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by cotswolds
13 May 2018, 6:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Canti brakes/self-energising suntours
Replies: 14
Views: 1008

Canti brakes/self-energising suntours

A spring has gone in one of the rear brakes on my Dawes Horizon. I gather parts are not available so I need to replace. Current setup is Sora brifters, Acor crosstops (with barrel adjusters) and Tektro Oryx brakes. I find the performance (with tweaking) to be acceptable but not impressive. Initially...
by cotswolds
4 May 2018, 10:33am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Touring Netherland gearing option
Replies: 16
Views: 1325

Re: Touring Netherland gearing option

A mudguard without a wheel inside it obviously pretty vulnerable to damage. I take them off and attach them to the wheels with short velcro straps. It may seem like a big deal because it's not something you do very often, but if you practice at home, make sure you have the ideal tools, grease the bo...
by cotswolds
30 Apr 2018, 5:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: unibaggage
Replies: 1
Views: 773

unibaggage

Anyone heard of this company or used them? They do door to door to shipping at what seems like very good prices. £17 and 2 days for a 30kg package on the UK mainland, around £30 and 3-4 days in Europe (at least for the sample countries I checked). They'll take a bike packed in a bike box (but not in...
by cotswolds
23 Apr 2018, 8:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How fast do we metabolise?
Replies: 33
Views: 2633

Re: How fast do we metabolise?

Probably the minutes rest and the psychological boost of knowing something is in the system. Question do you really NEED the snicker bar or only THINK you need it? TBH I would be ill if I had something inside my stomach that close to starting a big climb. A friend used to have this theory; When hea...
by cotswolds
5 Apr 2018, 2:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Disallow bans of only cyclists from (previously) all-purpose roads:only allow ban of same list of vehicles as for M-ways
Replies: 46
Views: 4056

Re: Disallow bans of only cyclists from (previously) all-purpose roads:only allow ban of same list of vehicles as for M-

Somewhat tangential, but slightly relevant... I've at least twice seen signs banning "vehicles not capable of exceeding 25mph" - from memory, the A34 near Abingdon and the A45 near Northampton - both fast, near motorway dual carriageways. I assume this is aimed at a particular class of mot...
by cotswolds
8 Dec 2017, 12:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Working out a gradient
Replies: 49
Views: 2425

Re: Working out a gradient

You can get apps that do it for you - google clinometer. Mount phone to bike, calibrate on a known flat surface at home then you can have an instantaneous reading whenever you want. Will measure averaged over the distance between the contact points of your tyres, which is probably further than any s...
by cotswolds
20 Oct 2017, 3:16pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Cholesterol readings & higher max HR
Replies: 10
Views: 1024

Re: Cholesterol readings & higher max HR

It sounds a bit high to me. It is possible to burn 700 calories an hour cycling but you have to be going quite fast. Coming back to your original question, your increased max HR is probably because of improved CV fitness, but a much better measure of this is resting heartrate before you get out of b...
by cotswolds
20 Oct 2017, 1:46pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Pain in crutch when getting on bike
Replies: 13
Views: 1020

Re: Pain in crutch when getting on bike

I get something similar, and for me the following helps: 1. Sit on a dining chair, left foot flat on the floor, right leg crossed over left with right ankle on left knee. 2. Get right knee as low as you comfortably can without straining anything. 3. Using your hands to hold down your right knee, use...
by cotswolds
15 Sep 2017, 4:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Jail for road-rage motorist who deliberately ploughed into cyclists
Replies: 44
Views: 2696

Re: Jail for road-rage motorist who deliberately ploughed into cyclists

I was thinking the other day about the reports we often see in the press about people on the road with more than 12 penalty points on their licence who are still driving, because they plead they need the car for work etc , I was wondering how much their insurance premiums are, as insurance companie...
by cotswolds
7 Sep 2017, 8:07am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sea Sickness - any hints, tips, advice?
Replies: 52
Views: 2416

Re: Sea Sickness - any hints, tips, advice?

I've never had a problem on larger boats, even in storms, so was surprised when I was seasick on my first trip on a small boat. I agree with what other people have said, particularly keeping your eyes on the horizon - I looked down to tie a knot once and was sick. I've tried different brands of seas...
by cotswolds
28 Aug 2017, 2:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many pedestrians are killed by motorists?
Replies: 28
Views: 2290

Re: How many pedestrians are killed by motorists?

For completeness, shouldn't we also know how many cyclists are killed by pedestrians?

I don't ever remember seeing a report of such a (fatal) collision yet it seems likely to me that there must be some.

I do remember seeing a figure of 1/year a while back (which of course I can't find now).
by cotswolds
28 Aug 2017, 12:02pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Inadequate crash investigation?
Replies: 13
Views: 925

Re: Inadequate crash investigation?

There might have been something to analyse if the victim, cyclist and his bike had been left in position in the road until they'd done their measurements, but in the real world, surely a pedestrian/cyclist collision leaves very little to analyse. There may be little to analyse, that doesn't mean th...
by cotswolds
28 Aug 2017, 11:05am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Inadequate crash investigation?
Replies: 13
Views: 925

Re: Inadequate crash investigation?

A bit more information here http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/15495987.Call_for_Wiltshire_Police_to_re_investigate_historic_cycling_incident/ I know little about this, but would the Serious Collisions Investigations Unit have been the slightest help here? My impression was that their skills lie...
by cotswolds
26 Aug 2017, 3:49pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter- sentenced
Replies: 1064
Views: 42694

Re: Cyclist on trial for manslaughter

Out of curiousity, I dusted down my copy of Cyclecraft to see if it said anything relevant to this sort of collision. The most relevant paragraph is In traffic, a bell is useless. Shouting can be effective, but on most occasions it is far better for cyclists to give all their attention to taking eva...