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by niggle
28 Apr 2019, 10:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one
Replies: 170
Views: 13220

Re: Tools you never knew you needed until you got one

Old topic but I recently bought a JIS screwdriver https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vessel-Megadora-900-2x100-Screwdriver/dp/B000TG8OTY/ref=asc_df_B000TG8OTY/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=231905005622&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=660575226798540896&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=...
by niggle
12 Mar 2019, 2:00pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycle paths beside 'A' class roads East Anglia
Replies: 44
Views: 7384

Re: Cycle paths beside 'A' class roads East Anglia

mjr wrote:Kier have been commissioned by Highways England "to undertake a study to investigate possible improvements for Vulnerable Road Users on and along the A47 Hardwick Roundabout"

Good luck with that, I wouldn't commission Kier to put a shelf up, DAMHIK :evil:
by niggle
29 Dec 2018, 2:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which mid price dynamo hub for disc brake?
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: Which mid price dynamo hub for disc brake?

unless you intend on carrying a large front load and/or using a front rim that is built very light, I think that 32 spokes in a front wheel will be OK, with rim brakes certainly, with disc brakes usually (the wheel will be weaker because it is more dished) cheers No more than a light front load and...
by niggle
25 Dec 2018, 2:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How to Build a Strong Wheel (video guide)
Replies: 21
Views: 1169

Re: How to Build a Strong Wheel (video guide)

I do use the same stress relieving method, but have modified it by placing the wheel on an old car tyre (smallish size, e.g. around 14"), the reason being that I found that lightweight rims can actually get bent at the point where the rim rests against the floor, whereas with the car tyre the w...
by niggle
25 Dec 2018, 10:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which mid price dynamo hub for disc brake?
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: Which mid price dynamo hub for disc brake?

The SRAM seem to be unobtainable now and the Sturmey weighs a whopping 835g and only puts out 2.4W. A fair proportion of users report getting early bearing failure with SP hubs which puts me off as even though the repair service is very reasonably priced, you still have to dismantle the wheel and th...
by niggle
24 Dec 2018, 5:49am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: EVs (electric cars)
Replies: 20
Views: 716

Re: EVs (electric cars)

In the absence of a response from Mr Dopestrong I Googled "life cycle assessment electric vehicles" These are the first two results: https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-vehicles/electric-vehicles/life-cycle-ev-emissions#.XCBxzcaYTH4 "Over their lifetime, battery electric vehicles produce far...
by niggle
23 Dec 2018, 2:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: EVs (electric cars)
Replies: 20
Views: 716

Re: EVs (electric cars)

One recent authoritative study concluded that using a typical western world mix of renewables and fossil fuel generation methods, small capacity, lightweight petrol cars of 800kg or less are typically less polluting across their life cycle than electric alternatives, and a greater proportion of the...
by niggle
22 Dec 2018, 6:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which mid price dynamo hub for disc brake?
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: Which mid price dynamo hub for disc brake?

So having looked through the Shimano website I find there is only one dynamo hub model offered with 6 bolt disc mounting, the DH-3D32 which is fairly low end, on the heavy side, not very well sealed and supposed to be not that efficient. Otherwise I have to either go with a Shimano centre lock dynam...
by niggle
21 Dec 2018, 6:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which mid price dynamo hub for disc brake?
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: Which imid price dynamo hub for disc brake?

I object to centrelock hubs with adjustable cup and cone bearings because they are very often constructed in such a way as you can only adjust them on the RH side. This is bad practice, because the RH side cone and locknut needs to be set extra tight, in order to avoid the possible effects of prece...
by niggle
21 Dec 2018, 10:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which mid price dynamo hub for disc brake?
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Which mid price dynamo hub for disc brake?

Looking for a disc brake compatible dynamo hub for a new build. Price ideally under £100, I have seen the SP PL-8 at Spa cycles for centre lock discs for £70 which seems a good price, but I am slightly put off by lack of user servicing compared to higher end Shimano offerings at similar prices e.g. ...
by niggle
21 Dec 2018, 10:06am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: EVs (electric cars)
Replies: 20
Views: 716

Re: EVs (electric cars)

Do you have to pay a rental fee for the batteries? Depends on the EV - Nissan, No. Renault, Yes. Tesla, No... Others, don't know. Actually some Nissan Leafs are subject to a battery rental, but not ours. Also you can now buy Renault EVs with battery included. No other manufacturers rent the battery...
by niggle
21 Dec 2018, 9:53am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: EVs (electric cars)
Replies: 20
Views: 716

Re: EVs (electric cars)

We're thinking of buying small EV to do an our heavy shopping and stuff that's not practical by bike (which I prefer to use as much as possible). One possible scenario is to power it with solar. We have about 300 days of sunshine here and even when it's dull you're still getting a good charge from ...
by niggle
21 Dec 2018, 7:44am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Kindernay 14 spd hub gear
Replies: 39
Views: 3239

Re: Kindernay 14 spd hub gear

I might be accused of heresy for saying this, but I would favour electronic shifting over hydraulic or cable, as long as the necessary switches and servos are of robust and weather proof design and there is an option to supply the required electrical charge from a hub dynamo. You can then have a roc...
by niggle
20 Dec 2018, 6:52pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: EVs (electric cars)
Replies: 20
Views: 716

Re: EVs (electric cars)

[XAP]Bob wrote:Eco costs of manufacture are 'repaid' within a couple of years (varies between 18 months and a few years depending on your electricity supply).

Moving to Ecotricity for carbon neutral electricity and gas, allegedly
by niggle
20 Dec 2018, 6:50pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: EVs (electric cars)
Replies: 20
Views: 716

Re: EVs (electric cars)

You might be right. Surely true of running Eco costs but is the manufacture any better? On a practical note, how far will it take you? At this time of year it has a maximum range of about 80 miles, 65 reliable, but there are rapid chargers around that will give another 50 miles charge in 30 minutes...