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by GarethF
3 Sep 2018, 11:40pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: sweaty smelly hat
Replies: 19
Views: 959

Re: sweaty smelly hat

I'm fairly sure the straps are the worst culprit with mine. I periodically take the whole thing in the shower with me as Vorpal suggested, the difficulty is getting it to dry quickly enough, so currently mine has the dreaded 'wet mop' smell which plagues folk who don't air their laundry properly. Th...
by GarethF
9 Aug 2018, 5:46pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: "Denialism" and cycle helmets
Replies: 165
Views: 7035

Re: "Denialism" and cycle helmets

This may be slightly off topic, but I'm going to add my thoughts anyway.... Recently I've seen a number of entries on social media, you'll probably seen a bunch of them yourselves. They all follow a similar format, essentially describing an upsetting or tragic/near tragic episode where a youngster h...
by GarethF
11 Jul 2018, 6:31pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Frame protection tape
Replies: 16
Views: 1288

Re: Frame protection tape

I used a Bike Shield pack which I got from Winstanley Cycles. It comes in different packs to suit your needs. I needed several large sections to protect out tandem, and have enough smaller pieces left to do the scuff prone bits of all out other bikes! It was easy to fit and is reckoned to be 'self h...
by GarethF
29 Jun 2018, 1:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Physiology of a Cyclist
Replies: 31
Views: 1403

Re: Physiology of a Cyclist

I think most sports will develop a stereotypical body shape in a majority of regular participants. As a student many years ago I got roped in to a dissertation project where a flatmate was researching psychometric type assumptions that people make about others based on their body shape/physique. The...
by GarethF
10 May 2018, 9:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do new rims need running in?
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: Do new rims need running in?

thanks Brucey, so the rate of swarf removal will eventually tail off? I'll check the faces of the brake blocks and file off as needed, by which I'll be able to see when equilibrium is reached.
Cheers
G
by GarethF
10 May 2018, 9:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Turning Circle
Replies: 8
Views: 970

Re: Turning Circle

So that's based on dismounting, picking up the bike, turning the handlebars right across and turning round with it? A few years ago my brother in law was given the proposed layout for the overnight bus parking at the 2012 olympics. The spaces were beautifully herringboned into the space and the whol...
by GarethF
10 May 2018, 8:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Carrying bikes while towing a trailer/caravan
Replies: 16
Views: 3926

Re: Carrying bikes while towing a trailer/caravan

If not on the roof, the best alternative I've seen was a rack mounted to the top of the trailer tent. Can't give specifics I'm afraid because it was just driving past, but it struck me as a pretty efficient way of doing it, maintaining some of the aerodynamic advantage of putting the bikes down in t...
by GarethF
10 May 2018, 2:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do new rims need running in?
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Re: Do new rims need running in?

Yes, the old rims had wear indicator grooves where the new ones don't. The new setup is noisy and doesn't grip like the old ones- it's a struggle to hold the front wheel still while stopped at traffic lights facing downhill. I couldn't decide whether it was the newness of the rims or the newness of ...
by GarethF
9 May 2018, 9:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do new rims need running in?
Replies: 9
Views: 819

Do new rims need running in?

I've recently upgraded my wheels and brakes. Out with CXP22 rims on own brand hubs, in with Kinlin 31mm rims on miche hubs. Ultegra 6800 in place of Tiagra 4500, inc new cables. I figured on using the shimano brake blocks supplied before fitting koolstop salmons I have in stock. So far (a couple of ...
by GarethF
6 May 2018, 10:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 12 year olds
Replies: 21
Views: 1533

Re: 12 year olds

I thought of a question that I'd like to ask more or less any motorist. I think most average 12 year olds would be able to answer it too. So if you're ready, here it is.... How difficult is it to drive a car along a road without a)colliding with anything (moving or stationary) or b)endangering anoth...
by GarethF
8 Feb 2018, 9:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Gritty Gears/how to clean
Replies: 18
Views: 806

Re: Gritty Gears/how to clean

Yes. But pop the chain on a baking tray in the oven set fairly low to dry. Then relube while still warm. Better to wash up the tray before you're rumbled!
by GarethF
4 Feb 2018, 9:38am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Value of a Peugeot tandem
Replies: 22
Views: 915

Re: Value of a Peugeot tandem

Someone in the tandem club will be able to advise you, probably your best bet in terms of realising the true value of the machine.

https://tandem-club.org.uk/forSale

Sadly no space in our garage for it! best of luck
G
by GarethF
28 Jan 2018, 12:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo Wiring - neatness?
Replies: 58
Views: 2116

Re: Hub Dynamo Wiring - neatness?

Tried dental floss? Some varieties better suited to the task than others, best of all would be oralB Superfloss which has a thin stiffened section designed for pushing through tricky spaces.
Good luck
G
by GarethF
16 Jan 2018, 1:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SPD cleat retaining bolts- grease, threadlock or dry?
Replies: 10
Views: 1643

Re: SPD cleat retaining bolts- grease, threadlock or dry?

I was relieved to find a tiny tube of copper grease in Halfords. And further relieved to remove the old cleats without much trouble. A fair amount of pressure on the allen key before the bolts each snapped free. The bolts themselves were pretty crusty apart from the threads which were enclosed withi...
by GarethF
13 Jan 2018, 5:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How big will the lift be when the Tyne pedestrian/cycle tunnel reopens?
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: How big will the lift be when the Tyne pedestrian/cycle tunnel reopens?

The website still just says Spring 2018. Apparently the refurbishment which began several years ago has taken substantially longer than originally planned due to the unexpected extent of asbestos requiring specialist attention.
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