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by mjr
3 Nov 2014, 2:56pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Leaves in Cycle Lanes
Replies: 54
Views: 6344

Re: Leaves in Cycle Lanes

The tramline tiles (as visible just at the bottom of the prompt picture) are far worse than leaves and they're there all year round!

Leaves are pretty bad to ride on, but they soon either dry up and blow away or rot down and wash away, as long as the drainage is OK.
by mjr
3 Nov 2014, 2:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brake issues on 1980s Raleigh
Replies: 20
Views: 1950

Re: Brake issues on 1980s Raleigh

Firstly, what is pitiful here? Can you lock the wheel? I think old brakes weren't as good as we have now and even today, callipers with 35mm pads aren't as good as V-brakes with 70mm pads, of course. I can still lock the wheel on my 1990 roadster and its current brakes suck! :lol: Secondly, I have t...
by mjr
2 Nov 2014, 7:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Cipped or clipless
Replies: 33
Views: 2550

Re: Cipped or clipless

I've not ridden straps for ages. Flat pedals every time. No slippages: rubber inserts. Clips are good for racers and maybe off road but on road touring and easy riding, get some good flats every time. Sadly, I think some people spend lots of money on pedals and shoes, spend some skin learning to use...
by mjr
31 Oct 2014, 5:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Exposure Revo Mk1 light - any experience?
Replies: 26
Views: 2571

Re: Exposure Revo Mk1 light - any experience?

I agree that neither a single lux value nor a single lumen value tells the whole story of a light's useful 'power', and much depends on the beam pattern; however a single lumen value of the whole beam is far more useful than than a single lux value of some tiny part of the beam pattern (usually cho...
by mjr
31 Oct 2014, 1:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Attacked Locks
Replies: 19
Views: 1889

Re: Attacked Locks

I've seen those and am unsure how they would operate in practice. Given how a GPS needs decent satellite signals (to the point where sometimes they wont even work properly indoors), how good will they be when enclosed in a metal tube ? I don't know. The top stem cap is often plastic or maybe it cou...
by mjr
31 Oct 2014, 11:36am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike depreciation
Replies: 34
Views: 3653

Re: Bike depreciation

I hate to be a pedant but 16.67% (1/6th) of the purchase price is VAT, not quite so bad. Yep. I feel you also need to be start from whatever price the end-of-season stock finished at, too, which is often a 40-50% reduction on the list price for big brands and maybe 25-30% for smaller ones. Then dra...
by mjr
31 Oct 2014, 11:12am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Attacked Locks
Replies: 19
Views: 1889

Re: Attacked Locks

And I am considering a GPS tracker but only if it is *not* trivially removeable. I've seen some that hide in an ahead stem (I think) but I don't have suitable stems on most bikes: quill, fully-adjustable, QR bars... My current usual approach - a forget-how-thick D-lock and 10mm braid-of-braids cabl...
by mjr
30 Oct 2014, 5:29pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Attacked Locks
Replies: 19
Views: 1889

Re: Attacked Locks

I've bought a new lock that is similar to the Doberman because there doesn't appear to have been much progress in the year we've had it. One LBS owner apologised for being out of stock of thicker locks until tomorrow and agreed that we're still in nicked-bikes-to-Cambridge season. I'm glad to hear t...
by mjr
30 Oct 2014, 11:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Attacked Locks
Replies: 19
Views: 1889

Re: Attacked Locks

More than anything you need to re think where you are leaving your bike? Clearly you are getting this wrong? I think it's more that I'm parking in a town less than 40 miles from Cambridge and it's still Freshers' season, with far too much potential to sell stolen bikes. I'm not sure exactly when th...
by mjr
30 Oct 2014, 11:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 'bump = switches itself off ' type rear lights
Replies: 30
Views: 8541

Re: 'bump = switches itself off ' type rear lights

I have something of a rear light museum in my garage, so I would be more interested in which ones don't switch on/off on their own, fall off or suffer from water/dirt ingress and are still available to buy I think the only battery rear light in my collection that meets all of the above is the Topea...
by mjr
30 Oct 2014, 10:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Attacked Locks
Replies: 19
Views: 1889

Attacked Locks

I found various topics about what locks are best but no recent one on attacked locks. Two locks I know have been attacked in the last month. Both cable locks. One was an earlier (2010) version of http://www.edinburghbicycle.com/products/revolution-secure-helix-coil-cable-lock - the lock and the lock...
by mjr
29 Oct 2014, 6:27pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cuba.
Replies: 4
Views: 835

Re: Cuba.

No, but this previous discussion may help viewtopic.php?f=16&t=85121
by mjr
29 Oct 2014, 6:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fountains in Italy
Replies: 10
Views: 1074

Re: Fountains in Italy

I know some fountains show up on the OSM variant on my garmin though there don't seem to be that many of them and they aren't easy to search for. Might be a problem with the garmin. Can you see them at http://www.watersupply.at or on the nisoft or wetap.org apps if you can use them? Although please...
by mjr
29 Oct 2014, 4:19pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike Hire
Replies: 3
Views: 707

Re: Bike Hire

Where are you going?

In general, tourist information websites often have these details.
by mjr
29 Oct 2014, 4:17pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Fountains in Italy
Replies: 10
Views: 1074

Re: Fountains in Italy

Wouldn't it be better to add the fountains to www.openstreetmap.org so everyone can see them and not only users of one app? Which reminds me that I need to remember where the ones I used this summer are and check they're listed.