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by softlips
16 Sep 2019, 4:12pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Small e-cars and e-bikes: please explain!
Replies: 17
Views: 225

Re: Small e-cars and e-bikes: please explain!

Basically what they're saying is that the tightening of regs is making it too expensive to make small city cars whilst simultaneously cheap electric cars don't yet exist to fill the gap. Yes, that was it. It's not just the battery that costs, it's the technology as well, and no doubt that's the sam...
by softlips
16 Sep 2019, 4:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Disk brake rubbing after wheel change
Replies: 7
Views: 241

Re: Disk brake rubbing after wheel change

Loosen the skewer, pull the brake lever and at the same time tighten the skewer again.

This usually works.
by softlips
15 Sep 2019, 7:43pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Boy with helmet has accident
Replies: 9
Views: 271

Re: Boy with helmet has accident

Bonefishblues wrote:Some of us use the 'unread posts' function and might on occasion wish that they had taken that more literally :D


:lol:
by softlips
15 Sep 2019, 8:24am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Iphone opencyclemap offline
Replies: 8
Views: 223

Re: Iphone opencyclemap offline

I use the Cyclemaps app when commuting in cities I don’t know. It works well for commutes but I’ve not tried it for a recreational ride.
by softlips
15 Sep 2019, 8:22am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Boy with helmet has accident
Replies: 9
Views: 271

Re: Boy with helmet has accident

Don’t know what you’re trying to say but in this case the helmet almost certainly prevented more serious injury. Had a high speed fall last Sunday myself. People riding behind didn’t expect me to be conscious, I didn’t even think I’d knocked my head at all. The only injuries I was complaining about ...
by softlips
2 Sep 2019, 10:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Education
Replies: 154
Views: 3695

Re: Education

It's in the interests of Conservatives to have a poor state educational system. If it was excellent they would be unable to buy their children an advantage by paying for private education. Labour ended the Grammar school system. Which not only was seen as one of the best education systems in the wo...
by softlips
1 Sep 2019, 10:44am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How many makes a successful protest?
Replies: 27
Views: 833

Re: How many makes a successful protest?

There didn’t seem to be that many in London. The BBC said London was brought to a standstill but the areas they showed had no where near the numbers they claimed. We walked through four times during the day. There were slightly more than the daily number outside Parliament and also the end of Downin...
by softlips
30 Aug 2019, 8:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recommend me a bike...
Replies: 24
Views: 1118

Re: Recommend me a bike...

keyboardmonkey wrote:The highest spec Giant Defy Advanced you can stretch to?



This!
by softlips
27 Aug 2019, 9:56am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Skyscrapers and Cyclists
Replies: 16
Views: 1057

Re: Skyscrapers and Cyclists

If I never go to London again in my life, I will die a happy man. Horrible place. What makes you say that? Yes, what is this based on? I used to think London was a huge place and didn’t particularly like it. Over ten years working there most weeks I really like it now. I now feel it’s quite a small...
by softlips
18 Aug 2019, 7:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Give up flying?
Replies: 267
Views: 11353

Re: Give up flying?

. Then there's the length of the wires. Most energy is needed some distance from deserts. The sodium furnace type thingies work well in the desert though - although it doesn't help the wires. Deserts are underutilised places usually with plenty of sunlight so its sensible to utilise them where prac...
by softlips
17 Aug 2019, 10:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton + electric motor = The ultimate bicycle?
Replies: 25
Views: 1039

Re: Brompton + electric motor = The ultimate bicycle?

I don't find the brommie ride awful...just different. I'm perfectly happy riding it round town in the traffic. I wouldn't take it on a world tour, just like I wouldn't try to get my tourer onto a bus or under the desk in the office! As for weight...I hardly ever carry mine...either push it in unfol...
by softlips
17 Aug 2019, 10:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brompton + electric motor = The ultimate bicycle?
Replies: 25
Views: 1039

Re: Brompton + electric motor = The ultimate bicycle?

The latest versions dont come with the option of various suspension blocks , there is just one now it seems I see; Brompton appear not to supply their firm suspension blocks any more. That just leaves options like - shortening and packing the standard block; Cost = pennies - Matumura Kohki suspensi...
by softlips
16 Aug 2019, 7:26am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Give up flying?
Replies: 267
Views: 11353

Re: Give up flying?

brynpoeth wrote:Oh no, Gretas sailing chums plan to fly back to 'Europe' :?


Really? :)
by softlips
9 Aug 2019, 9:42am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: If these are actually "traffic lights"?
Replies: 13
Views: 910

Re: If these are actually "traffic lights"?

So the thing is are these types of lights an actual "traffic light" or "traffic signal" or whatever from a legal point of view? AIUI they are compulsory like any other set of carriageway traffic lights rather than advisory like a toucan crossing. I don't think there is any compu...
by softlips
8 Aug 2019, 4:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: If these are actually "traffic lights"?
Replies: 13
Views: 910

Re: If these are actually "traffic lights"?

There are loads of these in London. They change to green about 5 secs before the ones for the other vehicles thus enabling cyclists to get partially across the junction before the lights change.

I like them.