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by DurableAce
30 Oct 2010, 7:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Insurance smallprint
Replies: 43
Views: 2453

Re: Insurance smallprint

I tend to agree with your point about how insurance has been sold in the past, however it is now a product whose sale is regulated by the FSA to try and prevent issues later on. Nothing is perfect, though. My point is that insurance isn't a special case here in terms of your point about possible mis...
by DurableAce
30 Oct 2010, 7:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cleaning/removing 10-speed chain
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: Cleaning/removing 10-speed chain

I see. Wasn't aware of that. I tend to avoid Sram (for other reasons).

I've carried the Wipperman 10 speed link for a few years and fortunately not had cause to use it, but from the design I can't see how it wouldn't connect and disconnect just as easily.
by DurableAce
30 Oct 2010, 6:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Insurance smallprint
Replies: 43
Views: 2453

Re: Insurance smallprint

[... Best to have a clear understanding with the insurer from the outset on this point. .... And that is the key to a whole lot more. I'd suggest that as the insurance 'industry' has increasingly spread into the lives of ordinary people, they have been much too keen to represent themselves in the a...
by DurableAce
30 Oct 2010, 6:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cleaning/removing 10-speed chain
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: Cleaning/removing 10-speed chain

In principle, I can't see what is different between removing a 9 or 10 speed chain. What do you mean when you say it's not obvious? 10 speed chain pins are stiffer to install remove, though. Unless the chain uses a powerlink, my advice would be to not remove it for cleaning each time. I believe it w...
by DurableAce
23 Oct 2010, 7:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why some shops in USA dont post some items to UK?
Replies: 22
Views: 1846

Re: Why some shops in USA dont post some items to UK?

The last time I checked, it wasn't just VAT that was payable. There was also a customs or excise duty percentage to pay too. So, you need to budget for the price in £/$, the currency conversion % from your credit card company/paypal, VAT, customs/excise (or whatever it is), and the Parcelforce fee. ...
by DurableAce
23 Oct 2010, 1:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Why some shops in USA dont post some items to UK?
Replies: 22
Views: 1846

Re: Why some shops in USA dont post some items to UK?

They may be restricted by suppliers as to what they can sell and where. I've noticed that many UK bike shops won't supply Mavic outside of the UK, for example. I would strongly suspect this is a restriction imposed by the supplier. An alternative explanation in your case, if the shop is so busy, tha...
by DurableAce
16 Oct 2010, 6:06pm
Forum: Using the Forum - request help : report difficulties
Topic: Board index - separate links to For Sale, Wanted etc?
Replies: 0
Views: 670

Board index - separate links to For Sale, Wanted etc?

Just a suggestion, but how about links from the Board Index page to each of the categories under the For Sale, Wanted etc page? Having to go through a sub-menu is a frustrating user experience when I want to see each of what's for sale (bikes), for sale (bits) and wanted in separate tabs.

Thanks.
by DurableAce
12 Oct 2010, 9:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Are all the high clamp front mechs the same height ?
Replies: 8
Views: 616

Re: Are all the high clamp front mechs the same height ?

I would say that it's a problem caused by poor frame design. A friend has just bought a new Kinesis winter frame and forks. Vey nice it looks too. I've been tempted by them in the past. However, the lower bottle cage boss on the seat tube is below the height of the front mech's band. His plastic bot...
by DurableAce
12 Oct 2010, 9:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: advice pls on cleats or not for a hybrid
Replies: 23
Views: 1352

Re: advice pls on cleats or not for a hybrid

Gearoidmuar wrote:You actually DON"T need cleats at all.


True.

Gearoidmuar wrote:You will not cycle faster with them.


Not true. You might. You might not. I do.
by DurableAce
12 Oct 2010, 8:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Turbos and skewers
Replies: 9
Views: 467

Re: Turbos and skewers

The Mechanic wrote:Turbos normally come with a specific skewer to fit. you just replace your existing one with the one supplied. If you buy a SH one and there is no skewer, you can buy one from the manufacturers website or from the shops that sell them. I Did.


+1
by DurableAce
3 Oct 2010, 9:25am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A place to record cyclists using trains
Replies: 220
Views: 31287

Re: A place to record cyclists using trains

On 14th September I caught the 9.00 (ish) First Great Western train from Bodmin Parkway to Swindon. This was my first experience of taking my bike on a train. My thoughts: - The racks in the guards van are totally unsuitable. They are too shallow. In my opinion, bikes are almost certain to fall over...
by DurableAce
19 Aug 2010, 5:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano D12 Electronic Shifters
Replies: 8
Views: 1288

Re: Shimano D12 Electronic Shifters

They're lovely and shift like nothing else.

Coming eventually to Ultegra and 105 groupsets too.
by DurableAce
14 Aug 2010, 10:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another half-remembered stats plea . . . .
Replies: 18
Views: 1026

Re: Another half-remembered stats plea . . . .

I have mentioned that I broke my hip last week, and a cyclist caught one of my crutches with her child-trailer. I nearly fell, and was frightened silly. I don't think she realised what she had done. I fully empathise with frail people worried by careless pavement cyclists. I would guess that member...
by DurableAce
14 Aug 2010, 4:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Another half-remembered stats plea . . . .
Replies: 18
Views: 1026

Re: Another half-remembered stats plea . . . .

Hopefully in the interests of fairness your correspondent has written to the AA, RAC etc requesting them to point out to their members that pavement motoring is also naughty, and causes vastly more deaths than cycling. I'm sure he'll get around to it, when he's finished listening to Stephen Nolan o...
by DurableAce
14 Aug 2010, 10:36am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: BBC4 Ride of My Life: superb programme
Replies: 49
Views: 3701

Re: BBC4 Ride of My Life: superb programme

I've just got around to watching the programme and thought it was great. Ron Penn didn't explain why he was enthisiastic about every part, but it shone through. I must've missed "all the carbon parts" some questionned earlier on here. His bike had a steel frame, which was very nice, even t...