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by Grandad
29 Jul 2021, 9:24pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bearings for bottom bracket
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: Bearings for bottom bracket

Square taper, normally can change.
Or replace with a sealed unit
by Grandad
28 Jul 2021, 11:55pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Uninsured e scooters seized
Replies: 17
Views: 396

Uninsured e scooters seized

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/ ... ht-251401/
"Uninsured e scooters seized during Kent Police crackdown on anti-social behaviour"

Are e-scooters subjectto compulsory insurance?
I suspect the real reason was the anti-social use and that the newspaper reporter added his own misinformation about insurance
by Grandad
27 Jul 2021, 3:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Radio show on Hi-Vis.
Replies: 38
Views: 1088

Re: Radio show on Hi-Vis.

one of those fluorescent-jacketed chain gangs
Tarring many totally honest manual workers with a very nasty brush

Typical politician.
by Grandad
16 Jul 2021, 10:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Inner tubes in tubeless ready wheels
Replies: 7
Views: 433

Inner tubes in tubeless ready wheels

My Orbea Gain e-bike came with inner tubes in tubeless ready wheels. Read up about tubeless and decided that for me the cons outweighed the pros.

Cheepo tyres were very stiff and a real fight to get off. Fitted better quality slightly more supple tyres but only a minimal improvement in the fight to get them off. LBS suggested that a narrower rim tape would give more space and it did the trick.

I thought the problem was solved but the plastic tape moved, causing a puncture when it exposed a spoke cut out. Tried an adhesive cotton tape but it was not sticky enough and it also moved, resulting in another puncture. Today I put a bostic type glue on the rim before fitting another adhesive rim tape.

If this doesn't work I will be swapping to old school non tubeless ready rims.

Has anyone else had problems with inner tubes in tubeless ready rims?
by Grandad
14 Jul 2021, 10:35am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Your first proper road bike?
Replies: 23
Views: 751

Re: Your first proper road bike?

Second hand semi drop bars BSA, bought in 1950 from East Lane in Camberwell for £3. Rode it to Waterloo station for the train home, successfully negotiating my first experience of tramlines.

Progressed to something better , when the frame broke grandmother lent me the £9 17s 6p to buy a Claud Butler frame which I collected from the factory in Clapham.

Some years later I bought another London made frame - Dan Genner in Colliers Wood
by Grandad
8 Jul 2021, 3:29pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Citroen Ami - Waddya Reckon?
Replies: 119
Views: 2589

Re: Citroen Ami - Waddya Reckon?

What's the speed limit on "minor roads"?

Round here, it's 30mph and 20mph.
Difficult to reach 30mph on many of them due to bends.
In Kent most of he smaller lanes have no restrictions so the national 70mph applies. It's not unusual to emerge from a 70mph narrow lane on to a far wider road with a 40 or 50 mph limit sign
by Grandad
8 Jul 2021, 2:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: What Cycles do the Elderly and those with Impaired Health Ride?
Replies: 68
Views: 2524

Re: What Cycles do the Elderly and those with Impaired Health Ride?

Never thought about it that way -- you forget you don't need to be balancing like you are on a bike so just sit and winch yourself up.
Getting more of an appealing machine.
I made good use of this when riding an upright trike, to the extent of coming to a standstill for a brief respite on a particularly steep bit.
by Grandad
5 Jul 2021, 12:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How do tubeless tyres work?
Replies: 30
Views: 1035

Re: How do tubeless tyres work?

Post by Grandad » 4 Jul 2021, 12:15am

I've heard stories of major punctures that have resulted in the sealant being sprayed out over the bike and rider, creating a sticky mess
Looking at this article on the Cycling Weekly website it seems to be limited to narrow tyres up to 28mm
by Grandad
4 Jul 2021, 12:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How do tubeless tyres work?
Replies: 30
Views: 1035

Re: How do tubeless tyres work?

I've heard stories of major punctures that have resulted in the sealant being sprayed out over the bike and rider, creating a sticky mess
by Grandad
30 Jun 2021, 12:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best Bike (very) Overweight
Replies: 93
Views: 9396

Re: Best Bike (very) Overweight

Inspiring.
by Grandad
29 Jun 2021, 11:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Knocked off bicycle by car - Injuries
Replies: 17
Views: 1002

Re: Knocked off bicycle by car - Injuries

My granddaughter was the passenger in a car when it was hit by another one. All the damage was on the driver's side and she was totally unaffected. The other driver's insurers immediately offered her £1,000 which she gratefully accepted, and was perfectly happy to sign their form confirming this was a full and final settlement. :D
by Grandad
16 Jun 2021, 9:06pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Range extender
Replies: 19
Views: 939

Re: Range extender

the less assistance used, the greater the range achieved.
I use my Orbea Gain motor to get to the flatlands beyond the uncomfortably steep hills between them and home. Average ride is 2 miles on the motor and 35-40 on leg power. Can I claim the record miles per charge :D

On the other hand I dare not calculate the cost per mile of the motor use :(

Pre motor I had to use the car to get over the hills
by Grandad
30 May 2021, 1:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Strange sound
Replies: 19
Views: 1582

Re: Strange sound

I removed the tyre, tube and rim tape and put a drop of oil on each spoke nipple. Now total silence.