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by tb
5 Nov 2007, 9:30pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Soubitez dynamo question
Replies: 21
Views: 6562

thanks for all the replies, I have been using one of these Soubitez (French made) dynamo's for at least three years and lots of wet winter miles and it has always been reliable ( with the exception of riding with a worn out rear tyre in the rain when it would sometimes slip on the dynamo ) I'm looki...
by tb
5 Nov 2007, 12:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Soubitez dynamo question
Replies: 21
Views: 6562

Soubitez dynamo question

anyone know if these dynamo's are still available and if so where from?
I've looked in the usual places!
thanks, Tony
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by tb
20 Oct 2007, 7:57pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: ' London Calling '
Replies: 13
Views: 2768

' London Calling '

ha ha, just watched that short film on you ' kin ' tube called 'London calling'. have to say it's very exciting to watch and you have to admire the bravery / stupidity of the riders as they ride at breakneck speed through London streets. But I now fully understand why as a London commuter cyclist I ...
by tb
17 Oct 2007, 9:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brakes on my really old bike
Replies: 8
Views: 1680

hello sim667 I think the long & the short of it is that you have got a 30 quid bike....... if you you plan to do lots more miles ( and enjoy them ) buy another bike, it does'nt have to be brand new but it has to be the right size for you and it has to be mechanically in good order. you can keep ...
by tb
17 Oct 2007, 8:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ....anything about the Bikes Direct Warehouse in Dorking?
Replies: 2
Views: 964

hello Kim, I have visited this warehouse when I was looking for a new bike for my son. They have a reasonable collection of bikes some 'unknown' brands and some cheaper models, but it depends what you're looking for. If you want an off road / shopping bike for between £150 - £1000 it could be the sh...
by tb
28 Sep 2007, 10:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Dynohubs uphill, can they light the way?
Replies: 15
Views: 2766

hello RC, I have used a dynamo for the last few years and have been very confident riding at night as it gives me such a bright headlight and car drivers don't pull out in front of me anymore!! however I also have a Cateye battery light to supplement the moments when I'm stationary and the dynamo li...
by tb
27 Sep 2007, 9:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Rain jacket
Replies: 30
Views: 5556

my Altura Nevis is now approaching it's 3rd winter and is not showing any signs of decay, however it is really only shower proof.
In heavy rain you get soaked through, but it still keeps the wind & cold out even when wet and I would be happy to recommend.
by tb
27 Sep 2007, 9:46pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Which Tyres
Replies: 12
Views: 2146

my experience of these tyres; Panaracers ( and Continental Top Touring ) the tread lasts longer than the tyre sidewalls which perish with wear. Schawlbe Marathon I have tried once and they lasted well. to add another to the list,I now have Specialised Nimbus (i think thats correct!) on my commuter a...
by tb
27 Aug 2007, 8:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Knee problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1231

hello Tom I had a similar problem earlier this year. I do bteween 5 - 6000 miles annually on the bike but I developed a knee strain after a trip across Europe which took in nearly 500 miles in one week. I would recommend resting (off the bike!) for a few weeks (however frustrating) and then build up...
by tb
27 Aug 2007, 8:31pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Constantly truing wheels
Replies: 11
Views: 2369

all the above advice is good, but also buy the most expensive wheels you can afford ! this is good advice, when I was young ( & poor ) I had many sets of cheap wheels which caused me endless grief with breaking spokes on so many journeys. cheap wheels are rubbish so get some Mavic Open Pro (or s...
by tb
27 Aug 2007, 8:21pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Recycled Bicycles?
Replies: 5
Views: 896

also in the south check out an outfit in Brighton / Hove

www.specialbikes.co.uk


(sorry if the link is duff)
by tb
27 Aug 2007, 8:12pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: New Toy
Replies: 16
Views: 2955

which is the front ???

just joking looks like a good bike, but I recently saw a guy riding something similar along the VERY motor traffic busy A25 in Surrey and he looked totally incongrous in the surroundings and I was concerned for his safety.

give me a 'safety bicycle ' every day
by tb
22 Aug 2007, 2:03pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bought a second hand bike.......
Replies: 12
Views: 5936

Hello Simon,

I remember Team Banana and as I recall they had some some sucess road racing in the mid - late 80's and I also recall the whole team cycling onto the Blue Peter set before being interviewed ( badly!)

don't think the bike will be worth shed loads though - it's not that long ago!
by tb
22 Aug 2007, 1:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Biopace Chainrings
Replies: 23
Views: 4955

yes I had them too on my late 80s Muddy Fox which incidently is still going well with many mods including front suspension & circular chainrings.
by tb
19 Aug 2007, 9:50am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Do you know the tech specs of Altura Nevis jacket material?
Replies: 2
Views: 748

hello Dave B, I too have one of these jackets which I bought over two years back and it has never been waterproof in anything more than a 'light' shower. There are far more expensive jackets in the range ( which may be waterproof? ) but once you accept that water will get through any clothing if you...