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by Marcus Aurelius
15 Jun 2019, 10:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?
Replies: 94
Views: 4556

Re: Drop bars - who uses the drop bit?

I usually spend the majority of the time with the ‘hand shake’ grip on the hoods. I’ll use the drops on descents, and balls out sprints.
by Marcus Aurelius
10 Jun 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where to lock bike in southampton UK
Replies: 6
Views: 401

Re: Where to lock bike in southampton UK

I’ve had a couple of bikes nicked in Southampton. The simple answer is to keep it in sight. The police couldn’t care less, the thieves know it.
by Marcus Aurelius
9 Jun 2019, 4:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano 12-speed
Replies: 51
Views: 4138

Re: Shimano 12-speed

Shimano have a patent for 14 speeds.
by Marcus Aurelius
5 Jun 2019, 10:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?
Replies: 42
Views: 1719

Re: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?

‘Cheap’ is relative. I wouldn’t buy a new, sub 100 quid BSO ( for example) as it really would be more trouble than it’s worth. However, if you know where to look, and what to look for, there are plenty of very acceptable ‘cheap’ new bikes out there. One of my bikes, which is now my ‘go to’ bike, for...
by Marcus Aurelius
3 Jun 2019, 8:20am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Train Portsmouth (ex Ferry) To London With Bike
Replies: 7
Views: 374

Re: Train Portsmouth (ex Ferry) To London With Bike

You could use the SWT fast service as far as Clapham Junction, then change to the Southern service to Victoria, or use the London Overground trains to get you into different bits of town, from Clapham Junction.
by Marcus Aurelius
1 Jun 2019, 2:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Swarm of bees
Replies: 27
Views: 671

Re: Swarm of bees

RickH wrote:
Marcus Aurelius wrote:Bees are fantastic, wasps, not so much so.

BBC News: Why we should appreciate wasps
Rather than being "bothersome and pointless", they are in fact beneficial insects, keeping other pests in check.


Okay I’ll let wasps go, not hornets though, Hornets can do one.
by Marcus Aurelius
30 May 2019, 5:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Swarm of bees
Replies: 27
Views: 671

Re: Swarm of bees

Bees are fantastic, wasps, not so much so.
by Marcus Aurelius
29 May 2019, 12:24pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Getting Honked at in London
Replies: 12
Views: 663

Re: Getting Honked at in London

You’re doing the right thing. If you get honked, just salute whoever honked you, and carry on. You have to be assertive, without being aggressive. Carry on as you are, don’t fret about honky honky motons too much.
by Marcus Aurelius
25 May 2019, 3:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Intimidating Motorists?
Replies: 78
Views: 3045

Re: Intimidating Motorists?

Ninja rocks are fun,
by Marcus Aurelius
25 May 2019, 3:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mysterious falling off bike
Replies: 21
Views: 1217

Re: Mysterious falling off bike

rfryer wrote:Sudden unexpected dismount?

Bingo.
by Marcus Aurelius
24 May 2019, 3:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Mysterious falling off bike
Replies: 21
Views: 1217

Re: Mysterious falling off bike

Acorns are good for this. I’ve had a SUD or two because I’ve hit an acorn on a corner. The offending Acorn tends to get fired into the undergrowth as well, so it’s like being wiped out by a Ninja.
by Marcus Aurelius
24 May 2019, 8:55am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Old Skool Cycle Tourist
Replies: 27
Views: 1338

Re: Old Skool Cycle Tourist

I always pack an OS map and compass, but they’re just there in case the Garmin and phone decide to crap themselves these days.
by Marcus Aurelius
23 May 2019, 11:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: dozey pedestrians
Replies: 82
Views: 2059

Re: dozey pedestrians

brynpoeth wrote:If one used a very loud sudden noise it might cause someone to panic and spontaneously resort to violence
Anything Could Happen then :?


They’re more likely to jump out of the way. Which is the idea.
by Marcus Aurelius
23 May 2019, 11:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: dozey pedestrians
Replies: 82
Views: 2059

Re: dozey pedestrians

It’s easy enough to adjust how you use it, ie the quieter ‘horn’ mode as a start, at a reasonable distance, then wait for any response, then the horn at a bit closer range. Then if that has no effect, the full blast shrill at closer range. I’ve yet to encounter it not having the desired effect. All...
by Marcus Aurelius
23 May 2019, 3:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crit / flat road bike?
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Re: Crit / flat road bike?

Buy the one on which you can pull the sickest wheelies.