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by LollyKat
22 Jun 2011, 10:51am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6978

Re: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

Thanks - I was afraid that was the answer. I can hear the chain in normal conditions but when it is raining hard and/or there is a lot of traffic it can be difficult to hear. If the chain is really out of line I can feel it through the pedals but of course I don't want to get that far.
by LollyKat
21 Jun 2011, 11:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6978

Re: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

I think I've still got my sou'wester in the cupboard somewhere. You can also use them to bail out your panniers :mrgreen: .
by LollyKat
21 Jun 2011, 11:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Tandem wobble
Replies: 21
Views: 1222

Re: Tandem wobble

Maybe it depends too on the tandem design? When I used to pilot a Dawes Horizon Twin with my daughter, I never noticed any wobble when I rode it solo. It was a marathon design, with the diagonal extended through the rear seat tube to the rear drop-out. I used to take her to her various Saturday danc...
by LollyKat
21 Jun 2011, 3:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb - Class leading...but........
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: Ortlieb - Class leading...but........

Tesco at the moment are selling a large map case together with a Silva style compass for £5. I think you might need some silicone sealant on the seams of the map case but it looks a good sturdy product at a bargain price - big enough to hold 2 folds of an OS Landranger.
by LollyKat
21 Jun 2011, 2:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6978

Re: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

Many years ago I used to use a cape but now prefer a jacket for clearer indicating on town commutes. Now I'm considering a cape again, but am wondering how do you keep track of what gear you are in if you are using STI levers? It was easy with down tube levers as you could tell by feel, but with a c...
by LollyKat
19 Jun 2011, 4:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: what this random protrusion on my frame is?
Replies: 7
Views: 693

Re: what this random protrusion on my frame is?

Could it be to hitch the chain onto, to stop tangling when you take the back wheel out? I've sometimes wanted something like that on my bike - you used to be able to buy a little bolt-on gizmo but I don't know if you still can.
by LollyKat
19 Jun 2011, 2:36pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6978

Re: Rain cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

chris667 wrote:I've never tried this, but if you were budget-minded would an army surplus poncho work? Most of them are quite heavy, and most are less than £10.

They don't seem to come in bright colours, though - IMO a must in modern traffic, particularly in the rain.
by LollyKat
18 Jun 2011, 8:21pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Depressing commuting statistics...
Replies: 51
Views: 3293

Re: Depressing commuting statistics...

Huh! It depends where you live. I'm in Glasgow and those kind of stats just make me laugh. I regularly get wet, even though I can sometimes be flexible about timing.
by LollyKat
17 Jun 2011, 10:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6978

Re: Rain cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

I wonder how they work in practice? The trouble is not being able to try them on first - I can't even find a picture of the sleeved one being used on a bike.
by LollyKat
17 Jun 2011, 10:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: cable help.
Replies: 7
Views: 483

Re: cable help.

There are instructions how to do it here for 105 - but I imagine it is the same for Tiagra
by LollyKat
17 Jun 2011, 5:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6978

Re: Rain cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

At £9.99 the Argos cape made by Raleigh does the job very well and is excellent value, why pay more? 1. because it has a hood, which gets in the way of looking round -- I prefer a separate cap 2. because the material is very light and flaps in the wind. I'm looking for something that will hold its ...
by LollyKat
17 Jun 2011, 4:05pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6978

Re: Rain cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

Thanks - I've emailed them with some questions.
by LollyKat
17 Jun 2011, 12:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maximum Heart Rate
Replies: 47
Views: 4294

Re: Maximum Heart Rate

My Doctor is a MTB nut, always falling off and in his 50's keeping up with the youngsters. The last time I cycled with him in a group I pointed out that my heart rate was continually going well over my age maximum he said "turn that 'b' thing off, you'll frighten yourself to death". His a...
by LollyKat
17 Jun 2011, 12:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Maximum Heart Rate
Replies: 47
Views: 4294

Re: Maximum Heart Rate

If you can't find a friendly sports physiologist, then you could have a go at measuring it yourself. For example: http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/general/heart-rate-training-find-your-maximum-heart-rate/181.html but you will need to substitute cycling for running - using a static cycle would be best....
by LollyKat
17 Jun 2011, 10:16am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Rain Cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?
Replies: 37
Views: 6978

Re: Rain cape - Rotrax or Carradice Pro-route?

Where did she get the Rotrax one? I am thinking of getting a cape (used to use one in the 70s) but am swithering between the different ones currently available. The Carradice one looks good but may be a bit big for my 5'6" height.