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by mjr
12 Mar 2014, 3:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mega Puncture!
Replies: 27
Views: 6344

Re: Mega Puncture!

I some times think that the tread on tyres is a mixed blessing. The provide a place for nails etc to catch and penetrate? I wonder if this thought goes into the thinking of tyre makers? Which tread is least likely to catch sharp objects? I like a recent Schwalbe tread that I've now got on two bikes...
by mjr
12 Mar 2014, 1:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Mega Puncture!
Replies: 27
Views: 6344

Re: Mega Puncture!

BTDTGTTS. I don't know what North Somerset Council had used as a base for that new shared-use path but it wasn't safe. The wheel locked up because the nail could not pass the brakes. Ironically the unpaved surface probably then saved me because the wheel then dug in and I skidded to a stop.
by mjr
12 Mar 2014, 1:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gears - where to buy?
Replies: 14
Views: 5885

Re: Hub gears - where to buy?

what kind of IGH are you after? I don't know because I've no experience since a Raleigh 3-speed and there seems little choice, so whatever people consider best. It would be an upgrade for a to-be-decided one of the bikes which currently have 7-speed rear derailleurs and 2 or 3 chainrings. Two have ...
by mjr
12 Mar 2014, 12:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub gears - where to buy?
Replies: 14
Views: 5885

Hub gears - where to buy?

None of the major bike chains (wiggle, Evans, CRC, ...) I looked at sold them as a component... I didn't find them on Spa Cycles but I sometimes miss stuff on that style of shop... and for the price that some smaller sellers I found quote, you could buy a new bike. So where can people buy them? Bonu...
by mjr
12 Mar 2014, 12:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain lube - wet or dry?
Replies: 99
Views: 18217

Re: chain lube - wet or dry?

I have to smile; my most used IGH has cost me peanuts and has been in use for over 30 years. I think it has saved me a lot of money in that time; enough to buy a Rohloff instead? Maybe.... :wink: Ah well if it's that old, then maybe, but where do you even buy one from now? I see prices over £250. M...
by mjr
12 Mar 2014, 10:22am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain lube - wet or dry?
Replies: 99
Views: 18217

Re: chain lube - wet or dry?

Brucey wrote:if you have an IGH and you are running a bushingless chain, then chain lubing is a 10s job;

If you have afforded an IGH, can't you just tell your butler to do it? ;-)
by mjr
11 Mar 2014, 12:57pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain lube - wet or dry?
Replies: 99
Views: 18217

Re: chain lube - wet or dry?

Out of interest, how do people apply lube to their chains? I generally just stick mine on my workstand and painstakingly apply one drop to each link, slowly turning the pedal by hand as I go. I basically do that with the expensive lubes, except I do the entire exposed bottom chain run at once, drop...
by mjr
11 Mar 2014, 11:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: chain lube - wet or dry?
Replies: 99
Views: 18217

Re: chain lube - wet or dry?

whether to try FL's ceramic wax. Not much price difference between them. What's the current best reasonably possible for the busy commuter/day-tripper without boiling things? Well I went with Finish Line ceramic wax, followed the bottle instructions and I seem to be getting through a lot of it. Aft...
by mjr
10 Mar 2014, 1:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why Are We So Far Behind....
Replies: 37
Views: 14073

Re: Why Are We So Far Behind....

To respin my earlier point: we should go and talk to these people in power to show that ordinary people use bikes and not only the mythical 50mph superhumans off the TV sports shows. We need to invite them and everyone else out on some easy bike rides to get them rolling. Talk to people about riding...
by mjr
10 Mar 2014, 12:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Road bike vs hybrid speed
Replies: 61
Views: 15794

Re: Road bike vs hybrid speed

This time out, I ended up (unintentionally) dropping him within the first mile, didn't see him again after that. And that, folks, is why I prefer sociable touring to anti-social sportives. Well, that, I don't like getting up at 6am at weekends and I don't usually wear a helmet ;-) But I'm glad you'...
by mjr
10 Mar 2014, 11:18am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Bedford turbo roundabout - it is done
Replies: 433
Views: 69059

Re: Bedford turbo roundabout

Upthread I briefly mentioned my local scheme: http://www.medway.gov.uk/roadsparkingandtransport/planning-transportpolicy/localtransportplan3.aspx It's a pair of toucans and some additional shared pavement, [...] Bedford, Medway, only 76 more schemes to examine :wink: . Cambridge Catholic Church - h...
by mjr
10 Mar 2014, 11:02am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Why Are We So Far Behind....
Replies: 37
Views: 14073

Re: Why Are We So Far Behind....

Okay I went into too many specifics there but the objection highlights attitudes. We cyclists are an anti-social nuisance who pose a very real threat to the vulnerable road users. The school run and "42 ton articulated lorries" are simply not the problem. I haven't a clue what we'd need t...
by mjr
10 Mar 2014, 10:58am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: NHS Choices special report on cycling safety
Replies: 53
Views: 18093

Re: NHS Choices special report on cycling safety

I suspect, but don't know, that is indeed the case. If it is, the 'dangers' of wearing hi-viz will include an increased feeling of security that leads to increased risk taking (risk compensation) that would make wearing hi-viz more dangerous than not. I doubt that is a strong effect because I suspe...
by mjr
9 Mar 2014, 11:55pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Cheddar Gorge or Strawberry Line??
Replies: 6
Views: 11635

Re: Cheddar Gorge or Strawberry Line??

I'd leave the strawberry line by Rectory Farm in Yatton and head for its centre along Chescombe Road, just because I find that easier than the station exit and it's slightly shorter. Other than that, you've covered the gap the way I have, although I turn left into Backwell and exit to the NCN33 alon...
by mjr
8 Mar 2014, 9:55pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: hand pump for touring
Replies: 39
Views: 14915

Re: hand pump for touring

Never mind presta - those pumps that connect directly can break Schrader valves too. Mini track pumps are cool.