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by Barks
18 Jun 2019, 10:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How many times can you rewaterproof Gore?
Replies: 20
Views: 676

Re: How many times can you rewaterproof Gore?

Yes, it was seeping through the fabric - in my experience this is unusual unless there is some puncture damage to the garment. If you can identify the particular area that is getting wet then I would place it over a bowl and pour some water into that part to see if it leaks through. Surface abrasio...
by Barks
17 Jun 2019, 1:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How many times can you rewaterproof Gore?
Replies: 20
Views: 676

Re: How many times can you rewaterproof Gore?

Using a cool iron or putting the garment in the tumble dryer sill help restore the DWR coating effectiveness (see garment label) and when this no longer has the desired effect you need to reapply the DWR coating using products like NikWax thx direct, this is NOT a waterproofing compound just water r...
by Barks
16 Jun 2019, 8:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: About bike shops for big people?
Replies: 65
Views: 1869

Re: About bike shops for big people?

The cycling industry has advice on people training to do 100 mile rides, but little on people who want to get to the shops, or ride to the park for an ice cream with their kids. - and that is the main problem with encouraging cycling amongst the general population in this country, it is marketed as...
by Barks
24 May 2019, 7:38am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cycling for weight loss - Advice sought
Replies: 33
Views: 1481

Re: Cycling for weight loss - Advice sought

I see these type of threads quite often and I have a question - why are ‘Road Bikes’ always referred to? I would have thought that a basic hybrid would be the ideal starting bike, reasonably comfortable, able to handle a wide variety of surfaces, a wide range of gearing and used for shopping commuti...
by Barks
23 May 2019, 8:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton - pulling along folded = spokes click on gear chain
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: Brompton - pulling along folded = spokes click on gear chain

I have the same problem and I have a rack with easy-wheels. It seems to happen as the bike leans slightly to one side due to variations on the surface and the tyre just touches the surface and moves round catching the gear chain on the spoke. It took me quite a few weeks to identify just what the cl...
by Barks
9 May 2019, 5:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Finally... Beckham gets banned
Replies: 14
Views: 665

Finally... Beckham gets banned

After numerous close calls on previous motoring offences David Beckham finally gets nailed for using a mobile phone at the wheel. As 6 points already on his licence sux moth ban and fines. I wonder if he might consider changing his behaviour once back on the road? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-engla...
by Barks
6 Apr 2019, 9:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hengitsbury Head Land Train
Replies: 10
Views: 1026

Re: Hengistbury Head Land Train

I think the real point here is that an incident involving a ‘land’ or ‘noddy’ train immediately invites investigation and suspension of activity yet daily far worse infractions on the highway are just accepted as part of the normal goings on. Simialraly ‘near miss’ incidents within commercial activi...
by Barks
27 Mar 2019, 8:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton Electric Conversion Advice please
Replies: 14
Views: 1729

Re: Brompton Electric Conversion Advice please

the torque isn't that high (like brake torque is) and it isn't 'pulsy' (like pedalling torque is) so it is probably going to be OK. It might be better to build even x1 but if this makes the spokes go into the rim at a funny angle it is a question of choosing the lesser of two evils. BTW I thought t...
by Barks
23 Mar 2019, 9:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days
Replies: 16
Views: 2916

Re: Cambridge - 2 left hooks in 2 days

Do away with all cycle lanes and make it quite plain to car bus and lorry drivers that cyclists are to ride in the centre of the appropriate lane for their direction at the junction. You might have to accept that filtering is not allowed though.
by Barks
23 Mar 2019, 8:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Review of Highways Act 1835
Replies: 30
Views: 3516

Re: Review of Highways Act 1835

As vehicles used on the road need to meet defined standards surely the logic is that if there is no ‘standard’ then it can’t be used. As long as these things can meet expected road conditions (particularly speed, manouvering and braking) then introducing a ‘standard’ allows manufacturers to design a...
by Barks
19 Mar 2019, 7:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Insurance for cyclists again
Replies: 18
Views: 3003

Re: Insurance for cyclists again

Is there any indication of why he holds these views as opposed to campaigning on uninsured/unlicensed drivers for instance?
by Barks
18 Mar 2019, 10:29am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5376

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

At risk of thread divert, which size of tarp do you use? Do you carry any poles to help with your pitching, if so how many? Am planning to head for the woods soon to practice my tarping. My trap is 3m x 2.9m. I use trekking poles when hiking and have a fibreglass ‘hoop’ pole when cycling. The trekk...
by Barks
18 Mar 2019, 9:09am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Traffic policing in th Wild West
Replies: 17
Views: 3041

Re: Traffic policing in th Wild West

Enforcement and punishment, or fear of them, are the only things that would work At the moment we have the worst combination of low enforcement levels and weak punishment, the best example of the latter being not issuing driving bans once 12 points accumulated. Sorry but if you or your family absol...
by Barks
18 Mar 2019, 8:58am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5376

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

The DD range of kit looks very lightweight and reasonably priced ... especially the sleeping bags .... anyone had much bad weather experience of the mesh inner and tarp combo ? I have used this combo for over two years on a number of long hikes weekly mileage around 100) and a couple of weeks in th...
by Barks
17 Mar 2019, 6:24pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Decathlon lightweight tents
Replies: 90
Views: 5376

Re: Decathlon lightweight tents

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