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by tb
5 Nov 2009, 12:10am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike to work scheme, but has to be from Halfords
Replies: 22
Views: 1643

Re: Bike to work scheme, but has to be from Halfords

no it does'nt have to be done through Halfords. A colleague at work has bought a bike from Condor in London and they were happy for him to buy it using the 'bike to work scheme' I think as long as the retailer is in agreement then you can buy a bike from anyone. Halfords have just managed to get thi...
by tb
23 Oct 2009, 10:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: slightly lower gears required - question
Replies: 2
Views: 213

slightly lower gears required - question

I'm sure this has been covered before, but I'll ask anyway :!: On the road bike that I plan to take to the French Alps next year I'm using Shimano 105 8 speed (the current chainset is a 53 / 39 ). Last year the cassette I used was a 13 - 26 and it was hard work ( I'm nearly 50 years young ) My quest...
by tb
23 Oct 2009, 10:07pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'
Replies: 14
Views: 1102

Re: London Cycle Hire - 'Velons'

I'm not convinced that these bike hire schemes have any real merit in London or anywhere else. I prefer to cycle to and from work in west London so I have my own bicycle. Lots of people don't want to ride a bicycle or go anywhere near one and no amount of green propoganda will convince them to do so...
by tb
18 Sep 2009, 11:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New Bottle Dynamo
Replies: 7
Views: 697

Re: New Bottle Dynamo

The efficiency of dynamos is becoming less important with the use of LED dynamo lights. If you can get hold of a cheaper led light then it will be brighter with no need to change or carry bulbs and there is little chance of the dynamo slipping. And of course you're less likely to detect drag even w...
by tb
4 Sep 2009, 11:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Lights
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Lights

hello sirmy, I see plenty of people on bikes in London riding about with 'gay' abandon in the dark without lights (muppets ) & I think to myself that if a car hits you then you can't really blame the driver. Sometimes you can see cyclists on very well lit roads and they are obvious even without ...
by tb
4 Sep 2009, 10:24pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Octalink chainset question
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Shimano Octalink chainset question

In my spares box I've got a brand new Shimano 105 Octalink / Hollowtech chainset.

Question, is it suitable for use with Shimano 8 speed chain & cassette ? The chainring teeth look thinner than older chainsets.

thank you,

Tony
by tb
27 Aug 2009, 5:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 23's and bottle dynamo
Replies: 20
Views: 1621

Re: 23's and bottle dynamo

Some years ago, I was in your position, and bought a BB dynamo. Before anyone gets on their high horse, mine was a Subitez. The bad press BB dynamos had about the reliability, the poor bearings and the fact that they slip, was definitely NOT the case with the Subitez. The SANYO one was the culprit ...
by tb
22 Aug 2009, 10:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I'm off to Berlin ! ( 18yrs + XXX )
Replies: 4
Views: 401

I'm off to Berlin ! ( 18yrs + XXX )

Anyone else see an article in recent media about a particular establishment ' La Maison d' Envie ' in Berlin where ' ladies of the night ' gather. They are currently offering a 5 euro discount to 'customers' who arrive at the estabishment by bicycle or pulic transport. Apparently this will ' promote...
by tb
23 Jul 2009, 12:37pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: knocked off last night, what to do next ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1140

Re: knocked off last night, what to do next ?

Of course you are not obliged to join the 'claim culture' Accidents happen, that's life. If we all continue to make claims against insurance companies for minor scrapes and scratches then we have to accept that the high cost of insurance will continue to escalate and we end up with a system that has...
by tb
8 Jun 2009, 10:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: snapped frames.
Replies: 37
Views: 2578

Re: snapped frames.

Dawes, steel, 8 raleigh kids & shopper 2 Raleigh, steel, 3 viscount steel 1 DD steel 1 thorn steel 1 mercian steel 1 orange 1 Caloi, Alu, 2 Pro flex, Alu, 1 Airnimal, Alu, 3 townsend steel 1 Peugeot Alu 1 Peugeot steel 1 Vitus alu 1 Holdsworth 531 Steel 1 (seat tube at bottom bracket) Viscount ...
by tb
8 Jun 2009, 12:04am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynamo lights
Replies: 8
Views: 1052

Re: Dynamo lights

I'm a big fan of dynamo lighting and have been using them for years. Don't be put off by stories of 'too much drag' ( I think it's a reference to men in womens clothing? ) Recommend the Shimano Ultegra dynamo available from Spa Cycles of Harrogate for less than £60. I use a dynamo for the front ligh...
by tb
7 Jun 2009, 11:54pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: snapped frames.
Replies: 37
Views: 2578

Re: snapped frames.

I broke a Vitus 979 bonded alloy frame many years ago and I was ten miles or more from home and more recently I broke a 'cheap' Peugeot steel frame on the way to work, very inconvenient !
by tb
7 Jun 2009, 11:48pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: jumping cogs
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: jumping cogs

Hi there, my first thought was that you have a worn cassette, which would cause the chain to 'jump' across the rear cogs, but you sat that it is fairly new kit so this should'nt be a problem. Given that your bike has a fairly new cassette / chainset & derailleurs I would suggest that you need to...
by tb
17 May 2009, 10:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Etape Caledonia vandalised
Replies: 106
Views: 10290

Re: Etape Caledonia vandalised

I agree with cjchambers. I don't think this was necessarily an anti-cycling attack. I think it was more likely some nasty small minded idiot / idiots with a grievance towards other people who might possibly be enjoying themselves. It's a shame that we have to live amongst such pond life who are prep...
by tb
9 May 2009, 10:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Postie's to loose their bikes
Replies: 21
Views: 2623

Postie's to loose their bikes

twas on the news this morning, radio 4 news. the postal delivery can apparently be done more efficiently by using vans ( as if there are'nt enough of those already! ) so your local postie will no longer be turning up on his / her bike. don't suppose anybody has given a thought to the environmental i...