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by ReedWarbler
21 Feb 2013, 5:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cautionary tale
Replies: 65
Views: 2522

Re: Cautionary tale

What are they for, other than to make taking the front wheel out a complete pain? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawyer_lips#Lawyer_lips. Yes, I read that, but I still ask, "What are they for?" Answer: Nothing. ............... but if Mr Campag hadn't invented the QR, we'd still be on nuts a...
by ReedWarbler
15 Jan 2013, 9:29am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Rural Roads Traffic Calming
Replies: 31
Views: 1905

Re: Rural Roads Traffic Calming

In my experience "traffic calming" makes the road less safe for cyclists - not least because there is so much else on the road requiring the driver's attention, that an actual cyclist using the road is given very little regard. As a cyclist I hate all forms of it.
by ReedWarbler
15 Jan 2013, 9:17am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: CTC Launch Women's Race Team
Replies: 162
Views: 54437

Re: CTC Launch Women's Race Team

<snip> However, I do agree that to get more cylists we need more of them to be women. Firstly because women are a minority amongst cyclists and secondly because women have a key role in influencing family decisions. Nevertheless, for either gender participation rates are linked to rationale decisio...
by ReedWarbler
15 Jan 2013, 9:09am
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: CTC Launch Women's Race Team
Replies: 162
Views: 54437

Re: CTC Launch Women's Race Team

On a quick and unscientific headcount, at the time of counting there were 26 different forum members who had posted. I make it six supporters, not all of whom are ecstatic Six clear opponents The others are unsure, or posted off topic / tried to be funny. The vast majority of posters on this thread...
by ReedWarbler
21 Sep 2012, 1:51pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Time Trials on dual carriageways.
Replies: 127
Views: 60120

Re: Time Trials on dual carriageways.

Time trialling is lawful and there is no statute about furious cycling as far as I'm aware although in my opinion there should be one. I know that many police forces advise against time trials on dual carriageways but they do not have any power to stop time trials provided they are conducted within...
by ReedWarbler
20 Sep 2012, 8:11pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Time Trials on dual carriageways.
Replies: 127
Views: 60120

Re: Time Trials on dual carriageways.

Dear Trev, You spouted at lot of untruths about Time Trialling on the TT forum and were shot down in flames by people who actually knew the facts, which you obviously didn't like. So now you seem to have come over here to spout those same untruths in a cycle touring forum to a whole load of folks wh...
by ReedWarbler
19 Apr 2007, 1:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Track Pump Valve Head - One That Works?
Replies: 32
Views: 12808

The one I cannot use at the moment is one I got by post in the UK. It's an SKS Airworx and was NOT cheap. The schraeder valve cannot physically fit into the hole. I know it needs to be a tight seal, but this is ridiculous! I saw the TopPeak dual-valve head on Wiggle. Let me know what it's like. Is ...
by ReedWarbler
16 Apr 2007, 1:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Plastic bag URGENTLY required
Replies: 7
Views: 3761

Neil, Glad to hear that you are fixed up. The bags we had did around a dozen flights each (or more) being patched up with more and more brown tape each time. I think they have been long since consigned to the dustbin. The last few tours we have done, we have driven to meet the group rather than risk...
by ReedWarbler
13 Apr 2007, 12:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Plastic bag URGENTLY required
Replies: 7
Views: 3761

The bags that we have used in the past came from British Airways - but, of course, we were flying with them (from Gatwick - but I don't suppose that is the only airport). It might be worth contacting them and asking if they will be prepared to sell you one..... The bags have rolled up nicely and sat...
by ReedWarbler
4 Apr 2007, 12:46pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Sardinia info please!
Replies: 4
Views: 1323

10 years ago I did a CTC Tour that went from the North of Sardinia to the South over 2 weeks. It was excellent touring country and very quiet. So quiet, in fact, that things like postcards and sun cream (unless you only use factor 2!) were unavailable at the small shops in the towns and villages awa...
by ReedWarbler
30 Mar 2007, 12:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: YHA hits students and those of "limited means"??
Replies: 18
Views: 5850

Some years ago, one of our members turned up at a Youth Hostel with a valid booking receipt. He found the hostel closed and was told that the hostel had been sold. Fortunately someone nearby allowed him to use the tent that he was carrying to camp in their back garden instead. It should not have bee...
by ReedWarbler
22 Mar 2007, 1:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aaargh! Drop bar diameter problems! Help!
Replies: 5
Views: 2926

When I started building bikes 25 years ago it did seem pretty simple. Cinelli was one size - 26.4mm - and everything else was different! I liked Cinelli best, so standardised on their bars/stems for all my bikes. So here's the Cinelli masterclass: This size applied to all Cinelli stems (1a, 1r, 1x, ...
by ReedWarbler
26 Feb 2007, 3:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clipless pedals
Replies: 9
Views: 2337

Whatever type you go for, make sure that the tension is adjustable and before using the pedals adjust it so that they are quite loose, ie your foot releases with very little effort. If you find that this is too loose, and you pull your foot out when you don't want to, tighten it slightly. In the eve...
by ReedWarbler
22 Feb 2007, 5:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Health & Safety at Work Issue
Replies: 18
Views: 4347

1. I carry my bike up and down 2 (narrow) flights of stairs to get between my flat and the outside world. 2. Occasionally I forget my access pass to the works car-park (usually when I drove yesterday and cycled today and therefore changed clothes!). When I forget my badge, I and my bike go in the ma...
by ReedWarbler
22 Feb 2007, 5:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: "I'd Rather Walk than use Shimano"?
Replies: 56
Views: 10623

I'm intrigued that in all this talk of alternatives to Campagnolo/Shimano, no one has mentioned the TA Cyclotouriste, or Stronglight crank version of same, as an excellent touring chainset. Sadly the availability of cheap MTB chainsets seems to have been the death of this excellent and versatile des...