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by mark a.
29 Jul 2008, 3:38pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Broken Nexus 8
Replies: 17
Views: 2166

Broken Nexus 8

I have an 18-month old Carrera Subway 8 (the Halfords one) with the Shimano Nexus 8 hub gears. They've been great but the other day they've essentially given up on anything above 4th gear - it grinds horribly. It's out of guarantee with Halfords so I'd rather they didn't go anywhere near it. I tried...
by mark a.
2 Jun 2008, 2:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Should Sat Navs have screens?
Replies: 62
Views: 4444

Some reasons why I would be opposed to any ban of sat-nav screens or locks to prevent inputs while driving: - If I have a passenger they can look at the screen for me and tell me anything important - They can add in any destinations, waypoints, traffic-news checks using the remote control - Any voic...
by mark a.
4 Apr 2008, 4:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what don't you like about cycling?
Replies: 57
Views: 5523

Re: what don't you like about cycling?

For me the only thing that comes to mind is wearing a rucksack (to carry laptop to work - too valuable to put on bike) whilst cycling and you end up with a sweaty back. I too found that annoying but then switched to a courier bag. It really made all the difference so sweaty backs (well, bag-induced...
by mark a.
3 Apr 2008, 7:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Testing bike types
Replies: 16
Views: 1628

I like the idea of an intermediate tri-cross bike or similar. Then it would give me a good midpoint between full-blown racer and full-blown tourer. Then somewhere down the line I can specialise into whichever area I enjoy the most. I'd still have to get a MTB as well, though! I'd be travelling on lo...
by mark a.
3 Apr 2008, 7:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Gears
Replies: 18
Views: 2793

If it helps I have the Halfords Carrera bike with the Shimano Nexus 8, with hub brakes both front and back. I used it for my "fit and forget" commute from the station to work and for that it worked great. The brakes are a bit mushy (not much chance for locking the rear or tumbling over the...
by mark a.
2 Apr 2008, 11:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Testing bike types
Replies: 16
Views: 1628

I'd love to be able to own 5 bikes, but I don't have the funds or shed space!

So, if I can only have one, what would be the best way of finding out the "best buy" for me? Obviously this will be with the view that I'll be buying more bikes in the future...!
by mark a.
2 Apr 2008, 5:01pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Testing bike types
Replies: 16
Views: 1628

Testing bike types

Hi all - I'm a fairly long-time lurker but I think this is my first post. I only have one, cheap commuter bike but I'd like to buy something for evenings and weekends. I've recently been able to try out mountain biking which has been great fun. It's been easy - hire a fairly decent bike and razz aro...
by mark a.
28 Jan 2007, 5:02pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Congratulations to Daniel Cadden
Replies: 32
Views: 9553

Ah, thanks. Obviously I read the "won the re-trial" the wrong way round.

Definitely good news then!
by mark a.
28 Jan 2007, 1:05am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Congratulations to Daniel Cadden
Replies: 32
Views: 9553

Forgive me for perhaps being an ignoramus, but has Daniel actually won anything? As far as I can tell from the press release, he's just won the right for a retrial. So, in theory, he could still get charged again for inconsiderate cycling or something else equally ludicrous. I'm glad that his origin...
by mark a.
24 Jan 2007, 2:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sleeping bags - down or synthetic ?
Replies: 17
Views: 3894

I recently went through the same dilemma, and ended up going for down. Main reasons were as you described (light in weight and smaller pack size), but also there's the fact that it's more natural - I have learned that no matter what the hype, "old technology" natural fibres still have many...