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by tatanab
15 Nov 2018, 3:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Ministers etc resigning
Replies: 6
Views: 108

Ministers etc resigning

A serious question What happens when a minister resigns? Are they just resigning the post of minister and falling back to being an elected MP or do they go off and stack shelves? If an MP resigns I guess there is no fall back except to go and flip burgers. In each case do they have to serve an exten...
by tatanab
14 Nov 2018, 7:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Your Favourite Saddle
Replies: 28
Views: 543

Re: Your Favourite Saddle

5 of my 8 machines have Gilles Berthoud Aspin.
by tatanab
13 Nov 2018, 3:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Standard versus compact gears
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: Standard versus compact gears

Assuming "standard" means" 42 small front and "compact" means a 34. You already have a low gear, going lower will/may make the climbing easier but also slower - unless you put more effort in. So the other guys will pass you just the same. As irc suggests - tend to the engine...
by tatanab
12 Nov 2018, 7:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is the best rear light, a front light.
Replies: 27
Views: 736

Re: Is the best rear light, a front light.

KM2 wrote: I would see this as a way of illuminating the cyclist.
I suspect it would have to be rather bright to show the shape of the rider. This would the cast a shadow ahead, just like riding in company when the rider behind has a hyper light.
by tatanab
12 Nov 2018, 5:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: shimano 7 & 8 sp sprocket spacing
Replies: 10
Views: 327

Re: shimano 7 & 8 sp sprocket spacing

As further evidence that it works, I have some old Deore thumbshifters with 7 marked positions, but also an 8th unmarked.
by tatanab
12 Nov 2018, 5:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is the best rear light, a front light.
Replies: 27
Views: 736

Re: Is the best rear light, a front light.

Sounds similar to the front light that also illuminates the front of the rider by a wash of light backwards. This was on the market only a year or so ago and may still be so. Why shine lights onto reflective patches? Isn't that what motor vehicle lights will do much more effectively?
by tatanab
11 Nov 2018, 5:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Kissing Gates
Replies: 46
Views: 986

Re: Kissing Gates

As I said in my OP, this was seen as an issue for those with electric bikes and the new to cycling/us older folk - we are supposed to be encouraging new cyclists not putting up barriers! From dim memory, it is about 8 years since I used that junction, the horse bypass is only on the side of the roa...
by tatanab
11 Nov 2018, 4:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Pashley rear brake cable
Replies: 8
Views: 268

Re: Pashley rear brake cable

The torque arm from the brake should be fixed in that slotted rectangular bracket. The torque arm is the black bracket now at the rear of the bike. The black lever that is now pointing upright is the brake actuation lever to which your cable should attach. This lever should hang down more or less ve...
by tatanab
10 Nov 2018, 8:36pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Kissing Gates
Replies: 46
Views: 986

Re: Kissing Gates

Without being obvious, i would just lift my bicycle over the fence, enter through the kissing gate and ride off on my bike .... are we over thinking this ... i don't see how it is a problem. We have a number of kissing gates near me .. i usually rotate my bicycle onto its rear wheel and wheel it .....
by tatanab
9 Nov 2018, 12:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Flinger f50 mudguards
Replies: 1
Views: 190

Re: Flinger f50 mudguards

I have some I've been using for about a year. I wanted the larger diameter stays to stop sideways movement, which is fine. My grumble would be that just like many mudguards of the last few years, they are short. I took off the little mudflap and fitted my usual enormous mudflap https://www.sjscycles...
by tatanab
9 Nov 2018, 10:35am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?
Replies: 22
Views: 798

Re: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?

It works, coz I've done it a few times over the years. This is easily done in these headsets because the two steel tracks in each end of the headset can be rotated in opposite directions. i.e in the lower bearings rotate one track one way and the other the opposite, same for the upper bearings. Wor...
by tatanab
9 Nov 2018, 10:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?
Replies: 22
Views: 798

Re: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?

meic wrote:"because the forks are reluctant to move from the straight forward position!"
Absolutely right. That bit escaped storage in my brain cell. New bearings are the quick and easy answer.
by tatanab
9 Nov 2018, 10:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?
Replies: 22
Views: 798

Re: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?

Strip and cleaning sounds like a good first step. How can I tell if the races are worn? Is it obvious? They don't wear as such, I have many many thousands of miles on them. What can happen is that the steel tracks get pitted which leads to a notcjy strering, which you say you do not have. So stripa...
by tatanab
9 Nov 2018, 10:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?
Replies: 22
Views: 798

Re: Ease of fitting threaded headset without tools?

it’s a Stronglight roller needle bearing headset, I beleive it needs replacing because the forks are reluctant to move from the straight forward position! Doesn’t feel notchy otherwise. Possibly just needs stripping, cleaning and greasing. I like these headsets because the bearings and steel runnin...
by tatanab
6 Nov 2018, 3:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake Splitter
Replies: 16
Views: 506

Re: Brake Splitter

if I went to hydraulic braking would that give me a usable braking system for both hands. I believe haydrulics give you a ligher action. No personal experience other than motorcycles. If you expereinece probelms only with front braking, how about changing your levers over front to back, a loss of s...