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by Richard D
10 Mar 2018, 8:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyre and tube sizing mis match...
Replies: 17
Views: 914

Re: Tyre and tube sizing mis match...

Few years Ago , on a group ride, one of the group punctured. On taking Tube out , (700c tyre, 23 mm) I noticed it had 17 patches !! Plenty of life left in it then. I generally chuck mine when it's split. I've managed to put patches on top of patches with no ill-effects. If that means the rolling re...
by Richard D
10 Mar 2018, 8:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Advice needed for charity ride
Replies: 16
Views: 1374

Re: Advice needed for charity ride

I like using CycleStreets for planning unfamiliar routes. https://www.cyclestreets.net/journey/60411941/#balanced I'm normally confident enough to go with the "fastest" option (and damn their warnings of "busy sections"); their "quietest" option is usually very conserva...
by Richard D
10 Mar 2018, 8:03pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: calorific intake
Replies: 20
Views: 1093

Re: calorific intake

I'm pretty sure that the 2,000 cals for a "reasonably active person" is a big overestimate. Or that most of us are not close to being "reasonably active".
by Richard D
27 Feb 2018, 11:16pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Natural clothing
Replies: 78
Views: 5072

Re: Natural clothing

In terms of Eco credentials, as well as thinking about how it is made/grown/processed, it's also worth thinking about end-of-life. AFAIK, pretty much all of the natural fibres will eventually rot/decompose/vanish. Whereas a lot of manmade stuff could be shredded, burned or reprocessed, but it'll sti...
by Richard D
19 Feb 2018, 9:37pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: road surfaces after the winter
Replies: 64
Views: 6882

Re: road surfaces after the winter

After nearly thirty years of driving with zero punctures (and at one stage I was doing 24,000 miles a year), in the last 5,000 miles I've had two tyres killed by potholes. On the bike, I've been lucky - so far. But a pothole severe enough to kill a car tyre is going to do serious damage to a cyclist...
by Richard D
18 Feb 2018, 12:21am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Sabbath September
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Re: Sabbath September

Did a cycle camping weekend on mine last September. Bike and tent and kit weighed 50lbs, and I spent the whole ride waiting for the back wheel to start snapping spokes. But a couple of years ago I smashed it off the roof rack of my car, destroying the bike rack, both wheels, the car roof and bending...
by Richard D
28 Jan 2018, 5:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: How safe is adding chain links back regarding weakness?
Replies: 26
Views: 1153

Re: How safe is adding links back regarding weakness?

I use four Campag 1-speed chains, rotated to even out the wear on the cassette. I usually take the chain off and clean & lube it every two weeks, rotating it after a couple of months. That means using a non-reusable QL, which would get very expensive if I didn't reuse them. How often to replace ...
by Richard D
23 Jan 2018, 9:34pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lycra Lout Surprise
Replies: 42
Views: 4926

Re: Lycra Lout Surprise

I know those traffic lights very well, and the sequence (like at several sets in BoT) is inefficient and downright bizarre. If you're coming from over the railway bridge towards the old road bridge (so passing the police station/mags court on your left) you can often be held for some time at red whe...
by Richard D
13 Jan 2018, 7:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many accessories attached to your bike?
Replies: 23
Views: 1337

Re: How many accessories attached to your bike?

Added to my bike after purchase (assuming winter trim): Front mudguard Rear mudguard Rear rack Carradice quick release Saddle cover (it's attached to the bike and lives under the saddle) Top tube bag Saddle bag/panniers Bottle cages (2) Front lamp bracket Bike computer bracket Bike computer Front la...
by Richard D
1 Jan 2018, 9:37am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Must overtake, bicycle...
Replies: 105
Views: 11616

Re: Must overtake, bicycle...

The oncoming car driver was good to react so quick, he avoided a head-on collision. For their own sake, yes they were, unfortunately it just reinforces that the manoeuvre was 'safe' and/or 'good'... And that for me is part of the problem. Quite aside from the lack of negative consequences of bad dr...
by Richard D
21 Dec 2017, 11:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Getting lasered :(
Replies: 15
Views: 1659

Re: Getting lasered :(

Fake - but that's where ANPR should be a valuable tool. How does ANPR he, when the Police are too busy to check it, let alone try to use it to find the car? I was hit by the passenger in a car with private plates. Taxed, insured and very obviously driven by someone who likes everyone to now what th...
by Richard D
21 Dec 2017, 11:15pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best front light for Xmas
Replies: 46
Views: 3760

Re: Best front light for Xmas

I use one of the Lidl £10 lights alongside the Axendo60, and a B&M (Speed+ Premium or something; their naming system is just confusing). I can't really tell the difference in beams between the Axendo and the B&M beam patterns, but the Axendo has a much better bracket/mount. And it dumps all ...
by Richard D
18 Dec 2017, 10:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best front light for Xmas
Replies: 46
Views: 3760

Re: Best front light for Xmas

Axendo 60 USB. Not expensive, but it puts the light where you need it. How so many big-name GB brands get away with charging ten times as much for lamps half as useful boggles me.

http://www.spanninga.com/products/headl ... do-60-usb/
by Richard D
25 Nov 2017, 9:08pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Mandatory Helmets and hi-vis to be considered in government eview
Replies: 206
Views: 14127

Re: Mandatory Helmets and hi-vis to be considered in government eview

Missing the point. Passing a law mandating helmet use and hi viz costs next to nothing, and makes motorists feel okay; it's not their fault that cyclists get killed or injured, it's the fault of the cyclists for not wearing helmets and hi viz. Whereas enforcing the laws that we already have that are...
by Richard D
25 Nov 2017, 7:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Must overtake, bicycle...
Replies: 105
Views: 11616

Re: Must overtake, bicycle...

I do get rather pee'd off with the "overtake then hit brakes I'm doing a right turn" brigade. Most mornings on my commute this happens to me. Very annoying, and even more so if Mr MGIF was driving too close immediately beforehand. But I learned that passing on their left as they wait to t...