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by thekelticfringe
22 Nov 2009, 6:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Commuting - what bike to get?
Replies: 40
Views: 4679

Re: Commuting - what bike to get?

Yeah the guards on my train are pretty good in general. Some have even suggested tyres, let me ride free to the end of the line when I had a puncture and that kinda thing - but there are definitely a few Jobsworths though! I also took my bike to Newcastle on the express. Quite a lot of faffing with ...
by thekelticfringe
22 Nov 2009, 2:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: rim wear with V-Brakes
Replies: 12
Views: 851

Re: rim wear with V-Brakes

andrew_s wrote:if you are unlucky the tyre will explode and you'll get bits of rim flailing about. If you are very unlucky, you are doing 40mph down a steep hill at the time.


PS - I do tend to be fairly unlucky :roll:
by thekelticfringe
22 Nov 2009, 11:23am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Commuting - what bike to get?
Replies: 40
Views: 4679

Re: Commuting - what bike to get?

DD?!? Sorry, finger malfunction compounded by inadequate checking (D and F next to each other on keyboard) Don't understand the handling comment, unless you mean the inability to use your body to 'manual' the bike around at low speed? As for the Scotrail ban: my Grasshopper is about the same length...
by thekelticfringe
22 Nov 2009, 9:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Commuting - what bike to get?
Replies: 40
Views: 4679

Re: Commuting - what bike to get?

Or a fast recumbent bike? If you can't get very aero on a DF bike due to your back, a 'bent bike might be a solution. I thought along similar lines and tried a number of 'bent bikes. In the end I bought a DD. Bents were an interesting ride but my decision was driven by: Bents in general are heavier...
by thekelticfringe
22 Nov 2009, 9:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: rim wear with V-Brakes
Replies: 12
Views: 851

Re: rim wear with V-Brakes

Thanks - very helful. I'll have a look today - seems like something to keep an eye on. A collapsing wheel throwing thin shards of alli alloy around would not be an improvement to my commute. Actully, both wheels are disc capable, so maybe a word to Father X might be a good idea!
by thekelticfringe
21 Nov 2009, 9:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Cycling and wind ....
Replies: 19
Views: 1832

Re: Cycling and wind ....

John Hunter wrote:Our staple diet at home is pasta and lentils ..... cheap and cheerful. I also have a couple of pieces of fruit each day.


Well then - there you go! Get a steak down you :mrgreen:
by thekelticfringe
21 Nov 2009, 5:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: rim wear with V-Brakes
Replies: 12
Views: 851

Re: rim wear with V-Brakes

So - I'm running quite wee tyres - carcase pressure rating is about 100psi. Maybe take it up to about 150psi? Sounds a lot! Think I'll wear safety goggles
by thekelticfringe
21 Nov 2009, 4:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: rim wear with V-Brakes
Replies: 12
Views: 851

Re: rim wear with V-Brakes

Thanks - I've seen wear guides (a groove all around the rim) but these rims don't have that. I reckon they may have been ridden only 1500 miles or so but they're pretty lightweight. I have done two sets of blocks since I've had them if that helps any. Running your fingers over the friction surface y...
by thekelticfringe
21 Nov 2009, 3:12pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: rim wear with V-Brakes
Replies: 12
Views: 851

rim wear with V-Brakes

How do I assess rim wear? How much wear is too much? Thanks
by thekelticfringe
19 Nov 2009, 3:12pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes
Replies: 149
Views: 6555

Re: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes

OIL If you think this a simplistic assesment its nearer than you think.[/quote] Relevent and heartfelt by the sound of things, but not quite what I meant really. Asking questions sets things up for a debate or an argument, whereas making suggestions sets out a route forward. So what I was trying to...
by thekelticfringe
18 Nov 2009, 6:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes
Replies: 149
Views: 6555

Re: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes

So in that case is all this talk about left turning drivers and blind white-van-men just venting? I'd say to Lord Adonis (Min for Transport), that 'token' bike lanes are dangerous driver and rider education and public information is the highest priority a review of what you can do legally on your bi...
by thekelticfringe
18 Nov 2009, 2:24pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Advice on buying a MTB
Replies: 10
Views: 2242

Re: Advice on buying a MTB

At your budget you might consider 2nd hand? Some folk buy bikes and then discover that the sport isn't for them. Maybe visit a more MTB specific forum too - www.singletrackworld.com or UK-MTB.com
by thekelticfringe
18 Nov 2009, 2:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes
Replies: 149
Views: 6555

Re: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes

He he - absolutely - as a newcomer to the board it seems to me that we are divided. The number of different threads discussing ways to encourage, engage, discipline etc. motor vehicle drivers, transport planners, pedestrians, even riders, is considerable and on every thread for each person who posts...
by thekelticfringe
18 Nov 2009, 12:35pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes
Replies: 149
Views: 6555

Re: Cycling plan to blame drivers for all crashes

kwackers wrote:Godwins Law


wasn't this made obsolete by the Neocons?
by thekelticfringe
18 Nov 2009, 12:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "I pay road tax" cycling jersey
Replies: 20
Views: 2469

Re: "I pay road tax" cycling jersey

I like the suggestion of a blue material with hi-vis "Polite" on it.

Seems some folk can mistake this for a branch of law-enforcement and tidy up their driving behaviour no end as a consequence!