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by profpointy
23 Sep 2012, 1:19pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Dump cycle infrastructure budget and cure social deprivation
Replies: 10
Views: 13168

Re: Dump cycle infrastructure budget and cure social depriva

I'm incined to agree. Bike lanes and nearly all other "farcilities" are detrimental to (my) bike riding. Basically they require detours, encourage close passes, are slower, and significantly increase the risk as i am relegated to second class road uer. Spend the money on something of value...
by profpointy
4 Sep 2012, 8:54am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bib short sizing
Replies: 5
Views: 2298

Re: Bib short sizing

Harhumph ! Oi, you calling me a dwarf ? well me and the 53" frame bloke would make a right pair. :-)
by profpointy
3 Sep 2012, 7:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bib short sizing
Replies: 5
Views: 2298

Re: Bib short sizing

For the avoidance of doubt, the rude word removed above was only slightly rude, and not the other one.
by profpointy
3 Sep 2012, 7:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bib short sizing
Replies: 5
Views: 2298

Re: Bib short sizing

Very very tricky - i have two pairs of bib 3/4 lenth tights. One is medium, one is extra large - both fit me.... and both are wiggle's house brand dhb. One problem with bib tights / shorts is the wedgie problem as well as how tight. Bike clothing size is nonsense - I'm even extra extra large for an ...
by profpointy
12 May 2012, 6:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: loose or toe clips?
Replies: 51
Views: 6426

Re: loose or toe clips?

The only way you get benefit is by being able to 'pull up' as well as 'push down'. When i started cycling wiht toe clips we would tighten the straps for a hill so the foot was held tighter and we gained advantage of being able to pull up with out loosing the pedal. That's not really my experience a...
by profpointy
4 May 2012, 7:57pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Removal of bike lanes in Canada.
Replies: 7
Views: 1911

Re: Removal of bike lanes in Canada.

i don,t know if bike lanes are somehow better in canada, but in the UK i've yet to see one that was of any benefit to me as a cyclist so my instinctive view, would be "good thing too!" even if the bloke is generally anti-bike, he may be doing cyclists an inadvertant favour.
by profpointy
25 Apr 2012, 9:37pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Breaking in a new leather saddle; best method?
Replies: 16
Views: 1419

Re: Breaking in a new leather saddle; best method?

I'd just stick it on the bike and ride it. Not really a believer in "softening" it by various treatments or receipes, which will likely just reduce its life. My B17 was fine from new, though must admit my new (two years ago) swift is still not particularly comfortable - should have just bo...
by profpointy
23 Apr 2012, 11:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike clothing sizes - a moan about consistency
Replies: 1
Views: 693

Bike clothing sizes - a moan about consistency

Why oh why o why? - to keep to the traditional start of a moan, but i've had no end of trouble getting sensible size kit. For example, i have a genuinely superb pair of wiggle / DHB "finchdean" bib 3/4 length in medium size. Decided after a while to get another pair - so fair enough, they ...
by profpointy
24 Feb 2012, 8:39pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Scuba diving hints wanted -especially from non-divers not OT
Replies: 15
Views: 1973

Re: Scuba diving hints wanted -especially from non-divers no

Excellent suggestion, that's the spirit !
by profpointy
24 Feb 2012, 8:12pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Scuba diving hints wanted -especially from non-divers not OT
Replies: 15
Views: 1973

Scuba diving hints wanted -especially from non-divers not OT

The guys on yorkshire-divers.co.uk ( which is the de facto forum for scuba in the uk despite its regional name) are having a debate on cyclists, and whilst to be fair, it isn't entirely Clarkson / Daily Wail as there are some of "us" also of the diving pursuasion. However thought it might ...
by profpointy
22 Feb 2012, 9:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: You're most unfavourite sky scraper
Replies: 32
Views: 1598

Re: You're most unfavourite sky scraper

Centrepoint at the top of Charring Cross road must be a contender, defacing probably the best street for bookshops in the world. Apparently it's listed too. Pull it down I say! And I quite like some brutalist buildings too eg the Goldfinger flats, Barbican, and from the phto above, even the disparag...
by profpointy
6 Feb 2012, 5:32pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Porthole driving...
Replies: 30
Views: 1321

Re: Porthole driving...

Got sent the company car drivers winter advice flyer from our leasing company the other day. Amongst the usual teaching-your-grandmother-to-suck eggs type of thing all written in mangement speak, they did address this very point, with the spelindid phrase "don't drive off like a tank comander&q...
by profpointy
1 Feb 2012, 8:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Water Bottle Choice?
Replies: 28
Views: 1138

Re: Water Bottle Choice?

My local supermarket does some rather good ones for around 99p. They usually have 1l and 1.5l sizes and 1l is probably best for bottle cages. Beware of the square ones which are less well suited to bottle cages. All come filled for no extra charge wi various varieties of mineral water. My favourites...
by profpointy
30 Jan 2012, 8:53pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: guttersnipe
Replies: 120
Views: 10289

Re: guttersnipe

I'm pretty convinced you're having your chains pulled here. I'd have left you all to it and not have commented but a lot of effort is being put into to some of these explanations, so I'd only to persist if you're enjoying the game
by profpointy
20 Jan 2012, 5:21pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Will this cause an accident?
Replies: 11
Views: 955

Re: Will this cause an accident?

Can't see much wrong with your solution, though as others have said, it would be better if the nut had a flat surface. Bear in mind it only needs to be nipped up enough to stop the cranks slipping on the splines, so shouldn't really need to be bollocked up tight - unless it started slipping ie knack...