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by Darkman
11 Feb 2020, 9:35am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: recommendation for workstand
Replies: 19
Views: 1181

Re: recommendation for workstand

I have one of these. It's rock-solid.

https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-m ... pair-stand
by Darkman
8 Feb 2020, 3:40pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Water Rail Way?
Replies: 15
Views: 3284

Re: Water Rail Way?

Coincidentally I watched this video a couple of days ago which covers National Cycle Route 1 between Lincoln and Tattershall (it's my neck of the woods and I wanted to see what I'd be letting myself in for)!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3ovwnzmyao
by Darkman
7 Feb 2020, 7:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How do I test an electronic sensor ( on a rowing machine ) - NOW FIXED!
Replies: 11
Views: 469

Re: How do I test an electronic sensor ( on a rowing machine )

Well, couldn't wait til the weekend. It's not my style. :lol: Took it all apart again, and sure enough, there are three suspicious-looking recesses on the side of the pulley, by the sensor. But all are empty. :? So I had a rummage around, and found, stuck to the underside of the chassis out of sight...
by Darkman
7 Feb 2020, 3:56pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How do I test an electronic sensor ( on a rowing machine ) - NOW FIXED!
Replies: 11
Views: 469

Re: How do I test an electronic sensor ( on a rowing machine )

Hm, never thought to get a pic of the sensor as I wasn't planning on asking anyone for advice when I had it apart! The batteries are rechargeable ones - charged them and put them in about two minutes before I noticed it wasn't working. The sensor looks similar to the one in backnote's last link, exc...
by Darkman
7 Feb 2020, 10:22am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How do I test an electronic sensor ( on a rowing machine ) - NOW FIXED!
Replies: 11
Views: 469

How do I test an electronic sensor ( on a rowing machine ) - NOW FIXED!

Years and years back, I bought a rowing machine. It didn't get used and was in the garage for years. It's a Marcy RM413, from 2011. We got it out a few weeks back and cleaned it up, all working, or so it seemed. There is an LCD display on it, which connects to an internal sensor that sits by a rubbe...
by Darkman
4 Feb 2020, 9:20pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A worrying thought about hand signals
Replies: 38
Views: 1934

Re: A worrying thought about hand signals

I always hand signal with my hand flat, with the back of my hand facing towards anything behind me. That sort of hand signal should be crystal to anyone who's ever earned a driving licence. I see a lot of cyclists pointing a finger out, which is open to (mis)interpreration as mentioned earlier. So y...
by Darkman
3 Feb 2020, 9:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is a carbon frame worth it for a heavy rider?
Replies: 17
Views: 1048

Re: Is a carbon frame worth it for a heavy rider?

Just answering the original question, and not being of slight build myself. Lose some weight if you need to. The benefits of that will be far greater than making your biking experience lighter by using a carbon frame. And if you still really want a carbon frame, do that too. But if you've weight to ...
by Darkman
2 Feb 2020, 10:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Smart lights
Replies: 18
Views: 1040

Re: Smart lights

This smartphone fad does my head in. Seems like everything now needs an app on your phone. If you've seen The Gadget Show in recent years there's rarely anything on that doesn't come with "it's controlled via an app on your smartphone", be it food blenders, washing machines, whatever. Some...
by Darkman
30 Jan 2020, 10:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano shifter replacement advice
Replies: 17
Views: 904

Re: Shimano shifter replacement advice

WD40 is a penetrant tho, not a lubricant. It'll clear stuff out, and there'll be a lubrication effect but it will only be short-term. After that the residue will just sit there and attract dust and filth and make the problem come back worse. I don't know enough about gears and things to know what to...
by Darkman
29 Jan 2020, 6:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: B&M Quality.
Replies: 36
Views: 2625

Re: B&M Quality.

Has anybody else clicked on this thread cos they thought B&M Bargains had started selling bike stuff? :mrgreen:
by Darkman
28 Jan 2020, 11:26am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Getting home from John O'Groats
Replies: 49
Views: 3376

Re: Getting home from John O'Groats

Mick F wrote:In 2006, people were suggesting I did LEJOG, but I did LEJOG and BACK. 1,800miles in three weeks. :D

Now do it on a Raleigh Chopper! :mrgreen:
by Darkman
28 Jan 2020, 11:02am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Max tire width on hardtail Boardman XTC 29er?
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: Max tire width on hardtail Boardman XTC 29er?

Also consider the front mech clearance before going with a wider rear tyre. My 2019 Rockhopper has a 2.0" rear and while the frame would allow me to go wider, the front mech dictates otherwise. I have about 3mm of clearance.
by Darkman
27 Jan 2020, 3:47pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: After 500+ threads...
Replies: 35
Views: 1317

Re: After 500+ threads...

Your post implies that there is no effect from a person's behaviour other than on themselves

Well, that may well be your interpretation just to keep the argument going. But you're dead wrong - I implied nothing of the sort.
by Darkman
27 Jan 2020, 10:38am
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: After 500+ threads...
Replies: 35
Views: 1317

Re: After 500+ threads...

End of the day, wear one, or don't. It isn't law, and if you believe a helmet won't save your life then the only person you're going to kill by NOT wearing one, is yourself. I always wear one, but I'm not going to preach because, bluntly... I don't care whether other folk do or not. I think this is ...
by Darkman
27 Jan 2020, 10:33am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmet sizing?
Replies: 16
Views: 715

Re: Helmet sizing?

My advice would be to go to a bike shop and try some on. I found that whatever the size was listed as, some fit better than others and you also have to factor in comfort. I really fancied a Giro one but having tried it on in Halfords, the size I needed (and the biggest they had) was a bit tight, and...