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by tatanab
19 Apr 2021, 6:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How to tackle restrictive gates / barriers
Replies: 66
Views: 2075

Re: How to tackle restrictive gates / barriers

Cyril Haearn wrote: 19 Apr 2021, 6:24pm Nearly all motorcycles with rider are heavier than nearly all cycles with rider. Perhaps some genius could devise a sprung platform to be put in a cycle path, it would sink if loaded over 200 kg, creating a vertical step so motorbikes could not continue. A simple mechanical device with a spring
Typical trail bike like the off road youths ride weighs 234 lbs (Yam YZ250F), add a youthful rider of 120 lbs. Total = 350 pounds ish which is way under your 200kg. Also a sprung loaded step is an obvious health and safety legal minefield.
by tatanab
19 Apr 2021, 6:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?
Replies: 41
Views: 735

Re: Anyone smart enough to talk about 'leccy meters?

Crikey, it is not many decades ago that coin in the slot meters were common or even usual, nothing to do with poverty. I clearly remember the stack of half crown coins kept by the under stairs meters. In the mid sixties we had coin in the slot (6 penny piece) operated TV too, but that was a matter of "poverty" because we could not afford to buy and needed to rent a set.

I got smart meters fitted 2 weeks ago. I was waiting for second generation to be the norm, and after that I eventually got fed up with the "invitations" from SSE which were almost monthly. The monitor device is optional, you don't have to have it let alone use it, and the installer told me that 2 weeks seems to be duration of interest before people unplug them - if they know they are not essential. I wonder what our local meter reader will do now for employment.
by tatanab
17 Apr 2021, 7:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Strapping luggage to carradice saddlebag
Replies: 24
Views: 756

Re: Strapping luggage to carradice saddlebag

:mrgreen: funny you should mention that.
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by tatanab
17 Apr 2021, 5:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Lock ring spacer
Replies: 11
Views: 294

Re: Lock ring spacer

Curious. What is item 2 in the exploded diagram?
by tatanab
17 Apr 2021, 3:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Strapping luggage to carradice saddlebag
Replies: 24
Views: 756

Re: Strapping luggage to carradice saddlebag

Bmblbzzz wrote: 17 Apr 2021, 3:30pm Have done this with more than a cape but less than a tent. Can't see why you wouldn't do it with a tent. If it works, it works.
My cape roll weighs in at 900g. It is there almost every day, on top of my ancient Campers Long Flap. On occasion I have carried a light tent in that position, perhaps a summer weekend, weight of just under 2kg. Never a problem.
by tatanab
17 Apr 2021, 11:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake lever size
Replies: 3
Views: 157

Re: Brake lever size

That is the way levers were before they had to stretch to accommodate gear gubbins.

Tektro RL340 are modern body length, and Tektro also do fancier ones model RRL.
by tatanab
15 Apr 2021, 11:15am
Forum: Proposed Membership Changes - Discussion
Topic: Your Cycling UK membership expires today.
Replies: 24
Views: 1747

Re: Your Cycling UK membership expires today.

Tangled Metal wrote: 13 Apr 2021, 6:47amWell my only experience of the CTC was when I considered joining them straight out of university. My local group was well established and aiui one of the first ctc groups to get or give race licenses under RTTC iirc.
There is no licence involved. The group would have paid an annual affiliation fee which enabled the group to organise timetrials and for its members to ride timetrials under the registered club name of perhaps "CTC Nobodytown".

Perhaps it is a sign of differing times. I joined in1968 at the age of 16. The local group sent somebody of my age to come to see me and tell me about club rides. I had a very very very low spec schoolboy type bike and rode in jeans and anorak with a pair of worn out school shoes. I was not alone in riding like that. At no time was I excluded or made to feel that my equipment (including a plastic covered cardboard saddlebag) was not adequate or unsuitable. I think my current local group would be just as welcoming and accepting.

I find that CUk does not represent me or my interests (as an old time touring, club riding, ex racing, commuting --- everything cyclist). The magazine is of little interest since it seems to be focussed on utility riders or the latest tiny sub niche of off road bicycle. Why am I still a member? Because I take part in local group activities and those of groups further afield; insurance, habit -------- and because i am a life member.
by tatanab
13 Apr 2021, 12:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Replacement Saddle
Replies: 23
Views: 700

Re: Replacement Saddle

Apart from a few historic oddities, the distance between saddle rails is constant. It is not usual for you to have to pinch them inwards slightly when fitting, and I would expect that to be doubly the case due to the coil springs in that saddle from amazon. Note that a saddle like that is more suited to those who ride sitting bolt upright.

Saddle discomfort - If you are new to saddles, I tell people that your feet would hurt in shoes if you were not used to wearing shoes at all. It takes time to adapt, get used to pressure where you are not used to sensing pressure. Also depends on your riding position being set reasonably correctly. Saddles are highly individual and what suits me be unworkable for somebody else.
by tatanab
11 Apr 2021, 11:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Re: Classic Raleigh Chloe need some help with converting brakes and gears
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Classic Raleigh Chloe need some help with converting brakes and gears

Chris56 wrote: 11 Apr 2021, 11:24amUpgrade potential is limited but you could probably change the freewheel, rear mech, chain and shifter for a 7 speed.
That means springing the rear triangle and respacing the rear hub - possibly with a new axle etc. Not something I think the OP would be happy doing. Even on the very cheap, I doubt this would come in under £50 - plus brake levers etc. 5 speed indexed bar shifters are available, for about £3, but whether they would work with the existing rear mech is anybody's guess.
by tatanab
11 Apr 2021, 11:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Re: Classic Raleigh Chloe need some help with converting brakes and gears
Replies: 4
Views: 193

Re: Classic Raleigh Chloe need some help with converting brakes and gears

Modernise? In what way? It will get pricey very very quickly and frankly it just is not worthwhile. I vote for changing the bars as you want, fit straight bar brake levers and new cables, but leave the gear levers alone. https://www.bankruptbikeparts.co.uk/ is a good source for inexpensive parts, but the website is frustrating to use.
by tatanab
10 Apr 2021, 8:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Classic Raleigh Chloe need some help with tyre size
Replies: 15
Views: 356

Re: Classic Raleigh Chloe need some help with tyre size

Frankiew wrote: 10 Apr 2021, 7:22pm Or could I use a 26 x 1.25 as they seem to be quite common? I live in Nothern ireland and delivery from that site is a little expensive
NO. That is not the same at all. Decimal 26" tyres are for an MTB size rim which is quite different in diameter. The tyres are not interchangeable. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html

26"x 1 3/8 is the usual size found on a typical 3 speed hub ride to work bike and should be easy to find in any shop that sells such utility bikes.

That valve is not sticking out very far which suggests to me that the tube is poorly fitted. Changing your tyre to a fatter one may not suit the tubes you have. With 1 3/8 we would expect to see Woods valves not the Presta shown, but that might be to do with having a narrower tyre. Woods valves are a larger diameter than Presta, so the hole in the rim may need to be enlarged IF you change the tubes to Woods.
by tatanab
10 Apr 2021, 6:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Classic Raleigh Chloe need some help with tyre size
Replies: 15
Views: 356

Re: Classic Raleigh Chloe need some help with tyre size

Frankiew wrote: 10 Apr 2021, 6:22pmThanks for reply, is the 28mm the width or height?
Both and neither. Cycle tyres are nominally 100% profile, but that depends on the width of the rim the tyre is fitted to.
by tatanab
10 Apr 2021, 5:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How to tackle restrictive gates / barriers
Replies: 66
Views: 2075

Re: How to tackle restrictive gates / barriers

Somewhere I have a photo of the rider of an upright trike removing a rear wheel so that he could wriggle through.

In one place I met a barrier when on tour. I removed my bags so that I could carry them through before lifting the trike to almost head height to get through. Consequently I avoid all such routes, especially when on tour.
by tatanab
10 Apr 2021, 5:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Classic Raleigh Chloe need some help with tyre size
Replies: 15
Views: 356

Re: Classic Raleigh Chloe need some help with tyre size

Probably the commonest 650A tyre is the good old British roadster tyre of 26x1 3/8 -- a.k.a. 35mm i.e a fair bit bigger than your 28mm. Many years ago I had a tandem built for just such tyres. Corrosion does not look bad in the photo you have shown - to my eyes at least.
by tatanab
6 Apr 2021, 8:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Touring shoes
Replies: 24
Views: 855

Re: Touring shoes

brianleach wrote: 6 Apr 2021, 8:38am I used these for many years until I was given an upmarket pair as a gift.

https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m6b0s154p33 ... vio-SP-705
Agreed. They are my general purpose shoes. They seem to last forever.