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by soapbox
26 Nov 2011, 9:47am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 4
Views: 817

Insurance

A report on the BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15892074 is calling for more cyclists to have insurance. This got me thinking about the last time I had an accident. I was working for the DWP at the time and was knocked off my bike on my way to work when someone opened their car door o...
by soapbox
11 Oct 2009, 6:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Q Factor
Replies: 17
Views: 1508

Re: Q Factor

Just to say thanks to Dave P and anniesboy for the above posts about Q Factor. Does anyone know what the numbers (in bold) are on the ads for the FSA chainsets, though: FSA Gossamer Cyclo Cross 175 MEGXO 46-36 330- 1255 FSA Gossamer Cyclo Cross 172 MEGXO 46-36 330- 1252 FSA Gossamer Cyclo Cross 170 ...
by soapbox
9 Oct 2009, 7:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Q Factor
Replies: 17
Views: 1508

Re: Q Factor

PW wrote:Possibly the 330 *might* be the Q factor in mm, the other one can only be a serial number to identify one crank from another.
It can't be a Q measurement or we'd need feet 4ft apart!

Erm, yeah, but... what is the Q-Factor? What does 'Q-Factor' mean? :?
by soapbox
9 Oct 2009, 5:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Mercian Frame?
Replies: 2
Views: 1264

Re: Which Mercian Frame?

I got a couple of Mercians earlier this year -a 631 King of Mercia with mudguards and a rack for touring, and a Pro Lugless 725 with no mudguard eyes for sunny day rides. The touring bike is as I would have expected -nice ride when you just want to plod around, but heavyish because it's a touring bi...
by soapbox
9 Oct 2009, 5:32pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Q Factor
Replies: 17
Views: 1508

Re: Q Factor

I'm obviously not spending enough time in cyclists' cafes or on internet forums, but please can someone explain to me what 'Q Factor' is? My mate came round yesterday to look on my computer for a new chainset. He was looking at some FSA Gossamer cyclo-cross chainsets and was puzzled by all the numbe...
by soapbox
12 Jul 2009, 4:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Bicycle manufacturers struggle to keep up with the boom
Replies: 10
Views: 1109

Re: Bicycle manufacturers struggle to keep up with the boom

My employer still refuses to do Cycle to Work, so I will pick holes in the article in a fit of pique. How come demand has tripled, but sales have only increased by a fifth? Up until a year ago, I worked for a Government department (DWP) for ten years that refused to get involved in the CTW scheme. ...
by soapbox
30 Jun 2009, 3:12pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Companions for west coasts of Ireland and Scotland
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Re: Companions for west coasts of Ireland and Scotland

Chris -
I went to Orkney and Shetland last year. The ferries now require photographic ID.