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by tb
17 Oct 2007, 9:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Brakes on my really old bike
Replies: 8
Views: 1660

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: 930

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: 2738

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: 5514

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: 2116

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: 1211

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: 2337

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: 883

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: 2927

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: 5788

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: 4899

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: 728

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...
by tb
14 Aug 2007, 9:16pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: unnecessary flights
Replies: 54
Views: 8064

I'm guessing that we're mostly singing from the same songsheet on this messageboard,
but listening to the radio earlier today it was interesting to hear of all the views opposing any protest at Heathrow airport, mostly a bit right wing refering to things like 'get a job ' & ' use some soap ' etc
by tb
14 Aug 2007, 9:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: unnecessary flights
Replies: 54
Views: 8064

I'm encouraged by your'e enthusiasm Albionlass, but you must admit that there are many people who believe that financial stability / social welfare depend wholy on economic growth which comes from extra runways, more flights & the rest. when I was a lad (60's) my father and his peers used to boa...
by tb
14 Aug 2007, 8:54pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: unnecessary flights
Replies: 54
Views: 8064

unnecessary flights

Is flying by passenger jet about to become the new fur coat of obscenity? well I posted this in 2007, some 12 years ago. It's possibly more relevant now. And maybe more people will be giving the topic due consideration ? I hope so. Its estimated that this year there will be between 39 million and 45...