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by Keith Bennett
29 Aug 2019, 12:57pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Looking for an E-bike
Replies: 16
Views: 1909

Re: Looking for an E-bike

Try before you buy. Whatever route you go if unable check the Bottom Bracket Hight. I recently spent over £2000, adjusted normal saddle hight tried to get on, had to use a step to get astride. No way could I get a toe to the ground.
by Keith Bennett
1 Dec 2016, 9:14am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hit by a car, driver refused to give insurance details – what next?
Replies: 57
Views: 5151

Re: Hit by a car, driver refused to give insurance details – what next?

Unless the law has changed, If a motor vehicle is involved in an accident or if the fact that it is on a road and there is an accident because it is there the driver must stop and give their name and address, the registration number of the vehicle and the name and address of the owner to any person ...
by Keith Bennett
27 Sep 2016, 12:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brooks Saddles
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Brooks Saddles

I have two brooks saddles both identical as far as sixe is concerned 6" wide just over 10 1/2" long both with copper rivets, but different sizes one, the smallest diameter rivets the saddle is clearly marked along the lower edge Brooks Professional, the second, bought on a second hand bike...
by Keith Bennett
4 Aug 2016, 9:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: is there such a thing as rim brake fade?
Replies: 13
Views: 1295

Re: is there such a thing as rim brake fade?

The explanation by Brucey brings back to me a science lesson in school (1940s) By applying heat continuously to a solid (brake block or pads) will eventually change from a solid to a liquid hence the softening and loss of friction eventually this liquid ,when hot enough will change to a gas, a probl...
by Keith Bennett
20 Apr 2016, 10:31am
Forum: Cycling UK Member Groups and Affiliates
Topic: Pre-war bike clubs
Replies: 4
Views: 20912

Re: Pre-war bike clubs

In my early T.T. days (late 40s and early 50s) if my memory is correct, I knew the R.C.C. and Phoenix but don't recall the wheelers. At that time Kingston RCC were one of the fast clubs. I can't recall many names but Charlie Whitbourne stands out in my memory as I frequently met him on the River Ban...
by Keith Bennett
23 Mar 2016, 4:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rear wheel creaking uer pedalling load
Replies: 37
Views: 8202

Re: Rear wheel creaking uer pedalling load

Had the same trouble on a new mountain bike a good many years ago now. Back to the dealer and was told to come back in a couple of days, it would be adjusted. First trip out and first climb there was the creaking back again, back home into the work shop, remove rear wheel and freewheel block, yes th...
by Keith Bennett
8 Dec 2015, 5:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: brake disc vs brake disk
Replies: 62
Views: 4040

Re: brake disc vs brake disk

Disc Brakes may very well have first been used on cars in the 1950s, But I believe had been used on aircraft some years before that, So does anybody know who invented the disc brake, or was it in fact the bicycle caliper brake which after all is a disc brake.
by Keith Bennett
15 Sep 2015, 9:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: HELP! - Tandem inner tube keeps blowing!
Replies: 15
Views: 1288

Re: HELP! - Tandem inner tube keeps blowing!

I can't see any mention of the tyre being blown off the rim so find it difficult to understand how a tube can make its way between an inflated tyre and the wall of the rim. When rubber inner tubes were being replaced by butyl I remember tubes failing with a long split on a moulding line around the c...
by Keith Bennett
9 Aug 2015, 1:22pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Full Mudguards for Disc braked Bike
Replies: 16
Views: 2382

Re: Full Mudguards for Disc braked Bike

Quite a number of ways too solve a problem that should not really be there. This is a design fault The manufacturers design a bike with discs and mudguard eyes that no standard mudguard will fit. Prior to about 1960 it was almost universal for the mudguard eyes to be about three inches above the whe...
by Keith Bennett
24 Mar 2015, 3:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Youth hostelling in late 40s early 50s
Replies: 27
Views: 2646

Re: Youth hostelling in late 40s early 50s

First started hostelling probably 1944 with the North Cheam section (as was then) Easter weekend at Whitwell, Beds and Charney Bassett, Oxon. Self Catering No Way. with food rationed the hostel meals were ration free. A few years later riding with the Sutton & Cheam Group a regular hostel was Cr...
by Keith Bennett
8 Mar 2015, 10:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: straight pull spokes -a 'new' idea?
Replies: 8
Views: 1418

Re: straight pull spokes -a 'new' idea?

When visiting a club mate who ran a bike shop in Marlow about 50 years ago he took me into the workshop and showed me a new front wheel that he had just built for his old ordinary (penny farthing) that certainly had straight pull spokes. And I remember racing in the late 1940s with a Baylis Wiley fr...
by Keith Bennett
24 Oct 2014, 3:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Any law re: safety release on front mudguards?
Replies: 81
Views: 5493

Re: Any law re: safety release on front mudguards?

Started club riding more than 70 years ago, In that time I have heard of only one instance where a small branch was dragged up by the front tyre and jammed the front wheel causing a fellow club member to be thrown over the top, he was in a coma for a couple of weeks, no helmets in those days. There ...
by Keith Bennett
23 Aug 2014, 10:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket Height
Replies: 8
Views: 583

Re: Bottom Bracket Height

In 1948,other than track frames, most would be automatically built to take mudguards for most of us one bike had to do for all purposes from a weeks tour to time trials and even at times on the track, could account for the odd brake height
by Keith Bennett
23 Aug 2014, 9:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket Height
Replies: 8
Views: 583

Re: Botoom Bracket Height

It maybe that the clue is in the year of manufacture. The Leach frame may very well have been designed for use with a fixed wheel giving a little more ground to pedal clearance when cornering than the Stallard which almost certainly would have been designed for gears. Keith Bennett
by Keith Bennett
14 May 2014, 6:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How long do inner tubes last?
Replies: 39
Views: 5384

Re: How long do inner tubes last?

Recently changed a tyre on a little used bike, the tube, a few patches on, is red rubber I well remember buying only these at one time probably in the 1960 or 70s It went back in the new tyre.