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by insanityideas
19 Nov 2010, 4:06pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Help with best price reflective tape.
Replies: 6
Views: 1982

Re: Help with best price reflective tape.

I use the black tape on my bike (over the bits painted black), whilst it works as advertised i.e. really does look black durring the day and reflective at night it is nowhere near as bright as reflective tape which is the same colour as it reflects (i.e. normal) this is because the black tape consis...
by insanityideas
19 Nov 2010, 3:39pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Hit a cat
Replies: 75
Views: 11284

Re: Hit a cat

I had a cat run out from behind a parked car and go straight underneath my car. All I saw was a ginger tail run out and disappear as it reached the middle of the bonnet followed by a clunk from underneath the handbreak area. Looked in the mirror fearing the worst to see it flailing around on its bac...
by insanityideas
19 Nov 2010, 3:23pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Help with cycling safety "stand / roadshow"
Replies: 5
Views: 411

Re: Help with cycling safety "stand / roadshow"

Thanks for the replies with regard to leaflets and peeps to help out... our SHEF team are organising the day and getting leaflets etc in, I am just there to be a warm body for people to talk to. We already get cycling city (etc) onto site regularly so the relevant people are well represented. Which ...
by insanityideas
18 Nov 2010, 10:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Help with cycling safety "stand / roadshow"
Replies: 5
Views: 411

Help with cycling safety "stand / roadshow"

I would like some tips and advice from the old and the wise and the young and stupid on here. I have been asked by my employer to help out on the cycle safety display stand for the road safety information day we are having at work, hand out some leaflets and talk knowledgably on the subject of not g...
by insanityideas
31 Jul 2010, 2:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike-Eye Mirrors, Clip On Mirrors and other ideas.
Replies: 6
Views: 583

Re: Bike-Eye Mirrors, Clip On Mirrors and other ideas.

I prefer a mirror that attaches to my bike helmet, it does have limited field of view but you can turn you head. It is also much easier to glance behind, much like a car internal mirror. Makes cycling in traffic so much easier, obviously no substitute for a good turn of the head to check your blind ...
by insanityideas
31 Jul 2010, 2:14pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GPS altimeters in the wet.
Replies: 9
Views: 664

Re: GPS altimeters in the wet.

Mick Thanks for clarifying that, I did wonder if it compared against all its sensors which would make more sense. I can add a bit more information to what you have already said. Based on personal observation I have noted that the wheel sensor is only used in the absence of a GPS signal and then only...
by insanityideas
30 Jul 2010, 11:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: GPS altimeters in the wet.
Replies: 9
Views: 664

Re: GPS altimeters in the wet.

In addition to water affecting the barometric sensor quick changes in atmospheric pressure durring the course of your ride can change the height reading. This only really becomes apparent in fast changing weather conditions when the pressure rises or falls quickly. In the case of Garmin GPS the desi...
by insanityideas
30 Jul 2010, 10:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Where I can hire a bike in Bristol?
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Re: Where I can hire a bike in Bristol?

I would suggest speaking to BIKE at the top of Park street, they are very helpful in that shop and could certainly point you in the right direction if they don't do it themselves. Phone number is available through google. We do have a bike hire scheme like the Paris system only worse, unfortunately ...
by insanityideas
5 Nov 2009, 3:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lights-Lumens, Lux, Watts, Candlepower...HELP!
Replies: 30
Views: 9686

Re: Lights-Lumens, Lux, Watts, Candlepower...HELP!

It is a switching regulator so its very efficient It (L200C) isn't - its an adjustable linear regulator - it drops 2v between input and output making it pretty useless for AA powered applications. You need a boost driver - even my £8 Tesco torch has one, producing 3.3V from 2 NiMH AAs in series (2....
by insanityideas
6 Oct 2009, 11:50pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lights-Lumens, Lux, Watts, Candlepower...HELP!
Replies: 30
Views: 9686

Re: Lights-Lumens, Lux, Watts, Candlepower...HELP!

I use the ST Microelectronics L200C adjustable voltage and current regulator. As I said you can buy this through maplin, I am sure there are other regulators from different chip manufacturers that work exactly the same if you have trouble finding this model. Use the Programmable current regulator ci...
by insanityideas
5 Oct 2009, 12:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lights-Lumens, Lux, Watts, Candlepower...HELP!
Replies: 30
Views: 9686

Re: Lights-Lumens, Lux, Watts, Candlepower...HELP!

Have there been any significant improvements in cost/performance of the components in the last year ?? I didn't get round to building a front light last year - mainly due to the confusing number of options available. Hopefully I can sit down a study my way through the maze during the long nights th...
by insanityideas
29 Sep 2009, 12:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lights-Lumens, Lux, Watts, Candlepower...HELP!
Replies: 30
Views: 9686

Re: Lights-Lumens, Lux, Watts, Candlepower...HELP!

My local bike shop has a "wall-o-lights" where you can try out the lights and get an idea of brightness and functionality. Its great for discovering that some lights have tricky controls, obviously difficult to judge effectiveness in a well lit shop, but you can at least compare one light ...
by insanityideas
29 Sep 2009, 12:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Cars outside the house
Replies: 16
Views: 1369

Re: Cars outside the house

I used to park my car in the garage all the time, so unusual is this practice that I used to regularly get people parking in front of my garage!! Strangely a sign stating 24 hour access required did actually work, except on builders who are above all laws and self important notices. I always run on ...
by insanityideas
29 Sep 2009, 12:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lost trust in Specialized Armadillos after a fall
Replies: 15
Views: 2162

Re: Lost trust in Specialized Armadillos after a fall

I find that Specialized Armadillos are much slippier in the wet, they also slip in an unpredictable way, and I have had some scary moments with them. I changed to continental Ultra Gatorskins which whilst narrower are better in the wet, and generally faster as well. I find the grip level is more pre...