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by Cavemud
14 Oct 2020, 7:03pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: HELP. 2.5YO won't ride her balance bike
Replies: 13
Views: 398

Re: HELP. 2.5YO won't ride her balance bike

Also, not really the question you asked, but we had great success in transferring to a pedal bike using a ratchet strap around the chest with a handle loop tied in it to for the adult This meant we could hold the child up to set off, then gradually release tension till they're pedalling on their own...
by Cavemud
14 Oct 2020, 6:58pm
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: HELP. 2.5YO won't ride her balance bike
Replies: 13
Views: 398

Re: HELP. 2.5YO won't ride her balance bike

We were quite 'enthusiastic' about teaching both our kids to ride, and its definitely a fine balance between encouragement and being pushy. The flip side of course, is that now they can both ride bikes we can have some great adventures! With the youngest, our problem wasn't getting her to ride the b...
by Cavemud
25 Sep 2020, 7:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynahub lamp recommendations
Replies: 37
Views: 1014

Re: Dynahub lamp recommendations

PS with regards to compatibility, Supernova front lights are wired direct to the dynamo, and their corresponding rear light is powered from the front light. Mixing and matching front/rear lights from different manufacturers needs slightly more knowledge, as some rear lights take AC direct from the d...
by Cavemud
25 Sep 2020, 7:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynahub lamp recommendations
Replies: 37
Views: 1014

Re: Dynahub lamp recommendations

Most hub dynamos create AC current, whereas your LED's are basically diodes which only pass the current one way, hence its entirely expected that they would flicker if wired straight to the dynamo. What you need is a bridge rectifier with maybe a capacitor to smooth out the peaks. If you think about...
by Cavemud
13 Sep 2020, 7:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Aren't Electric Scooters illegal?
Replies: 28
Views: 972

Re: Aren't Electric Scooters illegal?

Yesterday I was battling my way up the Bwlch y Groes from Lake Vyrnwy. Just as I neared the top five of these things came past me (on their way down), all of the riders looking pretty pleased with themselves. A pickup truck had come past a few moments before, so I can only assume they were driven to...
by Cavemud
5 Sep 2020, 2:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Travel spanners
Replies: 61
Views: 2182

Re: Travel spanners

Assuming that the Alfine hub in question is mounted in either track ends or horizintal drop outs, and that therefore the nuts require more torque to tighten them to ensure that the hub stays in place, I would not want to rely on a 2mm thick pedal spanner or socket with a hex drive. The fact that th...
by Cavemud
5 Sep 2020, 10:27am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Travel spanners
Replies: 61
Views: 2182

Re: Travel spanners

Probably not what your after, but the reason I don't have 15mm nuts on my rohloff is that i have piltlock security skewers. The key is pretty light and can be turned by sticking an Allen key through the holes, so no other tools required and your wheel is less likely to be nicked by the landlord :-)
by Cavemud
5 Sep 2020, 10:10am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Travel spanners
Replies: 61
Views: 2182

Re: Travel spanners

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009EPJXVO/ ... uFbSNMZC26

Here you go. Four quid. You'd need the hex socket to drive it, but there are loads of cheap tools around that do this, and if you buy a set you can make a bespoke toolkit for your bike.
by Cavemud
5 Sep 2020, 10:02am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Travel spanners
Replies: 61
Views: 2182

Re: Travel spanners

I've recently abandoned my traditional multutools in favour of a series of hex bits and a tool to drive them. It allows me to have tools specifically adapted to my bike without anything unnecessary. The change was prompted by a relatively recent move to a rohloff hub, which requires an 8mm (?) Socke...
by Cavemud
5 Sep 2020, 8:28am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What is a gravel bike ?
Replies: 98
Views: 3227

Re: What is a gravel bike ?

For years I've ridden touring bikes which are not cool. When I got my long haul trucker it was a fairly niche thing, and I had to build it from the ground up as it was only available as a frameset. When I wanted more powerful vee brakes, I had to use an adapter to get the pull ratio correct with roa...
by Cavemud
25 Aug 2020, 1:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Who has had a frame made ?
Replies: 58
Views: 1900

Re: Who has had a frame made ?

What did you choose ? Reynolds tubing via local framebuilder did you get what you wanted ? Sort of. First offering came with wrong dropout spacing (requirements had been made clear). The framebuilder attempted to spring the rear triangle and cracked a weld, so ended up re-welding and respraying. Int...
by Cavemud
23 Aug 2020, 11:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which parts of SPD/Shoe should be in contact? SQUELCHING
Replies: 35
Views: 1019

Re: Which parts of SPD/Shoe should be in contact? SQUELCHING

Regarding the pencil test: I have various pairs of SPD shoes kicking around, and whilst I can usually get the narrower sportier ones nicely centred over the pedal, the wider ones (the more trainer/walking/pub type) are forced outward by the crank and thus create an outward roll. Happily, the wider o...
by Cavemud
22 Aug 2020, 11:15am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which parts of SPD/Shoe should be in contact? SQUELCHING
Replies: 35
Views: 1019

Re: Which parts of SPD/Shoe should be in contact? SQUELCHING

I have some dry PTFE spray somewhere, maybe I'll give the pedal surfaces a little spray with that.
by Cavemud
22 Aug 2020, 8:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which parts of SPD/Shoe should be in contact? SQUELCHING
Replies: 35
Views: 1019

Which parts of SPD/Shoe should be in contact? SQUELCHING

in 25 years of SPD use, I've never really given a second thought to how the shoe actually contacts the pedal, but since lockdown I've found myself cycling on quieter lanes (no rush hour commute) and the squelching noise from my pedal cleat on one side has really irritated me. This isn't a new issue,...
by Cavemud
18 Aug 2020, 1:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bending mudguard stays makes them weaker?
Replies: 30
Views: 919

Re: Bending mudguard stays makes them weaker?

As PWA says, I've done this loads of to get around disc brakes and various things.

Never had an issue.