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by Big John
5 Dec 2011, 7:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Snow report
Replies: 128
Views: 6377

Re: Snow report

Is that like a 'bent for a clown

Glad to hear you are injured - hope the bike is OK...


:D
by Big John
5 Dec 2011, 12:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Off duty copper gets knocked off his bike. Hit n run.
Replies: 65
Views: 4274

Re: Off duty copper gets knocked off his bike. Hit n run.

I agree with Snibgo - I don't post much (generally only if I think I have something useful to add) but I value the fact that for the most part posters are respectful of the opinions of others - even if they are different from the poster's own. The moderators sustain this ethos - which for me is to b...
by Big John
5 Dec 2011, 12:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Snow report
Replies: 128
Views: 6377

Re: Snow report

No snow in the Gateshead/Central Newcastle part of Tyneside this morning, but some of the roads (at least those without regular car traffic) were covered in black ice at 8am - I can personally attest to this having slid 20 yards on my belly down one of them following an abrupt and unexpected separat...
by Big John
17 Feb 2011, 8:48am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: about numb hands
Replies: 19
Views: 1257

Re: about numb hands

+1 for drop bars - I struggled badly with numb little fingers on my last bike with flats bars (and I did have good gloves, bar ends and pressure relieving grips). Since switching I've not had a problem save on rides of 80 miles plus - simply, I think, because there is no pressure on the ulnar nerve ...
by Big John
16 Feb 2011, 8:45am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Chain Reaction Cycles
Replies: 125
Views: 180108

Re: Chain Reaction Cycles

Another vote for CRC - I've used them several times, and they have always been both quick and correct in deliveries.
by Big John
3 Jun 2010, 10:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling specs
Replies: 15
Views: 1337

Re: Cycling specs

I'm minus 10 :!: in both eyes - I've tried and failed any number of routes to getting prescription cycling glasses. I'd echo what's said above - unless you are both long and short sighted, contact lenses and plain cycling glasses are the answer.

*edited owing to fat fingers*
by Big John
14 Apr 2010, 12:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Croix de Fer - Brilliant or bonkers?
Replies: 44
Views: 25564

Re: Genesis Croix de Fer - Brilliant or bonkers?

thanks Pete - good to know that 35mm tyres will fit under guards - and thank you for the steer on an appropriate rack.
by Big John
12 Apr 2010, 1:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Croix de Fer - Brilliant or bonkers?
Replies: 44
Views: 25564

Re: Genesis Croix de Fer - Brilliant or bonkers?

It took some Man Maths to persuade my wife that it was a good idea - on cyclescheme for me I worked out that I could sell some holiday in order to have it at net nil cost...
by Big John
12 Apr 2010, 12:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Locks
Replies: 37
Views: 5716

Re: Bike Locks

Depends I suppose on the thief's intentions. If we all accept that any lock is nothing more than a visual deterrent then Sheldon's method should be effective - the bike certainly isn't going to be rideable after removal - except that as I mentioned above it doesn't actually work anyway if you have m...
by Big John
12 Apr 2010, 8:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Croix de Fer - Brilliant or bonkers?
Replies: 44
Views: 25564

Re: Genesis Croix de Fer - Brilliant or bonkers?

I should add - I'm not using either the original pedals (swapped for Speedplay Frog) or the original saddle (nasty skinny looking thing - I use Rido saddles on account of being generously upholstered)
by Big John
12 Apr 2010, 8:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Croix de Fer - Brilliant or bonkers?
Replies: 44
Views: 25564

Re: Genesis Croix de Fer - Brilliant or bonkers?

I'm running 28mm slicks with full guards - Peter Harrison at Cyclelogical in Newcastle tells me that you can get 35mm slicks in but from looking at it I'd say that would be tight! In connection with the poll itself: Brilliant, sort of... The frame is excellent - stiff without being uncomfortable and...
by Big John
12 Apr 2010, 8:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike Locks
Replies: 37
Views: 5716

Re: Bike Locks

A word of warning on following Sheldon's suggested approach: Kyptonite's mini U locks will not fit in the position he has suggested if you have either mudguards or deep section rims - I've just discovered this having bought a New York Fahgettaboudit mini-U lock (Parker International have these for e...
by Big John
23 Mar 2010, 8:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1573
Views: 421910

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

To be confirmed... It's my first drop bar bike for about 15 years so at the moment I am in pain - but only because my lower back is more or less seized. Ride is so far very good although I'm detecting a hint of fork chatter under braking. I'll report back further once I've got the handle bar height ...
by Big John
20 Mar 2010, 7:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1573
Views: 421910

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

This my shiny new Genesis Croix de Fer - Rido R2 saddle, Speedplay Frog pedals and 'guards added so far.
by Big John
22 Dec 2009, 10:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Anyone been riding in the great winter weather?
Replies: 78
Views: 5089

Re: Anyone been riding in the great winter weather?

Currently sporting some fairly unpleasant gravel rash following an unexpected A***e/pavement interface on the Tyne Bridge. I'm taking the bus (and spending a lot of time standing up at work)