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by ChrisButch
17 Feb 2020, 4:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice on Jack Taylor Bikes Please
Replies: 24
Views: 765

Re: Advice on Jack Taylor Bikes Please

There will be a frame number stamped under the bottom bracket. This link: http://www.blackbirdsf.org/taylor/serials.html will give you a lot of information about the date that frame was built, as well as a lot of other information. The 'box lining' on the frame is certainly the handiwork of Jack Tay...
by ChrisButch
14 Feb 2020, 4:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Huret Duopar; flawed genius at work?
Replies: 16
Views: 817

Re: Huret Duopar; flawed genius at work?

I still have one, and yes, it did spend its working life (actually quite long - about 10 years) on a tandem.
by ChrisButch
13 Feb 2020, 3:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Changing gear on dropped bar bike hurts my arthritic wrists. Suggestions pls.
Replies: 15
Views: 670

Re: Changing gear on dropped bar bike hurts my arthritic wrists. Suggestions pls.

I use bar-end shifters: but I'm surprised that some folk think these are easier on the wrists. I actually find they put more strain on the wrists than, say STI - partly because the lever is so short (complete contrast to the long Sun Tour ones Brucey has mentioned.)
by ChrisButch
11 Feb 2020, 8:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling Minister
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: Cycling Minister

Given the cycling investment announced today, which turns out to be nothing added to the paltry sum already promised (what a surprise), it looks as if the 'cycling minister' won't have a great deal to do anyway.
by ChrisButch
20 Jan 2020, 1:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best source of past weather information
Replies: 18
Views: 852

Re: Best source of past weather information

The Met Office now has a separate observations website. Click on the map and you can select observations for any period:
https://wow.metoffice.gov.uk/
by ChrisButch
16 Jan 2020, 1:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: A shower of farm slurry over Cheshire
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: A shower of sh** over Cheshire

Happened quite a few times to me when a muckspreader was working just the other side of a hedge. Rotary muckspreaders fling the stuff out to quite a distance, especially if there's high liquid content in a strong wind.
by ChrisButch
11 Jan 2020, 4:18pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Audax and sleep deprivation.
Replies: 25
Views: 943

Re: Audax and sleep deprivation.

I've always regretted not being able to do any of the longer Audax distances, but I knew I couldn't cope with the sleep deprivation. Me too, I've DNF's two 600's, both times ridden the distance but slept too long to be within time. I want the SR badge! I'm even tempted to do a 700, probably by ECEi...
by ChrisButch
10 Jan 2020, 5:10pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Audax and sleep deprivation.
Replies: 25
Views: 943

Re: Audax and sleep deprivation.

I've always regretted not being able to do any of the longer Audax distances, but I knew I couldn't cope with the sleep deprivation. I suspect that those who clearly can cope with it don't realise how unusual this is, but that it's as much an essential requirement in doing these distances as any spe...
by ChrisButch
29 Dec 2019, 8:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Turbo trainers - how much use do you get?
Replies: 49
Views: 1500

Re: Turbo trainers - how much use do you get?

I've found that the best way to deal with the boredom, without having to spend a fortune on smart machines, zwift etc, is to set up a Kindle in front of the bars (I use a music stand) and read. I worked my way through a good chunk of the lesser-known Trollope novels that way. A couple of chapters ju...
by ChrisButch
26 Dec 2019, 9:20am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle space on trains
Replies: 47
Views: 2253

Re: Cycle space on trains

I plead guillty to using the bike space for luggage, since it's the only place on a new GWR train where you can put a full-length ski bag! I trust you paid the fare for luggage over 1m in any direction? There would be mass protest if there were such a charge in Norway, where trains have a designate...
by ChrisButch
25 Dec 2019, 5:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle space on trains
Replies: 47
Views: 2253

Re: Cycle space on trains

Yes, the cycle spaces on GWR Hitachi trains are designed as cycle/general luggage/catering trolly spaces, the train operator then decides what to allocates the space as when the trains are configured. . The fact that these spaces are theoretically thus allocated becomes pretty meaningless in practi...
by ChrisButch
22 Dec 2019, 9:00pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Do you have experience of FAZUA Evation?
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: Do you have experience of FAZUA Evation?

Cugel - do you happen to know which model of e-Paralane you have? There appear to be no less than 9 different specs, with £6k difference between the cheapest and most expensive!
by ChrisButch
22 Dec 2019, 8:50pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Replan and midge season
Replies: 15
Views: 950

Re: Replan and midge season

I've been hillwalking in the Highlands for a good few decades, and of course midges are much more of a problem for hillwalkers than (road) cyclists, for all sorts of reasons: not least because when walking in the hills you're more often close to midge-breeding wet ground than on the road. However, w...
by ChrisButch
16 Dec 2019, 8:13am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Traffic calming?
Replies: 20
Views: 1159

Re: Traffic calming?

The impression I get, partly through my own recent experience of driving, is that older drivers who grew up with generally narrower cars find it difficult to adapt their reactions, especially instinctive awareness of nearside clearance, now that msot cars are significantly wider. Some overcompensate...
by ChrisButch
13 Dec 2019, 8:39am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Wide range 'period correct' Campagnolo gearing
Replies: 32
Views: 1242

Re: Wide range 'period correct' Campagnolo gearing

Presumably, since there's no sign on the necks of anything which could be described as a reinforcement - and no sign of incipient cracks or other weakness, despite years of hard labour, especially on the tandem!.