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by cjchambers
18 Jun 2018, 8:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: How to improve safety at a junction
Replies: 17
Views: 2885

Re: How to improve safety at a junction

Just had a look out of curiosity. The current cycle lane is an excellent example of infrastructure that encourages cyclists into dangerous situation. I would be terrified to ride that close to a kerb on approach to a junction and I certainly wouldn't pass give way markings so close . . . recipe for ...
by cjchambers
8 May 2018, 5:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stems & Panniers
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Stems & Panniers

Another vote for Ortlieb - I have the Back Roller City. Incredibly high quality, and the quick release is an absolute dream. I am a 'single pannier' person and always 'pannier on the right' so I love that they're symmetrical - I can wear them out one at a time rather than amassing a collection of un...
by cjchambers
5 May 2018, 3:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tyre Pressures
Replies: 21
Views: 1208

Re: Tyre Pressures

My car has two tyre pressures listed in the manual - 'Comfort' and 'Eco' (latter about 5psi higher than the former, if I recall correctly). After a few months of ownership I pumped them up to 'Eco' - no change to the fuel economy but it now steers much better. To my mind, they are either overinflate...
by cjchambers
12 Mar 2018, 11:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Power Banks
Replies: 32
Views: 4194

Re: Power Banks

Be careful with the very cheap ones . . . they tend to have either over-stated capacity (as nirakaro mentions) but worse than that, some have poor charging control and can overcharge, overheat etc. EE gave away over a million cheap ones and ended up recalling them all at huge expense after someone g...
by cjchambers
9 May 2016, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handy Roadside Bodges?
Replies: 42
Views: 2386

Re: Handy Roadside Bodges?

I just carry a cable. Hmm well so will I, now I've learned the error of my ways! Some good replies, folks :) I'm intrigued by this inner tube knotting trick. Hope I never have to try it. I heard a story (perhaps Apocryphal!) about a CTC tour of the highlands in the late 50's. Apparently someone hit...
by cjchambers
8 May 2016, 11:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Pictures of your bike(s)
Replies: 1584
Views: 434478

Re: Pictures of your bike(s)

smallforforum.jpg My Raleigh Pioneer-framed tourer still going strong. Original bike cost me £70, plus about £250 slowly upgrading wheels (Mavic Open Sport, Deore XT(F) and LX(R) hubs), brakes (Tektro CR720s), Saddle (Brooks Swift) fitting drops (Nitto B105). I must have been more than 10,000 miles...
by cjchambers
8 May 2016, 11:22pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Handy Roadside Bodges?
Replies: 42
Views: 2386

Handy Roadside Bodges?

Anyone got any good roadside bodges to share? I think it's useful to have a mental library of these sorts of things because you never know when the unexpected will happen! Thought I would share this on the offchance it might help someone else out. Unbeknown to me, my rear gear cable has been fraying...
by cjchambers
2 May 2016, 10:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Halfords bike sizing charts - are they relevant?
Replies: 13
Views: 8975

Re: Halfords bike sizing charts - are they relevant?

A flat bar hybrid with slick tyres is an enduringly sensible choice and would be adequate for the great majority of on-road cyclists who cycle for utility or easy-going pleasure riding. As Colin says, many of the most common questions on the forum are from people who bought a racing bike but would h...
by cjchambers
2 May 2016, 12:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Old rear rack "Made in England"?
Replies: 3
Views: 806

Re: Old rear rack "Made in England"?

Welcome to the forum :) Two reasons to believe it's genuine: a) The lack of makers mark is not suspicious. Even nowadays, many things do not have the manufacturers name stamped on every component. This was even more true in the past - I've handled plenty of vintage car and bike parts, and I'd say pa...
by cjchambers
1 May 2016, 8:37pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: First cuckoo of the year
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: First cuckoo of the year

Heard my first one today, west of Newbury on the Kennet and Avon canal.
by cjchambers
1 May 2016, 7:26pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Very disappointed with ITV4
Replies: 15
Views: 10570

Re: Very disappointed with ITV4

For those interested in this sort of thing, here is the offending TV uplink plane(s) up and about today . . . . the other plane you can see (A Socata TB20) was on a similar route and had a French registration, interestingly.

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by cjchambers
3 Apr 2016, 8:20pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Overloaded bike pics…
Replies: 22
Views: 1497

Re: Overloaded bike pics…

LollyKat wrote:The one that always amazes me is this one: imagine if he hit a pothole....ouch!

If he hit a pothole, he would fill it with bricks, thus fixing the pothole. He's a clearly some sort of roving genius highways engineer.
by cjchambers
3 Apr 2016, 1:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortileb Clip Adapter Fitting
Replies: 8
Views: 436

Re: Ortileb Clip Adapter Fitting

Try and orientate the lower anchoring hook so that the panniers mount/unmount in the vertical axis. This gives a nice result.... Thanks. I know exactly what you mean - my rack has no dogleg on the rear spar so it's more of a very steep diagonal descent than a vertical. I've been playing with the bo...
by cjchambers
3 Apr 2016, 12:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortileb Clip Adapter Fitting
Replies: 8
Views: 436

Re: Ortileb Clip Adapter Fitting

Thanks all for the reassurance! Sat down this morning in a more patient mood and have got them all in - sideways, as indicated in the instructions. I have also finally realised that it's Ortl lieb , not Ort ileb ! Very pleased with them - three times the price of the Lidl copies I'm putting to rest,...
by cjchambers
2 Apr 2016, 9:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What's the next "Big Thing"?
Replies: 23
Views: 1184

Re: What's the next "Big Thing"?

Here's the latest offering of a wide range cassette (10 - 50) to enable a wide gear inch range on a single front ring. 10 years ago it was probably unimagined by most people I don't know about that . . . . 10 years ago, I was riding a single chainring with a Shimano 11-34 tourney megarange. On a 19...