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by rbrian
1 Oct 2010, 7:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?
Replies: 13
Views: 911

Re: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?

I've told him that, and he may be coming round, slowly. He's ordered a Revolution Courier Nexus for £399, we'll see how that goes. If it doesn't last any better than the last one, maybe he'll be persuaded to get a more expensive one.
by rbrian
1 Oct 2010, 4:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?
Replies: 13
Views: 911

Re: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?

Both! He regularly rides over 80 miles at a time, and is not even slightly handy - he'll keep riding for weeks wondering why the gears are noisy, and not mention it to me until something breaks. He can just about oil the chain, but nowhere near often enough. I replaced the drivetrain and brakes, gre...
by rbrian
1 Oct 2010, 4:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?
Replies: 13
Views: 911

Re: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?

The Rohloff is of course the gold standard, but he was hoping to get a whole bike for less than the cost of that hub!
by rbrian
1 Oct 2010, 4:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?
Replies: 13
Views: 911

Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?

As per title - a friend of mine has ridden his hybrid into the ground - and from London to Paris a couple of months ago - and destroyed his 3rd drivetrain this year. He's also gone through a dozen brake block refills, and I think it's time he considered something more hardwearing, hub gears and brak...
by rbrian
7 Sep 2010, 12:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: In Heaven or Hell who do you want to be with
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: In Heaven or Hell who do you want to be with

My heaven would be inappropriate for this forum.

Hell would be having a task, like what-his-name's rock, that just wasn't quite possible, combined with various snide put downs. Much like some jobs I've had!
by rbrian
7 Sep 2010, 11:57am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in the dark.
Replies: 118
Views: 7796

Re: Cycling in the dark.

I don't know what lumens means, all I know is I tried a few in a shop, and bought one with 4 LEDs, which I felt was plenty bright enough for use in dark campsite, and there were others much brighter - mine was only the second one from the bottom. I've never actually used it on the bike, my Cateye 53...
by rbrian
6 Sep 2010, 4:14pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in the dark.
Replies: 118
Views: 7796

Re: Cycling in the dark.

How about supplementing with an LED head torch? You can get a very bright 4 LED Petzl for about £30, and blindingly bright for a little more. It ought to help out with clipping in, seeing what gear you're in, and shining at drivers' eyes until they dip their lights.
by rbrian
6 Sep 2010, 3:14am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Speeding passes in US
Replies: 14
Views: 969

Re: Speeding passes in US

Planning ahead seems like too much effort, why not have a system of cameras, which when anyone passes them over the speed limit sends a bill in the post? Pay as you go may work out more expensive than a monthly subscription for some, especially as you don't get the phone, no car, no sense of entitle...
by rbrian
2 Sep 2010, 11:37pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Mobile apps for this forum
Replies: 9
Views: 1288

Re: Mobile apps for this forum

It looks good, but I'm not sure I'd want to pay for it. I access the forum mostly either from my rubbish work PC, or my iPhone. Safari in landscape mode is good enough, I think.
by rbrian
2 Sep 2010, 9:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Invisibility
Replies: 24
Views: 1290

Re: Invisibility

Dang, I was planning to rob a bank wearing lycra and cycle helmet to ensure invisibility, but what's the point if I can't use a cargo bike to to take home the loot? Ah well, I'll just use a cash machine instead.
by rbrian
2 Sep 2010, 9:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Well, what is it?
Replies: 19
Views: 737

Re: Well, what is it?

At the moment we have two interestingly different ways of using English - shame if ours was to disappear through carelessness and too much TV. There are far more than two ways of using English, even in England! I grew up in Hampshire, where Posh English, Saaf London English, and West Country Englis...
by rbrian
1 Sep 2010, 11:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: On the road... or on the path?
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: On the road... or on the path?

You're not wrong Kwackers. Also, a picture of a bike in the gutter, and suddenly an extremely dangerous road is perfectly safe for cycling. What is this paint made of? Could it be used on drilling rigs, thus making them so safe they'll never leak?
by rbrian
1 Sep 2010, 8:31pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Time to hang up the wheels?
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Time to hang up the wheels?

Wasn't he the first man on the moon? Or was that Buzz Lightyear?
by rbrian
31 Aug 2010, 11:22pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Catching up...
Replies: 28
Views: 1044

Re: Catching up...

I didn't have many friends at school, and I don't on Facebook either. The boy who I was closest to at school, but haven't seen since he went to university and I didn't, now earns far more than me, and fills his news feed with tales of his trips to Chamonix (6 this year! :shock: ) and pictures of his...
by rbrian
31 Aug 2010, 11:01pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Help wanted please.
Replies: 2
Views: 788

Re: Help wanted please.

The forum is not responsible for any sales, just as a newspaper isn't responsible for the classified ads. Check your seller's profile, it will display his last sign-in - it may be he just hasn't read your PMs, so don't panic just yet. If you still can't contact him, your best bet is to complain to P...