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by mark a.
6 Apr 2016, 9:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bye Bye CTC Forumers
Replies: 15
Views: 1010

Re: Bye Bye CTC Forumers

The logo is now changed :) I'm working my way through the many other small updates needed. Good luck. FYI: - I use the Prosilver Special Edition board style. Now I'm getting a phpBB logo instead of either the CTC or Cycling UK logos - The favicon is still the swooshy cyclist (although I wonder if t...
by mark a.
6 Apr 2016, 1:44pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Bye Bye CTC Forumers
Replies: 15
Views: 1010

Re: Bye Bye CTC Forumers

God, I wish someone had given notice before a major change to the forum as changing the URL. It's like sticking a notice on the door of a meeting room to say the location has changed and not telling anyone beforehand. It's not major, but it's confusing and I was worried why my saved login in LastPas...
by mark a.
1 Apr 2016, 3:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Rear child seats
Replies: 0
Views: 170

Rear child seats

To add to my collection of child carrying devices (a Chariot trailer and a WeeRide front child seat) I'm also considering a rear child seat for a different bike. The standard in the UK is Hamax. I've heard some good things about Yepp (including a recent Cycle Magazine article) but they're hard to fi...
by mark a.
29 Jan 2016, 10:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Horrifying hit-and-run in Brighton
Replies: 70
Views: 3800

Re: Horrifying hit-and-run in Brighton

It's a great list. Against that can I suggest:- ... Yes of course. I could come up with more disadvantages, and as I said I'm not a huge fan of them for the reasons you say and more. But I was replying to your claim that people only buy 4x4s because of the show. I was saying why that's not (always)...
by mark a.
29 Jan 2016, 7:17pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Horrifying hit-and-run in Brighton
Replies: 70
Views: 3800

Re: Horrifying hit-and-run in Brighton

There are many reasons why 4x4s and crossovers are popular, beyond looks. The height gives you: - Easier to get your child in and out of baby seats - Less bending over to put shopping into the boot - Less bending and crouching for elderly getting in and out - Bigger boot (sometimes) - Views over hed...
by mark a.
29 Jan 2016, 9:46am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Horrifying hit-and-run in Brighton
Replies: 70
Views: 3800

Re: Horrifying hit-and-run in Brighton

kwackers wrote:But most 4x4's are bought for show.


[Citation needed.]
by mark a.
11 Jan 2016, 10:22am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Fontain Pens and ink.
Replies: 40
Views: 1414

Re: Fontain Pens and ink.

Nowadays pretty much any fountain pen ink can go into any fountain pen, since formulations are much kinder than they used to be. Hmn, I'm not so sure about that. I got my Mum a fountain pen only two or three years ago, and the shop where she chose it (who had no axe to grind as they sold all inks) ...
by mark a.
10 Jan 2016, 11:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Fontain Pens and ink.
Replies: 40
Views: 1414

Re: Fontain Pens and ink.

Nowadays pretty much any fountain pen ink can go into any fountain pen, since formulations are much kinder than they used to be. Part of the fun is trying different inks in your pens. You may need to take some care with nano-particle inks like Platinum Carbon Black and perhaps some iron gall inks, b...
by mark a.
23 Nov 2015, 12:06pm
Forum: The Cycling UK brand refresh
Topic: It's all in the name - Cyclists' TOURING club
Replies: 703
Views: 252971

Re: It's all in the name - Cyclists' TOURING club

I would be so happy if the re-branding gets rid of the amateurish ctc logo (and go back to the winged wheel?).
by mark a.
21 Nov 2015, 11:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Remote rear light
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: Remote rear light

I've ordered the Reelight RL770 set and hope it's not an expensive mistake. I have the right kind of mounting points (fork crown + rack), the right number of rear spokes and fingers crossed it won't be too horrendous a task to install in this cold weather. And I hope the whole system doesn't get nic...
by mark a.
21 Nov 2015, 7:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Remote rear light
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: Remote rear light

I have panniers on pretty much permanently on this bike, so seat-stay mounted lights won't work. I had a Fibre Flare in the past and I liked it on the seat-stay, but it broke within a few months so I binned it. I might be tempted by a full Reelight setup, which is currently £50 on SJS, which isn't t...
by mark a.
20 Nov 2015, 10:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Remote rear light
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: Remote rear light

But I feel like I'm the only person not to put something on Kickstarter, so perhaps it's my turn. :D I don't know why I didn't just look at B&M lights, but of course they have loads of great senso options. Or perhaps a Reelight? If I were choosing a utility bike from scratch, I would choose dyna...
by mark a.
20 Nov 2015, 7:00pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Remote rear light
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Re: Remote rear light

Ah yes, a night- or motion-sensing rear light might be the way to go. For some reason I never got round to adding a second rear light to this bike, so it's probably a good idea to pick something up in addition to the carrier-mounted Cateye I currently have.
by mark a.
20 Nov 2015, 11:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Remote rear light
Replies: 20
Views: 1166

Remote rear light

I cycled home with my son in his seat from nursery last night to find that I had forgotten to turn my rear light on. I suppose in the usual chaos of sorting bags, coats, helmets, straps etc I forgot to turn it on. It frightened me a little bit (even though it's quiet roads, I have a fair few reflect...
by mark a.
28 Sep 2015, 10:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: I don't get rotor size ...
Replies: 13
Views: 940

Re: I don't get rotor size ...

So if I'm right, smaller discs have better modulation? i.e. for a given range of lever travel you get a more gradual change in retardation. So smaller discs would be better in low grip conditions. They'd also be lighter.

Otherwise large discs are the way to go.