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by Si
21 Oct 2020, 9:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 161
Views: 4854

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

Hi, Alternatives to telescopic are heavy, and unsprung weight affects handling. If not then lateral stiffness, too many moving parts adds to complexity and cost.........then there's maintenance..... The former may be a compromise but works well..........enough.... Sounds like you've not used them. ...
by Si
20 Oct 2020, 5:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 161
Views: 4854

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

I had a girvin vector, then the profiles xlink . Really liked them:. Great tracking, very good climbing (in the days before many forks had lock out), strong, light, low maintenance. Wish I still had one. If they were good enough for Caroline Alexander then they re good enough for anyone. I know a fe...
by Si
20 Oct 2020, 5:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shorts for touring
Replies: 30
Views: 1320

Re: Shorts for touring

I just use a good pair of lycra shorts with a cheap pair of cargo shorts on top. Have tried Humvees but the pockets were too small for my phone which I prefer to keep about my person. Yes Humvees aren't actually grear for pockets, despite the fact they look a bit like military stuff. I'm still tryi...
by Si
17 Oct 2020, 7:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 161
Views: 4854

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

. A basic Raleigh three speed can be fitted with a larger sprocket so that it will go up hills, won't confuse any 'ordinary person' and weighs about the same. Net progress in the last 60+ years seems slight to me. cheers Fine for the keen cyclist, but the average person on a bike wants to buy and r...
by Si
17 Oct 2020, 12:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tax relief for those wfh, due to C19
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: Tax relief for those wfh, due to C19

My boss sent the link around the other day...got quite excited about the £6 per week until I found out that if you you do self assessment you can't use the link but have to do it in your return. I hate doing a self assessment and anything extra that has to be added to it really annoys me. Yes, I kno...
by Si
17 Oct 2020, 12:34pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry
Replies: 161
Views: 4854

Re: List of recent 'innovations' of the cycling industry

Going back to the original post, and apologies if I'm repeating what someone else has said somewhere in the eight pages of this subject, but the biggest change for me is more an attitude change by bike makers rather than a technological one. When I were a kid (and all this was fields etc) if you wan...
by Si
17 Oct 2020, 12:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Interupter brake levers
Replies: 37
Views: 1048

Re: Interupter brake levers

Well, I removed the interupter levers and the brakes now work loads better....but not necessarily for that reason! https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/121378356_2661898184126929_8633464103148375420_o.jpg?_nc_cat=105&_nc_sid=825194&_nc_ohc=dhOR62y96oQAX_BwltX&_nc_ht=scontent-lht...
by Si
8 Oct 2020, 8:28pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Pot Luck Delay in Renewing Passports
Replies: 24
Views: 955

Re: Pot Luck Delay in Renewing Passports

Renewed mine the other week, only took about 7 days. I now have a nice European blue one rather than the old British red one :wink:
by Si
4 Oct 2020, 9:35am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shorts for touring
Replies: 30
Views: 1320

Re: Shorts for touring

I just use a good pair of lycra shorts with a cheap pair of cargo shorts on top. Have tried Humvees but the pockets were too small for my phone which I prefer to keep about my person.
by Si
2 Oct 2020, 9:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Have Vicenza taken leave of their senses? - Campagnolo 13-sp groupset !
Replies: 42
Views: 1434

Re: Have Vicenza taken leave of their senses? - Campagnolo 13-sp groupset !

I'm still waiting for them to create a groupset that works for me. I fear it may be the same for many who aren't that strong/fast/fit and suffer in silence as they know no better. I started with the standard 52/42 with something like 11-26 (7spd) on the rear. Low gear much too high and virtually nev...
by Si
2 Oct 2020, 9:20am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: please close the pop up cycle lanes
Replies: 24
Views: 925

Re: please close the pop up cycle lanes

I sometimes think that 'experienced cyclists' are one of the major handicaps in promoting cycling as a viable means of transport. The problem arises when an experienced cyclist gets into the mindset that because they feel fine cycling on a certain road then everyone should. This is not the case. As ...
by Si
1 Oct 2020, 1:57pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: King Alfred's Way ( 2020 Jan -> Ongoing )
Replies: 86
Views: 3548

Re: King Alfred's Way - Difficulty and places to stay

Have a look through [ this topic ]
..where you'll find one of the people who helped design the route
by Si
30 Sep 2020, 3:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Interupter brake levers
Replies: 37
Views: 1048

Re: Interupter brake levers

thelawnet wrote:are you referring to hydraulic or cable levers?


They are on cable discs.
by Si
30 Sep 2020, 2:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Interupter brake levers
Replies: 37
Views: 1048

Interupter brake levers

You know the ones I mean? They are on the tops of your drop bars, either side of the stem, and allow you to pull the brakes on while riding on the 'flats'. I think some people call them cross-top levers or XC levers? My question is: do they reduce the effectiveness of the brakes when you are operati...
by Si
30 Sep 2020, 2:30pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Save our pop-up cycle lane!
Replies: 15
Views: 579

Re: Save our pop-up cycle lane!

The one I was referring to is one that I and several others have used a number of times and, as stated, it could be better (but then everything could be better), but was perfectly usable. I would be happy to ride along it with children, or, indeed, allow a child who has achieved bikeability L2 to us...