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by fastpedaller
14 Aug 2018, 9:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear mech hanger issues
Replies: 22
Views: 540

Re: Rear mech hanger issues

... As a dour skinflint, I'm attracted to the idea of fixing the original rather than shelling out for a replacement, but I'm frank enough to admit I don't really understand how to improvise such a tool. Is there something like a youtube clip where I can get a simpleton's guide? If you have the tim...
by fastpedaller
14 Aug 2018, 8:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Death by Dangerous Cycling
Replies: 114
Views: 2303

Re: Death by Dangerous Cycling

The point I made in my earlier post (re cycling speed) could be used against a cyclist, though would probably be disregarded if the vehicles involved was a car? Consider the following scenario....... A 'seafront' road I've been along many times presents a problem where pedestrians just treat it as a...
by fastpedaller
14 Aug 2018, 4:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Death by Dangerous Cycling
Replies: 114
Views: 2303

Re: Death by Dangerous Cycling

At present, dangerous driving has a max of two years while dangerous cycling is only a fine. As I keep saying, if somebody is killed they are dead. They can't be slightly killed. It's hard to see a justification for a difference in the maximum penalty for the proposed offence. I can see a differenc...
by fastpedaller
14 Aug 2018, 3:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear mech hanger issues
Replies: 22
Views: 540

Re: Rear mech hanger issues

One of these is well worth making, unless you feel the Park tool one worth the cost.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWdO4dnu18g I have used my home made hanger aligner a good few times to cure mine and friends bikes with gear changing issues and rubbing chain/can't quite get the adjustment righ...
by fastpedaller
13 Aug 2018, 8:48pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Death by Dangerous Cycling
Replies: 114
Views: 2303

Re: Death by Dangerous Cycling

Certainly not defending those who ride recklessly on the pavement, but those 3 cases could also have been on the road (the one we all know about certainly was). And the assumption is that the cyclist is always at fault, rather than a jaywalking pedestrian. But there isn't a jaywalking law in the UK...
by fastpedaller
12 Aug 2018, 5:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dutch style Spa Tourer
Replies: 24
Views: 1855

Re: Dutch style Spa Tourer

It'a good to experiment. After a short while of owning my Spa Tourer I changed the bars to straights, with Shimano EZ fire (think that's the name) combined shifters/levers. I rather liked the setup (and didn't seem to experience my usual back aches!) But I felt compelled to change it back to 'real b...
by fastpedaller
2 Aug 2018, 9:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Small wheel cycle computer
Replies: 14
Views: 381

Re: Small wheel cycle computer

I wonder if it's just the sensor can't make/break any quicker - I get the same problem with 700c wheels if I go over 80 mph :lol:
by fastpedaller
30 Jul 2018, 7:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Cycles' Disc Braked Tourer and Audax
Replies: 46
Views: 2443

Re: Spa Cycles' Disc Braked Tourer and Audax

Great info from Colin. Strangely my Spa steel Tourer is what I would call a fast bike...... when my legs will move it fast :D I've ridden what should be very fast bikes in the past, but on the day they were slow :( (because my legs were!) Biggest factor as always is the engine, but it is indeed good...
by fastpedaller
28 Jul 2018, 9:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Keep unused 18-year-old road bike or sell?
Replies: 26
Views: 1180

Re: Keep unused 18-year-old road bike or sell?

If you keep it and ride it, then great. If you decide to sell it it may be worth a trip back to the shop, stating "I don't know bike brokers, and don't want the selling hassle - do you want it for £700?" They could see a huge profit coming :lol:
by fastpedaller
25 Jul 2018, 12:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: wedge style seatpost
Replies: 20
Views: 620

Re: wedge style seatpost

I guess these need (very?) careful tightening so that a thin seat tube isn't 'expanded'?
by fastpedaller
25 Jul 2018, 11:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 459
Views: 14047

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

the idea of risk compensation with disc brakes is to me a new idea. This reminds me of when a work colleague was driving his old Triumph Herald with an Institute of Advanced Motorists instructor as a passenger..... IAM passenger "I'm pleased to see you leave a good distance between yourself an...
by fastpedaller
25 Jul 2018, 9:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 459
Views: 14047

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

My worry with disc brakes and other 'improvements' like 10 speed freehubs is that those of us who would like to stay with the 'old' technology will have the choice taken away from us (eg production stopped of rim-brake capable rims). :( 10sp freehubs are in fact the same as 8/9sp hubs,which are a v...
by fastpedaller
24 Jul 2018, 6:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why have disc brakes become so popular?
Replies: 459
Views: 14047

Re: Why have disc brakes become so popular?

My worry with disc brakes and other 'improvements' like 10 speed freehubs is that those of us who would like to stay with the 'old' technology will have the choice taken away from us (eg production stopped of rim-brake capable rims). :(
by fastpedaller
22 Jul 2018, 6:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Keep unused 18-year-old road bike or sell?
Replies: 26
Views: 1180

Re: Keep unused 18-year-old road bike or sell?

I'd also say to ride it and enjoy it (if you are now able to), if it still suits your needs. A newer bike won't necessarily be better, just a few more (probably unnecessary) gears and more expense. You'll probably get more joy out of this, knowing it's been with you 18 years. I parted with my old ra...
by fastpedaller
21 Jul 2018, 7:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rudge 'Bi-Frame' -a 'Proper' Folding Bike....?
Replies: 55
Views: 6803

Re: Rudge 'Bi-Frame' -a 'Proper' Folding Bike....?

I'm thinking V brakes would make a good alternative to the standard cantis - can anyone suggest why that's not a good idea?