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by mark a.
11 Jan 2016, 10:22am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Fontain Pens and ink.
Replies: 40
Views: 1507

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: 1507

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: 267998

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: 1201

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: 1201

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: 1201

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: 1201

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: 1201

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: 1017

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.
by mark a.
18 Sep 2015, 9:56pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: New Geoff Apps prototype
Replies: 15
Views: 16288

Re: New Geoff Apps prototype

Ha! You beat me to it. It looks... interesting. But I'd love to have a go. I think it's mostly designed to be ridden through horrible terrain at essentially 0 mph, so it's not exactly a modern downhill mountain bike. Those chain/seatstays are amazing. Loads of weird (hyper eccentric chainrings) and ...
by mark a.
10 Sep 2015, 11:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New auto Scottoiler
Replies: 32
Views: 1850

Re: New auto Scottoiler

I cannot see the problem at all. Use a removable/reusable link and whip your chain off when you get home. Immediately fit a clean one, lubricate it, and put the dirty one in to soak. Later, when you have a spare five minutes, shake your container vigorously then fish out the chain and wash it and h...
by mark a.
10 Sep 2015, 10:49am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New auto Scottoiler
Replies: 32
Views: 1850

Re: New auto Scottoiler

I know that the Kickstarter video mentions commuters, but in reality this is aimed at the high-end amateur roadies and mountain bikers, I expect. For them a £130 piece of kit is cheap compared to the standard "consumables" and upgrades of cassettes, wheels, suspension etc that gets attache...
by mark a.
9 Sep 2015, 9:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread
Replies: 538
Views: 27519

Re: The Disc Brake Naughty Corner Thread

Plus bikes have half as many wheels as cars and so need half as many redundant systems :lol:
by mark a.
9 Sep 2015, 3:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New auto Scottoiler
Replies: 32
Views: 1850

Re: New auto Scottoiler

Well considering that most bikes use derailleurs, even MTBs, it's not particularly helpful to suggest using a chaincase + IGH. (And I'm a fan of IGHs and SS, with Nexus, Alfine and Rohloff bikes.)

Plus we're talking about road bikes here as well as MTBs and commuters.
by mark a.
9 Sep 2015, 1:45pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: New auto Scottoiler
Replies: 32
Views: 1850

Re: New auto Scottoiler

[XAP]Bob wrote:Wouldn't a chain case and oil bath be better suited?


For derailleurs?