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by Biospace
11 Feb 2020, 10:50am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes
Replies: 78
Views: 2644

Re: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes

I luckily didn't tour much in rain, and not in mountains with serious downhills. Last Spring in typical Lake District heavy drizzle there was more than enough power in the cantilevered rim brakes to stop very quickly down a fast hill, more to the point with enough control to bring the rear wheel ri...
by Biospace
10 Feb 2020, 11:49am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes
Replies: 78
Views: 2644

Re: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes

I chose four significant benefits of each system, of course there are plenty more smaller benefits on each side. For me, feeding larger and lob-sided forces into something as finely engineered as a good bike, especially given these forces act in a way to pull the front wheel out of the fork, more th...
by Biospace
9 Feb 2020, 6:46pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes
Replies: 78
Views: 2644

Re: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes

Is there some common agreement that proven cable disc brakes and proven rim brakes both provide good braking for laden touring, and that each has their own personal preferences and according to use/circumstances for each design? Strengths of cable operated discs: Work better than rim brakes in wet a...
by Biospace
7 Feb 2020, 10:43pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes
Replies: 78
Views: 2644

Re: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes

FWIW I love disc brakes and reckon the problems mentioned while real, don't mean they should be ignored. Rim brakes also have issues. Needing constant adjustment, being relatively crap in wet weather and slowly destroying your rims by grinding them away. Disc brakes on bikes are wonderful things wh...
by Biospace
7 Feb 2020, 1:44pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes
Replies: 78
Views: 2644

Re: hydraulic disc brakes v cable disc brakes

I had to take a (quality) modern bike for a few days touring last summer rather than the preferred steel machine, it had Deore hydraulic brakes front and rear. I wasn't particularly heavily loaded since we weren't camping, my main concern was the aluminium forks, not the superb brakes. Two-thirds wa...
by Biospace
1 Feb 2020, 12:09am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice to buy a bike
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: Advice to buy a bike

Hi Orimar, I've ridden a Dew Deluxe and was left very unimpressed, having commuted on a steel Lava Dome more often than I'll admit! If these are the only two bikes you can consider, try them both for at least 10km in the sort of conditions you'll be riding through.
by Biospace
16 Jan 2020, 11:35am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs
Replies: 203
Views: 5298

Re: Why does ‘cyclist wearing dark clothing' exist as a contributory factor in KSIs

Just wondering. If cyclists are in fact the most vulnerable of road users, why not wear brighter clothing, just on the off chance that you are even a tiny bit more visible? I've adapted to what I find works best - making my torso reflective in the dark is less effective (distance and speed at which...
by Biospace
13 Jan 2020, 9:08pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Second-hand e-bikes?
Replies: 6
Views: 493

Re: Second-hand e-bikes?

To try and sort out what works well for me without splurging thousands I've tried as many as possible and bought a couple of cheapies. I've used them for nipping 4-5 miles to the local shops, the return is a long uphill which takes a while when it's just me pushing against gravity. The second, a 201...
by Biospace
2 Jan 2020, 12:52am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Best e-bike for smallish woman exploring hilly countryside (roads and mild off-road)?
Replies: 31
Views: 1027

Re: Best e-bike for smallish woman exploring hilly countryside (roads and mild off-road)?

Unless spending more than £2-2.5k isn't a concern (cheaper ebikes are generally nasty things, Raleigh I think is the exception) I'd look into buying a suitable, decent quality bike then have a kit added. Buying the electrics from the likes of Woosh would mean you've good advice, support and backup p...
by Biospace
1 Jan 2020, 10:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Just how effective really is PlusGas?
Replies: 26
Views: 1222

Re: Just how effective really is PlusGas?

A jar of waste oil diluted with a drop of kerosene works well enough if penetrating fluid is going to improve matters (it can make worse by making rust sticky). Cleaning exposed threads and using heat/cold/shock is almost always better if you want results within the time taken to have a cuppa. But y...
by Biospace
31 Dec 2019, 11:45am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dazzled by new-style vehicle headlights
Replies: 42
Views: 1811

Re: Dazzled by new-style vehicle headlights

I think it's misleading to even begin to suggest dazzling headlamps are significantly more of a problem for older eyes. Yes, eye disease and degeneration is more prevalent the further you are from 25 but my two children prove that modern headlights are just as dangerous for perfect eyes as those whi...