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by john4703
14 Apr 2020, 6:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal removal - spanner direction ( which side non-std ? )
Replies: 42
Views: 1349

Re: Pedal removal - spanner direction ( which side non-std ? )

I am on a few different forums on this internet. This is the only one where it seems safe to ask a stupid question and not be attacked. Are we cyclists a better breed that most? I really appreciate all the helpful advice I've been given. I was sure the left pedal was left hand thread and that is wha...
by john4703
14 Apr 2020, 4:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal removal - spanner direction ( which side non-std ? )
Replies: 42
Views: 1349

Re: Pedal removal - spanner direction ( which side non-std ? )

What make of pedal? It has no spanner flats in addition to the allen-key socket? (Some don't, it's true.) Or a way to disassemble the pedal and grip the spindle? I wish it had spanner flats, so much easier. It is a pedalite. I liked them as a lot of my commuting was in the dark on busy roads. I wil...
by john4703
13 Apr 2020, 8:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal removal - spanner direction ( which side non-std ? )
Replies: 42
Views: 1349

Re: Stupid Question

Thanks,
I knew it but wanted to be sure.
That is my job for tomorrow.
It is a while since I changed a pedal, ten years at a guess as I was still commuting to work on my bike at that time and I retired nearly 8 years ago
by john4703
13 Apr 2020, 8:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pedal removal - spanner direction ( which side non-std ? )
Replies: 42
Views: 1349

Pedal removal - spanner direction ( which side non-std ? )

I think being confined to home has made my mind stop working. My left pedal needs to be replaced. It is solid into the crank. The Allen key way is wrecked as the correct size key simply tears the soft metal of the rubbish old pedal. I plan to use brute force in the form of a large set of stilsons bu...
by john4703
24 Aug 2019, 8:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?
Replies: 52
Views: 3699

Re: A noob asks... what is the point of toe clips for a commute?

My commute was about 35 minutes ans included a few steep hills and lots of traffic lights.
I like toe clips, it seemed to make it easier and I had no problem getting my toes into them.
by john4703
3 Jun 2019, 8:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ulock mounting options
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: Ulock mounting options

I am one of the "who cares what it looks like" cyclists. I cable tied a short length of plastic waste pipe across my rear carrier. I did drill holes in the pipe for the cable ties. I lock my Ulock through this pipe.
by john4703
17 Feb 2019, 4:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Train reservations
Replies: 83
Views: 7937

Re: Train reservations

I started this thread back in December and got the answer to use GNR. I've used it three times since then with no problem booking my bike on a few different trains with some parts of the journey not doing seat reservation or bike reservation but I've been able to stand with my bike for those 10 minu...
by john4703
15 Feb 2019, 6:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Train reservations
Replies: 83
Views: 7937

Re: Train reservations

And yes, keep an eye on the bike while on board. Stand by it if you have to. Most of my journeys with my bike are Virgin West Coast and the train crew usually tell me to lock my bike to the train. They seem helpful and want me to keep my bike secure. (I do hate the spaces where the bike hangs by on...
by john4703
9 Feb 2019, 11:19pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Does anyone know the LeJog statistics?
Replies: 13
Views: 5557

Re: Does anyone know the.....

Have you also posted this on the LEJOG section? You might get a response there.
by john4703
28 Jan 2019, 7:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear light to clip to saddle bag?
Replies: 10
Views: 2398

Re: Rear light to clip to saddle bag?

I attach a small nut and bolt to the bottom of the Cateye clip after drilling a hole in it. The clip is made of good quality plastic - ie it's a bit more yielding than the brittle stuff of cheaper products. The bolt end holds the clip in place on the tab at the back of the saddlebag. It does involv...
by john4703
28 Dec 2018, 9:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Using a Tag-Along with an adult (rider)
Replies: 16
Views: 830

Re: Using a Tag-Along with an adult (rider)

robert17 wrote:I have taken small adults on our Han trailer. Easier than a child as they are less prone to unexpected movements. I've never used one which attaches to the seat post. Where are you? You could try ours.

Robert
Worcs.

We are near Glasgow so a bit far away but thanks
by john4703
28 Dec 2018, 12:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Using a Tag-Along with an adult (rider)
Replies: 16
Views: 830

Re: Using a Tag-Along with an adult (rider)

Thanks for all the replies.
I will not consider the tag along idea as it seems to be a bad idea.
I have been surprised at the price of some of the tandems, far less than I thought I'd need to pay.
Now for a discussion with my wife

John
by john4703
28 Dec 2018, 9:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Train reservations
Replies: 83
Views: 7937

Re: Train reservations

Most of my travel is in Scotrail who allow bikes on all trains without reservations That isn't correct, some of the Scotrail routes require booking, for example all trains to Oban, Mallaig and Wick/Thurso which are probably the three most popular cycle tourist trains. You are right, I was just thin...
by john4703
27 Dec 2018, 9:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Using a Tag-Along with an adult (rider)
Replies: 16
Views: 830

Re: Tag Along

pwa wrote:Pity you are so far away. I've a tandem i could have loaned you.

Thank you A problem with a tandem is carrying it. We have a caravan and love to get away, a bike would fit on a rack, a tandem would be a bit too big.
by john4703
27 Dec 2018, 9:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Using a Tag-Along with an adult (rider)
Replies: 16
Views: 830

Using a Tag-Along with an adult (rider)

I’m not sure where to post this but am looking for some advice. I started riding a bike before I started school and that was about 67 years ago. My wife is not good on a bike and has not got a great sense of balance, probably as she was told as a child that she could not ride a bike. We used to walk...