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by David Cox
1 Jan 2018, 4:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: about to buy Dyno hub & light
Replies: 49
Views: 2058

Re: about to buy Dyno hub & light

I've got a system like this and am very pleased with it and also a SON dynamo on a "work bike" But even so I'm not sure I'd rely on it at 30-40 miles an hour on unlit lanes. I also have a very bright Leyzne headlight giving a longer range beam when its very dark.
by David Cox
29 Nov 2017, 11:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2249

Re: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations

Thanks for the advice - yes off road, I (and many others) had an MTB clog up completely on the Hell of the North Cotswolds. Had to take the shorter route after many de-clogs, at the end the chain was scraped back to the metal (and then some) and the bins at the cafe/control seemed to contain a few r...
by David Cox
29 Nov 2017, 10:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2249

Re: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations

Update : The new SKS curved guards look good and give better clearance BUT a combination of a particular consistency of autumn Worcestershire mud coming off the fields combined possibly with the poor mud shedding properties of Michelin Pro 4 Endurance 25 mm tyres still leads to a quick build up of m...
by David Cox
31 Oct 2017, 4:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BIG neoprene overshoes - recommendation please
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: BIG neoprene overshoes - recommendation please

I've used BBB ones for some years. They go over bulky boots and have worked well.
by David Cox
31 Oct 2017, 4:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2249

Re: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations

Many thanks for the Forum members' good advice on this. Ben (Venture Bikes), who built the wheels originally, replaced the spoke and trued the front wheel. I did one ride in the rain without the front mudguard and the oversize down tube did a good job of deflecting/collecting spray and mud! I have n...
by David Cox
23 Oct 2017, 5:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2249

Re: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations

Yep I have the original Secure Clips from Esge days and haven't seen the other sort. SKS website is useful where you can hover over such details. I think I am going to carry my mudguard remnant on a pilgrimage around bike shops until I can see one that offers more clearance.
by David Cox
23 Oct 2017, 3:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2249

Re: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations

Thanks for the advice - always amazed at what a great resource this forum is. You post a query at 11.00pm and there are really useful well informed responses by the time you wake up ! The releases were the standard SKS ones which I've used for years (I think they manufacture was taken over by SKS a ...
by David Cox
22 Oct 2017, 10:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 2249

Re: Enigma Etape - Full Length Mudguard recommendations

Thanks for the advice in this thread. My Etape is 8 years old and has done a lot of miles with SKS square section mudguards. But I switched from 23 mm to 25 mm Michelin Pro 4 Endurance tyres a while ago which means more comfort but less clearance. At the back I have had to dislodge mud on occasion d...
by David Cox
29 Sep 2017, 12:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is a standlight a legal requirement?
Replies: 24
Views: 919

Re: Is a standlight a legal requirement?

PaulS I absolutely support you in going back to Ridgeback - stand light is what I would expect in a dedicated commuter bike nowadays. That said having commuted for 40 years across Birmingham I still carry two complete sets of lights and usually have a flashing LED plus a dynamo with standlicht on my...
by David Cox
20 Apr 2017, 11:39am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Biobank Research on Health Benefits of Cycle Commuting
Replies: 2
Views: 545

Biobank Research on Health Benefits of Cycle Commuting

This story got a lot of coverage this morning which I am pleased about because I was rounded up for the first BioBank data sample. A bunch of over 60's given a battery of tests on a whole floor of one of Birmingham's many office blocks - some obviously available for short term rent! They found I had...
by David Cox
20 Apr 2017, 11:29am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Simvastatin & Balance?
Replies: 11
Views: 1107

Re: Simvastatin & Balance?

Just seen this thread. I've been on 20 mg for a year. It has brought my cholesterol down which given family history I am pleased about. They started me on the other brand (probably Rosuvastatin?) which promptly ruined a holiday by giving me a whole bunch of cold symptoms (sore throat runny nose etc ...
by David Cox
9 Jan 2017, 10:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 23mm v 25mm tyres
Replies: 16
Views: 1065

Re: 23mm v 25mm tyres

I used 23mm for years (starting with Michelin Elans when they first came in) but have followed the trend to 25mm and not regretted it. I've got Michelin Pro (4?) Endurance on two bikes and Panaracer on another. Only problem is that frame and mudguard clearance is a bit more limited on frames origina...
by David Cox
12 Jan 2016, 7:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Misc saddle Q's
Replies: 15
Views: 1265

Re: Misc saddle Q's

Me too I.09 is in Richards Bicycle Book I think or it was when I first thought about such matters and built up my first adult bike
by David Cox
11 Jan 2016, 9:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Misc saddle Q's
Replies: 15
Views: 1265

Re: Misc saddle Q's

I thought that Brooks used Australian leather because there were no barbed wires to damage the hide? Or did I just dream that? Always try to have my saddles level.
by David Cox
2 Dec 2015, 5:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tall stems
Replies: 3
Views: 566

Re: Tall stems

I know that you have moved on to discussing your carbon threadless Colnago but for what its worth I recently fitted a Nitto Noodle bar and a Dirt Drop quill stem to my Carlton Corsa Eroica bike obtained from Hubjub in Wales. I've not finished fettling yet but a quick round the block ride gave me a m...