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by karlt
21 May 2017, 8:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Odd one - stiff bottom bracket - but only in one direction
Replies: 13
Views: 3720

Re: Odd one - stiff bottom bracket - but only in one direction

Breakwellnz wins. One bearing cage utterly mangled.
by karlt
18 May 2017, 2:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Odd one - stiff bottom bracket - but only in one direction
Replies: 13
Views: 3720

Re: Odd one - stiff bottom bracket - but only in one direction

Nah, I unshipped the chain before I started investigating. It's a Raleigh hardtail, front sus only, for the record.
by karlt
18 May 2017, 12:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Odd one - stiff bottom bracket - but only in one direction
Replies: 13
Views: 3720

Odd one - stiff bottom bracket - but only in one direction

Son #2's bike - turning the pedals backwards is fine, turning forwards is stiff. It's (in the normal way of putting 40 year old tech on kids' bikes) a cup and cone; I shall probably just stick a cheap cartridge in there. If I can find a box spanner to remove the crank nuts (yes, nuts, it's one of th...
by karlt
8 May 2017, 1:22pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Yobs in cars shouting abuse at cyclists for no reason?
Replies: 73
Views: 22558

Re: Yobs in cars shouting abuse at cyclists for no reason?

Had it when running and cycling but when it happen on a long distance kayak race my paddle partner was ex special forces got out, chased them down and threw two of them in the river in March. I doubt they fired catapults at anyone for a while. I know it was probably illegal but it did give a warm g...
by karlt
30 Apr 2017, 9:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: The Holy Grail.....or another false trail?
Replies: 25
Views: 1231

Re: The Holy Grail.....or another false trail?

Wasn't that Topic and a hazlenut in every bite? Also true of squirrel poo of course.
by karlt
30 Apr 2017, 9:05am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Newbie looking for commuting tyres/accessories advice
Replies: 13
Views: 578

Re: Newbie looking for commuting tyres/accessories advice

I have a 14 mile each way commute and don't bother with a drink except in the very hottest weather. Not needed. The bottled water culture has made us think we'll shrivel and die if we go half an hour without a drink but it just ain't so.
by karlt
26 Apr 2017, 12:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dashcam prosecution
Replies: 10
Views: 4320

Re: Dashcam prosecution

That is a spectacularly bad piece of driving though, isn't it?

I'd be requiring a retest.
by karlt
26 Apr 2017, 8:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advice on first road bike
Replies: 39
Views: 2320

Re: Advice on first road bike

I daresay smoother shifting would be nice, but I'm not willing to pay an extra grand for it. And that's the problem; marginal gains costing several times the price of my bike. Possibly worth it for racing where seconds over a hundred miles matter, but otherwise no.
by karlt
25 Apr 2017, 12:40pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Advice on first road bike
Replies: 39
Views: 2320

Re: Advice on first road bike

So if I buy a £2000 Mercian, Bob Jackson, Dave Yates, etc. I am being ripped off? Or perhaps I am paying a lot for the experience, good materials, quality crafmanship? :wink: I'm not even suggesting Btwin is the answer for the chap. But don't get out of context here. A Btwin 500 series is a lot of ...
by karlt
21 Apr 2017, 12:33pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling to school
Replies: 43
Views: 10549

Re: Cycling to school

Nice that she wants to ride. My gut feeling is ride on the path but that does have issues - legally whilst your daughter can ride quite legally there if her bike has 20" or smaller wheels you can't. Don't know where this "20" wheel" thing comes from; I've heard it before, but it...
by karlt
15 Apr 2017, 4:29pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Cyclist Defence Fund – Brings Private Prosecution
Replies: 10
Views: 7004

Re: Cyclist Defence Fund – Brings Private Prosecution

Many road schemes e.g. the Holbon Theobald’s Road /Bloomsbury Way bus lane. This scheme ban cyclist in the bus lane because it was too narrow even though a similar scheme further up the road in New Oxford Street was narrower and did permit cyclist. They did not carry out road safety audit on the al...
by karlt
5 Apr 2017, 10:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close pass... centimetres from death
Replies: 50
Views: 13543

Re: Close pass... centimetres from death

That road's fine for cyclibg if people drive bearing their responsibilities in mind, as didn't happen there. That driver needs banning.
by karlt
4 Apr 2017, 2:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Knocked of his bike
Replies: 15
Views: 1551

Re: Knocked of his bike

Tot up the cost, then write to her outlining the costs and the negligence alleged (ie why it was her fault), together with the suggestion she pass it on to her insurers.
by karlt
3 Apr 2017, 10:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close pass then a close call.
Replies: 7
Views: 732

Re: Close pass then a close call.

You let your preoccupation with eyeing the first driver get the better of you; the second incident was easily predictable; the driver probably took the view that you shouldn't have slipped in front of the stop line and should be made to wait. Yes, I know, but it's human nature. Try not to give the i...
by karlt
3 Apr 2017, 10:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: are there any really bad bikes anymore?
Replies: 41
Views: 3062

Re: are there any really bad bikes anymore?

It's because there are sub-£100 bikes, and in virtually every other field - toasters, kettles, cars, tellies - the cheapest ones are actually perfectly adequate for most people. The only other field I can think of with lots of cheap tat that's not really fit for purpose is smartphones, where there a...