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by Bonzo Banana
26 Jan 2021, 7:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike shop stock levels UK?
Replies: 17
Views: 671

Re: Bike shop stock levels UK?

I had a look at the Go Outdoors site a few days ago, the range was very small and of that many were out of stock. Contrast that to pre-pandemic stock which must have been 3 or 4 times as many models with most in stock. Prices going up considerably too. I bought a couple of chainrings from Amazon for...
by Bonzo Banana
21 Jan 2021, 1:25pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Derestricting motor to 500w - will I notice much difference?
Replies: 74
Views: 2330

Re: Derestricting motor to 500w - will I notice much difference?

It is relatively easy to test for the assisted speed certainly far easier than working out the rated or nominal wattage. OK, tell me how you'd do it and bear in mind the amount of tech and the regular testing of it the police need to prove speeding by a car. They need "reasonable suspicion&quo...
by Bonzo Banana
21 Jan 2021, 1:02pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Who's had the vaccine?
Replies: 336
Views: 8079

Re: Who's had the vaccine?

Drove my mother (81) to her vaccine appointment this morning. All went well, she had the oxford vaccine.

The car park was swamped with cars leaving and turning up it was difficult for me to get out. They will certainly be vaccinating a few there today.
by Bonzo Banana
20 Jan 2021, 5:08pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Derestricting motor to 500w - will I notice much difference?
Replies: 74
Views: 2330

Re: Derestricting motor to 500w - will I notice much difference?

Personally I would confiscate the ebike of anyone riding an unrestricted ebike on the road, it's pretty easy for any policeman to test if a bike will ride beyond 15.5mph assisted they don't have to worry about the wattage and if it does I would simply take it. . Firstly, it isn't actually "eas...
by Bonzo Banana
20 Jan 2021, 2:11pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Derestricting motor to 500w - will I notice much difference?
Replies: 74
Views: 2330

Re: Derestricting motor to 500w - will I notice much difference?

It should be pointed out that many fully legal ebikes including with major brand motors like Bosch can have peak wattage of upto about 800W but they have nominal or rated output of 250W. The important thing is the 15.5mph/25km/h assisted speed limit. So when you go up a hill the wattage will peak mu...
by Bonzo Banana
15 Jan 2021, 11:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Post-Brexit - buying bike parts abroad . . (incl. Rose/DutchBikeParts)
Replies: 326
Views: 11129

Re: Post-Brexit - buying bike parts abroad . . (incl. Rose/DutchBikeParts)

A summary of the new legislation here in regards the bicycle industry; https://www.bicycleassociation.org.uk/news-press/post-brexit-regulations-product-safety-standards-ukca-mark-uk-eu-rules-of-origin/ It will be interesting to see how this all works out, obviously the EU previously benefitted from ...
by Bonzo Banana
26 Dec 2020, 1:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear derailleur for 6-speed freewheel
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: Rear derailleur for 6-speed freewheel

For some reason in recent months Amazon have been selling the TY-300 rear derailleur for £4.20 well below its normal price. It would be perfectly fine for your application possibly. It comes with the derailleur hanger bracket built in that secures under the nut or quick release rather than fit direc...
by Bonzo Banana
18 Dec 2020, 9:22am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Are Electric Bikes Way Overpriced
Replies: 56
Views: 1753

Re: Are Electric Bikes Way Overpriced

EU puts a tariff of up to 80% on fully assembled ebikes from China so many have more local assembly either in mainland Europe or the UK which adds to costs. So maybe it will be one of the items that gets cheaper after January 1st depending on what tariffs the UK keeps. I did read that we may have a ...
by Bonzo Banana
15 Dec 2020, 1:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Decathlon adventure bike
Replies: 122
Views: 5068

Re: New Decathlon adventure bike

It’s a shame a store is not closer to you as they really are excellent. I've been in a few Decathlon stores, the one at Southampton, Poole and a few other places. I always go into bike shops and have a look around. I wasn't super impressed with their component prices I'm spoilt by internet prices a...
by Bonzo Banana
8 Dec 2020, 9:10am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Decathlon adventure bike
Replies: 122
Views: 5068

Re: New Decathlon adventure bike

Interesting that Decathlon now do a bike with a 170kg total load rating which puts them at the highest of any mainstream brand for total load. I was reading about this on another site and apparently it's something we're likely to see more of. It isn't necessarily the bikes that have changed but the...
by Bonzo Banana
6 Dec 2020, 7:58am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: New Decathlon adventure bike
Replies: 122
Views: 5068

Re: New Decathlon adventure bike

Interesting that Decathlon now do a bike with a 170kg total load rating which puts them at the highest of any mainstream brand for total load. For years they had the lowest total rating for most of their adult bikes at 100kg often only allowing just over 80kg for the actual rider. In the last year o...
by Bonzo Banana
29 Nov 2020, 8:01am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Bike touring board game
Replies: 32
Views: 1316

Re: Bike touring board game

I started watching the video about promoting the game and almost thought about unsubscribing to the channel as slightly annoying. It's a delicate balance promoting your channel and trying to financially benefit from it without annoying viewers. I use a adblocker on youtube too on my PC and the andro...
by Bonzo Banana
27 Nov 2020, 9:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Trouble finding parts to rebuild an ebike rear wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 1853

Re: Trouble finding parts to rebuild an ebike rear wheel

As far as compatibility between 'makes of stuff' goes, it is pot luck really; some motors have sensors built in which must be compatible with the rest of the system, others don't. Battery packs can always be rebuilt with new cells, but there is nearly always a load of manufacturer specific circuitr...
by Bonzo Banana
21 Nov 2020, 10:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lifespan of carbon forks?
Replies: 22
Views: 1548

Re: Lifespan of carbon forks?

testing costs. Unless you have something that you want to preserve then new is cheaper snip In the OP's case another option might be to get a pair of custom made steel forks. They would cost more than an off the shelf pair of carbon forks, but that would be my preference for a frame requiring a for...
by Bonzo Banana
20 Nov 2020, 8:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lifespan of carbon forks?
Replies: 22
Views: 1548

Re: Lifespan of carbon forks?

When you look at the huge number of carbon fork recalls over the last 10 years or so I think a larger percentage were those that bonded an aluminium steerer with carbon fibre blades but not all. Carbon fibre forks will fatigue if there is a flaw in manufacturing, I guess a bit like steel in that it ...