and IMHO the distributors are the issue here, not the 'general public' who are the final end-user or the retail customer. As has been said, the online seller is offering an item for the same price that the trade are paying or less. The UK distributors, wholesalers (call them what you like) are working a 'price maintenance system' and are happy to say "you have to buy from us" to support their cause. I see this in a lot of industries. This was happening over 30 years ago, when a friend in the cycle trade was told he shouldn't be buying from Dave Lloyd (whose price was lower) because the product was a 'grey import' - when challenged with the question " are you saying they are illegal or fake?" the wholesaler became very defensive and eventually said 'no, but you shouldn't buy them' I buy polyester resins, and a friend who is 'in the trade' is being taken for a ride with the prices he pays his 'wholesaler to the trade', regularly paying some 20% higher than I pay as a retail customer (same product, different seller). I'm sure many more examples are available.
Smacks of cartel/price fixing practice!
I haven't read the rest of this thread, but what do you mean by "the online seller is offering an item for the same price that the trade are paying or less"? Firstly, there's a semantic difficulty, in that the online seller is the trade, or to view it from the the other end, the trade are sellers. Secondly, there are very often the same people: a physical shop will often have an online presence selling the same items more cheaply, or likely several online presences (on Ebay, Amazon, perhaps other platforms, as well as "bikeshop.com") with differentiated pricing structures.
The point I was making is that the wholesalers aren't supporting the retailers - when the retailer is expected (by the wholesaler) to remain 'loyal' to the wholesaler, but anyone (including the retailer, presumably) can buy the same item online for a lesser sum, there is something amiss
by fastpedaller
22 Jul 2021, 6:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What premium to support LBS?
Replies: 132
Views: 8709

Re: What premium to support LBS?

Viewing 'the problem' from another industry I can see the parallels, and IMHO the distributors are the issue here, not the 'general public' who are the final end-user or the retail customer. As has been said, the online seller is offering an item for the same price that the trade are paying or less. The UK distributors, wholesalers (call them what you like) are working a 'price maintenance system' and are happy to say "you have to buy from us" to support their cause. I see this in a lot of industries. This was happening over 30 years ago, when a friend in the cycle trade was told he shouldn't be buying from Dave Lloyd (whose price was lower) because the product was a 'grey import' - when challenged with the question " are you saying they are illegal or fake?" the wholesaler became very defensive and eventually said 'no, but you shouldn't buy them' I buy polyester resins, and a friend who is 'in the trade' is being taken for a ride with the prices he pays his 'wholesaler to the trade', regularly paying some 20% higher than I pay as a retail customer (same product, different seller). I'm sure many more examples are available.
Smacks of cartel/price fixing practice!
by fastpedaller
20 Jul 2021, 8:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Deliberate dangerous driving.
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

Re: Deliberate dangerous driving.

Maybe I'm naive, but I know who drives my car (unless it was stolen of course) - why would anyone not know who was driving their car?
In the case of a hire car (whenever I've hired one) I have to give full details, and would expect to have to produce details if anyone else had driven it whilst I was the hirer,
by fastpedaller
20 Jul 2021, 5:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Deliberate dangerous driving.
Replies: 18
Views: 1051

Re: Deliberate dangerous driving.

thirdcrank wrote: 20 Jul 2021, 2:38pm One thing that emerges from that link is a point I've made before about identification of the driver. In this case, the suspect made the crass error of naming somebody with a strong alibi - they were on remand in custody - which formed the basis of the perverting justice charge, but it seems the footage included a view of his mug, and that was good enough to identify him for court purposes.

|Another thing here is that the cameraman is an independent witness which isn't always the case.
Would the police have progressed the case if the image wasn't clear enough (thus unable to identify the driver)? IMHO if there is a video recording of the car being driven dangerously, and if the registered keeper cannot identify the driver and the car hasn't been stolen, then the registered keeper is liable - there should be no wriggle-room.
by fastpedaller
10 Jul 2021, 6:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mavic Open Elite as a replacement for Open Pro rims?
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Re: Mavic Open Elite as a replacement for Open Pro rims?

I've always been a fan of Mavics, and have built many into wheels for myself and other people over the years. I echo the negatives some have given about recent Mavic offerings. Whether to change to another manufacturer's rim (if ERD is very close) can also depend on whether you build your own wheels, for example, if your rebuild time is 'free' then a rim costing 3x the price of the Mavic may not be a good purchase if it only lasts twice as long (total loss due to pothole excepted in all cases). It's our 'throwaway society' vs price conundrum as well. Sometimes using a lower-priced item multiple times is cheaper in the long run. :?
by fastpedaller
10 Jul 2021, 4:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record lenient sentencing for motorvehicle....
Replies: 550
Views: 234600

Re: A place to record lenient sentencing for motorvehicle....

What's needed is a system of monitoring those who are banned to ensure they don't drive (don't know how that could be done without lots of manpower), or Immediate jail if they are caught driving whilst banned.
by fastpedaller
10 Jul 2021, 4:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: need info on cycling computers
Replies: 13
Views: 747

Re: need info on cycling computers

And I've also done it...... A wireless one from Lidl, attached to the toptube, along with the magnet in the rear wheel and the transmitter attached to a seat stay - it works fine. :)
by fastpedaller
9 Jul 2021, 11:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike designs which should be binned
Replies: 353
Views: 13377

Re: Bike designs which should be binned

rareposter wrote: 9 Jul 2021, 9:17am
roger wrote: 8 Jul 2021, 10:22pm Was'n't it a Mike Burrows initiative?
It was - the Lotus track bike was single-sided on both sides:

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I can see that being an advantage ...... but only for that application , on the track, one constant speed (so weight not an issue) and better aero. For all other riding a mono fork will be heavier (compared to a regular fork) in order to give the same wheel security/stability.