Search found 127 matches

by alanesq
15 Jul 2012, 10:04am
Forum: On the road
Topic: P17 ROY the elbow clipper - my sweet revenge
Replies: 26
Views: 6623

Re: P17 ROY the elbow clipper - my sweet revenge

I can confirm that a palm slap never fails to really upset a motorist. but, I have recently purchase myself a Airzound air horn and I am finding this to be my best purchase in years. You just give them a good blast with this and not only does it surprise the hell out of them and draw attention to th...
by alanesq
14 Jul 2012, 10:05pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: New to fixed wheel any tips?
Replies: 15
Views: 2717

Re: New to fixed wheel any tips?

I can confirm the keep your fingers out of the chain - I took the tip off my thumb on one...... whilst the bike was hanging up a friend kindly wound the peddles up whilst I wasn't looking, I then went to clean the chain ! also, watch for getting too close to the kerb as you cant just stop peddling i...
by alanesq
14 Jul 2012, 8:03pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What do you read ?
Replies: 59
Views: 27863

Re: What do you read ?

I love popular science books at the moment reading Leonard Susskind - "The Black Hole War" Some of my favourites: Brian Greene - The Fabric of the Cosmos Matt Ridley - Genome Walter Alvarez - T Rex and the Crater of Doom James Watson - DNA, The Secret of Life Richard Feynman- Surely You're...
by alanesq
14 Jul 2012, 7:23am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Which Camera ?
Replies: 4
Views: 2978

Re: Which Camera ?

This is the one I use - http://alanesq.com/cyclecam.htm

I use it every day and am still very impressed with it, certainly for the price you can't go wrong
by alanesq
12 Jul 2012, 7:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Air conditioning - switch it off!
Replies: 97
Views: 10882

Re: Air conditioning - switch it off!

I do not use my central heating mainly because it is just too expensive, but I could not live without my aircon (in the house that is) Before I got myself one I would spend long summer nights unable to sleep then spend the day feeling like I had the flu because of the heat........on and on it went B...
by alanesq
12 Jul 2012, 7:35am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: A car is now deemed essential
Replies: 40
Views: 10987

Re: A car is now deemed essential

As I've often posted on here, another of his phraes was "What would happen if everybody did it?" Although I first remember that in as an explanation for forbidding me to throw stones in the canal, it applies to so many things, of which car ownnership is a good example. The short explanati...
by alanesq
12 Jul 2012, 7:24am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: One-eyed cyclists
Replies: 3
Views: 1731

Re: One-eyed cyclists

could you get the lens made by another company?
e.g. http://www.reglazemyglasses.com
by alanesq
11 Jul 2012, 6:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Isn't it nice to be honest or not !
Replies: 38
Views: 9672

Re: Isn't it nice to be honest or not !

Knowing my luck if this was me, I would have been stopped by the police on the way to return it and got arrested for it's theft ;-)
by alanesq
10 Jul 2012, 9:49pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: SQUEEEEEEEEEEELING brakes
Replies: 18
Views: 1084

Re: SQUEEEEEEEEEEELING brakes

Here is some advice from Sheldon Brown on brake squeel: Avoid holding the rim with greasy hands! Hold the wheel by the spokes instead. "Toe in" the brake shoes, so that the front edge of the shoe hits the rim slightly before the rear edge. Not all brakes permit this type of adjustment, but...
by alanesq
10 Jul 2012, 5:55pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Good Locks - Are They Worth It?
Replies: 30
Views: 2197

Re: Good Locks - Are They Worth It?

It is impossible to make a bike thief proof, and if it was they may just trash your bike out of spite anyway...... all you can do is reduce the risk and any trick you can think of will help - be that an expensive lock, alarm, several locks, making your bike less desirable etc. etc btw - I have seen ...
by alanesq
9 Jul 2012, 9:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How a bicycle is made
Replies: 67
Views: 7198

Re: How a bicycle is made

ukdodger wrote:Anything that's made today for old bikes tends to be rubbish including brake blocks.


Tell me about it !
here is what my brakes looked like after trying an emergency stop
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alan.blackham/cycles/blocks.jpg
by alanesq
9 Jul 2012, 9:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How a bicycle is made
Replies: 67
Views: 7198

Re: How a bicycle is made

I bought cotter pins from 3 different suppliers but they all might as well have been made from plasticine :-( As it happens I now have 4 good cotter pins as my dad had some given to him many years ago by someone who worked at Raleigh, but this was too late as I had already given up and converted it ...
by alanesq
9 Jul 2012, 7:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How a bicycle is made
Replies: 67
Views: 7198

Re: How a bicycle is made

That is awesome alan what is it like to pedal. i bet the bike weighs a ton. Have you restored it yourself? thanks :-) opinion seems divided on this, it is certainly an interesting bike I have ended up with It has been a right pain "restoring" it, but I am finally getting somewhere Surpris...
by alanesq
9 Jul 2012, 5:47pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How a bicycle is made
Replies: 67
Views: 7198

Re: How a bicycle is made

Yes, this is what I don't understand. I had assumed rod brakes were used because the cable brakes had not been invented but I have seen a cycle in Wollaton Hall museum from the 30s with cable brakes?? I have spent the best part of a week trying to get my front rod brake to work. Although to be fair,...
by alanesq
9 Jul 2012, 3:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How a bicycle is made
Replies: 67
Views: 7198

Re: How a bicycle is made

having just bought a bike of this sort of age, I found this film really interesting
a lot more went into building them than I had imagined

rod brakes though - WHY??? ;-)