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by Nigel
12 Mar 2020, 5:37pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: Minimalist helmet?
Replies: 32
Views: 1546

Re: Minimalist helmet?

I think there is a folding helmet which has an EN standards certificate.

If an employee of Airbus, then fight as per ideas in the thread. But as a subcontractor, need to comply until it can be challenged the long way round.
by Nigel
27 Feb 2020, 10:43am
Forum: Cycling UK Topics and Discussions
Topic: My objection to Gift Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 4355

Re: My objection to Gift Aid

...….I won't say I never gift aid, but the way I do it I guess sits somewhere in the middle. ………. Charities I don't, simply because I'm usually just putting coins in boxes/buckets on shop counters etc. and can't be bothered with the little envelopes. ... As the recently retired treasurer of a small...
by Nigel
25 Feb 2020, 6:23pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike gear inches and ratios.
Replies: 36
Views: 1482

Re: Bike gear inches and ratios.

The other option, if it fits with the mechanisms and bolt circle, is to reduce the 50T ring to, say, 46T. That makes the 11/12 more useful, and gives a reduced jump from inner to outer ring.

- Nigel
by Nigel
20 Feb 2020, 4:59pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prescription Sunglasses
Replies: 62
Views: 2803

Re: Prescription Sunglasses

I usually use my ordinary varifocals (Ray Ban) but it's not ideal. I have been looking at these but can't make up my mind https://www.amazon.co.uk/ROCKBROS-Sunglasses-Polarized-Goggles-Unbreakable/dp/B06XJ6ZMTM/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=rockbros+sunglasses&qid=1582204911&sr=8-5 Not s...
by Nigel
20 Feb 2020, 3:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dangerous cycling bill introduced to HoL with e-bike and e-scooter inclusion
Replies: 40
Views: 2254

Re: Dangerous cycling bill introduced to HoL with e-bike and e-scooter inclusion

After a lot of reading here and elsewhere, as well as riding many, many miles with the ladywife on her electric bike, I find myself tending to agree with either a lower assist limit or keeping the current one. Anything with more assisted speed is becoming a motorbike. If you want to go fast, get a ...
by Nigel
19 Feb 2020, 3:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prescription Sunglasses
Replies: 62
Views: 2803

Re: Prescription Sunglasses

The Oakely if done properly, will be better than the Optilab glasses. Better in fairly small ways, around the design and finish of the product, much of that being in the frame. Whether its worth the substantially higher price is another matter which only individuals can answer. I have a set of Oakl...
by Nigel
16 Feb 2020, 9:46am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Leaving bikes on roof rack over night?
Replies: 16
Views: 996

Re: Leaving bikes on roof rack over night?

As others have said, check the insurance policies very carefully. Stuff on outside of car likely to be excluded. Stuff inside car might be included, but if its visible there may be exclusions on that as well. The roof bars and bike carrier locks are not secure, the locks are only good to stop a &quo...
by Nigel
14 Feb 2020, 5:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prescription Sunglasses
Replies: 62
Views: 2803

Re: Prescription Sunglasses

£200 better? That is for the individual to decide. I've bought quite a few items over my life where there are cheaper options. The reason for the expensive one is "I like the difference". I said where the difference will be found. Much the same as the difference between a bike with Shiman...
by Nigel
14 Feb 2020, 12:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Prescription Sunglasses
Replies: 62
Views: 2803

Re: Prescription Sunglasses

+1 for Optilabs. Have a pair of varifocal "Drivewear" cyling glasses for many years. ……………... Mrs Mick F went for an eye test at Vision Express. I was there and took my Optilabs glasses. They said that they could do them but they would be Oakely and expensive. They looked up varifocal pho...
by Nigel
12 Feb 2020, 3:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Harassment
Replies: 16
Views: 1723

Re: Harassment

Glad you got action from the police - a stern warning is about all they can do without decent evidence such as video or other witnesses.

I might be tempted to add a camera to my bike just incase for future if regularly using the same routes.
by Nigel
9 Feb 2020, 7:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking in Brooks Saddle
Replies: 13
Views: 662

Re: Breaking in Brooks Saddle

Thank you the various replies. She is on the rear of the tandem with a suspension seat post. The Brooks is the best saddle for her of the various good ladies saddles she has used. I should add that I do a 3-4 hour ride on my solo every weekend, as well as much longer rides from time to time, so hav...
by Nigel
9 Feb 2020, 5:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking in Brooks Saddle
Replies: 13
Views: 662

Re: Breaking in Brooks Saddle

When my wife and I got our tandem a couple of years ago I bought a pair of B17 Imperial saddles (S for my wife). I found mine very comfortable from the off and it's only got better. My wife however wasn't so happy and after various adjustments we tried other saddles but none have been good. She is ...
by Nigel
7 Feb 2020, 1:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin vs Smartphone - are Garmin maps "special"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1337

Re: Garmin vs Smartphone - are Garmin maps "special"?

As Ian says, the biggest drain on a phone is the screen(*). The next is trying to connect to weak WiFi or weak 3G/4G data signals (so turn off WiFi and turn off data). Then its GPS and Bluetooth, and the compass and/or orientation sensors. As it doesn't need the phone screen for navigation, the BeeL...
by Nigel
6 Feb 2020, 6:53pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dangerous cycling bill introduced to HoL with e-bike and e-scooter inclusion
Replies: 40
Views: 2254

Re: Dangerous cycling bill introduced to HoL with e-bike and e-scooter inclusion

so, if scooters do become road legal subject to perhaps a 15mph limit, how about getting the maximum assisted speed for electric bikes raised to 25mph. any thoughts? In the same way that the illegal use of CBs in the UK eventually led to them being legalised, albeit in a slightly different format t...
by Nigel
6 Feb 2020, 6:42pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Garmin vs Smartphone - are Garmin maps "special"?
Replies: 41
Views: 1337

Re: Garmin vs Smartphone - are Garmin maps "special"?

I'm a casual cyclist. ……… My thinking is that I'd be better with a "rugged" Android (£100 ish?) and apps. There are some with 5500mAH batteries now. 4 times more than my iphone. Slightly left-field option to add to your thinking: The Beeline device which links wirelessly to a phone (andro...