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by The utility cyclist
21 Apr 2019, 9:33pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Ben Hamilton-Baillie dies
Replies: 3
Views: 2155

Re: Ben Hamilton-Baillie dies

Graham wrote:Previously mentioned in :-

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His death isn't
by The utility cyclist
21 Apr 2019, 9:02pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!
Replies: 34
Views: 717

Re: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!

What you see in Cycle is a reflection of the reality of many groups of Cyclists . Last local CTC chapter ride I went on there were about a dozen of us. It was a little under 40 miles, nice day. I was the only person not wearing... a helmet, padded shorts, track mitts, "proper" cycle jerse...
by The utility cyclist
20 Apr 2019, 11:38pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!
Replies: 34
Views: 717

Re: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!

Stuff as we see on CUK website and the magazine is why in part people start wearing helmets in the first instance, they see it and think oh that's what I need because others like me are wearing them. Aside from the sports side of cycling who else is telling people they need to wear helmets, who intr...
by The utility cyclist
20 Apr 2019, 11:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much difference does tyre width make.
Replies: 31
Views: 809

Re: How much difference does tyre width make.

There is if you run them at the lower pressures wider tyres allow. Yes, it will make for a significantly higher rolling resistance on all but continual rough roads No it won't,unless those roads are as smooth as billiard tables,and we all know UK roads aren't,in fact most are chip n seal or worse. ...
by The utility cyclist
20 Apr 2019, 11:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much difference does tyre width make.
Replies: 31
Views: 809

Re: How much difference does tyre width make.

If you're bike will take the 32mm all the better,you'll lose very little if any speed,which will be in acceleration, but the comfort will increase a lot over smaller tyres especially on UK crapmac, and if you run your tyres at correct pressures for load. This chart is pretty acurate:- https://www.g...
by The utility cyclist
20 Apr 2019, 10:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How much difference does tyre width make.
Replies: 31
Views: 809

Re: How much difference does tyre width make.

softlips wrote:There is if you run them at the lower pressures wider tyres allow.

Yes, it will make for a significantly higher rolling resistance on all but continual rough roads
by The utility cyclist
20 Apr 2019, 8:57pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!
Replies: 34
Views: 717

Re: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!

The trouble is "sport". Many folk - no, the majority of folk - assume any activity is "sport". I don't like sport. I find it boring and pointless and silly. Riding a bike isn't sport unless you want to race. Before my present indisposition I was a regular Sunday club rider. I wo...
by The utility cyclist
20 Apr 2019, 8:26pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!
Replies: 34
Views: 717

Re: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!

It's a disgrace. Have you seen the insurance page? https://www.cyclinguk.org/insurance Bare headed riders all over it, FIVE in the header photo alone, quite clearly the sub text is that those not wearing the magic hats are more likely to be in need of insurance. Ins.jpg Insurance isn't promoting cy...
by The utility cyclist
20 Apr 2019, 8:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front QR lever - what o’clock?
Replies: 41
Views: 938

Re: Front QR lever - what o’clock?

Does "in line with" mean parallel to the fork (which is ok in my book) or with the end overlapping the fork leaving about 2mm gap between it and the fork, and thus preventing any attempt to open it by hand! That's why it was a dumb mechanic! Parallel,doing up a qr too tight so you can't p...
by The utility cyclist
20 Apr 2019, 11:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front QR lever - what o’clock?
Replies: 41
Views: 938

Re: Front QR lever - what o’clock?

A friend had a 'mobile cycle mechanic' attend to his bike, and did up the front QR so that it was against the fork (he said for aerodynamic reasons). What a load of tosh - all it meant was that he couldn't get his QR undone without very careful application of a strip of wood, as a finger couldn't g...
by The utility cyclist
20 Apr 2019, 11:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front QR lever - what o’clock?
Replies: 41
Views: 938

Re: Front QR lever - what o’clock?

I do the QR lever up in line with the fork leg and have done so since I first got QR levers on my first half decent bike 29 years ago, I've never had a problem getting it undone. I do it that way because it looks tidier, there's no chance of it being pushed inwards in any way thus potentially doing...
by The utility cyclist
20 Apr 2019, 12:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front QR lever - what o’clock?
Replies: 41
Views: 938

Re: Front QR lever - what o’clock?

A friend had a 'mobile cycle mechanic' attend to his bike, and did up the front QR so that it was against the fork (he said for aerodynamic reasons). What a load of tosh - all it meant was that he couldn't get his QR undone without very careful application of a strip of wood, as a finger couldn't g...
by The utility cyclist
19 Apr 2019, 9:57pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!
Replies: 34
Views: 717

Big Bike revival ... yet more helmet normalising!

CUK are at it again, yet more normalising of helmets, https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/building-communities-cycling-uks-history-outreach-and-development this isn't the only part of recent articles that are predominantly showing helmets as being an expected part of the cycling that CUK are promoting...
by The utility cyclist
17 Apr 2019, 7:16pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: SOLD: 5kg tub of topline 2000 AKA Dura Ace grease
Replies: 34
Views: 1461

Re: SOLD: 5kg tub of topline 2000 AKA Dura Ace grease

tuttonp wrote:I should have checked before paying

Can I use this grease with my Ultegra components!!!!

I'm guessing Campag is completely off limits


:)

You can use it for whatever components you like Shimano or Campag. :D
by The utility cyclist
15 Apr 2019, 8:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?
Replies: 153
Views: 27456

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Worst drivers, those like the old fart who thought it was better to be not actually looking at the road/to his right at the roundabout instead turning his head to chat to his passengers thus sail on through cutting me up. Luckily I'd seen he was clearly not going to stop/wasn't looking, another day ...