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by Debs
19 Jan 2020, 11:10pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: WW1 cycling route?
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: WW1 cycling route?

Just a bit of trivia maybe but... The first soldier of the British Empire to fall in action during the First World War is believed to of been riding a bicycle at the time. John Parr British Army Soldier infantry scout with the 4th Middlesex, whose role was to ride ahead of the battalion on the march...
by Debs
19 Jan 2020, 9:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 72
Views: 2549

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

I'm very happy with it :D Nice looking bike. The only Gravel bike rider I've come across who wasn't happy with their bike was on this forum and they changed it for a road bike, I don't know if they were happy with that, they haven't been back since. Perhaps he joined a professional TdF race team an...
by Debs
19 Jan 2020, 8:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 72
Views: 2549

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

I'd be interested to know what UK owners actually use them for. A gravel bike rider speaks: I don't want a touring bike cos i don't go touring or have need for luggage carrying capacity. Neither do i want a road race bike cos my last road race was run over 25 years ago so i no longer want a balls o...
by Debs
18 Jan 2020, 7:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is a Gravel Bike?
Replies: 72
Views: 2549

Re: What is a Gravel Bike?

If i'm not mistaken 'Gravel Bike' is an informal term from the US :D gravel /ˈɡrav(ə)l/ noun: gravel 1. a loose aggregation of small water-worn or pounded stones. Similar: shingle, grit, pebbles, stones 2. MEDICINE aggregations of crystals formed in the urinary tract. verb verb: gravel; 3rd person p...
by Debs
18 Jan 2020, 2:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 55
Views: 2160

Re: Crank length

Back in the early 90s there was a fashion trend [ flavour of the month? ] for long cranks pushing high gears for time trials. I was given an opportunity to try 175 cranks with 54 tooth outer ring for an up and coming 100m TT. The race was not on home ground for me, but was a fast course and a good d...
by Debs
17 Jan 2020, 1:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should we celebrate leaving the EU
Replies: 46
Views: 1109

Re: Should we celebrate leaving the EU

Brexit Hells Bells

by Debs
12 Jan 2020, 2:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 55
Views: 2160

Re: Crank length

When i started time trialing in the 1980s i used bikes with what was standard 170 mm cranks. I never thought anything otherwise about cranks in those days. In the 90s i had a few seasons of road racing, and as a reasonable climber i swopped over to 172.5 cranks due to the theory being the longer len...
by Debs
10 Jan 2020, 8:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 55
Views: 2160

Re: Crank length

GCN talk about crank-length [ An interesting 6 minutes ]

https://youtu.be/vUygkHlcVMQ
by Debs
10 Jan 2020, 7:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 55
Views: 2160

Re: Crank length

I'm not an expert, but would think if a pro-cycle racer had legs of a slightly differing length [like many people have] the adjustment would be met by different shoe sole thickness, or cleats.
by Debs
8 Jan 2020, 12:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21541
Views: 530730

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

This morning the BBC [Brexit Broadcasting Company] Radio 4 broadcast a highly inaccurate summary of Brexit from the lying lips of a privileged wealthy person, Lionel Shriver, who obviously doesn't give a damn about how the majority of UK people will suffer greatly under the Brexit rightwing fascist ...
by Debs
7 Jan 2020, 8:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 55
Views: 2160

Re: Crank length

But they don't actually alter the gear. That remains the same. True. But shorter cranks make the effort (the amount of force you have to push on the pedals) greater for the same gear at the same speed. That will tend to make it feel like a higher gear. Yes. Shorter cranks do increase the effort nee...
by Debs
5 Jan 2020, 10:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone identify this head badge?
Replies: 33
Views: 1587

Re: Can anyone identify this head badge?

The existing spoke count is 32 front & 40 rear, is that typical of bikes of this age? If it were my restoration i'd get a new pair make up from a pro wheel builder who can advise about which rim to use. Some rim manufacturers offer a custom paint job which could help to keep a strong but modern ...
by Debs
5 Jan 2020, 1:35pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone identify this head badge?
Replies: 33
Views: 1587

Re: Can anyone identify this head badge?

Does the bike in question have any frame numbers/letters stamped anyway [ like under the bottom bracket ] that may help identify the manufacturer?
by Debs
4 Jan 2020, 7:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone identify this head badge?
Replies: 33
Views: 1587

Re: Can anyone identify this head badge?

Seanick wrote:After much interweaving, I reckon it's an early Dawes.
You can see the D, and the torch handle and flame.
Maybe this version had a wreath around it too.


If not a Raleigh red heron, the distressed paintwork patten maybe a red herring :wink:
by Debs
4 Jan 2020, 6:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Can anyone identify this head badge?
Replies: 33
Views: 1587

Re: Can anyone identify this head badge?

Another Phillips publicity film here, with soundtrack, worth watching anyway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZue9fJEBgk Thanks for posting the youtube link film, i wanted to buy one after watching that! :D You maybe right about it being a Phillips. http://oldbike.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/WW2...