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by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 8:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what are "washing lines"?
Replies: 19
Views: 343

Re: what are "washing lines"?

If you are going for downtube gear levers, I can heartily recommend BB7 MTB calipers and drop bar V brake levers. Excellent braking, no fancy cables needed. Thanks. So are you saying that: MTB BB7 with V brake drop bar brake levers, would give me better braking than, road BB7 with "proper"...
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 8:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike building UK
Replies: 13
Views: 253

Re: Bike building UK

If that's the case it seems like a sad state of affairs. Why is it "a sad state of affairs"? In the sense that we don't build enough things anymore in the UK. Not sure who "we" is. I've built a few things out of concrete and tarmac (well, rolled asphalt, to be accurate), but not...
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 6:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike building UK
Replies: 13
Views: 253

Re: Bike building UK

PaulS wrote:Barnoldswick is a good place to start...


It certainly is. You can see the Hope factory from the house I grew up in.
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 5:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike building UK
Replies: 13
Views: 253

Re: Bike building UK

Ontherivet77 wrote:
tatanab wrote:This was asked a few years ago, and I believe the answer was definitely not. Even starting with that frame - were the fork ends UK made?


If that's the case it seems like a sad state of affairs.


Why is it "a sad state of affairs"?
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 3:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Make your own bike part soaking tray
Replies: 87
Views: 2106

Re: Make your own bike part soaking tray

He stayed conscious, and managed to make it to a telephone box to ring for an ambulance. But he could only use the little finger on one hand to dial (long time ago), because the finger nails on all the others were bent back with the heat. That was my old boss, with 45% of his body surface burnt afte...
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 3:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Make your own bike part soaking tray
Replies: 87
Views: 2106

Re: Make your own bike part soaking tray

Petrol is not only poisonous by skin contact... ...it also tastes foul. Ahh, how I remember those days on site: "Raymond, we've run out of petrol for the Stihl Saw", "Just siphon some out of the van then Mike". However careful you were, you'd always seem to get a drop in your mo...
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 2:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what are "washing lines"?
Replies: 19
Views: 343

Re: what are "washing lines"?

I would expect Park cable cutters to be up to the task of cutting compressionless cable cleanly. with cross tops I daresay that wrapping them is a good way to get them into the cross tops securely. On the other hand if I'm doing a bit of "experimenting" it would be way easier not to be wr...
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 1:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what are "washing lines"?
Replies: 19
Views: 343

Re: what are "washing lines"?

I've never used compressionless cable, is it any more or less flexible than other types, when it comes to getting round the bend in the bars? I also use cross tops, if that has any bearing on the issue. Compressionless cable is less flexible than ordinary Bowden brake cable, and the curve in the ba...
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 1:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road Cycling Safety
Replies: 13
Views: 571

Re: Road Cycling Safety

I got nearly through the questionnaire, then decided to scrap my response. I found myself answering many questions about possible faults in my cycling leading to near misses or having to brake abruptly, but no suggestion that other drivers might be doing things leading to these same events. For exa...
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 1:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Covid 19 and Spitting
Replies: 44
Views: 1432

Re: Covid 19 and Spitting

Definitely wouldn't be virii as it's not a virius. :wink: Viri is also completely wrong. Hippopotamus - Hippopotamii From my grammar book: The noun virus has a Latin root, but is one of the few nouns that has no plural in Latin. It occurs only in the singular. The English plural viruses (which adhe...
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 12:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what are "washing lines"?
Replies: 19
Views: 343

Re: what are "washing lines"?

Thanks folks. I'm thinking about changing from STIs to downtube shifters. So the gear cable would be out of the way. The brakes are cable discs. Do you think there would be any performance difference in braking between "stealth" and "washing line" brake cable? I've never used com...
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 12:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what are "washing lines"?
Replies: 19
Views: 343

Re: what are "washing lines"?

thanks all. I sort of guessed that might be the case.

Presumably "washing lines" actually give better braking and/or gear changing, because of less tight bends in cables?
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 12:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: what are "washing lines"?
Replies: 19
Views: 343

what are "washing lines"?

read the expression here a few times, about bars and brakes.
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 12:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: One wink?
Replies: 57
Views: 1934

Re: One wink?

Nice example. Couldn't agree more with your choice of signalling here. However, everything I've written on this topic previously, including the bits you've quoted, specifically state "on a single carriageway road." Good point, you're quite right. My apologies for misquoting you so badly.
by mikeymo
2 Apr 2020, 11:56am
Forum: On the road
Topic: One wink?
Replies: 57
Views: 1934

Re: One wink?

"Never" indicate to pull in to the left after overtaking? Really? Here's a map: https://www.google.com/maps/@53.6974501,-1.5219052,14z And a description of a journey which I've been making for 15 years. 1. I leave the M1 at junction 41, and drive south east on the A650, a dual carriageway,...