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by Chris56
19 Jun 2021, 7:09pm
Forum: For Sale - bits of bikes, etc.
Topic: Ebay: Shimano STX front derailleur
Replies: 0
Views: 103

Ebay: Shimano STX front derailleur

Bought it a couple of years ago, used for about 3 months, been sitting in a box ever since.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/164921037925 ... =824&kw=lg
by Chris56
18 Jun 2021, 6:16pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Queen Victoria Postboxes
Replies: 52
Views: 2237

Re: Queen Victoria Postboxes

I passed 2 on my way into work this morning. Both have seen better days but are still in use. There are apparently quite a few here in Nottingham - both of these were just off Lenton Boulevard.
by Chris56
13 Jun 2021, 10:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I wonder if.......
Replies: 86
Views: 1718

Re: I wonder if.......

ncutler wrote: 13 Jun 2021, 9:33pm You can have no idea how much I appreciate discovering a group of people who are as disinterested in football as I am.
+1. My faith in humanity is restored
by Chris56
10 Jun 2021, 8:19pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tractor reverse ramming
Replies: 31
Views: 1707

Re: Tractor reverse ramming - almost killed

Debs wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 4:18pm
Pebble wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 3:43pm If following a big vehicle you really need to stay back and keep yourself in the drivers mirrors or they won't know you are there.
This is completely irrelevant in the detail of my incident ^

Big vehicles should never drive straight out from a field onto a public highway without looking left & right and giving way if necessary.

He broke the highway code very badly.
Completely agree that he broke the highway code badly and there is no excusing his actions. That must have been scary and I don't think you could have done anything to avoid that if they pulled out without looking.

I also agree with what Pebble said - if they've already made one dangerous manouver then they are likely to make another one that you have little control over. In those cirumstances its always best to protect yourself by allowing extra space so you are less likely to come into harms way.
by Chris56
10 Jun 2021, 3:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heavy Rider
Replies: 39
Views: 1514

Re: Heavy Rider

nez wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 2:19pm I think a lot of fuss is being made here. I used to be comparably heavy and rode a Dawes Galaxy, no problem. Any well made steel tourer will be fine. Avoid bikes with lightly built wheels. Enjoy the ride, stop worrying. :D
Agreed. A bike with a decent rear wheel: freehub and high spome counts will serve you fine.
As you only intend to ise it around town the amount of force acting on the wheel will probably be less than that of a montain bike being ridden down a bumpy trail by a rider of moderate weight.

Im about 100kg and ride a hardtail MTB that regularly use on some really bumpy bridalways. The rear wheel has 32 spokes and a freewheel, and have has zero problems.
by Chris56
3 Jun 2021, 11:01am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I am not a real cyclist , so I have been told
Replies: 32
Views: 1202

Re: I am not a real cyclist , so I have been told

For me a "real cyclist" is anyone who cycles and enjoys it, regardless of reason. So anybody on these forums probably falls into that category and has the right to self identify as a real cyclist.

To imply that someone is not is blatant snobbery and has no place.

Cyling enthusiast sounds a lot more tolerable to me but once again how do you define it? Personally it comes down to the concept of "enjoying cycling" and not the distance covered or equipment used
by Chris56
3 Jun 2021, 10:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Heavy Rider
Replies: 39
Views: 1514

Re: Heavy Rider

Avoid rear wheels with freewheels as these put extra stress on the rear axle, but a 36 spoke wheel with freehub should be fine.
by Chris56
27 May 2021, 7:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Vitus Mach 3 VRS Urban Bike (Sora) 2021
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: Vitus Mach 3 VRS Urban Bike (Sora) 2021

Not an expert on either but both look excellent bikes. The first difference I see is that the Vitus is probably more road orientated. The Trek comes with Acera gears, an 11-36t cassette and 46/30t chainset, whereas the Vitus has Sora gears, an 11-28t cassette and a 50/34t chainset. The Trek is geared lower meaning will therefore be better on hills or when carrying luggage, whereas the Vitus has a higher top gear will be quite a blast on the flats.
by Chris56
12 May 2021, 12:36pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently
Replies: 1307
Views: 93090

Re: Funniest clean joke I've heard recently

Debs wrote: 11 May 2021, 8:34pm Never criticise someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes,

that way when you do criticise you will be far enough away for them to not hear you.
and also you will have their shoes!
by Chris56
11 May 2021, 7:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Length of car luggage space
Replies: 56
Views: 1916

Re: Length of car luggage space

scottg wrote: 10 May 2021, 11:43pm
peterb wrote: 10 May 2021, 9:14pm Those modern estates all share a feature which limits the space available, that being the fashionable 'go faster' looking sloping back screen and to some extent the 'squashed' rear roof results in lower boot height than the 'old fashioned' square backed functional estate. [snip]
Proper square backed Estate motor car......

Estate.jpg
Back in the 1990s a friend had a Citroen CX Estate. You could practically live in that!
by Chris56
10 May 2021, 4:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Length of car luggage space
Replies: 56
Views: 1916

Re: Length of car luggage space

Seat Leon Estate also does a decent job. Boot not quite as big as the Octavia's but can still keep the wheels on
by Chris56
1 May 2021, 4:34pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SPDs on a road bike
Replies: 87
Views: 3578

Re: SPDs on a road bike

Called into Ultimate Outdoors in Nottingham today, just for a look around.

They were selling Shimano SPD-520 for £18 a pair. Only had them in white but at that price I didn't care!

As for the original question: yes they are fine in a road bike. I now have them on all 3 of my bikes.
by Chris56
28 Apr 2021, 6:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Tiagra 4700 Frameset Capability
Replies: 8
Views: 296

Re: Shimano Tiagra 4700 Frameset Capability

If you look on ebay Planet X are selling their London Road frames for £200. I've got a Tiagra 4700 fitted to.mine and it works great
by Chris56
24 Apr 2021, 8:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Deliberate Close Passing /Assault and now just too scared to ride to work.
Replies: 47
Views: 3647

Re: Deliberate Close Passing /Assault and now just too scared to ride to work.

Hi Tim, im pretty sure every cyclist is furious after reading about your awful experience. Sadly it happens all too often.

Its very clear that cycling is a big part of your life so why should one idiot force you to do differently? I appreciate that, given the cyclist is the more vunerable of the 2 road users, this is probably easier said than done.

Full kudos to you for having your camera running and you reporting it to the police. Im no expert and have had no personal experience but there have been several close pass videos that have resulted in points and fine posted to youtube (if you do post on youtube only do this after prosecution as it could compromise things).

Do keep us posted on what happens with the police.

Respect

Chris
by Chris56
19 Apr 2021, 12:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... anything about this bike? (Hi-gear hillbilly)
Replies: 11
Views: 675

Re: ... anything about this bike? (Hi-gear hillbilly)

Fairly basic but looks tidy and defo worth keeping on the road.

Its probably not worth much so eouldn't spend much on it - basic strip down, regrease and reassembly should keep it going.