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by Makk11
27 Oct 2016, 5:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tool Kit for day to day use
Replies: 198
Views: 19542

Re: Tool Kit for day to day use

I carry an emergency tool kit everywhere I go in a little triangular pouch attached to the frame. In it I have, Allen Keys (only 2, my bike only has 2 sizes of hex bolt so no point in carrying a full set, full puncture repair kit including patches, tyre levers, glue, chalk and crayon, spare inner tu...
by Makk11
24 Oct 2016, 1:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Gatwick or Heathrow?
Replies: 96
Views: 10375

Re: Gatwick or Heathrow?

Interesting question and one very close to my heart. I live right by Heathrow Airport, it's existence provides me with a job, I drive buses and coaches for international tour operators and my passengers arrive at Heathrow. I also like to travel myself so an airport on my doorstep is very convenient....
by Makk11
24 Oct 2016, 1:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Towpath survey
Replies: 27
Views: 4607

Re: Towpath survey

I can't complete the survey as it's now closed but I do cycle the towpaths of the Grand Union around Hayes. Slough, Uxbridge and Rickmansworth regularly and usually without incident. Most users, whether pedestrians, dog walkers, boaters, anglers or other cyclists are all very friendly and respectful...
by Makk11
22 Oct 2016, 10:29am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Biker Essential Kit
Replies: 20
Views: 1761

Re: New Biker Essential Kit

andrewk mentioned helmets above. I was going to write a reply earlier but didn't want to duplicate the great advice already given but I will. All helmets sold in the UK must comply with EU safety regulations so as far as protecting your head, there is very little difference. You can pay extra for a ...
by Makk11
20 Oct 2016, 8:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Biker Essential Kit
Replies: 20
Views: 1761

Re: New Biker Essential Kit

There are some things I carry "on my bike" at all times. I'm not a competitive cyclist or off road racer these days but I do like to get off road along country trails, bridal ways and canal towpaths. A set of Allen keys (hex wrenches), a small Phillips screwdriver, puncture repair kit, tyr...
by Makk11
19 Oct 2016, 7:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1698
Views: 481044

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

Interesting set up Simon but if it's comfortable and works for you then great. Straight bars with just one hand position can get very uncomfortable. My old bike had road style drop bars and rigid forks but after it was stolen my Dad very kindly bought me a new hybrid one. I'm slowly adapting it on a...
by Makk11
18 Oct 2016, 10:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GOOD TARGET TIME TO CYCLE 10 MILES
Replies: 45
Views: 6286

Re: GOOD TARGET TIME TO CYCLE 10 MILES

Is this on open public highways or closed to traffic? Where I live near Heathrow Airport I average about 10 mph in live traffic including stopping at red traffic lights and negotiating busy roundabouts. From my house, one full circumnavigation of of the airport perimeter and back is about 10 miles w...
by Makk11
17 Oct 2016, 10:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed forks for hybrid/trekking bike.
Replies: 30
Views: 3011

Re: Fixed forks for hybrid/trekking bike.

That's it. The black thing is just a plastic cover that slides up the stem to reveal a large locking nut underneath. It's a quill stem with a threaded steerer. I think it's 1+1/8" but I'll take it apart to be 100% sure and also measure the steerer length. While i do have the tools to cut a new ...
by Makk11
17 Oct 2016, 12:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed forks for hybrid/trekking bike.
Replies: 30
Views: 3011

Re: Fixed forks for hybrid/trekking bike.

I'm going for cheap and inexpensive. I don't ride competitively so steel will be fine. Slightly shorter to create a steeper head angle by a degree will also be fine and closer to what I'm used to. This might sound like a very stupid question but is there any way I can measure the required steerer le...
by Makk11
16 Oct 2016, 11:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Bus Deliberate Collision?
Replies: 76
Views: 8505

Re: London Bus Deliberate Collision?

Nice links. See, motorists aren't out there deliberately trying to kill you. I'd love to see Laura Trott in a road safety video. Preferably an educational video aimed at all road users so we can all look out for each other. A lot of improvements could be made to road infrastructure and a lot of impr...
by Makk11
16 Oct 2016, 12:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Bus Deliberate Collision?
Replies: 76
Views: 8505

Re: London Bus Deliberate Collision?

The possible consequences of a bus performing an emergency stop are something I'm very aware of whenever I encounter one on the road, cycling or driving. Honestly, though, if the vehicle can not be stopped safely due to the nature of it's load then the vehicle is dangerous and should be removed fro...
by Makk11
15 Oct 2016, 8:35pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Bus Deliberate Collision?
Replies: 76
Views: 8505

Re: London Bus Deliberate Collision?

I hope people find my replies from a bus driver's perspective interesting as well as educational. In this instance I still think the bus driver made a mistake but no real harm was done although it could have been a lot worse. If any professional driver caused a collision deliberately I would not hes...
by Makk11
15 Oct 2016, 10:18am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: V brake pivots on forks for 700C or 29er
Replies: 4
Views: 461

Re: V brake pivots on forks for 700C or 29er

Interesting question as I'm planning on doing something almost identical. My bike has 700c rims with V brakes too and suspension forks that are more of a hindrance than a help. By my research forks designed for 29er rims should also fit the diameter of a 700c rim but you may find the crown is much w...
by Makk11
14 Oct 2016, 6:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fixed forks for hybrid/trekking bike.
Replies: 30
Views: 3011

Re: Fixed forks for hybrid/trekking bike.

The current axle to crown is 415mm. It allows for travel in suspension forks before the tyres hit the top of the fork. The fork barely moves and ricochets when it does so it could be 65mm shorter. I have read that axle to crown should be measured when sitting on a bike with suspension forks while th...
by Makk11
14 Oct 2016, 4:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Bus Deliberate Collision?
Replies: 76
Views: 8505

Re: London Bus Deliberate Collision?

Squashing prominent politicians is generally frowned upon in the PCV bus and coach driving industry. I didn't know it was the Mayor of London when I saved his life but even the Mayor at the time tried to perform a rather silly overtake around the outside. I was turning right in a bus, checked right ...