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by slowster
22 Apr 2019, 10:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: the art of bicycle folding/packing for transport; modifications for rinko etc.
Replies: 5
Views: 94

Re: the art of bicycle folding/packing for transport; modifications for rinko etc.

Compass/Rene Herse Cycles used to sell a threaded headset tool for rinko bikes , but it's discontinued. However, Ison Distribution still have a small number of the old Cool Tool Headset Adapter Tools , which might be an option for a rinko bike with a threaded headset. The Cool Tool itself is no long...
by slowster
22 Apr 2019, 10:08pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off road history.
Replies: 50
Views: 10526

Re: Off road history.

Going back to the point a few posts up that a touring bike is the best all-round compromise for a ride involving both road and off-road sections: Might well be so, but surely it depends on where you draw your own compromises? If you don't want to have to carry or push your bike, you'll be happier w...
by slowster
20 Apr 2019, 7:03pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Rebecca Twigg
Replies: 18
Views: 599

Re: Rebecca Twigg

Scientific Method - look for evidence that refutes your hypothesis. Evangelical Helmet Wearers - look for evidence that supports your confirmation bias. Any evidence. It doesn't matter if it's rubbish. If necessary just make some up. Failing that resort to anecdata about how you or someone a friend ...
by slowster
20 Apr 2019, 11:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Chain Links And Tool
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Chain Links And Tool

If you really feel they don't have enough leverage a hollow aluminium tube from a model / hobby shop would cost you bugger all of nothing and could be cut to size depending on how much leverage you needed and you wouldn't notice the weight???? Could do the same with the Hexus but it'd need a much w...
by slowster
19 Apr 2019, 8:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Chain Links And Tool
Replies: 17
Views: 568

Re: Chain Links And Tool

I find that the problem with many portable chain tools is not the strength of the tool, but rather that many of them do not provide enough leverage and are ergonomically poor. The CT5 is a nicely made tool, but its overall size does not provide much leverage. It may be fine for someone with strong h...
by slowster
19 Apr 2019, 11:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 2030

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

Congratulations on getting the bike and getting out for your first rides. my stamina only allows to me ride for 20 minutes or so in "bursts" of energy before my legs have completely turned to jello and i'm peddling around in one of the easier gears, but I suppose that will never change unl...
by slowster
19 Apr 2019, 12:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Audax build photos
Replies: 15
Views: 561

Re: Spa Audax build photos

Very, very nice. I too prefer a traditional curved handlebar with brake levers angled upwards like that. Modern compact bars just do not seem to me to provide as much scope for varying hand positions and grip on the bars. I also find that traditional lever shape much more comfortable than Shimano's ...
by slowster
18 Apr 2019, 4:36pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off road history.
Replies: 50
Views: 10526

Re: Off road history.

But a traditional touring bike was - and remains - the best bike for the whole ride, providing the optimum compromise of speed and comfort. Have to disagree. My Surly Long Haul Trucker is the bike that gathers dust in my shed. Great for loaded touring, total overkill the rest of the time. A light t...
by slowster
18 Apr 2019, 2:41pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Off road history.
Replies: 50
Views: 10526

Re: Off road history.

True, but speeds were much, much slower in that day. You mean bicycles made for the terrain they're to ridden over? They were riding their bikes considerable distances both on-road and off-road, often the former in order to get to and from the latter, of which Wayfarer's Over the Top ride was an ex...
by slowster
16 Apr 2019, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wonder Wipes
Replies: 28
Views: 1632

Re: Wonder Wipes

In Mick's case, I think much of Cornwall's general household waste is incinerated rather than sent to landfill. If so, it might even on balance be better if the wipes were put in the general waste. The wipes contain at least some plastic, burning which produces typically produces some nasty chemical...
by slowster
11 Apr 2019, 9:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Julian Assange? Who's that?
Replies: 108
Views: 20368

Re: Julian Assange? Who's that?

Re the Swedish case, I understood they had simply adjourned it on the basis that it was futile then to persist. AIUI, that could still be re-opened, but I know even less about Swedish law than our own AIUI, there was more than one complainant, and there were various charges/allegations of which at ...
by slowster
11 Apr 2019, 1:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Vagabond
Replies: 59
Views: 3497

Re: Genesis Vagabond

Avid brake levers finish it off,though I wished I'd have bought Deore levers as the pinch bolt on those are more out of the way. Shimano also offer the option of trekking version ('three finger') brake levers, which I prefer with wide bars with lots of sweep like that, e.g. these LX T670 levers , w...
by slowster
6 Apr 2019, 2:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: where to buy a pedal spanner that is 3.2mm thick or less?
Replies: 15
Views: 625

Re: where to buy a pedal spanner that is 3.2mm thick or less?

tommydog wrote:This then made a good torque spanner to use with my torque wrench. It's not really necessary to torque the pedals, but I am a bit OCD like that :D

Did you use a torque wrench extension calculator?
by slowster
6 Apr 2019, 2:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 2030

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

That's great news. Unfortunately many bike shops are more interested in making a sale than making sure their customers get a bike that's suitable for their needs and fits them. It sounds like the place you went to is not out to make a quick buck, and because they exist to provide an opportunity for ...
by slowster
5 Apr 2019, 2:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start
Replies: 81
Views: 2030

Re: 20st. mid-20's Beginner "cyclist" looking for advice on where to start

I would agree with the comments about buying from a bike hub or similar. If you buy used from Gumtree or similar it's buyer beware, and there is a greater risk that you will make a mistake, e.g. fail to spot a major flaw in the bike or buy it and realise afterwards that the size is not right. Somewh...