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by rbrian
14 Jun 2020, 7:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to judge wheel rim wear
Replies: 4
Views: 286

Re: How to judge wheel rim wear

The rear rim looked brand new, because it has a coaster brake, so I was able to compare. It has several grooves in addition to the wear indicator, presumably to add more friction, so panic over, the front rim is fine. I changed the brake blocks, and all is good. Thanks for all your help anyway. He's...
by rbrian
9 Jun 2020, 10:25pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Cycle to Work Scheme
Replies: 8
Views: 433

Re: Cycle to Work Scheme

My employer hasn't yet raised it from £1000, which isn't enough for the bike I wanted. I did the sums anyway, assuming I could get a bike shop to accept part cash (which was explicitly forbidden in the terms and conditions). For the £1600 bike I bought, it would have saved me a total of £60. I got i...
by rbrian
9 Jun 2020, 10:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to judge wheel rim wear
Replies: 4
Views: 286

How to judge wheel rim wear

A friend of mine who is not very mechanical minded asked if his brake lever should touch the bar. I know enough to replace brake blocks and adjust cable pull, so I'm pretty sure I can fix it. He sent a picture so I could see what type of block I need, but look at the rim - is that badly worn, or jus...
by rbrian
16 May 2020, 9:06pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: What milage do you get with a Bosch Drive?
Replies: 35
Views: 1752

Re: What milage do you get with a Bosch Drive?

The furthest I've ever gone on my Tern Vektron S10 is 65 miles, with lots of hills and a strong headwind (there and back!) which meant I used higher assistance levels than usual. 20 miles from home, I gave up and took the train home - it was past dark, I was down to 1 bar, the steepest uphills were ...
by rbrian
21 Apr 2020, 4:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Embarrassing confessions
Replies: 58
Views: 2953

Re: Embarrassing confessions

Most of mine were when I was a teenager, which I think excuses them. - There was the time when my mountain biking mates and I came across a pond, and I decided to see if I could ride through it - a stick proved it was only about 30cm deep, at least as far as we could reach. It was easy enough to beg...
by rbrian
18 Apr 2020, 2:44pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Tern GSD S10
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: Tern GSD S10

I have a Tern Vektron S10, which I'm very happy with. The GSD looks like a slightly longer non-folding version of the same thing. It rides very well, feeling both big and small - I can cut through small gaps and turn on a sixpence (maybe not with the GSD's extra length), yet it feels solid and subst...
by rbrian
27 Feb 2020, 10:59pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Alternatives to Tern Vektron?
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: Alternatives to Tern Vektron?

I’m after something that can be taken on a train without booking, including intercity type ones. Is likely to be OK to ride for distances of up to about 40 km. Capable of distances of about 60 to 80 km on a single charge in ordinarily hilly terrain (~10 m climb per km). Additional benefits that the...
by rbrian
22 Feb 2020, 11:38am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Alternatives to Tern Vektron?
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: Alternatives to Tern Vektron?

Before I bought my Tern Vektron, I looked (online) at the Riese and Muller Tinker, and a couple more I don't remember which aren't available any more, and I can't find with a web search, so they're probably not being made. There are thousands of big wheel electric bikes, but far fewer small wheel on...
by rbrian
17 Jan 2020, 8:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beware Ye Who Ride On Pathes in Lambeth
Replies: 40
Views: 2573

Re: Beware Ye Who Ride On Pathes in Lambeth

4. Pavement driving. Not just for the purposes of parking but for other reasons such as "I don't want to slow down for speed bumps". Wait, what?! Are you seriously saying that some drivers bump up the curbs to get on the pavement at a speed they can't deal with speed bumps?! I recognise t...
by rbrian
17 Jan 2020, 5:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beware Ye Who Ride On Pathes in Lambeth
Replies: 40
Views: 2573

Re: Beware Ye Who Ride On Pathes in Lambeth

4. Pavement driving. Not just for the purposes of parking but for other reasons such as "I don't want to slow down for speed bumps". Wait, what?! Are you seriously saying that some drivers bump up the curbs to get on the pavement at a speed they can't deal with speed bumps?! I recognise t...
by rbrian
16 Jan 2020, 4:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Beware Ye Who Ride On Pathes in Lambeth
Replies: 40
Views: 2573

Re: Beware Ye Who Ride On Pathes in Lambeth

mattheus wrote:I may get some similar signs made up (with the Driving bit), and nail them to the cars parked on pavements round our way.


It's easiest to hammer the nails into the tyres - the glass is too brittle, and the metal bounces too much. Use screws to attach them to the bodywork.
by rbrian
31 Dec 2019, 5:41pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling (and other) plans 2020
Replies: 34
Views: 2064

Re: Cycling (and other) plans 2020

Cycle to work more often. I have a good excuse - as an Openreach engineer (I only work in exchanges, not customer premises, so I'm issued a wee Corsavan and only need a handful of tools, which can easily be carried on a bike) I don't work in a fixed location, and my daily mileage can vary from 7 to ...
by rbrian
27 Nov 2019, 10:09pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Which foldable ebike, please?
Replies: 14
Views: 767

Re: Which foldable ebike, please?

A friend of mine bought a £600 Halfords folding ebike. It is objectively rubbish, and yet it has a certain charm which means I can't help but like it. The battery is only good for about 20 miles, the riding position is relaxed, the seat doesn't go high enough, the steering is vague and boat like (th...
by rbrian
8 Nov 2019, 7:36pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Taking ebike on aircraft
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Re: Taking ebike on aircraft

The Samsung Note 7 debacle (not to mention the Airbus A380) has made airlines very nervous about lithium batteries. The batteries on ebikes are far larger than those in mobile phones, making potential fires harder to deal with. You might be better off trying something like UPS, or maybe plan an epic...
by rbrian
29 Oct 2019, 8:41pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: It's very wet! - submerging the electric motor in floodwater
Replies: 17
Views: 1069

Re: It's very wet!

Stuff newspapers into your shoes to help them dry out, that is the good old fashioned way I haven't had an actual news paper for years. I did try stuffing my iPad in, but it didn't fit, so they're sat on top of the radiator! I think the conventional wisdom is that forced drying cracks the leather. ...