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by andrewk
24 Jun 2016, 2:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Just voted? Which way did you jump?
Replies: 199
Views: 6004

Re: Just voted? Which way did you jump?

A sad, sad day. As an ardent pro European I am devastated and fear that even the Brexiters may come to rue their decision. However there is little point in recriminations, the issue has been decided and must now be enacted. Obtaining and agreeing favourable, or even acceptable trade and cooperation ...
by andrewk
19 Nov 2015, 9:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: V-Pull Brakes (Shimano) V's Magura Hydraulic Rim Brakes??
Replies: 48
Views: 1674

Re: V-Pull Brakes (Shimano) V's Magura Hydraulic Rim Brakes?

Magura hydraulic rim brakes are superior in every way to cable operated brakes: better braking performance, self adjusting, reliable. The old argument for cable brakes that they are easy to fix only holds if venturing to the third world. If planning on touring Western Europe Maguras would be my choi...
by andrewk
18 Nov 2015, 11:32pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What to do about the terrorists?
Replies: 185
Views: 3699

Re: What to do about the terrorists?

Does nobody remember Chamberlain and his policy of appeasement? From the posts on this thread it seems not.
by andrewk
7 Sep 2015, 12:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Magura hydraulic rim brakes for a tandem
Replies: 47
Views: 2958

Re: Magura hydraulic rim brakes for a tandem

Another vote for Magura rim brakes, I have them on 2 solo bicycles HS11 on one, HS33 on the other. They both work faultlessly, do not need adjusting and are easy to open for wheel removal. IMO Maguras beat V brakes in every respect.
by andrewk
3 Sep 2015, 3:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Washing Machine.
Replies: 12
Views: 1232

Re: Bike Washing Machine.

An invention in search of a need.
by andrewk
27 Aug 2015, 4:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What bike for my son?
Replies: 8
Views: 1360

Re: What bike for my son?

[quote="greyingbeard"

whatever he want to ride.
I expect that you are enjoying shopping and drooling over new toys, but its his bike - you're just paying for it ;)[/quote]

+1
by andrewk
27 Aug 2015, 4:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Electric bike torque question
Replies: 9
Views: 1641

Re: Electric bike torque question

Good crank systems are available from Bosch, Impulse and a new entrant without a track record yet Shimano. Bosch being widely held to be the best. Both Bosch and Impulse are well supported, I guess that in time Shimano will be too. The 8Fun crank motor (Chinese) is popular for DIY conversions, I hav...
by andrewk
27 Aug 2015, 4:26am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mini V Brakes
Replies: 26
Views: 3548

Re: Mini V Brakes

531colin wrote:full-size Vees are the best rim brakes]


You are forgetting hydraulic rim brakes which completely out perform V brakes, more stopping power, better modulation, no cable stretch, no need for frequent adjustment.
by andrewk
27 Aug 2015, 4:15am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Pinion 18 gear system
Replies: 52
Views: 4689

Re: Pinion 18 gear system

Many German manufacturers have brought out high end Pinion gearbox models, the number of such increasing year on year which suggests that they're selling but I have no idea of volumes. I like the idea of a system which dispenses with derailler gears and their associated hassles, however I am unsure ...
by andrewk
22 Aug 2015, 10:34am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Recommend me a commuting bike
Replies: 12
Views: 3272

Re: Recommend me a commuting bike

B Twin Velo Ville Nework 700 for Euro 371 from Decathlon.fr, this one isn't offered by Decathlon UK but looks like excellent value for money and a good commuter.
by andrewk
22 Aug 2015, 10:20am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Fitting a kickstand to a bike with mounting plates
Replies: 13
Views: 2792

Re: Fitting a kickstand to a bike with mounting plates

Decathlon B Twin 500 Adult Kickstand £8.50. I fitted one of these yesterday, the mounting instructions specify to mount directly to the plate if the bike has one, if not then use the longer bolt and the supplied rectangular bracket. It seems robust with a large foot and surprise, surprise made in Eu...
by andrewk
13 Aug 2015, 3:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Time for selective give way on red?
Replies: 17
Views: 5968

Re: Time for selective give way on red?

A definite YES and not just for cyclists. In Poland one can turn right at many junctions through red lights if the way is clear, having driven there and experienced it as a driver and pedestrian it works and helps mitigate traffic jams. We should IMO also adopt this.
by andrewk
13 Aug 2015, 3:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Does the public detest cyclists?
Replies: 77
Views: 8072

Re: Does the public detest cyclists?

Its true that anti cycling sentiment exists in London, all the usual suspects, especially taxi drivers, bus drivers, white van man. But WHY? Most cyclists are also drivers (I read recently that 80% of cyclists also own a car). So presumably the anti sentiment is restricted to a proportion of those t...
by andrewk
12 Aug 2015, 7:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Drivers on Phones - What Can we do ?
Replies: 44
Views: 9916

Re: Drivers on Phones - What Can we do ?

Photograph or video them and submit the footage to the Police.
by andrewk
12 Aug 2015, 7:36pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Les couteaux... to carry, or not?
Replies: 59
Views: 5529

Re: Les couteaux... to carry, or not?

I think that some are over interpreting the knife issue. Knives are just knives..they are not illegal. It is merely the carrying of them on the person that is restricted. It is wrong to interpret UK law as an absolute ban on carrying knives, there is an allowance for legitimate purpose. I always tak...