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by Tompsk
19 Nov 2020, 6:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?
Replies: 37
Views: 1341

Re: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?

I’ve used Hollandbike shop around 5 times and always been fine: bought Philips lights previously and Spanninga recently. They are a small firm but do a good job. Thanks for the feedback, I'll give them a try for some of the hard to find bits I'm looking to get. Ordered the saddle, came in a few day...
by Tompsk
15 Nov 2020, 5:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: High Performance Cars
Replies: 304
Views: 6045

Re: High Performance Cars

There are unintended consequences of speed limiters on cars. If they are linked to the local speed limit (i.e the speed limit automatically change as they drive from say a 50mph area to a 30mph area) the driver can get into the habit of permanently driving with their foot to the floor - knowing of c...
by Tompsk
15 Nov 2020, 8:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?
Replies: 37
Views: 1341

Re: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?

I’ve used Hollandbike shop around 5 times and always been fine: bought Philips lights previously and Spanninga recently.

They are a small firm but do a good job.


Thanks for the feedback, I'll give them a try for some of the hard to find bits I'm looking to get.
by Tompsk
14 Nov 2020, 2:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?
Replies: 37
Views: 1341

Re: Gilles Berthoud saddles - any users care to comment?

Not slotted - I have 5 of them in use. I bought an Aspin (at the time , bottom of the range) about 10 years ago as an experiment having had too many Brooks fail. Obviously I liked it since I now have 5. For me they work straight out of the box. Superb quality, all parts replaceable, good service fr...
by Tompsk
26 Oct 2020, 2:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What chain should I get from this?
Replies: 11
Views: 783

What chain should I get from this?

Hi All, After reading some(!) of the stuff on chains on this web site, most recently about price, I 'm thinking of stocking up on a few. I have bikes with 1/8", 7, 8, 9 and 10 speeds on them so looking quite widely. I've found the a SRAM850 at a reasonable price, however the item page has the f...
by Tompsk
26 Oct 2020, 7:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: BST ends Sunday-safety factors
Replies: 77
Views: 2104

Re: BST ends Sunday-safety factors

AFAIK the clock change is (now) to ensure kids travel more safely to and from school, 8ish and 4ish.
There have been experiments of not changing the clocks in the past (70's???), I'm unsure of the results of those.
by Tompsk
19 Oct 2020, 8:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 13-32 Sunrace 'cassette' info
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: 13-32 Sunrace cassette info

After a bit more searching I found the following on SJS website which may answer my own question doh! https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/freewheels/sunrace-mfe90-9-speed-freewheel-1132t/ They say freewheel, and to my very untrained eye it doesn't look like a cassette? :-( If true I'm a bit surprised as I ...
by Tompsk
19 Oct 2020, 5:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 13-32 Sunrace 'cassette' info
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: 13-32 Sunrace cassette info

After a bit more searching I found the following on SJS website which may answer my own question doh! https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/freewheels/sunrace-mfe90-9-speed-freewheel-1132t/ They say freewheel, and to my very untrained eye it doesn't look like a cassette? :-( If true I'm a bit surprised as I a...
by Tompsk
19 Oct 2020, 5:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 13-32 Sunrace 'cassette' info
Replies: 7
Views: 383

13-32 Sunrace 'cassette' info

I've found the following cassette as a possible 'not starting at 11' which I would find very useful. They are also not as expensive as mix and matching cassettes: https://www.bike24.com/p2273017.html Just wondering if this is Shimano 9 speed compatible as web page mentions "freewheel cassette&q...
by Tompsk
13 Oct 2020, 10:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: KMC v Sram chains?
Replies: 19
Views: 699

Re: KMC v Sram chains?



The above seems largly to talk about the best 11 & 12 speed chains and saying the Shimano 11 & 12 speed are better than Shimano 8 speed. So not really addressing the OP question.
by Tompsk
6 Oct 2020, 2:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Raleigh Documentary on BBC 4 Tonight (5/10)
Replies: 25
Views: 1005

Re: Raleigh Documentary on BBC 4 Tonight (5/10)

AFAIK the Raleigh factory was used in some of the scenes in the film "Saturday night and Sunday morning". I wouldn't say it presented a good image of the company so guessing it wasn't too far from the truth (otherwise perhaps they wouldn't let them portray them like that). The lead charact...
by Tompsk
20 Sep 2020, 8:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cables; a fatal exception?
Replies: 20
Views: 1103

Re: Cables; a fatal exception?

AFAIK in the 2nd world war someone worked out that things could become _more_ reliable if you decreased the amount of scheduled maintenance. The theory being that every time something was serviced you could inadvertently disturb a well running machine that was fine as it was. I think, for me, replac...
by Tompsk
20 Sep 2020, 9:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cables; a fatal exception?
Replies: 20
Views: 1103

Re: Cables; a fatal exception?

Cables in large suspension bridges fail over time despite not being stressed beyond their design loading or kinked. IFAIK the 1st Forth road bridge has suffered such damage in its main cables prompting the building of the second road bridge. Not sure if stainless steel is more prone? How old and wha...
by Tompsk
2 Sep 2020, 11:06pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Disagreement with AGM resolutions
Replies: 161
Views: 8027

Re: Disagreement with AGM resolutions

roberts8 wrote:I think Neil raises some good points and I would love a response from whoever proposed this and the thought of getting to The Med with a bike is possible but a joke.


With so many pages and questions raised, comented on and quoted which questions are you referring to?
by Tompsk
31 Aug 2020, 6:51pm
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: Disagreement with AGM resolutions
Replies: 161
Views: 8027

Re: Disagreement with AGM resolutions

I'm very late to this, but from the OP entry: "Resolution 6. Stopping promotion of cycling holidays that involve flying." Has the board made an estimate of how many airmiles this would save? It wouldn't be good enough to just say all of them booked through the groups or companies who are c...