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by Nigel
13 Sep 2020, 10:22am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The whole glasses thing
Replies: 87
Views: 2634

Re: The whole glasses thing

Thanks for your responses everybody. A couple of horror stories have put me off contacts. Also, I'm not prepared to sacrifice my peripheral vision with either frames or inserts, so nothing on Optilabs will fit the bill. http://www.extreme-eyewear.co.uk have some stuff so my current manufacturer lis...
by Nigel
12 Sep 2020, 6:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: The whole glasses thing
Replies: 87
Views: 2634

Re: The whole glasses thing

Optilabs comes up regularly, and a lot of people report good value. I wasn't impressed with them when I tried some sample frames, so decided to look elsewhere. High street opticians vary a lot in what they can do with cycling specific glasses. Some really can't be bothered. Others can be very good. ...
by Nigel
4 Sep 2020, 1:54pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Two separate threads?
Replies: 35
Views: 838

Re: Two separate threads?

... Two separate presentations setting out your store. The readers can then make their own minds up. As I posted. It's been done to death. It just needs somebody with time on their hands to volunteer to sort it into two neat piles. When that's done, if anybody notices something missing, they can ma...
by Nigel
2 Sep 2020, 1:55pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ride Booking system
Replies: 10
Views: 577

Re: Ride Booking system

Any system beyond "email or text me here" is going to exclude some people. They either don't use the systems in question, or choose not to. Maybe that's OK to exclude people, but I'm not sure its the right way to go. For smaller group rides, I can't see what's wrong with the email/text app...
by Nigel
2 Sep 2020, 12:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: GF unable to move front derailleur
Replies: 17
Views: 576

Re: GF unable to move front derailleur

Cheap options would be bar-end, or a bar-top lever (MTB friction lever shifter), or the old-style stem levers of a 1970's bike - like these (but check stem or steerer diameters - they're generally a lot fatter today than in the past): https://restoringvintagebicycles.com/2018/12/30/stem-mounted-shif...
by Nigel
2 Sep 2020, 9:41am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Shimano Steps E6000 battery fail - is it a fuse?
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: Shimano Steps E6000 battery fail - is it a fuse?

If its only two years old, then back to the supplying retailer. I don't think 2 years then "dead" would be acceptable under the general consumer rights legislation for an expensive battery, unless that likely lifetime was made clear at time of purchase. The retailer can then take it up wit...
by Nigel
31 Aug 2020, 2:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reduced Speed Limits
Replies: 80
Views: 2222

Re: Reduced Speed Limits

The place to start proving any statutory offence is with the relevant statute. ... in any street, to the obstruction, annoyance, or danger of the residents or passengers, .... rides or drives furiously any ... carriage, ... Surely the maximum speed limits should apply to cyclists I must write to my...
by Nigel
30 Aug 2020, 7:57pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Gearing.
Replies: 20
Views: 622

Re: Gearing.

Just wondering after looking at a selectipn of ebikes in a shop. Why do they all seem to have a single chain ring and a small one at that? My cynical wife reckons it is because the riders are unfit(they must be or they would not ride such a thing) and thus can't go fast any way and will be screwed ...
by Nigel
30 Aug 2020, 7:34pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reduced Speed Limits
Replies: 80
Views: 2222

Re: Reduced Speed Limits

I too was surprised at the scope - all towns and most villages. At one level, I think its a good way to try 20mph. There's little doubt/confusion about whether its 20 or not; if its a built up area its 20 (was 30). Whereas a "20 here, 30 there, 40 somewhere else" approach is confusing (pa...
by Nigel
28 Aug 2020, 11:35am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Reduced Speed Limits
Replies: 80
Views: 2222

Re: Reduced Speed Limits

Just got an email from one of the councillors - as per the OP the bill has passed . I am really struggling to believe that all 30mph zones (apart from trunk roads) in the whole of the Scottish Borders are going to have a 20mph speed limit. People (as in drivers) are going to go absolutely nuts when...
by Nigel
26 Aug 2020, 2:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Spa Tourer Rear Brake Not Releasing Completely
Replies: 15
Views: 580

Re: Spa Tourer Rear Brake Not Releasing Completely

First off, does anyone have thoughts on why the brake pad does not release completely, and second should the two brake arms be mounted through the same hole (ie symetrical)? Is the V brake the right kind of brake for the Spa Tourer? Not releasing, with the holes different, suggests spring pressures...
by Nigel
26 Aug 2020, 2:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why the 'what three words' TV ad is so annoying?
Replies: 145
Views: 3413

Re: why the 'what three words' TV ad is so annoying?

mjr wrote "Strangely, I can find one that will do UK postcodes but not OS grid references " ie share. I have the OS Locate app on my Android phone. Bottom left of the screen is "Share" button. It says it shares to "Message" and "Email". Yes, and its not the o...
by Nigel
24 Aug 2020, 9:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: why the 'what three words' TV ad is so annoying?
Replies: 145
Views: 3413

Re: why the 'what three words' TV ad is so annoying?

Quite a lot of the mountain rescue teams (who'd probably be involved in a Loch Ericht rescue) use a system called SARLOC, which has been around for about a decade. It was developed by a mountain rescue team member. It needs a data signal. A SMS is sent to the phone containing a URL to a website (run...
by Nigel
14 Aug 2020, 7:51pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Wooler as a base for cycling
Replies: 46
Views: 1547

Re: Wooler as a base for cycling

We enjoyed our last day on the tandem out of Wooler today. Over to Kelso via Midrummill and back via the Yetholms. A great 50 miler which was probably the longest my wife has managed since we go the tandem a couple of years ago. A lovely ride. Particularly nice bits were the descent into Town Yetho...
by Nigel
13 Aug 2020, 9:06am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Wooler as a base for cycling
Replies: 46
Views: 1547

Re: Wooler as a base for cycling

Cyril Haearn wrote:'closed bridge'? :?


Bridge closed many years ago to motor vehicles. It remains open to walkers, cyclists, etc.

As Pebble says, there are lots of really nice cycle routes over the border. Weather doesn't look brilliant today, a bit grey.

- Nigel