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by dave28
9 Jul 2015, 5:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Getting thin on top
Replies: 45
Views: 2155

Re: Getting thin on top

"hurt and felt sharp" is what happened to me, and I'm not yet (significantly) losing hair. When I looked at the inside of the helmet very carefully, I realised that the velcro on the gloves I keep in my helmet had displaced and contorted the padding strips, and what I was feeling was "...
by dave28
5 Jul 2015, 1:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is My Local Bike Shop Ripping Me Off?
Replies: 62
Views: 6554

Re: Is My Local Bike Shop Ripping Me Off?

Took my bike into my LBS to have the front gear change adjusted - I know, but I've got ten big toes for fingers and nothing I did with screws and knurled knobs seemed to make a difference. Turned out the large chain ring was slightly buckled. The bike shop lady spotted it in about 30 seconds, and on...
by dave28
1 Jul 2015, 3:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gunnislake station car park Plymouth
Replies: 12
Views: 1317

Re: Gunnislake station car park Plymouth

Ferries from Plymouth are under constant threat of withdrawal. You never know, incidental income from dockside parking might tip the balance next time Brittany Ferries reviews the viability of the service. I would hope that stories about what can happen to cars "abandoned" at Gunnislake ar...
by dave28
18 Jun 2015, 12:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thinking of getting an e-bike
Replies: 34
Views: 3928

Re: Thinking of getting an e-bike

Pave and metalled tracks, mostly; tho' I must admit I tend to forget to enable my front suspension on such surfaces. The crucial concept to get one's head round is "pleasure with minimal pain and discomfort", all the rest flows from there.
by dave28
17 Jun 2015, 5:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thinking of getting an e-bike
Replies: 34
Views: 3928

Re: Thinking of getting an e-bike

It is heavy - it's also very comfortable to ride, and I'm not planning on running anywhere with it on my back. The step-throughs tend/need to be chunkier simply because of their geometry. Trust me, though, it's lighter than a moped!
by dave28
16 Jun 2015, 10:36pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Getting bikes to starting point/ ferry port
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Getting bikes to starting point/ ferry port

If you do finish up taking train from Morlaix to St Malo, turn up well early for your train and look for the station master or his deputy (wear white peaked hats and their office, "Chef de Gare", is down the platform to the left of the platform entrance). Ask to be escorted across the line...
by dave28
16 Jun 2015, 10:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thinking of getting an e-bike
Replies: 34
Views: 3928

Re: Thinking of getting an e-bike

Don't worry, Mick, you'll get used to them in time!
(and for the record, I may be old and decrepit but I'm certainly not very overweight)
by dave28
16 Jun 2015, 12:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thinking of getting an e-bike
Replies: 34
Views: 3928

Re: Thinking of getting an e-bike

As I understand it, it's a question of differing design philosophies. The British market and design, unlike the European one, has been almost totally driven by the idea of cycling as primarily a competitive/club/end in itself/activity; and so we part time cyclists, for no very good reason, have had ...
by dave28
15 Jun 2015, 1:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thinking of getting an e-bike
Replies: 34
Views: 3928

Re: Thinking of getting an e-bike

Why would I want a chain ring? The motor unit senses how much power I'm putting in, and I can chose to have no assistance, or an extra 40, 100, 150, or 225% of my effort level. It's a bit like having a 5 ring chain set - except that, confusingly when one starts to analyse it, sometimes max power act...
by dave28
15 Jun 2015, 9:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thinking of getting an e-bike
Replies: 34
Views: 3928

Re: Thinking of getting an e-bike

The Bosch Motor IS the chainset - choice of 4 levels of assistance, depending on how hard (or otherwise) you want to work. Raleigh Motus options include a Shimano 7 ring cassette, or an Nexus 7 gear hub; and presumably - if one were searching for perfection (which I'm not) - one could ring the chang...
by dave28
14 Jun 2015, 8:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Thinking of getting an e-bike
Replies: 34
Views: 3928

Re: Thinking of getting an e-bike

To get back on thread - can't emphasise enough that, unless you live in East Anglia, or somewhere with similar topography, or weigh next to nothing, the thing that really matters is the battery size. Endurance in e-bikes is like fuel consumption figures in cars. They may give a basis for comparison ...