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by Eric the Red
7 Jun 2020, 2:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hallett's Howlers
Replies: 95
Views: 5790

Re: Hallett's Howlers

In the year 2020, what purpose is served by printing replies to selected technical queries in a mag which appears every two months? With CJ, you could email in a query and you would get a reply almost immediately. Now you get replies once every 2 months in the magazine to a few selected questions. ...
by Eric the Red
24 May 2020, 10:55am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: What milage do you get with a Bosch Drive?
Replies: 35
Views: 1772

Re: What milage do you get with a Bosch Drive?

I'm, 100kg and live in Essex. I regularly do 50 mile rides on Eco with a bit of Tour. 500 battery. I find that I lose one 'bar' at about 25 miles and another at 45. The readout often says that I have up to 50 miles left.
by Eric the Red
14 Mar 2020, 6:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Brake Propaganda
Replies: 10
Views: 790

Re: Hub Brake Propaganda

I used them for years as a postie. Always worked fine, often carrying heavy loads. Bike was left outdoors 24/7. Zero maintenance - just a quick twiddle with the adjuster. :D
by Eric the Red
18 Jan 2020, 6:06am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Trespass - to become a criminal offence?
Replies: 67
Views: 3879

Re: Trespass - to become a criminal offence?

What can't be denied is that, most unusually if not uniquely, the party manifesto mentioned a target group by name : travellers. "First they came for the Communists.........m" They may not be a problem in Northumberland, but in South Essex. Illegal occupation of council/private land. Crim...
by Eric the Red
26 Jul 2019, 6:52am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: E Bike - speeding?
Replies: 175
Views: 10981

Re: E Bike - speeding?

The reason why you can't be 'pulled' for speeding on any pedal bike is that there is no legal requirement to have an accurate speedometer on the machine. :D
by Eric the Red
12 Apr 2019, 3:34pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: SJS Cycles
Replies: 4
Views: 3646

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: 34
Views: 3176

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: 2757

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: 2493

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: 4076

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: 581

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: 997

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: 662

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: 662

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: 4076

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.