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by ChrisButch
13 Apr 2019, 11:52am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Healthy snack bar
Replies: 19
Views: 924

Re: Healthy snack bar

One of the practical disadvantages of home-made bars is that they tend to disintegrate into a pile of sticky crumbs if subject to the abuse of a saddlebag, jersey pocket etc. Manufactured bars use various dubious additives for coherence, but you can get round this using agar flakes, an organic gelat...
by ChrisButch
30 Mar 2019, 8:05am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Essex to Plymouth by train - practical?
Replies: 29
Views: 2667

Re: Essex to Plymouth by train - practical?

One incidental benefit of the bike spaces on the new trains, although not for cyclists, is the unobstructed vertical space on the other side of the module. It's the first time on a British train since the disappearance of guards' vans that I've found somewhere which will comfortably take a full-leng...
by ChrisButch
23 Mar 2019, 10:11am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Essex to Plymouth by train - practical?
Replies: 29
Views: 2667

Re: Essex to Plymouth by train - practical?

New 'bimodal' Hitachi trains are currently being introduced on the GWR Paddington/Exeter/Plymouth/Penzance line. These have more bike spaces than the old HST 125s, but the older trains are still being used at some times of the day.
by ChrisButch
18 Mar 2019, 10:34am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mudguard puzzle
Replies: 7
Views: 769

Re: Mudguard puzzle

I use rubber tap washers to fit my guards, threadlock the screws and tighten them just enough to start pinching the rubber. Also adjusted (With bent stays if necessary) in a way that nothing is strained and it will all stay in place with any part unattached. There is some movement but no rattles an...
by ChrisButch
17 Feb 2019, 12:12pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient
Replies: 60
Views: 2557

Re: Scientists say high cadence is inefficient

I believe that the article says that inexperienced/less fit cyclists are wrong to twiddle excessively. Froome etc are different. I know we are all different but I have always maintained that spinning a very low gear fast is daft. My legs are at their best a a slower cadence. Yes, you can frequently...
by ChrisButch
9 Feb 2019, 12:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road
Replies: 80
Views: 6383

Re: SRAM new 'AXS' for MTB/road

. As others have said though there is SOME innovation there ..e.g. the mech damper so MAYBE the more usefull bits will "trickle down" to more cost effective and useful groupsets over time... ???? To widen the discussion to SRAM innovations more broadly, one which did seem to have some pot...
by ChrisButch
9 Feb 2019, 12:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BMW driver walks free from court after deliberately running over cyclist
Replies: 96
Views: 14271

Re: BMW driver walks free from court after deliberately running over cyclist

I've noticed that judges in such cases, as in this one, now frequently use the phrase 'vulnerable road user' when sentencing. It seems to crop up too many times to be coincidental. Something new in the sentencing guidelines, perhaps?
by ChrisButch
8 Feb 2019, 6:30pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Jack Taylor (Ladies) - Where to sell?
Replies: 22
Views: 4118

Re: Jack Taylor (Ladies) - Where to sell?

box lining and a few of the components suggest a 1960s bike to me. Yes, I'm not sure the box lining is much help in narrowing down the date. My JT Clubman frame, bought from the brothers in 1975, has box lining and decals more or less identical to the OP's bike. As others have said, the box lining ...
by ChrisButch
14 Dec 2018, 11:14am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Sky not funding Team Sky from 2020
Replies: 25
Views: 7615

Re: Sky not funding Team Sky from 2020

If what is now Team Sky survive but with a sharp budget cut I think that would be a Good Thing. They can still do well with merely a good selection of good riders, rather than a suffocating selection of good riders. Yes. On several occasions they've been fielding teams in simultaneous stage races i...
by ChrisButch
7 Dec 2018, 11:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Filling in the holes in shoes after cleats removed
Replies: 15
Views: 665

Re: Filling in the holes in shoes after cleats removed

Worth trying ShoeGoo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe_Goo

Used to use it a lot for repairing running shoes. Not sure it would be abrasion-resistant enough for the constant scraping in your application, but worth a try. Several UK suppliers
by ChrisButch
27 Nov 2018, 1:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist In Collision Low Sunlight A Factor.
Replies: 21
Views: 920

Re: Cyclist In Collision Low Sunlight A Factor.

Simple really, if the sun is low, use the car sun visor and drive slower!!! Unfortunately too many people seem to assume that the sun visor fitted in the car will be enough, but very often it isn't. The visors in most cars cover only a small area - when the sun appears below the bottom edge or to t...
by ChrisButch
27 Nov 2018, 8:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist In Collision Low Sunlight A Factor.
Replies: 21
Views: 920

Re: Cyclist In Collision Low Sunlight A Factor.

Worth noting that this happened to coincide with a road safety action week by the Devon and Cornwall police, which has included the WMP close pass initiative, among other things. The police officer quoted would have been conscious of this, so was using an actual incident to illustrate a general poin...
by ChrisButch
15 Nov 2018, 5:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: HEDGE TRIMMING
Replies: 74
Views: 3136

Re: HEDGE TRIMMING

The problem only began in the 70s, when flails replaced oscillating cutters (like the domestic hedgecutters still in use), which were much slower. Because the flails rip rather than cut, they's also bad for the health of the hedge. I'm a bit surprised to rad that. I'm no expert but heard a wildlife...
by ChrisButch
15 Nov 2018, 5:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: HEDGE TRIMMING
Replies: 74
Views: 3136

Re: HEDGE TRIMMING

One of the reasons you sometimes get a lot of punctures and others not is to do with the composition of the hedge. In areas where there's a lot of hawthorn/blackthorn you'll obviously suffer. But here in mid-Devon the hedges tend to be dominated by beech, hazel, elder etc - with the occasional thorn...
by ChrisButch
11 Nov 2018, 9:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: HEDGE TRIMMING
Replies: 74
Views: 3136

Re: HEDGE TRIMMING

In those previous decades, the cutting technology seemed unable to collect or direct the cuttings, so they often ended upcutters seem able to either collect or direct most of the cuttings back into a field or over the hedge that they're cutting, so there's far less on the road. Cugel If only. Still...