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by rbrian
11 Sep 2019, 9:54pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?
Replies: 46
Views: 1658

Re: Do E-bike riders get more exercise than regular cyclists ?

I bought an ebike this week. I'm trying to get my work to take back the stinking diesel van I'm provided with to carry a laptop and a small bag of tools. For the last few months, I've been leaving it on the yard, cycling in on a Brompton, then leaving it wherever I happen to finish and cycling home....
by rbrian
11 Sep 2019, 9:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Parking on the pavement to be banned!
Replies: 58
Views: 1610

Re: Parking on the pavement to be banned!

I wondered if anyone ever just walked over the top of a pavement parked car if it blocks the way? Would that count add criminal damage? IANAL but I'd say it would. You would need some pretty serious justification to get away with it e.g. building on fire, could not escape due to blocked car . Not j...
by rbrian
3 Sep 2019, 7:57pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: SOLD: faulty Brompton 6 speed
Replies: 9
Views: 1375

Re: For sale: faulty Brompton 6 speed

fossala wrote:Paid! Thanks, will be perfect for my wife.


Perfect when you fix the gears!
by rbrian
1 Sep 2019, 3:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Children learning to ride
Replies: 8
Views: 712

Re: Children learning to ride

I had a plastic tricycle when I was so young I don't remember getting it. Then a miniature Raleigh Chopper clone, in fetching purple. My dad took the stabilisers off when I was 4. My nephew and neices all had balance bikes, moving on to pedal cycles at around 4 or 5. My friend's 4 year old triplets ...
by rbrian
30 Aug 2019, 8:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: How has your commute shaped your bike?
Replies: 32
Views: 2618

Re: How has your commute shaped your bike?

I started cycle commuting a few months ago, mainly for environmental reasons. I'm allowed to take my work van home, so for years I was cheap and lazy, but one day I was sat in stationary traffic, on a baking hot day, listening to the radio, and there was some news about Greta Thunberg, and I had a m...
by rbrian
29 Aug 2019, 9:54pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: SOLD: faulty Brompton 6 speed
Replies: 9
Views: 1375

Re: For sale: faulty Brompton 6 speed

I've had an offer for full price, the buyer will pay postage. That's what I'll likely go for, unless Fossala will pay? I'll wait until Sunday, and if nobody local wants it, then it's between you two. Perhaps I should have asked for more? Ah well, it's done now.
by rbrian
25 Aug 2019, 9:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bells on bikes
Replies: 121
Views: 4377

Re: Bells on bikes

.....Bells are a warning of passing, not a get-out-of-my-way. Surely a bell is akin to a car horn? I.e be aware of my presence. Not be aware I am passing. That part should only be completed once you know the pedestrian is aware and it is safe to do so. That's exactly my take on it. My route to work...
by rbrian
25 Aug 2019, 9:40pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling can be a lot quicker than driving
Replies: 5
Views: 962

Re: Cycling can be a lot quicker than driving

I once rode a mountain bike into a pond. Why? I was 15. 'nuff said. All was going well until my feet hit the water, and that caused my back wheel to lift, instantly losing drive, forward momentum, and balance. At one point I was completely submerged, as was the bike. Being 15, I ignored cleaning it ...
by rbrian
25 Aug 2019, 9:22pm
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: SOLD: faulty Brompton 6 speed
Replies: 9
Views: 1375

Re: For sale: faulty Brompton 6 speed

I'd take if you'll post down to Cornwall. Cornwall is as far away from Aberdeen as possible! It won't be cheap to post, I'll leave this up for a week to see if anyone closer wants it - as it's not in perfect condition, I'd prefer the buyer to see exactly what they're getting. If nobody local wants ...
by rbrian
25 Aug 2019, 9:11am
Forum: For Sale - Complete bikes ONLY - state FRAME SIZE in title
Topic: SOLD: faulty Brompton 6 speed
Replies: 9
Views: 1375

SOLD: faulty Brompton 6 speed

2007 Brompton 6 speed, with faulty SRAM hub. Green with black extremities, front luggage block included. It is quite low mileage, tyres have plenty of tread, brake blocks in good condition, has been stored indoors, but abandoned for a few years. There's no rust that I can see, but it could do with a...
by rbrian
1 Oct 2010, 7:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Subway 8 obsolete - alternatives?
Replies: 13
Views: 919

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: 919

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: 919

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: 919

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: 522

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!