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by francovendee
20 Jul 2019, 9:50am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone Using OsmAnd - Voice Prompts Screen Off
Replies: 11
Views: 2346

Re: Anyone Using OsmAnd - Voice Prompts Screen Off

Not sure if we're talking about the same thing, but you could set Osmand screen to come on before a turn and then turn itself off again until the next?
Is this not available in the newer versions? I've found it invaluable in extending battery life.
by francovendee
15 Jul 2019, 7:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain maintenance regime
Replies: 10
Views: 677

Re: Chain maintenance regime

Lots of views about this subject.
I use the 3 chain method but what really extended chain life for me was being very thorough in making sure all excess oil is removed.
Since doing this the chain life has doubled
by francovendee
15 Jul 2019, 7:19am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Clean front and rear gear sprockets in situ or remove?
Replies: 31
Views: 1045

Re: Clean front and rear gear sprockets in situ or remove?

Once in every four clean ups I take the drive train off the bike and clean it in white spirit.
It does take a little longer but gives you an opportunity to have a good look at everything and spot potential problems.
On or off the bike it's still a messy job.
by francovendee
14 Jul 2019, 7:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket
Replies: 4
Views: 347

Re: Bottom Bracket

The LH cup used to be plastic, now they are aluminium. A lot of other things creek too, the cup might be innocent of all charges. Check the axle/crank tapers are clean, and pedal (and BB) threads greased (or copper slipped) and secure. These can creek too. The bearings are almost certainly fine, ex...
by francovendee
14 Jul 2019, 10:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bottom Bracket
Replies: 4
Views: 347

Bottom Bracket

I've just taken out the bottom bracket to see if it's this causing the clicking sound I get when pedalling. I'd thought it unlikely as it's only 2 years old. I was very surprised to find the left hand side (not sure if it has a name) has a split right across the threads. I never noticed at the time ...
by francovendee
10 Jul 2019, 1:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 18241
Views: 452923

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

We voted to leave the EU, the government said it would honour our wish, and continues to do so. If no deal is possible with the EU then it's fairly obvious that we have to leave with no deal. The promise to leave was unconditional, not conditional on the EU agreeing to terms and conditions it likes...
by francovendee
10 Jul 2019, 7:21am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tools recommendation for newbie
Replies: 14
Views: 2380

Re: Tools recommendation for newbie

If you have some general tools and need to fix something on the bike take a look on Youtube. It may give you some ideas as to what you'll need in the way of special tools to do the job. Check out that your bike has the same sort of parts as in the video as it makes a difference to the tools needed I...
by francovendee
6 Jul 2019, 8:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 10-50 cassette
Replies: 83
Views: 2932

Re: 10-50 cassette

bigjim wrote:
I just wonder how we managed in days gone by

We got off and walked. I did a lot of club cycling in the 1960s. High geared 5 speed bikes, or even for a while in my case, 3 speed SA. There was no shame in dismounting. Most did it.

Nothing wrong with that. Some people even do it without a bike :)
by francovendee
5 Jul 2019, 11:40am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hydrogen Vehicles
Replies: 278
Views: 5438

Re: Hydrogen Vehicles

This thread seems (to me) to suffer from a certain amount of myopia: personal transport irrespective of the means of propulsion will not reduce congestion, road incidents or deaths. We need to get people out of their cars and using other means of transport whether a bus, train or cycle or foot ! I'...
by francovendee
5 Jul 2019, 10:55am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hydrogen Vehicles
Replies: 278
Views: 5438

Re: Hydrogen Vehicles

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2197211-electric-cars-wont-shrink-emissions-enough-we-must-cut-travel-too/

I think this makes interesting reading and I rather like the ideas put forward.
by francovendee
5 Jul 2019, 7:34am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Hatred against Cyclists
Replies: 136
Views: 11897

Re: When, exactly, did cycling become anti-social?

My bike history started off much like yours and now 76 my cycling is a big part of my life. I'm not sure cycling has become anti-social in most peoples eyes. Crowded city roads creates anger from the motorists against cyclists, pedestrians and other drivers. There is a general feeling that cycling i...
by francovendee
4 Jul 2019, 7:59am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike speedo v GPS
Replies: 58
Views: 2079

Re: Bike speedo v GPS

. I am only interested in having a speedometer, a trip meter and an odometer. I have the same limited needs and also use a Wilko computer. Only snag is that there is no option to calibrate it using the distance covered by one revolution of the wheel - just a choice of specified wheel sizes. Can't f...
by francovendee
2 Jul 2019, 7:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Hydrogen Vehicles
Replies: 278
Views: 5438

Re: Hydrogen Vehicles

I see the EU now wants EV's to have some form of sound warning when travelling at low speed. Now that is a good idea, how about Mr Whippy chimes? :D
by francovendee
1 Jul 2019, 7:48am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Chain woes.
Replies: 16
Views: 631

Re: Chain woes.

philvantwo wrote:8 speed??
We're up to 11 speed now chaps!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

I must have lost 3, off to the shed now to take a look for them 8)