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by PH
16 Oct 2021, 8:43pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Cargo bikes, which designs give the best ‘bang per buck’ ?
Replies: 13
Views: 238

Re: Cargo bikes, which designs give the best ‘bang per buck’ ?

Carlton green wrote: 16 Oct 2021, 11:22am # courier / postie / butcher’s bike - but they tend to both be heavy and with limited gears.
Gearing can always be changed and I'm not sure about the heavy.
Sure, they weigh more than the first two options in the list, but heavier than those options that come after it?
I rejected an Elephant Bike on weight, but I'd have to carry it up and down stairs every day so would have rejected any other cargo bike as well. I don't think there is anything else comes close in terms of filling your needs and value.
OTOH if you have enough use for one they all seem to offer plenty of value, if your use is more casual, well you probably already know the answer's a trailer and all the objections to that you've raised are easily put aside.
by PH
16 Oct 2021, 10:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring
Replies: 24
Views: 429

Re: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring

Audax67 wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 9:28am
PH wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 10:44am I'll use google maps and headphones for directions in urban areas, or to specific places. Yes I know the arguments about restricting your hearing, though I use ones that limit this, IMO the audio is less of a distraction than looking at a screen.
Illegal when driving or riding in France. 135 € fine.
I thought the law forbade wearing something in the ear and therefore those headphones that don't were OK, but I don't particularly want to be arguing the point on the roadside.
by PH
15 Oct 2021, 12:10am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 99
Views: 1337

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

Jdsk wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 3:59pm And that's all in the past. What should we do now?
Jonathan
Start with a clear understanding of how we got here. There's no way forward without it.
by PH
15 Oct 2021, 12:09am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you lock your brompton
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Do you lock your brompton

Tangled Metal wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 11:35pm If not there it's next to me on the train.
I believe ex CUK Chief Exec Paul Tuohy had his stolen from behind his seat on a train, though unusually he got it back.
I see them locked up all the time, depends entirely on your use, that's why I asked what the context of the question was. I've never taken mine in a shop, because I've never needed to do any shopping while using it, I have been in plenty of shops where I wouldn't wheel it around.
by PH
14 Oct 2021, 3:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 99
Views: 1337

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

Ben@Forest wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 1:53pm
PH wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 11:49am The problem is there was no other Brexit, believing so is just a fantasy, the idea that we can have some parts but not others was never an option, otherwise every country would choose it.
I have a real dislike of the EU, the protectionism, the centralised economic policy, the control it exerts over sovereign governments... but while it exists not being a part of it is doing exactly as this thread title suggests.
No government or party can offer a law or policy document or even a manifesto as to how leaving the European Union will be done and what it would look like as negotiations can only be started after declaring Article 50. So a domestic player stating exactly what Brexit or Grexit or Quitaly will look like can only be hoping, surmising or guessing.
Maybe we should ask Mick F what Brexit he thought he was voting for?
While you're right about the timing of negotiations and that no party could have given specifics. The broad general principles of the EU were never up for negotiation. The freedom of goods and services without the freedom of movement was never going to be on the table. The Labour party proposed that we should agree the deal and have a referendum on it's ratification, it seemed to me a sensible way forward but was much derided.
by PH
14 Oct 2021, 11:49am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 99
Views: 1337

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

Mick F wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 4:23pm I'm a Labour supporter and a Brexit supporter (but not the Brexit that the tories organised),
The problem is there was no other Brexit, believing so is just a fantasy, the idea that we can have some parts but not others was never an option, otherwise every country would choose it.
I have a real dislike of the EU, the protectionism, the centralised economic policy, the control it exerts over sovereign governments... but while it exists not being a part of it is doing exactly as this thread title suggests.
by PH
14 Oct 2021, 10:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring
Replies: 24
Views: 429

Re: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring

I use paper maps, a Garmin Touring and Google maps on a phone.
Paper maps for planning and to get the bigger picture. You don't need loads, even the pages out of a road atlas are usually good enough.
I'll load a track* onto the Garmin a day or two in advance, I might not stick to it, but it's there if needed and also useful to see where I am in relation to it. I'll also have a campsite list loaded as POI's, that way when I've had enough riding I can get turn by turn directions to one.
I'll use google maps and headphones for directions in urban areas, or to specific places. Yes I know the arguments about restricting your hearing, though I use ones that limit this, IMO the audio is less of a distraction than looking at a screen.
That ought to cover it, though if I have a general idea of where I'm going I might not look at any all day. The important thing to remember is these are all tools, none of them ought to be the master. That you spend hours planning a route doesn't mean it's obligatory.
I have no problem keeping any device charged, it's not the issue some would have you believe, or maybe was in the past.

* Track rather than route, so you get a line on a map rather than directions, that way you can stray off the route and still see it. Though it's so many years since I loaded a route I've forgotten just what the options are.
by PH
14 Oct 2021, 10:13am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Map showing public showers in UK?
Replies: 12
Views: 399

Re: Map showing public showers in UK?

andrew_s wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 12:10am
Sweep wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 8:23pm Do they ever change the key?
"Legitimate users" would be those that have paid a non inconsiderable sum for a Canal & Rivers Trust boat licence, which is the source of the money that pays for the facilities (as well as general river maintenance). It seems to be in the range of £500 to £1500 p/a, depending on how big the boat is.
The Canal & River Trust’s income is over £200m of which £40m comes from boat and mooring licenses, that's less than either the DEFRA grant or the Investment and Property Income, both of which are over £50m.
You can openly and honestly buy the key from their website, there's no restriction or declaration that you're a boater. While walking or cycling along a towpath I consider myself a legitimate user and have no qualms about using the facilities, I don't consider there to be anything sneaky about it.
If anyone feels they ought to be contributing to the trust, it's easily done, either financially or by volunteering.
by PH
13 Oct 2021, 9:49am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you lock your brompton
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Do you lock your brompton

Yes, same as any other bike.
What context is the question? When would you not lock it? Like any other bike it's with you or someone can pinch it. The Brommie is easier to take with you, but that's not always practical, or sometimes I'd prefer not to.
by PH
12 Oct 2021, 8:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?
Replies: 28
Views: 848

Re: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?

Tangled Metal wrote: 11 Oct 2021, 11:34pm Prefer to get the ravemen bracket for smaller diameter bars costing a fiver
For a fiver I'd probably feel the same.
But there's £17 difference between the link you supplied (£105) and the Ebay price you quote (£122), which is why I suggested alternatives.
by PH
12 Oct 2021, 9:39am
Forum: Electric pedal cycles
Topic: Lightweight under £1800
Replies: 10
Views: 308

Re: Lightweight under £1800

swfcdan wrote: 10 Oct 2021, 11:04am Ideally with the battery integrated into the frame too, but that's not a necessity. Or if some other motors other than Bosch are reccomended and cheaper I'd like to hear those too.
If I was looking to lift an e-bike in and out of a car I'd prioritise an easily removed battery, so you can remove it before lifting saving several kg's.
I don't know if all the internal ones fit the same, but the couple I've seen are certainly more awkward than an external.
by PH
11 Oct 2021, 7:35pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Map showing public showers in UK?
Replies: 12
Views: 399

Re: Map showing public showers in UK?

Some of the boaters facilities canalside have showers, you need a key but they're only a few quid.
Some of the bigger transport cafes also have showers, specifically those that also offer overnight truck parking.

I'm not sure I've understood the context of the question - Your shower at home is broken (Just get a bucket and flannel, or one of those pump camping showers) so what's the need for a map? Or are you now just curious?
by PH
11 Oct 2021, 11:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Set lower front mudguard on 26 inch
Replies: 21
Views: 449

Re: Set lower front mudguard on 26 inch

The Problem Solvers Fender Flutes are very nice, I have one on a bike. On another bike I had a piece of plastic tubing shoved up inside the fork, with a wrap of gaffa tape to make it a tight fit, held in place by the bolt that would go through holding the reflector and the guard was on it's usual bracket attached to the tube. It was as good and as neat as the flute, at a fraction of the price.
Re brakes, yes they'll be improved by lowering the yoke, how much better is debatable, but certainly better. It may well have been that high when new, I suspect it would also have had bigger tyres. Without guards the reflector bracket was useful to catch a broken cable, the guards now serve that purpose.
by PH
11 Oct 2021, 8:41am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?
Replies: 28
Views: 848

Re: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?

pwa wrote: 11 Oct 2021, 5:30am The Raveman light linked to is not one I have experience of, but it does look attractive. If it works reliably. That is what I would want to know. In particular, that remote wireless switch sounds like a potential weak point, probably needing a button battery. Like the OP I would be looking for reviews. But it does look attractive. It has a wide beam on tap, it pumps out a good amount of light on a 4hr setting (which is what I would use on tracks), and it attempts to do something about the potential problem of blinding other folk.
I'm also curious, I like the idea of the beam and the remote. If TM gets one I hope they review it, though as per the other thread I'm still of the opinion they'd be better off with two lesser lights.
I had a look at the spec, the remote uses a CR2032 cell, common and cheap, I don't see why this would be a weak point (Other than being something to lose or have removed from the bars), in the unlikely event of a failure I'm assuming the light can be operated without.
by PH
11 Oct 2021, 8:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?
Replies: 28
Views: 848

Re: Any opinions/experience on these front lights?

Tangled Metal wrote: 11 Oct 2021, 6:49am II think I'll try it out. I've seen it with smaller diameter mount extra for £122 on amazon.
Do you really need that? I've just used insulation tape to build bars up to the desired diameter.