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by robing
25 Sep 2021, 2:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Group ride
Replies: 3
Views: 109

Re: Group ride

I nearly bought a house up that way. What's the area like for cycling?
by robing
25 Sep 2021, 2:18pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Losing my nerve?
Replies: 28
Views: 1068

Re: Losing my nerve?

There was certainly a lot less traffic on the roads today than the previous Saturday :D
by robing
24 Sep 2021, 5:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Losing my nerve?
Replies: 28
Views: 1068

Re: Losing my nerve?

Thanks for replies. I'm not looking for support or reassurance - though I know it's well intended. I have no intention of stopping or reducing cycling, it was just my perception about how things are now. If I'm feeling like this as an experienced cyclist, it's no wonder more newbies are being put off.
by robing
24 Sep 2021, 12:10pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Losing my nerve?
Replies: 28
Views: 1068

Re: Losing my nerve?

Good point about the larger vehicles that are so prevalent on our roads now. How many times have you been overtaken by a 4x4 which then immediately comes to a halt at the next parked car, which you could easily get through?

I ride assertively but not aggressively (most of the time!) but I just think things have got worse post pandemic. As one poster said it just gets mentally tiring having to constantly expect to have to anticipate every stupid/dangerous mistake that a driver will make.
by robing
20 Sep 2021, 5:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Losing my nerve?
Replies: 28
Views: 1068

Re: Losing my nerve?

Thanks for replies. Looking at some of the other threads here it appears I am not alone in my experience. I am going to move in the next 12 months to a quieter area of the country so that should help.
by robing
18 Sep 2021, 7:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Losing my nerve?
Replies: 28
Views: 1068

Losing my nerve?

I've been cycling all my life but lately seem to be losing my nerve a bit on the roads. It just seems the roads are busier than ever now and driving standards getting worse. Close passes are definitely on the increase. What used to be an unadulterated pleasure is starting to lose its shine.
by robing
5 Mar 2021, 9:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cheap folder
Replies: 15
Views: 690

Re: Cheap folder

Some good options on there.

In terms of what I want it for, it would only be something I could easily take on a train for daytrips etc. Maybe very light touring.
But with 4 bikes already it would be just for occasional use hence why I wouldn't want to spend much on it.

I do predict there will be more folders coming on the market as levels of commuting won't return post pandemic. In fact on of the ads seems to be one of these.

Anyhow, I am in the process of moving house (sold, now looking for somewhere to buy) so won't be until I've moved.

Thanks for replies.
by robing
4 Mar 2021, 1:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cheap folder
Replies: 15
Views: 690

Re: Cheap folder

Thanks for replies. Yes second hand is probably a good shout.
Maybe post pandemic there will be fewer people commuting and might be looking to sell folders.
by robing
4 Mar 2021, 11:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cheap folder
Replies: 15
Views: 690

Cheap folder

I'm looking for a cheap folder for taking on the train when we are allowed. I probably wouldn't use it that much and already have 4 bikes so not looking to spend a lot so Brompton is out.
How about this one? 7 speed, accessories.
https://www.robertdyas.co.uk/classic-li ... S0QAvD_BwE
by robing
1 Mar 2021, 7:43am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks Saddle question
Replies: 20
Views: 1189

Re: Brooks Saddle question

The saddle had become tilted up slightly so I readjusted it and all is good.
I do think if you haven't ridden on a Brooks for a while your backside needs a period of readjustment :D
by robing
10 Jan 2021, 7:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tier 4 exercise limits
Replies: 315
Views: 14898

Re: Tier 4 exercise limits

Psamathe wrote:
Sweep wrote:
robing wrote:The latest thing is some quarters will call for mask wearing outdoors. Mayor Khan is already proposing this in London.

Does he have any medical evidence for that proposal?

Is it one of those things where maybe the "precautionary principle" should be used? Getting people to wear a mask is not a big restriction but if it saves one life it would be justified.

I don't particularly like wearing a mask and for months our Government were telling us they were worse than useless. But I do because though uncomfortable and glasses steam-up those are really minor issues compared to C-19.

Sometimes we can get too wrapped-up in demanding "evidence" for every detail when low impact actions in advance of peer reviewed scientific research could have major benefits. Another example banning neonicotinoid pesticides where it looked like they were severely impacting bee and insect populations so on a precautionary basis (given how crucial those pollinator populations are to us) they were banned pending research (and research did confirm though UK has now used its "sovereignty" to allow the pesticides ...)

Ian


I have no problem in wearing a mask in shops, public transport etc. And I agree it's hard to provide evidence and as there is little or no harm I think it is perfectly acceptable for the government to advise or even mandate mask wearing in these circumstances. It would have made much more sense to have brought this in earlier during the first wave rather than in June when the virus had reduced to very low levels. And Khan to his credit, was asking for mask wearing to be mandatory on public transport in London back then.

But mandating mask wearing outside is the thin end of the wedge. You could argue it makes sense in crowded city centres, high streets etc. But I've seen on social media people being criticised for not wearing masks while walking in parks, joggers etc. Where do you draw the line?
We should be encouraging people to get outside and take exercise within the guidelines. We've already seen crazy policing with the current rules as it is.
by robing
9 Jan 2021, 10:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tier 4 exercise limits
Replies: 315
Views: 14898

Re: Tier 4 exercise limits

The latest thing is some quarters will call for mask wearing outdoors. Mayor Khan is already proposing this in London.
by robing
8 Jan 2021, 1:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tier 4 exercise limits
Replies: 315
Views: 14898

Re: Tier 4 exercise limits

Syd wrote:
Sweep wrote:
Syd wrote:I know, personally, a cyclist who was stopped and turned around. He said the conversation escalated quickly and is confident enforcement action would have resulted had he not capitulated.

Where was this? When? What was he doing? How far from home? Was he loaded up?
Some folks in the first lockdown were of course lambasted/condemned for walking in the middle of nowhere.

On Tuesday morning in Scotland (don’t wish to be more specific for reasons I will keep to myself);Crossing a council boundary line less than 6 miles from his home.

I thought under the Scottish rules you are allowed to exercise 5 miles from the boundary of your local authority. So as I understand it if you lived in one authority you would be allowed to cycle 5 miles over the border of your neighbouring one.
by robing
8 Jan 2021, 12:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tier 4 exercise limits
Replies: 315
Views: 14898

Re: Tier 4 exercise limits

Traction_man wrote:
Sweep wrote:
Syd wrote:I know, personally, a cyclist who was stopped and turned around. He said the conversation escalated quickly and is confident enforcement action would have resulted had he not capitulated.

Where was this? When? What was he doing? How far from home? Was he loaded up?
Some folks in the first lockdown were of course lambasted/condemned for walking in the middle of nowhere.


like this...? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-d ... e-55560814

all the best,

Keith

Derbyshire police who were over zealous during the first lockdown releasing drone footage to shame people out walking.

I do think if we use common sense, stick to the guidelines and cycle in 1s or 2s, don't stop anywhere you are unlikely to have any problems whilst out riding.
by robing
7 Jan 2021, 12:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sticking side pull brakes
Replies: 16
Views: 620

Re: Sticking side pull brakes

Brucey wrote:
robing wrote:…. He adjusted it a bit and all is good. .


if water has got into bearings and they have become stiff (even temporarily) they will need more than 'a bit of adjustment' . In particular the corrosion (which is surely what has caused any stiffening) may well be ongoing and this will shorten the life of the headset. Wear rates in corrosive conditions can be x10, x100 or x1000 higher than when corrosion is not active.

The best thing you can do if there has been water in a bearing is to clean and regrease it pronto. If the component has a lube port you may be able to do some good by purging with fresh lube, but lube ports are (sadly) not often seen these days.

Most often bearings on bikes come from the factory loaded with poor quality grease (which is soon overwhelmed in conditions that favour corrosion) and not enough of it to boot. Repacking bearings with more, better quality grease is basically mandatory if you want poorly sealed components to last in the wet.

cheers


He didn't do anything to the headset. He said the bearings will need replacing at some point but was fine for now. It was the rear brake he adjusted. Thanks.