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by Marcus Aurelius
26 Sep 2020, 4:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: First e-scooter prang
Replies: 17
Views: 619

Re: First e-scooter prang

They are one of my biggest bug bears at the moment. It’s bad enough when some feral spawn of Satan child wobbles into your path, on an unpowered version, but when a grown adult does it on an electric version, it really really tries my patience.
by Marcus Aurelius
26 Sep 2020, 3:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Slow cycling, bad experience
Replies: 132
Views: 2646

Re: Slow cycling, bad experience

Sadly, this is an all to often repeated tale of woe. Until there’s a cultural shift, in this country, from car centric, to everyone on the road centric, not much will change.
by Marcus Aurelius
24 Sep 2020, 3:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Traffic Lights That Don't Sense Cyclists
Replies: 40
Views: 1121

Re: Traffic Lights That Don't Sense Cyclists

They are known as ‘scoop sensors’ you have to be of sufficient size to cause the ‘scoop’ that triggers them. That is adjustable in a sensitivity setting.
by Marcus Aurelius
19 Sep 2020, 2:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Off-lead dogs on shared paths?
Replies: 44
Views: 882

Re: Off-lead dogs on shared paths?

I tend to take it easy around dogs, but sometimes they want to ‘play’, and sometimes they feel the need to attack cyclists. Nine times out of ten, if you just talk to them, say something like “hello mate how are you” they behave, the ones that go for you are normally deterred by a loud “NO”, failing...
by Marcus Aurelius
18 Sep 2020, 8:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you report your neighbours?
Replies: 59
Views: 1185

Re: Would you report your neighbours?

Absolutely. Abide by the rules, or take the consequences. The rules are there for everyone’s benefit, if someone wishes to chance their arm, they should be prepared to take the consequences.
by Marcus Aurelius
16 Sep 2020, 1:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bells for bikes
Replies: 23
Views: 770

Re: Bells for bikes

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The ‘Hornit’ up to 140 dBs of ‘I’m behind you’.

https://hornit.com/

I won’t leave home without one.
by Marcus Aurelius
14 Sep 2020, 11:23pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Gear ratios, in inches
Replies: 43
Views: 1608

Re: Gear ratios, in inches

I used to keep a SS / fixie for the winter months. The biggest gear I ever ran was 110 inches, I wouldn’t do that now, I’d go 70 inches tops.
by Marcus Aurelius
12 Sep 2020, 3:40pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Average mph difference
Replies: 22
Views: 662

Re: Average mph difference

Forget average mph. It’s a gash metric to work with. There are far too many variables. Work on Normalized power ( NP on Garmins) and effort. Power is Power, if it’s up, you’re improving, if it isn’t you aren’t. It’s independent of conditions and terrain as well, so that makes it far easier to compar...
by Marcus Aurelius
6 Sep 2020, 2:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another seized-seatpost question
Replies: 22
Views: 651

Re: Another seized-seatpost question

It can’t be stuck if it’s a liquid. Buy a Chef’s Brûlée torch, get the junction good and hot, it will release. Liquid? You think I should melt it out? I know aluminium has a lower melting point than steel, but I'd probably have to retouch the paint job wouldn't I? :shock: Quite right, but if it’s r...
by Marcus Aurelius
6 Sep 2020, 2:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another seized-seatpost question
Replies: 22
Views: 651

Re: Another seized-seatpost question

nonsense. It might release, it might not even with an oxy acetylene torch. Can cause a lot of damage. Its stuck due to corrosion between dissimilar metals. Try dissolving the crud. It’s not “nonsense” it actually works. By the way, it’s called ‘Galvanic corrosion’ you’ll break the frame before you ...
by Marcus Aurelius
5 Sep 2020, 3:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Seat pin slippage
Replies: 30
Views: 936

Re: Seat pin slippage

Hairspray is surprisingly effective.
by Marcus Aurelius
5 Sep 2020, 3:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Another seized-seatpost question
Replies: 22
Views: 651

Re: Another seized-seatpost question

It can’t be stuck if it’s a liquid. Buy a Chef’s Brûlée torch, get the junction good and hot, it will release.
by Marcus Aurelius
2 Sep 2020, 5:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Will I be wasting money?
Replies: 60
Views: 2504

Re: Will I be wasting money?

Hi All of the above, plus don't forget the cost of insurance. A £4k bike could take a sizeable additional premium to insure away from home, I stick between £1k and £1.5k for that reason. TSB does a pick n mix insurance that's reasonably-priced and was cheaper than my existing insurer Regards tim-b ...
by Marcus Aurelius
2 Sep 2020, 1:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Will I be wasting money?
Replies: 60
Views: 2504

Re: Will I be wasting money?

If you ‘want’ it, buy it. Life’s too short to worry about the ‘should I’ and ‘what iffery’. That bike is very nice. It’s definitely in the ‘not strictly necessary’ camp, but if you like it, go for it.
by Marcus Aurelius
27 Aug 2020, 7:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: When did bike shops become boutiques?
Replies: 61
Views: 2079

Re: When did bike shops become boutiques?

There are more than two actually. I once worked for a multimillionaire and his secret was to produce and sell things that were unique. So, when I started my own business thats what we did successfully for 15 years. Tesco is a 'Me too' business, so is Waitrose. Up to a point if you can produce and s...