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by tb
1 Mar 2009, 11:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Proposed Ammendments to Bicycles Safety Regs
Replies: 45
Views: 4934

Re: Proposed Ammendments to Bicycles Safety Regs

oh dear,

they're not going to like my fixed wheel, no bell, no reflectors, no lights, no mudgaurds and no rear brake and mostly ridden without lid :lol:
by tb
1 Mar 2009, 10:26pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: best way to get oil and crud out of a carpet?
Replies: 25
Views: 2001

Re: best way to get oil and crud out of a carpet?

beware the bike in the bedroom!

I live in a rented flat too, I have two bikes in the flat and another two in bits in the small loft space........

but the wife went long ago !
by tb
8 Jan 2009, 4:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: can't cycle because of the snow and ice
Replies: 21
Views: 3024

As soon as the weather turns cold enough for ice & snow I am extremely cautious about taking the bike to work. I had a bad fall about 25 years ago, hit a patch of ice and ended up in hospital with a dislocated shoulder and the worst bit was that I was off the bike for at about a month, so I won'...
by tb
8 Oct 2008, 8:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which fast tourer?
Replies: 10
Views: 1308

pk wrote:Have a look at the Specialized Tricross sport


I would second this.

A friend of mine bought a nearly new one of ebay for £300 and I was very impressed.

Nice frame / forks, decent groupset, well assembled and very light too.
by tb
8 Oct 2008, 8:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Speccing a tourer
Replies: 22
Views: 1881

My commuter / tourer is an old 531 with full mudgaurds, pannier rack, dynamo and best of all cantilever brakes. One of my favourites and I bought it of a CTC member for under £300 !
by tb
28 Sep 2008, 10:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ribble 7500 Audax/Winter 105 10 Double
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Hi there,

I have one of thier basic aluminium frames from about 2004 which I bought second hand and built up for recreational rides and after several thousand miles I'm very happy with it, not fancy but very functional and good value for money.
by tb
28 Sep 2008, 10:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Load carrying - in panniers or on your back?
Replies: 20
Views: 1518

this is something I've been struggling with ( literally! ) for years. I commute 16 miles to work and 16 return. I have to carry change of clothes and 'other stuff' which amounts to fairly heavy rucksack or alternately a lighter rucksack and one pannier bag to share the load. Recently I have been car...
by tb
19 Sep 2008, 10:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Schmidt dynohub drag
Replies: 11
Views: 1444

you have to look at it from a different perspective.

I still use a bottom bracket dynamo ( 32 miles commuting in the dark during the winter ) and it's like riding with the brakes on, but when I get on the bike and it's daylight I go twice as fast for longer :D
by tb
19 Sep 2008, 10:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: has anyone seen.........
Replies: 12
Views: 1441

has anyone seen.........

a tricycle ?

I've not seen one for years.

OK they're not best suited to London roads but I used to see them regularly and mostly with older folk onboard and I often imagined myself on one in later years ( assuming I get there ! )
by tb
3 Sep 2008, 12:03am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Helmets
Replies: 41
Views: 3856

you wear a helmet if you want to. I still enjoy feeling the sun on my face and the wind in my hair, it is without doubt a greater feeling of freedom than can be achieved by cycling with a polystyrene basin on your head.....I hate them. and afterall I enjoy cycling mostly because of the freedom it al...
by tb
24 Jul 2008, 4:28pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Is cycling through stationary traffic illegal?
Replies: 103
Views: 9759

About ten years ago I had a bad fall after a child opened a rear door as I was undertaking at speed and I hit the deck hard and snapped the seatpost with my leg ! Another time a cabbie turned left on me without indicating and again I was off my bike. ( & he/she did'nt stop! ) Nowadays I am very ...
by tb
3 Jun 2008, 10:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Blackburn Pump repair kits
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Blackburn Pump repair kits

Got a puncture the other day and my trusty & old frame pump was'nt able to produce enough puff to inflate the rear tyre. It's just worn out and there's no compression. No great surprise as it must have inflated many tyres over several years. SJS cycles sell a repair kit for less than £5. Anyone ...
by tb
2 May 2008, 12:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: freekin potholes
Replies: 4
Views: 661

freekin potholes

so I emailed the council and explained about the big pothole on the main road outside my front door which is opposite to a traffic island and therefor a major hazard to cyclists as you have to move into the middle of the lane forcing the traffic to travel below 30mph!!!( god forbid) OK hats off to t...
by tb
24 Apr 2008, 12:31am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Carbon Forks with 1 inch steerer
Replies: 5
Views: 1164

hello Karen,

I have just today listed an excellent set of carbon forks (1'' steerer) on that auction site!
the alloy steerer length is 220mm, they are used ITM Millennium in good condition with a few paint chips.

I'll post a link if you're interested ?

Tony
by tb
24 Apr 2008, 12:13am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Carbon fibre
Replies: 91
Views: 8288

I now have a set of carbon forks fitted to my old Ribble frame and I am very impressed with the 'feel', they are far more comfortable than the steel forks if you are on the bike all day.
However my touring bike will remain all steel !