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by mark a.
19 Sep 2017, 11:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC's Crash Kit app
Replies: 10
Views: 1074

Re: CTC's Crash Kit app

To resurrect this thread, I've just updated my iPhone to iOS 11 and, to no surprise, the CTC Crash Kit app no longer works. iOS tells me that the developer needs to update the app. I never did get round to bother emailing HQ before, so I've sent an email now. I assume I won't get a useful answer, bu...
by mark a.
18 Sep 2017, 10:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cycling as a whole; losing the plot...?
Replies: 512
Views: 20306

Re: Cycling as a whole; losing the plot...?

There's always room for another moan, it seems. It wasn't that long ago that people were complaining about hipster fixie riders (we still do, to some extent, especially after the recent court case). So from the super-simple fixie to the over-complicated MAMIL-machine we have all bases covered as tar...
by mark a.
31 Aug 2017, 2:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is the point of Tubeless tyres ?
Replies: 63
Views: 3793

Re: What is the point of Tubeless tyres ?

I know i get told off for this but ... There is an amazing amount of "Emperors New Clothes" in cycle marketing ..... Rafts of gadgets and gizmos that exist only because they can.. not because we need them ...... And a "Cyclist and his money etc"........ :roll: I'll tell you off....
by mark a.
9 Aug 2017, 10:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What is the point of Tubeless tyres ?
Replies: 63
Views: 3793

Re: What is the point of Tubeless tyres ?

Jesus Christ, calm down landsurfer. No need to be so hysterical and vindictive about it all.
by mark a.
3 Aug 2017, 10:18pm
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Brompton Electric. Game changer?
Replies: 22
Views: 4062

Re: Brompton Electric. Game changer?

I think the Gocycle is also an interesting bike, but it's not really a folding bike. More like stowable - better for travel than for commuting. The Brompton is such an iconic bike (in the UK at least), so I think that making it electric will be very interesting. Plus I think the way the "batter...
by mark a.
31 Jul 2017, 11:50am
Forum: Electric bikes
Topic: Brompton Electric. Game changer?
Replies: 22
Views: 4062

Brompton Electric. Game changer?

Link , with specifications here Interesting. Could be a very important bike. People seem to enjoy electric bikes (I haven't tried one) but so far they've been mostly hybrids or chunky cargo bikes & MTB. People love Bromptons. The two together could be amazing. Included lights, USB charging etc ...
by mark a.
1 Jul 2017, 11:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stainless Steel water bottles
Replies: 93
Views: 6352

Re: Stainless Steel water bottles

My bike isn't stylish enough to make best use of a swish shiny metal bottle, but I must admit they do look nice. Perhaps I'll try with one of my battered Siggs.
by mark a.
14 May 2017, 11:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Budget MTB pedal advice
Replies: 5
Views: 1682

Re: Budget MTB pedal advice

Apparently the current hotness is plastic (nylon reinforced) pedals. They're very light, thin, surprisingly strong, cheap and the grip comes from the pins, just as it does with the fancy metal ones. The Superstar ones are £25. Note, I haven't tried them, and I think some people have lost pins as the...
by mark a.
12 May 2017, 10:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: STI + brake release
Replies: 11
Views: 885

Re: STI + brake release

I'm not sure I'm up for filing my brakes, but I can see why it wouldn't be a problem. The Kore brakes really are similar to the 720s. Trying to add more barrel adjusters, filing etc might be more trouble than it's worth. I've lived with the annoying brakes for a few years, so I suppose I can live wi...
by mark a.
12 May 2017, 4:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: STI + brake release
Replies: 11
Views: 885

Re: STI + brake release

The brakes are Kore something-or-other, whatever the shop had that looked closest to Tektro 720. As meic says, there isn't enough slack to release anything. There would be if there was some kind of lever or cable release mechanism... which is were I started :D
by mark a.
12 May 2017, 3:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: STI + brake release
Replies: 11
Views: 885

Re: STI + brake release

Hmm, so I should look at some barrel adjusters? Ones with hopefully enough travel to make difference. The Tektro* solution was just so satisfying to use I wish it was somehow possible with STIs. I see the point about them being designed for shiny road callipers, though. On the second point, luckily ...
by mark a.
12 May 2017, 2:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: STI + brake release
Replies: 11
Views: 885

STI + brake release

I have Tiagra STIs and wide-profile cantis on my bike. My brake blocks don't quite clear the tyre when removing the wheel, so the tyre must be deflated. Before I changed to STIs I had some Tektro levers which each had a button toggle that opened up the lever and hence also the brakes to give ample c...
by mark a.
5 May 2017, 9:15am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: What do people use for GPS backup on tours
Replies: 73
Views: 20684

Re: What do people use for GPS backup on tours

This thread is refreshing. This forum has a tendency towards the traditional, since if people have been touring successfully with the CTC for a hundred years then any newfangled tech that isn't steel frame, downtube shifters and rim brakes must be viewed with suspicion. And yet in this thread the co...
by mark a.
24 Feb 2017, 10:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC's Crash Kit app
Replies: 10
Views: 1074

Re: CTC's Crash Kit app

Thanks for trying, Psamathe. If nothing else, they should want to update it to CyclingUK branding. I wonder what the story is behind the app. It looks like something they paid for a one-time external developer to create it, then decided it was job done.
by mark a.
23 Feb 2017, 10:33pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: CTC's Crash Kit app
Replies: 10
Views: 1074

CTC's Crash Kit app

I have CTC's Crash Kit app on my iPhone. Luckily I've never needed to use it and hope I never will, but every so often I open it to see if it still has my information etc. This time iOS told me that the app is old and runs slow and the developer needs to update it. But I see from the app store that ...