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by drossall
20 Oct 2020, 6:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes to stop making the Galaxy due to lack of demand...
Replies: 116
Views: 3979

Re: Dawes to stop making the Galaxy due to lack of demand...

I've only ever driven a Mini once. We were sent for our 25th anniversary to an hotel that did a treasure hunt thing. They lent you a Mini in the classic red-with-Union-Flag design, , and you drove around the Harrogate-Ripon area, visiting various points. It all depended really on being able to read ...
by drossall
19 Oct 2020, 8:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Most Central Point
Replies: 18
Views: 605

Re: Most Central Point

You need to find the centroid but will have to do the maths or carefully cut out an outline of the county and see where it balances on a pin head, good luck! :lol: Hmm. Bodmin Moor, the high spot, is somewhat to the north, and the Tamar flows south, but from a source near the north. Both of these t...
by drossall
19 Oct 2020, 7:14pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Dismantled 10-speed chain
Replies: 42
Views: 699

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

You said your friend's chain " exploded " and that he was " scrabbling round in the road trying to collect enough bits to build something to get home ." I never heard of that but don't doubt it could happen. Sounds like an inferior chain, though, or perhaps the machine that asse...
by drossall
19 Oct 2020, 5:35pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Dismantled 10-speed chain
Replies: 42
Views: 699

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

OldLimey wrote:Walking is another way to get home, while wheeling the bike. Otherwise, you'd need to carry a chain tool, new pins and pliers to put it back together, on the road. Or carry a new chain. :D

Why wouldn't you have a chain tool, at least back in the day? And re-use pins?
by drossall
19 Oct 2020, 5:35pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Dismantled 10-speed chain
Replies: 42
Views: 699

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

I've been using a similar approach to clean my chains for years, having first learned about it on a highly reputable cycling website: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html I got a laugh out of that! :D It's a joke, though. Right? Tell me it's a joke! :lol: Scroll to the bottom. Publication d...
by drossall
18 Oct 2020, 11:53pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Discomfort on turbo
Replies: 12
Views: 351

Re: Discomfort on turbo

At no point were we not allowed out at all, in fact just the opposite, we were encouraged to go out! You're right of course, but there were mixed messages about for how far and how long, which resulted in encouragement to stay near home. Not a time for substantial rides. Whereas riding on a trainer...
by drossall
18 Oct 2020, 3:32pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Dismantled 10-speed chain
Replies: 42
Views: 699

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

OldLimey wrote:Sometimes production machinery malfunctions. He may have had an improperly assembled chain. I don't think that I'd save the pieces if that happened to me because I wouldn't trust the parts that I picked up.

You might if it was your only way to get home...
by drossall
18 Oct 2020, 2:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Pop-up lane backlash now 'official'
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: Pop-up lane backlash now 'official'

I don't envy local authorities, because it is difficult. On the one hand, there's a long and somewhat self-inflicted history of putting cycle facilities where there's space and it's convenient, with insufficient attention paid to demand. On the other, putting them in truly useful places often, thoug...
by drossall
17 Oct 2020, 11:53pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: Dismantled 10-speed chain
Replies: 42
Views: 699

Re: Dismantled 10-speed chain

I wasn't actually present, but a clubmate once described his chain exploding on the way home from a club 10. He said that he was scrabbling round in the road trying to collect enough bits to build something to get home when, luckily, another rider came by in a car. I've always visualised something l...
by drossall
17 Oct 2020, 6:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Help setting up turbo trainer
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Help setting up turbo trainer

There are (at least) two ways of securing a wheel into a frame . You seem to have a solid axe, with nuts that bolt the wheel in place. You have removed those nuts, but should have left them in place. The (principal) alternative is quick release, where a skewer goes through a hollow axle, and a lever...
by drossall
16 Oct 2020, 11:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Feel safe alternatives to closed gyms?
Replies: 31
Views: 801

Re: Feel safe alternatives to closed gyms?

The thing that finally drove me to the gym was a double bypass last year. On the other hand, I've always been a club cyclist - not the most active, but doing some shorter Audaxes (up to 200km). So most people regarded me as fit before my "incident". Afterwards, the physio team mandated reg...
by drossall
16 Oct 2020, 10:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Feel safe alternatives to closed gyms?
Replies: 31
Views: 801

Re: Feel safe alternatives to closed gyms?

We've got gym membership, and had got into the habit of going at least once a week. We haven't been since lockdown started. We'll keep the membership going and hope to return but, in the meantime, I've got into the habit of Zwift, which is proving a good replacement. And doesn't need a set-up quite ...
by drossall
16 Oct 2020, 1:25pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Discomfort on turbo
Replies: 12
Views: 351

Re: Discomfort on turbo

I've got drawn into Zwift, somewhat to my surprise, as a result of lockdown. I needed a replacement for short commuting rides. If I've got several hours, I'd rather be out on a bike but, if it's a more like one hour or less, it seems a better use of time to do it static. And, when we weren't allowed...
by drossall
15 Oct 2020, 10:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dawes to stop making the Galaxy due to lack of demand...
Replies: 116
Views: 3979

Re: Dawes to stop making the Galaxy due to lack of demand...

Everything moves on. The Galaxy was the best of the mass-produced out-and-out tourers. But that market was arguably new when the Galaxy emerged. I've got a Holdsworth Mistral - similar standard of bike, but a little more of an all-rounder for club riding and touring, and coming to the end of its lif...
by drossall
15 Oct 2020, 7:05pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Discomfort on turbo
Replies: 12
Views: 351

Re: Discomfort on turbo

I sometimes get mild pain/cramps in the backs of my thighs on the turbo. I've not had that trouble on the same bike on the road. I keep meaning to check my saddle height etc. though. Haven't got around to it yet. It happens at random - just on occasional turbo rides.