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by Eric the Red
12 Apr 2019, 3:34pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: SJS Cycles
Replies: 4
Views: 615

Re: SJS Cycles

I have enjoyed years of good service from them. Posted a hub off for wheel-building; prompt email reply and courteous phone call. :D It will come back well packed and built.
by Eric the Red
4 Mar 2019, 6:43am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Riese and Muller
Replies: 30
Views: 1188

Re: Riese and Muller

Go for it! I bought a Roadster touring last summer. Super quality. :D
by Eric the Red
28 Jan 2019, 8:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maximum speed on a Road Bike
Replies: 26
Views: 2632

Re: Maximum speed on a Road Bike

I've often topped 50 mph on a loaded touring bike in the French Alps or Pyrennes, and over 60 mph on a road bike. Nowadays - being a bit older - I might just take it a bit easier though. :wink:
by Eric the Red
3 Sep 2018, 4:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Crackdown: licences immediately revoked if a driver fails a roadside sight test
Replies: 66
Views: 2049

Re: Crackdown: licences immediately revoked if a driver fails a roadside sight test

I'm always amazed by the fact that you can pass a simple test in your teens and get a licence (yes - that IS how you spell it!) for life - no retest, no regular medical, just sign yourself off at 70 (I'm there soon!). I'm regularly reassessed for my licence for firearms, and it should be the same fo...
by Eric the Red
2 Aug 2018, 9:51am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Distance on battery
Replies: 43
Views: 3160

Re: Distance on battery

A chum who has bored me stiff for weeks talking about eBikes sent me this: https://www.bosch-ebike.com/en/service/range-assistant/ He's finally ordered one so I've told him he's riding up front in future unless there's a following wind. I also agree with the Bosch calculator. As an example, with a ...
by Eric the Red
20 Feb 2018, 8:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 8 speed hub leaking?
Replies: 7
Views: 506

Re: Alfine 8 speed hub leaking?

My Alfine should always be grease-packed. Some people have been using car automatic transmision fluid, and this leaks out onto the disc and kills the braking/pads. :(
by Eric the Red
15 Feb 2018, 8:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: views on carrying a spare Chainring, Rohloff sprocket and spare chain?
Replies: 14
Views: 967

Re: views on carrying a spare Chainring, Rohloff sprocket and spare chain?

Chainring and sprocket? Much better to carry spare cables ready cut to length, and the tools to change them. :wink:
by Eric the Red
13 Feb 2018, 7:01am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Smaller charger?
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Re: Smaller charger?

My generic China 42v 2a Sans chargers weigh between 400 & 500 grams and I do have one that is about 225 grams due to the plastic casing having a lot of flute cut outs. It will depend on the bike/manufacturer brand as to whether a different charger can be used. What is the charger brand & th...
by Eric the Red
12 Feb 2018, 8:12am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Smaller charger?
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Smaller charger?

My charger is huge and heavy - 700gm and bulky. Does anyone do smaller/lighter ones to carry on tour. 42v, 5mm coaxial. Mine is 3A, but wouldn't mind a slower charge overnight etc. :?:
by Eric the Red
4 Feb 2018, 4:06pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Distance on battery
Replies: 43
Views: 3160

Re: Distance on battery

Having just gotten into electric bikes, after 50+ years of riding, I can observe as follows:-
My 5.6 Ah battery is good for 20 - 25 miles, my 9 Ah is good for 35-40 miles. This is for a 100kg rider using a low level of assist on flat to moderately hilly tarmac. :)
Hope this helps.
by Eric the Red
3 Dec 2012, 2:09pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: YHA dead?
Replies: 192
Views: 35733

Re: YHA dead?

YHA is dead for me for a number of reasons. 1. For cycle touring, they,ve closed so many as to not make them a viable option for long distance touring, apart from in 'popular' areas or city centres. 2. They seem more geared up to school parties and family groups than to independant travellers under ...
by Eric the Red
2 Dec 2012, 1:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Journey Planner
Replies: 6
Views: 1291

Re: Journey Planner

andymiller wrote:Try a different browser?

Andy - well done! :D It works on Firefox 17, but not on Internet Explorer or AOL 9.7 on Windows 8 - but works on AOL 9.7 on XP.....................any one know why? :roll:
by Eric the Red
2 Dec 2012, 12:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Journey Planner
Replies: 6
Views: 1291

Journey Planner

On page 8 of the latest Cycle, there is an article about this facility - type in start and finish points, speed etc. and you get a route that you can follow/download.
It works OK on my brother's iPad and also on my old Windows XP desktop, but my new Windows 8 laptop won't work it!

HELP! :?
by Eric the Red
16 May 2012, 3:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: soldering stainless cables
Replies: 55
Views: 3850

Re: soldering stainless cables

I think that I have FINALLY perfected this! You will need:- JM Easy-flo flux powder JM Silver-flo (55% silver) 1.5mm silver brazing solder (both of the above available on eBay - I paid about £13 for a good supply of both). Butane blowtorch Degreasing liquid (I use brake cleaner). Sheet of stainless ...
by Eric the Red
7 Aug 2011, 8:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what type of grease
Replies: 25
Views: 7038

Re: what type of grease

Pop into your nearest Halfords and get a tube of Bikehut Bikegrease with Teflon - it's made for the job 8)