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by thekelticfringe
8 Nov 2009, 7:52am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Debate scheduled:Cyclists are a menace
Replies: 22
Views: 1528

Re: Debate scheduled:Cyclists are a menace

What annoys me about the police officer's decision in my case, is that she is undermining the way the road traffic law is supposed to work. The law, as laid down by parliament, is that minor traffic offences such as speeding, driving without due care, and so on should be prosecuted. The driver gets...
by thekelticfringe
7 Nov 2009, 12:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Transporting a bike in a hatchback
Replies: 11
Views: 691

Re: Transporting a bike in a hatchback

Umm - slightly OT, but does an Alfine need kept upright too then? I take my bike in the car to the station as part of my commute and it lies on it's side for this +/- 15 min journey. I have been known to leave it in the back of the car overnight (therefore on its side) to be ready for the early morn...
by thekelticfringe
4 Nov 2009, 5:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Front lights for 7 ml rural commute
Replies: 31
Views: 2196

Re: Front lights for 7 ml rural commute

Oh and for the sake of full disclosure, I have no association whatsoever with the vendor - just heard lots of good things about the light and have one on order myself for exactly the same purpose as you
by thekelticfringe
4 Nov 2009, 5:05pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Front lights for 7 ml rural commute
Replies: 31
Views: 2196

Re: Front lights for 7 ml rural commute

You might like to consider this: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.25149

900 lumens is quite bright
by thekelticfringe
2 Nov 2009, 8:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tyres for the wet
Replies: 41
Views: 1775

Re: Tyres for the wet

Well - interesting - spent the weekend riding the mountain bike through sodden, rooty woodland and marshy saturated trails in the pouring rain. Very alert to handling characteristics and had a fine time. This am on the ride to work I really tried to ride well - not on the bike-handling autopilot tha...
by thekelticfringe
1 Nov 2009, 10:46pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: How to keep water out of waterproof socks.
Replies: 10
Views: 1343

Re: How to keep water out of waterproof socks.

Oh and btw I've got some breeks like that - pretty good, but quite thin and prone to damage I find, and a lot more expensive than a pair of rubber gloves and a pot of vaseline, Doctor.
by thekelticfringe
1 Nov 2009, 10:43pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: How to keep water out of waterproof socks.
Replies: 10
Views: 1343

Re: How to keep water out of waterproof socks.

Hum - the rubber glove ploy sounds interesting. I came back from a ride today with swollen sock ankles due to the amount of water trapped inside my (knee length) sealskinz. Will just have to experiment on size a bit to avoid getting a tourniquet effect from the glove clamped around my knee. Be grand...
by thekelticfringe
31 Oct 2009, 10:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tyres for the wet
Replies: 41
Views: 1775

Re: Tyres for the wet

Cheers - I have lost the back when climbing, accelerating or braking, and also had it slide/tramline quite badly along road imperfections. This hasn't been enough to result in a fall, but is unnerving particularly in traffic. I've also had an 'off' when the front just seemed to let go entirely, on p...
by thekelticfringe
31 Oct 2009, 2:15pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Tyres for the wet
Replies: 41
Views: 1775

Tyres for the wet

I got a new fast commuter this summer, which came with Bontrager Select K 700x25 tyres. These were fine across dry weather but now that autumn is here I have had a number of pretty scary slides, both on the road and on Sustrans type surfaces. I'm running the tyres at their recommended pressure (abou...
by thekelticfringe
31 Oct 2009, 10:45am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to get Fit on a Bicycle?
Replies: 86
Views: 294135

Re: How to get Fit on a Bicycle?

bikely-challenged - Mick's suggestions are good too. The main point is that getting yr bike well set-up will make it easier for you, so if you need more advice I'd suggest cruising down to your LBS for a fitting. Just getting your saddle height right will make a big difference (and reduce the risk o...
by thekelticfringe
31 Oct 2009, 8:49am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to get Fit on a Bicycle?
Replies: 86
Views: 294135

Re: How to get Fit on a Bicycle?

Mick F wrote:Not sure about that. There's absolutely no way that I can do that! One foot, yes. Both feet no.


Reach down with yer tippie toes :?>
by thekelticfringe
31 Oct 2009, 8:42am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Exemplary driving overtaking a cyclist
Replies: 12
Views: 953

Re: Exemplary driving overtaking a cyclist

I always try to thank considerate drivers by offering a thumbs up or a wave of the hand, and TBH most folks are fairly careful. Think this helps to build positive images of cyclists. Unfortunately I have also had to thump on the side of an overtaking van to indicate how close the driver has cut it.
by thekelticfringe
31 Oct 2009, 8:32am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How to get Fit on a Bicycle?
Replies: 86
Views: 294135

Re: How to get Fit on a Bicycle?

Hope this thread is still live cos I really wanted to offer my encouragement. Well done for taking the first steps and getting out there at all! There's lots of good advice here, but I didn't notice anything about bike setup (Sorry if I missed it!!). It's pretty important that saddle height and hand...
by thekelticfringe
31 Oct 2009, 8:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alfine Commuter
Replies: 50
Views: 3998

Re: Alfine Commuter

I've got an alfine on my Roadrat and really recommend it. However, it isn't **100%** maintenance free. Your mate should ensure he gets a chain tensioner or regularly checks chain tension (if he's got a frame with sliding dropouts). Over time the chain will stretch and if it becomes too loose it can ...
by thekelticfringe
31 Oct 2009, 7:38am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Whitelee Wind Farm
Replies: 2
Views: 459

Re: Whitelee Wind Farm

Hi - Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre is open 7 days til the end of November. The VC then shuts across the winter, although you can still ride the trails, and re-opens in March. Glad you enjoyed the riding - there's some nice spots around the loch too.