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by mig
2 Dec 2012, 7:16pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: snowy roads
Replies: 9
Views: 1081

Re: snowy roads

that road looks treacherously icy to me. maybe just slightly wet. today was my first icy encounter of the season - water run off from fields being frozen in certain parts of the road. the newly installed continental winter tyres just trundled on with ne'er a slip, even on uphill stretches. very effe...
by mig
30 Nov 2012, 9:41pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supercommuter?
Replies: 112
Views: 20561

Re: Supercommuter?

^^ darn it!! :D
by mig
30 Nov 2012, 9:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supercommuter?
Replies: 112
Views: 20561

Re: Supercommuter?

The generator is available with a 3W output, or (for the Clogsters) a 2.4W output. I don't know about the 2.4W one, but IIRC the 3W one drags almost as much with the lights off as it does with them on. This is OK if you always ride in the dark, I suppose (the efficiency isn't that bad with the lght...
by mig
29 Nov 2012, 10:45am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supercommuter?
Replies: 112
Views: 20561

Re: Supercommuter?

from what i've read 'glint tape' only shines when viewed through night vision equipment? or are there different types?
by mig
28 Nov 2012, 8:17pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Supercommuter?
Replies: 112
Views: 20561

Re: Supercommuter?

very nicely executed commuter cycle!

you bike is however rather on the heavy side for my own tastes....!
by mig
27 Nov 2012, 9:26pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: snowy roads
Replies: 9
Views: 1081

Re: snowy roads

... is it the combination of proper snow clearing equipment then several sunny days? I think so, yes more or less. There is also a local ' albedo effect ' to consider; if the sun shines onto a cleared road the surface warms up and melts any remaining snow pdq. Also, at altitude, the air can be pret...
by mig
27 Nov 2012, 8:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: snowy roads
Replies: 9
Views: 1081

snowy roads

kinda 'technical' - bear with me please :wink: whilst reading a recent cycling publication i saw several photographs of riders (in the dolomites IIRC) riding on clear, dry roads whilst all around is snowbound. never once seen this in the uk.....what brings around this state of affairs? is it the com...
by mig
25 Nov 2012, 9:53pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Battery versus Dynamo
Replies: 220
Views: 24829

Re: Battery versus Dynamo

as the owner of a few battery lights i wished i'd had a dynamo hub wheel last week as the thing went unexpectedly bang on the way home leaving a lovely run home on unlit roads :shock:
by mig
24 Nov 2012, 6:47pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Belt drive slipping on Trek Soho?
Replies: 22
Views: 2353

Re: Belt drive slipping on Trek Soho?

belt drives always look to me that they might come off if they were slightly out of line. i think it's that the belt sits 'on' the sprocket rather than en-meshing.
by mig
24 Nov 2012, 4:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Belt drive slipping on Trek Soho?
Replies: 22
Views: 2353

Re: Belt drive slipping on Trek Soho?

interesting - thanks.

is a belt drive seen to be any more mechanically efficient than a new chain when both are new? i too wouldn't mind a 'go' on one as most of my mileage is on fixed.
by mig
24 Nov 2012, 4:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Belt drive slipping on Trek Soho?
Replies: 22
Views: 2353

Re: Belt drive slipping on Trek Soho?

'scuse my ignorance - what's 'backlash' on a fixed drive?
by mig
24 Nov 2012, 11:47am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Belt drive slipping on Trek Soho?
Replies: 22
Views: 2353

Re: Belt drive slipping on Trek Soho?

what can a belt do better than single fixed/freewheel with a chain?
by mig
22 Nov 2012, 12:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo efficiency comparisons?
Replies: 121
Views: 11977

Re: Hub Dynamo efficiency comparisons?

you've got a deal at 34 years brucey! :D
by mig
22 Nov 2012, 10:32am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo efficiency comparisons?
Replies: 121
Views: 11977

Re: Hub Dynamo efficiency comparisons?

i wished i had a hub dynamo last night as my LEd front went kaput literally 10 yards before a good half mile stretch of unlit roads under tree cover :shock:
by mig
21 Nov 2012, 9:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Hub Dynamo efficiency comparisons?
Replies: 121
Views: 11977

Re: Hub Dynamo efficiency comparisons?

^^ treat yourself to a SON one mr brucey sir, run your tests then i'll have it off you when you've had enough of it..!!