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by Ray
14 Jan 2020, 2:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crunchy small sprockets
Replies: 18
Views: 712

Re: Crunchy small sprockets

I'm switching to 13-up cassettes on my winter and commuting bikes in future, hopefully they will last longer, tolerate slightly-worn chains better than an 11T and also wear the chain slightly more slowly as less chain articulation is required around the larger sprockets. But the larger sprockets wi...
by Ray
13 Jan 2020, 6:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Crunchy small sprockets
Replies: 18
Views: 712

Re: Crunchy small sprockets

Although I haven't had precisely this problem, I too found that the small sprockets were useless to me, and ran less smoothly than the bigger ones. My bike came with an 11-32 11 speed Ultegra cassette but I soon discovered that Shimano had introduced a 14-28 (in the 105 series), which I bought. This...
by Ray
4 Jan 2020, 2:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What is Santa bringing you/ did he bring this year?
Replies: 43
Views: 1377

Re: What is Santa bringing you/ did he bring this year?

Dental implants. Having seen the bill, I wouldn't dare ask for anything else, and I don't really need stuff for my bikes at the moment, fortunately. With an impressive set of stitches in my gums, I'm currently instructed to 'avoid physical exertions' - although I did sneak out for a gentle spin yest...
by Ray
1 Jan 2020, 10:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: On-road cycling in Southern Norway
Replies: 2
Views: 216

Re: On-road cycling in Southern Norway

Thank you, that's very helpful, and I must spend a bit more time looking at the statensvegvesen website and the cycling routes suggested. Haven't booked anything yet, so won't necessarily stick to Stavanger as a base.
by Ray
1 Jan 2020, 6:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: On-road cycling in Southern Norway
Replies: 2
Views: 216

On-road cycling in Southern Norway

Thinking about a week or so in Southern Norway in May/June. Not a full-on cycling holiday, but will take my road bike with a view to a few forays - maybe a couple of hours at a time - into the countryside. Much of the info on tourist sites seems to include off-roading, but I'm a tarmac man by prefer...
by Ray
30 Dec 2019, 12:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Johnson shows his concern for the environment.
Replies: 30
Views: 844

Re: Johnson shows his concern for the environment.

What concern? Flying to Mustique and back leaves an almighty carbon footprint.
by Ray
20 Dec 2019, 3:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Repurposing old bike parts
Replies: 13
Views: 837

Re: Repurposing old bike parts

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by Ray
11 Dec 2019, 11:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?
Replies: 546
Views: 12608

Re: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?

Maybe he now thinks he's home and dry? I'll be doing what I can to frustrate him tomorrow by giving lifts to the right (left?) sort of voters.
by Ray
9 Dec 2019, 8:42pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?
Replies: 546
Views: 12608

Re: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?

you've got to be practical? £1,000,000 would insulate you from what ever the torys do? Practical? That's just corrosive cynicism. And no, money will neither buy my principles, nor would it insulate me from a society where devil take the hindmost, and integrity, honesty and concern for others are ra...
by Ray
9 Dec 2019, 7:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?
Replies: 546
Views: 12608

Re: Boris Johnson: Why is a proven liar in power?

What a horrible man I wouldn't vote Tory if you paid me. would £1,000,000 do it? I'd feel insulted by the implication that "provided the price is right" anyone can be bought. A Johnson-led government would be so bad for the country, and for the vast majority of people within it, that to s...
by Ray
1 Nov 2019, 7:49pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Role model: who is yours?
Replies: 159
Views: 11691

Re: Role model: who is yours?

Oldjohnw wrote:Wagner's music is not as bad as it sounds.


Ah, the old ones are the best! Aren't they?
by Ray
28 Sep 2019, 10:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 10 speed midrange gears using 11-32 cassette query
Replies: 14
Views: 407

Re: 10 speed midrange gears using 11-32 cassette query

I bought a bike with 11-32 eleven-speed cassette (Shimano) but replaced it with a 14-28, which I find much better for local rides. I have no need for the tiny sprockets, and prefer the closer ratios. As I'm just about to go on holiday not far from Mt Ventoux, and would like a smaller gear in reserve...
by Ray
19 Sep 2019, 9:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: 1.2 million E bikes sold in Germany
Replies: 63
Views: 2280

Re: 1.2 million E bikes sold in Germany

They're catching on here. Last week I was at a café much used by cyclists and, of 7 or 8 bikes parked outside, mine was the only one without an electric motor. The café is at the top of a big hill, but this is a growing trend. Most bike shops of any size now have big displays of e-bikes. Seems like ...
by Ray
31 Aug 2019, 5:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Doing my bit, washing at 30 degrees...
Replies: 24
Views: 919

Re: Doing my bit, washing at 30 degrees...

I wash my cycling stuff - almost all synthetic fibres - after every ride in a 20 min cycle at 30 degrees, using no detergent but 'Washing Balls' bought, I think, from Lakeland. Lack of detergent makes repeated rinses unnecessary. . Clothes last for years. Cotton t-shirts, underwear, and everyday soc...
by Ray
26 Aug 2019, 3:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Covering black crank marks
Replies: 12
Views: 730

Re: Covering black crank marks

Glossy black nail varnish covers scratches/gouges well, is cheap, and comes with a small brush in the lid. I got mine at Barnsley market, but you'd probably find some in outlets frequented by Goths.