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by londonbikerider
30 Mar 2021, 8:08am
Forum: On the road
Topic: New cycle lanes by Finsbury Park/Arsenal
Replies: 7
Views: 341

Re: New cycle lanes by Finsbury Park/Arsenal

I have found this rendering, it looks nice and at this very moment the works are (finally) near completion

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The segregated cycle lanes are not continuous, though. And hopefully will get one more layer of tarmac because right now they're not smooth at all.
Unless they're planned for the new fashion of extra-wide bicycle tyres? (scratches head).

Time will tell how effective will be those new cycle lanes, and how often they'll be blocked by a parked car...
by londonbikerider
30 Mar 2021, 8:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless tyre sealant, how to remove it from fabrics?
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: Tubeless tyre sealant, how to remove it from fabrics?

LinusR wrote:
londonbikerider wrote:
The sealant is the Schwalbe one, any suggestion for removing the blue-ish stain from the fabric would be appreciated.
Cheers


I spilt some Stan's sealant on a pair of jeans and the stain didn't come out even after a few wash cycles. I finally got rid of most of the stain by doing the following:

Apply washing up liquid (I used Tesco cheapo liquid) to the stain and work it into the dry fabric by hand. Then immerse it in a warm water and washing detergent mix, using a normal dilution. ie. using a normal handwashing strength wash. Wash it by hand in the mix. Then I used hand soap to scrub the wet and washed area. Then I gave it a normal second wash, rinse and spin dry.

I managed to get rid of most of the stain on the outside of the jeans but the stain is still visible on the inside. So that will be dealt with on the next wash.


That's very helpful, thank you for taking your time to share this.
by londonbikerider
30 Mar 2021, 8:00am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous front lights
Replies: 82
Views: 4299

Re: Dangerous front lights

Has anyone suggested to use the lights stacked in a up&down fashion?
It makes a lot more sense to me: having a flood light above the brake, and a focused-beam one fitted on the bars.
by londonbikerider
12 Mar 2021, 5:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tubeless tyre sealant, how to remove it from fabrics?
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Tubeless tyre sealant, how to remove it from fabrics?

Hello, here is another post about tubeless tyres on road bikes.
Let me start by saying that I do not use tubeless tyres nor I want them. A few days ago I've just been reminded of.

My brother in law has them on his road bike.
During a ride we did a few days ago, he got a puncture form a 1/4" piece of glass, and a few drops of sealant got in my front brake even though we were keeping a reasonable distance.
That stuff is not easy to remove if you don't tackle it right away, my Shimano 5800 brakes aren't the easiest to clean but eventually I removed that gunk. My companion of the day, he's got a bigger problem in removing the stains from the back of his jersey.

The sealant is the Schwalbe one, any suggestion for removing the blue-ish stain from the fabric would be appreciated.
Cheers
by londonbikerider
12 Mar 2021, 1:52pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New cycle lanes by Finsbury Park/Arsenal
Replies: 7
Views: 341

New cycle lanes by Finsbury Park/Arsenal

Hello

During those strange times, like many others, I had to re-arrange my daily routine including the journeys to work, those haven ot become a daily task for now. But when have to leave the house for reasons that cannot be done via a Zoom meeting, I have noticed that lots of work is going on the roads of central London. The roads between Finsbury Park and Holloway road have been affected for a little while now, hopefully for the better since the plans suggest a significant improvement

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There a few points that may not be resolved yet, like the traffic lights by Fisnbury Park and Madras Place, that can become a long wait. And the increasing numbers of "delivery riders" that would leave their mopeds parked wherever is closest to a take-away shop from which they collect.
Time will tell!
by londonbikerider
30 Nov 2020, 8:01am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Re-proofing wax for Carradice cotton duck
Replies: 10
Views: 615

Re: Re-proofing wax for Carradice cotton duck

pete75 wrote:Gold Label Wax - a much more economical purchase than Carradice's own. It seems better than Barbour own brand. Works well on Carradice stuff.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gold-Label-W ... SwlpNfGYTg


I second that. Good value for the money.
by londonbikerider
23 Nov 2020, 8:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bells
Replies: 114
Views: 3397

Re: Bells

Tangled Metal wrote:Bells are only as good as the willingness of others to hear them. Many reasons why they don't, often loudness of the bell isn't one of them!


That is true, indeed, as many other things in life. Mutual respect should be the basis of a civilized community, but often ignored.

But I have a question that is related to the OP: has anyone else experienced their bicycle bell becoming muffled or more quiet, when it's cold?
Two of my bicycles do have an uncomplicated, cheap bell with a metal dome about 2" diameter and simple plastic striker. They both work well, but will become noticeably less audible when the temperature drops below 5ºc.
The metal dome seems to be generic metal wqith chrome plating.


(edit: more info added)
by londonbikerider
25 Sep 2020, 2:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Steep lanes in Hertfordshire
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Steep lanes in Hertfordshire

Hello.
The last few months I have not taken advantage of the "glorious" (that can be an opinion for many) weather for cycling, rather been busy with other activities. Hence I seem to have forgotten many of the local good lanes, and the ones with short and steep gradients.
The ones like Aston Hill, Kopp Hill and Bison Hill by the Chilterns are a good example. But there was a short lane, somewhere before St. Albans if I remember correctly, that is called "Stonard Road" and would go up to 18%. Would anyone be more helpful in this?
Many thanks!
by londonbikerider
24 Sep 2020, 8:09am
Forum: On the road
Topic: GPS/X files
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: GPS/X files

I had been using the former for a while, me and the sweet half have discovered many new places for weekend walks.
by londonbikerider
24 Sep 2020, 8:05am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sticky STI levers
Replies: 15
Views: 643

Re: Sticky STI levers

Hi, my 2c about Shimano brifters: after a small laydown on the road (my mates are still laughing about my need for a good sleep) my left hand lever got un-responsive to the point where it wont release the gear cable when pressing the lever #2.
I have discovered that you can get the two levers to clash with their innermost faces one to each other, hence the lever #2 not returning in position. With the help of a flat screwdriver I was able to bend back the lever, thus having the required gap between the two.
It has been working well for the time being, fingers crossed it will hold even longer as I'm not in a rush to buy a new lever!
by londonbikerider
27 Aug 2020, 8:13am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Noisy rear hubs: functionality or fashion?
Replies: 35
Views: 1534

Re: Noisy rear hubs: functionality or fashion?

Brucey wrote:...
Since this is an emotive issue for some folk it'd be nice if they gave you a choice of how noisy the freewheel is?

cheers


You have a valid point there, but won't this imply that keeping the hub noisy is a sort of "badge of honour"? (scratches head)
by londonbikerider
27 Aug 2020, 8:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bailer twine across road to guide cows - I hit it !.. Advice pls
Replies: 119
Views: 4626

Re: Bailer twine across road to guide cows - I hit it !.. Advice pls

slowster wrote:A few comments:

1. The farmer probably has public liability insurance cover, because I am pretty sure it's normal for farmers to have a combined insurance policy which covers farm buildings, livestock, farm machinery, employers' liability and public liability, most likely with NFU Mutual who insure most farmers. Although he might initially want to settle the matter privately without notifying his insurer, I expect that might well change if and when you make a formal claim using the small claims procedure, and that at that point he would pass the matter to his insurer, who would probably be better/easier for you to deal with.
....


That is some good advice, I believe that a lot more can be achieved when people sit down and look at the facts as they happened.
Sorry about the crash, it's not a good start of the day!
by londonbikerider
27 Aug 2020, 7:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Noisy rear hubs: functionality or fashion?
Replies: 35
Views: 1534

Re: Noisy rear hubs: functionality or fashion?

gxaustin wrote:As an inveterate wheel sucker I like a quiet freehub so my victims don't know I'm not pedalling :roll:


:D
I like that!
by londonbikerider
19 Aug 2020, 2:31pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Sick of Mars bars....
Replies: 28
Views: 1234

Re: Sick of Mars bars....

I have found this, somewhere on the web. My first attempt resulted in a mixture that was too runny, so I added oats and it didn't taste as good as before.
There must be the reason why the ingredients are in grams :lol:
But id does taste nice, and has no refined sugar!

Raw Brownie Bar (Vegan)

220-230gr (200gr when the stone is removed) Safawi or Medjool dates
90gr raw almonds (about ½ cup)
60gr raw cashews
30gr pumpkin seeds
60gr unsweetened medium shredded coconut (about ⅔ cup)
60gr raw cocoa powder (⅓ cup)
100gr unsweetened granola/muesli
+-150gr cold water (about 1 cup) adjust according to the desired texture
¼ teaspoon salt
1 heap teaspoon cinnamon powder


Put the dates in a (heat-resistant) bowl and cover with 150gr of boiling water. Leave for 5-10 minutes and mix the other ingredients in the meantime.

Ground the almonds, cashews and (if using those) the pumpkin seeds and briefly mix them in the food processor.
Weight the shredded coconut and the cocoa powder, add the salt and cinnamon. Add this in the food processor and briefly mix.

Drain the water from the dates in the food processor and quickly mix.
Chop the dates in half or quarters and add them with the cinnamon powder in the mix, until fairly smooth, if necessary add a couple of spoons of water.

If using raisins or sultanas, add them only now and briefly mix them so they don't get completely shredded, you want to have them mixed evenly with the rest, but kept whole if possible.

Lay the mix in a tray lined with greaseproof paper, sprinkle with a bit of shredded coconut, put another piece of greaseproof paper and roll with the pin.

Leave in the oven Mk3 for about 30 minutes, or until gets a bit firm, then let cool down. Can be kept in the fridge for over a week.
by londonbikerider
19 Aug 2020, 8:17am
Forum: On the road
Topic: The Guardians readers favourite cycle paths ( for families )
Replies: 5
Views: 425

Re: The Guardians readers favourite cycle paths ( for families )

Got to mark this and plot some routes, thanks for sharing! :D