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by snibgo
29 Jun 2010, 11:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bulge in Schwalbe tyre
Replies: 21
Views: 2627

Re: Bulge in Schwalbe tyre

Thanks, people. LBS is 6 miles away, so I've put the old perished tyre back on. Guess I'd better take off the new rear tyre for a closer look in case these things go in batches. I'd only replaced the tyres because I was concerned about reliability (the rubber is entirely cracked between the treads),...
by snibgo
29 Jun 2010, 11:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Poor cycling practise
Replies: 95
Views: 3766

Re: Poor cycling practise

I would guess that cyclists involved in accidents are typical cyclists who, IME, act predictably, as in Crossroads's examples above. For an example of bad behaviour from a cyclist: I was standing at a bus stop a few days ago. The road was busy with cars and cycles, all about the same speed, no probl...
by snibgo
29 Jun 2010, 8:02pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bulge in Schwalbe tyre
Replies: 21
Views: 2627

Bulge in Schwalbe tyre

I put on new Schwalbe Marathons (700 x 28C, if it mattters) and new tubes. I pumped to 80 psi. The tyre walls says min 55, max 100 psi. After about ten miles, the front tyre has developed a bulge, which I detected from the clicking noise it made with the road. The bulge is about 20mm long, 10mm wide...
by snibgo
29 Jun 2010, 6:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Poor cycling practise
Replies: 95
Views: 3766

Re: Poor cycling practise

Drivers have other excuses to hate cyclists, of course. We sometimes impede them, and sometimes go faster, which is just as bad. We have more freedom, which reminds them of carefree childhoods. Our transport is much cheaper than theirs. They also feel guilt -- they know the environment and their hea...
by snibgo
29 Jun 2010, 5:09pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Poor cycling practise
Replies: 95
Views: 3766

Re: Poor cycling practise

...a school of thought that suggests that unpredictable cyclists are safer... It's thought-provoking, so I'll have to think about it, but my immediate reaction is: no. Drivers would give us more consideration if they respected us more. When we break the rules (written or otherwise), they hate us. T...
by snibgo
29 Jun 2010, 4:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: So who are the best cyclists?
Replies: 49
Views: 2159

Re: So who are the best cyclists?

and my word is final!


It isn't now.
by snibgo
29 Jun 2010, 4:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Poor cycling practise
Replies: 95
Views: 3766

Re: Poor cycling practise

Bad cyclists are a danger to themselves and others (cyclists and pedestrians), and give ammo to the anti-bike lobby. For safety and hassle-free traffic, predictability is essential. Part of this is following the rules. I like the thought of traffic freezing when they catch sight of me wobbling along...
by snibgo
29 Jun 2010, 2:11pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Shakedown questions
Replies: 14
Views: 930

Re: Shakedown questions

In my (very dated) experience: clothes and sleeping bags need waterproof bags. Binbags tear. Bungees break or ping apart at the worst possible times. I preferred luggage straps, as tight as possible, with a few "spares" -- if the baggage needed 4 to be secure, I used 6.
by snibgo
29 Jun 2010, 1:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: I take the Primary on a dual carriage way and Im proud of it
Replies: 44
Views: 2331

Re: I take the Primary on a dual carriage way and Im proud of it

When I used to commute by bike, decades ago, I reckoned frustrated drivers were dangerous drivers. OTOH, if I could be generous to them, they might return the favour to other cyclists. So I would pull in from time to time, to allow the stream of traffic to safely get past me. Sure, this would slow m...
by snibgo
29 Jun 2010, 5:00am
Forum: On the road
Topic: I take the Primary on a dual carriage way and Im proud of it
Replies: 44
Views: 2331

Re: I take the Primary on a dual carriage way and Im proud of it

Hi all, returning newbie here. Grew up in Stevenage -- fond memories of broken glasss in the underpasses. I'm still re-learning and haven't bought Cyclecraft yet, so don't take my word for anything. Around here, we have a horrible fast narrow single-carriageway, where I keep fairly well to the left ...