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by mmcnay
28 Nov 2019, 8:03am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: My Touring / Expedition Bike Conversion - Dawes Sardar - VIDEO
Replies: 18
Views: 990

Re: My Touring / Expedition Bike Conversion - Dawes Sardar - VIDEO

An off road descent or rough path ride with the hands that narrow due to the levers position is frankly horrible. It looks like the bolts securing the bar ends are buried under the tape. The bar ends are a weak point. The adjustable stem is a terrible weak point and should be binned. The steerer is...
by mmcnay
3 Sep 2019, 3:11pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Shouty Helmet wearer
Replies: 41
Views: 2239

Shouty Helmet wearer

Hello, To introduce myself. I don't wear a helmet when riding, but my wife does. And so does my young son. My choice not to, her choice to. And our choice for our son. Yesterday afternoon, I was cycling with my son, on a cycle path next to a busy road. A young man on a passing road bike, wearing tea...
by mmcnay
7 Jun 2019, 12:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on kids bike (Islabikes or Saracen)
Replies: 25
Views: 870

Re: Advice on kids bike (Islabikes or Saracen)

My boy's cycling really took off when we got him an Islabike Cnoc 16. They really are excellent. If you're careful and get a decent second hand one, you can sell it on and not lose much money. We got his from Gumtree and sold it a year later for slightly more on ebay. He's now on a Beinn 20, also fr...
by mmcnay
3 May 2019, 9:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Black Waterproof jackets - a bad idea?
Replies: 164
Views: 5678

Re: Black Waterproof jackets - a bad idea?

Sometimes, in bright summer days, I ride in the country without hi-viz, but mostly I wear a hi-viz bib - Altura red and yellow. And hi-viz ankle bands - and gloves or wristbands depending on the weather. It makes me feel safer (seen), and also feel that other road users will see my signals when I ma...
by mmcnay
14 Mar 2019, 2:45pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: More cycling? Less motoring?
Replies: 64
Views: 16490

Re: More cycling? Less motoring?

[Here's another thought: zeolots wholly for or against something should examine their inclination to be zealous.]

Very good Cugel. I often think that finger pointers would be better served examining their own actions, rather than hiding behind their outrage at the actions of others.
by mmcnay
21 Feb 2019, 7:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Long tail cargo (possibly e-bike), or regular bike for commuting with 1 child in hilly town
Replies: 11
Views: 1723

Re: Long tail cargo (possibly e-bike), or regular bike for commuting with 1 child in hilly town

When my boy was little, I put him in a Bobike front mounted seat. It was great. He loved being able to see the road and the traffic - and I could chat to him as we travelled to nursery etc. It takes up to 15kg - he was in it from about one to about three. (Might have been longer, he's a little un fo...
by mmcnay
1 Feb 2019, 8:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Consumer Rights / Customer Service
Replies: 31
Views: 4356

Re: Consumer Rights / Customer Service

Witterings asked - mmcnay ... you mention your experience ... was it with the same company??? Not the same company, mine was a military type place that sold camping equipment. Maybe the guy was too busy preparing for the end times, shining up his rifle and counting his tins of spam. But I doubt it, ...
by mmcnay
30 Jan 2019, 8:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Consumer Rights / Customer Service
Replies: 31
Views: 4356

Re: Consumer Rights / Customer Service

I had a similar problem with something valued at £20. I posted it back, paying for postage about £1.50. I asked for the postage refunded. The guy sent the goods back, repaired, but doesn't answer emails asking for my postage refunded. I had to think about the time I was spending hassling the guy, an...
by mmcnay
14 Dec 2018, 1:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Raleigh Twenty Folder - worth rescuing?
Replies: 8
Views: 652

Re: Raleigh Twenty Folder - worth rescuing?

I've got one. It's great for local journeys, in the city, and when cycling with my seven year old. (I can't go fast on it.) I swapped the sprocket for a larger one, and it is much nicer to use. The brakes aren't that good, but I don't go fast in it anyway. There's a really handy site https://raleigh...
by mmcnay
14 Nov 2018, 4:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ergo /Shimano
Replies: 20
Views: 840

Re: Ergo /Shimano

I have a Hewitt Cheviot with 3/9 Shimano chainset and sprocket and 10 speed Veloce levers. The front mech is xt and works very well. The Veloce front levers are trimmable. The rear needs the cable inserted into the mech in a special way. See this site for an image. https://www.cxmagazine.com/shimano...
by mmcnay
19 Sep 2018, 10:42pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’
Replies: 189
Views: 21989

Re: The Tragic Proliferation of ‘Drive-Cycling’

I like getting out on my bike. I usually ride from the house. But, for a change I get on the train and cycle home from somewhere more distant. I've taken the bikes out in my car - the boy is seven - and then we've cycled the last couple of miles into the city to do a bit of shopping. I drove down to...
by mmcnay
19 Sep 2018, 9:01am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Navigation pain
Replies: 37
Views: 1398

Re: Navigation pain

I make route books using cycle travel pdfs and plastic pockets - the sheets are held together so that I can turn the page as I go. I clip the route book to a home made map holder - see this thread. https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?p=1268339#p1268339 Others added their ideas too like using o...
by mmcnay
6 Sep 2018, 10:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Technique For Climbing Hills
Replies: 38
Views: 1473

Re: Technique For Climbing Hills

I live in Norfolk so my experience is limited. But last month I went for a three day tour of Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset. Hills galore, except for the levels of Somerset which reminded me of parts of Norfolk. The first day I was cycling out of Beaminster in Dorset. I attached a hill like I someti...
by mmcnay
1 Sep 2018, 9:08am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: £4 Map reader
Replies: 13
Views: 730

Re: £4 Map reader

I like the idea of using a chopping board. There's one in our kitchen that's coming to the end of its hygeinic life, so will comandeer it and see if I can knock something together with it. Perhaps cut to take a folded Landranger map. The outdoor ones are waterproof, so wouldn't need plastic pockets.
by mmcnay
30 Aug 2018, 9:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: £4 Map reader
Replies: 13
Views: 730

£4 Map reader

I love a map in front of me as I cycle into the unknown. I balked at the price of the ones on the net, so made my own from an A4 clipboard. It's a clear plastic one so the rain won't attack it. Holes need to be drilled so that a boot lace can be threaded under the handlebars and the headset. Notice ...