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by mark a.
1 Jul 2017, 11:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Stainless Steel water bottles
Replies: 94
Views: 6854

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: 1715

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: 893

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: 893

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: 893

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: 893

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: 20697

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: 1076

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: 1076

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 ...
by mark a.
23 Jan 2017, 11:15am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling
Replies: 951
Views: 66088

Re: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling

I found out that you can buy a Zoe outright, but instead of a buying a nice car for a reasonable price, you pay nearly 50% more just to own the battery. The only option is to rent. Cheapest you can rent one for is £59 a month, and for the mileage we do, it would be £84 per month. Well done for gett...
by mark a.
23 Jan 2017, 8:51am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling
Replies: 951
Views: 66088

Re: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling

The new Renault Zoe has a big range, and you no longer need to rent the battery. Yes you do. Read the Renault website. ZOE pricing ZOE is available from £13,995 for Expression with a mandatory battery hire of £59 per month. Hmmm, you might be right. In the video I linked (at 3 minutes) he states th...
by mark a.
20 Jan 2017, 11:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling
Replies: 951
Views: 66088

Re: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling

I've been considering this for months. I'd love a lecky car. The trouble is, it costs more to run an electric car than a petrol one. The main issue, is the price of the battery. You can rent the battery, but the rental is more than the cost of the petrol. You can buy the battery, but some years dow...
by mark a.
18 Nov 2016, 9:11am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling
Replies: 951
Views: 66088

Re: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling

Forget LPG and all that. It'll all be hybrids, plugin hybrids and full electric (and / or hydrogen fuel cell) soon.
by mark a.
13 Nov 2016, 11:33am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alternate ways of mounting front lights
Replies: 21
Views: 1891

Re: Alternate ways of mounting front lights

I think fork crown mounting is my favourite location. It's where most dynamo front lights go, and it works with battery lights too. Can be fiddly or impossible to set up, though, depending on your specific arrangement of bolt holes, bolt length, mudguard mounts, brake cables (esp. cantilever or V-br...
by mark a.
11 Nov 2016, 9:58am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling
Replies: 951
Views: 66088

Re: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling

The death of diesel is coming, but who knows about the time-frame and whether you're happy to wait until then. What with VW diesel-gate, cities like London & Paris hoping to ban diesels from 2020, the improvements in efficient petrol engines and the rise of electric and hybrid cars, diesels won'...