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by belgiangoth
4 Jun 2019, 4:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: incident with police driver
Replies: 66
Views: 9733

Re: What hope is there!

My own reaction to the (not very frequent) adverse criticism I receive from other road users regarding something I have done is firstly, to argue my case robustly on the spot. I avoid any hand gestures other than a wave and limit my swearing to #foreign with a smile on my face. If someone were to s...
by belgiangoth
4 Jun 2019, 3:25pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Net tax contribution
Replies: 36
Views: 1078

Re: Net tax contribution

In this question l think only the financial aspect can be counted, everything else is too subjective. True. However a societal issue we have is that we CAN count money, we CAN'T count other things, so we ONLY count money and ONLY do what the counted money suggests. This is clearly simpler, but also...
by belgiangoth
4 Jun 2019, 3:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Net tax contribution
Replies: 36
Views: 1078

Re: Net tax contribution

I read an article a few years ago that posited that an average person, who'd earned the average wage, with the average number of kids, average illnesses, average age of death etc was only just a net contributor to the tax system. I wonder how many of us actually are net contributors? Like many thin...
by belgiangoth
4 Jun 2019, 3:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ulock mounting options
Replies: 3
Views: 307

Re: Ulock mounting options

I hang the lock over the handlebars because this obviously makes me look cool.
Like all things "cool" it is not massively practical - I wouldn't do it for rides over 5 miles.
by belgiangoth
4 Jun 2019, 2:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?
Replies: 42
Views: 2032

Re: Anyone ever tempted by a cheap bike?

If you keep an eye out you can get a decent budget bike at a low cost (not sure if EBC still do their courier line), but nowhere near what you can get second hand.
by belgiangoth
3 Jun 2019, 11:27pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: BHPC racing at Preston and Knowsley 1/2 Jun 19
Replies: 3
Views: 2628

Re: BHPC racing at Preston and Knowsley 1/2 Jun 19

atlas_shrugged wrote: need to have a cycle helmet

:shock:
by belgiangoth
2 Jun 2019, 9:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New road bike decision - help needed.
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: New road bike decision - help needed.

My a.dvice is that certainly whilst you are trying things out, its going to be much easier and much less messy to use tubed tyres than tubeless. What he said. You mention the CX being sluggish, but also being tired after 50 miles. It would be worth checking how fast you are going with cycle compute...
by belgiangoth
2 Jun 2019, 11:17am
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike
Replies: 15
Views: 3291

Removing and refitting rear wheel on bike

It doesn’t help that my other bike has no rear brake and has track dropouts for fixed. I am currently struggling with holding bike up, lining up wheel for gears and disk brake. Any smart hacks? (I don’t even know whether I should be leaving it on the big or small cog! That’s how long it’s been since...
by belgiangoth
31 May 2019, 1:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alternatives To Vittoria Voyager Hypers 38-42mm ??
Replies: 40
Views: 1296

Re: Alternatives To Vittoria Voyager Hypers 38-42mm ??

Ran them with tubes last year, zero punctures (I usually get one a year, but had just got to the end of the life of my kojaks and was getting frequent punctures). I am running tubeless now though.
by belgiangoth
31 May 2019, 1:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 35-406 tyre
Replies: 8
Views: 392

Re: 35-406 tyre

Thanks for that NUKe, I have contacted them about tyre sizing, but no joy. The kojaks are 32s, which is an option, but not one I will explore when I already have some 28s. I would have considered spending on a narrow 40; I had hoped the greenspeed scorchers sized small compared with the marathons. A...
by belgiangoth
31 May 2019, 11:25am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alternatives To Vittoria Voyager Hypers 38-42mm ??
Replies: 40
Views: 1296

Re: Alternatives To Vittoria Voyager Hypers 38-42mm ??

I used to ride kojaks, like them, but they are rare enough in shops to be a bit on the expensive side. Tried the hypers on sale - the easiest tyre to skid on if you ride fixed, I thought I had a slipped lockring! I am currently using Hutchinson overrides in 38 size. I really like them; if I could on...
by belgiangoth
30 May 2019, 2:13pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New forks
Replies: 2
Views: 407

Re: New forks

I would suggest first having a go on a bike w suspension forks and if you like it buy a bike with them ready fitted. New forks + fitting will be a big chunk of the carrera’s cost.
by belgiangoth
29 May 2019, 11:41am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: 35-406 tyre
Replies: 8
Views: 392

35-406 tyre

I have a 40-406 tyre on the bike, which is just a bit too close to the mudguard (clogs when going through anything muddy). IUdeally I would go only a little smaller to 38-406 or 35-406. I'd opt for Kojaks, but they size as 32s in the 622 size. Also considering greedspeed scorchers, except that they ...
by belgiangoth
28 May 2019, 7:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A-level project help
Replies: 18
Views: 978

Re: A-level project help

You want to either be noticed or appear bigger to be given more space. A light that draws a cycle lane (or bike on the floor) already exists. Other options that exist already: A vest/bag attachment that indicates you speed (not currently manufactured though) Under bike lighting (same as for cars, go...
by belgiangoth
28 May 2019, 3:51pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Speedmachine mudguard questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2791

Re: Speedmachine mudguard questions

Thanks for that! Basically I have (I think) a little less room under the mudguard than Guzzler, so a tight clearance with the 40s, but plenty of room with 28s. Looking closer and cleaning off some much it appears that the issue I initially had is because the suspension inside the fork goes all the w...