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by Richard D
19 Oct 2017, 8:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front light positioning
Replies: 62
Views: 2984

Re: Front light positioning

I use one of these for my B&M headlamp: https://www.evanscycles.com/minoura-cs-500-head-space-mount-EV207949 It's clamped to the steerer, taking the place of a spacer, and there's no way it's rotating without some very serious provocation. This looks good, but the description on Evans website i...
by Richard D
19 Oct 2017, 8:32pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Frame bag recommendations for commuting
Replies: 6
Views: 750

Re: Frame bag recommendations for commuting

I got one but I don't use it much because it's pretty thin, annoying to fit and remove and its straps scuff the paint. This. For commuting I want easy on, easy off. I use a Carradice bag (almost always a Nelson), with a QR Bagman support. Getting it on and off the bike in the shed takes a second.
by Richard D
13 Oct 2017, 8:39pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Front light positioning
Replies: 62
Views: 2984

Re: Front light positioning

I use one of these for my B&M headlamp:
https://www.evanscycles.com/minoura-cs- ... t-EV207949
It's clamped to the steerer, taking the place of a spacer, and there's no way it's rotating without some very serious provocation.
by Richard D
9 Oct 2017, 8:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why are dynamo front lights so expensive?
Replies: 137
Views: 5619

Re: Why are dynamo front lights so expensive?

I did have an Ixon IQ speed which is more or less the same optics as the previous generation Cyo (seemed the same anyway) but I found that the 5-cell custom battery pack fairly quickly lost charge holding capability and replacing it would have been expensive. I soldered a 9v battery connector on th...
by Richard D
30 Sep 2017, 8:20pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Aldi rear bike light with camera
Replies: 19
Views: 5030

Re: Aldi rear bike light with camera

The Velcro strap on the Fly6 is silicone coated for grip; the Aldi one isn't, which meant that I was struggling to mount it securely (I've no seatpost I can use, as my Carradice takes up what little space I have back there). I was hoping that it might have some other mounting options, but hadn't rea...
by Richard D
16 Sep 2017, 10:58pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Are UK roads dangerous for cyclists?
Replies: 60
Views: 4500

Re: Are UK roads dangerous for cyclists?

To answer the thread's title, UK roads are perfectly safe for cyclists. Uk drivers, on the other hand, are a sodding menace.
by Richard D
16 Sep 2017, 3:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A really good weatherproof jacket
Replies: 43
Views: 2921

Re: A really good weatherproof jacket

Many Castelli Gabba users swear by them, whether the expense is worth it to you is your call. I bought a Gabba a fortnight ago, and with the weather recently I've had plenty of chances to try it out. Bloody fantastic. Is that enough swearing for you? Wind proof and water resistant enough to to stay...
by Richard D
16 Sep 2017, 3:36pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Just why can't drivers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1882

Re: Just why can't drivers...

Every action that does not make contact just encourages them to think what they did was perfectly acceptable, so they never change. And getting the Police to prosecute for careless driving - let alone assault - is nigh on impossible unless there was actual contact, and probably injury as a result :(
by Richard D
16 Sep 2017, 9:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Just why can't drivers...
Replies: 21
Views: 1882

Re: Just why can't drivers...

Happens to me ALL THE TIME. Caused by an unhealthy dose of "must get in front". I usually cycle past them with a shake of the head.
by Richard D
14 Sep 2017, 11:04pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Jail for road-rage motorist who deliberately ploughed into cyclists
Replies: 44
Views: 2625

Re: Jail for road-rage motorist who deliberately ploughed into cyclists

Was the offender required to pass the extended driving test before driving again once the ban expires? That would certainly be reasonable. Yes he was. Of course, we know that the driving test does little to test people's attitudes and manner of driving the moment the pass certificate is handed over...
by Richard D
12 Sep 2017, 7:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: SAFE(ISH) PARKING
Replies: 11
Views: 984

Re: SAFE(ISH) PARKING

Try parking near the swyddfa heddlu/police station My first car was broken into and trashed when parked next to a police station. And a few years ago I was car-jacked outside another (differen) police station. From which I conclude that they are the sort of places that have crooks hanging around ne...
by Richard D
12 Sep 2017, 7:02pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: A question of weight (again!)
Replies: 17
Views: 1425

Re: A question of weight (again!)

All a bit analytical for me. All I know is that I tried cycle camping for the first time last week. I set off on a bike weighing 55lbs, and yet I still managed an average of 14.5mph over 60 miles. 14.5mph is about my average speed for ANY solo ride if that sort of length. And I got up a 15% gradient...
by Richard D
12 Sep 2017, 6:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Daft TV ads
Replies: 64
Views: 6169

Re: Daft TV ads

The current Vauxhall one - the one that tries to make a virtue of being a slovenly strumpet - annoys me no end. The fact that some people genuinely think that the sort of behaviour the ad extols is in some way acceptable boggles belief. But then, that's Vauxhall drivers for you.
by Richard D
8 Sep 2017, 12:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Recommend me a head torch
Replies: 93
Views: 4765

Re: Head torches

FWVLIW, I use an AA-powered Zebralight. No charging on the move, but one battery (a Sanyo Eneloop) is more than enough for a long weekend, and AA batteries are easy enough to buy if they run out.
by Richard D
3 Aug 2017, 7:43pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: I'm worried the bike I bought is stolen...
Replies: 35
Views: 2585

Re: I'm worried the bike I bought is stolen...

From a buying point of view, it's often worth asking a couple of straightforward questions that an owner of the bike would know, but a casual thief wouldn't. "Is it Campag or Shimano?" If he has to look at the bike to answer the question, ask yourself why.